2000 Trees Festival – Cheltenham – 06/07/2017 – 08/07/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

Dear Andy, Brendan, James, Mark, Rob and Si, (Opted for alphabetical order again, so far so good). Last year I came to what is still your shining accomplishment, 2000 Trees Festival, to lend a hand during set up week and blog a bit. Afterwards I struggled to compact everything I felt about my time there into a review and instead opted to write you a letter. Namely, this letter. I incorrectly assumed that nothing would ever beat my week at 2KT 2K16[…]

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Paramore – Colston Hall, Bristol – 21/06/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

Paramore. Are. Back. My word they were missed. For too long now fans nationwide have debated what venues would house the inevitably ground-breaking return of Paramore to UK shores. But, as ever, the Nashville now-trio took everybody by surprise. And so it was that we got to see Paramore in Bristol’s Colston Hall. My word that’s a small venue to see a Grammy winning band in. All of the publicity for new album, After Laughter, tells us that it’s been[…]

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Handmade Festival – Leicester – 28/04/2017 – 30/04/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

From finding infamous monarchs underneath car parks to winning the Premier League, the city of Leicester has proved itself to be full of surprises. But in April it scored the hat trick with the most representative music and arts festival the UK has seen all year. Handmade Festival 2017. Over the past few years the nation has begun to appreciate what nearly 40,000 university students have known for quite some time. That Leicester is a truly remarkable city, the heart[…]

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Weirds – The Boileroom, Guildford – 03/04/2017 – LIVE REVIEW & GRAB BAG

Shortly after announcing that their debut album, SWARMCULTURE, will be released on May 26th, Leeds psych-grunge quartet, Weirds, set off on a tour of the UK, unleashing their intense soundscapes across the country including Guildford’s Boileroom. Acclaimed for their hardworking nature, Weirds have maintained a strong hands-on approach, creating their own zines and orchestrating their own shows. It’s a tactic that will finally pay off as their long awaited debut is incoming. The album, hailed as ‘an escapist and mesmerising[…]

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Twin Atlantic – The Academy – 10/12/2016 – LIVE REVIEW

On September 9th 2016 Twin Atlantic unleashed a ferociously rock ‘n’ roll album entitled GLA. It was named in honour of Glasgow, the bands home town and the city that shaped them as people and as musicians. So, when it came to their UK tour last year, we swiftly booked flights to see them in the only place it made sense to. Dublin. It was a decision that made much more sense than it seems to. As frontman Sam McTrusty[…]

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Green Day – O2 Arena – 08/02/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

At a time when bands can take to YouTube to gain recognition at a rate of notts it’s become harder to define a hierarchy of acts. The lines have become blurred between passing stars and genre-defining artists, with bands who seem to have been formed yesterday somehow selling out U.K. stadiums today. But in 1986, at 14-years-old, Mr Billie Joe Armstrong and Mr Mike Dirnt met in Berkeley, California. Together they created Green Day who, more than 30 years later,[…]

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With Confidence – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – 02/03/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

If I told you that last weekend we endured a nine and a half hour coach journey to Scotland just to get a tattoo and come home again, only the reckless amongst you would nod-along in complete acceptance. To make the whole thing a little less nonsensical we hoped that we might be able to come across a fun loving, Australian pop-punk band playing in a nearby legendary venue. As luck would have it, With Confidence were in town playing[…]

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Dead! – Boston Music Rooms – 03/02/2017 – LIVE REVIEW

After five years of smashing festivals and slaying support slots the time has finally come for Dead! to embrace life as the headline act that they truly are. On February 3rd 2017, Boston Music Room played host as the London locals showcased why they are one of the finest British bands on the scene. Dead’s discography doesn’t yet boast a full-length album yet tonight’s set list is packed with immediate-anthems that will undoubtedly become pin-points to describe this generation of[…]

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2000 Trees Festival 2017 – afterLIVE’s Line-Up Wish List

One of the best things about Christmas being over is that we can stop pretending we’re jolly and start to focus on the ACTUAL ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ That’s right everyone, Festival Season is nearly here and soon enough (161 days and counting) the almighty 2000 Trees Festival will be underway! With a line-up announcement surely imminent, those wonderful folk over at 2K started to fuel the fire with a Facebook post asking who YOU would want on[…]

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You Me At Six – Dingwalls – 26/11/2016 – LIVE REVIEW

You Me At Six certainly made the most of 2016 with the release of ‘Night People’ (the first single and title track of their upcoming fifth album), secret sets at Reading and Leeds Festival and heading out on the most intimate YMAS UK tour for years. It didn’t take long for the five lads from Surrey to become inescapable once again. They’d been silent for nearly a year, but within days it felt like they’d never left.   Then, just before[…]

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