Tomorrow, Nottingham gets taken over by some hardcore music fans for the epic extravaganza that is Hit The Deck! Some of the best venues in Nottingham are ready to bang their heads and grab the air guitars (stereotypes much?) for the annual Hit The Deck festival. You can find loads of Nottingham bands playing across seven venues including the Dr Martens shop plus Rock City, Rescue Rooms and The Forum. Headlined by American boys Brand New (who by the way, were one of our Kim’s favourite bands when she was a youngster; expect to see her reminiscing in the corner of Rock City) plus Kids In Glass Houses and Saves The Day as well as loads of local bands. Get ready to get messy across Nottingham, see some awesome live music and thank God that it’s bank holiday the next day!
The Word Alive at the Dr Martens shop and bringing you all a stripped back and acoustic set. If you’ve heard of this American metal-core band from Phoenix then you’ll understand why we’re struggling to understand the acoustic set but it’s going to be something pretty special. If you’re a fan, do not miss this. And if you’re not, go anyway because how often do you go to a gig in a shoe shop?
Pulled Apart By Horses are hitting up the Rock City main stage at 7:15 and our intern Sam has been going on about how awesome they are since we started writing this post. It’s loud and unapologetic; imagine some seriously epic guitar riffs and solos, plus lyrics such as “I’ll make you dance with my balls on fire.” And no, we don’t mean footballs…
Dinosaur Pile Up hail from Leeds but bring you some seriously big pop punk blends with their alternative rock sound. Catch them at 3 o’clock on Rock City main stage; expect something similar to Blood Red Shoes, absolutely massive riffs but seriously catchy choruses that you’ll be humming to yourself for days after. Probably one of the easiest bands to listen to playing on the Main Stage if you’re looking for something not too heavy but just have a good dance around.
A Plastic Rose can be caught in the Rock City Basement at 5:45 and we’ve listened to them loads over the last couple of days. Influences include Muse and Elliott Smith plus sounds of Blink 182. Originally from Belfast, these guys have moved to Nottingham recently so make sure you go and say hi. Hopefully we’ll be seeing much more of them around the city in the coming months?
And of course our biggest recommendation goes to Baby Godzilla. Really, there isn’t much we can write that does this band justice and if you’ve seen them before, you’ll know exactly what we’re on about. It’s their first proper home-town show in ages so if you missed their secret gig a few months ago at JT Soar then this is your chance! They’ve been on tour with Limp Bizkit, been bigged up by Kerrang for ages and FHM (yes, you read right) recently said they were ‘the most explosive live band in Britain’ and that’s something.
For some reason, we’ve got a feeling that tomorrow is going to be a heavy one. In every sense…