As we steam forward through 2017, and sure enough like death and taxes, festival season is almost upon us. The Summer is the UK’s time to scream its lungs out and given the difficult climate that we’ve all been through as a society, this year could be venting more steam than Thomas The Tank. Dotted around the country, all manners of festivals will be taking place and come this July, Bristol will see an alternative, pop-punk and metal takeover.
Fat Lip Fest 2017 certainly promises to be one hell of day out. With twenty-seven bands playing across three stages, keep July 29 open in your calendars – shit’s about to get very real, very quickly.
As of April 16, the final line-up has been confirmed with London based five-piece Young Guns taking the top spot on the Fireball Stage. Given that these alt-rockers will still be on a high given the release of their fourth album Echoes last year and their 2000 Trees appearance earlier that month, you can bet your last pint of Dark Fruits that they will be chucking the kitchen sink at us this year.
The Fireball stage will also include the likes of Roam, Blood Youth, WSTR, DEAD!, as well as many others. Needless to say, the talent on display truly reflects the thriving rock scene this country has to offer.
For those who like things a little heavier, the Adnams Stage is the place for you. Featuring Devil Sold His Soul, who are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their 2007 release, A Fragile Hope, the mighty Feed The Rhino and As Lions who are fresh off the heels of their debut album One By One.
Taking full advantage of the abundance of local talent this year, supporting throughout the day will be South Wales’ very own Holding Absence and the ten-ton hammer riff machine of When We Were Wolves. The latter’s latest single "The Gift Of Hating Me", which is arguably the band’s heaviest and most emotionally driven work to date. Laying waste to all who cross their path, Wolves will not show any mercy and will be a must for anyone values and appreciates contemporary metal.
Other names that will have you frothing at the mouth include EMPIRE, who released their second EP last year titled Our Simple Truths, much to the praise of fans and critics alike. Liverpool based four-piece Foes are in support along with Carcer City, All Ears Avow and As Flames Rise.
Appearing on the Alvarez Acoustic Stage, WSTR will be making a second appearance of the day with Irish alternative duo Greywind who, for our money, will blow us all away. Their debut album, Afterthoughts, is a tender yet powerful record that mixes heartfelt melodic choruses with hard-driving riffs. Given the infectious nature of their sound, the translation to acoustic will be a special experience to witness. By their side will be Grumble Bee [Jack Bennett] who’s pop-infused rock promises to be one of the more interesting acts of the festival along with Beyond Recall, Syren City, Montroze and Luke Rainsford.
Located across two venues, which include Bierkeller on All Saint’s Street and The Lanes on 22 Nelson Street, Fat Lip promises to deliver the goods in spades and by the looks of things, seem to be delivering on that with gusto.
Tickets available from Skiddle, Gigantic, SeeTickets and Bristol Ticket Shop.
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