It’s 5am. I’m sitting in probably one of my worst hotel rooms ever as I start wiring this. SNFU last night were fantastic and Walls of Jericho were better than I expected. I got back to the room and all my aches and pains didn’t help my mood. My wife is here too and I just have a feeling I was annoying her too. The room is a little more over seven foot by seven foot in size and in need of some serious cosmetic repairs, much like New York City you don’t get much for your dollar in the hotel room stakes. The people directly above appear to have some marching bands in their room. Someone has been walking about for ages and it seems like a lot of creaking floor board action for one person.
Anyway, later today after we may have some time in the capital and then caught a slow train home it’ll be time to jump in the car and drive up to the Academy 2 in Manchester for this years Impericon Festival. Personally for me the line up isn’t great, not a lot of bands that pique my interest. The ticket was purchased solely on one name in the first announcement – Hatebreed. Tonight is one of only two UK shows for 2016 as it stands right now.
This two points skimmed over there appear to be the reason that the ten band festival yesterday got downgraded from the 2,600 capacity Academy to the venues second room which last night had 30 of its 900 tickets left for sale. The line up doesn’t appear to be particularly strong for a lot of people. Some of the higher bands seem to be receiving a lot of social media hate, whilst a band half way up the bill are confusing people to their lowly position.
Also, in the time that this touring festival has hit the UK’s shores it’s been exclusively in Manchester. So if this line up was to your liking then you’d have to make the effort to travel to Manchester. This year the UK has two festivals with the other being held tomorrow in London at the Forum. So in effect making a fair few attendees from south of Coventry travel down into London rather than up to Manchester.
I don’t know if the Forum has sold out, or even close to selling out its 2,300 capacity, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens in 2017. Will the festival come over here at all? And after a downgrade by over 1,500 will we see two over here again? So many great hardcore package tours bypass Britain but on this showing who can blame them?
Here’s a new track taken from Hatebreed’s imminent album The Concrete Confessional due out on May 13th.