This April, festival season truly kicks off early with the brand new, North Yorkshire based event, Pop Punk Pile Up. Halfway 2 Nowhere have given you the perfect guide to the weekend, where it is, who to see and most importantly a bumper Spotify playlist with all our favourite artists playing over the weekend.
What is it and where is it taking place?
PPPU is a new festival taking place over the weekend of 27-29th April in Selby, North Yorkshire. Located just outside of York, the festival is easily accessible from across England and will take place at The Venue, a super bar and live music venue in the town centre. A festival dedicated to the UK Pop Punk/Punk Rock scene, the weekend will comprise some of the best loved artists in the genre, as well as the opportunity to find your new favourites.
Friday 27th April
The opening day is a fantastic example of a festival lineup that offers the best in well known names blended with up and coming talent from across the country. Headlining the bill is Room 94 who have many a chart hit behind them and are fast becoming the most established pop-punk band in the UK. Our pick for the day though is Frank Grimes and the Disasters; hailing from Barnsley, the Yorkshire band will be making their first appearance in Selby. The four-piece have made a great name for themselves on the live circuit with their morbid yet uplifting tracks and you’ll be able to hear their brand new EP played at PPPU 2018. With obvious influences from early 00’s punk rock, the band are more punk than pop and will provide a raucous, explosive set to the Venue this month.
Saturday 28th April
28/04/18 may be the most exciting day for music the town of Selby has ever seen. The Bottom Line come to joint headline the day alongside the incredible, new look, Mallory Knox. Only recently we saw MK playing at the Manchester Victoria Warehouse so seeing them in such an intimate venue is going to be some spectacle. Their killer single Black Holes is out now and gives a great flavour of the new sound they’re going for.
Halfway 2 Nowhere’s artist to watch on Saturday though is Grumble Bee. Since the first time we heard Grumble Bee in 2015 with the release of Francium, we have been in total awe of the class and quality of Jack Bennett. The day we found out that he was a one man artist, our minds were even more blown. The recent releases from Grumble Bee have been phenomenal and thus far we’ve only had the pleasure of seeing him acoustic. This April, get ready to see tracks like Sky Writer, Bravest Soul and recent release Heron live. We’re very excited for this one!
Sunday 29th April
The weekend closes with one of the most defining artists in the spoken word-punk genre, The King Blues. Not without recent controversy, the band have ridden numerous accusations and issues to still be one of the driving forces within punk. Itch and his band members will bring their politically charged messages and music to Selby and if there’s one band you simply cannot miss, it’s them.
A band you might know less about though, but who encompass everything pop-punk means, is Better Than Never, our pick for the final day. Making the long trip up from Oxford, the five-piece have had a fantastic last year, making serious waves across the country following the release of their EP Head Under Water. When you think of how pop-punk should sound, Better Than Never are possibly the exact sound you imagine. With huge riffs, catchy choruses and lots of bouncing, the band are the pop-punk band you have to see for your weekend to be complete.
TICKETS!!!! ++ SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
We are so happy to say the event has been selling ridiculously well and the festival is on it’s final tickets. Last tickets can be bought right here and we cannot wait to see you all in a few weeks. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-punk-pile-up-tickets-39260247457#tickets
To keep you excited we have curated our perfect playlist for the weekend with all of our favourite artists appearing at this year’s Pop Punk Pile Up. See you at the front!