Explosive new gig night to rock Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:49 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 09 August 2013

Sonic Boom Six will launch 'Hatfield Rocks' at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Sonic Boom Six will launch 'Hatfield Rocks' at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

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BOOM! AN explosive new rock night is set to entertain music fans in Hatfield.

Sonic Boom Six will launch 'Hatfield Rocks' at The Forum Hertfordshire in HatfieldSonic Boom Six will launch 'Hatfield Rocks' at The Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Hatfield Rocks is a new monthly showcase night being held at The Forum Hertfordshire.

Mighty ska-punk rockers Sonic Boom Six will headline the first concert in October.

Taking place in The Forum’s Attic, the shows aim to give local bands the chance to play alongside touring artists.

And the first Hatfield Rocks event will see pop-punk hopefuls Fallow Fields and ska-punks Supernothing kicking off proceedings before Sonic Boom Six hit the stage.

The launch night at the College Lane entertainment complex will be on Thursday, October 10, with tickets costing £10.

Sonic Boom Six, who play the Reading and Leeds Festival later this month, have been described by music magazine Kerrang! as “taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid”.

They are known for their ability to fill the dancefloor, while retaining enough aggressive power to be an active fixture in the UK rock scene.

The first two Hertfordshire-based acts announced to take the stage at Hatfield Rocks are Fallow Fields, whose video for the pop-punk fuelled track Motivation has appeared on Kerrang! TV and Scuzz, and ska-punks Supernothing, who draw influence from the likes of Operation Ivy, NOFX and Streetlight Manifesto.

A third band, also hailing from Hertfordshire, will be announced in the run-up to the launch night.

The 14 plus gig will take place in the venue’s 320-capacity Attic, home to the Tiger Stage at this year’s Slam Dunk South festival.

There will be a regular format of three local acts supporting one large headliner – giving these bands exposure to a larger audience and an opportunity to enter the gigging circuit.

Doors will open at 7pm and the concert will be followed by an 18 plus club night from 10.30pm to 3am. The club night will be free for ticket holders.

The Forum Hertfordshire opened its doors in 2009, a custom build from scratch.

With a capacity of 2,000, the venue contains three state-of-the-art entertainment spaces, a restaurant, a cafe, multiple bars and onsite parking for 400.

The University of Hertfordshire site has played host to gigs by the likes of Enter Shikari, Blondie, Example, Pendulum, Professor Green, Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, The Charlatans, The Stone Roses’ frontman Ian Brown, will.i.am, Chase and Status, Flux Pavilion and The Subways.

One Direction, JLS and N-Dubz have also appeared at the venue, while The Forum also hosts the southern leg of the annual Slam Dunk Festival.

For more details, visit the venue’s website at www.forumhertfordshire.co.uk


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