January is that time when plenty of festivals make announcements on bands added to the lineup, whether that it is the first or just an update on bands that are already there, it’s an exciting time. We made a feature on festivals we are excited about in 2018, now here is an extension on that based on those that have said unveiled something in the last month.
Manchester Punk Festival
Manchester Punk Festival has not only completed its lineup, but has shown us the day splits, and it looks incredible. In the last week of January, MPF added LA hardcore shredders Death By Stereo who is making their first appearance in Manchester for six years. the original UK melodic hardcore innovators Fireapple Red, Wakefield punk rockers Milloy, Plymouth folk rock and roll legends Crazy Arm, local favourites Fair Do’s, southern punks The Stupids, self-proclaimed punk witches Dream Nails, TNSrecords favourites, Stand Out Riot, metal crust punks Meinhof, German hardcore crust punks Finisterre, Arboricidio and The KADT making the journey up from plus local techy post-punk pretty boys Upstream Colour
The acoustic stage is stacked high this year. MPF are delighted to announce that legendary performer Babar Luck will be headlining the stage on Friday. Also added is Gutter Romance and Carol Hodge to what is potentially the most exciting acoustic line up we have offered so far. Plus one final message includes “Unfortunately Shankland is no longer able to perform this year. We still love him forever and can’t wait to see him back in action. We asked the wonderful Arms and Hearts to step in instead.”
Not content with our already stellar line up of headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne, Download has added another 65 names into the mix. Shinedown, led by rock machine Brent Stephen Smith, are returning to Download to kick ass with roaring riffs and huge anthems. Also coming to Donington is the relentless Volbeat, who’ve carved their own way to massive stages across the globe through their incredible genre melding fun. You Me At Six have long been at the forefront of breaking British rock and are ready to hit the stage at Download 2018 and step it up a notch. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is making his first festival appearance as a solo artist. Joining him are gothic, black metallers Cradle of Filth. UK power metal shred lords DragonForce are back in Download’s hallowed fields for a furiously fast and absurdly entertaining show. Also added are Kentucky boys and stadium conquerors Black Stone Cherry as some of the more stand out names.
Other artists added in the most recent announcement include: The Temperance Movement, British rock legends Thunder, The Struts, Texan southern-rockers Whiskey Myers, Australian deathcore mob Thy Art Is Murder, the elite of progressive metal TesseracT, and one of the UK’s most exciting hardcore bands, Higher Power along with Boston Manor, Hatebreed, Inglorious, Marmozets, Monster Truck, Bury Tomorrow, Dead Cross, Corrosion of Conformity, Greta Van Fleet, Kreator, L7, Powerflo, Thrice, Turbonegro, Cancer Bats, Employed To Serve, Jamie Lenman, Less Than Jake, Milk Teeth, Puppy, Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path, The Bottom Line, The Bronx, The aim, The maine, Woes, Baroness, All Them Witches, Blessthefall, Death Blooms, Emmure, Gold Key, Knocked Loose, Koyo, Malevolence, Miss May I, Myke Gray, No Hot Ashes, Plini, Rolo Tomassi, Savage Messiah, Shvpes, Sleep Token, Sun Arcana, The Hyena Kill, Tigress, Von Hertzen Brothers, Wayward Sons and Zeal & Ardor. This is building up to be a monster lineup once again.
Slam Dunk Festival
Slam Dunk Festival has won awards for being the Best UK-based metropolitan style festival and it’s easy to see why when you see a huge lineup like this. Genre favourites such as pop-punks Good Charlotte, emo outfit Taking Back Sunday and easycore lads Four Year Strong were already hooking names, but the addition of ska-punk acts The Skints, Zebrahead, Save Ferris and a now very rare site of Capdown on a gig poster are sure to excite those that like to skank around.
On top of that, the likes of Twin Atlantic, Set Your Goals, Broadside and Can’t Swim for that uplifting alt-rock and pop-punk blend, with bands such as Northlane, Comeback Kid, and Counterparts bringing a heavier mix to the lineup. It’s looking to be another great Slam Dunk that delivers something for everyone.
Wotsit Called Fest
Wotsit Called Fest has become a weekend we will look forward to each year. We’ve been to the first two annual events, in 2016 and 2017 and they blew any kind of expectations. 2018 may not have that same impact, purely because our expectations are already through the roof after the first two announcements. The first was announcing underground dub-punk legends, Inner Terrestrials as a headliner, along with TNSrecords pair, Norwich ska punks, Faintest Idea and Manchester punks, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, who will play their last ever Hastings show at this festival. The second announcement includes the hardcore punk family that is Casual Nausea, Scottish punks Murderburgers and Californian pop punks, City Mouse, who is the first non-UK based band announced to play at Wotsit Called Fest. Only six bands have been added to the bill and we can’t wait.
Last year we went to the initial Dugstock weekend, hosted by the guys at Umlaut Records, and we can’t speak highly enough about how fun those couple of days were over Easter. They return in 2018 on the same weekend to cause some chaos with a much stronger lineup; especially with the recent addition of Revenge of the Psychotronic man and Nosebleed, who we saw tear up the punk scene many times in 2017. Also added is Crazy Arm, Spoilers, Coral Springs, Kiss Me Killer, Bogans, Sweet Diego and Strange Planes. With names such as Almeida, The SLM, and Burnt Tapes already on the bill, this is shaping up very nicely.
Skankfest looks like the ultimate ska-punk party of spring, each year we see the lineup and think we should go, and never get to due to other commitments. The same will be this year, which is a shame because this looks set to get any ska fan’s knees working, featuring some of the best UK ska acts going in the form of Sonic Boom Six, Millie Manders and the Shut Up, Call Me Malcolm, The Hostiles and Easydread as bands we’ve covered before, with plenty more exciting acts full of horns and upstroke rhythms.
Broken Arrow’s Palace Takeover
So we’re saving the one we’re most excited for the end. Some of you may have heard by now, but Broken Arrow Magazine is putting on an event, Broken Arrow’s Palace Takeover. This is our very first which will be a ska and punk weekender featuring the wonderful Millie Manders and the Shut Up as our Friday headliners, and the infectious Popes of Chillitown as our Saturday headliners. Across the weekend we have added Ska acts, Counting Coins, Bandits, Plot 32 and The Pisdicables, and a range ska punk and pop-punk acts in the form of Spoilers, Eat Defeat, Skiv, Aerial Salad, The Barracks and The Drunken Ramblings. To top it off we have Nova Twins performing a DJ set on the Friday night. There is a more in-depth preview here.
What have we missed? what announcements in January were you excited about? let us know in the comments below