Outside The Bubble #2


Five weeks has passed since the first edition of this stupid feature but thanks for all of your contributions sent in to make this one a reality. What is this?! Rubbish I guess – a trashy round up what goes on outside of the skateboard scene that sometimes includes the skateboard scene and other people trying to make money out of the $kateboard scene, people with skateboards or other people making things that are like skateboards for people that don’t ride skateboards etc. – NSFW.


The movie ‘Back To The Future’ may have catapulted skateboarding back in the 80s but the reality that the hoverboard could actually come to fruition is now a talking point once again in certain nerdy circles. The people behind it are looking to raise $1m of your hard earned cash to research the possibilities of building a working hoverboard controlled by an i-Phone.


#hovereverydamnday? – No, that wouldn’t work as they would never actually wear out. Marketing fail.



Seen the Scarpar yet? It’s an ‘electronic skateboard’ that can take on all terrain with a top speed of 32mph. This contraption was invented by Andrew Fern in 2006 after a whopping 15,000 hours of engineering went down. Quote of the Day: “Hammer it Daz and see what it can do”.



Here’s one for the hipsters. The ‘Staying Alive’ revival is about to kick into the skate scene and be bathed in light thanks to the Sunset Skateboard Company. These polycarbonate plastic numbers are actually powered by battery-free LED wheels and will alert people to beat you up wherever you may be rolling. Try one for instant black eyes in your local highstreet post 10pm.


The Lovenskate dudes found themselves having high tea in Vogue of all places this week. Angela Scanlon here models a wonderful Louis Vuitton number alongside a Drink Tea, Get Rad classic. Lucy Adams is said to now be wearing this outfit at skateparks in the South East. Look out for her.

This woman was spotted pinching one off in another fashion outfit shoot. Is that deck a bog roll holder?


Talking of outfits, the biggest social network kick-in from skaters this week has to be from the launch party of Stevie Williams’ new snazzy clothing company Asphalt Yacht Club. This video goes lengths.

Some people are fuming on this ting:


House MD Hugh Laurie needs to learn that the word grind actually means what it says.


Supra make bad-ass skate shoes but could these new Giraffe Chimera’s as plugged by Lil Wayne be the future D3? Badly in need of a pair of these bad boy’s. Pure piss-takers.



Like Meatballs?


Australians just don’t give a monkeys do they?

Whatever you do, don’t click THIS.


Just when you think you have seen it all there’s always someone lurking out there ready to change the game. This week, the Metro have seen fit to run an article based on mice learning how to skate in Australia. Owner Shane Willmott built a mouse-sized skatepark and made them ollie through a ring of fire. ‘I’m 42 but I’m still 14 in my mind’, he says before mentioning that he “decided to teach them to skate because it was too cold in winter to take them to the beach.”

What next? Find out in the next issue of Outside The Bubble. Email us shit you find out there to here for inclusion.

Ph: Tim Marsden


Music News

Black Sabbath announce another UK show

In light of Ozzy Osbourne being back on the booze and gear, Black Sabbath’s new studio album titled ’13’ is still scheduled for release on June 10th and will still be missing the amazing Bill Ward who is not part of things.

The remaining trio will be visiting the UK this December with another drummer and have just added another London date in Birmingham today. Enjoy this new documentary of the band in the studio.


10 – O2 Arena – London, UK
12 – Odyssey Arena – Belfast, NI
14 – Motorpoint Arena – Sheffield, UK
16 – Hydro – Glasgow, UK
18 – Arena – Manchestser, UK
20 – LG Arena – Birmingham, UK
22 – LG Arena, Birmingham, UK

Music News

Your Demise plan to split up in 2014

Hertfordshire band Your Demise have announced that the band will be splitting up….in March 2014.

The bands next UK performance will be at Southampton’s Takedown Festival on May 11th and are also planning to release a DVD that will feature a documentation of their career and the forthcoming farewell tour.

Watch their official video statement:

Music News

Enter Shikari: ‘The Paddington Frisk’ video

Hertfordshire’s Enter Shikari have recently released their new song ‘The Paddington Frisk’. The song is a mere 1 minute and 23 seconds long and comes with a packed punch.

Frontman Rou Reynolds said that the new single is a part of a trilogy, and that they’re currently unsure on what will happen to the other two songs that the band recently recorded alongside The Paddington Frisk. The track is co-produced by the band and Dan Weller, who also produced A Flash Flood Of Colour.

Enter Shikari are currently on a mammoth tour alongside Hacktivist. Get some.


Wed 10th –  Weston Supermare – Grand Pier
Fri 12th –  Swansea – Brangwyn Hall (Sold Out)
Sat 13th –  Ebbw Vale – Leisure Centre
Mon 15th – New Brighton – Floral Pavilion (Sold Out)
Tue 16th –  Kilmarnock – Grand Hall
Wed 17th –  Inverness – Iron Works
Thur 18th – Aberdeen – Garage (Sold Out)
Sun 21st –  Galashiels – Volunteer Hall
Mon 22nd –  Lincoln – Engine Shed
Tue 23rd –  Scarborough – Spa. Grand Hall (upgraded from Ocean Rooms)
Wed 24th –  Scunthorpe – Baths Hall
Fri 26th –  Hatfield – Forum (Sold Out)
Sat 27th –  Northampton – Roadmender (Sold Out)
Sun 28th –  Peterborough – Cresset (Sold Out)
Tue 30th –  Belfast – Mandela Hall

Wed 1st – Derry – Nerve Centre
Thur 2nd – Cork – Pavilion
Fri 3rd – Dublin – Academy
Sat 4th – Liverpool – Academy (Liverpool Sound City)
Sun 5th – Coventry – Kasbah (Sold Out)

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Desert stoners Queens Of The Stone Age have released a new song today that will feature on their upcoming album ‘…Like Clockwork‘ which is set to be released June 4th on Matador Records.

New track ‘My God Is The Sun‘ is a straight up banger. No disappointment here, especially when Dave Grohl’s venomous drum steez is featured too. It’s the only way they could have returned. The overall result is another journey into the dark and dusty road that QOTSA are most famous for ruling. Why ruin history by taking a wrong turn elsewhere? It’s where they left off and it’s absolutely rocking.

The full length that is coming is said to have guest appearances from drummers Grohl, Joey Castillo and Jon Theodore plus the likes of Sir Elton John (barf), Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri (thankfully), Trent Reznor, Jake Shears, James Lavelle and Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys. Let’s hope that more of the same has been recorded to tape.

Look out for them at this year’s Download Festival at Donington Park. Turn this right up and get hyped on what’s coming next.

Music News

Wu-Tang Clan announce one-off London gig

Wu-Tang Clan have just announced that they will be playing the O2 Brixton Academy on July 26th as a part of the 20th anniversary of their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which is in November. Being advertised as “The World’s biggest hip-hop group celebrate their 20th anniversary”, this will be a show that you do not want to miss.

Edit: Manchester’s O2 Apollo has now been announced too on July 25th. Tickets are on sale from today, priced at £39.99 each from here.

Method Man previously confirmed that a new album is on its way at a show in the US.

Words: Sean Hendrie

Music News

Slam Dunk announce 13 more bands!

Slam Dunk Festival have announced 13 more bands who will be playing the 3 date festival around the UK this May. With headliners All Time Low, Four Year Strong and Deaf Havana already announced to play the festival, the festival will now host the likes of
Kids In Glass Houses, Bury Tomorrow, Cancer Bats, Heights, Heart In Hand, Tonight Alive, Heroes For Hire, House VS Hurricane, The American Scene, Gnarwolves, Blitz Kids, Captain Chunk! and [spunge]

Slam Dunk Festival dates:

25th May – Leeds University
26 May – The Forum, Hatfield
27th May – Civic, Wolverhampton

For ticket information visit


Must see shows: March

The weather is awful but there are plenty of shows out there worth leaving the house for, so get stuck into our recommended gigs for the reminder of March and spread the word. If you have shows you would like to put forward for April, get in touch.

HADOUKEN! – March 20th- Kingston

McClusky’s in Kingston alongside the good folk at Banquet Records will be hosting Hadouken’s album launch show for ‘Every Weekend’. Their gigs always bounce off the walls so go check out a band that have just been announced this week for Reading and Leeds main stage. You’d be a fool to miss this one considering how intimate the venue is. £10 for the show and a copy of the album. Visit for all ticket info and download this Koven remix for some deep dubstep and bass damage.

PARQUET COURTS – 19th, 20th, 21st March – London

American band Parquet Courts will be playing three shows in London towards the end of the month. 19th The Garage, Highbury (w/ The Men), Wednesday 20th March at The Shacklewell Arms, London New Cross and 21st at the Seebright Arms off Hackney Road as they make their mark on the UK. Follow your nose here to listen to their debut album. It’s a great blend of 70’s punk and trashy indie steez.


The rest of the UK have missed out but just in time for their new album ‘Specter At The Feast’, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be hitting up Belfast and Dublin. The American garage rock band will hopefully be back soon, but if you are in Ireland then get down to some shoegaze. Check here for dates.

BIFFY CLYRO – Tour across the UK

Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro will be heading off on tour from 20th March, heading to Newcastle, Birmingham, Cardiff, Sheffield, Manchester, Bournemouth, Dublin, Belfast, Aberdeen, Glasgow and London. Arenas are their kind of place and their shows are usually full of fire, smoke and rock and roll. Click here for full dates.

THE SMOKING HEARTS – Tour across England

British rock and roll band The Smoking Hearts will be doing a small tour at the end of March, visiting London (free show!), Bournemouth, Carthmathean, Cheltenham and Basingstoke. These newcomers are already known for their crazy antics of smashing guitars and drum kits sprawling across the stage. Click here for full dates.


Booze and rock and roll hits the road this month. A mere £5, the tour will be visiting major cities across the UK, bringing their A-game no doubt as they take everyone apart, piece by piece. For full dates click here.

GIDEON – March 20th – London

Heavy metal band Gideon will be showing off their stuff at The Garage, London at a one off show. Profoundly known for being aggressive and hardcore as fuck, £6 is most certainly a good deal. Click here for more information.


Red Dons are visiting for 3 shows in the UK this month bringing their unique incendiary hardcore with them. On Wednesday 27th March they play The Shacklewell Arms in London, Thursday 28th March at Wharf Chambers in Leeds and Friday 29th March TBA in Manchester. Read this killer interview and make sure you don’t miss this. Hyped.

Words: Sean Hendrie

Album Reviews Buzz Chart Music Reviews

Such Gold

Such Gold
Razor & Tie Records

Such GoldAmerican pop-punk is kicking off in the UK – is it just because they’re American? Hell no. It’s because pop-punk is awesome.

After having a few setbacks in 2012 Such Gold have retained their strength and are back with their debut studio album, Misadventures that oozes impeccable pop-punk. If you have been with Such Gold from the start and you have enjoyed their previous EP’s, you’re truly in for a treat.

The album kicks off with the aggressive, yet upbeat ‘Two Year Plan’, which is pretty much the album condensed into two minutes and eighteen seconds of pure pop-punk brilliance. To be honest, most the songs merge into each other. They’re not particularly bad, just generic pop-punk tunes. However, there are a couple of songs which are more distinctive than the others. ‘Storyteller’ is a lot heavier than the rest and offers a chance for the listener to really appreciate the devotion that these guys have put in.

The lyrics portray a veil of youthful emotion. When vocalist Ben Kotin sings …and I wish that I could say the days alleviate / this artificial pain I never thought that I’d be feeling at this age”, his words strike a familiar chord; this is music you would listen to while trashing your ex’s house.

Kotin’s vocals blend perfectly with the pounding drums and contagious guitars to create a relentless wave of emotional angst and passion throughout. Everything that comes out of his mouth just seems like he is in a hurry to tell you, and that you must know whatever he is saying instantly.

Misadventures has everything that you would expect from a pop-punk record: catchy riffs, great beats and a singer screaming into your ear drums. Oh, and what is a pop-punk song without the whole band shouting in the background? Although most of the songs just get a nod of approval, there are some goldmines – pun not intended. It’s a good album, not spectacular, but worthy of your time none the less.

Words: Emily Gunn

Live Reviews

Deftones and letlive live at Brixton Academy

Brixton Academy, London
20th February 2013

Three Trapped Tigers open up tonight’s proceedings to a fascinated audience. A mesmerising creation of technical beats and soaring synths allures the otherwise timid three-piece to the crowd. Drummer Adam Betts is the centre of attention with his flawless and creative technique. However, Three Trapped Tigers do little to entice movement but they certainly arouse the ear drums.

In terms of stage dynamics, LA’s Letlive are quite the opposite to the static Three Trapped Tigers. Frontman Jason Aalon Butler is clearly engrossed in the music. Amps, drum mats and anything else on or off stage that crosses his path is used as a playground. He leaps and prowls around whilst the band deliver some of Fake History’s most emotive and socially directed songs, including a passionate rendition of ‘Muther’. ‘Casino Columbus’ sees Jason front flip, throw a mic stand and guitarist Jeff Sahyoun destroy his axe. After a frantic set, Brixton Academy are awe struck, not quite sure what just physically and aurally hit them.

If any other band were topping the bill tonight, Letlive would have stolen the show from their grasps. But no such task is possible when the mighty Deftones are headlining. Opener ‘Diamond Eyes’ sets the score, evidently this will be a montage of the band’s greatest hits with ‘Passenger’, ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’ and newcomer ‘Swerve City’ all encouraging simultaneous head bangs, mosh pits and choral sing-a-longs. Chants of ‘Chinnnno’ in rest bites epitomise how well loved these metal titans are. Mind-blowingly heavy bass, atmospheric lighting and effortless stage presence all add up to create an undeniable spectacle.

Tonight’s show is something unique with every band on the bill impressing far beyond expectation in their own way… Three Trapped Tigers for their talent, letlive. for destructive suave and the legendary Deftones for again proving themselves to be one of the greatest musical treasures around.

Words: Emma Wallace