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LIVE: Anti-Flag / Cancer Bats @ Academy 2, Manchester

Navigating Manchester on a Friday night is one of the most hellish things you can imagine, as drunk students and office workers clog the streets and everyone tries to drive around the city like the layout makes any sort of sense whatsoever. Unfortunately this combination of traffic issues and

Tuesday 06 November 2018

LIVE: Turnstile / Wicca Phase Springs Eternal / Big Cheese @ Rebellion, Manchester

You know you’re in for a solid hardcore show when the venue has the security barriers removed especially for the occasion. Walking in to the venue, Leeds hardcore mob Big Cheese have already started proceedings and their straight-up, no frills hardcore has several bodies moving in the thickening crowd.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

LIVE: Black Peaks / Bossk / Gold Key @ The Key Club, Leeds

Brighton’s Black Peaks are something of a success story. Their debut album ‘Statues’ was released in 2016 and in the short period of time since then they’ve played Download Festival, 2000 Trees, and ArcTanGent, made several successful headline trips up and down the UK and even supported Deftones at

Tuesday 23 October 2018

LIVE: Coheed & Cambria / Chon @ Academy 1, Manchester

Coheed & Cambria shows always draw such an eclectic mix of people. On this Saturday night in Manchester, the Academy is a melting pot of emo kids, full on metalheads, dads in Rush tees, normal looking ‘trendy’ folk and people who DEFINITELY work in CEX; all hoping to embark

Friday 10 August 2018

Bad Rabbits – ‘Mimi’

Surprisingly enough, Punktastic doesn’t cover a lot of R’n’B. It doesn’t exactly fit within the standard genres we write about. And yet, here is a review of the third album by Boston group Bad Rabbits – the self-released ‘Mimi’. You’re probably wondering how we ended up at

Tuesday 31 July 2018

LIVE: Palm Reader / Haggard Cat / Cove / Hinges / 99% Cobra @ The Key Club, Leeds

It’s bloody hot at the minute. Like, everywhere. Do you know what places are hot even when it’s not hot everywhere else? Gig venues. Especially ones that are actually underground with no windows like The Key Club in Leeds. The heat in this cave-like space is nigh-on unbearable. And

Tuesday 17 July 2018

LIVE: Touché Amoré / Gender Roles @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Festival season is officially upon us, and so is the slew of side-shows and one-offs the international bands use to make their trips to our shores more worthwhile. Tonight, before they journey down south for their performance at 2000 Trees Festival, Los Angeles post-hardcore sweethearts Touché Amoré stop off

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Real Friends – ‘Composure’

Pop punk regularly gets a bad rap from alternative music purists, mostly because it’s often aimed at a younger audience and therefore seen as a lesser medium. Every so often, though, a band releases a record of such undeniably high quality that the gatekeepers have no choice but to

Monday 09 July 2018

LIVE: Modern Life Is War / Svalbard / Swain / Who Cares? @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Trust Modern Life Is War, one of the darkest, moodiest bands in hardcore, to arrive in the UK smack-bang in the middle of a seemingly endless heatwave. The beer garden at the front of the Brudenell is positively packed out with moshers in sunglasses enjoying an ice-cold beer. Unfortunately

Thursday 31 May 2018

LIVE: Employed To Serve / Conjurer / God Complex / Hundred Year Old Man @ The Parish, Huddersfield

The heavy music scene in the UK is extremely healthy right now, and tonight is a showcase of some of the most exciting young bands our nation currently has to offer. Leeds post-metal sextet Hundred Year Old Man are gathering attention at a rate of knots, and from the intensity