Hit The Deck 2015 | Preview

Hit The Deck 2015, Bristol. 25.04.15.

Hit The Deck is one of Britain’s leading indoor alternative festivals. Paired with a similar lineup to the Nottingham instalment, the first day will see it spread across Bristol’s city centre, occupying The Fleece, Thekla and O2 Academy, amongst others, providing a bill that bursts with over twenty acts.

Although with touches of 90’s-style indie and punk rock, the central mass is an anvil-heavy snowball of metal, meandering into its multiple guises; this time namely noise rock, hardcore, raggae, hip hop, ska and punk. The choice is seemingly endless, the mood consistently confrontational and menacing with each creative outlet differing uniquely.

Drawn from various sources, Sheffield’s While She Sleeps spear-head the assault from up north; one of numerous acts from a region that’s recently been perpetually pregnant with this particular ilk of talent. Their recent touring partners Oathbreaker will be joining us from Belgium with accompanying riff-laden anthems.

The international spread of acts is extensive, with Toronto’s Cancer Bats sitting near the top of the lineup, ready to deliver their uncompromising hardcore punk. Be sure to catch their cover of ‘Sabotage’; it’s pure genius. If you feel the need for some ear respite throughout the day, Brooklyn’s A Great Big Pile Of Leaves provide a most pleasant, upbeat string of folky, melancholy ditties, while Frank Lero, formerly of Chemical Romance will appear as Frnkiern andthe Cellabration [sic]. Having just released their debut album ‘Stomachaches’, he will most certainly be determined to prove his notoriety in this fresh outfit.

At the peak of the night we’ll be treated to a band from just across the Severn, as Skindred do what they do best — and have done for over a decade. With their own blend of reggae grooves and metal textures, they’ll have us dancing away our troubles whilst systematically kicking them in the teeth. A suitably climatic finale to a day of endless twists and turns. Seekers of alternative festivals will be elated as they swim through a delightful sea of rusty screwdrivers.

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