Monday, 6 March 2017

GIG PREVIEW: Boston Manor get ready for Slam Dunk in Swindon

Sheer Music have been teasing a big announcement for the folks of Swindon over the last couple of weeks, and the identity of their exciting booking was revealed earlier today: they're bringing Pure Noise Records darlings Boston Manor to our town, three days before the first of their Slam Dunk sets.
The entire line-up is very exciting, so I wanted to take the time to shine a light on each of the acts individually. It's obvious that this show is going to sell out - who wouldn't want to see Boston Manor in a venue of this size?! - but you should definitely get down early to see the other three artists on the bill.

If you haven't heard of opening act Heartwork, you can't be a regular reader of my blog! I've expressed my adoration for him many times in the past couple of years, and I always love seeing him play live.
I haven't seen Dan since he opened for Jonah Matranga back in October, and this set is going to be a special one because it's the launch show for his debut album. 'Things I Wish I'd Said' is being released on the 19th of May, and it'll be perfect for anyone who likes acoustic music stuffed full of feels.
Click here to check out the older material on the 'Five' and 'Coloured Out' EPs: both are worth a listen. He's coming all the way from Swansea, so make the trip worth it and give him a warm welcome!

Next up, it's a hometown show for A Way With Words, who've recently supported Fort Hope and are participating in the Pogues Irish Whiskey 'A Shot At Discovery' show in Oxford tomorrow night (pop down if you're in the area!).
Reviving nu metal with a pop-punk twist, you won't have heard many bands that sound like A Way With Words, but it's impossible not to be impressed by them. They're the kings of catchy riffs, and their singalongs aren't bad either. Check out their second EP, 'Reflections', to see if you agree with me.

The penultimate band on the bill are Casey, who are supporting Boston Manor at their other small shows across the country. Certainly the heaviest band of the evening, Casey will be warming up for this tour by playing dates throughout Europe next month: they're appearing at some of the Impericon Festival dates, and are on the Heaven and Hell tour with Miss May I, Being As An Ocean and Thy Art Is Murder.
Following this tour up with a performance at Download festival, Casey are going to be huge before you know it. Since the release of their debut album, 'Love Is Not Enough', back in September, there's been a palpable buzz surrounding this band, and it's going to keep snowballing throughout 2017.

Headliners Boston Manor have had a big year so far. After supporting Four Year Strong on their European tour they flew across the pond to join fellow Brits Moose Blood, and are currently trekking across North America with them. It's about time they returned to the UK to play some headline shows!
We're very lucky that they're playing Swindon, as the tour only comprises of five shows: as well as playing our little town, they're hitting up venues in Liverpool, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
When they played Slam Dunk last year, their room was filled to capacity and hundreds of fans were turned away disappointed, so it's no surprise that they've been invited back for the second year running. They're sure to attract an even bigger crowd this year, so even if you have tickets to the festival don't rest on your laurels: grab tickets to this show to guarantee that you'll be able to see them. This band shouldn't be missed, especially not in a venue of this size.
Haven't listened to Boston Manor before? Check out 'Burn You Up' - it's the song I listen to over and over, and it never gets old.

If you're like me and you can't wait for this show, you can get tickets here. £8 for four bands is a steal, so don't rely on waiting to get tickets on the door on the night of the show: I don't think there'll be any left!

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