Gig Review: Behind-The-Scenes at Manchester Punk Festival 2019

A review of MPF from Sarah, who volunteers at the event. Friends, frantic dashes between venues and some top-class hardcore, including Not On Tour, Adrenalized, Svalbard, Consumed, Fair Do’s and Snuff.

Although there will be reviews aplenty, at Shout Louder we want to offer two unique perspectives on the fifth year of Manchester Punk Festival. Mark Bartlett’s given us is highlights as an MPF virgin, where as Sarah Williams is an MPF veteran who volunteers at the festival. In this edition, Sarah gives us a unique perspective from behind the scenes.

Excitement for Manchester Punk Festival begins long before the doors open to the public. Unfortunately, excitement can easily be mistaken for stress.

Weeks before the main event, I’m inundated with messages asking about guest list, accommodation, press accreditation and band recommendations. I’m only a volunteer, I’m not even one of the organisers – I can’t begin to imagine the sheer insanity of their inboxes. How they manage to keep it together in the days leading up to the festival, I will never know.

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Thursday

The hard graft starts in earnest on Thursday – the eve of the festival. I drive to Moston to join a five car convoy; our best method of transporting all the festival merchandise in the absence of ROPTM’s van. I’m blasting out Ocean Wisdom round the M60 like some boy racer on the way, which is harshly interrupted by a phonecall about a bounced band payment and a confusing artist hotel booking. We get it sorted in seconds, like pros.

Delivering the merchandise is the first time I’ve seen MPF’s brand new venue: The Union. It’s a huge, modern student building fittingly decorated in Manchester’s signature yellow-and-black. I’m shocked to see the size of the main hall. As we climb ladders to hang banners, it starts to look like a ‘real’ festival venue. It’s fucking huge. Continue reading “Gig Review: Behind-The-Scenes at Manchester Punk Festival 2019”

Top 10 Bands To Discover At Manchester Punk Festival 2019

Excited for MPF 2019? Here are our top picks from this year’s stunning line-up.

Article by Sarah Williams. Read all our MPF2019 articles.

Over five years, Manchester Punk Festival has flourished and become one of the biggest and best festivals Europe has to offer.

For me personally, MPF is a bigger event in my calendar than Christmas. I enjoyed the first three years of the festival so much that I decided to move to Manchester, because it has the most active, welcoming and diverse punk rock scene in the country. I’ve since had the privilege of volunteering at the festival, writing articles for their programme and website, and seeing first-hand the love, stress and dedication that the organisers pour into the event every year.

This year I’m also ‘performing’ at the festival. Come and join us in Font Bar @ 12:30 Friday to watch a live recording of the Shout Louder podcast. I’ll be talking about mental health in music, with Lucias of Call Me Malcolm and Holly from Hell Hath No Fury Records.

With 138 acts at this year’s Manchester Punk Festival, you’re spoilt for choice. These are the 10 I’m looking forward to the most.

Wolfrik

Wolfrik are a recent Lockjaw Records discovery – these guys crank out fiery melodic thrash, with a huge metal/classic rock edge that’s insanely fun to listen to. Knowing the incendiary effect their Skeleton City EP’s had on everyone who’s heard it, I’m excited to see the impact it’ll have on a keen live audience.

Svalbard

I’ve not managed to catch Svalbard live yet, although their 2018 album It’s Hard to Have Hope was one of my favourites of last year. They’re well known in the metal scene, however they’re also an ideal fit for fans of dark, furious hardcore punk. Lyrically tackling feminism and politics and writing soaring Counterparts-esque guitar parts has made front-woman Serena Cherry one of my personal musical heroes. I’m looking forward to an intense, earth-shattering live show.

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5 Hot New Punk Rock Releases You Should Be Listening To

Listen to our top picks from this month’s new punk rock releases: Burnt Tapes, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Bash Brothers, Coral Springs and Wolfrik.

Article by Sarah Williams.

Sometimes punk rock goes through a drought. Other times, it’s a flood. February has been a tsunami of top-drawer punk rock records, more than we’ve been able to keep up with!

To make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve rounded up our favourite new releases below. There have also been some excellent new singles from SKIV, Wild Tales, Blind Man Death Stare, Tip of OlympVs and more – check out our ‘Something To Shout About’ Spotify playlist for all the latest tracks!

Burnt Tapes – Never Better

Released February 22nd on Lockjaw Records (UK/EU) & Wiretap Records (US)

The hotly tipped debut album from London ‘regret-punks’ Burnt Tapes has received some sterling reviews in the weeks leading up to its release. Crafted over the last couple of years, Never Better builds on the solid melodic foundation of their EP Alterations (Shout Louder’s EP Of The Year 2017), harking back to older songs through fleeting lyrical references, while also developing the band’s sound into something greater and deserving of major appreciation. Continue reading “5 Hot New Punk Rock Releases You Should Be Listening To”

7 Punk Rock Bands To Stalk In 2019

Our recommendations for ones-to-watch this year – these bands are set to explode.

Written by Sarah Williams. Cover photo by Cold Front Photography.

Now that we’ve completed our round-up of 2018 (check out our top albums, EPs, festivals and live bands) it’s time to look ahead of the future.

The DIY punk scene is thriving in Europe currently; it’s feels like we’re on riding the crest of a wave that’s growing into a tsunami. Online connections are enabling us to share recommendations and enthusiasm across continents, so word is spread quickly about exciting new acts.

It’s easy to find new music nowadays, however I’ve believe there are two methods that stand out above the others: watching support acts at gigs and listening to recommendations from your friends. In 2019, I implore you to get out and see as many new bands as possible. To get you started, here are Shout Louder’s top recommendations:

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Wolfrik

Canadian thrashers Wolfrik are unlike any other band I’ve heard… although it’s safe to say they’re fans of Alexisonfire, A Wilhelm Scream, Protest The Hero and Belvedere. I’ve been keen to get their EP Skeleton City into the ears of anyone I can find and, so far, everyone’s been bowled over by their awesome sound.

Fortunately Skeleton City also found its way to the ears of the Manchester Punk Festival promoters, who pretty much instantly added them to the bill. If Wolfrik are as good live as they are on record then they’re going to tear the faces off the whole UK punk scene when they arrive in England in April. Erring on the metal / rock end of the punk scale, they combine a variety of genres, but it’s all fast, raucous fun with a healthy dose of experimentation. Continue reading “7 Punk Rock Bands To Stalk In 2019”

News: SBÄM Fest Announces Fair Do’s, Rebuke & Wolfrik

Austria’s growing punk rock festival adds three skate-punk favourites to the roster

Austria’s SBÄM Fest is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting punk rock festivals in Europe!

Shout Louder are proud to exclusively announce that three of our favourite fast-punk bands will be joining the line-up for the festival in 2019: Fair Do’s, Rebuke and Wolfrik.

These three Lockjaw Records favourites are the latest additions to a stellar line-up that includes Snuff, Mest, Authority Zero, Petrol Girls, KRANG, I Against I, Spanish Love Songs, Antillectual, The Human Project, Dead Neck, Slimboy, You Know and Antimanifest with plenty more to be announced.

To celebrate, we have blagged a ticket to the festival to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning a weekend ticket worth €119, make sure you head to the pinned post on our Facebook page.

SBAM is quickly becoming one of the most exciting punk rock festivals in Europe. Taking place on 1st – 3rd May 2019 at Alter Schalchthof in Wels, Austria, it’s a short hop from Linz, Vienna and Salzburg airports.

Early bird tickets for SBAM Fest have already sold out, but you can still grab a regular-price ticket from shop.sbaemfest.com.

The 2018 edition of the festival was one of the best events Shout Louder’s attended all year: a whirl of fast-punk, gin and good times in a beautiful part of the continent. Check out our write-up for more detail. We also interviewed organiser Martin Atteneder ahead of the 2018 event.

 

Podcast: Tree from Manchester Punk Festival

We talk DIY, dogs and new music with Manchester’s tallest promoter.

As DIY giants Manchester Punk Festival have just announced the first installment of their 2019 line-up, we thought it was time for Ian ‘Tree’ Robinson to join us on the podcast.

Tree’s a staple of the Northern punk scene, known for booking regular gigs through the Anarchistic Undertones collective and tours via AU Tour Booking. He’s got years of experience in DIY bookings, plus a Northern attitude that makes him quite an entertaining guest.

We discuss Manchester Punk Festival’s changes, what he’s learned from 10 years of booking punk shows and some of our current favourite bands and labels. We also talk about Propagandhi. A lot.

P.S. The star of tonight’s show is our cover model, Bernie, who you can follow on Instagram @dci_burnside.

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Wolfrik: Lost In Riffs [Interview]

Creative Canadian thrash-punk explosion, Wolfrik, spoke to us in celebration of their upcoming Euro tour.

Interview by Sarah Williams.

Not heard of Wolfrik yet? You will soon. This band have the power to tear through your city like a whirlwind of fun, leaving a trail of riffs, screamed choruses and raised fists.

The second I heard Skeleton City I fell in love. Wolfrik have taken elements of thrash, metal and melodic punk and created a unique blend that’s fiery, dark and infectiously entertaining.

All the way from Edmonton (in Alberta, Canada), Wolfrik have kicked up quite a storm across the pond. They’ve been announced for 2019’s Manchester Punk Festival, with rumours of a full European tour in the works. They’ve also recently joined the crew at independent UK label, Lockjaw Records.

We were keen to speak to guitarist Mark Seifeddine to get a proper introduction to this brilliant new band.

Wolfrik! You’ve been kicking up a storm here in the UK and you’ve recently joined the crew at Lockjaw Records. Has it been odd getting a big reaction from so far away?

Not going to lie it’s been pretty strange! Until recently we had no following in the UK or Europe but things changed pretty quick. Without saying too much, we met the right people and things seemed to catch traction. It’s awesome having the team at Lockjaw backing us and it’s a cool feeling knowing there are people who are excited to see us.

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I was completely blown away the first time I heard Skeleton City. Is that the reaction you’re aiming for, or just a happy coincidence?

Thank you! I mean, when the record was all said and done, we knew we had something that could open some eyes. We didn’t think it would necessarily blow people away; the humble approach is always a good way to go about things, but we were positive people would be excited about it. Continue reading “Wolfrik: Lost In Riffs [Interview]”