The Underdog is back, and 2016 is going to be bigger, better and louder than ever! The second of our twelve heats will feature five heavy rock bands from around the South West!

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TICKETS ★ ★ ★ 
Advance tickets are worth double votes on the night and are on general sale NOW. Tickets are available directly from the bands or via Headfirst (no booking fees*) and Bristol Ticket Shop (online and in store).

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THE LINE UP ★ ★ ★ 
► Acquiesce | Bristol // Hard Rock
"A rad four piece band from Bristol just trying to rock out. Tearing it up with some sweet punk/hard rock combination with elements of stuff like: early alternative rock, noise rock and stoner rock, and kinda jangle/power pop sometimes."

► Awakening Hyperia | Bristol // Metal
"Awakening Hyperia are a multicultural four piece metal band. Spanish, Caribbean, Indian and German backgrounds fuse to produce the band's unique and captivating sound, which will prove to be a breath of fresh air from a genre in which creativity is quickly becoming stale."

► From Idols To Ashes | Bristol // Heavy Rock
"Alternative rock/metal band influenced by various hardcore, metal and classic rock bands. Rage Against the Machine meets letlive."

► VantaBlack | Bristol // Hard Rock
"Hard Rock from the heart of Bristol."

► Well Dressed Thief | Swindon // Alternative Rock
"Well Dressed Thief are a melodic, expansive and energetic alt-rock band from the cultural mecca that is Swindon."

► Date: Thursday 30th June 2016
► Venue: The Thunderbolt (
► Doors open: 19.00
► Tickets: £5.00 (Advance tickets worth double votes)
► Age Restrictions: All Ages

We’ve moved out Grand Final to the main stage of the o2 Academy, so save Saturday 3rd September in your calendars for our biggest ever show where we’ll be announcing the winners of The Underdog: 2016.

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New for 2016, we've introduced our Season Tickets - one ticket gets you entry into all seventeen shows! There's a very limited supply and season ticket holders get triple votes. Available here:

* - tickets are listed at £4.50 + BF, so you'll only pay £5.00 (face value).