Everyone here at Thrash Hits was beyond pleased with the line-up for the first-ever stage we’ve sponsored at a festival – the functionally-titled Hardcore Stage at Offset 2009. We so so damned chuffed that we didn’t bother to watch any other stage all weekend. Yeah, it kicked ass.
Noisy Brighton mob, Easy Hips and minimalist mentalist duo, run.WALK! kicked off the Thrash Hits / Holy Roar Hardcore Tent in bizarre style – apparently Easy Hips’ drummer swapped out with run.WALK!’s drummer to perform gymnastics in the crowd with his cock out during their last song following a set where pretty much none of the equipment worked. There weren’t many people there to witness it. It almost definitely happened. Probably.
It was left to Bristol-based Turbowolf to tear up the early afternoon with their electro-flecked riff barrage. Badly punctuated Southampton quartet, Attack! Vipers! pulled some tasty moves, but ultimately couldn’t measure up. After the majestic atmospheric metal of Rinoa, everyone’s left waiting around in the Hardcore Tent for Dead Swans but they don’t manage to get to Offset due to an illness within the band. Gutted.
Offset Festival 2009 photos courtesy of Paul Caudell
Visible Noise recruits, Brides, helped to make a strong case for Offset to be held in Brighton next year as yet another south coast native band tore up the stage before angular Cambridge oiks The Tupolev Ghost brought us back to the capital with their quality, 90s-aping punk rock.
The weekend’s face-melt came courtesy of Shaped By Fate, the South Wales quintet providing Offset with some much needed shred. The Plight’s take on Southern Rock (via a basement in Leeds) kept the temperatures high in the tent, as bodies began to bounce off the barrier. After that display, The Eyes Of A Traitor’s angular riffs just didn’t seem to cut it.
There was such a crush for epic metallers Devil Sold His Soul that the admittedly crappy barriers that just about separated the crowd from the band were sadly defeated. Cue: lots of security guards being slightly worried. Cue: an amazing end to a great Saturday.