Found out today that I’ve got a press pass for Groezrock, so stoked!!!!
POZ Show Review: Hit The Deck Festival
by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Festival season in Europe is a special thing; it ushers in the warm months of spring and summer, while simultaneously inciting the masses to descend on various metropolitan and rural areas, all for a common love of music.
On April 19, Hit The Deck Festival (advertised as the UK’s largest indoor festival) officially kicked off festival season 2014 with the Bristol date of their two-day Easter Weekend party.
Spread across eight stages at five different venues in Bristol’s city center, Hit The Deck provided an invariable maze to festivalgoers scurrying through winding streets and Saturday afternoon traffic. However, the festival’s layout was certainly manageable and after getting acclimated to the area of the city serving as makeshift festival grounds I made my way to a venue called The Fleece just in time to catch Sheffield’s own Nai Harvest.
The recent Topshelf signees and 90s throwback duo presented quite a forceful presence on stage, even with their simplistic two man take on the beloved genre of emo. With parted bleached blonde hair and a ratty Rites of Spring t-shirt vocalist, guitarist Ben Thompson came off as entirely Cobain-esque, pouring every ounce of pain and suffering into the harrowing words desperately expelled from his lungs.
Highlights of this shoegaze extravaganza included purely cathartic performances of “Hold Open My Head” and “Rush,” the two opening tracks off of the band’s latest EP aptly titled Hold Open My Head. Thompson’s glum delivery of lines like “Everything I love is dead. Kill my heart, kill my head. I’ll be here lying in bed when everything I love is dead” cemented their place as one of the saddest and most genuine artists at Hit The Deck.
Hey, I wrote this.
On Saturday night when Brand New played “Jesus” I sang “Do I get the gold chariot or do you play Daisy?” solely for Mike Hansen of Pentimento.
Kayla is organizing a Kickstarter to fund my trip to FEST (fesy), there’s only one perk, which is watching me eat pizza, so it’s pretty much worth at least 100 bucks right there. If you don’t fund my trip before the end of the night the ghost of Sid Vicious will kill you in your sleep. If you do fund my trip then your crush will kiss you one week from now.