Reading Festival 2015 – Saturday 29th August

The day started off with a long walk down the river to the festival grounds, where thousands of excited music fans were itching to get in on the action. After a little bit of running, we arrived just in time to see the second half of the BABYMETAL set. There must always be a huge amount of pressure on the acts performing first on the Main Stage but the Japanese super-group showed no sign of it!

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The hugely popular band put on an awesome show and the crowd really got involved with their set, there were even a few circle pits thrown in for good measure! The highlight for us was their performance of ‘Gimme Chocolate’, during which thousands of people sang along to the super catchy track! It was surprising to see such a great reaction for a band that had been given the responsibility of opening the show and they did an amazing job of getting people pumped for the rest of the day.

After a little bit of exploring, we stumbled across a pleasant surprise, we walked down to ‘The Pit’ to catch the end of ‘THE ONE HUNDRED’ set! For a start, it was packed! We struggled our way forward to get a better view and wow, we are glad we did! The foursome tore up the stage and gave the crowd everything they were looking for, a solid mix of metal, rock, dance and hip-hop, creating an original sound which got a huge reaction.

Following on from this, we headed back down to the main stage to catch PIERCE THE VEIL! They played all their classics and the crowd repaid them by singing along to every lyric!

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The American band had everything, energy, interaction and even some good old guitar smashing! It was also really cool to see guitarist Tony Perry back in action after the injuries he sustained during a mountain bike accident in June. Pierce The Veil always sound incredible live and Reading was no exception! As their set finished, the crowd stood still, because up next was the return of ALEXISONFIRE!

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We were excited to get a chance to finally see them live after thinking we had lost the chance when they split in 2011/2012 and they did not disappoint! The full line-up gave it their all, with a powerful and hard hitting performance that would have pleased long-time fans as well as first timers. However, Wade made it clear that he wanted the die-hard fans to sing along by stating “For those of you who do know, push everyone else out of the way and get to the front, this one’s called ‘The Northern’ ”. This was followed up with an answer (of sorts) to the question on everybody’s lips… what is next for Alexisonfire? The answer was cryptic and gave no further insight… they just blasted out the legendary ’44 Calibre Love Letter’. Maybe we will get to see more of the Canadian group than we originally thought… fingers crossed!

The day at this point had already been awesome, but exhausting! All the excitement and singing had put us through our paces, but there was no time to rest. Next stop…the pit, to see PVRIS!

We had to catch the set from outside in the rain as getting inside was impossible. Although they started later than expected, it was high energy and a great show from start to finish. When we saw them support LOWER THAN ATLANTIS a few months ago, we were pleasantly surprised with how awesome they were, and this set confirmed just how epic they are live.

Next was the turn of co-headliners, BRING ME THE HORIZON! We found our spot and waited patiently as the stage crew set up massive screens at the back of the stage and carried out their sound checks. The atmosphere had changed dramatically and there was a sense of excitement and intensity from the crowd. This was heightened by a hilarious health and safety video at the beginning of the set that added a surprising element to the show. Hearing so many people laughing at the start of a set that we all knew was going to blast everybody’s eardrums was a nice touch! bmth

Then, without fail BMTH came out with Oli demanding the biggest circle pit that Reading had ever seen, and of course… the crowd gladly obliged. With an awesome mix of old and new, the action never stopped! Starting with ‘Happy Song’ and moving onto the Sempiternal classics ‘Shadow Moses’, ‘House of Wolves’ and ‘Go To Hell for Heaven’s Sake’, the set was relentless! There were even old school moments in the form of ‘Blessed With A Curse’ and ‘Chelsea Smile’. But the loudest reaction came at the end of the set when the Sheffield lads played their hit single ‘Drown’. Everybody was jumping and the circle pits were spinning, it was the perfect end to an incredibly heavy show.

Lastly, and by no means least… metal legends and Reading Festival 2015 headliners… METALLICA!

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The metal gods came out to a roar from the huge crowd! On his arrival to the stage, James simply stated “We are Metallica, this is what we do!” then continued to blast the bands classic ‘FUEL’! That followed by ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, ‘Battery’, ‘King Nothing’ and ‘Ride the Lightning’ delighted fans! They ended the first part of their set with ‘Seek and Destroy’ which really got everybody moving.

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METALLICA seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd and their interaction with fans was superb! After a chorus of encore requests the band came out to tear up the stage once again with a three song follow up! ‘Whiskey In The Jar’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ closed their set as hundreds of black beach balls rained down on the audience.

It was the ultimate end to a rock fuelled day at Reading, signing 2015 off as one of the festivals best!

Reading Festival Selfie Competition – £100 Voucher Up For Grabs!

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Spot Us – Take A Selfie – Enter To Win £100 Voucher – Simple!

We are sending our favourite luchadores out into the crowd at Reading Festival on Saturday 29th for the ultimate selfie competition. If you spot them dressed up in their finest wrestling get-up, be sure to grab a selfie and send it to us for the chance to win a £100 Grindstore voucher!

 

The Big Reveal

Rob and Gary are the guys you will be looking out for, with the addition of some very extravagant capes!

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How to Enter

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We will keep you updated with clues to our whereabouts throughout the day so get your best selfie pose ready and we will see you guys there!

Join the Grindstore Street Team! Summer Catalogue!

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The Grindstore Summer 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 worth £100…AND be featured in the Grindstore Summer Catalogue! All entries will receive an Exclusive Grindstore Tee! Send your pics, address and clothing size to: social@grindstore.com

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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 3rd July 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.

GOOD LUCK!

Slam Dunk Festival 2015 Review!

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On Sunday 24th of May Slam Dunk Festival rolled into Hertfordshire University, Hatfield, for one of our favourite festival days on the calendar. With stages fit for all music tastes, Slam Dunk knows how to attract the fans to this sold out festival, each year the crowds grow bigger and bigger and 2015 was certainly no different!

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On arrival, the latest rock act to break the mainstream, PVRIS were walking on stage to greet the main stage crowd. Lynn Gunn’s hair was as slick as her performance as she got the crowd bouncing in the rain from opening track ‘Smoke’, right through to radio favourite ‘My House’. Josh Francheschi of You Me At Six joined the band on stage to blast out the last chorus but unfortunately he looked like the greatest mime artist of all time as his mic unfortunately wasn’t plugged in!

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Neck Deep’s rise to the top is still in full swing as their appearance on the main stage this year proves, as well as the fact that every song on their set was sung back to them by the Slam Dunk crowd, even brand new single ‘Can’t Kick Up The Roots’. Ben Barlow’s ability to get the crowd in the party spirit is effortless, even with a slightly croaky voice from the previous day in Leeds. Their stand out moment was the acoustic sing along of ‘A Part Of Me’ which even to this day seems to get the boys on stage choked up from the amount of people joining in with every word. Their new album can’t come soon enough!

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Lower Than Atlantis had a very busy Sunday! If you were lucky enough to get a Radio 1 Big Weekend ticket, you would have seen the boys perform in Norwich earlier in the day. Late Sunday afternoon however, they rocked up to Slam Dunk to put on their second show of the day! Smashing through most of their latest and greatest self-titled album with sprinkles of other tracks from ‘Changing Tune’ & ‘World Record’, Lower Than Atlantis are starting to boast a catalogue of songs worthy of a future headline slot. Mike attempted to enter the crowd for an acoustic performance of ‘Another Sad Song’ but his guitar wouldn’t behave as the power shut on and off repeatedly. Ending on the huge ‘Here We Go’, LTA showed no signs of fatigue from doing their double duties for the day!

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The Don Broco lads are known for bringing party antics to any show they grace, but unless you have kept up with their recent song releases leading up to the release of new album ‘Automatic’ this August, you could have potentially been disappointed with their setlist. Regardless of whether you knew any of the five new tracks, it’s impossible not to bounce at a Broco gig. After the last of their new tracks ‘Superlove’ ended, the chants for cult favourite ‘Thug Workout’ were too loud to ignore. Though Rob claimed it wasn’t on the setlist, they clearly were planning to treat the main stage crowd to their live-show classic. Broco closed their set with ‘You Wanna Know’, leaving Slam Dunk fans pre-preparing to order their new album in droves.

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Taking Back Sunday may have dropped in popularity since the huge success of ‘Louder Now’ back in 2007, but multiple band member changes later, they seem to be at their best again. Adam Lazzara still has the swagger to pull off being one of the best frontmen on the scene, even if his claims of taking back girls to his hotel were met with laughs from fellow band members, reminding him that he is no longer young, free & single – and that even pretending to be doesn’t work anymore. Even at 33, his presence alone is enough to pack out the main stage through new tracks ‘Flicker, Fade’ and ‘Stood a Chance’ as well as emo classics ‘You’re So Last Summer’, ‘MakeDamnSure’ and ‘Cute Without The E’. Their new album may not have struck a chord with the same fans that loved their first few albums, but the quality is still there and even heading into their mid-30’s, they are sounding better than ever.

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After headlining Slam Dunk in 2009, a more mature looking You Me At Six were back to do it again, but this time they were arena filling stars turning up to the main stage! After a successful run of shows with All Time Low, the guys hinted that after 10 years as a band, they would be treating Slam Dunk to more of their earlier tracks – and they didn’t disappoint! Opening the set with the first song from their first album, the crowd erupted as ‘The Truth Is A Terrible Thing’ hit! After a few songs, the set came to a screeching holt as a fan passed out in the front row. Thankfully the band and security were alerted promptly and after a 20 minute delay, the boys were back as they jumped straight into the bouncy hit ‘Reckless’. The whole set delayed Slam Dunk’s curfew, but no one walked away as they added other rare treats such as ‘Always Attract’ before sending Hatfield home happy with the huge ‘Underdog’. A fantastic end to another great Slam Dunk Festival! Roll on 2016!

Grindstore Festival Guide 2015

The sun is starting to shine here in the UK which means festival season is just around the corner! If you’re not sure where to spend your hard earned cash or just want a helpful reminder of who is on where, we’ve put together a guide from the smallest day fests to the 5 day muddy extravaganzas!

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Radio 1’s Big Weekend – 23rd-24th May 2015

Though Radio 1’s collection of bands and artists are mostly global stars from all genres, their uniqueness lies with where they hold this 2 day festival. Every year they pick somewhere you wouldn’t expect and this year is no different, as the likes of Snoop Dogg and Taylor Swift make their travels to Norwich! More importantly, Muse & Foo Fighters will be headlining with Fall Out Boy making an appearance on the Saturday too. Brit rockers Mallory Knox & Lower Than Atlantis have both enjoyed commercial success this year and will open both main stage days! Unfortunately tickets for this festival were give-away only and they have now gone but you will be able to tune in on the radio or TV!

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Slam Dunk – 23rd-25th May 2015

One of our favourite festivals of the summer, Slam Dunk always brings the sun and this year will hopefully be no different as You Me At Six headline the 3 day’s in Leeds, Hatfield & Wolverhampton! The main stage features tonnes of Grindstore favourites from Lower Than Atlantis, Neck Deep, PVRIS & Set It Off! Not to mention Don Broco, who will be bringing the party to Slam Dunk and emo kings Taking Back Sunday will be warming up for You Me At Six’s headline slot. If you like things a tad heavier then Architects and While She Sleeps will be destroying the Monster Stage along with Finch, Bury Tomorrow, Beartooth and more! Over at the Macbeth stage is a headline slot from American pop-punkers The Wonder Years with the energetic As It Is kicking off the day!

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Download Festival – 12th-14th June 2015

The biggest UK rock festival returns this June with Muse taking on their first Download Festival headline slot, while Slipknot return for their 3rd headline appearance. Mötley Crüe will be bowing out after over 35 years as a band with their final UK Festival show before KISS hit the stage on Sunday night with their first appearance since 2008. A Day To Remember will be ripping up the main stage with Jeremy hopefully venturing into the Download crowd with his Zorb Ball on Saturday afternoon! Other notable main stagers include the most recognisable guitarist on planet earth, Slash and Five Finger Death Punch return to create hassle for the security guards no doubt, along with Rise Against, Parkway Drive, Billy Idol, Mallory Knox and more over the 3 days.

On the 2nd stage – Black Stone Cherry, Marilyn Manson and Enter Shikari will be providing alternative headline slots. Don’t forget Grindstore favourites Black Veil Brides will be supporting Marilyn Manson on the second stage on Saturday evening, so be sure to check out the sea of black make-up for the final two acts that night. Other notable bands to check out include Fearless Vampire Killers who will be opening the second stage on Friday, Motionless In White will share the same stage as Black Veil Brides on Saturday afternoon and Lamb of God, InFlames and We Are Harlot all hit the second stage on the final day!

If you’re still not impressed, Charlie Simpson brings Fightstar to the 3rd stage headline slot on the Friday night with support from guitar wizards Dragonforce and metalcorer’s Beartooth. Andrew W.K. will be partying hard in the headline slot on Saturday night with support from Every Time I Die, Crown The Empire, Northlane, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and more! Finally, Yellowcard finish off the 3rd stage on Sunday night with support from The Ghost Inside, American nu-metal legends Three Days Grace and plenty more!

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Glastonbury – 24th-28th June 2015

Sharing June with Download is the other huge UK festival – Glastonbury! Foo Fighters will be venturing back to the UK after their Radio 1 Big Weekend headline appearance to take on Glastonbury for the first time, with the likes of Motorhead and Enter Shakiri appearing over the long weekend!

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2000 Trees – 9th-11th July 2015

You may not be as aware of 2000 Trees when it comes to UK festivals, but this one is really starting to grow! It’s a cheaper option than big festivals such as Download, but still provides an incredible line-up of new and established bands. Deaf Havana headline alongside Alkaline Trio with appearances from We Are The Ocean, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow, Feed The Rhino, Hacktivist, The Xcerts, Turbowolf, Radio 1 favourites Nothing But Thieves and new blood such as Fort Hope.

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Bloodstock – August 6th-9th 2015

If your ideal festival is pure heavy metal and a sea of black t-shirts then your money needs to be spent on Bloodstock this August! Trivium, Within Temptation and Rob Zombie headline this 3 day festival in Derbyshire. Zakk is back with Black Label Society on the final day with other appearances from Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and tonnes more!

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Reading & Leeds – 28th-30th August 2015

The final big festival of the summer hits us on Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August when Metallica and co make their way to the Reading & Leeds Festival. Welsh pop-punkers Neck Deep open up the weekend’s main stage on Friday with All Time Low making their only UK Festival season appearance on the main stage later that day after Panic! At The Disco! If you can’t stand Mumford & Sons, then you’re in luck, because Fred Durst is rollin’ his nostalgic nu-metal party to the 2nd stage headline slot with Limp Bizkit!

Saturday is the day that grabs our attention here at Grindstore with Metallica ending the day on the main stage, after sets from metalcore kings Bring Me The Horizon, rock’s newest superstars Royal Blood, the return of Alexisonfire, Grindstore best sellers Pierce The Veil, the weird & wonderful Marmozets and Japenese metal ‘idol’ band Babymetal, who will kick off the day!

Sunday’s rock & metal bands can mostly be found at the Lock Up Stage with Refused, While She Sleeps & Cancer Bats bringing endless pits on the final night! FrnkIero and the Cellabration will also be in attendance as Frank Carter returns with his new band Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes! Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth are covering most festivals this summer and can be found at Reading & Leeds too! Other Lock Up Stage bands over the weekend include Pop-Punk veterans New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Prog metallers Mastodon, Atreyu, PVRIS and more!

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Whichever festival you decide on in 2015, remember Grindstore is the place to grab your essentials, whether it’s Ponchos, Band Tees, Band Hoodies, Umbrellas, Wristbands or Sunglasses, we have them all and loads more!

Win Signed Asking Alexandria Merch!

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WHERE’S DANNY?

We have hidden Danny Worsnop in the image below, all you have to do is find him and let us know where to locate him! If you’re correct, you could win an Asking Alexandria Tee & Poster signed by Ben, James and Danny – signed on Danny’s last ever UK Tour with Asking Alexandria! We will even throw in an Easter Egg!

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Email your answer to social@grindstore.com

Competition closes Tuesday 7th April at 4pm! Good Luck!

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:

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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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