Hastings Punkfest returns for another year to showcase the local talent and to bring some of the best emerging UK punk acts to the south coast. Previous years have brought the likes of Popes of Chillitown and The Lagan down to that seaside town. Any takings for the weekend are all donated to charity. This year all raised money goes to Sea Shepherd, whose mission is to end the destruction of wildlife in the world’s ocean.
The following acts are confirmed to play at this year’s event, spread over two days on the 25th and 26th of November at Flairz Venue Bar. Bono and The Half-Wits were originally confirmed to play but sadly had to pull out, there may still be additions between now and the event.
The SLM are three dudes from Portsmouth who like to play fast, aggressive punk songs about zombies, sharks and TMNT. We’re not kidding, their ‘Death Aquatic’ EP artwork has Shredder riding a green shark. According to the band they are “hardcore without the bravado and breakdowns
Vice Like Grip are a four piece from Hastings. Friends who have shared stages before in previous bands (Zucchini, Genovese) that came together in 2007 to inject a hard-edged
Demon Smiles performed on the opening night of Hastings Punkfest last year. Hailing from Brighton, UK, Demon Smiles are a trio that blends punk rock with melodic vocals to create their own unique sound. Influenced by the likes of NOFX and Teenage Bottlerocket, these guys give off a strong skate-punk epi-fat vibe. Demon Smiles even covered ‘Todayo’ by Teenage Bottlerocket, which can be found on their Bandcamp here, along with their 2015 album, ‘Amped’. Recently Demon Smiles announced that Jordan Harris, former vocalist of DROPTHIS has taken over from Steve Loki on drums.
Formed in 2012, Casual Nausea consider themselves to be a “Glorious frantic mess. More a group or friends or some sort of deranged punk rock family than a band”. The quintet from Ipswich unleashes fast and aggressive punk anthems with gritty vocals, tuneful enough to sing and shout along to. Think along the lines of The Exploited and The Casualties. Last year, Casual Nausea released a split album with Chewed Up, which can be found on Bandcamp here.
“Rancid-esque street punk from West London”, The Drunken Ramblings are a four-piece who sing about lost loves, too much beer and watching Star Trek on your tod. Recently the quartet unleashed a couple of Halloween influenced punk covers as an EP called ‘Rambling On Halloween’, including a ‘The Monster Mash’ which featured guest vocals from Jordan Harris (ex-DROPTHIS, Demon Smiles) and Dan Peters (RxR). This was a follow-up to the band’s EP release of ‘Fates’ earlier this year. Both can be found on the band’s Bandcamp page here.
Hailing from Kent, Spoilers is another group of four long-time friends who have shared stages playing in separate bands from their local music scene. The story started when Dan Goatham left his former band, Southport. He was
High calibre punk rock from Bognor Regis that blends elements of skate, hardcore, thrash & ska, delivered with strong British grit. Little Treasure Allstars are a four piece that are heavily influenced by 40 Years worth of melody,thrash and back-beat, pulling in styles that could be compared to The Clash mixed with NOFX and Leftover Crack. The band’s ‘LTAS’ EP can be found on Bandcamp here.
South Coast lads, The Barracks are in the mix to deliver that Californian punk-rock vibe. Expect some Bouncing Souls-esque fast punk hits. The Barracks are usually up for a laugh and having a bit of banter with the crowd, they even have a song called ‘Fuck You’ which is a bit of a favourite of ours. No strangers to hastings or this festival, the band have played this event on previous occasions. They were even meant to play last year but sadly had to pull out at last minute. Earlier this year, The Barracks paired up with their friends Matilda’s Scoundrels for a split, which we reviewed here. The Barracks also recently release a video for their song ‘Home Town’, which features footage of Hastings.
Punka are a Hastings trio that are also regular picks for the festival. They opened the all-dayer event in 2014, and were added to the bill last time round. Punka have been playing show across the uk trying to create waves, full of old-school punk attitude and ready to cause a riot.
The Brighton, River Jumpers, unleashed a load of chirpy hooks and a full on upbeat vibe with their style of punk that is somewhere between that Epi-Fat Californian sound and pop-punk; like a perfect balance between Millencolin and Blink 182. Over the years the quartet have gone through some lineup changes with only vocalist/guitarist Nick Davis remaining as the original member. Two additions being Jonny Cloke (guitar) and James Bull (drums) of Xup-Sup and Also a recent addition of Billy Wood of Vice Like Grip. In the past the band have been busy touring extensivel
Carl Lewis: Track and Field are the coming together of three men, coming from bands that are completely separate entities all together; Rob Luther who sings and plays guitar in the SLM. Damon Marcus Giles, who is also known for his lo-fi solo work in Stand Alone Complex and Ned King, who rovides drums for the more established blues/rock of Mr Mountain. Together the trio swap instruments around to create a folk band with punk roots, named after an ex Olympic athlete.
It wouldn’t be a party without some reggae and ska added to the mix. Introducing easydread, who combine sounds drawn from a range of influences
Butane Regulators, the new boys on the block. The Hastings trio formed early in 2016, having played their first shows in the summer, releasing their debut demo, ‘Elevator Music’, shortly after. Already gaining popularity in the local scene, Butane Regulators have picked up rave recommendations from members of Matilda’s Scoundrels and more. Expect gritty old school punk, influenced by the likes of Dead Kennedys and Subhumans. You can check out their music on Bandcamp here.