Manchester Punk Festival Announces Latest Additions For 2018

MPF 18 Nov 17The Manchester Punk Festival has announced that legendary pop punk heroes The Copyrights and DIY hardcore punk rock veterans The Restarts have been added to the line-up, 2018 also sees The Spook School, The Baby Seals, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Holiday, Start At Zero, Hoof, No Matter, Speedozer, Ducking Punches, Casual Nausea, Lucinda Livingstone and Millie Manders added to the line up. The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place between 19th and 21st April 2018 across a number of venues in Manchester City Centre.  

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival 2018 can be purchased here

Ducking Punches Announces New LP; Streams First Track

Ducking PunchesNorwich, UK folk-punk act Ducking Punches will  bereleasing their next album, Alamort, on February 16, 2018 via Xtra Mile Recordings.  Coinciding with the announcement, the band is streaming the new track “Sobriety.”

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Video: Ducking Punches – Fun Fun Fun

Ducking PunchesDucking Punches has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Fun Fun Fun” from their 2016 Xtra Mile Recordings debut, Fizzy Brain.  

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Wiretap Records Release Latest Charity Compilation for ACLU

Wiretap Attention Feb 17Wiretap Records latest ATTENTION! Charity Compilation is now available to download for Pay What You Want donation, 100% of proceeds after Bandcamp Fees will be donated to the ACLU. It features thirty great tracks from Del Paxton, Regarde, Kamikaze Girls, Super American, Ducking Punches, I’m Fine, Cold Wrecks, Spanish Love Songs, Daydream, The Exquisites, Pinned in Place, Get Married, Low Speech, Odd Robot, Pseudo, Accidente, Movies About Animals, Great Apes, Leveless, Geometers, Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves, Southpaw, Cables & Arms, Nights Like Thieves, The Offseason, Sixteen Scandals, Old Notes, Iris Jupiter, Skoundrel and more. Over the next four years Wiretap Records will continue to release ATTENTION! compilations and will be donating 100% of proceeds to the ACLU.

You can down load the latest ATTENTION! compilation and donate to the ACLU here

Manchester Punk Festival Volume 12 Released Via Bandcamp

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre. This is the third volume of the compilations that precede the festival, that will feature all of the bands that are appearing in 2017, that has been released. The Manchester Punk Festival Volume Twelve features Strike Anywhere, CHIEF, Rash Decision, The Murderburgers, Venturas, Ducking Punches, Muskets, Grotbags, One Hidden Frame, Bobby Funk, BrainDeadPunk, Epic Problem, Tragical History Tour, Bear Trade and Iron Drugs. The previous eleven volumes of the Manchester Punk Festival compilations, that cover the 2015 to 2017 line ups, are also still available as name your price downloads.

Tickets for the Manchester Punk Festival are on sale now for £30 and are available here

You can download Manchester Punk Festival Volume 12 as a name your price download here

Manchester Punk Festival Confrims Latest Additions For 2017

mpf-17-nov-16The Manchester Punk Festival is taking place again in 2017, between the 20th and 22nd April, across a number of venues in Manchester, UK’s City Centre, the festival has now added the energetic punk rock of Canada’s Brutal Youth, the politically charged punk rock of Essex’s The Filaments, the melodic hardcore of Liverpool punkers Chief, the acoustic pop punk of Onsind, the 80’s hardcore of Throwing Stuff and the anarchic folk punk of Matilda’s Scoundrels to the 2017 line up, as well as TosserladBobby Funk, Rash Decision, Iron Drugs, Grotbags, Dirty Twisters, Muskets, Lineout and One Hidden Frame being added to the already impressive bill.

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Manchester Punk Festival Announces Latest Acts For 2017

mpf-oct-16The Manchester Punk Festival has announced the next wave of bands that will be descending on Manchester for MPF2017. Canadian skate punk legends Belvedere will be returning to the UK for their first show in over five years, German tech-punkers Money Left To Burn, Danish singer-songwriter Stoj Snak and German ska-core kings BrainDead have also been added to the party. Grand Collapse and Petrol Girls will both be playing to add some fire to the performances, along with bands including Faintest IdeaMaid Of Ace and a rare appearance from AOS3 to get you moving.

Early bird tickets sold out in 24 hours, general tickets are on sale now for £30 and are available here

Further announcements and offers for MPF17 can be viewed below

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Video: Ducking Punches – Greedy Bones

Ducking PunchesDucking Punches has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Greedy Bones” from their 2016 Xtra Mile Recordings debut, Fizzy Brain.  

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Ducking Punches

Fizzy Brains

Xtra Mile Recordings

Rating: 3/5




Ducking Punches are a quintet that hail from Norwich, England, this is their third album and the first for Xtra Mile Recordings. In boxing terms Ducking Punches is a technique used not only to create a solid defence, but also to engage and draw a reaction, and I must say that on the basis of this album it would seem the band have chosen an appropriate moniker.

Ducking Punches have a long association with Frank Turner, vocalist and guitarist Dan Allen played guitar for him when he was unable to play live due to an injury that threatened to curtail a tour, and Frank has returned the favour by making a cameo appearance on the opening track, Greedy Bones, and it’s noticeable that he is a significant influence on their overall sound. Whilst this is ostensibly a folk punk album they have avoided many of the clichés that appear on innumerable releases of this genre, there isn’t a drinking song or anything even remotely resembling a jig to be found on Fizzy Brain. They have avoided the predictable and there are strains of post punk introspection to be found on this release in addition to more obvious styles and influences you would expect to find. Throughout Fizzy Brain changes of tempo and style pepper the album and the shared vocal duties, between Dan Allen and Sophie Porter, on a number of the songs provides an engaging contrast.

This is a rousing and passionate album but for me there’s an almost imperceptible quality missing from the overall mix, maybe it’s because I find that this album is neither fish nor fowl. It’s possibly due to the diverse nature of influences of display on this album that it doesn’t appear to have an established identity, but having said that this is a satisfying and engaging album and that does lure you back in after your initial exposure. Whilst Ducking Punches don’t manage to land a knockout blow this album does deliver over the 11 tracks contained on Fizzy Brain, and for fans of folk punk that want something more satisfying and original than tales of boisterous carousing this is an authentic grass roots release that is well worth investigating.


Ducking Punches – Greedy Bones (Ft. Frank Turner)

Ducking PunchesDucking Punches has made a surprise announcement and swap of labels.  Earlier this year the band announced a publishing deal with Bomber Music, but the band recently it is changing direction to Xtra Mile Recordings for the 2016 release of their next full length, Fizzy Brain.  

Listen to the new song here.


Paper + Plastick Records Release UK Band Compilation

Paper + PlastickPaper + Plastick Records has released a free downloadable compilation composed exclusively of UK bands.  Of note, the compilation includes the new song “Greedy Bones,” which serves as an unreleased track from the recording sessions of Ducking Punches‘ highly anticipated new full length.

Other bands include The Murderburgers, Random HandBad Ideas, and Jake & The Jellyfish.  Download it here.

Ducking Punches Sign Publishing Deal With Bomber Music

Ducking PunchesDucking Punches has announced that they have signed a publishing deal with Bomber Music.  The band is currently in the midst of recording their next full length, Fizzy Bain, due out later this year on No Panic Records.  Head honcho of Bomber Music, Donagh O’Leary, comments:

“We’re really happy to have signed Ducking Punches. As a band they really represent the ethics of what punk is all about. They are a talented bunch and a pleasure to work with. The new album is going to be brilliant, we’re looking forward to hearing the final result!”

The new record is available to pre-order on Pledge Music and will feature guest vocals by Frank Turner.  

Ducking Punches – Announce 2015 European Tour

Ducking Punches announce they are heading out to Europe this spring in support of their new full band record Dance Before You Sleep available now via No Panic! Records.


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Video: Ducking Punches – It’s Been A Few Bad Weeks

Ducking PunchesNorwich, UK folk punk outfit Ducking Punches has premiered a new music video. The video features the song “It’s Been A Few Bad Weeks,” from their latest full length, Dance Before You Sleep, which was released last year via No Panic! Records.

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The Lion and the Wolf Posts Video For ‘Ghosts on Trinity’, Announce Euro Tour

The Lion and the Wolf 1UK based folk-punk singer songwriter The Lion and the Wolf (aka Thomas George) has posted a video for his track Ghosts on Trinity. The song features on his latest full length, Symptoms, self released back in November of last year. 

He has also announced a huge European tour supporting Ducking Punches and Owls by Nature. Check out the video for Ghosts on Trinity and the full list of upcoming tour dates below.

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Tour: Ducking Punches (UK + Europe)

Ducking PunchesNorwich, UK folk punk outfit Ducking Punches have announced a series of tour dates across the UK and Europe. Fresh from supporting Frank Turner last year, these are full band headlining shows in support of their upcoming full length, Dance Before You Sleep, which will be released via No Panic! Records. 

Scottish folk artist Mark McCabe will provide support, and you can  check out the full list of tour dates below.

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Ducking Punches

Dance Before You Sleep

No Panic! Records

Rating: 4/5




Norwich, UK folk punk act Ducking Punches has come a long way in a short time.  Rising from their humble beginnings of what started out as a mostly stripped down acoustic project – vocalist Dan Allen with minor guitar accompaniment – has evolved into a diversified full band entourage complete with various strings and compositional knowhow.  Their sophomore full length, Dance Before You Sleep, reflects such a strong jump in musicianship that comparisons to countrymen Frank Turner and Mumford & Sons are both inevitable and deserving.  

But the quintet does more than just piggyback on current folk trends.  The group makes waves on their own merit, offering up thought provoking melodies just begging for a mindful ear.  Allen’s knack for descriptive imagery builds a series of engaging narratives and thematic expositions realized by the passionate and fluctuating merger of violins, distant female vocals, and sharp medley of layered guitars.  Opener “It’s Been A Bad Few Weeks” flys out the gate with an audible sense of urgency in the leading lyric “He heard it loud and clear, the silence deafened him,” as the tale of being thrust into independence unravels thereafter.  The sense of conviction remains strong throughout the record, but nowhere does it become higher than in “Big Brown Pills From Lynn.”  As the vivid descriptions of self destructive behaviors and fighting through rock bottom take hold, the song’s look-to-the-sky grandeur captures a sense of resistance – the message of digging in your heels and staying the course taking hold.  

Slowly, Dance Before You Sleep builds hope, rebounding from the album’s initial emotive lows.  “Feels Just Like Home” marks the transformation with upbeat choruses and forceful but optimistic guitars, a sentiment echoed in “The Art of Falling Short’s” underlying determination and horn blasts.  Even the regretful “Why Can’t We Hold It Together” is told through a reflectful, albeit regretful, lens.  The final apology lands strong as “Six Years,” scaling back to a guitar and piano score that allow Allen’s ripped and torn vocals to bleed naked.  Concluding with such simplicity heightens the core theme of taking ownership over one’s past, and coming to peace with one’s demons.

Ducking Punches delivers a good many knockout blows throughout Dance Before You Sleep’s nine track run.  Like any good fight, the album moves and reacts to each hit, knowing when to chain together a few good hits and when to step back, evaluate the playing field and calculate their next move.  That Allen’s strong vocal performance comes matched with an equally dynamic backing set really pushes Dance Before You Sleep into that special territory worthy of repeat listens.  For newcomers, Ducking Punches might be the unlikely underdog, but with Dance Before You Sleep marking one of the year’s best folk punk surprises, that reputation will be quick to change.

Tours: Ducking Punches / Gypsy Rabble / The Cravingz

Ducking PUnchesNorwich folk-punk outfit Ducking Punches has announced that they will be touring Ireland in late September.  The four date tour will find the band sharing the stage with Gypsy Rebel Rabble on the first three dates and with The Cravingz for the final show. The band continues to support their latest full length, Dance Before You Sleep, released earlier this year on NO PANIC! Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Laura Palmer / Bear Trade / Cigarette Crossfire / Malemute Kid / Ducking Punches / Low Derive

bear tradeOn the road to this year’s The Fest 13, six bands, all from outside the country, will be sharing the stage mere days before the main event.  The bands include Laura PalmerBear TradeCigarette Crossfire, Malemute KidDucking Punches, and Low Derive.  The show will take place at Will’s Pub in Orlando, Florida at a cost of $6.00 for all six bands.

Full details can be found below.  All of the bands will also be making an appearance at this year’s The Fest 13.

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