Last week, Fearless Vampire Killers announced that they, along with ticket giants Live Nation, will be hosting their very own music festival this summer. The brand-spanking-new Havoc Festival will take place on August 9th at London’s The Dome and Boston Music Room and features Glamour of the Kill, ZOAX and Allusondrugs, as well as Fearless Vampire Killers themselves. To help you find out a little more about each of the artists set to play, get ready to meet the bands of the first ever Havoc Festival…
Fearless Vampire Killers
Fearless Vampire Killers top the bill of the very first Havoc Festival, and that’s only fair – it is their festival, after all. This is a band who have already created their own social network, produced their own artwork and written their own novels, so it’s only natural that they were itching to get their hands on something new, and teaming up with Live Nation to create Havoc Festival is the latest notch under their musical belts.
Speaking of the festival, the band has said they want to show off the “dark undercurrent” of British rock music right now. Well, if that’s the case then they’re probably the best guys for the job because British rock music doesn’t get much darker than Fearless Vampire Killers! The goth-rock quintet are always pushing the boundaries, whether that be with their complex musicality, endless layers of different sounds, theatrical stage presence or treading a fine line of controversy with their macabre (and sometimes downright gruesome!) lyrics. We can always rely on them to have something new up their sleeve, and we can’t wait to see what they bring to Havoc Festival!
For fans of: My Chemical Romance, Aiden, LostAlone
Glamour of the Kill
The northern lads in Glamour of the Kill have been taking the UK rock scene by storm since their inception in the late ‘00s. Given that they nod in the musical direction of several rock subgenres – the clean/unclean vocal play-offs of post-hardcore, the face-melting riffs of metal music and the catchy choruses of pop-punk, to name a few – you’ll find that practically anyone and everyone will want to party with them!
Having toured with the likes of metal giants Bullet for my Valentine, controversial rockers Escape the Fate and experimentalists The Defiled, Glamour of the Kill have shacked up with some seriously stellar bands over the years; however, one of their most impressive collaborations so far is teaming up with Papa Roach’s leading man Jacoby Shaddix to feature on track ‘Out of Control’. Having just completed their UK tour with Heaven’s Basement and stepped fresh off the stage at Camden Rocks in May, Glamour of the Kill are gearing up for the festival season – including Havoc!
For fans of: Escape the Fate, Papa Roach, Motionless in White
If you like your metal more on the melodic side, then you’ll love Forever Never. Their steady riffs and Brit-rock vocals are solid, there’s no doubt about it – but don’t go mistaking ‘solid’ for boring! If you want to know just how much fun you can have with a band like Forever Never, look no further than their reggae-rock version of Shaggy’s ‘Boombastic’ (complete with guest vocals from Skindred’s Benji Webbe!) Now if that doesn’t get you smiling, we don’t know what will.
Appearing on Kerrang! and Scuzz TV, Forever Never are really beginning to pick up speed and, in between playing shows across the UK and performing at this year’s mega Isle of Wight Festival, these are NOT your typical Essex boys! It looks as though they’ve got a few weeks to relax before gracing the stage at Havoc Festival – although, with a sound as raw and robust as theirs, Forever Never might find themselves a hell of a lot busier this time next year!
For fans of: Young Guns, Seether, Stone Sour
Since supporting Fearless Vampire Killers on their UK tour and playing at the ever-popular Hit the Deck Festival to incredible reviews this year, ZOAX have already built up a mini army of fans who are sure to show up and support them at Havoc Festival. However, if you aren’t one of those who are already part of the ZOAX crew, then here are a few reasons why you should be.
Not only are ZOAX one of the most energetic, ruthless bands on the Havoc bill, but they are one of the most polished new bands you’ll see at this festival – and probably any! – this year. They’re still babies of the music world, having only formed a few years’ back, but ZOAX have already smashed Download Festival twice in their early years and toured with the likes of Cancer Bats and Feed the Rhino. They’re a heavy band, but don’t let that scare you – if you’re going to test the waters of heavy rock ‘n’ roll, there’s no better band right now than ZOAX.
For fans of: Architects, Feed the Rhino, Bury Tomorrow
Another band who’ll be travelling south in August is Castleford-based Allusondrugs, one of the freshest bands from the fit-to-bursting North England rock scene. They might look like they’ve been plucked right out of the Kurt Cobain era, but fear not; Allusondrugs are anything but ‘just another grunge band’. Their lo-fi basement sound and self-scrutinising lyrics definitely draw from ‘90s grunge, but Allusondrugs somehow manage to turn modern grunge on its head, with the mix ‘n’ match structure of their psychedelic songs taking things to a whole new level.
Supporting Enter Shikari earlier this year was a huge step up for the band; however, their set at this year’s Download Festival is where Allusondrugs really took off, seeming much more at home on down ‘n’ dirty festival turf. The rave reviews are still pouring in, and it looks as though the weird but wonderful world of Allusondrugs is somewhere people certainly want to be!
For fans of: Sonic Youth, frnkiero and the cellabration, Nirvana
It’s been very, very quiet on the Villains front for a little while, with an almost radio silence hitting their social media sites, but we hope Havoc Festival sees the return of this Essex alt-rock five-piece. As this festival promises to showcase some of the UK’s freshest, newest bands on the cusp of the British rock scene, Havoc is the perfect chance for Villains to rise from the ashes and show us what they’re all about.
Villains are an example of British rock at its finest – tracks from their back-catalogue, including ‘The Fall’ and ‘Wicked Ways’ are raw, with an honest authenticity that gives them a richer, bigger sound than that of a relatively unknown band. However, they’ve still got plenty of catchy hooks and fun You Me At Six-style choruses that will keep you hanging in there. If they make the most out of this exposure, who knows where Havoc Festival could lead for these guys?
For fans of: Fort Hope, Blitz Kids, Mallory Knox
Somewhere in between harsh pop-punk and melodic alt-rock, there’s Hindsights. Their angsty vocals and bouncy riffs just scream “pop-punk!” and will no doubt entice the ever-growing crowd of UK pop-punk fans; however, their distinct Brit accents and delicate instrumentals will definitely prick up the ears of any alt-rock lover.
Despite heading out on some pretty extensive UK tours over the summer, Hindsights have somehow found the time to spearhead some of the newest festivals in the country – not only are they on the bill for Havoc Festival, but they were also announced for Southampton’s very first So Punk Fest back in May. As they set out to tour with Blitz Kids throughout the summer, Hindsights are sure to be a name on everyone’s lips by the time Havoc rolls around.
For fans of: ROAM, As It Is, Taking Back Sunday
Another band to have supported Fearless Vampire Killers on their UK tour this year, Myth City have already made a bit of a name for themselves; this is, in part, thanks to the unusual hybrid of rap, rock and post-hardcore that sets them apart from every other band on the bill. They represent a new wave of underground rock that is set to shake up the mundanity of mainstream rock ‘n’ roll.
Myth City are racking up some decent shows this year – as well as being support on the Unbreakable Hearts tour, Myth City found themselves at Isle of Wight Festival this year, and are already lined up to support Enter Shikari in Bristol in the summer. If this fresh take on tired old genres (think nu-metal, for a start) takes off, Myth City will be at the forefront, so you’d better catch them while you still can!
For fans of: Enter Shikari, The One Hundred, Rage Against the Machine