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Hevy Festival – Friday 15th August | Live Review

Hevy Festival made it’s return this year; and it was glorious. Check out what we thought of the first day of the festival.

Crime in stereo

Since their hiatus in 2012 we have been desperate for Crime In Stereo to return and we hope in the long time coming since 2010’s ‘I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone’ that what they are currently writing will be just as incredible. Although the turn out was a little disappointing those who were there were dedicated fans well and truly pumped to see Crime In Stereo like we were in our teens again. ‘Small Skeletal’ absolutely blew us away. Leaving us in their shifting states between upbeat elation to aggressive reflection. 4/5 AC


There was almost an expectance of the spectacular from Kvelertak before they even touched the stage. Opening with a mammoth of an owl resting over vocalist Erlend Hjelvik’s head, glowing eyes losing us to hefty guitar tones building into fervent gyrations was a surreal site. Once the owl is removed every movement upsurges into pure rock ‘n’ roll, we don’t speak Norwegian but we give it a bloody good go anyway, bodies jumping in time with rhythms that will be ingrained in your head. Wild Norse riff gods Kvelertak ransacked mainstage and we expected nothing less. 4.5/5 AC

Credit: Rhian Westbury


Hevy really nailed nostalgia this year and as we worked our way up Friday’s line up until Silverstein found us touching our heads to see if our side swept emo fringes had grown back. This year marking the 9th anniversary of ‘Discovering The Waterfront’ iconic tracks like ‘Discovering The Waterfront’, ‘My Heroine’ and ‘Smile In Your Sleep’ unleash our inner emo and really cue incredible memories that really made Friday at Hevy an awesome one. Newer tracks like ‘A Better Place’ show just how Silverstein have transformed and after fifteen years together Silverstein still nail it. 4/5 AC

Full Gallery of Silverstein here.

Credit: Rhian Westbury


For many Hevy attendees, Finch’s ‘What It Is To Burn’ was the soundtrack to their teen years. So, over a decade after its release, the Californians’ challenge was to win over the skeptics and prove that they still have it. Yet, as the first few notes of ‘New Beginnings’ chimed through, the crowd’s excitement dissolves any worry they might have had. But this was nothing compared to the opening of the iconic ‘Letters To You’. Yet, while the crowd were enjoying this almost perfect rendition, frontman Nate Barcalow’s vocals trail off and we see that guitarist Randy isn’t onstage anymore. Despite the fall, the band carry on, and with the on-point musicianship they deliver us, it is easily forgotten. They do play some of their biggest songs off WIITB early on, meaning soft-core fans could make a swift exit, but their performance was so enrapturing, why would anyone want to? A couple of new songs were thrown in, but the majority of tracks thankfully hailed from the band’s debut. As the end of their set approached, it was obvious which song they would end on. So when ‘What It Is To Burn’ began, the chorus of cheers and slurred lyrics was deafening – and so it should be. Finch, thanks for coming back. 4.5/5 LH

Full Gallery of Finch here.

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