The Quireboys, A Joker’s Rage, Massive And More Booked for SOS Festival 2019

Long-running independent metalfest S.O.S. Festival will return in 2019 and has announced a great lineup. The Quireboys, A Joker’s Rage, Massive, Skam, Luke Appleton (acoustic), Chris Appleton (acoustic), The King Lot, Witch Tripper, Florence Black and many more head the three-day bill from 12th to 14th of July in Manchester UK. With a £20 price tag for the whole weekend, all ages entry, free parking, metal market, food, ales, wines, disabled access and more, SOS has proven to be a fantastic value, a welcoming environment for families, and accommodating for all music fans. Tickets on sale now at the link below. Continue reading

Chasing Dragons – Faction

Chasing Dragons are a band who blew me away the first time I saw them live a few years ago at SOS festival, and have been developing somewhat of a reputation for a live band well-worth watching. Three years in the making and the product of an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Chasing Dragons self-release Faction the follow on from 2014’s Checkmate and 2016’s Faction: Prologue EP. Continue reading

SOS FESTIVAL XI – Part II: Manchester, UK

 

Sunday

It’s an indisputable fact that it’s never too early for metal, a fact more than embodied by Avarus who have the unenviable task of getting everybody’s head banging on a Sunday noon with some genuinely impressive metalcore. I’m not normally a fan of metalcore so that last sentence still makes me feel slightly confused and somehow vulnerable. Reminiscent of times of Avenged Sevenfold they show some serious promise. A young band they need to work on their stage performance, turning their backs to the audience between songs and a lack of direct stage banter did let them down somewhat, hopefully, that will come with time and confidence as musically they’ve got it. Continue reading

SOS Festival- Part I: Manchester, UK

Now in its 11th year, Manchester’s SOS Fest is going from strength to strength and firmly establishing itself as one of the very best small festivals going. The key to the festival is family, the whole thing is family run, and has the kids firmly at its heart. For every parent wondering if it’s time to start their kids at a festival then this is the one for you. There are kids everywhere, from playing happily in the kids’ area, performing sets on the acoustic stage, doing press, and generally rocking out it’s clear from the atmosphere that SOS really is THE family festival. Continue reading