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Royal Blood’s Call To Arms On Ticket Touting

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Alt-rock duo, Royal Blood, have taken a very considered approach to tackling the ever present issue of ticket touts.

According to DIY Magazine, the band are asking fans to sign a petition to curb the secondary ticket market where tickets are bought in bulk and sold on at a much higher price. Once it hits 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in Parliament.

It’s important to note that this is a case for reselling with a huge mark-up and not targeting fans trying to resell their tickets at face value.

Although this campaign only calls for harsher sanctions on ticket touts, it will no doubt open up the conversation around merch touts and bootleggers outside venues as well.

Sign the petition now.

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Top Bits From Sketchy Tank’s May Pre-Sale

Each and every month, Sketchy Tank run a limited time only pre-sale with a bunch of sick limited edition items. The pre-sale has just kicked off today and will run until the 31st May.

Puns galore and embedded in pop culture, California’s Sketchy Tank clearly know their monochrome loving audience to a tee and have over-delivered in May’s totally bad ass drop (All In A Days Lurk? C’mon!). Check out our top 6 items up for grabs this month from their online shop.

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Walk A Mile In Mario’s Shoes

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After successfully mastering Star Wars, Disney and The Beatles, now Vans are teaming up with yet another pop culture icon in a range of sneakies due to drop this summer. This collaboration is set to be more fun than dodging koopers in the raccoon suit.

According to Sole Collector the new range from this equally iconic duo is coming in June 2016. It will feature mostly 8-bit graphics in a typically Vans twisted range includes high-tops and low riders.

Teasers have made their way online but if the rumors are true, expect some extra bits to be added as time passes.

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Totally Muggin’ You Off

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Sad Mug Co. spread their wings.

Purveyors of wittily branded coffee cups Sad Mug Co. have branched away from, well, mugs to offer a range of quirky homewares and essentials. Although the central theme stills lies around drinks receptacles territory with the addition of water bottles and coasters, totes, mouse mats and even clocks have been added to the misanthrope’s catalogue. And we couldn’t be happier about it.

Free UK shipping and a some decent offers sweeten the deal for prospective shoppers of this introvert perfect brand. Check out the top six of Sad Mug Co’s new shit.

 

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Don’t Blush Honey!

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These bundles couldn’t get better. And emo is a gang.

Moose Blood are taking the world by storm. Not least by signing with Hopeless Records, taking the accolade of Rockest Record on the Radio 1 Rock Show, and unleashing the bundles for their future hit album, ‘Blush’.

Of course, the obligatory fancy coloured vinyl is in attendance partnered up with some totally wicked merch. The pink & black splatter 12″ comes with the badass Emo is A Gang T-Shirt, Logo Hoodie, massive ass flag, photo poster and Honey 7″ in a range of combos.

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‘Blush’ is released on Hopeless Records on 5th August. Check out everything these beasts have to offer on their official store.

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Hello Kitty Cafe Coming To London (Yes, there will be merch!)

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It’s a Christmas miracle! Londoners can experience the “happiest time in the world” because Hello Kitty is coming to London to have afternoon tea with all her friends.

Running from June 1st through August, the infamous Sanrio creation will host a “secret garden Hello Kitty paradise” with Soho bakery Cutter & Squidge bringing the treats. Customers can order such delicacies as Mama’s Home-Made Apple Pie Biskie, Kitty’s Mud Pie Chocolate Dream Cake, and a special afternoon tea presented in Japanese bamboo steamers. YUM!

Annabel Lui, co-owner of Cutter & Squidge, said:

“We are beyond excited to be the first European Café to host this beloved character.

The US venues have seen up to 2,000 people waiting in line for five hours to experience her world and we are looking forward to witnessing similar scenes here in our Secret Garden. Our only worry is that the range will be too cute to eat!”

That might just be the best reason to worry we’ve ever heard!

The kawaii theme runs deeper than super cute tummy fillers though as limited edition Hello Kitty merchandise will be available to buy at the first EU iteration of the kawaii cafe, along with a range of new flavours, baking kits, soft-serve ice cream and vegetarian marshmallows. Hopefully previews will make their way online soon as we can’t wait to see the range in full and level up the adorable factor in our lives.

To book, call Cutter & Squidge on 020 7734 2540. Demand is expected to be sky high, but there will also be some spaces reserved for walk-ins.

To get you in the mood here are the five best Hello Kitty products Sanria have to offer. In our opinion anyway…

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Groezrock Confirms Final Line Up For 25th Anniversary

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Less than three weeks to go and the last names have been added to the Groezrock Festival 2016 bill.

Joining the ranks of headliners Rancid (playing ‘…And Out Come The Wolves’ in full on their only EU show – EEK!) and Sum 41, are Belgian local thrash punks WE’REWOLVES, Germany’s Caliban and No Us For A Name & a select bunch of mystery friends joining the band in a back-catalogue celebration of the late Tony Sly which will truly be a special moment for all involved.

Not only has the festival been running for 25 years, but the market has been beautifully looked after by Hardlife Promotions for 15! The classic festival merch market will still exist but this time with a pop-up store village to compliment it. The pop up will host a wicked variety from record labels, band merchandise, clothing brands and even guitar accessories.

Expect to see wares pop up from the likes of:

Hardcore Help Foundation, Iron Fist & Hyraw, Jordy’s Barbershop, King Cobra, Maverix Supply, Mr Waterpijp, Reflections Records, Shield Recordings, Sea Shepherd, Shack Clothing +++++

And the Market doesn’t disappoint either…

Abandon Ship, Animal Rights, Big Scary Monsters, Buckaneer Merch, Candyfloss, Death Shred!, Evil Greed,  Fat Wreck, Fender, Flesh & Blood Apparel, Funtime Records, Guerilla Asso, Holy Roar Records, Impericon, Kings Road & Epitaph, Mysticum Luna, De Nieuwste Rages, NoReason/Rude Records, Reality Records, Rebel Rockers, Rock ’n Load, The Limit Records, Useless Pride Records +++++

The traditionally excellent official festival t-shirt is very handily available to pick up with your ticket.

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Yes, the weekend party is set to be full throttle fun so if you want to know more get yourself over to groezrock.be.