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Slam Dunk – Leeds, Temple Newsam Park – 25 May 2019

Long revered as the home for all things pop-punk and alternative, Slam Dunk has made itself a flagship brand in the festival market, putting on the kinds of line-ups that seem to have featured every single up-and-coming hot act that could possibly fit within the brackets of punk, hardcore or metalcore. For all of its differences from its predecessors (most notably in the lack of a Midlands date which sees a lot of familiar faces from the heartlands plonked up North, and in the larger festival site of Temple Newsam Park), Slam Dunk 2019 is still doing its damndest to champion acts old and new that represent the best of alternative culture with the likes of Angel Du$t, Milk Teeth and Anti-Flag all on early in the day as if to prove just how stacked this year’s line-up is.

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Jaye Jayle – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds – 30 April 2019

Rich H reckons that Jaye Jayle deserves better. Playing in Birmingham for the first time amidst a number of dates around the country (including a recorded appearance at Desertfest), it feels like the fates have conspired to provide a poor backdrop for the night’s show. Not only is it a dreary Tuesday in April (thanks, British weather) but the venue has barely a dozen people in by the time Jayle takes to the stage with his band, making an intimate venue feel almost cavernous in its unused space. But then, as if to spit right in the face of fate, the band go and put on the kind of performance that makes you want to grab your mates and drag them by the ears to the next show.

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Hollowstar/Florence Black/The 501s – Ebbw Vale, EVI – 25 May 2019

After the demise of the Muni in Pontypridd an opening arose for a small venue to step into the huge gap left… enter the EVI.  A former library in the Valley steeltown of Ebbw Vale it is becoming a good place to go to see up and coming bands.  The sound is usually spot on, the bar is in the same room as the gig and it’s a fair-sized open venue. Everything our Valleys correspondent could really expect when it came to facilitating a rock ‘n’ roll show, right?

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Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts – ‘Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts’ (MMRecordingworks)

Regular ÜR readers might recognize Matt Mitchell’s name as the former singer with Furyon, Pride and, most recently, the now defunct Colour Of Noise. Now, he has decided to stretch his not inconsiderable talents, especially vocally, with his debut solo project – something he apparently started on while still a teenager – which not only draws on the diverse sounds of the bands with whom he has been previously associated but also edges into what may seem to be more unfamiliar territory with a diversity of material that covers traditional hard rock, blues and even (the gods forefend) country. But, then, if the likes of Danny Worsnop can wander down that latter dusty road, then why not someone like Mitchell?

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