Hit The Deck Festival in Nottingham is getting good rep from Southend this weekend. Not only do we have our fave new band HOSPITALS supporting Cancer Bats and Comeback Kid at Stealth, but we have pop punk youngsters RIO playing in the Rock City basement.

Fresh from supporting Mcfly on their recent tour, Rio have really taken things up a gear this year. One of the tightest live bands in the southeast, I’ve seen the adoration and frenzied devotion of their fan base for myself at a recent Chinnerys show. 

The comparisons with Fall Out Boy and All Time Low are inevitable, but being unashamedly pop is never a bad thing if the passion is there to back it up. Which these guys have in bucket loads.

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