GIG PREVIEW: Get wasted with WSTR!

WSTR Swindon tour poster

WSTR are hitting up Swindon in just over a week, so it’s time to get excited. Sheer Music have done it again, crafting another strong four band line-up to brighten up your evening. If you’re a fan of raucous pop-punk, you won’t want to miss this show.


Opening the show is Cambridgeshire-born acoustic artist Dan O’Dell, who’s a regular player in Swindon’s scene. He recently supported Boston Manor at this venue, so if you attended that show you can expect much of the same from Heartwork. If you’re a fan of the emotionally-wrenching lyrics found in the likes of Rob Lynch and Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, make sure you get down early.

Things often go awry during his performances, but never fear! Dan’s natural talent for comedy will have you laughing so heartily that you’ll hardly notice. Expect to hear a lot of tracks from his recently released debut album, ‘Things I Wish I’d Said’, and multiple anecdotes about his cat (which – spoiler alert! – his ex-girlfriend cruelly kept after their break up.)


Next up are Vexxes from Leeds, who have been gaining attention since appearing at Reading and Leeds festival last summer. Since then, the band have been touring non-stop, supporting Chasing Cadence, The City is Ours and All Ears Avow just in the past couple of months.

Recent single ‘Recover Repeat‘ was been picked up by Kerrang! Radio soon after its release, and they deserve the attention. The four lads refuse to rest on their laurels, working tirelessly to get their name out. Vexxes are slightly heavier than the other bands on the bill – more melodic rock than pop-punk – so if you’re a fan of big riffs you won’t want to miss their set.

With Ghosts:

Swindon locals With Ghosts have been a little on the quiet side since releasing their EP, ‘Endings’, just over two years ago. Bursting back onto the scene back in January with new single ‘Eyes Wide Open‘, it’s obvious that they spent 2016 perfecting their personal brand of pop-punk.

We’re lucky to have a band of this calibre emerging from the Swindon scene. Their singalongs are catchy as heck, and if ‘Just a Ghost‘ is in their set, I guarantee it’ll be stuck in your head for the next month (at least).



If you haven’t heard of WSTR, where have you been? They’ve been taking the pop-punk world by storm since they formed in 2015, partially thanks to their friendship with Neck Deep frontman Ben Barlow. In fact, at first listen it’s impossible to differentiate between the two bands. Tonally, vocalist Sammy Clifford sounds identical to his mate from Wrexham. If you’re a fan of Neck Deep, this is a show you’d be stupid to miss.

But WSTR have worked hard to stand out from the crowd on their own merit. Their debut album, ‘Red, Green or Inbetween’, is one of the strongest pop-punk albums of 2017. In May they played Slam Dunk festival for the second year in a row, and after their Truck Festival appearance they’re going to take Reading and Leeds festivals by storm at the end of the summer.

Check out the video for recent single ‘Eastbound & Down’, which is certain to appear in their set:

WSTR are inescapable this summer, but this is one of the only chances to see them in an intimate environment. Get hold of your tickets now, or risk disappointment.

Sadly, I’m not attending the show myself, as I’m off to see blink-182 headline the O2 Arena! Hopefully I’ll be able to convince one of my friends to go along in my place. This is a line-up I really wish I wasn’t missing.

Promise you’ll have fun for me!