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.

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

 

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…

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the first two months of 2012, you should be all gigged out by now, but don’t think about pulling on those purse strings just yet until you’ve seen what March and April has in store for you lucky lucky people. There are gigs galore from some of the finest bands around, not to mention the first signs of summer with the first festival hitting our country. So here is your guide to some of our top picks for the next 2 months.

First up we have British boys, You Me at Six. A band that shot to fame faster than most and have since been trying to crack the music scene across the pond but fear not, the boys back in our towns with a string of sold out dates and support that rivals most UK tours with stateside boys, Mayday Parade. Our very own welsh beauties, Kids in Glass Houses and reggae ska band, The Skints. The tour’s first announcements were such a success that the band was made to add extra dates to this huge tour, which some tickets are available still. No doubt that every show is going to be phenomenal so make sure you get yourself down to watch Josh Francheschi and the boys bigger and better than ever before.

The end of March sees more of our home-grown talent as Enter Shikari have a few UK dates lined up. The band have risen since their success of 2007’s hit album, Take to the Skies begun the craze of the classic hand clap that is Enter Shikari. Back to 2012, and Rou and the boys have an amazing new album to tour with as album, A Flash Flood of Colour has had impeccable feedback from many. If any band is known for putting on an incredible show, it’s these guys and believe us when we say their show will be one you will never forget.

For all you slightly heavier fans out there, fear not, we cater for all as The Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour kicks off at the start of April. Bands on the tour are American Hardcore boys, Trapped under Ice who are also set to play this year’s Hevy Festival line up. Our very own hardcore boys, Your Demise who will also be joined by newer break through band on the scene, Basement who took the UK by storm last year as they toured with Title Fight. Lastly joining these three incredible bands are an almost out of place addition but adding some love to each show with their pop punk presence are Man Overboard. The boys were only here back in January and clearly can’t keep away as they’re back only 2 months later. Something even better about this tour, just because it’s a big fancy tour don’t expect some huge venues, this is going to be an intense tour as the rooms will be small and the crowds huge. Four bands not to be missed for under £20!

Mid April comes a tour from 2011’s break through band with Radio 1 coverage just to add too many of their successes, Scotland’s finest, Twin Atlantic. The band will be touring with similar named band, Lower than Atlantis, no doubt this tour will be huge as both bands are going to be on the radar for the most of 2012. If you can, see these now as we expect this to be the last of the small shows for both bands. If you don’t get chance to see Twin Atlantic fear not, if you are one of the lucky ones to hold a Blink-182 ticket you’ll get a chance to see them this June.

Next up comes a tour from Norfolk boys; Deaf Havana who have took the UK by storm since their release late last year, Fools and Worthless Liars. It’s taken them hard work and dedication but from the looks of the sales of this tour, it’s completely paid off as all the shows are on their last remaining tickets. The boys aren’t just getting any old support though; they’re bringing in American pop punkers, The Swellers along with them. The hype of this tour surrounds both bands as The Swellers don’t grace our lands all that often so this tour is sure to go down in 2012 history, you can catch the boys from the 18th April in Birmingham through to the 26th finishing up in London.

Returning for the second time this year already are female fronted, We are the In Crowd. After being received incredibly as support for All Time Lows UK tour this January, they are returning with other pop punk favourites, Every Avenue and The Summer Set. Although now used to playing the largest venues in our country, Taylor and Co are taking a step down and touring smaller venues as part of their grand return. Not only are they bringing such amazing support with them, the bands are touring around the real reason they’re back in the UK, to play Nottingham’s Hit the Deck Festival.

That’s right after truly establishing itself last year, Hit The Deck Festival returns and with a stronger line up. The festival takes place in and around different venues in the city, with the larger acts playing in the famous, Rock City venue. Bands you can expect to see at this year’s festival include: Deaf Havana, The Wonder Years, Kids in Glass Houses, Cancer Bats and Bury Tomorrow just to name a few. What’s the best part about the festival? Its only £20, what’s not to like so if you’re a bit strapped for cash this year and really want to go to a festival, here’s your chance with some awesome bands for a decent price.

There you have it, some of the UK’s finest up and coming gigs for you to get too for the next 2 months, but that’s not all there a few extras you might want to feast your eyes upon:

The Used will be touring with new album ‘Vulnerable’ released on March 26th

Lostprophets and support band Modestep are playing a 12 date UK tour.

We’ll be back in May to update you with all things gigs related, after all, this is when the summer will really kick off.

ALL TIME LOW LIVE REVIEW

The end-of-tour rituals for any band are simple and finite; you must, without fail, prank the other bands you are touring with. Earlier in the evening, We Are The In Crowd had their water bottles filled with vodka and their set interspersed with noises from a porno. After that, The Maine were gate-crashed by the arrival of a picnic blanket, some cheese, wine and half of the tour. The fun, however, has only just begun. Read more…

WE ARE THE IN CROWD TO RETURN IN APRIL

Already in the UK right now with All Time Low and The Maine, We Are The In Crowd have announced that they’ll be back in mere months! Not only will they be playing at the amazing Hit The Deck Festival in Nottingham, but they’ll be doing a tour of their very own with Every Avenue as support.

13.04 – Concorde 2, Brighton
15.04 – Waterfront, Norwich
16.04 – University Solus, Cardiff
17.04 – Academy, Liverpool
18.04 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
19.04 – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
20.04 – Academy 2, Newcastle
21.04 – Academy 3, Manchester
22.04 – Rock City, Nottingham (Hit The Deck Festival)
24.04 – The Cockpit, Leeds
26.04 – Academy 2, Islington

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

WE ARE THE IN CROWD ALBUM REVIEW

 

Let me share something with you. It’s hard to write a review about a young pop-punk band fronted by, or at least containing, a woman, without using the dreaded P-word. Go on, try it. I dare ya. That’s no discredit to We Are The In Crowd, mind, it’s just a challenge to make a judgment without thinking of that band. In fact, if there ever was to be a band of this niche that would re-draw the standards of comparison, this Poughkeepsie five-piece might just be the ones to do it. Read more…