Our Team

By James Brown

Punktastic has been a platform for underground music for over fifteen years. Though the staff has changed, the mission hasn’t. We’re a committed and dedicated group of passionate music fans that enjoy talking about punk, rock, metal, and hardcore. We’re real music fans talking about real music, and Punktastic is our labour of love.

Thanks to a whole host of contributors and staff who have dedicated their time, we’re now hugely proud to sponsor stages at major festivals, organise exclusive shows in the UK, Europe and the US, and to provide up-to-date, honest and interesting coverage for a whole host of bands.

We try to help you discover music you wouldn’t find anywhere else. We do that by giving bands exposure we think they deserve, telling the truth about what’s going on, and sometimes by getting our hands dirty and changing the scene ourselves.

Paul Savage founded the site back in 2000, leaving in 2010. New owner/publisher James Brown took over and worked with editor Tom Aylott until mid-2014 when Ben Tipple succeeded him as editor. In October 2016, Glen Bushell became our new editor in chief. And in July 2017, Penny Bennett took on the mantle as our new editor.

Many people make Punktastic possible:

James Brown – MD and Publisher
Penny Bennett – Editor-in-chief
Mark Johnson – Deputy Editor
(Note: contacting our news desk or sending us music are usually the best way to get your music featured)

Our fantastic staff writers
Adam Rosario, Becky Simpson, Dylan Tuck, Eloise Bulmer, Gemma Rogers, Jamie MacMillan, Liam Knowles, Olly Hanks and Tom Walsh

And a gang of brilliant occasional columnists, contributors, photographers and other creatives, including:
Alex Volonte, Andy Joice, Becky Mount, Danny Randon, David Jackson, Graham Berry, Harry Pages, James Lee, Jay Hampshire, Louis Kerry, Paul Silver, Paul Storr, Renette van der Merwe, Romy Gregory, Tash Greene, William Pavli, William Scott and Yasmin Brown.

If you’re interested in joining the team, send an email with some of your best, recent work to james at punktastic.com