FESTIVAL LINE-UP - BRISTOL

Brand New

Brand New is an alternative rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 2000, the band currently consists of Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi, Garrett Tierney, and Brian Lane.

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Saves The Day

Saves The Day formed in 1997, releasing their debut album Can’t Slow Down in 1998 and followed by Through Being Cool in 1999 both on Equal Vision Records. 2001’s Stay What You Are spawned the memorable “At Your Funeral” as the band continued to evolve and grow. 2003’s In Reverie peaked at #27 on the Billboard Top 200, becoming the third Saves The Day album to chart on the Billboard Top 200. In 2006, the band began its concept trilogy, which was completed in 2011 with Daybreak. Saves The Day is Chris Conley (vocals/lead guitar), Arun Bali (guitar), Rodrigo Palma (bass) and Dennis Wilson (drums).

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The Blackout

Hope is the preserve of the foolish and the brave, the light at the end of the tunnel and the ball and chain that leaves reality inescapable. ‘Hope’, the new album by Welsh pop-bruisers The Blackout, is just that – except it sounds killer at ear-bleeding volume. “The title came up a lot when we were looking through the lyrics,” says Sean Smith, “and we saw the recurring theme of the double meaning.” “It’s a strong emotion,” agrees Gavin Butler, “because the word itself has a sadness to it. But the album is about pushing forward and keeping your head high.” And with touchstones ranging from Prince to Slipknot, ‘Hope’ is the work of a band reenergised. Having signed with Cooking Vinyl on a worldwide deal at the beginning of 2011 The Blackout are looking forward to leaping to the next level with a label that shares their independent-minded philosophy and which was enthusiastic about ‘Hope’ from the very beginning.

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Kids In Glass Houses

After seven years, three albums, thirteen singles, countless headline tours, thousands of satisfied punters and a series of colossal festival appearances, Kids In Glass Houses have finally come home. Not simply in the literal sense – although ‘Peace’ was largely written during a series of sessions at guitarist Iain Mahanty’s house, as he and frontman Aled Phillips tinkered at leisure – but in the way that it represents the band at their most relaxed. Where 2011’s ‘In Gold Blood’ was a critically acclaimed head-trip through a fantasy world, ‘Peace’ is a boundlessly entertaining collection of songs that proves beyond all doubt, that Aled, Iain, guitarist Joel Fisher, bassist Andrew Sheehy and drummer Philip Jenkins, can write one hell of a tune.

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A Plastic Rose

After the critical acclaim of their debut album 'Camera.Shutter.Life' and phenomenal live reviews it seems there’s no stopping A Plastic Rose. Having relocated to Nottingham, the band are keen to prove their commitment and desire to inject the music they make into the arms of the masses and prove they are a force to be reckoned with on any live circuit.

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Bastions

Dark, intense tone-king post-hardcore originating from North Wales, but now scattered to the four corners.

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Battle Lines

Colonies is the latest 7" from UK quartet Battle Lines. Haunting and fraught with inner conflict, 'Colonies' fuses intense, atmospheric guitars, surging rhythm and fragile lyrics that disarm the soul. Described by Noisey as a new brand of “Swerve Pop,” the song tears down emotional walls with pensive accounts of love, loss and purgatory.

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Brutality Will Prevail

Formed in South Wales in 2005, this devastating quintet have spent the past few years furiously grinding the international underground circuit in the truest D.I.Y spirit imaginable. With three full length albums (2009‘s Forgotten Soul & 2010‘s The Root Of All Evil and new album Scatter The Ashes) plus an E.P. (2011’s Sleep Paralysis), BWP have built up a cultishly devoted and frenzied fan base, both at home and worldwide. They have brought their Sabbath-drenched hardcore to the masses and subsequently ascended to the top of festival bills, under the radar of the mainstream.

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Cytota

In late 2010 CYTOTA hit Tree House Studios in Chesterfield with the UK's top breakthrough rock producers Jim Pinder and Carl Bown (Trivium, Machine Head, While She Sleeps) to begin recording their debut EP 'THE PROSECUTOR'. The band recorded seven tracks including 'Absorption' featuring Austin Dickinson from Rise To Remain. Fast forward to 2014 and the momentum continues. Their latest single GENERATION SCARED, recorded at Distiller Studios in Bath, has recently been released through Search & Destroy records.

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Ghouls

Currently based in London but with roots all over the U.K, genre spanning Alt-Gypsy-Punks GHOULS are an energetic six-piece known for their manic stage antics and sweat-inducing live shows. An infectious blend of punk, rock, indie and gypsy influences, they always get crowds on their feet and whipped into a frenzied party. With 2013 filled with over 100 gigs and festivals all over the UK, 2014 sees their début album release and tons more gigs up and down the country. Big things are on the way for these lot - catch them while you can.

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Gnarwolves

Born in 2011 and nurtured on a diet of K Cider, weed and Skateboarding, Brighton-via-Cornwall trio Gnarwolves have been tearing through the UK underground, garnering stellar reviews since their inception. In the relatively short time Thom, Charlie and Max have been playing music they have made the giant leap from a cult basement act to a genuine prospective phenomenon, This isn’t just a band. This is, in their words, a CRU. Due in no small part to their electric live shows, the band have been picking up fans left, right and centre with their deadly cocktail of snarling, in-your-face, punk urgency and bona-fide anthemic hooks. Taking in every corner of the UK, as well as making their first forays on European soil, the band already possess an impressive touring CV with support slots to Funeral for a Friend, Lower than Atlantis and The Story So Far in the past year alone. With shows notorious for mass arms-aloft sing-alongs and seas of crowd surfers, the band have proved to be a perfect festival fixture, already gracing stages at Hevy, Slam Dunk and the ‘I-was-there’ moment of the summer at last year’s Reading and Leeds festivals.

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Grappler

Originating in London via Grenoble, Grappler released their record, 'Everything I've Ever Feared', through Dog Knights Productions (The Mire/Gnarwolves/Wormsfeed) in April 2013 to critical acclaim. Since then, the band have gone from strength to strength with a UK headline tour, festival appearances and two live sessions under their belt. Now in 2014, Grappler plan to take their unique sound and ferocious live act back out on the road as much as possible, before returning to the studio to work on their full-length in the not-too-distant future.

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Hands Like Houses

Hands Like Houses are a fresh and explosive 6 piece from Canberra, Australia. With a rapidly expanding international fanbase, the band has captivated audiences with their electric blend of technical, effects- heavy songwriting with post-hardcore passion and stage presence. Driven by rich lyricism and melodic, emotive vocals in the vein of Emarosa and The Getaway Plan, the band presents a complex and finely crafted mix of guitar and electronics, drawing from a broad range of influence including Thrice, The Receiving End of Sirens and Closure in Moscow.

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Hawthorne Heights

While many of the participants in America’s post-hardcore sweepstakes have toiled in the underground with a mere modicum of success (if any), Hawthorne Heights achieved much in their 12-year existence. Since their inception in 2001, the band made heads swivel with their brand of melodic post-hardcore heightened by the interplay between frontman Woodruff’s “clean vocal” and the late rhythm guitarist Casey Calvert’s screaming. Their 2004 debut, The Silence In Black And White was not only a benchmark for the band (the release was certified gold-status), but also for the attendant “screamo” aesthetic both critics and fans credit the group with bringing into the forefront. 2006’s If Only You Were Lonely repeated gold-selling success for the band, further establishing them as a dynamic live act.

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Kristopher Roe

The Ataris' singer/songwriter Kristopher Roe released his first full length solo acoustic album "Hang Your Head in Hope" in November 2011. All songs were recorded in one take, no edits, no overdubs, using vintage 1940's ribbon microphones and a 1948 Gibson J-45 guitar. The album contains familiar tracks stripped down as well as a several brand new songs which will later appear on The Ataris forthcoming album "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" in actual full band arrangements. "Hang Your Head in Hope" is only available from The Ataris' Bandcamp page

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Memphis May Fire

Despite the name, Memphis May Fire are not from Tennessee, but rather Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger and bolder. Unsurprisingly, the band’s musical output is extremely difficult to classify, having siphoned from the very best of its various post-hardcore / southern rock influencers to create something wholly unique; the result of which presents an unparalleled blend of elegance & aggression that can only be defined as Memphis May Fire. Nothing more, nothing less. No trends. No excess. Simply a group of individuals that stand in defiance of all things mundane.

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More Than Life

Almost 4 years after debut album 'Love Let Me Go', ‘Do You Remember’ shows a huge leap, both stylistically and in sonic quality, from any recording in the bands past. More Than Life are finally proving on record what they have been capable of live for many years. The band follow up ‘Do You Remember’ with sophomore album ‘What’s Left Of Me’ on Holy Roar this spring,

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Nai Harvest

Nai Harvest are a two-piece indie rock/emo band from Sheffield, UK. Upon hearing the pensive vocals and tangled, jangling guitars it's surprising to find out they are actually a duo. The prominent examples of guitar/drums combos in indie rock have generated an expectation that most are trying to play at the volume of a band with twice as many people; Nai Harvest are doing nothing of the sort, they simulate a much larger number of people playing quietly, building a bigger sound, like an orchestra. The Sheffield duo likely imagined themselves somewhere in the United States during the mid-to-late '90's and are bringing this sound back to life with a British twist. Signed to Topshelf Records (US) and Dog Knights Productions (UK)

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Neck Deep

From small acorns… Well, you know the rest. But the old adage couldn’t be more applicable in the story of NECK DEEP, a band who have evolved over the course of just one year from ‘a bit of fun’ to one of the most exciting young names in today’s UK scene. After a long, hot summer slaving away in the home studio of frontman Barlow’s older brother, Seb Barlow – the very same studio where the band tracked Rain In July and A History Of Bad Decisions – the Neck Deep debut album, Wishful Thinking, was born. A record that simultaneously belies their youth and yet radiates it from every audio pore, Wishful Thinking offers the listener a relentless array of anthemic hooks, intelligent songwriting and Barlow’s trademark sharp witted, introspective and determinedly honest lyricism.

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Palm Reader

Theirs is a brand of fizzing, punchy hardcore with nods to both the technical distinction of The Dillinger Escape Plan and the apoplectic rage of Orchestra of Wolves-era Gallows. Significant too is their ability with more expansive, mid-tempo moments which bring to mind fellow domestic bruisers-with-brains Bastions. ‘Smack Hound’  for example opens in furious style before dropping into a melee of flailing, spidering riffs backed with insistently driving drums beats, eventually settling into a bone-rattling half time breakdown of pleasingly angsty intent - Thrashhits.com

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Patent Pending

From the basements of Long Island to amphitheaters across the nation, Patent Pending has been attacking the world with their anthemic brand of pop-tinged punk rock. From the acoustic soliloquy "Spin Me Around," to the acclamation that is the title track, the band's fourth album, 2011's "Second Family," delivers an unforgettable set of sing-alongs.

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People On Vacation

People on Vacation (often abbreviated as POV) is a supergroup composed of Ryan Hamilton from the indie rock band Smile Smile and Jaret Reddick from the pop punk band Bowling for Soup. The duo's concept is to 'tell a story' and to 'avoid typical topics such as relationships.' The duo describe their genre as indie rock.

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Rat Attack

Rat Attack are riding a party-punk wave to the summit of the UK rock scene since self releasing their 5 track debut EP in 2013 to critical acclaim from Kerrang! (KKKK) Rocksound (8/10).

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Save Your Breath

The origins of Save Your Breath are easy enough to relate to – where the band members grew up in Wales, there wasn’t very much to do, and so people with artistic passions and ambitions were naturally drawn to the local music scene. Taking cues and inspiration from their surroundings – whether it be friends or family passing, drug addiction, or simply the challenges of helping people through tough times – Save Your Breath began to craft the songs that would inevitably carry them away from their homes and onto stages across the world.

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Seahaven

Seahaven began in 2009 as four friends in Southern California who shared a passion for the post-punk and indie sensibilities of favorites Brand New, Jawbreaker, and Crime in Stereo. After ex-Final Fight drummer James Phillips decided to take a break from the hardcore tendencies of his previous band, he joined forces with Kyle Chadwick, Eric Findlay, and Michael Craver to create a sound that has been described as "a somber combination of indie / punk elements and overtones that inspire and uplift your average punk-listener".

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The Summer Set

Composed of Brian Dales (Vocals), John Gomez (Guitar, Piano, Back up vocals), Josh Montgomery (Guitar), Stephen Gomez (Bass), and Jess Bowen (Drums), the Scottsdale, AZ pop rock quintet have quickly become a phenomenon throughout the independent music scene. Formed by brothers John and Stephen Gomez as teenagers, the band released their first full-length Love Like This (Razor & Tie) in 2009, and sophomore album Everything's Fine (Razor & Tie) in 2011, and honed their irresistible brand of rosy pop punk. The Summer Set released their third studio album, Legendary, on April 16, 2013 through new record label Fearless Records.

Verses

Ready to make 2014 their own, Verses can finally reveal their stunning debut album, ‘Feel It Faster.’ Eleven tracks of soaring, evocative rock, it’s the fulfilment of a dream this four-piece have held from their early teens, and a substantial step up from 2012’s acclaimed mini-album, ‘Come To Life’. Having paid their dues over countless months on the road, Brighton’s finest can now well and truly make their name.

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Vukovi

Influences ranging from Foals, Florence Welch, Rage Against the Machine and Incubus have seen the tight, muscular riff machine Vukovi develop a powerful live show supporting the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Don Broco, Lower than Atlantis and Crystal Castles. Vukovi have also made appearances at the likes of T in the Park, Belladrum, Hard Rock Calling and Wickerman. With their debut album due for release during 2014, it certainly looks like it'll be a busy 12 months for the Glasgow band.

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William Beckett

Having toured nearly non-stop for ten years as frontman for The Academy Is..., Beckett has built up an incredibly dedicated and supportive fanbase around the world. Though massively proud of the band's accomplishments and experiences together, their eventual disbanding as a group in late 2011 allowed for Beckett to begin the next era of his career, as a solo artist.

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The Word Alive

Over the past couple of years, The Word Alive has gained a global reputation for pushing the boundaries within their genre. But with new sophomore full-length 'Life Cycles', the Arizona quintet is set to join an elite club of heavy music luminaries ushering in the next evolution of melodic metal.

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