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Rhy Grooves: Unite over pop punk and pizza

Local singer-songwriter Rhy Grooves says his musical awakening came with his first pop punk records, and tells us why he wants to serve us a slice of it too.

At age 14, a friend introduced me to Green Day and Blink 182. Within a week I owned a pair of Vans, dyed my hair blonde and started wearing studded belts to school every day. Pop punk is the genre that introduced me to guitar music and subsequently has shaped who I am today.

Rebellion through music was something I hadn’t yet been exposed too, and with the discovery of legacy punk records such as London Calling and Never Mind The Bollocks, I distinctly remember thinking that this was the coolest thing I’d ever heard.

Upbeat music with often passionate lyrics and true substance that fans can really relate to is the reason I keep coming out to these shows.

Since then I’ve always felt a personal obligation to involve music in my life to some capacity. Years of singing in touring bands and performing all over the UK has taught me that community will always be the beating heart of this genre. The sense of togetherness at punk and pop punk gigs always resonated with me and reminded me why this style of music means so much to so many. Upbeat music with often passionate lyrics and true substance that fans can really relate to is the reason I keep coming out to these shows.

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With that sense of community in mind I wanted to find a way to engage with the people of my hometown and I naturally gravitated to the amazing creative scene here in Blackpool. With the invaluable encouragement of Manchester based alt DJ Cam, we approached the Dirty Blondes with our idea to elevate the idea of what a typical DJ event could be. We later met with their wonderful team to form the Pop Punk Pizza Party, where a DJ set will blend seamlessly with the energy of a live performance.

The Dirty Blondes crew were super receptive to this idea from the get go, with full confidence in our ability to pull off an unforgettable night featuring the world’s best-known pop punk and emo music. We hope to make this a regular event and eventually take the Pop Punk Pizza Party to venues all across the country and beyond.

The inaugural Pop Punk Pizza Party is on on Wednesday 9th August at Dirty Blondes who will provide the necessary pizza as well as bespoke cocktails. Come sing your favourite songs with us and take advantage of the slice and pint offers until midnight. See you there!

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