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Takedown Festival 2014 Review

I had never been to Takedown Festival before, and considering this was my first experience of the event I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I first arrived. The festival, based in Southampton's Student Union, was set-up in a similar fashion to the Vans Warped Tour UK at Alexandra Palace, both sharing several stages and featuring several bands playing simultaneously across the stages. Conveniently, a m ...

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Takedown Festival 2014: IDIOM

For those of you that haven't heard of IDIOM, they are a band based out of Exeter in England's South West. Over the past 9 years, they've shared stages with DevilDriver, 36 Crazyfists, Skindred and Bring Me the Horizon at a variety of festivals such as Download, and Bloodstock. However, I'm here to talk about their performance at Takedown Festival. One of the best characteristics about IDIOM as they were on ...

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Takedown Festival 2014: Yashin

Just before Scottish band, Yashin were due to play, the venue started to fill slowly, then quickly and kept going and going until it was packed to the rafters. The trademark of a band marked as a crowd favourite for Takedown Festival this year. If you need any convincing as to why Yashin were earmarked as one of the crowd's favourite bands, take a listen to one of their most recent singles. The first few so ...

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Takedown Festival 2014: Octane Ok

Birmingham-born band Octane Ok started off their set on the Big Deal Stage with Pretty Lady from the five-track So Alive. They were full of energy as you could expect from a band that were playing the festival for the first time, and engaged the crowd in classic band shouts, stirring them to get to their feet and fill every inch of free space. Their opening song provided an explosive start and without a pau ...

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Takedown Festival 2014: Heart in Hand

I had never heard of British metal act Heart In Hand before, but I immediately saw that they were a band loaded with energy, powerful riffs and exemplary drum rhythms. Evidence of this lies in their song Only Memories, arguably one of the band's most renowned songs. On stage, the band were highly energetic and had little problem in filling the large stage, giving them an intense stage presence, urging the c ...

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