It’s time for our end of year ‘Class Of 2016’ feature. This year, can you believe we have featured 50 bands for our ‘Have You Heard?’ weekly segment? Some have absolutely smashed 2016 but others have had a difficult time since we featured them. Sadly, since we featured Dropthis, they have called it quits after releasing their debut album, ‘Culture To Criticise’.

Some of our favourite featured acts such as Faintest Idea, Faultlines, Creeper and Matilda’s Scoundrels have all impressed with their releases and hectic schedules. Let’s have a look back at what these bands – and more – have accomplished.

Matilda's scoundrels

Matilda’s Scoundrels – Taken by Mark Richards

Hastings folk punks Matilda’s Scoundrels for one have released a split EP with their friends in The Barracks, and their single for ‘Crowley’s Curse’. The Hastings lads have performed at various festivals over the year, including Manchester Punk Festival, Rebellion and Boomtown. Check out our interview with Dan from Matilda’s Scoundrels here.

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Throughout the year, Creeper has drawn rave reviews from their EP, ‘The Stranger’. The sextet have been on BBC Radio 1, on the Maida Vale session for Huw Stephens, where they covered Twenty One Pilots. Creeper also recently toured with Pierce the Veil and Letlive on a UK tour, which saw the band put on a phenomenal set at London’s Brixton Academy.

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Faintest Idea have released one of the best albums of the year with ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’, the Norwich ska punks have toured relentlessly over the year, all over the UK, and in Europe, including sets at Boomtown and Wotsit Called Fest. Check out our interview with Dani from the band here.

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Faultlines have come out of nowhere this year, a surprise announcement and a lyric video for ‘Buried’ released in February led to an EP ‘All We’ve Ever Known‘ just two months later. Instantly there has been some hype around the metalcore outfit and in their debut year, they have had the opportunity to play at Butserfest.

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Magna Carta were formed from members of several ex-Brighton bands, including Collisions and Terrathorn. This year the band made their highly anticipated official debut appearance at Brighton’s very own Mammothfest as well as a handful of other packed out shows. The boys will be smashing their way onto the alternative scene early in 2017 with the release of some new material and a tour set in their sights – we can’t wait! Check out our review of the band’s Mammothfest set here.

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If you could take some of the best aspects of 80’s and early 90’s alternative rock, catapult them forwards 20-30 years in a world where only flat peak baseball caps and flesh holes are relevant to the modern age of rock and metal fans, would anybody care? Maybe not. But that hasn’t stopped The Empty Page from producing a stellar 10 track record. The band released their debut album ‘Unfolding‘ back in October via a successful PledgeMusic campaign.  The band also toured the album across the UK throughout September and October.

With dates already booked around the UK in January, we can guarantee that The Empty Page aren’t gonna let us forget them anytime soon…

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Nova Twins are gritty, angry and heavy. If their success for 2016 is anything to go by, there is much more to come next year. The girls released their self-titled, debut EP back in August as well as attended this year’s Pie Race, which was one of DIY punk’s hottest weekend events.

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Day Old Hate has had one hell of a year! The Leeds-based band released their EP ‘First Light‘ back in February to awesome reviews, premiered a couple of cheeky new music videos taken from the EP and played countless UK shows; including a hometown Headline show in November with support from Speaking In Shadows, Lost In Winter and The Days We Don’t.

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So that’s a wrap! 2016 has definitely had its highs and lows in the world of music which just leaves us anticipating what 2017 has in store for us…