As It Is parts ways with longtime guitarist

If you’re a fan of As It Is, then you may notice that someone will be missing from the stage during the group’s last set to tour dates. On Monday (Oct. 9), the British band announced that they had parted way with longtime guitarist Andy Westhead. News of Westhead’s exit began when a fan took to Twitter to make sure the musician was okay after not being present at a recent show.

Westhead responded to the inquiry with “I guess the others didn’t think you guys were worth an explanation either – I wish the others would allow me to be there.” A few hours after the post was made public, the remaining members of the group (Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, Benjamin Langford-Biss, Alistair Testo) released an unofficial press statement about Westhead’s abrupt departure. According to the letter, the band wanted to reveal the news to their longtime followers, but they were hoping to “make one with Andy’s full involvement and approval.” That ended up not being the case when Westhead went forward with his response to the fan’s question.

According to the statement, issue between the band members and Westhead began in August when they realized that they could no longer work with Westhead. As the letter goes on to explain, “feelings and differences had been building up for at least a year” and even though they tried to make things better, things did not improve. According to the group, they constantly conversed with Westhead, reiterating that the reason for them moving forward without him all stemmed from the same issue and were surprised when Westhead took to social media to throw the other band members under the bus. As It Is’ full statement about Westhead’s exit can be read here.

As It Is is currently in the middle of Neck Deep’s “The Peace and the Panic” UK/ European tour. After wrapping up their time on the tour in late October, As It Is will join Waterparks on their “Made in America” tour which will find them performing across North America during the months of November and December. Earlier this year, As It Is released their sophomore album, Okay.

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Neck Deep to tour North America in 2018

Neck Deep just wrapped up their summer on the 2017 Vans Warped tour, but don’t expect the Welsh band to take a break from their North American fans any time soon. On Monday (Aug. 7), the group announced plans to return to North America at the beginning of the new year for a brand new tour. The over-a-month-long trek will kick off on Jan. 18 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California and wrap up on Feb. 28 at the Henry Ford Theatre in Los Angeles. The excursion will find the group performing at several major cities across North America including Seattle, Toronto, New York, Atlanta, and more.

Taking to Twitter Monday morning, the band announced the tour news to their legion of followers with a simple message that read: “We’re coming back!” accompanied by ticket sale information. General ticket sales for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. local time while members of Neck Deep’s Soundcheck Club are currently able to purchase tickets for the tour here. While the band’s massive North American tour isn’t set to begin until 2018, the band had previously announced a special acoustic tour which will take place just in time for the release of their new album, The Peace and the Panic.

Neck Deep’s upcoming tours will be in support of The Peace and the Panic which is set to be released on Aug. 18 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available here. While the new album isn’t set to hit stores for another week, the band has given fans some samples of what to expect from the new album by releasing/playing three new tracks; Where Do We Go When We Go,” “Happy Judgement Day,” and “Motion Sickness.” The music video for “Happy Judgement Day” can be seen above while the complete list of Neck Deep tour dates can be seen below.

NECK DEEP ACOUSTIC TOUR:
Aug. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Space 15 Twenty
Aug. 13 – West Babylon, NY – Looney Tunes
Aug. 14 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Gallery of Sound
Aug. 15 – Philadelphia, PA – FYE
Aug. 16 – Baltimore, MD – Sound Garden
Aug. 17 – Fords, NJ – Vintage Vinyl

NECK DEEP 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
Jan. 18 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Jan. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Jan. 22 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Jan. 23 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Jan. 24 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Jan. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Jan. 27 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 28 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Jan. 30 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Jan. 31 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Feb. 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Feb. 2 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
Feb. 3 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Feb. 5 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
Feb. 6 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Feb. 7 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
Feb. 8 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb. 9 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic
Feb. 10 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Feb. 12 – Chicago, IL – Concord
Feb. 13 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb. 14 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
Feb. 16 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre
Feb. 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Feb. 20 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
Feb. 21 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
Feb. 23 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre
Feb. 24 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Feb. 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
Feb. 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Henry Fonda Theatre

Pierce the Veil to embark on the ‘Made to Destroy’ tour

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If you weren’t able to catch Pierce the Veil earlier this year when they hit the road for their “Misadventures” tour, then get ready because the band is ready to hit the road once again. On Tuesday (July 19), the San Diego-founded group announced plans to embark on a North American fall tour. The tour excursion has been named the  “Made to Destroy” tour and will feature support from Welsh band, Neck Deep and Michigan’s I Prevail.

The month-and-a-half-long tour will kick off on Sept. 3 at the Warfield in San Francisco and wrap up on Oct. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. VIP pre-sales are currently available on the band’s website while general admission tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, July 22. The complete list of upcoming tour dates, as well as the official tour poster, can be seen below.

PIERCE THE VEIL’S THE MADE TO DESTROY TOUR DATES:

9/3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
9/4 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
9/6 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
9/7 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House
9/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
9/10 – Denver, CO @ High Elevation Festival*
9/12 – Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
9/13 – Saint Paul, MN @ Myth Live
9/14 – Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
9/16 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
9/17 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
9/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Rock Allegiance*
9/20 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/21 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
9/23 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
9/24 – Dallas, TX @ Texas Mutiny*
9/25 – Houston, TX @ Houston Open Air Festival*
9/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
9/28 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
9/30 – Detroit, MI @ Chill On The Hill**
10/1 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life**
10/2 – Madison, WI @ Sonic Boom**
10/4 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/5 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
10/7 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10/8 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/9 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
10/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
10/12 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater
10/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
10/15 – Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

Earlier this summer, the Californian four-piece hit the road with I the Mighty and Movements on their “Misadventures” tour. During the trek, the band played their brand new album, Misadventures, in full; the only time, according to frontman Vic Fuentes, that such a thing would be done.

“We wanted to celebrate our new album by putting on a once in a lifetime performance for our fans and offer them something that we’ve never done in the past. Playing an album live in its entirety is a rare and unique experience,” Fuentes had said in a statement. “It’s special because it usually only happens once, and then it’s gone forever. We look forward to sharing these new songs and seeing everyone at the shows.”

Misadventures is the much-anticipated follow-up to the group’s massively successful 2012 release, Collide with the Sky.

Inaugural Texas Mutiny Festival to launch in Texas

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Texas will be getting another massive rock-centric music festival this fall. On Monday (May 2), AEG Live (the people behind Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and more) announced plans to launch the first annual Texas Mutiny festival. In addition to the new music festival announcement, AEG has also unveiled the lengthy roster of bands that will make their way to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September for 12 hours of non-stop music.

Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Candlebox, Nothing More, Starset, The Amity Affliction, Skindred, KYNG, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Avatar, Twelve Foot Ninja, September Mourning, and more will all make the journey to the Lone Star state for the one day event.

“Considering the ongoing success we’ve had in Dallas for years with Edgefest and the new success story this year with Off the Rails, the DFW market is one that is primed and ready for a top-notch hard rock festival,” explains Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Texas Mutiny for AEG Live. “We’re taking successful components from several of our other similar rock festivals to create an experience for music fans that is uniquely Texas. Our hope is that this is the first step toward establishing a long legacy that rock artists and rock fans in the Lone Star State can call their own!”

“AEG Live is one of the premier producers of rock festivals in the U.S., and we’re pleased to partner with them on one that reaches the hard rock audience,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said about the new music festival. “Charlotte Motor Speedway, our sister venue in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, has partnered with AEG Live for the [Monster Energy] Carolina Rebellion music festival since 2013 and we’re looking forward to hosting an equally successful event in the inaugural Texas Mutiny.”

Texas Mutiny will invade the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, Sept. 24. For those living in Texas, or those who might want to take a trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, specially priced general admission and VIP tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 4. The special pre-sale will run from Wednesday to Friday, May 6 at 9:59 AM CDT, so make sure to obtain your tickets as soon as they go on sale. For more information about Texas Mutiny, head on over to the festival’s website here.

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So What?! Music Festival Unveil More Artists for 2016

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The So What?! Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better. A little under a month since their last update, the folks behind So What?! have unveiled a large list of artists taking the stage at the weekend-long show in March of 2016. Back in October, it was announced that acts like New Found Glory, Bayside, Being As An Ocean, Emery, Saosin featuring Anthony Green on vocals, and more would be making their way to Grand Prairie for the tenth annual event.

Before that, The Devil Wears Prada, Beartooth, and the recently reunited Underoath had been confirmed for the festival as well. On Tuesday (Dec. 1), festival organizers did not hold back, announcing a lineup that will make any pop-punk fan want to book a hotel and plane ride to Grand Prairie during that weekend in March.

Instead of us listing all the acts that will be playing at So What?! Music Festival, we’ll just tell you to look at the lineup below, because we’re pretty much stoked (even though we probably won’t be making it) for the festival.

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And to think, “third announcement more TBA” means more acts will be announced soon.

The So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place during the weekend of March 19-20, 2016 at the QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. Tickets for the weekend festivities are currently on sale, so if you have the time and the cash, now might be a good time to get them.

Former Neck Deep Guitarist Cleared of Wrongdoing

It’s been a couple of months since former Neck Deep guitarist Lloyd Roberts had been accused of sexual misconduct and now, the musician has given an update on the case. On Tuesday (Oct. 13), Roberts took to social media to post a statement about the investigation. After a thorough investigation by the North Wales Police, the guitarist was informed that no case was found and that the case had been closed.

Read Roberts’ statement about the incident below.

In August this year I stepped down from Neck Deep after serious allegations were directed at me online.

I was horrified and sickened by these accusations and in order to clear my name, I contacted the police myself and asked them to investigate.

Now, following a thorough investigation by North Wales Police, I received confirmation yesterday that officers have found no case for me to answer and that their investigation is now closed. 

It has been an immensely difficult time for both me and my family. When these claims surfaced I’d just become a dad for the first time and so the situation I found myself in with these accusations caused us all a great deal of emotional distress. 

I also felt the need to step down from Neck Deep just as we were beginning to get the recognition we’d all worked so hard to achieve. 

I’m now looking to put this horrendous chapter in my life behind me as I instead look forward to the future. For me, that means doing the one thing I love the most – writing and recording music. 

I’ve got some exciting plans in development, so watch this space. 

In the meantime I’d like to thank all of the Neck Deep fans who stuck with me and offered me support over the past few months. It meant a lot to me.

I’d also like to wish my Neck Deep comrades all the best for the future. I’m sure our paths will cross again soon.

Thanks,

Lloyd Roberts”

In August, reports began to surface that the musician had been accused of sexual misconduct with a female fan. The alleged victim had taken to her Tumblr to tell her story of what had happened. According to her post, the alleged victim was 15 years old at the time of the supposed misconduct which included Roberts sending her nude photographs of himself.

As soon as the allegations made news, Roberts took to social media to tell his follows that “if any one thinks I’ve done something wrong, please tell the police. I’ll be more than happy to help.” He later followed it up with the message: “My previous statement still stands, until the point I hear otherwise I’m going to carry on with my life. Outside the internet.” Roberts then took down his Twitter account and a few days later revealed that he, and Neck Deep, had parted ways.

At the same time Roberts was being put through the wringer, bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans was also accused of sexual misconduct, though no real proof ever surfaced.

Neck Deep and State Champs to Head on World Tour

Fresh off the release of their brand new album, Life’s Not Out to Get You, Neck Deep have  announced plans to hit the road in early 2016. Heading out alongside them for their “world tour” will be State Champs. The tour will kick off with a pair of shows on Jan. 6 in Perth, Australia. The first of two shows will take place at the YMCA HQ and is open to all ages while the second show will take place at the Rosemount Hotel and will be an 18+ event.

For their time in Australia, the tour will consist of one show for all ages and another for 18+. After Australia, they will head to Asia where State Champs will headline from Jan. 20-24 during the Japan stops. For the Malaysia, Singapore, and Philippines dates, Neck Deep will be performing alone. Once the tour hits the United Kingdom, State Champs will rejoin the trek with Creeper and Light Years.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below (pay close attention to the legend to know who’s performing where).

NECK DEEP/STATE CHAMPS 2016 WORLD TOUR DATES:

Jan 06 – Perth, Australia @ YMCA HQ (matinée), (All Ages)
Jan 06 – Perth, Australia @Rosemount Hotel, (18+)
Jan 07 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid, (All Ages)
Jan 08 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid, (18+)
Jan 09 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro, (All Ages)
Jan 10 – Newcastle, Australia @ Cambridge Hotel, (18+)
Jan 12 – Canberra, Australia @ The Basement, (18+)
Jan 13 – Adelaide, Australia @ Fowlers Live, (All Ages)
Jan 14 – Melbourne, Australia @ Arrows, (All Ages)
Jan 15 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel, (18+)
Jan 17 – South Gippsland, Australia @ UNIFY festival, (18+)

Jan 20 – Tokyo Shibuya, Japan @ The Game*
Jan 21 – Osaka, Japan @ Pangea*
Jan 22 – Nagoya, Japan @3Star*
Jan 23 – Tokyo, Japan @ Club Asia*
Jan 24 – Japan @ TBA*
* = State Champs headline

Jan 26 -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ KL Venue (formerly Alt HQ)**
Jan 27 – Singapore, Singapore @ Scape Ground Theatre**
Jan 28 – Manila, Philippines @ Skydome**
** = Neck Deep only

Feb 01 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Institute †
Feb 02 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @O2 Academy †
Feb 04 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Academy †
Feb 05 – Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Great Hall †
Feb 06 – London, United Kingdom @ Forum †
† = Neck Deep headline w/State Champs, Creeper, Light Years

More tour dates will reportedly be added at a later date. Neck Deep will be touring in support of Life’s Not Out to Get You which was released back in August while State Champs will be touring in support of their impending new record, Around the World and Back , which is set to be released on Oct. 16.

Neck Deep Post Statement About Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Following allegations that were made yesterday (Aug. 22) against several members of Neck Deep, the band has now issued a formal statement about the situation. In the letter, the United Kingdom-based band revealed that they are taking the accusations against guitarist Lloyd Roberts and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans very seriously and are in the middle of trying to secure all the evidence against them since it is a situation that should be “approached with the utmost regard for all parties.”

In addition to that, they also confirmed that Roberts has decided that it is in the best interest of the band, as well as himself, to step down from the lineup to focus on “on his family, as he does not feel comfortable having his reputation, or that of the band sullied further by these accusations.” While there has been a lot of talk about what exactly Roberts is being accused of, it appears that he and Thorpe-Evans are accused of misconduct with underage girls.

One alleged victim took to her Tumblr account to share her story, with screenshots. She alleges that even though she’s currently 17 years old, all the sexual misconduct including Roberts sending her nude photographs, was done when she was 15. When the allegations first surfaced, Roberts took to Twitter to post a statement which read: “If any one thinks I’ve done something wrong, please tell the police. I’ll be more than happy to help.” He later followed it up with the message: “My previous statement still stands, until the point I hear otherwise I’m going to carry on with my life. Outside the internet.” After that message was posted, Roberts’ full Twitter profile was removed from the social media website.

Read the band’s statement below.

Statement from ND, August 23rd, 2015.

Yesterday, there were some allegations aimed towards our band. We feel that these situations should always be approached with the utmost regard for all parties, so we thank you for your patience whilst we have dealt with this matter internally.

Whilst the full facts of the matter at hand are still unclear, our guitarist Lloyd Roberts has decided to step down from Neck Deep to focus on his family, as he does not feel comfortable having his reputation, or that of the band sullied further by these accusations.

We sincerely apologise to anyone who has been caused distress or been affected by any of these events. As a band, we absolutely treasure our fans, we would not be anywhere without them, and we would never want them to feel disrespected or taken advantage of.

We would, however, like to ask you all to help be part of the solution, to not take part in posting rumours and gossip on the Internet in the absence of clear facts. We also ask that you please refrain from attacking the people making these statements via social media – we do not want anyone to feel victimised in any way.

Further, we cannot emphasise enough that serious allegations of this kind should ALWAYS be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, and we urge anyone genuinely affected to use those official channels.

All shows will go ahead as planned, and we thank you all for your continued support and belief in Neck Deep.

Vans Warped Tour Day One to Stream on Yahoo

With a week until the 2015 Vans Warped Tour is slated to kick off their summer trek, organizers have revealed that the first day of the festivities are going to be broadcast live.

Those who might not be able to attend this year’s traveling rock show due to issues, will get the opportunity to watch 30 artists from this years line-up on four different stages from the comfort of their homes. The live broadcast will also feature backstage access as well as some behind-the-scenes footage.

The stream of the Pomona, CA stop on June 19 will go live at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. for those on the east coast) on Yahoo.

The list of artists who will be performing during the live broadcast can be seen below.

2015 VANS WARPED TOUR LIVE BROADCAST ACTS:

  • PVRIS
  • Attila
  • We Came As Romans
  • The Amity Affliction
  • Transit
  • Beartooth
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Black Veil Brides
  • August Burns Red
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Blessthefall
  • Mooseblood
  • Riff Raff
  • Neck Deep
  • As It Is
  • Night Riots
  • This Wild Life
  • Set It Off
  • Family Force Five
  • Metro Station
  • Never Shout Never
  • Mod Sun
  • Hands Like Houses
  • Motion City Soundtrack
  • Juliet Simms
  • Citizen
  • Man Overboard
  • Icon For Hire
  • The Wonder Years
  • Lee Corey Oswald
  • Miss May I

Neck Deep Take Us on a Tour of Their Hometown in “Can’t Kick Up the Roots”

While a lot of Neck Deep fans were scrambling to hear the band’s new single, “Can’t Kick Up the Roots” when it leaked online this past Sunday (May 10), all it took was a little bit of patience (and two days) for the group to release the official music video for the song.

The music video features home video of the UK-based band walking around and partying in a town which we assume is their hometown of Wrexham. Just listen to the lyrics and you will probably agree with out assumptions.

The home video footage is cut together with video of the band performing the song in a room that looks like a place a group of guys, like them, live/lived in.

Watch the video below.

“Can’t Kick Up the Roots” will be featured on the band’s upcoming new record, Life’s Not Out to Get You, set to be released on Aug. 14 through Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders for Life’s Not Out to Get You have already begun on the band’s website. For those who pre-order the record, “Can’t Kick Up the Roots” will be given as an “instant grat” track.

While the album is not due to be released until August, Neck Deep will be heading out on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour for the entire two month plus trek. A great way to promote a new record.