10 more bands you must see at Groezrock: Saturday May 2
Here's the second part of your guide to the Belgian punk and hardcore festival
Meerhout in Belgium has a total population of 9,578. But for two days every May, that quadruples in size as Groezrock festival rolls into town, bringing with it the best in punk and hardcore. Here are 10 bands you can't miss on May 2...
WHO: Teenage Bottlerocket
WHERE: Monster Energy Stage
WHEN: Sat May 2 / 15:05-15:45
WHY: They sound like the snotty little siblings of the Ramones.
Wyoming weirdoes Teenage Bottlerocket have been knocking around for over 10 years now, touring the world with everyone from NOFX (they’re also signed to Fat Mike’s record label) to the Descendents; entertaining all those they meet along the way with their pop-punks odes to heavy metal, head banging, skateboarding, Top Gun, comic books, chicks, and other equally amusing topics. With a ton of quirky lyrics and enough hooks up their sleeves to catch Jaws, they’re the perfect band to kick off your second day at Groezrock.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: Skate Or Die
**WHERE: **Impericon Stage
**WHEN: **Sat May 2 / **15:45-16:25
**WHY: **They’re the black sheep of the bill.
The beauty of Turbowolf’s multi-genre mash-up of sounds is they can sit comfortably alongside indie, metal, hard rock and punk bands alike, and never seem out of place. It’d be interesting to see if any Agnostic Front fans make there way over to the Impericon Stage before their beloved band headline the tent later that night, and find out what they make of the Bristol band’s psychedelic collage of noise. But if hardcore truly is all about acceptance and unity, we have no doubt the Wolf will be embraced with open arms – their live show’s as explosive as a briefcase of C4 after all.
**WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: **Read And Write
WHO: **Ducking Punches
**WHERE: **Macbeth/Blackstar Stage
**WHEN: Sat May 2 / 16:55-17:25
**WHY: **Dan Allen is more than just ‘the new Frank Turner’.
Whilst he may have been Frank Turner’s guitar tech, and filled in for him on acoustic guitar at shows across Europe, Dan Allen is a troubadour in his own right - and a songwriter of notable talent. Backed by his own band, featuring members of other prominent Norwich-based folk-punk acts (Bad Ideas, Manbearpig and Darkened Dials), Ducking Punches play foot stomping, fist pumping, heartfelt anthems that exude the true essence and spirit of punk. It’s prime time festival material.
**WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: **Big Brown Pills From Lynn
WHO: **Raised Fist
**WHERE: **Impericon Stage
**WHEN: **Sat May 2 / 18:05-18:50
**WHY: Sick Of It All's Lou Koller described them as “one of the world’s three most progressive hardcore bands”.
We don’t know who the other two are, but never mind. If it’s good enough for Lou Koller, it’s good enough for us. The Norrbotten five-piece are certainly one of Sweden’s longest-running, most successful hardcore bands. Their Iron Maiden-inspired dual lead guitars matched with the hip-hop influenced approach of vocalist Alexander ‘Alle’ Hagman mark them out from many of their contemporaries too, and their highly-politicised, energetic attack is undeniable in the live setting.
**WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: **Friends And Traitors