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Deadbolt

Returns to Manchester this autumn.

The pop-punk, metalcore, hardcore and rock event will take place on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017 with three stages each day. The stages will be at Gorilla, Factory, Zoo, Underdog and Zombie Shack.

The first line up announcement consists of Martyr Defiled, Carcer City, Junior, Borders, Coast to Coast, Carbine, Kamikaze Girls, Better Than Never, Veridian, Highlives, Valliers, You Know The Drill, Black Coast, Home Wrecked, Everyday Sidekicks, Cascade, Autumn Ruin, Lotus Eater, From Inside and Illusions.

The festival is sponsored by Fireball Whisky, Live Without Regret Clothing and Level Phase Audio.

On the Saturday night there will be multiple afterparties including Deadbolt’s own clubnight.

Deadbolt, the monthly alternative party club night at Pub/Zoo, is known in the Manchester scene as the night to go for a move away from the traditional clubbing experience.

The club night incorporates elements of interactive games, live music performances and giveaways throughout the night to create a house party atmosphere with a hint of mayhem.

Liam Connolly, founder of Deadbolt, said: “Deadbolt Festival is a chance for us to take the chaos of our club night and amplify it. Deadbolt Festival 2015 was the biggest thing that we have done to date and we can’t wait to make it even better this year with bigger bands, more brand collaborations and even more chaos!”

Weekend tickets for the festival are available to purchase now at Redcardinalmusic for £26 and will include entry to the afterparties for over 18s. Limited Early Bird tickets are available for £20.

For more information, please visit www.redcardinalmusic.com.

Evil Scarecrow

The Level Nottingham 2nd June 2017.

Tonight’s show at The Level was, I believe, an end of academic year show, available to both Nottingham University students and the general public alike. Initially, I wasn’t going to go to tonight’s show but the opportunity to shoot at a new venue that I’d not visited before was too great and I’m so glad I did!

Not only because I got to see Evil Scarecrow again – which is always a pleasure but I also got to see two new Nottingham based bands whom I’d yet to see play live. As a venue goes, The Level is of course, The Students Union Bar, which doubles up as a night club, a safe haven for students, which I know serves as an invaluable service for students. It’s very rare for the venue to act as a music/concert venue as both Rock City and the Rescue Rooms are just down the road but I wish there were more live shows held at this venue as it’s got one of the best stage and lighting rigs that I’ve seen in a long time, especially here in Nottingham!!! Seriously, other venues in Nottingham need to visit it to check it out!

Hung Daddy then, as stated, on the night, it’s pronounced as it’s spelt…HUNG DADDY! These guys are a lot of fun and it’s easy to see why they were chosen to support Evil Scarecrow, as their humour on stage, is every bit as good as the Crow’s! Jason Parker, the bands lead vocalist and guitarist also admitted that this was the largest stage and show his band have ever played! Admittedly, Dave Marzec, the bands bassist looked a little lost up on that large stage with so many photographers in front of him – I don’t think he quite knew what to do! It was quite adorable actually – welcome to stardom guys, learn all you can from a show like this and from Evil Scarecrow, they’re use to all this showbiz stuff! Their success may continue as the band have managed to secure themselves a place, at Nottinghams MTTM’s final which will be held at The Maze on 24th of June, where six bands having won their semi final heat, will battle it out for a place at this years Bloodstock Festival. To be honest, they should smash it – their energy is great, they’re very entertaining, but above all, they play heavy!

Speaking of heavy, tonight’s next band have got heavy in abundance! Also from Nottingham, The Five Hundred are currently signed to London Road Records and have recently released a new album called ‘The Veil’ which perfectly demonstrates how brutal this band are! I seriously wasn’t expecting these guys to be so brutal. These guys are the perfect example of how music, good music, played live, can provoke some serious emotions within me. When that happens, you know you’ve witnessed something very special and these guys have got the potential to make it all the way to the top. Look out While She Sleeps, these guys are coming for you, in a good way!

Looking at the bands social media page, I can only see that these guys are playing Macmillian Fest on the 3rd September and why they ain’t playing every metal festival up and down the country this summer, is beyond me – unless they’ve neglected to update their page? Seriously, next time these guys are about, be sure to check them out!

The last time I saw Evil Scarecrow was last year at their annual Halloween party which was at Sheffield Corporation. On that occasion, I recall the amazing Anti-Clone were one of the bands supporting. Due to personal reasons, I never got around to writing a review, so sorry for that. I also recall, Evil Scarecrow, allowed me to photograph the whole show whilst using my flash, which to be honest, is pretty rare however, I didn’t need to shoot the whole show as I’ve photographed these guys so many times, I’d rather watch the show live. Evil Scarecrow are my ‘go to’ band, when I need cheering up, yes, I even find the track ‘Blacken The Everything’ uplifting, which got played tonight! As Mr. Russ Russell produced the bands last album, he’s got quite use to the bands sound and how they like others to hear them, so it was no surprise to see him behind the sound desk for tonight’s show. Another surprising feature of the night, was the fact, I think it’s the first time I’ve seen the bands instruments being set up by tech’s, outside of Bloodstock, which was a bit of a shock!

This tells me these guys are getting big, they always were in my eyes but they really have become a very professional band indeed, yet it’s been a long time coming! They now also have some serious backing, as far as endorsements go these days, what with Blackstar Amps standing proud on stage. Costume guitars, courtesy of Dean Guitars, one of the leading names and many artists first choice, as far as instruments go. There are others, guitar strings, drum kits etc. I can’t be arsed to name them all, it’s not like I’m getting paid to mention all these companies, I should like, but hey ho. HAHAHA! Seriously though, I’ve followed Evil Scarecrow now for many years, which is the only endorsement they need really, fans appreciate these guys, for who they are, a truly unique metal outfit who never fail to entertain and who put on an amazing show, which appears to grow larger every time I see them! The band are appearing at several festivals this year, the next one I’m looking forward to is Amplified, providing I get accredited, that is!

Thanks for also supporting and allowing us to come down and see the shows, we love you for it!

Until next time folks, WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU MAM!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Linkin Park

ANNOUNCE SPECIAL SHOW “ONE MORE NIGHT IN LONDON”
O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON JULY 4TH 2017.

Fresh from releasing their album, One More Light, which hit #4 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart and topped the charts in the USA, Linkin Park return to our shores this Summer for a very special event “One More Night In London”. The show will take place at O2 Academy Brixton on July 4th and tickets go on sale on Friday June 2nd at 9am.

Fans can also purchase tickets at various pre-sales this week including the LPU Presale from 1pm today, D2C Preorder Presale from 4pm, O2 Presale from tomorrow at 9am, LiveNation Presale from Thursday at 9am. Further information, and links to purchase tickets, can be found at Linkin Park events online.

One More Night In London” is mid-way through the band’s One More Light World Tour. The European leg kicks off on June 9th and Linkin Park also play 3 other dates in the UK, including London’s O2 Arena on July 3rd, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on July 6th and Manchester Arena on July 7th.

It’s been an exciting week for Linkin Park. The band made their first ever appearance on Good Morning America with an unprecedented pop-up performance in a New York subway at Grand Central Terminal. They released their 10-track, seventh studio album One More Light on May 19th and notched up their sixth #1 album on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, selling over 111,000 copies. In the UK, they scored the highest charting new release, finishing the week at #4. ‘One More Light’ taken from the new album.

Linkin Park are one of the world’s most successful bands. They are the biggest band on Facebook, and command a massive YouTube channel of over 3 billion plays and 7 million subscribers. Their first album, Hybrid Theory is the best-selling debut of this century, certified diamond (10 million) in the US. They have won 2 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards and 3 World Music Awards. They have sold out stadiums around the world, headlining some of the biggest music festivals including Download, Reading and Leeds in the UK, Rock in Rio in Portugal and Summer Sonic in Japan, as well as the distinction of being the first and only western rock band to play a 5 stadium tour in China. Their most recent tour was the band’s most successful World Tour to date – playing to over 1.5 million fans in 16 countries.

In 2005, the band founded Music For Relief, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception, MFR has raised over 9 million dollars for multiple victims across 4 continents, including Hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan in 2010, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

LINKIN PARK ONE MORE LIGHT WORLD TOUR UK LEG:
July 3rd London O2 Arena
July 4th London O2 Academy Brixton
July 6th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
July 7th Manchester Arena

Visit Linkin Park for more details.