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Good Grief! Vans x Peanuts Has Just Dropped

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Teaming up with icons of illustration is nothing new for Vans and I’m really excited about their latest collaboration. On this turn, they fly the kite for everyone’s favourite underdog squad, allowing them a whole new time to shine.

ICYMI (how??), here’s a little scoop on Snoopy…

Peanuts started life as a comic strip launched in October 2nd 1950, and ran to February 13th 2000 written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. The friends stole the hearts of millions worldwide running in over 2,600 newspapers reaching an impressive readership of 355 million, and being animated into Emmy award winning TV specials. The format Schultz paved the way for the four-panel comic strip still used now in publications worldwide.

Not bad for a bunch of kids lead by a meek and mild protagonist who couldn’t fly a kite, kick a football or win a baseball game.

The Vans x Peanuts collection features Old Skool Classics, High Tops and Slip Ons complete with Snoopy, Woodstock and the gang referencing a variety of their sweet and iconic situations created by Schultz. Renowned for the themes and social commentary running through all their episodes, it seems like ideal timing for this collection to drop.

What do we want…

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Shop the collection in full over at Vans online and instore.

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Kitted Out: Download Festival

The weather has turned from positively summery to a little questionable meaning one thing: Download Festival is here.

This weekend will see some of the biggest and brightest of heavy music unite at the spiritual home of rock, Donington Park. Headed up by System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith it’s a year not to be missed but make sure to be prepared for every weather eventuality and luckily the festival have you covered to be totally on brand from top to toe.

Leggings – cos they dry real quick

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Shot glass – cos your whistle needs whetting as well

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Download Dog – cos your totem pole is lacking without DL Dawg

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Poncho – cos it WILL rain, do not forget waterproofs!
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Shop the full range of official Download merch by visiting downloadfestival.livenationmerch.com.

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One Love Manchester

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Today in Manchester Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Concert is taking place and being live streamed on BBC iPlayer. She’s pulled together a host of stars from the breadth of music including Little Mix, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber coming together to share love and support victims and families affected by the attack in Manchester with proceeds donated to the injured and bereaved.

A merch range has launched sporting the One Love Manchester and I heart MCR slogans, most of which is being worn by artists playing today’s concert.

Net proceeds of all One Love Manchester merch will be donated to the British Red Cross Society’s “WE LOVE MANCHESTER EMERGENCY FUND”. For more info about the fund head to redcross.org.uk

Check it all out here.

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Here are all the ways to donate:
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TEXT – Donate £5 now by texting LOVE to 70507 (UK only)
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Following the tragic events in London last night, Red Cross has set up the UK Solidarity Fund for victims of terror attacks anywhere in the UK. To donate, please visit JustGiving.

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Hyde Park Calling

With New Found Glory’s 20 Years Of Pop Punk tour announced yesterday kicking things off, safe to say it’s a solid start for live music and it’s only Tuesday. This morning the announcement of a Rancid, Gogol Bordello and The Hives joining a back to form Green Day for their show at BST’s Hyde Park on Saturday 1st July was nothing short of huge.

Where there is live there is merch so it would be wrong not to allow the excitement to bubble over into a neat list of shit to stock your wardrobes with ahead of time. See you in the pit!

Green Day Scary Bombs Hoodie
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Green Day Mask Enamel Pin Set

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Green Day Welcome To Paradise T-Shirt

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Rancid Squid Skull Pin

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Rancid Wolves Bandana

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Rancid Boot T-Shirt

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The Hives Rock Music T-Shirt

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Beach Slang Rainbow Pin

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Tickets for Green Day & pals at Hyde Park available here.

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The World Is Ours To Share

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The World Is Ours To Share is here to fully support the tireless efforts of Hope Project, a charity with one sole mission.

Hope Project’s mission is to Equip and mobilise displaced children and adults through non-formal educational programmes and activities in Thessaloniki, Greece. Quite amazingly, Hope Project have already been volunteering in refugee camps for nearly a year with the end goal of providing more permanent solutions for educating children and adults, contributing to a brighter future.

TWIOTS products are designed, printed and sold solely to help and support others and 100% of profits from all products sold will go directly to Hope Project and the grass roots aid they offer. Both adults and kids tees are available to buy now.

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Support Hope Project by picking up a t-shirt now. Alternatively, you can donate towards the set up of the Hope Project on PayPal using the email address contact@hopeproject.net.

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Might As Well Records Release Mizaru Kikazaru Iwazaru Compilation

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Slightly askew to our normal topic of choice but give a shit. Might As Well have pulled together one hell of a charity compilation collective.

Might As Well was set up in London to put on charity all dayers. With two under their belt already, rumour has it they are currently lining up Might As Well Fest 3 for Spring 2017.

Mizaru Kikazaru Iwazaru are the embodiment of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil so quite fitting for these three compilations and if you ask me, the artwork lends itself rather perfectly to a t-shirt. Just saying.

The compilations were conceived and created to raise money for Stop Hate UK with a little help from Holy Roar, Xtra Mile, Alcopop and Speaking Tongues. The compilations feature wicked artists like Ducking Punches, The Gospel Youth, Drones, Giants, Johnny Foreigner, Rob Lynch, The Capital…the list goes on.

Head to the Might As Well Bandcamp to purchase all three!

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So Thankful That Pizzanista Has Descended Into Our Lives

Yes, thanks to the forthcoming album from LA-super punks Descendents and their collaboration with California pizza gurus, Pizzanista is firmly in our eye.

Offering much more than sweet pies and free refills, Pizzanista have stretched out into the world of pizza-themed spin-offs taking on and working with the Greats of music and skate worlds, including Bad Brains, The Rolling Stones and of course, their fromage to Dog Town is the upper crust of world play.

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Enough about that, let’s talk Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

Descendents are the latest to roll out with Pizzainsta and their sick limited edition pizza box of gut busting treats will be available to order from July 29th in-store and online.

The Hypercaffium Spazzinate collab features one Large cheese or pepperoni pizza, the ridiculous Descendenista tee and Descendenista pizza box. Understandly/sadly, only merch can be ordered online, if you want the pizza get yourself down to your nearest Pizzanista spot tomorrow.

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Shut Up And Take Our Money: Pokémon Pins

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After years retreating back to the hardcore fans after its late 90s Game Boy heyday, summer 2016 belongs to Pokémon. Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm (it is the largest mobile game EVER in the US within weeks), and both both Nintendo and the Pokémon company look set to have a bumper 2016 due to the huge global success of the AR game (that hasn’t launched in the UK officially yet).

We’re big Pokémon fans here at Merch Mouth, and there’s little doubt that Pokémon have been masters of merchandising since day one. Starting out life as an RPG, Pokémon soon took over the world with trading cards, a TV show and movies, and anything you could think to merchandise has probably been done (twice). It seems only appropriate that the resurgence of pins has led to what can only be described as “the motherload” of awesome Pokémon pins being made up. Be prepared to drain your wallets on our top 5 from the official store (if you live in the US, that is).

Gyarados and Magikarp
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Starter Pokémon 4 pack
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Jolteon and Flareon
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Pichu and Togepi
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Dragon pack
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Gotta browse ’em all

Now… where on earth is the UK store?