Anti-Flag Anti-Flag showed their political activism on their amps with imagery of a child holding a gun, and a drone. These stalwarts of the scene open with Turncoat to a rather lack luster crowd. A few songs in, with the delivery of fan favourite ‘Broken Bones’, and the crowd finally wake-up to it being a punk rock show. You can’t blame the crowd for an apathetic response; bassist Chris Barker offers up continual scissor kicks that feel contrived whilst the rest of the band just feel like they are going through the motions, all be it professionally delivered motions.


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Slam Dunk Festival Now in its 11th year, the Slam Dunk Festival continues to grow, attracting bigger and better bands and ever-larger crowds. This year was no exception, with no fewer than 46 bands playing across two main dates and three support events. Birmingham was one of these smaller gigs but still packed an impressive punch, showcasing 16 bands covering ska, punk, rock, and metal.


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Rise Against Rise Against are well known for their strong stance on a number of important issues, from the Iraq war to animal welfare; so it’s no surprise that tonight’s show is loaded with politics and morals. The fact that the Academy is almost at its capacity tonight shows just how influential the music of band like Rise Against and Anti-Flag can be; their message reaching thousands every night of the tour...


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