Alllll the bank holidays, hopefully, some sun and lots of new music and events. Find out here what you need to have lined up for May 2017!

Tours

May 2017

CKY UK Tour – 8th-22nd May

CKY are back! has tour dates booked all summer highlighted by a return to the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. This is the band’s first time returning to the Warped Tour since 2000. But first the band will head over to the UK. to do thirteen-show run, most of which are already sold out. This will be the first time the band has been back to tour the UK since 2009, with only festival appearances at Download (2011) and Sonisphere (2010) since.

Festivals

Slam Dunk Festival

Slam Dunk Festival

Slam Dunk Festival is back this May 27th-29th with an awesome line-up.

Slam Dunk Festival 2017 has announced even more incredible acts for this year’s alt-rock extravaganza. Trance rockers Enter Shikari are playing a special 10 year anniversary set for their album ‘Take To The Skies’. Ska icons Less Than Jake, Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish return together for the first time since 2011. Japanese electronic masters Crossfaith, Australian youngbloods With Confidence and the slick pop-punk trio Waterparks will appear alongside Decade, Counterfeit, Milk Teeth, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Black Foxxes, Fort Hope, SHVPES, Puppy and many more over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

In addition to these amazing names, Slam Dunk Festival is pleased to announce that the south site, taking place at Hatfield, The Forum has sold out in record time! Both standard tickets and afterparty tickets for Birmingham and Leeds are still available but festival fans are urged to buy their tickets from official ticket agents as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Events

Mammothfest Presents – Brutality Will Prevail Headline Show – 6th May 2017

Mammothfest are big supporters of Bleed Again. Having seen their passion, energy and true potential, Mammothfest are therefore proud to be hosting their album launch party with a special show with the revered Welsh metalcore act, Brutality Will Prevail headlining.

The show will take place on the 6th May at The Arch, Brighton with a whole host of other great bands, including Raging Speedhorn, Giants and Death Remains. Bleed Again will simply revel in the live setting and what a way to launch their album in a night that won’t be forgotten by the band and metal heads alike!

Films

Alien Covenant

The latest in the iconic Alien film series. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. This is possibly the cast with the strongest names in an Alien film ever, featuring, Michael Fassbender, Danny Mcbride, Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, James Franco and many more.

Albums and EPs

Bleed Again – Momentum – Out May 1st

Fresh and exciting modern metal act, Bleed Again from the south coast of the United Kingdom strike hard with their massive melodic metalcore that is comparable to the likes of American heavyweights, Killswitch Engage and Trivium in both musical style and memorable energetic live performances. ‘Momentum’, which is impressively mixed and mastered by Acle Kahney of Tesseract is brimming with world dominating anthemic songs such as ‘Walk Through The Fire’, and ‘Legacy’.

May 2017

Weirds – Swarmculture – Out May 12th

Step into the kaleidoscopic world of WEIRDS, and you’ll be engulfed in a glorious, sonically technicoloured smog. After honing their craft over several years on the Leeds circuit, the band are now armed with colossal debut album ‘Swarmculture’ . The record showcases meticulous attention to detail, featuring lush, viscous layers that you can almost feel and taste, intricately positioned to create an escapist and mesmerising experience.

Recorded with Matt Peel ( Pulled Apart By Horses, Eagulls ) at The Nave, an atmospheric Leeds studio built into a converted church, WEIRDS set out to create a dark, heavy, psychedelic record which still had the pop structure and hooks to make people dance. Following on from 2016s ‘Weird Sun’ EP, the band intentionally wanted to create light at the end of the sonic tunnel with ‘Swarmculture’ to provide a sense of relief from the lyrically brutal narrative. The studio location was significant in coining the album title, derived after bassist Matthew Vaughan had observed a flock of starlings in the courtyard, triggering a trail of thought on colonial behaviour and how is transcends to multiple species – including humankind.

sorrow plagues

Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming – Out May 24th

“Homecoming” is the second full-length album to be self-released by Sorrow Plagues, the brainchild of British musician David Lovejoy on May 27th. The album ventures into new territory with added elements of post-rock, and even including some contemporary influences, whilst still maintaining the atmospheric Black Metal sounds that Sorrow Plagues is known for. This is certainly David Lovejoy‘s most ambitious effort so far.

Lovejoy has recently gathered some talented and like-minded musicians to fully showcase Sorrow Plagues in a live environment, with their first gig being announced to play Bar 42 in Worthing as a free entry album launch show on May 24th, a few days before the album is released. A Night In The Abyss and Them Broads have also been announced to play with more announcements to come. Full details can be found here.