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10 bands you can't miss at Hit The Deck

Your essential guide to the rock, punk and hardcore weekender

There’ll be over 35 bands appearing at a handful of venues across Bristol and Nottingham during this weekend's Hit The Deck festival. But unless you’re made of glitter, you can’t be everywhere at once – so here’s our guide to 10 of the best.

Whether it’s at festivals, club shows or arenas, Skindred have been owning stages worldwide for over a decade now. With an array of unstoppable anthems (Pressure, Rat Race, Warning, Kill The Power) in their arsenal, and the not-so-secret weapon of the ‘Newport Helicopter’ ready to be deployed at any given time, frontman Benji Webbe and the boys have never, ever failed to bring the ruckus when they get live on stage and their headline set at Hit The Deck 2015 will be no exception. 

**Following in the footsteps of fellow South Yorkshire band Bring Me The Horizon, While She Sleeps are leading the charge in the new breed of UK metal. And if you like your metal heavy, it doesn’t come much more volatile and devastating than this Northern five-piece, particularly in the live setting; brawling hardcore elements combine with crushing metal riffs and vocalist Loz Taylor’s emotionally and politically-charged lyrics to create an atmosphere of brutal but life-affirming unity. We’ll see you in the pit!

Few bands have had more of an influence on rock music than Black Sabbath and Black Flag, and Toronto's Cancer Bats channel the best of both into their flammable cocktail of metal, punk and hardcore. Their latest Ross Robinson-produced album Searching For Zero might have alienated those who lean more towards the Hail Destroyer end of the spectrum, whilst hardcore fans have revelled in its raw looseness and low-end production, but personally we love both sides of the Bats equally. And the best thing about seeing them play live – other than seeing Cancer Bats be bloody brilliant live – is that you get to hear both sides in all their disruptive splendour. 

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