Luton’s Castlefest is back for another year, and bigger than ever. Starting on Friday with Ultimate British Wrestling and continuing into the weekend with a lineup packed solid of the best new names in heavy music and afterparties each night, it’s set to be an all-round colossal event. Here are the bands you need to see at Castlefest 2019.
Saturday / Castle Stage / 12:40
Hailing from London, Tether are bound to set the lunchtime crowd ablaze with their fiery hardcore. Known to make use of the floor space as much as they do the stage, their set is no doubt going to be a raucous one. Well worth getting down early for, Tether are the only wake-up remedy you’ll need to get you ready for the rest of the day.
Saturday / Castle Stage / 17:20
MSRY usually cause all kinds of health and safety concerns during their live sets, and we love it. With a complete reckless abandon for their own well-being, the Oxford-based hardcore quartet are sure to raise hell. Make sure you don’t miss them this Saturday – we promise the experience will be far from misery. Don’t forget to also see them team up with Tether. for a riotous DJ set at the Saturday afterparty.
Saturday / Castle Stage / 18:25
Already establishing themselves as a luminary band in the hardcore scene, South East quintet MTXS are not to be missed this weekend. Following straight after their four-letter-name counterparts MSRY, MTXS will be keeping the party going strong; bringing ear-splitting discord to the Castle Stage. Don’t miss out.
Saturday / Castle Stage / 21:05
Having dropped new single ‘One Man Army’ this week, SHVPES are set to tear up the Castle Stage for the big live debut. Renowned for their ballsy on-stage attitude, the Birmingham quintet are the Castle Stage headliners you needed to cap off a fantastic Saturday lineup on the stage.
Saturday / Jay Devlin Stage / 22:00
If you’ve yet to see Blood Youth live, you’re missing out. Having forged an impressive name for themselves since the release of Starve earlier this year, the Harrogate four-piece will far and wide prove their value as Castlefest Saturday headliners. Set to be an outstanding end to a phenomenal day, you need to stick around for Blood Youth.
Sunday / Castle Stage / 19:25
The way this Manchester quartet bring their serenely melancholy sound to life on stage at every stellar performance is something that needs to be experienced rather than described. Captivating and enchanting in everything they do, the band are fresh off of a full UK and Europe tour; set to give you the complete Parting Gift experience.
Sunday / Jay Devlin Stage / 21:45
If you haven’t heard the name Dream State this past year, you must have been asleep this whole time. In a dream state, of course. The Welsh award-winning post-hardcore outfit that everyone wants to see live – whether they’ve seen them 20 times before or not at all – will be headlining the last day of Castlefest 2019, and we’re betting it’s going to be packed.
Castlefest takes place 27-29th September in Luton, Bedfordshire. Check the Facebook event page for further details.