There’s not many bands around at the moment that have been on the grind for as long as Austria’s finest export – Astpai.
Every time I have the pleasure of catching them live whether it be on festival line-ups blowing peoples minds, or supporting on bigger tours and stealing the spotlight, it’s such a pleasure. They play with an honest intensity, and deliver everything with a sincerity that’s not found often.
I think I first got my Astpai experience when I went on my first European tour with Leagues Apart in 2010, we played a practice space in Wiener Neuschtadt, Austria and Astpai headlined. It was awesome.
Since then we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming them to Manchester on various tours and most recently a great slot at Manchester Punk Festival. I’m really excited to get them back in a small venue and downstairs at Retro Bar on this line-up in November will be perfect.
Joining them on the bill are London/Leeds two-piece Kamikaze Girls who’ve been creating a big stir recently with the release of their EP ‘Sad’, fuzz-rock for everyone. They’ve just come back from playing The Fest in Florida and the venue was absolutely packed for them, don’t miss them in Manchester!