Festival Of The Month: HIT THE DECK

Everyone’s favourite octopus-themed festival, Hit The Deck, is right around the corner so here at IKE, we thought it deserved to be our Festival Of The Month. We took a look at the line up, so we could let you know some of the bands that we think you should be checking out in Nottingham and Bristol. Oh, as well, we’ve picked out a wicked tune of each band and a tip for when you’re watching them because we’re nice like that.
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If you haven’t seen Skindred before, chances are you’ve never been to a festival. Sure, they’re good at their own shows but the eclecticism of a festival really is the perfect place for the rock/reggae/metal hybrid boys from Wales. They’re sure to get the entire crowd bouncing to select cuts from their entire back catalogue, including ‘Nobody’, ‘Warning’ and ‘Kill The Power’.
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TIP: Don’t be the saddo that thinks they’re too cool for the Newport Helicopter.
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If you’re into metallic riffage, hardcore breakdowns and more gang vocals than you can shake a stick at, While She Sleeps are the ones for you. Anthems aplenty from ‘The North Stands For Nothing,’ ‘This Is The Six’ and recent offering ‘Brainwased’ will destroy whichever venue they play in [as of writing, stage splits and set times have not been released].
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TIP: Keep an eye on front man Loz Taylor at all times. He will climb on ANYTHING.

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Having only released fifth album ‘Searching For Zero’ in March and currently tearing through Europe with the aforementioned WHILE SHE SLEEPS, Liam Cormier and co are on one hell of a roll lately. Expect a chaotic show from the Canadian punk/metalcore heavyweights.
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TIP: Don’t forget the lyrics to the chorus of ‘Hail Destoyer’.
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A few years ago, the lads from South Yorkshire released a ferocious album entitled ‘Born Into Rags To Die No Richer’ and with the utterly abrasive music they cram into your ears via their debut and the follow-up ‘Cult For The Haggard Youth’ as well as supremely intense live shows, it’s pretty safe to say they’re not going to actually get rich playing this riotous metalcore. None of that matters to Dead Harts though – judging from their high octane stage show, it seems that they’d rather get paid in stagedives, cuts and bruises.
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TIP: Unless you’re made of bricks, stay out of the pit during ‘Pit Talk’. It will be mental.
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Their latest EP, ‘Belong ╪ Betray’ has been out for a few months now but despite having 2 EPs and three albums out before this, tracks like ‘Time’ and ‘Devastator’ are getting crowd reactions similar to (if not better than) their classics. There will be a couple of mosh-worthy moments but DSHS are much more about the atmosphere and dynamics, this set will take you on a journey.
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TIP: Don’t worry, you’re not getting ill. The goosebumps are part of the show.
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Groove, tech, djent, mathcore, metal – whatever. It doesn’t matter what it’s called, all that matters is that it’s great and Monuments are an example of a fantastic band that mix technicality with songwriting finesse to create something that will please the casual listener just as much as somebody obsessed with fret-wanking and bizarre time signatures.
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TIP: Don’t lose your voice before they play ‘I, Creator’ because the opening line of that chorus was made for singing along.
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Some bands just aren’t made for daytime radio play and Rolo Tomassi are one of them. That’s not to say they’re not top quality though. Far from it, in fact. If you haven’t experienced these before, you may well be surprised when front woman Eva Spence switches from beautiful melodies to ferocious screams and back again with ease. It’s hard to nail down exactly what Rolo Tomassi sound like so, with that in mind…
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TIP: Just go and see them!!
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Hit The Deck have really outdone themselves this year with regards to booking bands with unpredictable live shows. These guys stand out from the crowd in this respect however, and that is because rather than being a anarchic outpouring of hostility and rebellion under lights, vocalist Adam Carroll will come off the stage and interact with nearly every single person in the room. Without doubt, this will be one of the feel good sets of the entire day.
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TIP: Smile and wave at Adam, he’ll make you part of the show.
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Hit The Deck 2015 takes place in Bristol on Saturday, 25th April and Nottingham on Sunday, 26th April.
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Written by Matt Bradley.
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