FIGHTSTAR AND HORSE THE BAND JOIN LINE-UP
Thursday 18th June 2015
British post-hardcore heroes FIGHTSTAR will be closing our 2nd Stage on Friday 14th August. This comes following the band’s triumphant return to celebrate their 10th anniversary last year, culminating in an incredible show at Brixton Academy.
Californian chaos crusaders HORSE THE BAND complete our 2015 line-up. They are known for their 8-bit Nintendo influenced sound combined with metalcore, which frontman Nathan Winneke once jokingly referred to as ‘nintendocore’.
But that’s not all….
Acoustic and late-night sessions will be revealed in the coming weeks!
PROTEST THE HERO AND MORE FOR HEVY
Friday 8th May 2015
Canadian masters of progressive metal PROTEST THE HERO are flying over for an exclusive UK appearance at Hevy Fest 2015. The band will take to the stage right before The Dillinger Escape Plan and Coheed and Cambria on Friday 14th August.
Hardcore supergroup SWEET JESUS are also heading over for their first ever UK appearance! The New England 4-piece features Patrick Flynn of Have Heart, as well as members of Fucking Invincible, Dropdead and Soul Control. We are stoked to have these guys on the bill.
The 12 new additions are:
AS IT IS
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS
PROTEST THE HERO (UK exclusive)
STICK TO YOUR GUNS
There are also two SPECIAL GUESTS still to announce! Stay tuned….
GUEST BLOG : YOUTH MAN
Tuesday 28th April 2015
YOUTH MAN’s frontwoman Kaila has written a piece about her favourite The Fall of Troy song of all time…
I remember hearing ‘fcpremix’ for the first time and thinking it was the greatest song ever written. I must’ve been 14 or 15 and my mates and I used to play in a cover a band at school. We played all sorts of stuff; Enter Shikari, A Day To Remember, we even played a Fightstar song! I can’t remember who suggested we cover it but on to Google video we went and that riff got me so amped. I think it was probably the first time I’d heard progressive guitar music that wasn’t from the 70’s or done by a metal band, and for me that was the coolest thing ever. I went home and played along to that song on repeat for hours until I got the hang of it. I was a drummer at the time and that song perfectly suited my style of playing and I think it influenced me a lot after that.
After we added ‘fcpremix’ to our back catalogue, I had to hear more from these guys so I downloaded Doppelganger on Limewire (man I feel old) and from the intro to “I just got this symphony goin” to the breakdown of McCauley McCulkin that album changed my whole perception of rock music. I didn’t know you could be so technical and melodic as well as heavy and badass as fuck. I’d grown up listening to Nu Metal and Hip Hop and by that age I was really into metalcore but this discovery of Math Rock totally shifted my interests. After The Fall of Troy, I started listening to Dillinger, Between the Buried and Me and other math/prog bands but they opened that door.
I didn’t even know they were back together until I saw the Hevy line up and I was like “HOLY SHIT!” and for them to be playing that album is gonna be particularly nostalgic for me. I can’t wait. It’s gonna be sick!
GUEST BLOG : OHHMS
Tuesday 21st March 2015
We caught up with Paul from Kentish purveyors of Doom OHHMS to find out who they were looking forward to seeing at Hevy Fest 2015. Here’s what they had to say…
HANG THE BASTARD
I thought HTB approached perfection in 2012 when they put out their self-titled EP on Thirty Days of Night records. Yet last year they blew it out of the water with ‘Sex in the Seventh Circle’. If you like your metal to sound like the dirtiest of sludge with blackened crusty vocals, and why wouldn’t you, then this album will hit the spot…. Musically the Bastard simply refuse to stand still. If they manage not to split up over the next few years, mark my words, they will become England’s most massive band. MASSIVE I tell ya!
With the awful news that came late last year of Jonathan Athon’s death from injuries sustained due to a motorbike accident I and many of those around me honestly thought that would be the end of Black Tusk. In fact the recent Hevy announcement was the first I knew that the band had decided to continue on. Am I excited? Are you kidding me? For those not in the know they sound like a stoner rock Motorhead, ready to party at the drop of a hat but just as quick to pummel the audience into oblivion with mahoosive riffs. After they finish their set I imagine I will have a very stiff bangover indeed.
This lot saved UK hardcore in my eyes… Far too many shows and too many records were all sounding the same to me and I was approaching burn out. Then came along Vales’ (or Veils as they were known then) debut release ‘Clarity’, it kept all the HC elements that I loved and threw something else into the mix: a ton of melody, some adventurous song structures and clever lyrics to top it all off. I saw them live for the first time at Hevy 2012 and loved every minute, this year I will be in the middle at the front yet again. Hope to see you there.
THE FALL OF TROY RETURN FOR HEVY FEST
Thursday 26th March 2015
On the 15th August 2005, Washington post-hardcore trio THE FALL OF TROY released their second album DOPPELGÄNGER. 10 years later to the day, the band’s original line-up will return to UK soil for Hevy Fest 2015, performing the seminal record in full.
Recently reformed godfathers of New York hardcore – JUDGE – will make a rare UK appearance at Hevy Fest 2015, bringing their brutal straightedge anthems to the tranquil Kentish countryside.
Also joining the line-up are Californian hardcore-punk heroes IGNITE, Massachusetts merchants of mayhem A WILHELM SCREAM and pop-punk powerhouse TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET.
Other new additions include: ARCANE ROOTS, CARNIFEX, CROOKS, BROKEN TEETH, HANG THE BASTARD, BLACK PEAKS, BLOOD YOUTH, TRASH BOAT, YOUTH MAN and PRESS TO MECO.
HEVY FEST REVEALS BIGGEST EVER LINE-UP
Sunday 22nd February 2015
We are honoured to reveal that Californian post-hardcore heavyweights THRICE will be headlining Hevy Fest 2015 following a 3 year hiatus. This UK exclusive re-union performance will close our Main Stage on Saturday 15th August.
Progressive metal masters COHEED AND CAMBRIA will top the bill on Friday 14th August, with an exclusive performance of their seminal record IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH : 3, plus a few surprises to close their set.
Missouri emo ensemble THE GET UP KIDS will grace our main stage with an eagerly anticipated performance of the classic album SOMETHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT from start to end.
Other new additions include TOUCHE AMORE, HACKTIVIST, BLACK TUSK, BABY GODZILLA, CONTINENTS, CREEPER, FORT HOPE, FATHOMS, THE COLOUR LINE and WRAITHS.
Plus there’s plenty more to come over the next few months….
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN RETURN TO HEVY
Thursday 18th December 2014
New Jersey mathcore titans THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will return to Hevy Fest next year, after laying waste to the main stage back in 2011.
Also joining them for the 2015 edition are progressive metallers MONUMENTS, post-hardcore heroes VALES, Scottish powerhouse GRADER, underground favourites UP RIVER, local leviathan OHHMS and Brighton-based bruisers COLLISIONS.
With over 50 bands to be revealed over the coming months, there’s plenty more hardcore, punk and metal to come…
Weekend camping tickets are now available for just £69, or from £12 a month with our new payment plan.
Merry Fucking Christmas.
HEVY FEST LAUNCHES PAYMENT PLAN
Monday 3rd November 2014
Pay for your Hevy Fest tickets from just £10 a month with our new Payment Plan!
Our awesome Payment Plan allows you to pay for festival tickets over 8 months. Any booking & delivery fees will be included in the first payment. Then, on the 1st of each month following you will pay off another chunk of the tickets you have ordered. There are no hidden costs or booking fees applied to the subsequent payments.
If the funds aren’t available in your account on the 1st of the month, or if your card has expired, you will be notified and given the opportunity to pay the amount due. If you wish to cancel you payment plan, please notify us on firstname.lastname@example.org at least 7 days before the next payment date.
Alternatively, you can still buy tickets up front for the best possible price in our Standard Shop.
HEVY FEST NOMINATED FOR INDUSTRY AWARDS
Wednesday 15th October 2014
We are delighted to reveal that Hevy Fest will return to Port Lympne next summer for another epic weekend of hardcore, punk & metal.
Despite the radio silence, big things are happening at Hevy HQ. This is the first year we’ve been able to start booking next year’s line-up straight after this year’s festival. News on that front before Christmas. Ho Ho Ho!
In other news, Hevy Fest is up for Best Small Festival and Best Toilets at this year’s Festival Awards. We’re away when the actual ceremony takes place on 1st December, so if we get enough votes to be invited, we may have to send one of you lot….