June 18th played host to OCHC Fest, a hardcore punk all dayer organised by Ocean City Hardcore, a local promotions company working hard to bring hardcore music to the tight knit community of fans in Plymouth and nearby. The festival was in aid of the Hardcore Help Foundation, a non profit organisation of hardcore fans from Germany who work on a number of projects to help those in need. From medical camps in Kenya to local housing and food banks, the charity works hard to break down the stereotype some may have of those in the scene whilst providing care for vulnerable people across the globe.
With a line up of hardcore giants such as Grove Street Families, Venom Prison and MindXControl, punters from across the country made the trip to Plymouth to attend the sold out all dayer. Also on the line up was local bands Boxkite, Quiet Man and Dusted, all of which are making their own dent on the hardcore scene, locally, nationally and further afield.
Split across two venues, The Junction and The Underground on Mutley Plain, the festival ran from 11.30am until late into the evening, with headliners MindXControl taking the stage at the Junction just before midnight. The atmosphere was electric with fans shouting along to every word and stage diving, clearly elated to have one of their favourite bands in such an intimate setting.
I loved seeing everyone working together, enjoying the music and absolutely not adhering to any shallow stereotype of violent thuggery. Seeing people slam into each other and throw their limbs around wildly may look aggressive, but if someone falls over or gets hurt, the action stops, people pick each other up off the floor and the show goes on.
Alongside donation buckets, there was a raffle with prizes featuring hours worth of tattoo time donated by Equinox Tattoo, tickets to the upcoming Anchored to the Sound festival and even a huge cuddly banana. In the end over £1000 was raised for the Hardcore Help Foundation, with more donations coming in via Paypal. Next year’s festival has already been announced, with plans to expand to more venues, more bands and possibly growing to a whole weekend of music.
A lot of respect to the guys who organised this, Andreas Martin and Elliot Philips, who’s passion for music and making money for charity keeps this event alive, and there’s clearly a demand for it. Here’s to OCHC Fest 3!
Photos by Saskia Hopwood – www.facebook.com/SaskiaHopwoodPhotography