Already Heard
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.

With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.

Hevy Festival 2013 Cancelled

The organisers of the Hevy Festival have announced the half-day festival scheduled for Sunday 4th August has been cancelled.

The following statement has been released:

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s festival.

Despite our best efforts to continue without the camping set-up, the change of venue has been more problematic than anticipated. It is time to draw a line under 2013, and look to the future to make sure next year’s festival is everything Hevy should be.

This has been a turbulent year for us, and we are very sorry to have let our audience down.

Ticket holders will receive an automatic refund from their ticket agents.”

Hatebreed Announce Additional UK & Ireland Dates

imageHaving already announced as part of the half-day Hevy Festival at London’s Brixton Academy, Hatebreed have announced three additional UK and Ireland dates.

4th Hevy Fest - London, Brixton Academy
5th Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
6th Dublin, Whelan’s
7th Liverpool, O2 Academy

Hevy Fest Announce Festival Changes; Brixton Academy Event Announced and More

The organisers behind the Hevy Festival have announced some changes to the way the festival is being run this year. Due to licensing restrictions on the site for this years venue, there will be no camping festival, and refunds for ticket holders are available.

Instead a half-day festival will be at Brixton Academy headlined by Killswitch Engage will take place on Sunday 4th August.

Full lineup:

Killswitch Engage (UK Exclusive)
Hatebreed (UK Exclusive)
Comeback Kid (UK Exclusive)
(Special Guests to be announced)
Sylosis (UK Exclusive)
Evergreen Terrace (UK Exclusive)

Whilst HORSE The Band have announced a show at The Borderline in London on Saturday 3rd August with support to be announced, and The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw will play The Underworld on the same day.

Hevy Festival organisers made the following statement:

"Hevy was set to move venue this year and we found the perfect site! It gave us much more room, a more central location, more generous operating hours and it allowed us to drop the dreaded no re-entry rule. It was perfect! We were all lined up to announce our now home, when a well-hidden licensing condition was discovered that would need to be overruled for the site to host Hevy.

Unfortunately the appeal process would take 2 months and we didn’t want to risk a last-minute cancellation if things went sour. So, rather than pursue an alternative and keep you guys hanging even longer, we’ve decided to shelve the camping set-up until 2014 - and instead put on a load of events with the bands already booked, including a new breed of Hevy Fest at Brixton Academy.

Current ticket holders will be offered a refund.

We are currently working on more events to be announced as soon as possible. Hevy would like to thank all the bands, agents and venues for their help in making these shows possible.”

Hevy Festival to Change Location

It has been announced this year’s Hevy Festival will not take place at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent after festival organizers failed to agree on a deal with Port Lympne.

A new location is yet to be announced.

Festival director James Dutton made the following comment:

"Hevy is definitely still going ahead. We are still going to be in Kent, on the same dates in August. I have spent the last six months looking at new venues, and we have one lined up, but we are still sorting contracts so I can’t reveal it yet. I can say it is closer to London. I feel sad as I have really enjoyed being at Port Lympne for the past few years, but we needed more space. All tickets which have already been bought will of course be valid at the new venue."

The news follows todays earlier announcement which saw 15 new bands added to the festival including headliners Killswitch EngageEyehategodRaeinColiseum and Earthtone9.

Hevy Fest 2013 takes place on 2nd - 4th August. Visit for more information.

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Hevy Announce Killswitch Engage as Headliners; 14 More Bands Announced

Killswitch Engage have been announced as headliners for this years Hevy Fest and will close the festival on the Sunday.

In addition 14 other bands have been added to the line up including Eyehategod, Raein, Coliseum and Earthtone9.

The full list of additions are:

Killswitch Engage (UK Festival Exclusive)
Eyehategod (UK Festival Exclusive)
Raein (UK Exclusive)
Coliseum (UK Festival Exclusive)
More Than Life (UK Festival Exclusive)
Xerxes (UK Festival Exclusive)
It Prevails (UK Festival Exclusive)
Liferuiner (UK Festival Exclusive)
American Me (UK Festival Exclusive)
Give ‘Em Blood (UK Festival Exclusive)
Goodtime Boys
Black Dogs

Hevy Fest 2013 takes place on 2nd - 4th August. Visit for more information.

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Hatebreed, Comeback Kid, Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers and More Announced for Hevy 2013

imageHevy Festival has announced the first set of bands for this years festival. 

Joining Black Flag for the three day festival are:

Hatebreed (UK Festival Exclusive)
Comeback Kid (UK Festival Exclusive)
Horse the Band (UK Exclusive Appearance)
Tigers Jaw
The Menzingers
Circle Takes the Square (UK Festival Exclusive)
Full of Hell (UK Festival Exclusive)
Code Orange Kids (UK Festival Exclusive)
Palm Reader
The Catharsis

Hevy Festival 2013 will take place at Port Lympne Animal Park in Kent from August 2nd to 4th. The festival promises 80 bands across four stages.

Tickets are on sale for £99 at

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Black Flag Announced as First Band for Hevy Fest 2013

Legendary Punk band Black Flag have announced as the first band to play this year’s Hevy Fest.

It will be the bands first UK show in nearly 30 years and they will be fronted by Ron Reyes. It will be Black Flag's only UK show of 2013.

Hevy Festival 2013 will take place at Port Lympne Animal Park in Kent from August 2nd to 4th. The festival promises 80 bands across four stages.

More announcements are expected soon.

Tickets are available from

Hevy Festival 2013 Early Bird Tickets on Sale; Promises 80 Bands Across Four Stages

The first details for Hevy Festival 2013 have emerged. The festival will once again take place the Port Lympne Animal Park in Kent from August 2nd to 4th.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for £89 with the price set to rise to £99 at the end of January.

The festival promises to include 80 bands across four stages with the first announcements to be made soon.

Further information and tickets can be purchased from

Interview: Our Time Down Here

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; it’s a massive surprise and shame that Our Time Down Here haven’t hit the mainstream. With a fantastic album out earlier this year in the form of ‘Midnight Mass’ it was time to get to know vocalist Will Gould and guitarist Gary Painting. 

Already Heard sat down with the pair to discuss the Southampton scene, whether Darts is a game or a sport and details of their new album.

'Midnight Mass' by Our Time Down Here is out now.

Our Time Down Here links: Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr

View more of Already Heard’s coverage of Hevy Festival 2012 here.

Questions by Rosie Kerr (@Rosiekerr) & Mikey Brown (@MikeyMiracle)

Interview: Lemuria

Buffalo’s Lemuria are a strange breed. They play a brand of pop punk which manages to find fans in both the indie and the hardcore/punk scene. Since their demo in 2004 - a loud, shouty pop punk affair - they’ve wracked up an impressive thirteen releases with their more recent material featuring a more melancholic, subdued sound. They recently self-released their 2004 demo on 12” vinyl proving that, despite having worked with such heavy weights as Bridge Nine and Asian Man Records, they remain a fiercely independent band.

We spoke to the band about touring, Bridge Nine and the progression between their records.

‘Pebble’ by Lemuria is out now on Bridge Nine Records.

Lemuria links: Website|Facebook|Twitter

View more of Already Heard’s coverage of Hevy Festival 2012 here.

Questions by Rosie Kerr (@Rosiekerr)

Interview: Seahaven

After releasing their astonishing debut album 'Winter Forever' on Run For Cover RecordsSeahaven finally made it over to the UK for their first ever tour supporting Balance & Composure and Pianos Become The Teeth. It was only a matter of time until the band brought themselves to our shores and wowed us completely.

At their first UK appearance at Hevy Festival we had a chat about their set at Hevy, religious imagery within 'Winter Forever' and what the future holds.

'Winter Forever' by Seahaven is out now on Run For Cover Records.

Seahaven links: Website|Facebook|Twitter

Questions by Rosie Kerr (@Rosiekerr)

Live Photos: This Is Hell - Hevy Fest 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Norma Jean - Hevy Fest 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Set Your Goals - Hevy Fest 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: A Wilhelm Scream - Hevy Fest 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.