It’s time to Hacktivate

Hacktivist: On the up
Hacktivist: On the up

Remember when Her Maj spoke of her ‘annus horribilus’ some years back?

In 2013, Hacktivist have had the polar opposite.

They’ve toured hard, and put their brilliant fusion of metal and grime among the forefront of rising talents, and its made all the more sweet because they are local boys done swell.

Their performance at this years’ Download Festival at Donington Park was pretty damn monumental. and they’ve continued the pace.

They shook up Reading & Leeds, wowed Rock Am Ring and impressed across the water when they took on Sonisphere France.

It’s all a long way from MK where they first pooled ideas and riffs, in 2011.

Fresh back from a European stint, which featured their first headlining dates in Germany and a few more supporting St Albans’ crossover aces Enter Shikari, and the band hopped on-board the Warped Tour Europe, rounding it off nicely with a stint at Ally Pally in the big smoke.

At the start of November they issued the EP+ mini-album to coincide with their end of year tour of the UK, and it’s that stint that brings them to Bedford this Sunday evening, when they play the local-ish date on the jaunt.

The EP reassembles and remasters their debut EP, which has been sold-out in its original form for a long time, and has been packaged with some tasty bonus live stuff including a live version of the track Blade and a Shikari Sound System Remix of the single Elevate.

It’s a nice package and one they opted to put out on a limited edition white vinyl in addition to the usual download and CD formats.

Nice news for vinyl junkies.

Support at the show is coming from The Algorithm and The Projectionist.

Tickets for the Esquires show are eight quid in advance.

Go to for yours.

The show is open to all aged 14+ years, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

>Wolverton celebrates a quarter century of the Lantern Festival on Saturday, and they have a live soundtrack too – the Refreshment Rooms at Foundation House will play host to acoustic sets courtesy of Shoot from the Hip, The Last Quarter, Steve Winch, Manny, Monika, Screaming House Madrigals and Vodka Boy.

So it won’t only be the lanterns lighting up town after all.