Pop Punk Pile Up is a new festival being put together by Riff Media and a team of other live music fans including us. It’s hoping to re-inject a bit of alternative music into the UK – and maybe it’ll be there to heal the wound left by the news that Warped Tour is finishing up this year.
There is a great line up for the first ever event, and as always we’re here to ignore the big names and focus on some of the smaller bands we think you need to check out/keep an eye on/grab a ticket and get into the pit for.
There’s over 40 bands across three days but here’s 10 bands we know we don’t want to miss!
A Few Too Many
These Essex lads have been going since 2009 and from what we’ve seen have a really great attitude to not just pushing their band, but to supporting the UK pop punk scene!
Their live performance is renowned as being highly energetic so definitely a band you’ll want to be at the front for!
The band have received a fair bit of attention from the likes of Scuzz TV, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing.
Hailing from Glasgow, this rock band have been slogging it since 2010. Since then they’ve made some huge waves in both local and national scenes, supporting the likes of The Wonder Years, State Champs and Neck Deep amongst others.
They’ve also been building up a loyal fanbase in Asia thanks to a tour of the Philippines and Japan.
They are looking to record a new album this year and there’s also plans for a full European and Asia tour to promote it!
Better Than Never
We heard about these guys through our pals over at Fox Records. If you’re a fan of big guitar riffs and dual vocals this is a band you need to check out. Recognised by RockSound for their unique melodies (especially with three guitarists) the live show is always awesome.
They have shared the stage with the likes of Don Broco, As It Is and WSTR to name a few.
Coast To Coast
Another band from the Fox Records roster, Coast To Coast brummy boys have a great unique sound thanks to the vocals of Keiran Hyland. Their tracks all have an anthemic property to them, and always end up in a subliminal foot tap or two.
Really excited to finally see these guys as been hearing amazing things for a while.
On their home turf at PPPU, Selby based Lyon Estates have been going for nearly a decade (Just want to make them feel old!).
During that time they’ve built up a really fun fast paced sound, and we’ve always got respect for those bands that are clearly super chummy mates first and a band second.
This is another one of those bands we swear we’ve been hearing about for years but never had the chance to catch live. Which is weird seeing as they’ve supported the likes of Seaway, The Raven Age and WSTR recently! They’ve got a nice alternative rock sound to them that we’re sure will resonate with fans of Angels & Airwaves, Yellowcard and Jimmy Eat World amongst others
Ocean Sunset View
Found these guys on Bandcamp a little while ago with their debut EP On Your Marks. They’ll be heading up to Sely from down our neck of the woods in Yeovil. They’ve had some great live reviews so really excited to hear some of that on the Saturday of PPPU.
One of those bands cropping up on a lot of ‘Ones To Watch in 2018’ lists, these guys are currently signed to our buddies in Wilhelm Records and recently released their new EP ‘I’m a Stranger to Myself’ which we have on in the office on regular rotation.
Another band getting great live reviews, definitely a must see for fans of Neck Deep, Trash Boat, The Story So Far etc!
UK Pop Punkers that seem to be popping up on a lot of our news feeds recently, Shaded have been getting some great reviews since the release of their EP ‘The Better Man In Me’ last year including Alternative Press who flagged them as a UK pop punk band to keep an eye on. Band with a very bright future, we thinks!
The Young & Restless
One of those awesome hard working bands that always seems to be up to something whether it’s writing material or hitting up a ton of shows.
One of those bands that it’s actually illegal to watch if you’re not wearing a plaid shirt and backwards baseball cap!
Their latest EP ‘Horizon’ came out in April last year and we’re big fans of it!
Remember there are over 40 bands playing the three days of Pop Punk Pile Up this year. It’s a brand new festival and the team behind it are really passionate about making it a regular thing as long as the first one is a success, which we’re sure it will be.
The Venue in Selby has a capacity of 300 so tickets are going to be limited, make sure you grab yours early!