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Frank Turner – ‘Undefeated’

“Some people are just going to hate you, no matter what you do,” laments folk punk troubadour Frank Turner, “so don’t waste time trying to change their minds; just be a better you.” This first line to the first song of ‘Undefeated’ summarises the tone of Turner’s tenth outing

Monday 26 February 2024

LIVE: Chuck Ragan @ The 100 Club, London

It could be a coincidence that there’s a storm raging outside London’s 100 Club, but it’s equally as likely that Chuck Ragan’s gravelly roar has commanded the heavens to open. The Hot Water Music frontman turned professional punk rock grizzly bear sold out the historic basement venue incredibly quickly,

Monday 25 September 2023

LIVE: Reading Festival 2023 – Friday

Is Reading still a rock festival? The last half decade has seen a slow descent into pop acts. The teeth bared by previous headliners have definitely been blunted and worn down. However, while Reading’s no longer snarling in your face, there are more than enough vicious acts lurking among

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Pet Needs, Berries, Guise @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

LIVE: Frank Turner @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Frank Turner is a famed name amongst the alternative music scene with a plethora of genres under his belt, his endearing charm never failing to impress behind the microphone. He opens the night with a debut live performance of track ‘Broken Piano’, a haunting choice as

Thursday 07 October 2021

Slam Dunk North 2021 @ Temple Newsam Leeds

Slam Dunk North made its much anticipated return to Leeds on Saturday 4th September 2021.

Wednesday 07 July 2021

LIVE: Download Festival Pilot 2021 – Sunday

It’s been a long, long time since Punktastic have been able to cover live music as we’ve always known it, and to be able to dive back in at the one and only Download Festival is more than we could ever have hoped for. The crowd was smaller, as

Thursday 24 June 2021

Download Pilot 2021: A reflection

Who would have thought a mere four weeks ago that before the end of June 10,000 of us would be standing in our Doc Martens and wellies in the rain, arms around one another, screaming along to our favourite songs?

Thursday 29 August 2019

Frank Turner – ‘No Man’s Land’

This wouldn’t be a comprehensive review if it didn’t at least acknowledge the uncomfortable grimace on the face of the music industry when Frank Turner released the concept album ‘No Man’s Land’. Its thirteen tracks are dedicated to overlooked, influential women throughout history (and the last track for his

Friday 02 August 2019

LIVE: 2000Trees Festival 2019 – Thursday

2000trees is advertised as being a ‘medium’ sized festival, but while medium can suggest mediocrity or be misconstrued as ‘average’, nothing about the scorching weekend feels mediocre. With alternative fans from all of the country coming together to celebrate our special scene, 2000trees pens itself as one of the