Wheres Billy Win The Vote To Open For OPM

Wheres Billy have topped a poll of 33 bands to win the chance to open for OPM on their Kent tour date in March.  Wheres Bill fought of competition from a sea of other talented Kent acts and even beat Rhianna, Justin Bieber and Slayer to the top.

Wheres Billy finished on a total of 1037 votes, followed by After the Enclave on 780 votes and Stone Kings with 280 votes.  Wheres Billy join Riskee and the Ridicule and Third Place Victory in support of OPM, brought to Kent by Below The Radar Events and Promotions.  The event itself will be on the 27th of May at Canterbury’s Beer Cart Arms and will make up OPM’s only Kent date.

Scroll down for links to free music from the bands playing on OPM’s Kent date.

Find Wheres Billy on Facebook.

See event details here.

David Horn

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Free Download: Wheres Billy – Anxiety

Free Download: Riskee and the Ridicule – King of the Dole

Free Download: Third Place Victory – Against Me

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Vote For Opener At OPM Canterbury Tour Date

OPM, Heaven, Is, A, Halfpipe

The Californian band OPM had a massive hit with Heaven Is A Halfpipe from the 2000 album Menace to Sobriety.  They have been booked by Below the Radar Events and Promotions to play The Beer Cart Arms in Canterbury on the 27th May.  This will be the only Kent date of OPM’s European tour.

Support for OPM’s Kent tour date comes from Riskee and the Ridicule and Third Place Victory.  Below the Radar have made the final slot  available to the local band with the most votes.  Using the link below bands and fans are able to add bands and vote.  The winner and opener for OPM will be decided on the evening of the 1st of April.

Currently Wheres Billy lead the poll with 832 votes, followed closely After The Enclave with 749 votes and Stone Kings with 271 votes.  Ten days remain to enter and vote in this competition for what promises to be an exciting event.  Scroll down for free download links to Riskee and the Ridicule and Third Place Victory, and a reminder/re-minis of Heaven Is A Halfpipe.

Vote here.

See full OPM Canterbury date event details.

Below the Radar Events and Promotions on Facebook

David Horn

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Free Download: Riskee and the Ridicule – King of the Dole

Free Download: Third Place Victory – Against Me

Left Of The Right Side Play Their Last Gig

Last night (Tuesday 19/02/13) Left of the Right Side played their last gig.  Playing alongside IRIS, Wheres Billy and Escape the Ocean the band.  Their last gig happened at The Beer Cart Arms in Canterbury, it was put together and run by Below the Radar Events and Promotions.  Left of the Right Side had this to say after the event:

Thank you so much to every fan, friend, promoter and band that has supported us over the last few years. We’ve had an amazing time, and I’m glad we ended with such a great gig – what a brilliant crowd!

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Despite ending as a band Left of the Right Side are releasing one more song to join tracks such as Skyward.  Despite being a sad day for the Kent music scene we look forward to hearing future musical projects from all members of the band.  Keep up to date with Left of the Right Side for more news on new material.  Find a link to Skyward under Related Posts below

Photography from Their Last Gig

Left of the Right Side on Facebook

Below the Radar Events and Promotions on Facebook

David Horn

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Free Download: Left of the Right Side – Skyward

Free Download: Wheres Billy – Anxiety

Mistiksin, After the Enclave, Escape the Ocean and Insult at The Bar Below, Folkestone : 12/01/2013

Well that happened. This is the only way to describe what happened Saturday night at The Bar Below, Folkestone.  The Below the Radar gig started with angry punk and ended with a performance from  Bat Girl.  It was as much a spectacle as it was dominated by big sounds across a range of genres.

The night began with Insult.  The Fokestone based punk band, something they were keen to deny, started the night in a frenzy of noise, aggression and attitude.  After a strong 2012 Insult’s sound and presence were at new heights.  Happily for their first gig of 2013 this meant nothing but make the band better at being raw, raucous and in your face.  Something that those new to Insult in the crowd fully understood. Josh Battams and Jak Colins sharing the role of front man and getting right into the crowd.  As well as live favourites such as The Old Bill, Insult played newer songs such as one dedicated to Folkestone’s homeless.  Insult played an energetic set, entertaining people whilst also giving their brains something to munch on.  The set even featured reluctant guest vocals from The Half-Wits’ Konrad Harris.

Insult

Escape the Ocean took to the stage next.  Starting in a cloud of distortion, they left the crowd hanging until guitars climbed out the storm of sounds.  Joined by the rest of the band the thing that struck you first, especially your ears, was the power of front man Lee Morrison’s voice.  Even as Lee Morrison hung back from the mic like the moon orbiting the earth his voice powered out the P.A.  The whole band played a tight set, delivering their songs in a strong and accomplished way – aided by some special facial expressions.  Driven forward by powerful drumming, this continuously threw out exciting moments.  Another band on form, Escape the Ocean are a band to see in 2013.

Escape the Ocean

Keeping the momentum, After the Enclave claimed the stage next.  Their first gig of the new year, they didn’t hold back.  Bringing their heavy sound to the small basement bar they filled the room with riffs and dominating vocals.  As After the Enclave brought track after track to the audience they carried across a Disturbed vibe, the band – not people needing help, which is never a bad thing.  The band impressed as they played tracks such as their signature song Crucified.  Good crowd interaction made After the Enclave the devil on everyone’s shoulder, tempting them into a cheeky head bang.  Coming at people like a shark with knees the out of town band are a strong live band!

After the Enclave

After over a year since their last gig, Mistiksin finally reached the stage.  An all star line-up took to the stage.  First up was a six foot something Bat  Girl, followed by Ryu from Street Fighter.  The line-up was completed by a drumming skeleton, Batman and …. a sailor.  After a few jokes the music started.  Something tells me these weren’t the original characters however.  The expectant crowd was treated to some big metal as it screamed across the room.  The crowd approved, starting a mosh pit.  Playing strong originals like Unleash the Beast it was clear Mistiksin had been missed.  You also wouldn’t have been able to tell it was new guitarist Nick Price’s first gig with the band.  Alongside originals were strong covers of Killing in the Name and a destructive cover of Let The Bodies Hit the Floor.  The band put on a show, with Bat Girl aka vocalist Andrew Lawence singing from the bar and a sofa.  As the show came to an end a beer keg emerged.  This then got smashed by the band and crowd alike ringing across the room and bringing the gig to a close.

See band, promoter and photography links below.

Mistiksin

This was another good gig put together by Below the Radar Events and Promotions.  All photos are courtesy of GIGgle Pics.  See all these bands if you get the chance, another quality gig at The Bar Below.

Below the Radar Events and Promotions on Facebook

GIGgle Pics on Facebook / See all images from the event here

Insult on Facebook

Escape the Ocean on Facebook

After the Enclave on Facebook

Mistiksin on Facebook

David Horn

Mistiksin

Dark Theory, Lynchpyn, Silas and Wretched Soul at The Bar Below, Folkestone 16/11/12

Dark Theory, Lynchpyn, Silas, Wretched Soul; with words like this you’re probably thinking the end of the world is close.  And it is, for your hearing the next day.  Happily though for y’know, the world, this was the line-up of metallers that made it their mission to rock the Bar Below on Friday 16th November.  These four bands filled the subterranean bar with more metal sounds than Magneto coughing up nails.

First on were Dark Theory.  The four piece took to the stage with their faces painted and battle dress on.  Then their own brand of black metal jumped out the amps and into peoples faces.  Hellish vocals from lead singer Ryan Wigley joined the guitars, drums and keyboards.  Then something surprizing happened.  Backing vocals from Olivia Kennet joined the fray and added opera to the mix.   All this gave Dark Theory a unique sound.  With all these elements in place the band have shown the unique sound they have, and their potential.  A little more development as a band with more flow between songs in the live set will see Dark Theory showcase their unique sound at its best.

Following this were Lynchpyn.  Out for their debut gig the band didn’t pull any punches.  Coming out to an intro so big the sound desk could barely handle it they slammed their sound into the crowd.  The crowd responded, by getting closer and forming up around the stage.  The five piece filled the stage as much as peoples brains, as lead vocalist Justin Lloyd delivered hard vocals into the room.  Even on a first gig the bands tightness and ability was evident, proven most by their ability to interact and create suspense within the audience.  Not even the promise of pain could deter anyone. Tracks like Sepultura’s Reprise Resist went down well.  Their own Can You Speak Now and Drop The Blade sounded even bigger live than recorded, not even stopped by a unfriendly bass amp.

Silas took to the stage next, and so did their beards.  Fusing heavy riffs with versatile vocals the band let metal so hooky it pierced your brain loose into the room.  This was the Bromley bands first Folkestone gig and they connected with audience.  Tracks like What We See sounded awesome in the live environment.  One thing that was evident throughout Sila’s set was the enjoyment the band felt playing live.  Something echoed by the audience.  Another tight and talented band with a genre defying sound.

Closing the night was Wretched Soul,  Joined on stage once more with more hair than a wookie during Movember.  The band filled and commanded the stage with an intense performance.  Not letting the crowd get lazy at every opportunity front man Chris Simmons constantly growled encouraged.  The result was the hardcore few going for it like they had a spare neck at home.  Furious and driven metal leaped across the room, fueled by pounding drumming, powerful vocals and frantic guitars.  In the true metal way there was even a track about a whore, Veronica, which sounded like a beast as it filled the room.

A big night of metal hosted by Below the Radar Events and Promotions!  Find these bands and see them live.

Dark Theory on Facebook

Lynchpyn on Facebook

Silas on Facebook

Wretched Soul on Facebook

GIGgle Pics on Facebook

Below the Radar Events and Promotion on Facebook

David Horn

The Gig Guide: 5th – 11th November

Morning, happy Monday!!

We don’t know about any gigs for today, but starting from tomorrow there are plenty.Have a day off from gigs tonight but maybe do a few stretches and get your ears warmed up.  We don’t know about any gigs for today, but starting from tomorrow there are plenty.  In Canterbury on Tuesday check out four great acts at The Beercart Arms with Below the Radar!  Insult, Left of the Right Side, Slaves and Electric River are gracing the pub for a night of punk, rock and ska.  Interested?

On Wednesday get to The Westcoast, Margate for loud and heavy night!  Underground Music Promotions are bringing I’ll Stay In Memphis, Avagrace, Atlantis and Broadway together for a big night!  Take a look.

On Thursday back at The Westcoast there’s a night of electronic based weirdness (of the best kind!) as Hawklords and Aurora play the venue.  These bands will generate more sounds than you thought existed, well worth a look.  Alternatively in Folkestone at K College check out Blaise Paisel and Elle Rayenne!  These two bands make moving and powerful folk based music.  Fancy it?

Feel like a weekend of punk?  The Westcoast, Margate do and starting Friday they’ve got one.  The event will feature many bands and includes UK Subs and The Anti-Nowhere league.  Running Friday and Saturday this should keep you entertained.  Three of the bands also played on this gig, just to give you and idea.  If your closer to Ramsgate catch another leg of ScreamDon’tWhisper and Third Place Victory‘s tour, also featuring Atlantica, Careless Rumour and Vivid Nation.  Find more information here.

Saturday you get another chance to catch Blaise Paisel and Elle Rayenne at Chambers in Folkestone.

And rest!  What are missing out on?  Find more gigs on our gig guide.