When you consider the “smaller” or should we say the lesser known festivals and all day events in the United Kingdom at the moment, you have Mammothfest, Manchester Punk Festival, Wonk Fest and Dugstock that are some of the most exciting weekends in their respectful niche scenes. However, there is a new event creating waves of excitement, set in the tiny venue of New Cross Inn,Londonndom. We are of course talking about Level Up Fest, the brainchild of three different events promotion companies, Be Sharp, El Topo Bookings and Fishlock Promo.

Together they have united to bring possibly the biggest party of the summer, a wet dream of an event for ska punk fans, especially those with a mixture of tastes from 3rd wave to skacore, or even some chilled out dub. Level Up Fest has it all and is set to deliver the same kind of Boomtown vibes in Chinatown to a much more compact, sweaty atmosphere. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, be quick because these days will sell out.

Why is that? Well, the lineup alone is phenomenal. Just look at the headliners. Friday night’s main men, The Filaments, favourites in the UK ska punk scene. Having already delivered a festival stealing performance at Manchester Punk Festival this year, we can only expect they will provide more chaos in a smaller setting. King Prawn on the Saturday will provide a nice surprise, we don’t hear much about them these days, but whenever they come out for a festival, things get wild and we expect no difference here. Finally, Big D and the Kids Table, they may not have the same status as the likes of Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish when you consider 3rd wave ska acts, but we no doubt the draw for these fun fuelled ska icon will be epic. Bring on the mass singalongs for all of these acts.

Next we have the undercard, the ones that may not be household names in the scene, but my god they still have cult followings and perform some of the funnest sets we have seen. Top of our list is Popes Of Chillitown, they are quite possibly the most enjoyable ska band we have discovered in recent years on live performances alone, the energy is by far the most electric and they will make you want to dance from start to finish. China Shop Bull bring the grime and hip-hop vibes to ska and dub, providing something a little different to the mix. They are also pretty hard hitting, so you’ll either want to ska, rock out or pretend you’re an MC.

Belgium’s The Dancing Morons also pack a punch to their reggae-ska along with Lead Shot Hazard, whereas, the likes of Just Say Nay, The Pisdicables and Call Me Malcolm show that there is a future in fun-fueled ska vibes in the UK, that 3rd wave is still alive and kicking. Tree House Fire though are one of the most relaxed bands you will ever see, they are incredibly light hearted. The right kind of act help you conserve some of that energy.

We single out The Pisdicables though for a moment. They recently lost a brother, an important member of the band and a huge friend to many in the scene that The Pisdicables played with. The loss of keyboardist Mike Crampton touched a lot of people. To quote the band in recent statement, “It was hard at first to know exactly what to do but we have all agreed that it would be a waste to throw away what we accomplished with Mike, and we think this is what he would have wanted.”, the ska-punks are at least continuing for now, and this will be the first opportunity to catch them since the passing of their dear friend.

This is just a taster of who we think you should be checking out at Level Up Fest, regardless, the whole lineup looks incredible. Along with the exciting main stage artists, there will also be an acoustic stage downstairs on the Saturday and Sunday, including Millie Manders, who we love.

Friday 21st July
£10 Advance / £13 OTD / 6pm doors
DJs & Ska Punk Disco until 2am
The Filaments 10.15pm
The Foamers 9.30pm
LUVDUMP 8.45pm
Atterkop 8pm
The Dub Righters 7.15pm

Saturday 22nd July
£15 Advance / £20 OTD / 1pm doors
DJs & Ska Punk Disco until 2am
King Prawn 9.45pm
Popes of Chillitown 8.30pm
Captain Accident & The Disasters 7.30pm
China Shop Bull 6.30pm
The Dancing Morons 5.30pm
Bandits!! 4.30pm
Ill Gotten Gains 3.30pm
Lead Shot Hazard 2.30pm
Chrandesyx 7pm
Mercurius Rising 6pm
Wayfairer 5pm
Dan Kemp 4pm

Sunday 23rd July
£15 Advance / £20 OTD / 1pm doors
DJs & Ska Punk Disco until 2am
Big D and the Kids Table 9.45pm
The JB Conspiracy 8.30pm
P.O.Box 7.30pm
The Pisdicables 6.30pm
Jungleproof 5.30pm
Tree House Fire 4.30pm
Call Me Malcolm 3.30pm
Just Say Nay 2.30pm
Giles Bidder (Great Cynics) 7pm
Millie Manders (Solo) 6pm
Hassan Afaneh (Triple Sundae) 5pm

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