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.

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VANS OFF THE WALL MUSIC NIGHT TOUR

If Vans weren’t doing enough with themselves at the moment with the up and coming UK Warped Tour, they’re also supporting the annual Vans Off The Wall Music Night Tour.

This year’s line-up isn’t holding back with some of the best rising bands around including Marmozets, hardcore boys Your Demise along with pop-punk darlings We Are The In Crowd. Finishing this years line-up is Buckinghamshire quintet, Young Guns, who after the success of sophmore album Bones have more than earned their headlining spot.

You can catch this tour on the following dates:

08.10 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
09.10 – Waterfront, Norwich
11.10 – Great Hall, Cardiff
12.10 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
13.10 – Ritz, Manchester
14.10 – ABC, Glasgow
16.10 – Cockpit, Leeds
17.10 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

 

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…

MUSIC PIRACY FEATURE

It’s very rare to find someone in this day and age who hasn’t succumbed to one little illegal download in their life. Even if it was just a song by a band you were curious about, most people do it and know full well they’re breaking the law.

Most will tell you that times are hard, which yes, they are hard but does this really give us the right to illegally download albums by bands who are working like crazy just to make it somewhere in the world? read more 

YOUNG GUNS LIVE REVIEW

Put yourself into Young Guns’ well-worn canvas shoes for just a moment. You’ve been around for about four years now and have done what some might call ‘pretty well’. A slot opening the Reading and Leeds mainstage, opening for Bon Jovi, numerous sold out tours culminating at the Kentish Town Forum last year and two critically-acclaimed really-fucking-good albums to boot (one of which managed to stick its YG emblem flag in the UK Top 20). Read more…

YOUNG GUNS SHARE BONES VIDEO

Buckinghamshire quintet Young Guns have posted up the music video for their new single Bones, from their forthcoming sophmore album…which is also called Bones.

Catch them on tour this February – tickets are selling quick so be sure to get them asap to avoid disappointment!

So here we are, another year has crept upon us, and what a year it’s going to be. With no time to even contemplate what’s in store this year, venues are jammed pack full of tours across the UK, with some of the biggest tours we’ve seen in a long time. It’s not just our home grown talent that’s making stops around the country, in fact, quite the opposite with a huge list of pop punk and alternative bands flying from across the pond to grace us with a visit.

First to arrive are loveable Americans, Four Year Strong, who come to the UK with the first plays of new album, In some way, shape or form which was released last November in the UK. The band will only be here for a week but are still making sure no fan is left playing from Leeds to Portsmouth. Support comes from rising British talent, Don Broco and pop punkers, A Loss for Words. They were meant to be joined by American newcomers, This Time Next Year, however due to financial issues the bands announced before Christmas they would have to pull out and apologise to any UK fan that was going to see them. Expect a whole host of crowd sing-alongs when the Four Year Strong takes to the stage. A tour not to be missed.

Next to come from across the pond are the fan girls favourite, All Time Low, no stranger to the UK, the band are followed by a great support that can rival the All Time Low themselves. We Are The In Crowd are a male and female dual vocal led group, but don’t let that put you off. If anything, they’ve started a new trend for the music scene and front lady, Tay Jardine is waving goodbye to the Paramore stereotype that every female fronted band automatically gains nowadays. The Maine are also flying over to join the tour, a band, who managed to break their way in the UK scene after a successful headline tour early last year. Although All Time Low have shot to fame on this side of the Atlantic, the band have actually been around for quite a few years – so don’t let the cheesy pop punk put you off. I assure you, between songs the guys will provide you with some laughs as, unlike many other ‘we’re good looking and we know it’ bands that seem to be ever increasing in the music world, All Time Low do not release it and if anything would rather be vulgar on stage than make the crowd of adoring fans love them anymore.

Its not just our American friends going on tour this month, Watford boys Lower Than Atlantis are touring all over the UK. Still breaking through the UK scene 2012 will no doubt be the year for these boys. After getting back from the US at the end of last year, they have took a short break before getting back on the road on the 20th. They’ve already managed to sell out the Southampton and London dates so make sure you get yourself a ticket whilst you can.

Coming back to the UK are Brand New, this is a rare opportunity so if you’re a fan, grab a ticket whilst you can because Brand New don’t stick around for long. Frontman Jesse Lacey and the boys come back to our shores this February and there’s no doubt each show will be totally unique. The bands lyrics are enough to send shivers down anybody’s spine so expect something special, and for less than £20 it’s more than worth it.

Finally, this year see’s the return of the annual Kerrang! Tour Sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink, which always has some amazing headliners with rising acts that are sure to impress with past years hosting it to the likes of Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong and Alexisonfire. True to its word, this year has a cracking line-up, with pop punk veterans New Found Glory co-headling with Sum 41, a band who rarely come over to the UK, up and coming screamers, Letlive and British band, While She Sleeps. With such a varied line up you’d be mad to miss it, and the best thing about it? It’s only £20. Tickets are selling fast so be sure to yours before the tour kicks off at the beginning of February.

There you have it, just some of the tours that the UK has to offer in the coming weeks. Make sure you have yours planned out as the majority all fall over the same weeks so you don’t want to be clashing your tours!

Additional UK tours coming your way over the next month:

Panic! At The Disco | Never Shout Never |  Young Guns | Canterbury | Lights

YOUNG GUNS ANNOUNCE BARE BONES CLUB TOUR

Buckinghamshire quintet Young Guns have announced that they will be embarking on a low-key tour to coincide with their sophmore album Bones which is due for release on 6th February 2012.

Pre-sale tickets, along with special pre-order album packages will go on sale exclusively via weareyoungguns.com at 9am on 17th November with general sale beginning at 9am on 25th November.

02.02 – Bucks Uni, High Wycombe
03.02 – The Well, Leeds
04.02 – Masque Loft, Liverpool
06.02 – King Tuts, Glasgow
07.02 – Corporation 2, Sheffield
08.02 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
09.02 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11.02 The Haunt, Brighton
12.02 – Fighting Cocks, Kingston (matinee)
13.02 – Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd
14.02 – Livewire, Saltash
15.02 – Moles, Bath
17.02 – Academy 2, Dublin (matinee)
18.02 – Speakeasy, Belfast (matinee)

YOUNG GUNS, EVERY AVENUE AND DANGEROUS! LIVE REVIEW

For a relatively unknown band (at least here on these fair isles), Aussie mob Dangerous! have an above-respectable crowd at the Manchester Academy this evening. Not that it would matter to them, of course, because this band seem to have the air that they would play to arenas in the same chaotic and frantic manner that they would in a sweaty dive bar. Read more…