This was our first experience of the Boardie Takeover at Download so wasn’t really sure what to expect. I certainly wasn’t expecting a huge stage in a big top tent with a capacity of around 2,500 people! This really was a massive opportunity for the 5 bands that played on the Thursday night at Download 2015. Any bands that didn’t apply to be a part of it this year really need their bumps felt! The Boardie Takeover is in it’s sixth year – we had a chat to the organisers about how it all began and how bands can get involved for next year:
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So onto the bands. First up was the only band of the 5 I hadn’t seen before, BURNING FLAG, a female fronted, passionate, in-your-face punk band from Halifax. It’s not often I see a really good punk band with original material but BURNING FLAG is one such band that I would definitely make the effort to see again. It was great that even though they were first on at about 5.30pm of a Thursday afternoon, there was still a very decent sized appreciative crowd! I will also be checking out their self-titled album when it comes out in July!
Next up, no strangers to TBFM having recently played at Breaking Bands Festival and at the TBFM Birthday Bash last year in their home town of Wakefield, was AUTUMN GHOST. Kicking off with the dramatic intro into ‘Subject Of Violence‘, AG went on to play all 3 tracks from their latest EP ‘Paint A Blue Sky‘ as well as the anthemic ‘All In This‘ and ‘Lines‘ from their debut EP ‘Astral‘. Fans were also treated to a new track, ‘Broken Hand‘ from the bands forthcoming album which will be out “as soon as they get their arses into gear” apparently and I look forward to hearing it! A solid performance from the guys to again a very appreciative crowd and a quite a bit of a Yorkshire army of fans supporting them.
The third band on the Boardie Takeover was Liverpool’s finest, SCARE TACTICS. I’d seen the band a few years ago at the Highway To Hell competition in Glasgow and remember them as one of the highlights of the weekend, yet this was my first time seeing them since then. I was quickly reminded why I’d enjoyed this band so much and felt annoyed with myself for having not seen them perform live in so long! Lead guitarist and vocalist Andy Barker has great style and stage presence and the vocal harmonies with Paul Charnock were spot on throughout. The rhythm section was tight with funky bass lines, and I thoroughly enjoyed their set as did many others – SCARE TACTICS can claim the first mosh-pit of Download 2015! I will be checking out their brand new album ‘Legion‘ very soon!
Aberdeen’s ESTRELLA were next up with a very powerful performance. They began with a dramatic entrance and captivated the crowd from start to finish. ESTRELLA, with the experience of Hard Rock Hell and LesFest under their belt, gave a very polished performance and by this stage had a massive crowd! It was kind of like watching Van Halen before they were huge! It’s been 3 years since their debut album ‘Come Out To Play‘ was released so I think everyone is excited to hear their new album which is due out very very soon!
The final band of the night was Plymouth’s HURON and by far the heaviest band of the night. Scare Tactics may have had the first moshpit but HURON can claim the biggest of the night! By this point we were unable to get anywhere near the front of the stage and the crowd were pumped. The 5 piece thrash band was a perfect ending to a brilliant line-up of bands, catering for all styles and tastes. This was not HURON‘s first appearance on the Boardie Takeover stage, having a played a couple of years ago and it was easy to see why they were invited back! Check out their latest album “The Dead Stay Dead” out now!
At our first experience of the Boardie Takeover we were taken aback by the size of the whole setup. Described as a campsite stage for those wishing to arrive a day early almost makes you think of a small intimate gathering. Not so, I cannot emphasise enough what a massive opportunity this is for bands to reach a great crowd as it’s brilliant entertainment in the run up to the main event.
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