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From Saturday 10 June 2023

LIVE: Slam Dunk Festival 2023 @ Hatfield Park

Sold-out and stacked with some huge names, 2023 marked the now iconic Slam Dunk’s biggest event to date. Fans sardined in caused plenty of teething problems on the day, but did the music deliver? Silly question, of course it did. Words: Aaron Jackson and Yasmin Brown

Friday 26 November 2021

Pass Away – ‘Thirty Nine’

By and large, punk has connotations of being an aggressive, reactionary and often political genre of music. Conversely, pop-punk has a reputation of being whiny and overly emotional, lacking the edge of its parent. Recent years, however, have seen a middle ground emerge that’s equally as emotional as it

Tuesday 22 September 2020

The Menzingers – ‘From Exile’

It’s hard to think of a better name for ‘From Exile’, the latest release from Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers. The record is a track-for-track acoustic reworking of latest album ‘Hello Exile’, and was completed in lockdown – or exile, if you will.  Recording occurred remotely, with each band member

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Top 25 Albums of the Year

Friday 22 November 2019

The end of a decade: The most important bands of the past 10 years

2019 is rapidly drawing to a close, which means – somehow – the end of a decade is upon us. The alternative scene has provided us with so much value over the past 10 years, so much so that the Punktastic team couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect

Friday 04 October 2019

The Menzingers – ‘Hello Exile’

“What kind of monsters did our parents vote for?”, Greg Barnett asks, moments into The Menzingers’ latest edition of punching you right in the feels. Settle in, because the Philadelphia four-piece are going to once again effortlessly capture the zeitgeist at which their audience is currently scratching

Tuesday 20 August 2019

The Menzingers say goodbye to the America they knew

It is not often you find a common ground between The Menzingers and German industrial metal pioneers Rammstein. However, the pair now echo the sentiments of struggling to love their homeland. The Pennsylvania punks often paint an idealistic portrait of the Americana they know, full of

Thursday 01 August 2019

Punktastic Presents: Playlist – August ’19

You may have noticed over the last six months that we’ve been releasing monthly playlists, full of killer recommendations from Team Punktastic. Like you, we’re lovers of music and sharing our love is a big part of that. It’s all well and good telling you to listen to them.

Monday 10 June 2019

Slam Dunk Festival 2019 – Hatfield

Monday 12 February 2018

LIVE: The Menzingers / PUP @ Whelan’s, Dublin

“Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?”, has been the question The Menzingers have been posing to their audience for the best part of the last 12 months. For those whose answer to this is simply “I don’t really know”, then this is