Fluffer is a brutal band night that's more than made a name for itself, it's a record label that has featured heavy garage band Love Buzzard and darkly doomy Sewer Rats, and now, for the second year running, it's Flufferfest.
This year Flufferfest is bigger and uglier than ever with the team taking over London's Shacklewell Arms for three days this weekend. If you're into your psych, garage and punk, there is absolutely nowhere else you would rather be (and nowhere that could get you further from the Eurovision Song Contest).
Kicking off on Friday (22/05/15, doors at 19:30) Sunlight Service Group will be bringing their psychedelic, spaced out riffs and lyrics to the stage. We're also looking forward to the speedy riffs of the grim brothers Cassels and the creeping sensuality of the rhythms of Pink Lizards. All before Thee MVPs take charge and throw their single launch party at the Flufferfest crowd.
There are twelve bands playing on Saturday, starting with textbook garage band Safari Suite at 13:15 and finishing with the melody-driven punk of Demob Happy later in the night. As far as we're concerned, every band on the line-up is a keeper, but you definitely don't want to miss the addictively weird Bare Pale, the audible nastiness of Terminal Gods, Fluffer's own foaming at the mouth duo Love Buzzard and the Raw Meat favourites, Kagoule.
Sunday (god bless bank holiday Mondays) wisely starts at 14:00 and you should probably invest in a colostomy bag because you're not going to want to miss a single second. Stage openers Madonnatron are perfectly ramshackle and almost terrifying, KRAKKRAK make eccentric noise garage, The Night Jars are launching their EP at Flufferfest (so expect things to get dark and spring reverb-y), LOOM have been namechecked in interviews more than any other band on Raw Meat, and the legendary space rock band The Telescopes are headlining.
There are a bunch of different DJs playing across the weekend, including Raw Meat DJs (well hey, they sound rad), and even an acoustic garden stage for you to rest your weary eardrums by. But don't take my word for it, check out the full weekend's line-up here. It was also announced recently that Bad For Lazarus will be playing, but we haven't been told when just yet so you'd best just pop down for the whole thing.
If you're bemoaning the distance or obligations that have come between you and Flufferfest 2015 then don't worry. Your trusted Raw Meat writers will be there every day, and each morning we'll be letting you know what happened the night before, bringing you exclusive interviews and blurry, inappropriate photos.