A Year In The Life Of TNSrecords – 2016

It’s that time of year when people start writing their reviews of the year. It’s been a fairly busy old year for TNS so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap what has probably been our most successful year to date.

It’s safe to say we started it as we meant to go on. With complete chaos. We hosted a New Year’s Eve party at Gulliver’s in Manchester. Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man went onstage at 11.30, then stopped at 11.55 for everyone to have a complimentary shot of Jagermeister (cheers Steffi Price) before bursting into a suitably ramshackle version of Auld Lang Syne, before finishing the remainder of the set. It’s safe to say that human pyramids and walls of death are a great way to start any year.

We were back at Gulliver’s later that month for our last TNS gig for the forseeable future. It was a TNS all-dayer, headlined by Faintest Idea. After our 10 Year Anniversary gig in 2014 we had decided to get others involved (our good friends at Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones) and use the April date we had traditionally used for the TNS birthday gig for Manchester Punk Festival. Whilst MPF is something we are exceptionally proud of it’s also a ridiculous amount of work. We realised that evening that we were definitely spreading ourselves too thin by trying to do everything. For the same reasons that our zine is currently in hiatus and that our podcast is infrequent right now, something else had to give.

We felt that by putting the TNS gigs into hiatus we would have more time to spend on the label and MPF, so as we were packing up after the gig we decided a break was needed. It was a hard decision, but we’re sure we will be back one day and Manchester certainly isn’t short of amazing punk promoters. We’re not sure we are really even leaving a gap. We want putting on a gig to be something we’re excited about rather than something that is forced. Quite simply, you just can’t do everything. We all have so many amazing memories from the 12 years of TNS gigs and for that reason, we certainly think this is an extended break rather than stopping forever. We’ll see.

As well as being the last band to play a TNS gig, Faintest Idea were also our first release of a busy year. ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’ is their third TNS album and their finest release to date, showcasing their two-tone infused street ska sound perfectly. Many positive reviews followed and their live shows are attracting more and more people every time. 2017 could be a huge year for them.

2016 also saw us releasing new full length albums for Stoj Snak, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Wonk Unit and Pizzatramp. We also had a couple of collectively released 7”s from Matilda’s Scoundrels and Shot! as well as continuing to release the Wonk Unit back catalogue on vinyl for the first time. Their second album, ‘Trolleys – Thank You’ was our second of the reissues series. Our very good friend from Denmark, Stoj Snak released his Screamer/Songwriter album. This is folk punk at its very best! We are delighted he’s going to be playing at MPF in 2017.

‘Colossal Velocity’ by Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man was the bands third on the label. It also received a fantastic critical response (it was the first TNS release to be reviewed in Kerrang!, getting a great 4K review). Clocking in 17 tracks in just over 20 minutes you’d expect fast and angry music, you’d be right!

Wonk Unit have had an absolutely incredible year, with many tours, including playing huge venues alongside Slaves. Their ‘Mr Splashy’ album is an instant classic, combining punk, indie, ska and many other sounds to make a truly original sound. We can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for this band as they continue to tour constantly.

Pizzatramp are a new band to the TNS roster. We saw them for the first time this year and were blown away by their fast, aggressive and riff driven punk rock. We are so happy to have added them to the TNS family. Again, next year could be huge for these guys.

We also co-released a couple of excellent 7”s for bands that were new to the label. Matilda’s Scoundrels play superb folk punk and are currently recording their debut album. London’s Shot! play an awesome and distinctive blend of hardcore and punk n’ roll. Both bands will also be gracing the MPF stages in 2017.

We have also continued to distro music and zines from all over the world. It’s certainly not just about our own releases. We have some amazing music in the distro right now. Due to time and money restraints we can’t release every band we love but hopefully we can help a few more people to hear their music.

In April we had the second ever Manchester Punk Festival. We were absolutely over the moon that it sold out ahead of the festival. It really couldn’t have gone much better. Every band had a great crowd and everyone seemed to have an incredible time. It was amazing seeing DIY bands playing to huge audiences. It really is awesome what can be achieved when like-minded people work together, pooling their resources and ideas. We are well on with plans for 2017.

Next year’s MPF is set to be even bigger and better. It absolutely blows our minds that we have booked bands like Paint It Black and Strike Anywhere. Not only are these legendary bands that we are huge fans of, they are also bands who really get the DIY ethos of the festival. The future of MPF is something we are incredibly excited by. We hope you can join us in 2017.

The DIY scene in general seems to be going from strength to strength. We’ve all been to/played so many amazing gigs this year and there are absolutely incredible individual scenes in so many places. It’s so cool to see how many people are supporting DIY bands, gigs and labels. Long may it continue! We were going to make a list of small gigs and festivals people should check out but that would do a disservice to any that we miss. Just find out what local gigs are happening near you, get out and support them. You will not be disappointed.

We have so much planned for 2017 already. We already have several releases already lined up that you will hear about very soon. We really hope you can join us for a huge party at MPF.

In February/March we’ll be doing a big TNS showcase tour with Wonk Unit, Roughneck Riot, Revenge Of… and Faintest Idea playing a series of dates across the UK. In the true spirit of DIY gigs we believe that every band on the bill should be supported. So we won’t be announcing the running orders until the gig actually starts. Get down early. It’s all going to be a lot of fun. We hope you can join us for the ride.

TNS would like to say a massive thanks to every single person who has supported what we do over the past 12 months. We really couldn’t exist without you. We do all this in our spare time alongside full time jobs. So many people help out with what we do. We hope you know how much we appreciate your time and effort.

Please keep supporting DIY music. Every single sale makes a difference to a label like TNS. Every single person through the door at a DIY event makes it viable for that event to happen.

MPF2016: Thank You

We are absolutely blown away by MPF2016. Thank you so much for coming and making it so special. We don’t think we can quite process it all yet.

We can’t really get over how good the event was. There was always going to be minor teething problems and we’re hugely disappointed that the streaming didn’t work out but overall it was a massive success. Seeing so many friends playing to hundreds of people, seeing some of the best bands from home and abroad and being able to bring so many good people together is a feeling that can’t be put in to words. Live music is a wonderful thing.

Huge thank you to all the people that turned up and worked/helped out with things. It’s an event that needs so much help on the day and we’d struggle to do it without you. We’re always gonna forget someone but off the top of my head we’d like to thank Timothy, Lee, Kaz, Phil and Chris for so much help. It’s proper appreciated. On top of that there are the countless people that also helped hand out flyers across the country or told their friends about the festival. If we’ve forgotten anyone then we apologise, it’s been a rough few days.

Also a special thank you to Millie, Samantha, Fizzy and Camilla for their continued support and patience pretty much all year round. They also all put in a massive shift over the festival and before. Putting on so many events and gigs requires so much more time than is realised. The need to always be on the phone, the levels of stress that come with it, the constant worry and moaning about things, we’d find it pretty impossible to handle without you.

Also wanna say thanks and give apologies to Garrett, Lenneke, Daryl, Cam and Marc from Bird Attack for their efforts over the weekend. We hope you still had a good time despite the difficulties.

We know there were some small things that didn’t go perfectly and we always want to improve the festival. Please complete our survey to tell us what you thought. All feedback will be taken on board. As a thank you we will be pick one person at random to win a pair of tickets to MPF2017.

You can find the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/J0yhxyUVWJ

See you next year!

Manchester Punk Festival

Win Tickets to Manchester Punk Festival

Manchester Punk Festival is nearly upon us. If you haven’t checked out the line-up yet, get on it. We have teamed up with the lovely people at Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones to bring you 50 awesome bands on 17/18 April. And it is only going to cost you £15.

Check out the line-up on the MPF website here: https://manchesterpunkfestival.co.uk

Here is your chance to get in for free. This Saturday we are running a quick competition to win a pair of tickets, whilst also giving you the chance to get your hands on a free screen printed MPF poster.

On Saturday we are going to wonder around Manchester city centre putting up the screen printed posters for you guys to find and take for yourself. One will have a code on the back that you can email to bev@tnsrecords.co.uk to claim your prize.

Manchester Punk Festival Screen Prints Manchester Punk Festival Screen prints

To help you track down the posters we are going to be adding pictures of their location on the TNSrecords facebook, twitter and instagram through the day.

If that was not enough we have just released the latest Manchester Punk Festival sampler to bandcamp. Go and download it for free to check out the bands playing over the weekend.

Final Manchester Punk Festival Band Announcement

There is only two and a half months to the first ever Manchester Punk Festival and it’s time for the final band announcement. On Thursday we announced that the Filaments will be return to Manchester for the first time in 10 years to headline MPF. If you have been keeping a eye on the MPF facebook page you will have also seen us announce Creeper and Atlas Losing Grip. On top of these we have another 13 bands to announce, taking the Manchester Punk Festival total to 47.

Apologies, I Have None are Manchester favourite since forever. This London four-piece will be playing some of the best written songs to come out of the UK scene whilst headlining one of the MPF stages. They’re brutally honest, you can’t help but get involved.

As announced on Saturday Atlas Losing Grip are hitting these shores. They have made a name for themselves touring Europe with some of the best bands around so we are delighted to bring their unique blend of melodic hardcore and heavy metal to Manchester.

That Fucking Tank are Aptly named because their sound hits you like a fucking tank. Two piece from Yorkshire playing some of the most captivating live sets you’ll see. No words, just pure riffs.

We also have a brilliant new band from the South Coast who blend the likes of Alkaline Trio, Misfits and UK hardcore together for an unforgettable debut EP out on Palm Reader Records. Don’t miss your chance to see Creeper.

Ex-The Steal guitarist but also an amazing singer/songwriter in his own right. Not played a gig in Manchester forever but still one of the best around, if you’re into The Weakerthans, you’re into Dave House.

Also on the acoustic stage Great Cynics’ Giles Bibber will be taking it back to how it was before the full band. Amazingly catchy pop songs sung with soul.

We also have The Murderburgers who will deliver some pop-punk from Scotland with songs about being flat broke and going mental. Whilst The Human Project will deliver a large slice of fast, loud, melodic punk rock all the way from Leeds. With Darko also delivering some melodic hardcore from the south.

Across on the acoustic stage we will have Joe McMahon from the awesome band Smoke Or Fire. He will be joined by Captain Hotknives and his songs about  skankin yr nana and the pathetic nature of petty racism.

The acoustic stage will also have sets from Billy Liar, Joe Yorke, X Ray Cat and Joe McCorriston.

We are really happy with the line-up. If you bought early bird tickets you are getting all this for just £10. Tickets are still just £15 which is still incredibly cheap. Head over to the TNSrecords webstore (cheapest & t-shirt deals available), Sound Control or See Tickets to grab your ticket now.

Keep up with all the latest information on Twitter and Facebook.We will be announcing the day splits soon and there will also be a free sampler with a track from all the bands playing.


The full line-up for Manchester Punk Festival



Manchester Punk Festival

MPF people. Get excited. The first Manchester Punk Festival is coming. 17/18 April 2015. Save the date.

Last years TNSrecords all-dayer was absolutely amazing. We were completely blown away by the amount of people that wanted to join us in celebrating 10 years of TNS. This left us with the kind of problem that you want to have. How can we possible follow that next year?

Easy, we get together we some great Manchester punk promoters to create something new and exciting, bigger and better. TNS has always been about collaborating with like minded people, working together to achieve something positive. So with that in mind, we present to you Manchester Punk Festival (MPF) brought to you by ourselves and our friends in Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones. We are big fans of what they do and always attend their events.Manchester has a thriving scene, so by working together we hope to combine some of the most exciting strands of the scene. You are probably aware of what they both do, but if not check them out: Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones.


The main event will be at Sound Control and be across two stages on Sat 18 April. Like last year’s all-dayer we will also have a free gig on the Friday and an after show for when the all-dayer ends. There will be at least 30 bands, probably more, across the whole weekend.

We are very pleased to announce the first bands confirmed for the festival are The Restarts, Wonk Unit, Crazy Arm, Almeida, Fair Do’s, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Great Cynics, Throwing Stuff and Wadeye.

So you obviously want in. Well we have a limited amount of early bird tickets up for sale at just £10. Make sure you don’t hang around as there aren’t many. We will be releasing the remaining tickets on the 1st December for £13. Head HERE to grab your ticket. All bundles will be sent out at the start of APRIL.

Keep an eye on the MPF website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest info.

If you want something to happen, just make it happen.

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