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Ones To Watch: Hollowstar

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The next band to step into the Ones To Watch spotlight are fast-rising Cambridgeshire rockers Hollowstar.

Hollowstar are Joe Bonson (lead vocals, bass), Phil Haines (guitar), Tom Collett (guitar), Jack Bonson (drums).

Hollowstar are the kind of band that exude so much shimmering potential that you’re reassured the future of rock music could well be in safe hands. Citing Thunder, Slash and Black Stone Cherry as among their biggest inspirations, the band’s highly-honed music and Joe’s impressive pipes are entrenched in classic rock, yet, rather than just idly regurgitating their influences, crucially Hollowstar’s sounds are fresh and engrained with their own personality.

Formed just three years ago in the market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, Hollowstar spent their early years relentlessly touring, perfecting their hard-edged rock sound and winning over fans in the process. Almost exactly a year ago, they unleashed their debut EP ‘Some Things Matter’ to the world and it was duly showered with plaudits from the press and peaked at no.13 on the iTunes rock chart. Flaunting their diverse musical talents, the six-track EP boasted tunes like the slow-building and atmospheric ‘Feel The Burn’ and the riff-heavy rock stomper ‘Holding It Together’, and it paved the way to support slots with Stone Broken, Toseland and more.

Building upon these embryonic talents, last month they returned to the fold with the towering anthem ‘All I Gotta Say’. Ticking all the boxes and playlisted by Planet Rock, it melds crunching riffs and pounding beats with urgent vocals and solid lyrics from Joe. With their career on an upward trajectory, this summer they’re playing a series of headline dates, festivals and four coveted support slots with Graham Bonnet Band before opening for Dan Reed Network on their Planet Rock presents November 2018 tour. We implore you to catch them if you can!


See Hollowstar at the following upcoming shows:

JUNE 2018
NFest Needingworth – Sat 30th

JULY 2018
Daxtonbury Festival – Sat 7th
Bilston Robin 2 – Thu 12th
Cambridge Rock Festival – Sat 28th

AUGUST 2018
Aberdeen The Assembly – Thu 9th (w/ Graham Bonnet Band)
Edinburgh Bannermans Bar – Fri 10th (w/ Graham Bonnet Band)
Louth Town Hall – Sat 11th (w/ Graham Bonnet Band)
Newcastle Trillians – Sun 12th (w/ Graham Bonnet Band)
Leicester Rocks Festival – Sat 18th
Rock the Lakes Festival – Sun 19th

SEPTEMBER 2018
Fire and Forge Festival – Sat 15th
Evesham The Iron Road – Sat 22nd

OCTOBER 2018
Four Sticks Festival – Sat 6th
Kaiser Bill Festival – Fri 12th

NOVEMBER 2018
Bilston The Robin 2 – Wed 7th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Newcastle Riverside – Thu 8th   (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Monsterfest at Inverness The Ironworks – Sat 10th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Glasgow The Garage – Tue 13th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Wakefield Warehouse 23 – Wed 14th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Pontypridd Muni Arts Centre – Fri 16th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Chester The Live Rooms – Sat 17th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Stoke Eleven – Wed 21st (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Derby The Venue – Thu 22nd (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
London 229 Venue – Fri 23rd (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
London The Landor – Sat 24th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)
Manchester Club Academy – Sun 25th (w/ Dan Reed Network & Mason Hill)

DECEMBER 2018
The Rock'n'Roll Circus Events Charity Xmas Bash V – Sat 8th

Keep up-to-date with Hollowstar by visiting their official website and following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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