Hatfield Rocks launches tonight

PUBLISHED: 08:35 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:16 11 October 2013

Sonic Boom Six will be appearing at the opening night of Hatfield Rocks at the Forum Hertfordshire

Sonic Boom Six will be appearing at the opening night of Hatfield Rocks at the Forum Hertfordshire


SONIC Boom Six will launch Hatfield Rocks at The Forum Hertfordshire tonight (Thursday).

“PARTY music and a party atmosphere” will welcome rockers at the launch of a new alternative night.

Electro-influenced ska-punks Sonic Boom Six are set for the inaugural Hatfield Rocks this evening (Thursday, October 10).

The gig will showcase some of the best up-and-coming young acts while giving the Manchester-based five-piece their first chance to play at The Forum Hertfordshire.

Lead singer Laila Khan is raring to go and wishes there was a similar show around when she was cutting her teeth on the live circuit.

“I think it is cool. I wish when we were starting out as a band there was something like this where we could just play,” she told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

“It is good for local music, for new bands to have a platform to play in front of people in their home town, it’s really positive and a step in the right direction.”

Although the vocalist admitted she had not heard of the support acts, she hoped her band – which has released four albums – will bring open-minded fans to the concert.

The Old Trafford resident said: “I hope [we bring people to the gig], that’s the point of us being there, to pull a crowd and get everyone moving and make sure they enjoy the whole of the night. So it is a bit of an event in Hatfield rather than a band from Manchester coming over to play.”

Although ska-punk may bring to mind acts like Less Than Jake and the seminal Sublime, Sonic Boom Six are genre bending extraordinaires.

Rock bible Kerrang! describes their sound as “taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid”.

But Laila avoided hyperbole and succinctly said their live shows had “lots of energy, lots of bouncing up and down, party music and a party atmosphere.”

They will be joined by Fallow Fields, whose video for the pop-punk fuelled Motivation has been beamed to TV screens across the nation, and ska-punks Supernothing.

Sonic Boom Six may be the band that draws people to the show, but they hope punters have time to enjoy the younger acts.

Laila said: “We are really looking forward to it. I hope that people can get to it early to catch the local talent that is going to be playing. Let’s have a good night.”

Tickets cost just £10 for Hatfield Rocks on Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 10.30pm, with a late opening club night following the show for adults.

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