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Manchester Punk Festival 2019: Photographers’ Spotlight

This year’s Manchester Punk Festival was yet another sublime cacophony of smiles, sounds, and sozzles. As always, the organisers went above and beyond to make it an event to remember. The addition of even more styles of music, the addressing of previous years’ venue capacity issues, and the trial run of a new three-full-day format all enhanced what was already the obvious highlight of the UK festival calendar.

Rather than cover the event by way of endless stream of “and then I watched…., and they were good”, I thought it’d be great to shine a little light on some of the unsung heroes of festivals and live musical performance in general – the gig photographer. Seeing a wicked set of pictures can take you back to watching a band absolutely smash it or turn an idea of a punk rock road trip into a reality for next year. There’s always loads of great pictures of festivals too but it’s rare you get to see the work of (nearly) all the photographers in one place.

With that in mind I tracked down as many of the photographers covering Manchester Punk Festival as I possibly could; the idea being to showcase what they think to be their finest work from the event. Below, you’ll find their submissions, along with a few words from each about their experience of the festival and their work outside of documenting all things punk.

 



Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



Fest 18 announces insane lineup including a Jawbox reunion and more

Fest 18 will be happening the weekend of November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Gainesville, FL and will feature a sick lineup of bands, including Against Me! playing full albums (Transgender Dysphoria Blues, White Crosses, New Wave, and Searching For a Former Clarity) (as well as a Laura Jane Grace solo set), a Jawbox reunion show, Jawbreaker, Masked Intruder, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Bronx, Tim Barry of Avail, and many, many more, including a 40th anniversary show for Stiff Little Fingers.

Tickets for the Fest 18, and updated news as it happens, are available on the official website.  The full lineup is on the website as well.



Quietdrive (pop punk) returning after long hiatus!

Minnesota band Quietdrive have announced that they will be active again from this summer. Having been mostly on a break for the past five years, the band have announced they will play Twin Cities Summer Jam in July at Canterbury Park, Minnesota. They have also hinted at new music coming soon as well.

Quietdrive have not put out new music since the largely overlooked studio album ‘The Ghost of What You Used to Be’ in 2014



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival announces Canadian dates

The first Canadian dates for Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival have been announced – Saturday, July 6 in Edmonton, AB and Saturday, July 13 in Vancouver, BC. The craft beer and music festival features NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Real Mackenzies, Chixdiggit!, and The Last Gang – plus a variety of other bands, depending on the city.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th. Get more info and snag your passes on the festival’s official website.



SIDESHOW JERA ON AIR 2019 PLUS FINALISTS BAND COMPETITION

The regular line-up for Jera On Air 2019 already is amazing and with the fantastic sideshow the festival is complete. On Friday and Saturday on both the Raven stage as in the Punkrock bar some great names have been booked with, Black Sun Empire, Ophidian, Nymfo, Of No Avail and R*A*D. And then we aren’t even talking about the Pre Party on Thursday night June 27th. Next to the already announced names, Bury Tommorrow, Deez Nuts, Our Hollow Our Home and Shvpes, two extra stages will be added to this full- fledged, free festival night: the Buzzard stage hosting the tribute program and at the new Raven stage an EMO-night will take place hosted by Dynamo Eindhoven. On Saturday May 18th the band competition Guts & Glory will be held at Dynamo Eindhoven, which will deliver the opening act for Jera On Air 2019. Previously the names for Jera On Air 2019, such as Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari, SUM41, Hatebreed, Heideroosjes, Agnostic Front, Beartooth, the Interrupters and many more big names were announced. All information on the festival and ticket sales is available online at www.jeraonair.nl.



Brakrock Ecofest 2019 Lineup Announced

The Brakrock Ecofest, which will be held on August 2 and 3, 2019 in Duffel, Belgium, has announced their jam-packed lineup of some of the biggest names in punk.

Featuring Descendents, Propagandhi, The Toy Dolls, Good Riddance, Less Than Jake, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder, Pears, and tons more bands, it’s certain to be a killer weekend of punk rock fun.

Tickets are available in various price ranges, including just the shows as well as camping and other goings-on – on the official website for the festival.



DS Exclusive: Jim Lindberg Talks Upcoming First-Of-Its-Kind BeachLife Festival, Featuring Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson and More

For moer than three decades, Jim Lindberg’s name has been synonymous not only with the punk scene primarily through his work with seminal SoCal vets Pennywise, but with the surf and sea cultures in Los Angeles’s South Bay as well. And while his “day job” projects like Pennywise and Wraths are still very much active, Lindberg has now lent his talents to a different, more behind-the-scenes role in the music scene: creative director of the upcoming BeachLife Festival.

If you’re not yet familiar, allow me to hum you a few bars. BeachLife is a first-of-its-kind festival taking place in Redondo Beach, California, from May 3rd through 5th. It’s happening outdoors at Seaside Lagoon, a beachfront park right in the heart of the community. As a bonus, BeachLife will also feature more intimate, acoustic performances from some of the festival’s performers that’ll take place not on a large stage but on-board a handful of the boats that’ll be moored in the adjoining harbor. The artists headlining the festival may not be the first performers that come to mind when you hear “Jim from Pennywise is the creative director of this festival.” Instead, it features some down-right legendary artists from across the musical landscape of the last fifty or sixty years: acts like Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Bob Weir, and Ziggy Marley.

We recently caught up with Lindberg over the phone from LA, where he was helping put the final preparatory touches in the lead-up to the festival. We spoke not only about the unique position that he finds himself in as a longtime performer at festivals around the world, but about just how much work went in to getting a massive, three-day festival off the ground. It all started with Allen Sanford, a local promoter who also happens to run the Hermosa Beach club Saint Rocke. “(Saint Rocke) is only about a 300-seater, but (Sanford) also started doing these concerts on the beach for Hermosa Beach, and he had a lot of good bands come down and play for them,” explains Lindberg. “A lot of mellower stuff, like Pepper, Revolution, Everclear…bands that would get by the city council’s purview. They didn’t want any bands like Pennywise coming down and playing, that’s for sure!

After a decade of putting on such shows in Hermosa Beach, 2019 finds Sanford focusing his efforts on the next beach down the coast: Redondo. They found an ideal venue in Seaside Lagoon, essentially a parking lot located right near what used to be the renowned Fleetwood nightclub that played home to many an early Black Flag/Circle Jerks/X/Germs show nearly four decades ago. The new spot allows for an even bigger event and some bigger artists than its Hermosa Beach predecessors. When it came time to put a lineup together, Lindberg notes that even though Redondo Beach was cool with the festival coming to town, prevailing wisdom was still to tread lightly with the type of acts that would be involved. Explains Lindberg: “Once you get that keystone artist… and for our case, it became Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson – the cool thing is there’s a ton of bands who look up to artists like Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson, and once we got them to open up their schedules and take a chance with this festival, all these other artists started lining up.” Those “other artists” that Lindberg refers to includes a cross-section of artists like Grace Potter, Everclear, Slightly Stoopid, Violent Femmes, Berlin (yes, THAT Berlin) and Chevy Metal, which features Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. For Lindberg, the hope is to not only continue BeachLife for years down the road, but to bring a little more of his personal musical wheelhouse to the table. “In successive years, if we should be lucky enough to keep doing this,” he notes,”we want to get a lot more edgy bands, some punk bands, on there. We just have to ease into that with the city.”

Lindberg views the BeachLife Festival not only as a way to bring live music back to the South Bay, but to help promote a variety of causes that are near and dear to his heart. Lindberg has long championed the idea of using his platform as a means to raise awareness to issues that effect his local community and lifestyle, most notably when he  served on the Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation, a charity that’ll be in attendance at BeachLife. “Growing up at the beach and being a lifetime surfer, I definitely wanted it to be a situation where we were giving back to the beach community,” says Lindberg. “We have Surfrider Foundation involved. Also Life Rolls On, which is Jesse Billauer’s foundation for people in wheelchairs and getting them out surfing and into ocean therapy and things like that. Also, Five Gyres, which is involved with reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans, so we have all these great causes we’re working with, and at the end of the day, we’re just trying to put on a really cool festival at the beach with some really great artists and give back to the community.”

Head below to check out our full chat with the great Jim Lindberg – including what it’s like to be in the situation where you have to get the local police department on board with your outdoor festival idea, which is not necessarily the easiest task when you’re the same guy that sang “Fuck Authority.” You can also head here to check out the full rundown on BeachLife, including where to find tickets!



One Week ‘Til Manchester Punk Festival: An Interview With The Tree

It’s just one week until a few thousand punks descend on the northern UK city of Manchester for what has fast become an absolute festival-calendar highlight. Returning for its fifth and biggest edition yet, Manchester Punk Festival will play host to more than 130 bands spanning just about every sub-genre of punk.

The festival is the product of three of Manchester’s most-active purveyors of underground sounds – Moving North, Anarchistic Undertones, and TNS Records. Helping them is a vast team of volunteers drafted directly from the UK punk scene. Essentially, it’s about 10 massive DIY gigs running simultaneously, with hundreds of bands, that span three days. It’s fucking great.

With just a few tickets remaining, we put some questions to long promoter Ian “Tree” Robinson (of Manchester’s Anarchistic Undertones and Oasis tribute band-fame) to find out what goes in to putting on an underground slobber-knocker as grand in scale as that occurring next weekend. Below is the result of just that.

 



Stage times announced for Slam Dunk Festival

For anyone heading to Slam Dunk Festival in the UK at the end of May, the stage times have been announced. There’ll be some tough decisions to make as this is one of the most impressive lineups the festival has had in it’s relatively short history. Slam Dunk Festival will take place in Leeds, UK on May 25 and Hatfield (near London) UK on May 26.

Here are clash finders in regards to stage times for Leeds and Hatfield.

 



Punk Rock Bowling makes more club show tickets available

Punk Rock Bowling has announced that they have moved some club shows around and made more tickets available to give everyone a chance to catch their favorite acts in the club settings.  You can see all the details of what was moved around below, and get your tickets for those still available here.



Enter Shikari and Deez Nuts round out full line up for Jera On Air festival (Netherlands)

OK, now it’s official. The Jera On Air festival is officially complete! The three-day festival in Northern Limburg’s Ysselsteyn will kick off with a free Pre Party on Thursday June 27th and continue on through the 29th. Enter Shikari and Deez Nuts have both been added to an already insanely stacked lineup, including Dying Scene Records’ own Chaser!

Check out the full line up and snag your tickets on the fest’s official website.



Manchester Punk Festival (UK) Drops Final 2019 “Pay-What-You-Want” Compilation

The ever-hardworking Manchester Punk Festival has been gearing up for this year’s edition in typical fashion with a slew of compilations featuring acts performing. The eclectic track list of the final instalment, released today, spans just about every sub-genre of punk rock you can think of and is guaranteed to fire you up for the UK’s finest celebration of underground music and culture later this month.

Comprising Manchester Punk Festival, Vol. 23 are tunes from Harijan, Snuff, 88 Fingers Louie, The Arteries, Ancst, After the Fall, Sonic Boom Six, Frankie Stubbs, Throwing Stuff, F. Emasculata, Werecats, Speed Dinosaurs, Fights And Fires, Skin of Tears, Folk’s Worst Nightmare, Harker, Catch-it Kebabs, James Hull, Roger Harvey, James Choice & the Bad Decisions, and Boom Boom Racoon.

As always, the compilation is free to stream below. However, you’re encouraged to buy a copy for a price of your choosing to help support the festival.

There are still tickets available for Manchester Punk Festival 2019. You can pick them up and find all the necessary information about the event here.

Manchester Punk Festival is a three day music festival held in Manchester city centre in the north of the UK. The 2019 edition takes place over the weekend of the 19-21st of April.



FEST 18 announces first wave of bands

The first round of bands has been announced for this years’ biggest punk rock party in Gainesville, FEST 18.  The announcement comes with a headliner that I personally have heard many FESTers begging for since their first reunion show a couple years ago.  That’s right, Jawbreaker will be joining the party going on between November 1st and 3rd.

Also on the lineup are bands including Less Than Jake, Jawbox, Dag Nasty, Mariachi El Bronx, Off With Their Heads, AJJ, Iron Reagan, Joyce Manor, Teenage Bottlerocket, and so many more.  You can check out all the current details here.



Jera On Air 2019 (Netherlands) announces 13 more bands: Madball, Cancer Bats, Drug Church, etc

With no less than thirteen new names the regular Jera On Air 2019 line-up is almost complete! Next to this, the three-day festival in Northern Limburg’s Ysselsteyn will start to impress during the free Pre Party on Thursday June 27th.

During this evening we are going to see no other than Bury Tomorrow, Shvpes and Our Hollow Our Home opening the festival. A fourth name will be added as well. We also decided to strengthen the entire program: so next to the aforementioned acts, we also managed to book Madball, Cancer Bats, Bleed from Within, Risk it!, Palm Reader, This is Hell, Drug Church, Backfire!, Brutus and Regulate as part of the already impressive Jera On Air line-up.

Weeks ago the biggest alternative festival of the Netherlands announced Parkway Drive, Sum 41, Heideroosjes and Hatebreed and the new Friday headliner will be announced next week! And as if that is not enough already, some other fantastic elements will be added to the festival soon including some bands and a DJ stage. All information about the line-up and ticket sales can be found at www.jeraonair.nl.

This summer will be the third time Jera On Air will celebrate for three long days. It characterizes the enormous growth Jera On Air has gone through. The festival has steadily grown from one to two days, making the step to a three day event a few years ago. The free Pre Party on Thursday is gaining popularity each year. This growth will continue the coming edition now we have secured some of the biggest names in the alternative scene.

We have seen the metalcore bosses of Bury Tomorrow at Jera On Air before. In 2016 and 2018 the Brits rocked the stage. Bury Tomorrow will never bore you. What a huge amount of energy they produce and convey during their shows! Last year their album Black Flame could count on solely positive reviews. Next to Bury Tomorrow, also Shvpes and Our Hollow Our Home will open the festival on Thursday. One more name will be added to the Pre Party line-up soon.

The fans will not only be surprised by the announcement of some new gems on Thursday. During the other two days the visitors can look forward to Madball and Cancer Bats. The first is known as one of the founders of New York Hardcore (NYHC). The band is going to celebrate their 30th year anniversary at Jera On Air, but still they are fresher and more innovative than ever before. The Canadian Cancer Bats always seem to fascinate with their sharp mix of heavy metal, hardcore and punkrock. Next to these, the names of the Limburgian Backfire! with a special memorial show, Bleed from within, Risk it!, Palm Reader, This is Hell, Our Hollow Our Home, Regulate, Shvpes and Drug Church have been confirmed.

Unfortunately, we also have some bad news: Hundredth had to cancel their tour recently. This also includes their planned show at Jera On Air. Luckily we immediately found a great replacement in the Belgian Brutus.