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Young Guns – Bierkeller (Fireball UK Stage)

Fat Lip Fest is finally approaching at the end of this month. It’s been a long time in the making and a lot of hard work, but it’s going to be an amazing day for sure! It’s very difficult for me to pick just a few bands off our carefully curated line-up, but I’d say my first pick is definitely Buckinghamshire five-piece Young Guns. I’ve been a fan of the band for many, many years, seen them countless times and I am so excited to bring them back to Bristol to headline the Fireball UK Stage at The Bierkeller.

Their fourth album Echoes, out on Universal, is absolutely amazing – the song ‘Bulletproof’ is a personal favourite, but most people will remember the band for their huge rock anthem ‘Bones’ released back in 2012. Expect the band to fill up the Bierkeller with some gigantic guitar tones, anthemic singalongs and all-round stadium-ready presence.

Holding Absence – The Lanes (Adnams Brewery Stage)

This band are going to be huge and they’ve achieved more in the last six months than most bands do in years. Their emotional post-hardcore noise is amazingly sincere, catching attention from across the globe, as well as love from Radio 1 and major festivals such as this year’s Download.

They recently signed to Sharptone Records (Don Broco, We Came As Romans, Attila, etc) where they’ve released two singles, ‘Permanent’ and ‘Dream Of Me’. It’s an honour to have them on the lineup, make sure you check them out!

Luke Rainsford – The Lanes Courtyard (Alvarez Acoustic Stage)

I think this acoustic singer-songwriter is one of the heroes of the UK pop punk scene, singing openly and honestly about anxiety, broader mental health issues and, yes, having his heart broken.

His sophomore album I Feel At Home With You, out on Scylla Records, feels incredibly intimate, and upon seeing him live, you immediately feel how much his lyrics mean to him. He opens our acoustic stage in The Lanes’ courtyard, so if you’re into artists such as City & Colour, Moose Blood or The Front Bottoms, make sure you come and support him!

Fat Lip Festival takes place across Bristol from 29th-30th July. Grab a ticket here and in the meantime, check out Young Guns’ ‘Rising Up’ below.