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10 Bands You Must See at Groezrock: Friday May 1

Part one of your guide to Belgium's premier punk and hardcore festival

Every May, over 32,000 punk and hardcore fans descend on Meerhout, Belgium for the annual two-day Groezrock bash. This year – their 24th, no less – sees the festival extend to a fifth stage. In the first of a two-part guide, here’s 10 bands you must see…

WHO: Gnarwolves
WHERE: The Revenge Stage
WHEN: Fri May 1 / 13:30-14:05
**WHY: **They’re the best new skate punk band on the block.
After signing to Pure Noise Records (home of pedigree pop-punk bands Four Year Strong and Man Overboard) in 2014, the Brighton-based three-piece released their eponymous debut studio album last September, and they’ve been serving up bouncy, upfront blasts of raucous punk rock at assorted festivals and club shows ever since. They even played a few gigs last summer opening up for Blink 182. Not too shabby!
**WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: **Smoking Kills 

WHO: **Masked Intruder
**WHERE: **Monster Energy Stage
**WHEN: **Fri May 1 /
**14:00-14:40
**WHY: **They’re the funniest band you’ll see all weekend.
On record the saccharine pop-punk sounds of Wisconsin’s Masked Intruder might be a tad too sweet for hardcore punks, but on stage they’re an altogether different proposition; sharing more in common with eccentric American performance artist Andy Kaufman than their unadulterated pop-punk peers. Imagine The Queers, but even funnier live.
**WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: **Crime Spree 

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