Katie Conway-Flood
Katie Conway-Flood is a music journalist, music publicist and general band enthusiast. For several years, since graduating university with a first class degree in music business, Katie has written single, album and live reviews, and regularly contributed to news stories and feature pieces for a plethora of online music publications. Katie is otherwise a pop-punk, pop-rock listener and ethical vegan.
Live Reviews

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Tramlines Festival 2021

Sheffield's biggest party was welcomed back into Hillsborough Park over the weekend of July 23rd - July 25th, as the twelfth edition of Tramlines Festival made its triumphant return to Steel City. It showcased the best music, film and comedy that local Sheffield acts and UK wide talent has to offer and featured flares, flying drinks and sets across five stages from Sarah Nulty’s Main Stage to T’Other Stage and The Leadmill Stage to The Open Arms. Tramlines put on a true northern style long weekender.


Visceral horror-punk and gory gothic-rock are the aesthetics and sound of East London’s Saint Agnes. Delivering their debut album 'Welcome To Silvertown' in 2019, Saint Agnes sonically showcased their fiery punk ferocity and sweet pop hooks and visually told the tale of a dark fantasy world in which Kitty A. Austen and Jon James Tufnell immerse themselves and their audience in to shocking effect. They released mini-album 'Vampire' earlier this year, showcasing that Saint Agnes’ disgusting horror-punk trash metal sound, fantastical song writing and bubble gum pink meets jet black visuals are bolder, braver and more immersive than ever before. We spoke to vocalist Kitty and guitarist Jon backstage at the Download Pilot event all about their jaw dropping performance, the characters of mini album 'Vampire' and bringing the new material to the stage at last.

MUSIC INTERVIEW: As Everything Unfolds

As Everything Unfolds are changing up the way modern metal and post hardcore music sounds by bringing their fresh blend of melodic vocals and heavy riffs to the scene. They released their debut album 'Within Each Lies The Other' earlier this year and are now set to support Holding Absence across the UK and Europe later this year. We spoke to vocalist Charlie Rolfe backstage at the Download Pilot event all about the bands journey, the reception to the record, digitally connecting with fans and the bands Heavy Music Awards nomination.


London based duo CRASHFACE crashed onto the scene back in 2020 and have since released a string of relentless singles in the run up to dropping their blazing debut EP 'HEAVY INFECTIOUS'. A bombastic blend of alt-rock, infectiously aggressive punk, slamming riffs and sickly-sweet vocals, CRASHFACE are a band that will send a shock through the system. We spoke to vocalist/guitarist Charlie Hinton and bassist Otto Balfour all about their musical influences, the EP release and the importance of the visual aspect to a band's artistry.


Manchester’s Hot Milk are a band brimming with sheer force, delivering high octane alternative-rock-meets-mainstream-pop driven by big riffs, big choruses and equally bigger amounts of upbeat energy. Their debut EP 'Are You Feeling Alive?' demonstrates this, headed up by Han Mee and Jim Shaw’s flair for lifeful pop hooks. Having toured with the likes of rock royalty Foo Fighters and UK favourites You Me At Six, Hot Milk have grown in confidence, charisma and volume ever since. On the brink of releasing their brand new EP 'I JUST WANNA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I’M DEAD' and with a UK tour to follow, we spoke to co-vocalists/co-guitarists Mee and Shaw backstage at the Download Pilot event, discussing their excitement for the new era of Hot Milk, the decision to release another EP and more. 
Live ReviewsReviews

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Download Pilot 2021

The recent ten thousand capacity Download Pilot event witnessed the welcomed live return of a full camping festival as part of the UK Government's pilot scheme to help open up live music. We were lucky enough to attend the memorable live event, find out what we thought about the artists we saw over the weekend!


'Bodies' is an album that showcases a moment in AFI’s career much similar to their previous ten releases, taking the noisiest version of punk music and mixing it with brooding emotions and polished synths.   


This weekend a 10,000 capacity Download Pilot is set to take place featuring headliners Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine plus many more acts across the three-day test festival. The event is set to be utilised as a gateway to getting live music back on the road as part of the second phase of the Government's scientific event research programme. Check out our top picks from the line-up of this very special music event.

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Tramlines Festival 2021

Sheffield's biggest party, Tramlines Festival is set to make a triumphant return to Hillsborough Park come 23rd - 25th July. Featuring headliners, The Streets, Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft plus a whole host of 46 already confirmed music acts across the festivals three-day line-up, plus many more names in music, art and comedy to be announced. We take a deep dive into some of the most anticipated, hyped and talked about artists, spanning a spectrum of genres from indie, metal, rock and more ahead of the long-awaited Tramlines Festival 2021.  
Music Reviews

ALBUM REVIEW: Rise Against – Nowhere Generation

Resonance through the medium of music is a difficult thing to capture decades down the line in a band's career, but with every new record from punk-rock giants Rise Against, the profound impact of their unapologetic, socially conscious message, mixed with their melodic punk-rock sound only gets louder, stronger and more powerful than the previous. With album number nine, 'Nowhere Generation', Rise Against’s voice is turned up tenfold. 
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