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Cerebral Ballzy UK tour dates July

New York punks Cerebral Ballzy return to the UK in July this year as part of their European tour. The tour dates that were announced last night are all listed below, look out for them in the UK from July calling at Southampton, Andover, Newport, Liverpool, London and Tunbridge Wells.

CB have played 2 Crossfire events over the last 2 years. If you have not seen our interview with this lot, click play.

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Cerebral Ballzy video interview

Welcome to the world of Cerebral Ballzy, a hardcore band from New York whose band name I can never spell properly when typing it on a keyboard. This 5-piece have toured every shit hole out there and caused chaos with their energetic live sets for the last couple of years. Thankfully, we have had the pleasure of them playing 2 Crossfire events in 6 months and managed to sit down with them for a chat.

This video interview was shot at 2011’s Camden Crawl. The recording’s were lost on hard drive and then found recently, so enjoy their words discussing hardcore influences, the making of their debut album, skittle nipples, flourescent Nike’s, Raymond Pettibon’s studio in Venice Beach, being taught how to kickflip from the legendary Zoo York skater Harold Hunter (RIP) and more.

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The Crossfire Halloween Massacre 2011 gallery feature


crossfire_halloween_massacre_2011The Massacre was heavily missed by many last year so organisation for this one started as far back as the beginning of August to make sure it was going to happen. With no room for a mini ramp at Vauxhall’s Hidden Club, Matthew Bromley’s idea to have a skate sticker exhibition caught on amongst 12 of London’s best skate art illustrators and the Toxic Wasters exhibition took its place. We did miss the ramp though, so next year we will try our hardest to get it back into the mix for you.

Highlights for this explosive night are rife. Cornish 4-piece Crowns made some new drinking buddies by serving up cold pints of Clash inspired, seafaring punk rock. Tomb Crew got stuck into Front Magazine‘s room by dropping the beats on the earlybirds whilst Illaman MC had more words that a dictionary to spill across Rack N Ruin‘s set too. 3 hours of grime, dubstep and bass reigned supreme before Cerebral Ballzy took to the stage in the Vans room. The results were no surprise.

This was the most chaotic show we have ever seen at any Crossfire night. From the off, a sea of bodies collided as the hardcore was sprayed into the crowd. Surgeons, zombies, military officers, pirates, even bananas, were smashing into each other forming one of the biggest bundles ever seen thanks to the dance music podiums that were used as launch pads! This legendary set was ended with a piñata smashing of the highest order and a set of absolute bangers by Stereo:Type who mashed up every classic in the book. The Vans room was covered in beers, stickers and sweets and ended up destroyed.

The Last Resort DJs dropped 90’s rock classics across 2 rooms and had the place rolling alongside a fierce stoner rock set from James Sherry, whilst Talita Two Shoes and Pheobe Winter freaked everyone out with their Child’s Play and dropped a great selection of metal! It’s always fantastic to see the DJs and bands dress up for this occassion. Pheobe’s and Talita won it for the girls and Enter Shikari‘s Rou Reynolds was a serious contender for the boys prize. Shikari have spent the last 2 weeks on tour around the UK but still had the energy to jump on the decks with us for 90 mins. Rout and SGT Rolfy had the place jumping before handing over the decks to High Rankin & Tigerlight who were dressed for Ultraviolence and continued the frenzy with bass driven beats mixed with a ton of wob!

Overall, not many people were ejected on the night. We are listening to all of your feedback on our facebook page and twitter so keep them coming and share your pics on there with us this week.

Thanks so much if you came down to make this night the huge success that this year’s Crossfire Halloween Massacre in association with Vans turned out to be, and also for dressing up in some of the best costumes we have ever seen! Big ups to all at Vans and Front Magazine, all at Hidden Club and Found series, Chloe Leeks, James Sherry, Paul Parker for his incredible artwork and all of the illustrators involved in Toxic Wasters exhibition, all the DJs and bands mentioned above, everyone at Division PR, Sophie Kostrowski, Scott Kell, Tom Halliday, the lovely guys at WE Audio, Kerrang, Rocksound, Clash, Metro, NME, Time Out, The Londonist, TNT, Sidewalk Mag, XFM, Gallows, We Are The Ocean, Hawk Eyes and all of the other bands out there who retweeted our shit and anyone we forgot. See you in 2012!

Enjoy the gallery photos below thanks to the long hours put in by Tom Halliday and Scott Kells. If you use these images, please credit them.

Watch the full video from the night courtesy of Sophie Kostrowski and Matthew Bromley:

Watch a clip of Cerebral Ballzy exploding in the Vans room. Caught on iphone from above.


Enter Shikari blow up the Front room

Sweet Dreams played party nightmares!

Our photographer Tom Halliday is a Misfit!

High Rankin dropped bombs!
Cerebral Ballsout played


Crowns brought dead sailors up from Cornwall!

Tigerlight in the house!

Next 3 pics shot by James Sherry.

Final photo by Tom Halliday.

“It was a great night had by all with some amazing outfits, a truly hilscarious event!” – Sgt Rolfy (Enter Shikari)

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The Crossfire Halloween Massacre 2011

Thanks for making this one of the best night’s out we have ever had the pleasure of creating. Look out for the gallery today on the homepage.



9 – 10.30pm: LAST RESORT
10.30 – 11pm: CROWNS LIVE
12.30am – 2amSTEREO:TYPE


10.30pm-12am – LAST RESORT DJs


10pm-11.30pm TOMB CREW with ILLAMAN MC
11.30pm -1am RACK N RUIN
2.30am-4.00am HIGH RANKIN and TIGERLIGHT

So here, we are. There are literally handfuls of advance tickets left. Snap them up right now and we will have your details on the door for when you arrive, no worries. We have also held back only 100 tickets on the door for those of you who can’t get your shit together! We are almost there though, you’d better be ready!

In order to celebrate 10 YEARS of doing this Crossfire stuff, our filthiest party, THE CROSSFIRE HALLOWEEN MASSACRE in association with Vans returns to the capital this year on Friday October 28th. We are putting everything into this one here so get organised in advance. Press play for Halloween Treats!


This party will be held at the same venue that we threw the Flip premiere at HIDDEN CLUB, 100 Tinworth Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5EQ from 9pm-5am. Click here for a map. Please note that this night is strictly over 18’s only. You will be asked to show ID at the door and go through a small security check.


Earlybird tickets have now unfortunately sold out. Advance tickets for just £10 (+booking fee) are on sale now from Ticketweb and WeGotTickets for a limited period. You can pick up paper tickets in the shop over the counter and online here at Slam City Skates. Please note that this event always sells out and tickets are currently selling fast, so organise your Halloween night now to avoid disappointment. Invite your friends from the Facebook
event page.


The Massacre is only a week away, so what will you be dressing up as this year? It’s not essential but please note that pretty much everyone makes a big effort for this party. We will give away a huge package from Vans, Front, Crossfire and of course, a ltd edition Toxic Wasters sticker pack for the best dressed on the night. The best dressed male and best dressed female will be picked at midnight, so get yourself organised this weekend!

Nine Inch Nails, mashed up with Skrillex, Guns and Roses, Plan B, Michael Jackson, Slipknot, Chase and Status, Pendulum, Nero, Rage Against the Machine, The Prodigy, Noisia, Daft Punk- it’s all stuffed into here to form a party classic! Just dive into this and download it for free today on us.

If you are loving this, show your appreciation and LIKE the Stereo:Type Facebook page so you can keep in touch with more of this goodness.

Crossfire Halloween Mix & Free Mashup by Stereo:Type


Cerebral Ballzy are our special guests this year. Watch their latest video here and look out for an interview with them this month.

We have also added Cornish 4-piece punk band, Crowns to the Vans room line up. Expect pirate style punk rock with a boozy swagger hitting your ears! Get a free download here.



ROUT & SGT ROLFY (Enter Shikari DJ Set)
RACK N RUIN (Black Butter Records)
TOMBCREW feat ILLAMAN MC (Trouble & Bass)


STEREO:TYPE (XFM’s most requested Mash Up DJ)
PHEOBE WINTER (Metal Hammer show onPlanet Rock)


12 of the most exciting skateboard graphic illustrators will showcase one off sticker designs especially for Halloween. Includes exclusive work from Paul Parker, Mr Gauky, Kyle Platts, Sam Taylor, Matthew Bromley, French, Stu Smith, Fos, Craig Scott, Dan Singer, Paddy Jones and Tom Slater.

Watch Paul Parker’s illustration documentary here to find out more about his art. Mr Gauky’s Day In A Life is also now live. Awesome stuff.

If you have been to the Massacre before then you know you will need 2 days off to recover, so this year we have decided to help you out and throw it on a Friday. Get organised with tickets now to avoid disappointment. Please download the Massacre flyer below and put it on your wall. See you there!


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Cerebral Ballzy announced as Massacre guests!

cerebral-ballzyNew York hardcore band Cerebral Ballzy are returning to Crossfire following their Camden Crawl show back in May.

They released a brand new video for their track Anthem today and will play live as special guests at our Halloween Massacre in association with Vans and join Sweet Dreams and Last Resort who are also announced today as DJ’s on the now packed bill.

Speaking to us today, Ballzy had this message for you. – “Expect blood.”

Expect this night to go off as usual but please note that all earlybird tickets have now sold out, so if you are planning your Halloween this week, get your tickets now from Ticketweb or from Found Series for just £10. There will be a limited 50 tickets held back on the door on the night for £15. Get your night organised now to avoid disappointment.

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The Fucking Hate stream full album

thefuckinghateIf you were at the last Halloween Massacre then you may well have seen The Fucking Hate playing live. They were absolutely raging on the night!

This week, the 3 piece have delivered a 9 track album called Folkways Of Prehistoric Origin for you to listen to that is stuffed with crunching hardcore and is sounding amazing. Stream it from the player below and buy it from their Bandcamp page, donations are all welcome.

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New Cerebral Ballzy single and video

cerebralballzyCerebral Ballzy have announced their new single, Cutting Class.

The band, who have signed with Cooking Vinyl, will be releasing their self-titled album on August 1st. The band have also released the track Drug Myself Dumb, which comes with the video below.

Their July dates are:

9th – Sonisphere
10th – NASS Festival
11th – Sussex Arms, Tonbridge Wells
12th – Shacklewell Arms, London
16th – Latitude Festival

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Cerebral Ballzy to headline Crossfire at Camden Crawl

thecamdencrawl2011This Sunday we will be at the Barfly for our evening of party goodness at the Gaymers Camden Crawl and will be expecting a night full of tunes and live bands from 6pm. The venue will be open all day of course if you are planning to get amongst the daytime entertainment but our evening line up is looking pretty tasty and can now be released so here’s what we have planned for you.

Live Schedule upstairs at the Barfly:

8.20pmHOLY STATE – visit – Traveling from Leeds and signed to Dance to the Radio, this angular, post punk 4-piece should please fans of Hot Snakes and Jesus Lizard. Don’t miss them as they give a great live show and will be a band you will hear much more about this year.

9.25pmDELS – visit Signed to Big Dada Records (offshoot of Ninja Tune) DELS is an MC who pushes what he can say with words as hard as he can and combines it with a really adventurous attitude towards music. His debut album ‘GOB’ is released on Monday so this should be quite a party!

10.30pmCEREBRAL BALLZY – visit Our headliners are set to take the roof off the Barfly in true hardcore style. The Brooklyn based punk 5-piece play fast, skate punk that Bad Brains and first album Suicidal Tendencies fans will be proud to hear so expect total mayhem!

DJ Schedule, downstairs at the Barfly

6pm-9pm: CROSSFIRE SOUND SYSTEM with Zac Slack and James Sherry. Expect a mixed bag of punk rock, psych-garage, stoner and classic alternative and indie tracks.

9pm-11.15pm: SWEET DREAMS DJs. Returning for more since last year’s Camden Crawl these 2 ladies who know their dirty hip hop and also love a party classic!

11.15pm-12.30pm: The CROSSFIRE SOUND SYSTEM will be charging on all fronts with mash up, rock and punk classics once Cerebral Ballzy take your ears off. Expect a sing-a-long.

12.30-2am: RITA MAIA. West London’s electronic slayer will be dropping Hip Hop, Drum n Bass and dubstep hammers until close at 2am.


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Cerebral Ballzy return to London in May

cerebralballzyBrooklyn hardcore band Cerebral Ballzy have announced a live show at the Barfly in Camden, London for May 7th with Thrush Metal in support. If you like your old school hardcore a la Bad Brains, Adolescents, Black Flag then watch this video and get hyped.

Doors at 8pm -2am with a whole host of guest support acts and DJs planned. Tickets £6 adv from here.

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Trash Talk – Live

Trash Talk, Cerebral Ballzy
The Barfly

A word from the promoter before the show lets us know that this event is a couple of tickets away from selling out. It seems they completely underestimated something along the way as we get into the upstairs room to find it at possibly the fullest I’ve ever seen. Even for support act Cerebral Ballzy, it’s a bit of a strain to get any sort of view at all. And forgive us, but we don’t fancy being too near the front given both bands’ reputations for hurling objects (and themselves) into the crowd as well as a tendency to puke / spit / generally emit bodily fluids when on stage. Despite being confined to a small square near the back of the venue, it’s still possible to enjoy Cerebral’s exuberant take on old-skool punk rock and hardcore as they barrel through upbeat songs about “drinking til you puke”, “not having enough money to pay for the tube” and “girls”. It’s certainly obvious these guys are basically kids but that’s what makes their reinvention of the genre so potent and fun.

Trash Talk have pretty much lived in the UK this year and it’s clearly a big deal to them that this will be their last show in the UK until summer 2011. Even though that doesn’t seem so far away, I think it’s safe to say that the UK will be a touch more boring without their perpetual presence. Their music is somewhat darker than what has preceded tonight and menacing basslines are coupled with frenetic drumbeats and vocalist Lee Spielman’s shouty/screechy/growly sounds. Throughout the set, the mic is passed to audience members etc as Spielman literally climbs the walls of the venue (seriously, what is he holding on to?!) It’s almost as if the wirey, long-haired singer has been re-incarnated as Spiderman as he flips around, bouncing off the walls. Trash Talk have managed to carve themselves a niche in the live scene in the UK, somehow attracting indie kids and metallers alike to their frenetic live show and it’s safe to say that many will be awaiting their return with baited breath.