VANS OFF THE WALL MUSIC NIGHT TOUR – REVIEW AND PHOTOS

After more than 5 years hosting the annual Vans Off the Wall Music Night, it’s clear that 2012 marks the year in which the tour has finally come into its element. Unlike many other annual tours, Vans Off The Wall always makes sure it pleases a wide range of people by providing the crowd with a mix of genres always providing something for everyone and this year sees no different.

We popped along to the sold-out gig at the HMV Ritz in Manchester to review the show in all it’s glory and then snapped some  pictures of Young Guns and We Are The In Crowd when the tour rolled up to the ABC in Glasgow.

TONIGHT ALIVE REVIEW

It’s been a great year for Tonight Alive – they’ve toured across Europe three times, played the infamous Soundwave festival in their home country of Australia, and they’ve graced the Kevin Says Stage for the whole summer on Vans Warped Tour. After this jaunt to the UK, they’ll be back to the US-of-A for a 6 week stint opening for Pierce The Veil.

But this evening it’s the people of Glasgow they’re here to impress. Last time they graced the stage at King Tut’s was to support Young Guns on their Bare Bones club tour back in February. Now they’ve returned as headliners in support of their own debut album What Are You So Scared Of, the followup to their successful 2011 EP Let It Land. read more…

AIDEN GRIMSHAW: REVIEW & PHOTOS

A lot of people are likely to be puzzled upon reading a news post here at CtrlAltRock that’s about a former X Factor contestant, but when said former contestant manages to successfully distance themselves from the SyCo machine and undergo wholly more organic process in order to create a record we feel it’s worth a listen…read more

SET YOUR GOALS LIVE REVIEW

There’s something magical about that last week in May. The sun comes out (in full force, sometimes, as tonight is the hottest one of the year so far) and for a few glorious days, our shores are teeming with some of the best bands in the world. Thanks, Slam Dunk, you’re the best. Read more…

LIVE REVIEW: WE ARE THE IN CROWD

One year ago We Are The In Crowd were just setting their mark on the UK music scene with a slot at Slam Dunk Festival and a small fan base following.  Fast forward to April 2012 and Tay Jardine and Co have broken into the scene at record speed with an incredible reaction to their support on the All Time Low’s January tour and just 3 months later they’re back with an almost sold out UK tour all of their own read more 

HIT THE DECK 2012 LIVE REVIEW

Only in its second year, Hit The Deck has managed to grapple its way to the very top of the UK day festival scene. Helped by a constantly stellar line up and its home in arguably the UK’s best music venue, how long it will take before Hit The Deck ‘does-a-Slam-Dunk’ and expands all over the country can only be a matter of time.  Read more…

TWIN ATLANTIC LIVE REVIEW

Most bands, by now, have realised that the best way to get their crowd warmed up and excited for their show isn’t a mind-blowing support band, it’s a killer intro. Over the past few years I’ve witnessed the Jaws theme, Straight Outta Compton and, in a fantastically inappropriate situation, some Whitney Houston. Tonight at the KOKO though, Twin Atlantic take the biscuit. Read more…