Can you believe Spring is here already? Clocks have gone forward, the sun is shining (for now). Here’s what you should be getting up to this April 2017…
Metal bands Death Remain and Bleed Again are about to release new albums this spring, so what better way is there to celebrate this than touring these releases. Both acts also have release shows either end of the tour, Death Remains at the beginning, Bleed Again at the end. Both bands put on a killer show so this tour is well worth checking out.
April 28th – Hastings
April 29th – Southampton
April 30th – Reading
May 1st – Leicester
May 2nd – Birmingham
May 3rd – Bridgewater
May 4th – Banbury
May 5th – Northampton
May 6th – Brighton
Manchester Punk Fest was on our recommended list for this year, and MPF will be back in 2017 to bring you a three-day celebration of the finest UK and international punk rock bands across six of Manchester’s best venues. This event is brought to you by DIY promoters Anarchistic Undertones, TNS Records and Moving North.
The weekend will feature some of our favourite acts, including: Maid of Ace, Matilda’s Scoundrels, Bolshy, Faintest Idea, Pizza Tramp, Strike Anywhere, Belevedere, The Filaments, Intter Terrestrials, Brutal Youth, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Nosebleed and a whole lot more.
Once again the festival will be returning to Sound Control, Retro Bar, Zombie Shack and Zoo only this time around MPF have added prestigious Manchester venues Gorilla and Underdog.
We know that Shit To Do has been published after Wrestlemania was aired and hopefully you all tuned in, but thanks to the WWE Network you can watch it all over again, or for the first time if you didn’t get to see it live. “The Grand Daddy Of Them All”, Wrestlemania returns for the 33rd time as the biggest date in all wrestling calendars. Last year’s event was one of the most entertaining, and this year’s event looks set the be the most thrilling with a monster card on show.
We have Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton facing his former leader Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship. A personal battle as in the build up, Orton pretended to be part of the Wyatt Family, only to tear it apart. We also have the third singles match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, this time for the WWE Universal Championship. Lesnar has never beaten Goldberg in singles competition, will this change at the grandest stage?
The lovable Bayley defends her Raw Women’s title against Charlotte, her best friend Sasha Banks and the dominant Nia Jax in a fatal-four-way. Gallows and Anderson also defend their titles against previous champions Sheamus and Cesaro along with fan favourites Enzo and Big Cass for the Raw Tag Team Titles. Though there is a rumour that a popular tag team from the Attitude Era is returning after seven years.
Seth Rollins looks to get back at his mentor Triple H for turning his back on him, the biggest twist is that it’s an unsanctioned match due to Rollins competing with a knee injury. Or is that just a ploy? Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho were best friends just two months ago, then Owens betrayed Jericho. Jericho cost Owens the WWE Universal Title at Fastlane less than a month before Wrestlemania and now Owens wants to take Jericho’s United States Championship off him. This is incredibly personal. Just as personal as Shane Mcmahon facing AJ Styles after Styles had repeatedly attacked him backstage. That is a potential show stealer right there.
The Undertaker has the best record at Wrestlemania and he’s planning to extend that record against Roman Reigns after Reigns eliminated Taker at the Royal Rumble, but having been in the WWE for 26 years, could this be Taker’s last match? WWE is set to find out who is the best power couple in the company as John Cena and Nikki Bella will face The Miz and Maryse. Cena and Bella are the wrestling favourites, but The Miz and Maryse always have something up their sleeves. Other matches include the continuous fued between Baron Corbin and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Title. We have the Andre The Giant Battle Royal, Neville vs Austin Aries for the Cruiserweight Title and Alexa Bliss is set to defend her Smackdown Women’s Title against the entire Smackdown women’s roster.
Mammothfest has expanded their range from just being an October festival. The organisers have decided to host all day events featuring some of the best emerging artists in certain heavy genres. For this event they have teamed up with Jackhammer promotions to bring death metal favourites, Vader to the South Coast with Immolation and whole host of great up and coming death metal artists from across the UK, and also Vigil from Poland.
17 bands across 2 stages for £15 advance, or £20 on the door. With this cracking lineup, right on Brighton beach at the ARCH in the sun on Easter is perfect.
Umlaut Records presents Dugstock at the New Cross Inn, London. The Event features some of the most exciting emerging artists in DIY punk in the UK spread across two days.
On the Friday we have Manchester folk punks, Roughneck Riot, Spoilers providing Melodic punk goodness from Kent, Hardcore punks Darko, skate punks Captain Trips and On A Hiding To Nothing, Ska fun from Triple Sundae, Strange Planes delivering rock grooves and female fronted punk rock from Sweet Diego.
Then, on the Saturday we have old school punks Goober Patrol, Scottish pop punks The Murderburgers, Welsh hardcore punks Pizza Tramp, Coral Spring, pop punk from the Netherlands, Melodic punks MUG, Irish skate punks No Matter, Fast pop punks Eat Defeat, Acoustic punk from Billy Liar, more dutch skate punk from Dowzer, Burnt Tapes who are described as Gruff punk, melodic pop punks Launch Control and more acoustic punk from Tragical History Tour. All of this for £15 is a bargain. Tickets can be found here
One of the most entertaining comic book movies in recent years was Guardians of the Galaxy, now we have the sequel heading for UK cinemas on April 28th. These misfits of criminals turned heroes are setto return to the big screen with more humour and action topped off by what is expected to be another phenomenal sound track. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Albums and EPs
‘Binge & Purgatory’ was produced by Deez Nuts and Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid), engineered by Shane Frisby (The Ghost Inside, Bury Your Dead) and mixed and mastered by Pete Rutcho (Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside). The unique artwork was created by a group of creative individuals with Pat Fox taking care of the design and layout, James Hartley supplying the photos and Tyrrell Winston actualising the compositions. ‘Binge & Purgatory’ is the follow-up to their highly successful album ‘Word Is Bond’ (reviewed here) which landed on #34 in the German album charts and on #20 in their native Australia.
Check out our review for ‘Binge & Purgatory’ here
San Diego based, indie-rock duo Little Hurricane are gearing up for the release of their third full-length studio album ‘Same Sun Same Moon’ on April 14th via Mascot Label Group.
Made with Carl Bown, who also produced ‘Brainwashed’, the songs that comprise ‘You Are We’ are full of as much force, focus and determination as ever. The likes of ‘Hurricane’ and first single ‘Civil Isolation’ continue the band’s trajectory as one of the most inspiring, riotous and important voices in British music today, demonstrating both their continued musical evolution and their incisive social conscience. Yet while these are brutal anthems that paint a vivid picture of a post-Brexit Britain, they stand as both the most universal and most personal songs of the band’s career.