A warm spring evening looms over Southampton as THECITYISOURS  begin a trifecta of heavy-hitting metalcore. With their meaty melodies and muscular guitarwork, the young Londoners display an ability to interact expertly with an already raucous crowd, and their set peaks with a rowdy cover of pop bangerEarthquake by rapper Labrinth. Welsh hardcore juggernauts CONTINENTS  deliver an abrasive punch, yet lack the crowd-popping melody of the rest of the bill. Despite packing a plethora of crunching riffs, their aggressive style doesn’t fully resonate, only hitting its own groove during set-closer Pegasus, Pegasus. OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME  are met with roars from the second they storm onstage. Hot off their debut album Hartsick, the hometown heroes provide a powerhouse performance complete with an appearance from Sam Kubrick of Shields. They project an image of the future of metalcore with a seamless blend of undiluted heaviness and singalong choruses.
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