The final countdown to Book Yer Ane Fest IX by Make-That-A-Take Records is on and the label is getting equal parts excited and nervous for what is going to be their busiest weekend of the year. “The healing powers of punk rock are more important now than ever and we’re very happy to be able to bring over 50 acts from across the worldwide DIY community together in Dundee over three days”, they say.
Make-That-A-Take Records commented:
This is the first year that we’ll be hosting Book Yer Ane Fest at Buskers on Ward Road, Dundee with a second stage at The Vestry next door on both the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be early shows at Cerberus Bar in Dundee on all three days. We’d like to thank everyone involved in the planning and organising of BYAF, espeically our hosts and the good people at DM Studios in Dundee.
To us, Book Yer Ane Fest is a celebration of the DIY community and what we work towards each year. It’s also a chance to see some incredible bands, catch up with old friends, make plenty of new ones and have an amazing time while raising money and awareness for water safety and suicide prevention. We are very proud to continue working with Safe-Tay and theSamaritans. There will be various information/literature available for perusal over the weekend so please do take a moment to check it all out. We shall also once again be hosting the World Famous BYAF Tombola!
Weekend E-Tickets are available for £25 here and are in person at Groucho’s, Dundee. Both the pre and post-BYAF shows are pay on the door. There will be individual day passes available on all three days at Buskers/The Vestry on a first come, first served basis. Likewise, for all shows at Cerberus as it’s tiny!
Keep an eye on the event page and our Twitter for all updates including any last-minute tip-offs about things that may be happening. Full information on Day Splits with links, etc is available here and you can also check out the Write Yer Ane Zine “BYAF First Timers” preview.
We are also very excited to have two new releases coming out at BYAF; the new “Swells/Repels” EP from Dundee Ecossemo punks Stonethrower and an exciting new collaborative project involving two of Scotland’s finest acoustic punks. Full details to come soon. There will also be various stalls. record sales and loads of merch for sale so come well prepared. This will also be the first BYAF with a “proper” stage so please behave accordingly. Reckon we could all be in a for a hearty rammy!
RATIONAL ANTHEM (USA)
Super uplifting old school 90s melodic pop-punk three-piece from Sarasota, Florida on Kiss Of Death / Rad Girlfriend Records bringing their pop-punk bluster to Scotland for the very first time as part of their EU tour.
MAKE WAR (USA)
From the ashes of much-beloved acoustic punks Sad and French comes Make War; a fully-charged punk rock’n’roll three-piece on famed EU punk label Gunner Records. This will be their first and only Scottish show!
Scotland’s finest purveyors of darkened melodic pop punk return for their annual BYAF rammy in the midst of their EU tour with Rational Anthem fresh back from recording in Chicago and tearing the USA apart. It’s Burger Time!
ABOVE THEM (ENG)
Much-coveted punk rockers from the great wastelands of Yorkshire finally play BYAF after many years of us chasing them to do so. Simply one of the finest melodic indie/punk rock bands that this island has ever produced.
DEAD NECK (ENG)
Straight-up super rapid skate-punk/melodic hardcore from Manchester punks who’ve been on the road since forming in early 2013. They’ll be heading to BYAF straight from their South American tour with punk legends Ignite.
The keepers of the Ecossemo flame continue their omnipresence and keep the streak alive by destroying their ninth straight BYAF. The “Thick Letters To Friends” LP repress on opaque white vinyl should be with us too.
Perth punk city legends play their first Dundee show in almost a decade. PMX played the original Motionfest in 06 and bring things full circle by finally joining us at BYAF. One of the best tech/progressive UK punk bands ever!
THE SPOOK SCHOOL
Patriarchy smashing intelligent queer-pop from Edinburgh punks who are keeping good company and are fresh back from the USA and NY Popfest. Last seen in Dundee in February with ONSIND and Spoonboy.
From the ashes of Algernon Doll comes WOMPS, playing noisy indie rock/grunge pop three-piece in the finest Glasgow meets Seattle artpop tradition. Their much-anticipated Steve Albini recorded LP is out soon.
FOREVER UNCLEAN (DK)
High-energy gobby melodic pop from Copenhagen, Denmark punks paying their very first visit to Dundee. Featuring former members of Stars Burn Stripes. It ain’t BYAF without a healthy dose of Europunk!
GET IT TOGETHER
Central Scottish positive melodic hardcore punk that is as uplifting as it is circle-pit inducing. One of the best emergent bands on recent times, the “Rebuild, Recover” EP is a posi-punk classic. Guaranteed riotousness!
Dundee dream-pop played by punks bring the curtain down on their 3 month European tour with a suitably rowdy homecoming at BYAF IX. Last year’s “Despondent” LP is a bleak Scottish pop masterpiece and highly recommended.
Joining Terrafraid on their mammoth EU tour are progressive angular Lancashire punks Edgarville. We are stoked to welcome them to Dundee for the first time as they wrap their 3 month EU tour.
We’re delighted to finally welcome Glasgow-based folk/punk songstress Chrissy Barnacle to BYAF for the first time after a good few years of trying. Expect intelligent, quirky politically-inclined folk-pop.
Soaring melodic acoustic folk/punk goodness from Edinburgh courtesy of the ex-Curators frontman gone solo. Expect a new 7″ to drop on Struck Dum Records around BYAF time too!
Bruised and sensitive introspective lo-fi folk/pop from Perth singer/songwriter Brendan Dalton who plays BYAF solo for the first time. Check out the single “Medium”, it’s a tearjerking slice of Scottish indie goodness.
GREAT CYNICS (ENG)
One of the hardest working punk bands in the UK, we are delighted to welcome Great Cynics to BYAF for the first time. New record “I Feel Weird” on Specialist Subject is another cracking slab of uplifting sing-a-long punk rock goodness.
Glasgow young team emo/punk rock crew return to Dundee to bring their youthful bluster to BYAF for the first time. The recently released split with Brightr is fabulous and we’re stoked to have these troops opening the weekend!
Furious metallic hardcore done GHC style from these absolute ragers who’ve delivered one of the records of the year in the shape of “Rituals of Failure and Ruin” on Carry The Weight Records. Mayhem a guarantee.
Heart-wrenching Ecossemo from one of the bleak north-east’s finest emotive punk rock crews who released the incredible “Lights Begin To Dance” LP through I.Corrupt.Records before spending the summer touring Europe.
THE EXHAUSTS (ENG)
Gobby, obnoxious yet uplifting and intelligent punk rock from these London anarchists on Everything Sucks Music who will be back in Dundee for the first time since January and playing BYAF for the first time after visiting last year.
THE KIMBERLY STEAKS
Quite simply one of the finest bands in the world, The Kimberly Steaks have been knocking it out of the park again this year. The “Chemical Imbalance” EP on Round Dog Records is another classic. This will be rammylicious.
LENIN DEATH MASK
Twisted left-field arthouse punk/noise rock from this bleak Aberdoom three-piece who will be wrapping up their UK tour when they visit BYAF for the first time. Think Thin Lizzy being covered by Titus Andronicus and you’re nearly there.
High-energy emotive melodic hardcore/punk rock goodness from the minds behind Anti-Manifesto and the HXC juggernaut that was Shields Up. Stoked to have these troops back in Dundee and at BYAF for the first time.
Soaring heart-wrenching indie rock’n’roll goodness from these Dundee troops who know their way around a banger or two. These guys play melodic emo/punk like Jimmy Eat World/The Gin Blossoms/Idlewild.
Scotland’s finest angry guitar-slinging punk rock poet caps off another productive year of touring around the UK, EU and USA with a headlining slot on the second stage in The Vestry on the Sunday night of BYAF. First filmed in the cludgee at BYAF IV.
WILL WOOD (NZ)
Forthright country-influenced folk-punker from Auckland, NZ is out on the road with compatriot Freddy Fudd Pucker and will bring his Johnny Cash/Townes Van Zandt-esque literate punk swagger to Scotland for the very first time.
Dundee doom/hxc/noise punks return to BYAF after providing the hangover cure from hell at noon on the Sunday of BYAF VIII. With an EP and a bunch of dates in the bag, ye can expect similar crushing misery at BYAF IX. Get bleak.
Dundee’s kings of ska-punk bring their upbeat super-speedy Rancid/Nofx inspired roaster cowpunk madness back to BYAF one more time. Hard grafters till the bitter end, will they ever find that elusive bong? Maybe at BYAF IX!
Super emotive heart-on-sleeve melodic punk rock from these Dundee punkers who’ve been going from strength to strength throughout 2015. An engaging live presence, this will be one of the more emotionally honest sets you’ll see this year.
Central Scotland’s craft ale-fuelled sociopolitically engaged melodic punk rock warlords bring their campaign for real heart back to Dundee and BYAF for the first time in years. New EP “The Solitude of Prime Numbers” is an absolute gem.
DEMON SMILES (ENG)
Sassy and fierce gobby Bay Area-esque punk rock from this Brighton three-piece who will be paying their first visit to Dundee for BYAF. Think Tilt/Consumed/Distillers and you’re somewhere in the ballpark.
UNIFORMS (Last Show)
Dundee’s full-blast blood, sweat and tears cowpunks never did get a last show and a goodbye, so will be playing their last ever show on the Friday night of BYAF. It’s likely to get somewhat emotional. Don’t miss your last chance to dance.
GOOD GRIEF (ENG)
Fizzy bangers from these Superchunk-fuelled noisy pop-punkers from Liverpool who will be joining us at BYAF for the very first time. Tasty like cream soda, these troops bring the fizz and the pop, like Husker Du partying with Dinosaur Jr.
Dundee Youth Team bring the deep-rooted reggae/ska vibes with a healthy dose of 77 punk cynicism, snarl and righteous indignation. Guaranteed to get even the crustiest of miserable punks on the floor for a skank.