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The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film has long been in the works and should be hitting screens this coming December. The film, which is the brainchild of Antidote frontman and filmmaker Drew Stone, will deliver slices and chunks of NYHC in an “episodic” way that covers the old and the new featuring interviews with many of NY’s main players, including Freddy Madball, Ray Of Today, Civ, Lou Koller, Mike Judge, Harley Flanagan and dozens more. The film will feature live clips and photos spanning 1979 to the present. Drew has this to say “My intention is not to make a film documenting the history of New York hardcore, but to tell the story in an episodic format with the thread of New York hardcore running through it,” said Stone. “For example, the ‘Spray Paint the Walls’ segment explores the connection between graffiti and New York hardcore. In ‘The Return to the A7,’ Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front re-visit the legendary A7 club, the birthplace of New York hardcore, for the first time in over 30 years.” Visit for updates and news as it happens.

Down For Life brings you your essential festival guide



FEST 15 Gainesville, Florida, October 28th -30th own For Life is proud to sponsor the Gainesville, Florida punk/hardcore festival in October. Having been a long-time friend of Big Cheese magazine, The Fest is indisputably one of the best and most fun punk festivals in the world. Celebrating its 15th year on October 28th to 30th, Fest 15 will see hardcore punk favourites such as Canadian face-melters Propagandhi, Richmond melodic hardcore veterans Strike Anywhere and ‘80s Detroit legends Negative Approach. Want more? How about A Wilhelm Scream, War On Women, Boysetsfire, United Nations and Night Birds? There’s also reunion performances from The Ergs!, Latterman, Pink Razors and Gunmoll, as well as sets Dillinger Four, Off With Their Heads, Samiam, Iron Chic and many more. If you want more then there’s Pre-Fest 4 in Ybor City, Florida, close to Gainesville from October 26th and 27th before Fest so you can avoid any clashes! With tickets and hotels available now, head to for more info and to join the biggest punk party on the planet! It feels like summer in October. Down For Life will be there, you should too!


WORDS: Ian Chaddock/Miles Hackett/Ian Glasper PICS: Greg Wheeler/Lightbox Revelation/Jessica Lotti/AGA HAIRESIS



The DC hardcore scene lost one of its pioneers on May 8th, Government Issue frontman John Stabb. He formed GI back in 1980 and although he was the only constant member of the band they made a large contribution to the Washington punk scene during the 1980’s until they split in ’89. In recent years the band had re-united for a handful of shows before declaring they would reform for good late last year until Stabb received the news that he had stomach cancer in early 2016, he lost his battle in May. He was interviewed in the Salad Days documentary recently and a memorial gig was held for him which featured the likes of Thurston Moore and former band mate J Robbins. He’ll be sadly missed in DC and beyond.


UKHC legends Imbalance have announced that they’re set to reform. For the uninitiated, Imbalance were a UKHC band from Grimsby , formed in 1995 and were probably the best around in the late 90’s early 2000’s. In that time they released two full length albums ‘Spouting Rhetoric’ and ‘Wreaks Havoc With The Inner Ear’ pulling on influences like Dead Kennedys, Youth Brigade, Gorilla Biscuits and some thrash metal chucked in but always maintaining their British Northern-ness. Sadly in 2002 Imbalance called it a day finishing off with a series of farewell gigs in Leeds, although in the following years they reformed for a couple of one offs in 2005 and 2011. However lifelong fans and friends of the band Vanilla Pod have managed to coax them out of retireIMBALANCE ment once more to appear at their Norwich based fest – Podstock 2, happening on October 29th and 30th in Norwich at The Owl Sanctuary. Will this be the last we see of them? Who knows, but you could do worse than checking them out at Podstock as they never disappoint!


IEPERFEST Ieper, Belgium, August 12th - 14th rguably the most important fixture of the year on the European hardcore scene’s calendar, this year’s Ieperfest is shaping up to be another colossus of a line-up. The annual three-day, open air mosh fest is mostly about hardcore but is always cleverly interspersed with some quality punk, grindcore, stoner and death metal. If it you like it heavy and loud then this will have something for you. Already boasting three of the heaviest hitting headliners in LA bruisers Terror, NYHC institutions Agnostic Front and TERROR the 30th birthday celebrations of Sick of It All. The rest of the bill is pretty eclectic too, but all killer, no filler with legends like Jello Biafra and his Guantanamo School Of Medicine, H20 and Knuckledust rubbing shoulders with sonic terrorists Atari Teenage Riot, UK 82 legends Chaos UK and metalcore giants The Black Dahlia Murder. There’s good beer, vegan food, a fanzine library and stalls, spoken word performance and merchandise village, also it’s held over three stages two indoor and one outdoor and most important of all, none of the stages have barriers. With more bands being added all the time Ieperfest is a must go to event that’s run in true DIY spirit and won’t cost you an arm and a leg either. It’s a mere hour drive from Calais and has a camp site too. What are you waiting for? Pick up your tickets now!


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