All Time Low, One Night In London!

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Grindstore rocked up at Wembley Arena last Friday night to an unbalanced ratio of females to males queuing up outside, which could only mean one thing – All Time Low were in town!

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The second we sat down, American pop-punkers Real Friends burst onto the stage as Wembley began to fill up. Lead singer Dan was clearly overwhelmed by the occasion as he thanked the growing crowd for turning up early to check them out, as well as his parents for travelling across the pond to witness one of their biggest gigs to date. Though we are Real Friends fans, the enormity of the occasion seemed to get the better of their sound set-up as Dan’s vocals travelled around the arena but the rest of the band’s sound seemed muffled and stuck at their end of the arena. Sound problems aside, Real Friends definitely won over the excitable crowd.

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Grindstore favourites Neck Deep hit the stage next! We met them in Norwich last April in a tiny venue, so to see them achieve this much success in under a year is truly phenomenal. What’s more impressive is their age, as lead singer Ben bounces onto the gigantic stage in front of an intimidatingly sized arena at just 20 years of age, you would think the occasion would get the better of him, but it was as if he was back on one of the tiny stages again. The welsh five-piece smashed through hits from last years ‘Wishful Thinking’ album, opening with ‘Losing Teeth’ and even brought back Laura Whiteside for singalong classic ‘A Part Of Me’, as Wembley was lit up by mobile phone torch light. Neck Deep gained thousands of new fans and after closing their set with ‘What Did You Expect?’ …it’s clear to see that this could truly be their stage to headline in the future.

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The screams were deafening and All Time Low were still nowhere to be seen. As the lights go out and a montage of various historic moments were played on the big screen, the screams reach an ear drum bursting high as Alex, Jack, Rian and Zack sprinted into position to kick off the sell-out show. Hitting the ground running with ‘A Love Like War’, they were joined by 12,000 voices singing along and the entire arena on its feet! (Besides the odd parent sat down on their Kindle of course!)

All Time Low’s sound and lights were fantastic, which added to how great they sounded. We have seen them perform in the past but they really stepped it up a level for this show, pushing themselves into an elite group who can say they sold out Wembley Arena – even with the antics of hyperactive Jack Barakat, swinging a bra around and inviting 12,000 fans back to his hotel room!

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Half way through the show, the lights went out for a while and out of nowhere, Alex appears under spotlight on a tiny stage in the middle of the arena. With a mic and guitar, he slowed the show down with a rendition of ‘Remembering Sunday’, for which he was accompanied by Cassadee Pope. Wembley was lit up once again by mobile phone torch light for one of the best moments of the night as the crowd helped him sing ‘Therapy’ before he was rushed back to the main stage to get the crowd bouncing again with new single ‘Kids In The Dark’.

Other surprises included a cameo appearance from the bands good friend Josh Franceschi of You Met At Six, who they had recently completed a co-headline tour with around UK Arenas. Then later in the night Alex invited lots of fans on stage to dance and singalong to ‘Time Bomb’, including a fan dressed as a Hot Dog and others who had travelled from Italy and Germany. Alex asked for the fans on stage to keep their phones in their pocket as living in the moment was far more memorable than any photo of it would be which went down well with the Wembley crowd.

The Baltimore boys wrapped up a successful sell out show with ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ before departing. An incredible night for pop-punk and rock in general!

Papa Roach Review, Norwich!

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Papa Roach and friends rolled up in Norwich this past Sunday to kick off the Face Everything and Rise UK Tour in style! We were lucky enough to catch their set at Reading Festival last year, at which they put the rest of the line up to shame with their energy fuelled barrage of hits and constant jumping – Papa Roach still know how to deliver after all these years. Supporting the veteran American rockers were London based The One Hundred and Japanese metal band Coldrain.

The One Hundred were here to win over new fans as they embarked on their biggest support slot to date. They are on the line-up for Download this summer and just completed a successful set at the ever-growing Takedown Festival, so being associated with Papa Roach can only bring positives to this young London 4-piece. Playing tracks from recent E.P. Subculture, they definitely got the Sunday crowd bouncing. Lead singer Jacob Field effortlessly drifted between throat-shredding screams, straight into hip-hop infused verses, making him stand out from other vocalists in the genre. With the addition of heavy guitar riffs and some electronica in between, there’s no doubt this band are going places.

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Next it was time for some metalcore from the Far East as Japan’s Coldrain hit the stage! Huge riffs were thrown in right from the start as every member of the band continued to bang their heads throughout the set. With the recent release of 3rd album The Revelation, these guys are starting to get noticed and they definitely had some loyal fans in the audience. Masoto – like Jacob from The One Hundred, has a distinctive and unique voice. One minute he is shouting the house down in an Austin Carlile (Of Mice & Men) fashion and then suddenly he sings through the choruses in a pitch not too dissimilar to Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil. In most cases, bands will have a singer and a shouter, but it’s always impressive to see someone who can do both.

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After 22 years, Papa Roach have toured the globe and churned out 8 albums. Though we may not be as keen on the latest album F.E.A.R, partly because their previous 2012 release The Connection was just THAT good, the fans took to the new tracks as if they were the classics.

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One of the biggest reasons for Papa Roach’s success, in our opinion, is Jacoby Shaddix. A true Rock and Roll frontman – full of smiles and caring more about people having a good time over anything else, he constantly high fived anyone who stuck a hand out and was a huge hit with the crowd. Three songs in, he was crowd surfing and handed out tongue-in-cheek apologies for standing on everybody’s head. Later in the show, the frontman vanished but was still heard singing clearly over the speaker system. He’d ventured backstage and entered the rear crowd entrance where he surprised the Norwich fans by singing amongst them, before climbing on a railing near the back to perform.

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A highpoint for old school fans was the inclusion of album tracks from Infest as the crowd were treated to Thrown Away, followed by the stripped back ska track Tightrope – songs we thought we would never see live. Heading into the encore, the deafening sing-along of Last Resort was a highlight, as was …To Be Loved. They then wrapped up the set perfectly with emo classic Scars before disappearing after more high fives.

Papa Roach never disappoint live and if they were this good on night 1 of their UK tour, then you’re in for a treat if you’re seeing them over the next week, as it will only get bigger and better.

Join the Grindstore Street Team!

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The Grindstore Spring Catalogue is just around the corner and we need your merch selfies! Send in your pics wearing merch you have bought from us and you could be in with a chance of winning an awesome Grindstore goodie bag…AND be featured in the Grindstore Spring Catalogue!

Send your pics to:

social@grindstore.com

Terms & Conditions

Participation in the competition signifies acceptance of these rules:

COPYRIGHT IN WINNING ENTRIES: You own the copyright to your Competition entry as it’s your image. However, if you win the Competition, your winning image will be published by Grindstore as part of a catalogue feature.

EXCLUSIVE LICENCE TO PUBLISH WINNING ENTRIES: If you win you hereby agree to grant Grindstore the exclusive, royalty-free, right and licence to publish your winning entry in the catalogue throughout the world in all media now known or created in the future in volume form once the competition has closed and all the winners have been announced.

DISTRIBUTION OF THE CATALOGUE: The Catalogue will be available as a free insert in Magazines, as an online version and it will also be shipped out to our mailing list. No money will be made from the release of the catalogue, nor shall you be entitled to any compensation.

CLOSING DATE: The closing date of the Competition is the 28th February 2015, entries received after this date will not be considered.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: By participating in the competition, entrants consent to the use and publication of their names and contributions by Grindstore for the purposes of announcing the winners and publication of the catalogue.

The Kerrang! Tour Review – Norwich!

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The annual Kerrang! Tour kicked off in Norwich this year and Grindstore were there to see whether the opening night jitters were going to overshadow a quite brilliant and diverse line-up. In all honesty, they didn’t! A couple of technical difficulties here and there were expected for a five band interchange on the opening night of a new tour. Overall, it was a Friday night party down at the Nick Rayns LCR, UEA in Norwich.

What we enjoyed most about this year’s line-up was the old school ‘Kerrang! Tour’ feel of four up & coming bands, pulling out all the stops to win over even more fans. In previous years ‘Kerrang!’ have plumped for ticket selling names such as Limp Bizkit – which we would obviously never argue with as they were awesome to see live! But this year there was a special ‘Kerrang! Tour’ of-old feel to it – these bands put everything into their performances and should definitely not be missed.

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American metalcore up & comers Beartooth had the honour of kicking off the first show of the tour with a wall-shaking set. Starting with ‘Beaten In Lips’, frontman Caleb showed off his vocal range as he effortlessly switched beaten harmonies and throat shredding screams throughout. When new single ‘The Lines’ hit, the pace really picked up as Norwich moshed along to one of America’s finest new metalcore bands. Check out their debut album ‘Disgusting’, a favourite from 2014 in the Grindstore office!

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Bury Tomorrow share a similar style to Beartooth, which meant if Norwich hadn’t woken up by the end of their set…they never would! Thankfully, frontman Dani ran from side to side to get everyone in the LCR involved. One thing Bury Tomorrow can boast about is their incredibly talented vocalist James Cameron. As Dani vents anger through the verses of hits ‘An Honourable Reign’ and ‘Lionheart’, James swoops in on the chorus with a voice that would send any X-Factor contestant packing. After seeing them put out a decent performance from the huge main stage at Download Festival last summer, they did an even better job in the smaller enclosure of the LCR, Norwich. A fantastic display from the Brit boys!

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Up next were the last minute surprise addition and conquerors of America, Young Guns! After being out of the UK on and off over the past couple of years and with four names already etched onto the 2015 ‘Kerrang! Tour’ line-up, Young Guns managed to squeeze in three belters before departing. After the click-track failed to play out their atmospheric opening to ‘I Want Out’, the band were soon firing on all cylinders! The Norwich crowd witnessed the first ever live performance of the bands new single ‘Speaking In Tongues’ before a sing-along to their monster hit ‘Bones’ finished off the special set from the London rockers. Hopefully we will see them again over the festival season!

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Following Young Guns was possibly the most well-known band of the tour, New York pop-punkers, We Are The In Crowd. Fan favourite Tay Jardine led her four male counterparts out to an excitable Norwich crowd, but unfortunately technical issues meant that elements of opening track ‘The Best Thing (That Never Happened)’ were lost, including Tay’s vocals at times. Thankfully the issues were resolved for the most part and the party atmosphere picked up through sing-along classics such as ‘Kiss Me Again’ and ‘Rumor Mill’.

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The most surprising of the announcements was likely to have been Don Broco. What is more surprising to some is that ‘Kerrang!’ put their faith in the Bedford four-piece by making them the 2015 headliners.

One look at Facebook will tell you that the headline act have the lowest amount of fans and need almost 100,000 more to catch up with second lowest, Bury Tomorrow. However, we knew as soon as we saw the announcement that ‘Kerrang!’ were 100% correct. Don Broco are fantastic showmen and were by far the best live act of the night. They smashed it at Reading & Leeds in 2013 and showed they were worthy of headlining ‘Hit The Deck’ that same year.

Rob Damiani came out first, with his t-shirt tucked into his jeans (who knew Don Broco could bring back tucking in your t-shirt and turtle necks in the same year?!). They jumped straight in with their new party hit ‘Money.Power.Fame’ before smashing through their hits, including fan favourite ‘Thug Workout’. After Rob, Simon and Tom did their synchronised walk during ‘Priorities’, they brought the house down with final track ‘You Wanna Know’. Norwich well and truly embraced Don Broco and with their second album due in May, 2015 has got their name written all over it.

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Win 2 Tickets to the Kerrang! Tour in Southampton!

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THE KERRANG! TOUR BITES BACK!

Do you want to win two tickets to the Kerrang! Tour at the o2 Guildhall Southampton this Monday Night to see the likes of Don Broco, We Are The In Crowd, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth?

All you have to do is answer the question below:

Q) Which Young Guns music video is played in reverse?

Send your answer to social@grindstore.com to be in with a chance of winning!

The winner will be picked at random tomorrow and will be provided with two tickets on the door at the o2 Guildhall Southampton this Monday night! If you have friends in the Southampton area, make sure they don’t miss out on entering!

ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

*Check back soon as we also have tickets for Glasgow to give away!*

Win 2 Tickets to the Kerrang! Tour in Leeds!

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THE KERRANG! TOUR BITES BACK!

Do you want to win two tickets to the Kerrang! Tour at the Leeds o2 Academy this Saturday Night to see the likes of Don Broco, We Are The In Crowd, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth?

All you have to do is answer the question below:

Q) In which music video do Bury Tomorrow perform in a Church?

Send your answer to social@grindstore.com to be in with a chance of winning!

The winner will be picked at random tomorrow and will be provided with two tickets on the door at the Leeds o2 Academy this Saturday night! If you have friends in the Leeds area, make sure they don’t miss out on entering!

ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

*Check back soon as we also have tickets for Southampton and Glasgow to give away!*

GRINDSTORE’S GUIDE TO 2015!

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2015 is set to be another monster year in rock! Some exciting album releases from bands past and present will be unleashed, along with tour and festival announcements that will make your bank account hit zero in no time! Let’s see what’s in store for the year ahead…

In January alone we have the global juggernaut that is Fall Out Boy returning with their radio friendly, banger filled ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’. Let’s not forget about English Electronicore kings Enter Shikari and their new album ‘The Mindsweep’ which drops January 19th, new song ‘The Last Garrison’ is taking over UK radio as we speak!

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Grindstore favourites Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are currently taking over the world with a huge co-headline tour! Both bands should be unveiling new material along the way! Don’t forget to catch them in the UK this March!

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One of our biggest selling bands, All Time Low are back! After the huge announcement of their new album ‘Future Hearts’ and the unveiling of new track ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ – this should be a huge year for the Baltimore boys! We are off to see them pack out Wembley Arena in March for their DVD recording show, but you can catch them alongside brit rockers You Me At Six touring the UK arenas in February!

It could be a big year for Black Veil Brides, coming off of the huge success of their latest album ‘Black Veil Brides IV’ (and scooping up FIVE Grindstore Awards in 2014!) they will be high-up on the Second Stage at Download Festival this summer to show the UK fans what they are made of.

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Speaking of Download Festival – Slipknot take over the headline slot for the third time along with Muse! Motley Crue will play one of their final ever UK shows before global superstars KISS close out the festival on the Sunday. Also on the bill is one of our favourite live acts – A Day To Remember! Marilyn Manson returns to the main stage on the Saturday, armed with new (and always interesting) material. Enter Shikari should wake everyone up on the last day as they hit the Main Stage early, with Slash appearing later in the day! Rise Against, Motionless In White, Parkway Drive, Crown The Empire, Mallory Knox and loads more will all appear across the weekend and we cannot wait!

Metallica’s seemingly annual UK festival headline slot will be at Reading/Leeds Festival this year – a fourth for the band, with Pierce The Veil arriving as newbies this Summer!

If you can’t afford a weekend ticket for Download or Reading/Leeds, the day festivals are always a treat! Slam Dunk and Hit The Deck never fail to disappoint and we are eagerly awaiting an announcement from both camps. Takedown Festival in Southampton features a headline slot from UK rockers Mallory Knox, who have been all over the radio and magazines in 2014!

There are rumours of long awaited album releases from Axl’s Guns N Roses, as well as an 18-year wait for new Faith No More material potentially becoming a reality by the summer, especially as they are playing Download Festival in June.

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So, what else can we expect? Danny Worsnop’s We Are Harlot – a pet project where he aims to re-create the rock n roll antics of the likes of Van Halen & Aerosmith in the 80’s, could finally surface this year! We are certainly intrigued!

Rising UK bands, such as ‘Kerrang! Tour’ headliners Don Broco and American conqueror’s Young Guns can be expected to release their eagerly anticipated albums this spring. Welsh favourites and Pop-Punk superstars of the future Neck Deep are currently smashing through the recording of album 2 – sure to surface in time for festival season!

So, who can we see out on tour in 2015? Gerard Way will be crossing the pond next week to treat us to ‘Hesitant Alien’ live! Of Mice & Men are ready to destroy your ears in late March after spectacular performances supporting Linkin Park. Foo Fighters are going global and they’re dragging Royal Blood along for the ride! Prodigy, Papa Roach, Crown The Empire, Frank Iero, While She Sleeps, Cancer Bats and many more can be seen up and down the UK…and these are only the confirmed tours, there will be TONNES more to come!

What about the unanswered questions? Will Limp Bizkit ever finish ‘Stampede of Disco Elephants’? Will Bring Me The Horizon treat us to a new album after the success of ‘Drown’? Can Blink 182 keep individual projects under control to complete their new album? Will System Of A Down finally record new music after a decade of waiting?

Keep up to date with all the new developments as they happen by following us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

GRINDSTORE ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 24 WINNERS!

Day 24: Super Massive Last Day!

On Day 24, we entered everyone that had participated in all previous 23 advent calendar competitions into one big prize draw! The prizes?… Grindstore vouchers! We had 2 x £100 vouchers and 2 x £50 vouchers to give away to four lucky winners. And they are…

Abbie Rackham (£100)
Caitie O’Callaghan (£100)
Sam Wallbutton (£50)
Nelson Williamsen (£50)

We would like to thank every one of you for entering our advent calendar competitions, the response was HUGE! We can’t wait to hold this again at the end of the year.

Until then, keep your eyes on our website and social media pages for more competitions throughout the year!

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Thank you again! We hope your 2015 rocks as much as our 2014 did!

GRINDSTORE ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 23 WINNERS!

Day 23: Bring Me The Horizon Competition!

On Day 23, we asked you to figure out which one of the five tattoos did not belong to BMTH front man Oli Sykes. The answer was of course number 5 – which actually belongs to Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides!

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We had hundreds of correct answers! We’ve chosen five winners at random which you can find below:


– Ravenna Valo
– Kyle Ritchie
– Leah Finch
– Amy Cheetham
– Sophie Narey

Thank you to the thousands of entries we have had in the past 23 days! It’s been an unbelievable response! Merry Christmas from everyone at Grindstore!

Day 24: Grindstore Advent Calendar

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Super Massive Last Day!!

Seeing as its Christmas tomorrow, we thought we’d push the boat out a little bit… Everyone who has entered one of our advent competitions over the past 23 days will be automatically included in the draw for Grindstore Gift Vouchers!

Prizes

2 x £100 Grindstore Gift Vouchers

2 x £50 Grindstore Gift Vouchers

Closing Date

The voucher winners will be announced on the 30th December 2014

From Everyone at Grindstore We Wish You A Rocking Christmas And A Very Happy New Year!!