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Download Festival

Donington Park

10th to 12th June 2022

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With the pandemic taking a hold back in early 2020, Download Festival became one of the first major festival victims. It was perhaps fitting therefore that the small Pilot version of the event was the first step on the road back to normality last year.

Read our review of Download Pilot Festival

That does mean though that as we head into Donington Park in 2022, it is the first fully fledged festival since the 2019 edition. After three long years, it is finally time for rock and metal fans to convene again on these hallowed grounds.

There are a number of changes this year to the layout of the festival but the best change is the installation of a strange golden orb in the sky. The usual brown flooring has also been painted green. Yes, goodbye Drownload and hello sunburn!

The main changes to the festival relate to the layout of the campsites, parking and transport hubs. Given these new changes, a little extra signage may have assisted seasoned attendees finding their way around, but in general the changes work well. There is a lot of walking required, however there always is at Donington Park however the event is laid out.

Once inside the area the setup is pretty standard if a little cut back with smaller stages, fewer food stalls and no wrestling or other extra areas. But, it’s Download and everyone is just glad to be here.

FRIDAY REVIEW

So then, on to the music! Opening the main stage on Friday are NWOCR favourites Wayward Sons who make the most of their short time on stage. They are quickly followed by Canadians Theory (of a Deadman) who also only have a short time to show their stuff. Thankfully for them they are able to call upon some festival-perfect material as the crowd sing along to ‘Bitch Came Back’, ‘Hate My Life’ and ‘Bad Girlfriend’.

Recently rejigged Bury Tomorrow follow on the main stage and bring the first real taste of heavy to the festival. The band are clearly honoured by the opportunity and try their best to win over the audience, with our first pyro of the weekend helping to add to the occasion. By the time the band leave the stage and a pile of bodies in the audience, the set has to be considered a success.

We go walkabout next and visit first the second stage for a man who has already played Download Festival with both Alter Bridge and Slash, Myles Kennedy. With two solo albums now to his name, Kennedy only grows his legacy with another top class performance.

Read our review of ‘The Ides of March’ from Myles Kennedy

Secondly we head to the Avalanche Stage for something new. American pop-punk band Meet Me @ the Altar have intensifying hype around them, and keeping with the tone of the day they are able to grasp this opportunity with both hands. Expect bigger things from the band in the near future.

As day one begins to draw to a close with catch two of Download’s house bands with Skindred on the main stage and Airbourne over on the second stage. Both bands attract big crowds, because fans know what to expect from them. High energy, entertaining rock shows are delivered by both as fans get to revel in what they have missed over the last three years.

Read our review of Airbourne live in Norwich

Having delivered an incredible headlining performance at the Pilot event last summer, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes return to Donington Park next to headline the second stage. Carter and co show the crowd what they missed last year with another stunning performance. This band must be considered one of the best live bands on the planet and who would put it past them headlining the main stage in the future.

Read our review of ‘Sticky’ from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Download Festival after all needs to begin focusing on that next generation of headline acts, because many of the old guard are saying farewell. It is the ‘End of the Road’ for KISS, but not before one final triumphant showcase this year.

The band are able to deliver all the pageantry of a KISS show with every party trick played with precision. As the fans walk away with ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ stuck in their heads, the band have brought the party and night one is closed out in style.

SATURDAY REVIEW

Saturday morning brings a fresh day with the sun still shining bright, but early risers at the main stage are left waiting with opening act The Raven Age almost forty minutes late. When the band do arrive they are able to show their continued growth with a matured performance.

This delay subsequently leads to a 30+ minute lag on main stage times throughout the rest of the day which plays havoc with fans carefully curated schedules. It does mean however that we can head to the second stage and catch the energetic Cassyette who is capitalising on the momentum earned over the last year.

It’s then back to the main stage for the classic rock sounds of Those Damn Crows and Monster Truck. Both bands continue the impressive start to the festival. Clearly every act is out to cast off the shackles of recent years and make an impression.

Both of these bands leave the fans wanting more, which is all a band can do with these early festival slots. It’s probably a good thing then, that these two bands will be touring the UK together later this year!

Up next for us is one of the performances of the weekend from Holding Absence over on the Avalanche stage. With songs like ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Wilt’ seemingly made for festival crowds to sing along to, the band completely own the packed tent during their time on stage.

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’ from Holding Absence

Shinedown are also a band that knows how to control a crowd, and they have a large crowd to play with next on the main stage. With a new album on the way, the band incorporate new tracks ‘The Saints of Violence and Innuendo’ and ‘Planet Zero’ into their tried and tested, crowd pleasing set.

It’s then back to the Avalanche stage for another standout performance. This time it’s Creeper on the stage, the band again showing an innate ability to hold the audience in the palm of their hands. Creeper continue to grow and evolve and it will be interesting to see where the band head next.

Read our review of Creeper live in London

We stick next to the Avalanche stage for headliners Funeral For A Friend. Perhaps it’s the fact that we’ve just witnessed two fantastic performances on this stage from Holding Absence and Creeper but something feels a little off for this set. It’s not a lacklustre performance as the band give it their all, but on a weekend full of great performances what is probably a really good one feels a little underwhelming.

There is never anything underwhelming however about Iron Maiden. The band are icons for a reason and their current stage show is possibly their best ever. With Maiden on form and a packed Donington Park in fine voice, this headline set was always going to be one for the ages, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Read our review of ‘Senjutsu’ from Iron Maiden
SUNDAY REVIEW

Now onto Sunday morning, with hangovers taking hold, feet aching and stamina’s waning. It’s up to Wargasm to blow away any cobwebs as they open the main stage, and that’s just what they do. The band are developing into something of a marmite band, but there is no doubting the passion and energy that they put into every performance; and judging by the reaction they go down very well this morning.

Sidetracking from the music for a moment, we commented in our Neck of the Woods Festival review about the cost of food and drink this year. There are no surprises therefore that prices are high at Download Festival, but the quality on offer at that price is disappointing. Inflation is one thing, but shrinkflation begins to rub, and more than one meal this weekend leaves a sour taste in our mouth (figuratively and literally in one case!).

Well, if the amenities on offer are disappointing, thankfully the music isn’t. As we have said, the quality of performances this weekend is consistently high. Both The Velveteers in the Dogtooth tent and The Last Internationale on the second stage are fine examples of this quality from top to bottom.

Massive Wagons follow on the second stage and again appear on top form. As many bands have this weekend, they tailor their set list perfectly for their time on stage and it’s wall to wall bangers as the kids would say.

Tremonti next are more methodical as they display their technical prowess. Mark Tremonti and co are mightily impressive and the audience are equally receptive.

Read our review of ‘Marching In Time’ from Tremonti

We shoot then across to the main stage where Rise Against are another band that fail to meet expectations. The band are an incredible force, but sadly today they struggle to translate from the stage for whatever reason.

Read our review of ‘Nowhere Generation’ from Rise Against

Volbeat have no problems though as they are instantly able to grab the audience. They deliver a career spanning setlist to the delight of the field, which shows just why they have established themselves as potential future headliners.

Read our review of Volbeat live in London

We then find time to dart across to the Avalanche stage one last time as Trash Boat showcase one of the albums of last year, ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’. Trash Boat have really come into their own and have the entire tent bouncing along.

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’ from Trash Boat

Korn are the penultimate band to play the main stage this weekend and they make the most of their position with one of the best performances of the festival. The band are longtime Download Festival favourites and they evidence today just why that is.

Read our review of ‘Requiem’ from Korn

There is another look at the future next as Yonaka pack out the Dogtooth tent. Those that have made the effort to catch the band are rewarded by an incredible performance from one of the most exciting young rock bands around.

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’ from Yonaka

Last but certainly not least with have Biffy Clyro who are one of the biggest rock bands in the UK, but seemingly another marmite band amongst regular Download Festival goers.

One thing for certain is that those that chose to the stay until the end are rewarded by way of a sublime headlining performance. Biffy Clyro are another level live act and tonight they deliver a superb closing show fitting of closing this event.

Read our review of Biffy Clyro live in London

Consistent high calibre performances have encapsulated the return of Download Festival this weekend. The event has a special place in the hearts of its fan base and will celebrate next year with a special four day 20th anniversary celebration. We can’t wait!

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Neck of the Woods Festival

Earlham Park, Norwich

Sunday 29th May 2022

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NECK OF THE WOODS FESTIVAL REVIEW

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As May draws to a close, the traditional UK Festival season commences. Of course 2022 is the first full season in three long years following the pandemic-related disruption to the 2020 and 2021 summers.

It must be fate then that as we journey towards Earlham Park in Norwich, the skies are grey and the rain begins to fall. It wouldn’t be the UK summer without some of the wet stuff now would it?

Our destination on this chilly spring Sunday is a new venture called Neck of the Woods. The one day festival sees organisers take over a venue vacated by yesterdays Let’s Rock Retro Festival.

I’ve long championed the notion that Norwich needs an indie/rock festival and if tagging along to this existing event makes one viable then I’m all for it. Line-up wise Neck of the Woods is certainly going for the growing younger indie crowd with only headliners The Kooks of a certain vintage.

Access is quick and easy and the atmosphere once inside is nice and relaxed. The usual overpriced festival food and bars are present as are four stages of music.

Given the ongoing cost of living crisis it’s somewhat disappointing yet fully expected post-pandemic that food and drink prices have increased since last year. A hot dog, fries and a can of pop coming to a staggering £14.50! As I say, expected given the past couple of years, but a little frustrating.

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The site is setup well for a one day event with the stages spread out between two different areas, each with one outdoor and one tented stage. As expected there is some sound bleed at times, but nothing too invading.

There are a handful of stalls and other activities scattered around the site, with ample facilities such as toilets plus a separate VIP area. Thankfully there are no major queuing issues all day with the amount and distribution of everything on site seemingly well measured.

That’s the amenities taken care of then, now onto the music! That is after all why we are all in this field, with a little sunshine now poking through.

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Opening the main stage are local favourites Youth Killed It who do a fantastic job in getting the early attendees engaged. Their unique brand of indie punk captures the imagination of the young audience and shows great promise for a band coming into their own.

The main stage and the tented second stage, sponsored by local venue The Waterfront, alternate meaning eager music aficionados can catch an endless stream of musical pleasures if their legs can hold them. We are able to hold this pace for the first half of the event, allowing us to take in some great young acts including a fair few to have featured on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

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One such act is Liverpudlian indie upstarts Rats who open the second stage with a blistering set which wins over every single person present. A glimpse into the future of indie music, and the future is once again looking bright.

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Next on the main stage are The Lottery Winners who, with their great onstage banter and even better musical output, may be the perfect festival band. The group have the audience in the palm of their hands throughout their short set and leave the crowd wanting more, which is all you can really hope to do.

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Another enthralling act grace the second stage next with their superb 80’s tinged Synth-Pop are Deco. This is a name that is popping up on many a festival line-up this summer and is certainly one to watch out for.

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Also on the one to watch list is the fabulous Lauran Hibberd who has been making waves for a couple of years now. Hibberd is preparing to release her debut album later this year, and on the evidence of today it is set to be a big one. Fully expect to see this name playing higher up festival bills next summer!

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The Royston Club continue the hot streak of great young bands at Neck of the Woods next with another top showing in the tent. With many fans seemingly already in the know, the band are able to create a fun atmosphere as our legs begin to tire.

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No time for rest just yet as we return to the main stage for a band that feel on the cusp of something really big. The Snuts hit the number one spot with their debut album and recently played some huge shows across the country including Brixton Academy.

Songs such as ‘All Your Friends’, ‘Always’ and ‘Glasgow’ from that album feel like they were made with days like today in mind. With the sun now making regularly scheduled appearances from behind the cloud and the crowd fully in the festival spirit, the band go down as expected. A hero’s reception for a group surely destined to headline this sort of event.

Now after that relentless run of superb music, we must stop and retreat to check out the VIP offerings. With a private bar and toilets along with ample seating including a good view of the main stage, the VIP area is basically what you’d expect at a festival; nothing too fancy but a nice place to chill out.

But whilst we rest, the music doesn’t. The organisers have done well to secure a line-up featuring some of the best new bands on the scene with a splattering of larger acts to draw the crowds.

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Whilst we relax we get to enjoy dodie who offers something slightly different to the indie lad rock predominantly featured. An enjoyable set from dodie allows us time to recuperate before another onslaught of music.

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We pick things back up towards the top of the bill now with Sea Girls on the main stage. Sea Girls are a band that I’ve heard of but never actually listened to. Not really knowing what to expect, the band are able to quickly get my attention. They also have the attention of the majority of the attendees with a clear connection existing between band and fans.

Their time on stage sails by very quickly which is usually a good sign, and with their name featuring on many festivals this summer, I feel they’ve earned a little more attention from me before I hopefully see them again.

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In fact, one of my favourite things about festivals is discovering new music. I’d like to say NOISY on the third stage are a new discovery but they’ve actually featured on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist already. That said catching them live here gives new emphasis to their music as the band play one of the most energetic and passionate sets of the day.

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Perhaps this energy and passion is what make our sub-headliners DMA’s fall a little flat having to follow them. Another band that I’ve not personally delved too deeply in before, I can’t say that are able to grab me as much as many others have today. A slower paced set perhaps wasn’t what the doctor ordered following NOISY in a small tent and prior to Yonaka in the big tent.

DMA’s are pleasant enough and perhaps do deserve deeper inspection, but as the weather gets colder and the feet start to ache, they struggle to capture my imagination today.

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That was never going to be a problem for our second stage headliners Yonaka however! This after all is a band built on energy and passion, a band whose bond with the audience is synergetic.

Arriving slightly late on stage, the band power through their set which just adds even further impedance and immediacy to their performance. A sublime mixture of the stunning and the powerful encapsulates Yonaka as they deliver the likes of ‘Ordinary’, ‘Call Me a Saint’ and the incredible ‘Rockstar’.

Fans in attendance have probably just witnessed the performance of the day, but having slightly overrun it’s time to leg it back to the main stage where The Kooks have just arrived for their headline performance.

Their setlist tonight features debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ predominantly to celebrate its 15th anniversary. Adding in a few hits from that albums successors makes for a pretty great festival setlist.

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Opening with ‘Seaside’ and ‘See the World’, the band instantly have the crowd in hand. They are able to maintain this connection throughout their performance which is more than worthy of the headline slot.

By the time ‘Naïve’ closes their set and sends the fans off into the night, it is very much job achieved both for The Kooks and for Neck of the Woods. Norwich does need an event like this, and whilst far from sold out, the event is well enough attended to be deemed a successful debut.

Hopefully Neck of the Woods can build on this solid start, build their brand and bring some of the biggest indie acts to Norwich in the coming years. Most importantly though I hope that they maintain the focus on new bands!

Today has been a day of discovery, finding great new acts before enjoying a handful of the best indie acts around at the moment; the perfect mix. I’d imagine we will be hearing a lot more from a number of these acts over the coming years, and hopefully we will be back at Earlham Park next year.

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Pale Waves reveal UK Tour, debut new single and announce new album

Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report, and it has been as huge news week for fans of Pale Waves!

This week saw the band announce a new UK Tour to take place in November. The run of dates will include a huge show at the O2 Brixton Academy in London.

That isn’t it though, as the band also announced that they will be releasing their third album, ‘Unwanted’, this August.

They also debuted the first single from the album, ‘Lies’, which you can check out below.

“‘Lies’ is about someone who built up my trust and destroyed it like a wrecking ball,” says frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie. “it caused some real trust issues, but fortunately for me that person is no longer in my life. Once you do me wrong you’re gone!”

Pale Waves have been on a personal and artistic journey since the release of their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ in 2018. These experiences have begun to inform their songs in recent years and are what jump to the fore on ‘Unwanted’.

“It was really the only thing this album could be called,” says Baron-Gracie, now 27. “It’s bold and unapologetic, and that’s what the Pale Waves community is about. We don’t need to fit a perfect mould, we don’t need to apologise for being ourselves, and we won’t change for anyone. That acceptance is what connects us.”

Pre-order your copy and pick up tickets here.

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IDLES announce only UK headline show this year

Continuing to focus on show and tour announcements in our News Report, we move on to IDLES.

The band announced this week that they will be playing the HMV Empire in Coventry in June. The show is the only remaining UK headline show this year!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of IDLES live in London

The Virginmarys announce new UK Tour

Also announcing a lengthy tour around the UK this week were The Virginmarys.

The duo will play 13 shows this October following the release of their latest single, ‘The Meds’, recently.

Tickets are here.

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Neck of the Woods Festival announces final wave of acts

A singular piece of music festival news in our News Report this week and it comes from new Norwich event Neck of the Woods Festival.

Just a couple of weeks ahead of the event Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison and others have been announce for the fourth stage.

They join headliners The Kooks plus the likes of The Snuts, Lottery Winners, Yonaka, Little Comets and many more.

Tickets are here.

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Five Finger Death Punch announce new album ‘Afterlife’

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘IOU’

We move our News Report onwards now on to the new releases from this past week, and we start with Five Finger Death Punch.

The metal icons this week revealed that their new album, ‘Afterlife’, will be released on August 19th. In announcing the album, the band also debuted new track, ‘IOU’, which you can check out above.

“AFTERLIFE was hands down my favorite record to make.” says 5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory and continues: “It is our ninth album so at this point, we have legions of loyal fans, and our signature sound is more than established. It became its own island, our ground zero we operate from and we can always come back to. So when we started this record, there was an excitement of impending musical adventures, we knew we could step away as far as we wanted to, there was a freedom of truly “anything goes.”

This resulted in an album that is way more diverse than our previous ones, while it feels more unified, because there is a framework of overarching stories in Ivan’s lyrics and interconnecting musical motifs between songs. It was not planned as a concept album, but we were so hyper-focused on painting a complete picture, it somehow feels like one… We are very proud of it and are just as impatient as the fans waiting for the release, can’t wait to share it.”

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My Chemical Romance return with new single ‘

My Chemical Romance – ‘The Foundations of Decay’

Perhaps the most exciting new music revelation this week was the return of My Chemical Romance with their first single in many years.

You can check out the track, ‘The Foundations of Decay’ above.

More from the band here.

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The HU debut ‘This Is Mongol’

The HU – ‘This Is Mongol’

The HU also had new music to present this week as the band debuted new track, ‘This Is Mongol’. You can listen to the track above, which comes ahead of their highly anticipated sophomore album due this summer.

Speaking about the video, singer and tumur hhuur player Jaya said, “We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia. We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”

More from the band here.

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Royal Republic debut ‘Diggin’ It’

Royal Republic – ‘Diggin’ It’

There is plenty of new music to digest this week in our News Report and next we throw it over to Royal Republic.

This week the band debuted their latest song, ‘Diggin’ It’, which you can check out above.

More from the band here.

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Nova Twins unveil ‘Puzzles’

Nova Twins – ‘Puzzles’

Nova Twins debuted new track, ‘Puzzles’ this week, and you can listen above.

The song comes ahead of new album, ‘Supernova’ on June 17th.

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Lauran Hibberd debuts ‘Step Mum’

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Step Mum’

There was also another new track forthcoming from Lauran Hibberd this week. Check out, ‘Step Mum’, above!

The track will feature on debut album, ‘GarageBand Superstar’, which will arrive August 19th.

Pre-order your copy here.

BERRIES announce debut album, and release new single ‘

BERRIES – ‘We Are Machines’

Finally, we close out this section of our News Report with the fantastic news that BERRIES will release their debut album, ‘How We Function’ on July 8th.

This week also saw the band debut their latest track, ‘We Are Machines’, which you can listen to above.

Pre-order your copy here.

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As always we conclude our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist over on Spotify.

The Lounge Society – ‘Blood Money’

The Lounge Society have announced that their debut album, ‘Tired of Liberty’, will arrive August 29th. This week they debuted new track ‘Blood Money’.

The band comments: “Blood Money is a reaction to the culture of greed that’s seeping into the corridors of power across the world. It’s a reminder that ultimately, we all suffer at the hands of self-serving elites, and it’s our personal perspective on the effects of dirty politics on the everyday lives of ourselves and people we know.

For us it’s a song that completely captures this record and us as a band. It feels like the perfect development from our previous releases to our debut album and exactly how this record should be introduced. The balance of driving guitar riffs and the groove of the drums and bass is sort of a snapshot of the album. We’d never claim to be a purely dance based band and we’d never claim to be a purely guitar riff-based band because it’s the combination of the two which excites us.

On Blood Money it felt like in the studio we took our sound to a different level. We approached the album recording in a totally fresh way to how we have recorded in the past and we got exactly what we wanted.

We had good friends & Speedy label mates of ours Anouska (Honeyglaze) and Jojo (Heartworms) do some extra vocals in the chorus, and it really elevated it and gave it an almost operatic feel which was amazing to see develop in the studio.”

Call to the Faithful – ‘The Problem’

Fierce UK Rockers Call to the Faithful return with their first offering of 2022, ‘The Problem’.

The band says: “The Problem is biographical account of the miserable situation so many of us find ourselves in, unable to break free of living paycheck to paycheck while being continuously belittled by a generation so detached from modern struggles that they provide useless solutions like “simply work harder” and “don’t waste your money at Starbucks”.

smallmint – ‘The Dark’

Northern Ireland stalwart’s smallmint have unveiled their new single, ‘The Dark’, plucked from debut LP ‘where we all end up in the end’.

Speaking of the album’s production, Cameron-Braithwaite says:

“We wanted the album to feel natural and to actually sound like a band playing live in a room, which is exactly how it was recorded. It was important for us to keep that space and energy in the recordings — no need for overproduction or too many overdubs, so that the arrangement of the music and the emotion within the lyrics could speak for themselves.” 

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More acts for Reading & Leeds Festivals

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report, where we roundup the best music news from the past week. We start this week with the latest festival announcements including the above from Reading & Leeds Festivals.

The dual event this week added a load of new acts for August including Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Black Honey, DMA’s, All Time Low, cleopatrick, Tigercub, Kid Kapichi, Witch Fever, The Blinders and Crawlers!

They join the likes of already announced Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon, Rage Against The Machine, Wolf Alice, Fontaines D.C., Enter Shikari and Pale Waves.

Remaining tickets and info are here.

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The Rolling Stones to headline BST

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Probably the biggest band on the planet, The Rolling Stones will headline not one but two nights at British Summer Time Festival this June and July.

The legendary act will be celebrating sixty years together with two shows in Hyde Park, with a Liverpool date also announced.

Tickets and info here.

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Hardwick Festival reveals line-up

Festivals across the country continue to reveal their line-ups for this year, and this past week saw Hardwick Festival unveil theirs.

Headlining the event will be Stereophonics and The Specials. They’ll be joined by Jake Bugg, Seasick Steve, The Proclaimers, Lottery Winners, Rats, Twister and more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Oochya!’ from Stereophonics

Neck of the Woods adds more acts

New Norwich Festival Neck of the Woods has this week added The Snuts, Little Comets, Youth Killed It and more to their line-up.

They join headliners The Kooks plus DMA’s, Sea Girls, Lottery Winners, Yonaka, Noisy, The Goa Express and many more.

Tickets and info here.

Read of review of The Snuts live in Colchester

Firestorm Rock Festival reveals line-up

Firestorm Rock Festival will take place in Manchester this August, and this week saw the event reveal a packed line-up.

Performing over the weekend will be Wayward Sons, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Those Damn Crows, Stone Broken, King King, The Treatment, Inglorious, Mason Hill, Florence Black, Bad Touch, Revival Black, The Hot Damn and many more!

Tickets are here.

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Florence + The Machine announce arena tour

We move our News Report on now to the latest tour announcements, and none came bigger this week than the live return of Florence + The Machine.

Florence will be joined by support act Willie J Healey on a huge trek around the UK’s biggest venues this November.

Tickets are here.

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Kaiser Chiefs reveal huge UK tour

Another lengthy arena tour announced this week comes from Kaiser Chiefs, who will be joined on the ‘All Together’ UK Tour by both The Fratellis and The Sherlocks.

Tickets are here.

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The Struts announce ‘The Homecoming Tour’

The Struts announced this week that they’ll be heading back to the UK for ‘The Homecoming Tour’ this July.

Lead singer Luke Spiller comments, “We are bursting with excitement to be coming back to our home country to see you all once more.  It’s been far too long and we are more than ready to make up for lost time. Can’t wait to make some more amazing memories with you all!”

Tickets are here.

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Corey Taylor announces UK dates

Rock icon Corey Taylor this week announced details of three solo UK dates this October. Taylor will play London, Hull and Swansea with support from Cherry Bombs.

Tickets are here.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs announce UK return

Yeah Yeah Yeahs this week announced their return to the UK with three shows this June. Support comes variously from English Teacher, Dry Cleaning, Porridge Radio and Anika!

Tickets are here.

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Muse announce new album and debut ‘Compliance’

Muse – ‘Compliance’

The latest music releases now in our News Report. Rock behemoths Muse this week announced details of their new album, ‘Will Of The People’.

The album will be released on August 26th, and is preceded by new single, ‘Compliance’, which you can check out above.

Speaking of the album the band explain, “Will Of The People was created in Los Angeles  and London and is influenced by the increasing uncertainty and instability in the world.  A pandemic, new wars in Europe, massive protests & riots, an attempted insurrection, Western democracy wavering, rising authoritarianism, wildfires and natural disasters and the destabilization of the global order all informed Will Of The People.  It has been a worrying and scary time for all of us as the Western empire and the natural world, which have cradled us for so long are genuinely threatened. This album is a personal navigation through those fears and preparation for what comes next.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Won’t Back Down’ from Muse on our Spotify Hot List!

Royal Blood debut ‘Honeybrains’

Royal Blood – ‘Honeybrains’

Royal Blood had new music on offer this week as the band prepared for their upcoming arena tour with new single, ‘Honeybrains’.

Listening options here.

Read our review of Royal Blood live in Norwich

Def Leppard announce new album and debut new single ‘Kick’

Def Leppard – ‘Kick’

Classic rock icons Def Leppard announced this week that they’ll be releasing a new album on May 27th.

They also previewed ‘Diamond Star Halos’ with the single, ‘Kick’ which you can listen to above.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Kick’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

VUKOVI debut ‘LASSO’

VUKOVI – ‘LASSO’

The new tracks continue with VUKOVI and their newly debuted single, ‘LASSO’, which you can check out above.

More from the band here.

Read our review of VUKOVI live in Norwich

Nova Twins debut ‘Cleopatra’

Nova Twins – ‘Cleopatra’

This week also saw Nova Twins debut their new single, ‘Cleopatra’, which you can watch above.

The track will feature on their new album, ‘Supernova’, which will be released June 17th.

Pre-order your copy here.

The band will also be playing three huge shows in November. Tickets are here.

Read our review of Nova Twins supporting Bring Me The Horizon in London

The Virginmarys debut ‘The Meds’

The Virginmarys – ‘The Meds’

Our News Report is drawing to a close, but we aren’t done yet! The Virginmarys kick started their new era this past week with the release of their new single, ‘The Meds’, which you can watch above.

Listening options here.

Read our review of The Virginmarys supporting Ricky Warwick live in Norwich

Skunk Anansie debut ‘Can’t Take You Anywhere’

Skunk Anansie – ‘Can’t Take You Anywhere’

There was also new music this week from British rock icons Skunk Anansie who debuted new track, ‘Can’t Take You Anywhere’.

Discussing the song Skin explains, “This track is a double-edged sword. We all have that one friend that we love but is a total embarrassment to us, a mate that has no off button and no filter. So if they aren’t losing their phone/keys/coat, they’re saying some stuff that will defo get you cancelled by all your other mates. This song is about how polarised the world is now, and how careful you need to be. It’s about dealing with the new world order of friendship, as never before have I had great long term friends develop completely opposing views to mine. It’s about having to navigate and understand people, keeping the love and respect but also standing firm in your opinions.”

More from Skunk Anansie here.

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As always we finish out our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

‘WORRY’ – PEANESS

Peaness are preparing to release their debut album ‘World Full of Worry’ on May 6th. Check our their single, ‘Worry’, on our playlist!

‘TV PERSONALITY’ – BAIT

As their debut album edges into sight, BAIT are back with the electrifying new single: ‘TV Personality’.

Of the track Michael Webster says: “The pandemic locked us away and forced us to live life through a screen. We each became a TV personality, broadcasting from the rabbit hole for work, study & play.”

‘ALL OUT’ – THE NATIVE

Rising Plymouth band The Native have just signed with This Feeling Records, and will soon support Bastille in arenas across the UK.

Check out their single, ‘All Out’, on our playlist!

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Rammstein debut ‘Zeit’

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report. We are starting this week off with our new release section and the brand new single from Rammstein!

Yes the German metal gods returned this week with new music in the form of ‘Zeit’. The video is typically Rammstein-esque, and you can click here to watch on Youtube!

More from Rammstein here.

Listen to ‘Zeit’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

YUNGBLUD debuts new single ‘The Funeral’

YUNGBLUD – ‘The Funeral’

There was also new music this week from YUNGBLUD, who started the next era of his young career with the new single, ‘The Funeral’.

You can watch the video above which includes the one and only Ozzy Osbourne.

More from YUNGBLUD here.

Listen to ‘The Funeral’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Florence + The Machine announce new album and debut ‘My Love’

Florence + The Machine – ‘My Love’

It was a big news week for Florence + The Machine as she announced that her new album ‘Dance Fever’ will be released on May 13th.

There was also new music as that announcement was accompanied by new single, ‘My Love’, which you can listen to above.

Pre-order your album here

Listen to ‘King’ from Florence + The Machine on our Spotify Hot List!

Papa Roach unveil ‘Cut The Line’

Papa Roach – ‘Cut The Line’

We continue our new release section of our News Report with the new single from Papa Roach, ‘Cut The Line’. You can check out the video to the track above which arrives ahead of their latest album.

‘Ego Trip’ will be released on April 8th and you can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Cut The Line’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Thumper debut ‘Fear of Art’

Thumper – ‘Fear of Art’

Full Pelt Music puts a great deal of effort into highlighting the best new music through our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist and Podcast. One band we’ve featured previously on said playlist is Thumper!

This week saw the band release their latest track, ‘Fear of Art’, which you can listen to above. The song comes ahead of their debut album, ‘Delusions of Grandeur’ which arrives March 18th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of Thumper live in Norwich

BERRIES debut ‘Wall of Noise’

BERRIES – ‘Wall of Noise’

Another band to feature on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist previously is BERRIES. This week saw the band debut their new single ‘Wall of Noise’, which you can check out above.

More listening options here.

More on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist later on in our News Report!

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The Kooks debut ‘Jesse James’

The Kooks – ‘Jesse James’

Staying with new releases and this week saw The Kooks debut new single and video ‘Jesse James’. You can watch the video above.

The track comes ahead of new album, ’10 Tracks to Echo in the Dark’ which arrives July 22nd.

Starring the British model, Lottie Moss (half sister of the iconic, Kate Moss) – the video sees Lottie dancing and playing guitar in a futuristic, space-like bedroom setting.

Lottie comments on starring in the video, “It was so fun to be involved in this, I’ve never been able to live out my main character dream before so this was really cool for me to do! I have loved The Kooks since I was younger so that made it even more special!“

Frontman Luke Pritchard comments on the track and video, “Really excited to release ‘Jessie James’, it’s a song about not always trying to prove yourself and losing the ego. We are so thrilled to have the amazing Lottie Moss to bring the song to life in her retro future bedroom floating through space, she really elevated the euphoria of the song with her performance! Check it out now”

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Crows share new track ‘Garden of England’

Crows – ‘Garden of England’

Crows debuted new single ‘Garden of England’ this week which you can watch the video for above.

The track will feature on new album, ‘Beware Believers’ which is out April 1st!

Singer James Cox explains, “This is straight-up our Brexit anthem. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t care less which way you voted, your vote, your choice. I just hated how much Brexit had become so ingrained in our day to day life. First thing I’d hear about when I woke up and the last thing I’d read before I went to sleep at night. It became all people spoke about. ‘Garden of England’ is more of a comment about the divisiveness it caused, splitting families, friends, widening the north-south divide and empowering nationalism. Public figures’ ability to lie publicly and not be held accountable, it’s just dangerous dog-whistle politics that doesn’t belong in the UK.”

Pre-order your copy here.

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Sunflower Bean debut ‘Roll The Dice’

Sunflower Bean – ‘Roll The Dice’

Another band with a new album on the way is Sunflower Bean, who release ‘Headful of Sugar’ on May 6th!

This week they debuted new single ‘Roll The Dice’, the video of which you can watch above.

An indictment of the so-called American Dream, ‘Roll The Dice’ was written about how many young adults now need side-hustles to secure their futures. The band explains, “Almost everyone we know struggles with money. The traditional routes towards success and stability in America have severely narrowed. The only way to get ahead is to take big risks and roll the dice.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Who Put You Up To This?’ from Sunflower Bean on our Spotify Hot List!

The Prodigy announce UK Tour

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We move on now to the latest tour announcements as our News Report continues.

Legendary act The Prodigy this week announced that they will be returning to the stage this summer with a full UK Tour. The run of dates will end with three dates at Brixton Academy.

The tour coincides with the 25th anniversary of ‘The Fat Of The Land’, and you can grab remaining tickets here.

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The Menzingers announce UK/Euro Tour

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Another tour to be announced this week will see The Menzingers hitting the UK and Europe in October. Along for the ride will be support acts Joyce Manor and Sincere Engineer.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Reeling’ from The Mysterines

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons to hit the road to play Motorhead!

Motorhead fans will be in for a treat this May as Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons this week revealed a special tour. The band has revealed they will be playing play Motorhead sets across the UK.

Tickets are here

Read our review of ‘We’re The Bastards’ from Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons

James and the Cold Gun reveal UK Tour dates

Back to ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist alumni now and James and the Cold Gun will be hitting the road this Spring for their debut headline tour.

The band has also announced details of a new EP, ‘False Start’ that will arrive April 29th.

Pre-order your copy and pick up tickets here

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You Me At Six announce support for 10 Years of Sin shows

After two weeks packed full of festival announces, our News Report only has two to report on this week and we start with the Slam Dunk related You Me At Six shows in Leeds and Hatfield.

Celebrating 10 Years of ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, the band will now be joined by The Hunna, Yonaka, Holding Absence and Kid Kapichi!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘SUCKAPUNCH’ from You Me At Six

Electric Picnic lineup revealed

Electric Picnic has revealed it’s lineup for this year and it features headliners Dermot Kennedy, Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys!

Also on the bill are Snow Patrol, Fontaines D.C., Pixies, The Kooks, Wolf Alice and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of Wolf Alice live in Norwich

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As always we finish our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist!

‘BLACK TAR’ – PIT PONY

First up are fuzz-rock five-piece Pit Pony and their new single ‘Black Tar’.

Speaking about the track, singer Jackie Purver explains “It’s quite literally about anxiety, about putting the work in to improve things and going back to the beginning. Feeling like you can’t get anything right and you’ll feel like that forever. The whole track being the same riff throughout, and driven by the constant throbbing bass, really conveys the feeling of that constant cycle. That treadmill you feel like you can’t get off.”

Jackie continues, “Of course you do get off, and you can feel better, but it takes time and work. The jagged and garagey sound lends itself to the stark melody and lyrics. It’s not one to overthink. By the end of the song I’m telling myself to snap out of it and keep going.”

‘CAROUSEL’ – REMINDERS

Next is the new single from Isle of Wight indie punks Reminders, ‘Carousel’!

Commenting on the track, front man Leo Dyke says: “‘Carousel’ is a song about telling people how you feel and looking for a sense of relief. Nearly everyday we are asked a variation of ‘how are you?’, and we all say ‘good’, and that made me think; what sort of chaos would ensue if we were honest? At the time I was desperate to be honest with somebody about how I felt, but I didn’t feel comfortable telling anybody ‘I need to vent’. This song is all the things I would have said if I felt as though I could have.” 

“The genesis of the lyrics comes from a John Lennon song called ‘Watching the Wheels’, except that song is pretty optimistic. ‘Carousel’ is its angry step-child. Bottling all of my feelings only led to being pissed off with everybody anyway, and caused me to fall out with the people around me. That’s what the bridge is about: we’re all too insecure to talk about how we feel, while being simultaneously too arrogant to concede, and once a row has gone too far, nobody is willing to stand down or rationalise, when all I was really looking for was someone to talk to.”

‘CIGARETTE SMILE’ – THIS DAZE

Finally this week is the track ‘Cigarette Smile’ from Norwegian indie punks This Daze.

Regarding the single This Daze say, “‘Cigarette Smile’ is the colourful person outside the pub with a cig between their lips. The song portrays adolescent themes of distant love together with the figurative and literal fear of meeting each other. The lyric “pick me up in your painted life” represents the wish of getting swept up by the romanticised picture you make upon meeting someone for the first time. If this image is flawed or genuine it does not matter for young adults taking chances. This song for us encapsulates the feelings of youth and being young. We feel that both the lyrics, the attitude of our performances and the urgency of the song reflects being young.”

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Download Festival line-up grows

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Welcome to a bumper edition of our weekly music News Report! A plethora of festival announcements to get through this week, so let’s get start with Download Festival!

New additions this week included Skindred, SKYND, Dirty Honey, Kid Brunswick, The Velveteers and the incredible Yonaka.

They join a massive line-up headlined by Kiss, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro. Other highlights include A Day To Remember, Korn, Shinedown, Volbeat, Rise Against, The Pretty Reckless, Airbourne, The Darkness, Funeral For A Friend, Creeper, Boston Manor, Trash Boat, Holding Absence and many more.

Tickets and info here.

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Teenage Cancer Trust announce annual Royal Albert Hall shows

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Incredible one off gigs in aid of a fantastic charity in an amazing venue. That’s the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

This year acts include Don Broco, Yungblud, Madness, The Who, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Amazing Things’ from Don Broco

Community Festival to return to Finsbury Park

This week also saw the announced return of Community Festival to London’s Finsbury Park.

The bill will include Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, Nothing But Thieves, Circa Waves, Pale Waves, Kid Brunswick and more.

Tickets and here.

Read our review of ‘Fix Yourself, Not the World’ from The Wombats

Y Not Festival announce 2nd wave of acts

This week also saw Y Not Festival reveal their second wave of acts including Thursday headliners The Kooks!

Also added this week were Jake Bugg, The Hunna, We Are Scientists, Blood Red Shoes, The Mysterines, Noisy, Daytime TV, MarthaGunn and more.

They’ll join the likes of Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Nothing But Thieves, Levellers, Pale Waves, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Black Honey, Yard Act, The Futureheads, Dream Wife, Beans On Toast, Lauran Hibberd, REWS and many more.

Tickets here.

Watch Beans On Toast on The Full Pelt Music Podcast

Slam Dunk Festival update line-up

Slam Dunk Festival updated their line-up this week following a couple of drop-outs. Joining the bill are Streetlight Manifesto, Stand Atlantic, Cassyette, MC Lars and more.

The event will also feature Sum 41, Alexisonfire, Neck Deep, Dropkick Murphys, Beartooth, The Used, Deaf Havana, Hot Milk, Cancer Bats, Nova Twins and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Below’ from Beartooth

Splendour Festival adds second day

Nottingham’s Splendour Festival this week revealed the event will stretch to two days this year with acts including Richard Ashcroft, Supergrass, Razorlight, The Magic Numbers, Ocean Colour Scene and Happy Mondays.

Tickets are here.

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New festival Wide Skies & Butterflies set for North Norfolk

A brand new music festival is heading to the Raynham Estate in North Norfolk. Taking place this August, Wide Skies & Butterflies will feature headline sets from The Vaccines, Hot Chip and James!

They’ll be joined by the likes of Editors, Everything Everything, Levellers, Scouting For Girls, Natalie Imbruglia, Toploader, Lauran Hibberd and MarthaGunn.

Tickets and info here.

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Gateways Festival reveals line-up

Our smorgasbord of festival goodness continues with Gateways Festival who revealed their line-up this week including headliners Jake Bugg and The Charlatans.

Also onboard for the event are The Subways, Ash, The Sherlocks, Dream Wife, Lottery Winners and many more.

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of The Subways live in Norwich

Suffolk gets new Festival

Suffolk also has a new festival to enjoy this August as At Ease debuts in Euston Park.

The event will feature Kaiser Chiefs, Jake Bugg, Happy Mondays, Natalie Imbruglia and more.

Tickets are here.

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The Wombats announce extra tour dates

We move our News Report on now to the latest tour announcements.

The Wombats this week announced a load of additional dates for their upcoming UK Tour.

Tickets are here.

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James Bay announces new tour

Also announcing new tour dates this week was James Bay who will be hitting the road this Spring.

Tickets are here.

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Nick Alexander Memorial Trust shows featuring Pet Needs and more

The Nick Alexander Memorial Trust has revealed the NAMT On The Road tour for next month with headliners Pet Needs.

They’ll be joined at select shows by BERRIES, Ghosts of Men and Paul Henshaw.

Tickets are here.

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Static Dress announce headline tour

The last tour announcement in our News Report is a hot one from Static Dress who will play a run of headline shows this April.

Tickets are here.

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Florence + The Machine return with ‘King’

Florence + The Machine – ‘King’

Our News Report turns now to the latest new releases and this week saw the return of Florence + The Machine.

You can listen to the new single, ‘King’, above now and stay up to date with what else is coming here.

Listen to ‘King’ on our Spotify Hot List

Bowling For Soup debut ‘I Wanna Be Brad Pitt’ and announce new album

Bowling For Soup – ‘I Wanna Be Brad Pitt’

Another band releasing new music this week was Bowling For Soup, who returned with new single ‘I Wanna Be Brad Pitt’.

That’s not it though, as the band also revealed that new album ‘Pop Drunk Snot Bread’ will arrive April 22nd!

Listen to the single above, and pre-order your album here.

Fatherson debut ‘Better Friend’

Fatherson – ‘Better Friend’

Fatherson continue to build towards new album, ‘Normal Fears’, which arrives April 1st with new single, ‘Better Friend’.

Speaking on the single, frontman Ross Leighton says, “”Better friend is about losing touch with people when you’re growing up and wishing you were better at staying in touch. Sometimes life gets in the way, but if the last few years has taught me anything life is better with the people you love.

It’s an anthem about friendship and an apology for letting it slip. It was the first song that I wrote for Normal Fears in my old bedroom in Kilmarnock and it really felt like the first normal fear I had going into the record. It became this reference point for melody and groove that the rest of the record built on.

I think everybody has felt a bit out of sorts before and gotten themselves into a space where they lose touch with people that are close to them. This song for me is a reminder to just get back in touch and start to rebuild. I love it!”

Listen to the track above and pre-order your album here.

Listen to ‘End Of The World’ from Fatherson on our Spotify Hot List!

Bob Vylan unveil ‘Health Is Wealth’

Bob Vylan – ‘Health Is Wealth’

One of the most important artists emerging over the last couple of years Bob Vylan have continued to preview their upcoming album ‘Bob Vylan Presents The Price Of Life’.

The album arrives April 22nd and can be pre-ordered here. Before then you can check out the latest single, ‘Health Is Wealth’ above.

Listen to ‘New England’ from Kid Kapichi & Bob Vylan on our Spotify Hot List!

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Our final News Report section highlights our latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist.

‘THE ANGEL – LOUIS DUNFORD

North London singer/songwriter Louis Dunford shares brand new single ‘The Angel’ from his forthcoming second EP ‘The Popham’.

Speaking about the track Louis says: ‘I wrote this song about my home town. Anyone who’s lived in North London as long as I have will recognise the people and the places I’m talking about in the lyrics. Some that are still here and some that are not. It’s my family and friends favourite song I’ve ever written. Everyone’s London is different. I tried my best to capture ours’ .

‘GIVE IT TO ME’ – CLASSLESS ACT

Los Angeles rockers Classless Act will be joining huge tours with both Dorothy and the Motley Crue/Def Leppard/Poison/Joan Jett Stadium US Tour on their schedule. Check out recent single ‘Give It To Me’ on our Playlist.

IT’S ART’ – BLACKGOLD

Described as masked misfits bringing nu-metal vibes, the mysterious Blackgold emerged from the shadows this week with debut single, ‘It’s Art’.

Check out all tracks on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist’, and remember to also check out our ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast wherever you listen to or watch your Podcasts. We have multiple Episodes coming this week and just talked with recent Playlisted acts Youth Illusion and Scruffy Bear!

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Standon Calling announces line-up

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report! We start this week with a run through of this weeks festival line-up announcements, and there has been plenty!

First up is the above announcement from Standon Calling. This year the event will feature four days of music including headline sets from the likes of Madness and Primal Scream.

Also performing across the weekend will be acts such as Self Esteem, The Cribs, Yard Act, Pigs x7, The Subways, Billy Nomates, Lynks, The Skints, Bob Vylan and Bessie Turner.

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of The Subways live in Norwich

Neighbourhood Weekender adds new acts

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Neighbourhood Weekender grew bigger this week with a second wave of acts revealed for the event.

New acts announced this week include Manic Street Preachers, Razorlight, James Bay, Scouting For Girls and more!

They join the likes of Courteeners, Kasabian, Blossoms, The Snuts, The Fratellis, Wet Leg, Noisy, Pale Waves, The Amazons and Inhaler.

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of Manic Street Preachers live in Cambridge

More acts revealed for Truck Festival

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Truck Festival also gain a slew of new acts over the past week. Already announced for the event were the likes of Kasabian, The Kooks, Sports Team, Shame, The Subways, Dinosaur Pile Up, Yard Act, Black Honey, Vistas, Lauran Hibberd and Gender Roles.

They’ll now be joined by acts including Sea Girls, The Murder Capital, Pulled Apart By Horses, Noisy, The Hara and Grandmas House.

Tickets and info here.

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Boardmasters reveal new acts

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The festival announcements continue in our News Report with the above from Boardmasters.

The event will be graced with performances from the likes of IDLES, Self Esteem, Bastille, Kings Of Leon, The Wombats and more.

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of IDLES live in London

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes join Bearded Theory lineup

The fantastic looking Bearded Theory festival now looks even better following the addition of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes this past week.

They join a bill including Placebo, Yonaka, Nova Twins, Lauran Hibberd, Frank Turner, Shame, Ferocious Dog, The Hives, Bob Vylan, The Ninth Wave, October Drift and many more!

Tickets and info here.

Read our review of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes live in Norwich

LeeStock announce full line-up

LeeStock Festival in Suffolk this week revealed their full 2022 line-up featuring headline performances from Ash and Scouting For Girls.

They’ll be joined by the likes of Electric Six, Toploader, Space, Ryan Hamilton and The Foundations.

Tickets and info here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers reveal new album details

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Black Summer’

We move now onto the past weeks new music releases, and where better to start than with the news that Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new album on the way?

Yes, ‘Unlimited Love’ will arrive on April 1st. The band also debuted new single ‘Black Summer’ which you can check out above.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Black Summer’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Liam Gallagher debuts ‘Everything’s Electric’

Liam Gallagher – ‘Everything’s Electric’

There was also new music this week from Liam Gallagher as he debuted his latest single ‘Everything’s Electric’, which you can listen to above!

The track comes ahead of his new album, ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’, which arrives on May 27th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Halestorm return with ‘The Steeple’

Halestorm – ‘The Steeple’

Halestorm returned this week with their new single, ‘The Steeple’, which you can listen to above.

The track will feature on upcoming album, ‘Back From The Dead’ which will arrive on May 6th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Back From The Dead’ from Halestorm on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Nova Twins announce new album

Nova Twins – ‘K.M.B.’

This week saw Nova Twins debut their latest track, ‘K.M.B.’, which you can listen to above.

This track precedes their second album, ‘Supernova’ which will arrive on June 17th!

Pre-order your copy here.

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Skinny Lister debut video for ‘Bonny’s Eyes’

Skinny Lister – ‘Bonny’s Eyes’

This week also saw Skinny Lister debut the video for new single ‘Bonny’s Eyes’, and you can watch the video above.

The song features on the groups latest album, ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’, which is available now.

Pick up your copy here.

Read our review of ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’

Puppy return with ‘…and watched it glow’

Puppy – ‘and watched it glow’

We close out our News Report this week with the latest from Puppy. This week the band revealed their latest single, ‘and watched it glow’, which you can listen to above.

The track will feature on their newly announced upcoming album, ‘Pure Evil’!

The album will be arriving on May 6th and you can pre-order here.

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Neck of the Woods Festival announce debut line-up

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report. We are starting off this week with the latest festival news including a brand new event set for May!

Neck of the Woods will take place in Norwich this Spring and will feature a headline performance from The Kooks. The headline act announced details this week of their latest studio album. ’10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark’ will arrive July 22nd, and you can pre-order your copy here.

The Kooks will be joined in Norwich by the likes of DMA’s, Sea Girls, Lottery Winners, Yonaka, NOISY and The Goa Express.

Tickets and more information here.

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Get Together Festival reveals line-up

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Another festival set to take place in May will see the return of Get Together Festival in Sheffield.

Acts set for the 2022 edition include Squid, Confidence Man, The Murder Capital, Du Blonde, Wooze, Peaness, Wych Elm and more.

Tickets are here.

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Bloodstock Festival gets bigger!

Bloodstock Festival has also grown bigger this week with the addition of acts such as Avatar, Pupil Slicer, Ill Nino and Skartlett Riot to the bill.

They join the likes of Killing Joke, Bury Tomorrow, Jinjer, Butcher Babies, Sleep Token, Ferocious Dog and Static-X at the Derbyshire event.

Tickets are here.

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Godsmack reveal UK Tour dates

One piece of tour news this week in our News Report and it comes from American rockers Godsmack. The band will make their way across to the UK and Europe next October for a rare run of dates over here.

Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham will welcome the band as part of the tour. Find your tickets here.

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Shinedown announce new album ‘Planet Zero’

Shinedown – ‘Planet Zero’

Our News Report moves on now to the latest music releases from the past week. We stay America for our first artist, as Shinedown reveal the release details for their latest album, ‘Planet Zero’.

The album will arrive April 22nd, and you can listen to the title track above.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of The Offspring live in Norwich

Stereophonics debut ‘Forever’

Stereophonics – ‘Forever’

There isn’t long now until Stereophonics release their latest album, ‘Oochya!’. Whilst the album arrives on March 4th, this week the band previewed another track entitled ‘Forever’.

You can listen to that track above, and you can pre-order the album here.

Read our review of Stereophonics live in Cambridge

Feeder debut ‘The Healing’

Feeder – ‘The Healing’

Feeder also had new music to debut this week with the single ‘The Healing’ arriving ahead of new album ‘Torpedo’. Listen to the track above before the album arrives on March 18th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Von Hertzen Brothers unveil new single ‘All of a Sudden, You’re Gone’

Von Hertzen Brothers – ‘All of a Sudden, You’re Gone’

Finally this week a preview from Von Hertzen Brothers of their upcoming album ‘Red Alert in the Blue Forest’ which arrives March 18th also.

You can listen to the new single, ‘All of a Sudden, You’re Gone’ above.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Ghost announce new album ‘IMPERA’

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report where we roundup the best news from the past week. We start this week with some huge new album announcements and single releases.

Anticipation has been high for the next chapter of Ghost since the band finished their last tour prior to the pandemic. The wait is now coming to an end with the announcement this week that they will release their latest album on March 11th.

The record will be titled ‘IMPERA’ and this week the band gave a taste of what to expect with new single, ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’, which you can listen to here.

Pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Call Me Little Sunshine’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Deaf Havana announce ‘The Present is a Foreign Land’ will arrive in July!

Deaf Havana – ‘Going Clear’

Another act announcing a new album this week was the new look Deaf Havana. The band will be releasing ‘The Present is a Foreign Land’ on July 15th!

The first view of the album comes from the new single, ‘Going Clear’ which you can check out above.

Pre-order the album here.

Read our review of IDLES live in London

Fatherson debut ‘Dive’

Fatherson – ‘Dive’

Fatherson also had new music to debut this past week with the band unveiling their latest single ‘Dive’.

‘Dive’ precedes their latest studio album, ‘Normal Fears’ which will arrive on February 25th. You can listen to the track above.

Pre-order your copy of the album here.

Listen to ‘End of the World’ from Fatherson on our Spotify Hot List!

Ho99o9 debut ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’

Ho99o9 – ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’

There was more new music this week with Ho99o9 also debuting a new track. You can listen to ‘BATTERY NOT INCLUDED’ above.

More from the band here.

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Papa Roach return with ‘Stand Up’

Papa Roach – ‘Stand Up’

Papa Roach also returned with a new single this week. You can listen to ‘Stand Up’ above.

More from the band here.

YONAKA reveal new tour dates

Tour news now in our News Report as the ongoing pandemic continues to result in postponements and cancellations.

Yonaka this week revealed that their tour will be pushed back and will now commence in Brighton next month. Support for the tour has also been revealed as July Jones.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’ from Yonaka

Blood Red Shoes reveal updated tour plans

Finally this week we have the newly announced tour dates for Blood Red Shoes following the postponement of their original dates. You can now catch the band live this June in the UK and July across Europe.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Ghosts On Tape’ from Blood Red Shoes

We were recently joined by Steven from Blood Red Shoes to discuss ‘Ghosts On Tape’ and much more. Audio options are here, or you can watch the video edition of The Full Pelt Music Podcast below!

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The Year In Review 2021

The Year In Review 2021

Full Pelt Music looks back on 2021 for our Year In Review

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2020 was a year that we all wish we could forget. Could 2021 be any better? Well, it started off just as the previous year ended; with the live music industry on its knees. Lockdown restrictions still ruled out any live in person shows, with even socially distanced shows initially outlawed.

Come late spring, things began to look up and a number of “test” events were planned. We were lucky enough to attend the Pilot Download Festival and the euphoria of being amongst fellow music fans in a field can’t truly be put into words. Things were looking up!

Live music would eventually make a full return but sadly as we write this The Year In Review 2021 feature, the sector is once again holding its breath waiting for the Government to take action. Alas, true normality may still be a long way off, but for a few months this year we got to feel alive again.

That alone elevates 2021 above 2020, but there is plenty more to unpack. We recently undertook our now annual countdown of our top albums of the year over on our social media. 2021 was a truly exceptional year in terms of album quality. Those musicians kept in lockdown last year certainly found their creativity and compiling a list of the top 50 albums of the year was highly competitive.

Read our Album of the Year 2021 feature

In our The Year In Review 2021 article, we will be revealing our end of year award winners. As with last year we will announce our Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Gig of the Year and Festival of the Year.

This year however we have an additional award to hand out. 2021 was a big year for Full Pelt Music, our first full year in existence. We’ve grown and we’ve enhanced our focus on new music. We launched initially our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist on Spotify through which we highlight the best up and coming artists.

We also launched not one but two Podcasts this year, including the accompanying ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast where we truly shine the spotlight on your new favourite acts. As such, this year we will also be awarding the ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award!

Before we get to those awards though, let’s run you through a few of our highlights this year. First of all, as mentioned we also launched The Full Pelt Music Podcast this year. Fittingly our inaugural guest was Frank Turner, the winner of both our Gig of the Year and Artist of the Year awards in our 2020 Year In Review.

Across the Podcasts this year we’ve had the pleasure to talk with Press To Meco, Beans On Toast, Miss Vincent, Planet Fatale, Mercutio, Light By The Sea, Freddie and the Fabs, The Damned Few, Project Renegade, Icarus and Smoke! Be sure to check out these conversations, and also to Subscribe on Youtube or wherever you listen to your Podcasts. After all, we will have plenty more for you to enjoy in 2022.

The Music Industry has seized on the opportunity to entertain this year both live and on record. We’ve reviewed 66 albums, 2 festivals and 27 gigs in 2021 as fans have been treated to incredible releases and some truly stunning live shows. Again, perhaps the enforced break has allowed creativity to breed innovation.

So with that in mind, let’s work through those award catagories!

Album of the Year

As we’ve already referenced, the pure quality of releases this year made compiling our Top 50 Album of the Year List very tricky. It was hard work but we did it, and you can read the full list here.

The quality is demonstrated best by last year’s winners IDLES only reaching a still respectable number 7. The winner however had to be ‘Blue Weekend’ from the incredible Wolf Alice who continue to go from strength to strength. After three stunning albums, there is no ceiling for this band and we can’t wait to catch songs from the album live in 2022.

Winner:

‘Blue Weekend’ by Wolf Alice

The Contenders:

‘Written & Directed’ by Black Honey, ‘Typhoons’ by Royal Blood, ‘Seize the Power’ by Yonaka and ‘Transmute’ by Press To MECO

Previous Winners:

2020 – ‘Ultra Mono’ by IDLES

Single of the Year

We move on now to our award for the Single or Song of the Year. This year has again seen us locked down for considerable amounts of time and many will have sought solace in Playlists such as our Spotify Hot List.

In selecting our track of the year we considered which songs we’ve come back to time and time again, which songs remain as fresh now as they did on first listen and what songs simply just resonate on a different level.

Our winner is an incredible track from the fantastic album ‘Transmute’ from Press To MECO. ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’ ticks all of the criteria and also sounds absolutely massive live.

Press To MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Winner:

‘A Test Of Our Resolve’ by Press To MECO

The Contenders:

‘My Town’ by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, ‘Afterlife’ by Holding Absence, ‘Midnight’ by Creeper and ‘Haven’t Been Doing So Well’ by Frank Turner

Previous Winners:

2020 – ‘Obey’ by Bring Me The Horizon feat. Yungblud

Artist of the Year

Artist of the Year now and for this award we look for somebody who has had a huge, perhaps even career-defining year. Last year we gave the award to Frank Turner for his incredible work for the #SaveOurVenues campaign through his Independent Venue Love series.

This year our winners are a band that also dabbled with livestreams during that first lockdown. This year however has been a hugely important year for Biffy Clyro. A new album, ‘A Myth of the Happily Ever After’ came hot on the heels of last year’s ‘A Celebration of Endings’. It’s another quality album from a band that continue to deliver consistently great music.

The band also had a huge impact on the live music scene this year. Firstly, the band rode to the rescue by stepping in as late replacements for Queens of the Stone Age to once again headline Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Secondly, the band played huge outdoor shows in Cardiff, Glasgow and Margate to help signal the return of live music after around 16 months of lockdown. Highlights of both their Reading and Glasgow performances aired on the BBC.

Lastly, the band played a completely sold out and very intimate ‘Fingers Crossed’ Tour across the UK. Their shows this year giving fans an opportunity to witness songs from not one but two albums live for the first time.

Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt / Unknown Male 01’
Winner:

Biffy Clyro

The Contenders:

Enter Shikari, Bring Me The Horizon, Creeper and Wolf Alice

Previous Winners:

2020 – Frank Turner

Festival of the Year

Festivals made a belated return from lockdown restrictions in late summer, although the majority of the usual seasons events were still cancelled. For our Festival of the Year however we can’t look anywhere other than the special event that laid the groundwork for all events to return, the Download Pilot Festival!

Back in June the Government test event was the first opportunity for music fans to camp in a field and rock out for three days. The camaraderie and atmosphere this situation created, combined with the uniquely intimate Download layout and line-up made for a once in a lifetime experience.

British bands took centre stage and delivered an incredible weekend of music; with bands and fans both desperate to experience live music again. Thanks to all involved we can hopefully experience a full fat Download Festival again this summer.

Read our review of the Download Pilot Festival!

Winner:

Download Pilot Festival

The Contenders:

Reading Festival and Lost Evenings

Previous Winners:

2020 – Wild Fields Festival

Gig of the Year

Last year’s winner of Gig of the Year was a socially distancing outdoor affair, this year however true live music returned! Picking a winner this year is difficult because the pent up frustration of lockdown on both musicians and fans vented fully across some amazing gigs.

We reviewed 27 of those shows this year and there were some very special moments amongst them. The winner however must go to Bring Me The Horizon who stormed the O2 Arena with You Me At Six and Nova Twins in tow.

The night was a massive middle finger to any remaining doubters and the band solidified themselves not just as arena fillers but as festival headline ready. Fitting therefore that they have recently been revealed as headliners for Reading & Leeds Festivals next year.

Read our review of Bring Me The Horizon live in London

Winner:

Bring Me The Horizon @ O2 Arena

The Contenders:

Creeper @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, Idlewild @ Electric Brixton, The Offspring @ Wembley Arena, Biffy Clyro @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, Vukovi @ Norwich Waterfront Studio and Royal Blood @ Norwich UEA

Previous Winners:

2020 – Frank Turner @ Nottingham Arboretum

‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year

Our final award is a new award for this year where we shift focus on to the future. Having launched our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist and Podcast this year we wanted to honour an act that we have featured and for whom the future is bright.

With their debut album ‘A Funeral For Youth’ cracking our top 20 for the year, Miss Vincent take the inaugural ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award!

Miss Vincent – ‘Rosaline’
Winner:

Miss Vincent

The Contenders:

Planet Fatale, Dead Nature and Thumper

So, it hasn’t been a usual year again, in fact at times it has been just as hard as 2020. 2021 has however reminded us of what we were missing. Stunning new music, incredible live shows and a return to some normality (nobody say ‘new’ normal!), make 2021 a year that will live long in the memory for many reasons.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our The Year in Review 2021 feature and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2022 is a good one!

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