Turbulence Festival is now in its fourth year and the day festival takes place in the seaside city of Plymouth. The event takes place over various venues in Mutley (which is an area of the city), this year it was held at The Junction and The Underground.
The event is organised by a fantastic team of individuals who pull their forces together to organise one of the most popular music events in the area. Jamie is the organiser and promoter of the event and behind him there is a huge team who support the event, from sound engineers to bar staff. Every year the team pull their collective forces together to host lots of alternative bands for the festival.
This year saw some impressive bands on the bill such as Hacktivist, Haggard Cat, Riskee & The Ridicule, As Everything Unfolds and over fifteen more throughout the day. If you’re a fan of heavy music of any variety this is the place for you to be, the bands vary from punk to metalcore so there’s something for everyone. Despite the rainy weather, music fans flocked to both venues and the event was busy throughout the day, due to the nature of the smaller venues when it’s busy the show feels super intimate and unique.
The first shoutout goes to Drip Fed Empire, who are an industrial metal band from Bristol. They have made it into the highlights of this review as their bassist showed an insane amount of energy during their performance, he wasn’t still for a second throughout their set. The band were different to what is usually booked at the event, but the crowd were loving the fast paced, high adrenaline nature of the band.
The second shoutout goes to RXPTRS who are a Bristol based metalcore band, who played the festival last year and were bought back via demand. The band took to the stage about announced that the night previous, their guitarist had been in A & E with an eye injury, the band had been there until 10am and they still managed to play their set at Turbulence Festival like nothing had happened, troopers or what! These guys showed a high level of professionalism during their set and put on a great show.
The final shoutout goes to all the local bands who play at events like Turbulence every year. This year we had bands like Dad Hats who are local to Plymouth and are an experimental emo band, Armogan are a math rock band who come from the city and without bands like these who play show after show, starting from nothing, we wouldn’t have the bands that headline events like Turbulence.
To round up, even though this years event had less bands than previous years, they over came what looked like it was going to be a less successful event and pulled it out the bag. The venues were packed with fans from the start of the day and people were super happy and lively during the shows. According to their social media Turbulence will return next year so we’re all looking forward to see what bands are on the line up for the festivals fifth year!