February 22nd, 2012
"I've been a fan of the uncomprising spirit of ANTI-FLAG for a long time. This latest record captures the punk rock anger and heartfelt hope of a world in flux.”
Tom Morello from RATM
Today, Feb 22nd 2012, the brilliant ANTI-FLAG can announce their very own UK festival, ANTIfest! Taking place on May 3rd at The Forum Hertfordshire, the festival will be a first for the band, who look set to establish it as an annual event. As well as headline the festival, the band have curated the whole bill, booking bands they love, have played with before and that share a similar musical ethos and attitude. The event will also have volunteers from Amnesty International, PETA, and Emmaus providing information and a forum for debate and discussion.
The full line-up is:
Red City Radio
For tickets click here
Festival ticket price - £13 wristband system – age restriction 14+
The band are also soon to release their new album, ‘The General Strike’, out March 19th on Side One Dummy). The 12 tracks that comprise the bands 8th studio album are arguably their most aggressive to date. Recorded in the Pittsburgh studio that ANTI-FLAG built with money they made from dissolving their RCA deal, ‘The General Strike’ was literally forged inside a monument to the redistribution of corporate wealth, and mixed by their old friend, Justin Francis. The results are 12 tracks that find Anti Flag doing what they do best in a way that they’ve never really done it before. ‘The General Strike’ is equal parts reggae and hardcore, modern folk punk and traditional Clash influenced dance punk. It’s reckless and tight, aggressive, experimental and unabashed in its influences. In short, it’s the kind of record that could only be made by a seasoned band in their own studio, operating on their own time and working with old friends.
No strangers to throwing their name behind good causes, the Flag also lent their ferocious live set to the Gay Edge Liberation benefit in Cologne Germany and Positive Force DC. Recently, Anti Flag brought their punk philanthropy to the UK for Wherever the Need, which supports clean water projects. They’ve been extremely active and vocal in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Even for a band who’s shared stages with such massive and diverse acts as Rage Against the Machine and Bjork and headlined a festival of 50,000 Germans, it’s been a banner year of pushing forward for Anti Flag, not only in terms of touring, but also visible activism.