Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent
- Red Bull Stage
For the next
half hour, The Blitz Kids seems to have the crowd feeding out of their
hands as they blare out their infamous catchy yet aggressive melodies
with irresistible choruses of 'la, la, la' creating an explosion of pure
energy and chaos.
one emotion and feeling present during today's set, it's the feeling of
anger, just presented in a slightly more poppy way. Teasing the crowd
with his charms and his reruns of delving into the crowd, vocalist Joe
is hard to resist both musically and charmingly.
lines, pacing drums and unique little tweaks and guitar hooks make Blitz
Kids irresistibly catchy. Although the crowd is only made of a few that
have enough energy to still dance after the first 1o minutes, tracks
such as 'The Comedian' literally send Joe over the front barrier and
ends their set by balancing on the heads, arms and any other part of
their fans he can support himself on (they will later on get themselves
through a full weekend's supply of alcohol in the course of one night).
Kids are more than just party starters determined to cause an absolute
riot with their antagonism ,but a band that are continuing to grow and
develop into a band made of perfectionists determined to make every head
turn in their direction with a fun approach. If you have not yet heard
of The Blitz Kids, now would be a good time to check them out. 9/10
HAVANA Red Bull Stage
Wilson literally kicks starts today's set by hurtling his amp into the
front row causing an eruption of pure chaos from both band and crowd
alike. Deaf Havana find themselves facing one of the largest crowds of
the weekend and with their catchy melodies, swift hooks and oh so catchy
rhythms, Deaf Havana do not fail to impress.
as 'Another Day in This House' and 'Waves' allow vocalist James Gilodi
to combine his harmonic, yet remarkably dynamic vocals with the
cocktails of slow and heavy breakdowns Chris Pennell's guitar continues
to serve causing a mass of liveliness to spread like wild fire.
gentle opening guitar melody and leisurely yet beautiful vocal opening,
single 'Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life' is definitely the most
moving moment in today's set, allowing Gilodi's emotions to pour out in
honestly written lyrics of 'there's something that screams this seems so
unfair' before the storming choruses reach their peak, slamming down
hard into one hell of a breakdown, it is of coarse these dramatic
breakdowns that allow the crowd to finally set themselves loose and
scream back every lyric in indescribable precision.
receive a surprisingly good reaction when questioning the audience on
their likeliness to have listened to their newest material. This
reaction quickly gives way to the gripping guitar melodies, thunderous
pound of drums and cymbals, not to mention defined bass lines, as the
mentioned demo 'My Life Is Average' echoes through the tent.
This is of
coarse, everything but average. Hoaxing the crowd with their charm and
determination to leave everyone at a soaring peak of anticipation and
adrenaline, Gilodi and co quickly give in to the pleads for one more
song….an adrenaline driven, aggressively fun and unbelievably responsive
encore of the infamous 'Friends like These'.
really tested during the encore as drummer; Tom Ogden abandons the kit
only to be dive offstage to be swarmed by the sea of arms out stretched
ready to catch him, a sense of liveliness not often found in his stern
character. Bursting at their post hardcore and stealthy seams, the crowd
erupts into one final chorus of 'you'll never know friends like these'
on a colossal volume. Nicely done boys. 9/10
Headliners, Main Stage
If the crowd
won't kick your teeth in, Gallows most certainly will. Injecting a
dangerously high level of angst, adrenaline and pure aggression into the
audience it doesn't come as a surprise to see with enough threatening
and fearlessness, raging front man Frank Carter gets one hell of a riot
Not a single
band this weekend will sound as raw, heavy or as anthemic as Gallows as
they tear through an entire back catalogue of colossal riffs, gang vocal
choruses and angst full anthems melting the face off the front row of
in one of the finest performances, if not the finest performance of the
whole weekend. Not only are their songs played on full volume, showing
off their unique punk tunes as well as being a risk factor for security,
but each interval delivers the perfect opportunity for the over
confident Frank Carter to provoke the crowd into a wild state creating
the biggest circle pit GRTR! have ever laid eyes on.
definitely conquer Hevy Festival tonight without even breaking into a
sweat. But as much as the crowd have gathered for Gallows, unfamiliar
audience members, especially Glassjaw's large fan base, still get given
their big break as Gallows shred into a more enraged cover of The
Clash's 'I Fought The Law'. However the deafening roar when 'Belly of a
Shark' is amplified says it all, Gallows have achieved more than
expected of tonight's set. 10/10
COLOUR Local Heroes Stage
Color may be the poppiest of bands on the bill at 'Hevy' festival and
may only draw a few in their direction, but they still perform bloody
drowned melodies, hooks and smooth vocals call for LIC to be heard over
the crowd's anticipation for Young Guns to finally take to the main
stage, but with one final push, LIC are sent soaring over the crowd and
send even a few in the far corners of the stadium moving and swaying.
Fall Out Boy
and The Maine engineered rhythms keep both Lost In Color and their small
gathering on their feet for the next few minutes, something others
present on this stage so far have failed to achieve. Fun, precise and
remarkably talented, Lost In Color are a band to keep an eye out
HERO Main Stage
Me Vs Hero
kick off this Sunday morning perfectly by delivering the best of their
pop punk anthems on full volume, sending a wakeup call across the
spontaneous energy, heavy up beat melodies, gang choruses and raw power
Me Vs Hero take the place by storm. Old timer 'What Seems to Be the
hard with its dramatic breakdowns that allow the crowd to react more
than Hevy's usual staleness. With Indescribable precision, Me Vs Hero
tears through recent single 'Can You Count Suckers? 'As the thunderous
resonance of punk, pop and alternative combine into a detonation of
liveliness that could go off at any moment as gang choruses cut in
keeping a grin on everyone's faces.
Me Vs Hero
have the crowd in the palm of their hands for a majority of their set
but before long the crowd's concentration gives way causing the once was
liveliness atmosphere to collapse.
But Me Vs
Hero is here to perform and close on the perfect note, an adrenaline and
passion fueled rendition of their anthemic 'Days That Shape Our Lives'
sending one final blow to the stomach of Hevy. A memorably entertaining
and punktastic set. 8/10
GUNS Main Stage
definitely greet a few familiar faces at Hevy Festival, both bands and
fans alike. Young Guns have no problem competing with the headliners
with their boundless energy, brutal anthems and front man Gustav Wood's
natural interaction with the crowd.
single 'Crystal Clear' clearly (no pun intended there) shows YG's
ridiculously hefty recognition with today's crowd leaving the band
encouraging their fans to go absolutely insane for the duration of their
set. Heavier tracks such as 'D.O.A' and the recent 'Sons Of Apathy'
provide the Taylor Brothers more than enough freedom to show just how
heavy, raw and anthemic their new riffs are but with enough latitude to
allow Simon Mitchell's weighty bass verses.
yet forceful vocals are given a clean cut solo towards the end of the
cinematically slow epic 'Stitches' before being lashed with gang vocals
to follow on through to the storming choruses of their originally
ambitious 'Daughter Of The Sea'.
enthusiasm never seems to wear thin but before long the crowd return to
it's stale atmosphere that seems to persist for the rest of the weekend
and in desperation of motion causes Wood to spend extensive intervals
buried within the front row of the crowd.
wise, Young Guns don't fail to impress but the audience's lack of
eagerness and atmosphere creates a frustrating missed opportunity for
Young Guns to perform their usual impressive live set. 7/10
LAKE Main Stage
may be one man down (Bassist, Mathew Leone is currently recovering in
hospital from a brain operation) but they certainly still deliver a set
the remaining three members are capable of performing.
catchy and both alternative and pop grown melodies, and unlimited flow
of energy, Madina Lake reward the audience for their sympathy and
loyalty with their unique hybrid of both older and more recent material.
interludes, pacing drums and Nathan Leone's pitch perfect harmonies on
tracks such as 'Here I Stand' do not fail to get the dispersed crowd
going and more dedicated fans are left clinging to every little sound
that escapes ML's airways. But slowly growing stale (the audience that
is), the audience's attention soon returns to absolutely the middle of
nowhere, leaving ML's efforts to be abruptly thrown back in their faces.
adrenaline and heart driven 'One Last Kiss' is thrashed to pieces as
guitarist Mateo Carmigo and drummer Dan Chisel pour themselves out into
this one and strike one final blow to the heart of the audience. Despite
their heavied up covers of their own material, Madina Lake are not
kidding themselves as the audience rudely becomes unresponsive.
BLUES Main Stage
Blues may not be the heaviest of bands on 'Hevy' Festival's bill, but
these catchy punks are fully festival engineered.
Blues play with the just right precision and generates one of the
liveliest crowds at the main stage this weekend. In fact so lively, TKB
end up fighting off security guards whilst an anonymous crowd surfer is
welcomed on to the stage. Recent single 'Head butt' is purely an upbeat
affair with the one hell of a catchy guitar opening.
performance shows a new era of TKB's sound and each and every lyrical
melody is sung back in perfect chorus by the gathering on the side of
the stage and the crowd alike. Itch's distinctive and surprisingly tuned
vocals surprise the audience with his ability to maintain precision at
such a quick tempo.
single 'Holiday' is proof that TKB can sustain their festival atmosphere
for years to come and when commanded the crowd pleasurably erupts.
'We're going away on holiday' perfectly sums up this summer evening.
these anarchists still deliver their best punk with the best of
antagonism and tracks such as 'The Streets Are Ours' causes near riot
outbreaks. A feel of punk that's sonically reminiscent of Rancid's live
performances on a smaller scale Security fail to be impressed. TKB never
seem to fail at delivering a good old fashioned uprising with enough
movement to cause a heart of stone to fracture. 9/10
of the classic founders of nu-metal and alternative has been building up
anticipation over the course of the weekend, it is however soon to be a
let down by the audience's frustratingly unresponsive attitude.
always set out on doing their unique show, and tonight is not an
exception as the layout, including bringing the drums to the very front
of the stage, causing Glassjaw to come face to face with their fans.
despite the lack of reaction, there is plenty of optimism to go around,
as front man comments not long into their set 'it's sad to see these
lovely photographers go'.
have no intention of rushing themselves tonight and even confronts the
audience's frustration with front man's confession of ' I want to start
of time on their hands, Glassjaw deliver a uniquely precise, yet
ferocious set. It's not long until they soon live up to their legendary
status , 'Tip Your Bartender' sparking a barrage of crowd surfers being
carried by the heavy downfalls, twisting melodies and beefy bass lines
these gentleman continuously deliver , following on through down into
what seems to be an attempt of a pit. But despite their efforts, Glass
Jaw is only ever greeted with a mute crowd response as all energy is
lost. Some comebacks are never meant to be made. 5/10
and photos by Georgia Rawson
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