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The night was opened by self-proclaimed ‘soft punk’ Erica Freas, who is perhaps best known as a member of Washington punk band RVIVR. Erica treated the crowd to some tender, thoughtful solo tracks, including the beautifully delicate Belly.

Next up, Durham’s own No Ditching took to the stage with their infectiously buoyant pop punk and had everyone dancing within minutes. No Ditching are the kind of band that the exuberant teenager inside all of us would’ve wanted to be in, so when you see them on stage performing their punchy, clever pop songs it’s hard not to sing along.

Anticipating the headliner, local DIY punks Martha, who have recently released their second LP, Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart, are supremely good. This is the kind of music that makes members of the crowd turn to their friends mid-song to grin ecstatically at each other; every song is enthusiastically chorused by everyone in the packed out venue.

The night was headlined by melodic Texas-based punks Radioactivity, who launched into an energetic set fuelled by their solid, hard-hitting songs. Barely pausing between songs before hurling themselves into the next high-octane, well-crafted refrain, their set was short but sweet, and by the end of the night everyone in the crowd had that post-gig glow which is categorical evidence of an evening of enthusiastic toe-tapping.

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