Set in the car park of Port Lympe Animal Park, Hevy Festival has gone from strength to strength over the years (ignoring the misstep of 2013). With a varied lineup covering a wide range of the Alternative spectrum, there’s something for everyone at Hevy. Here are the top 10 bands to catch if you’re heading to the festival this year.
10 // WSTR
Waster, or WSTR as they’ve rebranded themselves, came out of nowhere in April of this year. By May they’d found themselves signed to No Sleep Records and are due to release their Debut EP ‘SKRWD’ in September. Performing at Hevy this year can’t be much more than 30th show, if that. Be sure to catch these guys tearing up the second stage and be prepared to discover your new favourite band.
FFO – Neck Deep, Trash Boat, ROAM
9 // Milk Teeth
Consistency is something we have come to expect from Milk Teeth. Quickly becoming one of the best live bands on the circuit, you won’t find yourself let down by a Milk Teeth show. If you’re into bands like the Pixies or The Smashing Pumpkins you’re going to enjoy yourself.
FFO – Pixies, Hindsights, Dinosaur JR
8 // The Dillinger Escape Plan
You’d think we don’t need to tell you to go and see The Dillinger Escape Plan, but just in case you weren’t already aware; these guys are one of the best live bands on the planet. While their chaotic mathcore isn’t for everyone, it’s been toned back on latest record ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’ which blended some much more experimental elements to their music. Their Incendiary live performance is sure to leave you breathless. With any luck there’ll be no repeat of that incident at Reading ’02 either.
FFO – Converge, Mastodon, Every Time I Die
7 // Touché Amoré
Do you enjoy being pulled by your heartstrings? Do you enjoy having your emotions ripped out of you on a Friday afternoon? If you haven’t listened to Touché Amoré before these may seem like odd questions but rest assured you’ll be walking away after their set feeling emotionally empty. This band have spent the last few years perfecting their craft, and latest record ‘Is Survived By’ was the pinnacle of modern Hardcore/Emo.
FFO – La Dispute, Defeater, Basement
6 // Arcane Roots
With new EP ‘Heaven & Earth’ due to drop later this year, Arcane Roots are gearing up for another stint of heavy touring. With a chaotic and involving live show these guys are not ones to miss on the Main Stage.
FFO – Biffy Clyro, The Xcerts, Reuben
5 // Thrice
No ‘ones to watch’ list for Hevy could ever miss off these American Hardcore heroes. Having not played a show on these shores for over three years there will be a thick air of anticipation for them. With hits like ‘The Artist In The Ambulance’ and ‘Image of the Invisible’ you’re sure to have a great time. Their set could be the best thing you’ll see all weekend!
FFO – Rise Against, Thursday, Brand New
4 // Coheed & Cambria
It’s a bit strange, this Coheed set. Last week they announced their plans for 8th album ‘The Color before the Sun’ to be released in October (and it’s sure to be full of epic bangers), but at Hevy they’re to play their phenomenal 2nd Opus – ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth’. Certain to be an epic performance; with ‘Blood Red Summer’, ‘A Favour House Atlantic’ and ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth’ at the forefront.
FFO – Manchester Orchestra, The Mars Volta, Circa Survive
3 // The Get Up Kids
Another unmissable band with another album in full. Their major label debut and second album released, ‘Something To Write Home About’ is a 45 minute ride through touring and separation. The Get Up Kids are your favourite bands’ favourite band, so go and show them some support this Saturday evening.
FFO – Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, Texas Is The Reason
2 // Creeper
From exploding onto the scene a year ago with their self titled EP to support slots with The Misfits, a slot at Download festival AND signing to Roadrunner Records. It’s been a whirlwind year for Creeper and things are just going to keep going faster and getting bigger for these five guys. Their new EP promises to be another twenty minutes of great British Punk Rock. Don’t miss this band.
FFO – Gnarwolves, Alkaline Trio, My Chemical Romance
1 // Fightstar
With a reunion which keeps going from strength to strength, and a new record which will almost certainly contend for Album of the Year, Fightstar are THE band to watch at Hevy festival. Even if you disregard everything else I’ve said in this article, go and watch Fightstar. This will be the first opportunity to see the new material performed live, and you can’t forget all the classics which will be coming out. ‘Deathcar’ and ‘Paint Your Target’ were your favourite songs when you were 15, so go and have a drunken sing along to them. Fightstar are going to steal the show.
FFO – Funeral For a Friend, Future of the Left, Reuben
EDITORS NOTE: For your own sakes, please go and see Teenage Bottlerocket. They’ve got hits for days and their letest offering ‘Tales From Wyoming’ is one of my favourite releases this year.
FFO – Screeching Weasels, The Lawrence Arms, Ramones