A wise man once said: 'If you don't go away, they can't miss you'... or something to that effect anyway. Basically, there's a bunch of bands making a return to Groezrock this year. Some of them you'll be familiar with but others...maybe not so much. So here's four bands making glorious returns to Meerhout - all of them to the main stage, funnily enough - that we think you should watch.
New Found Glory (Saturday - 9:05pm - Monster Main Stage)
New Found Glory haven't had it easy in 2014, but they'll be hoping to put their woes behind them as they perform at Groezrock for the first time in seven years. The band are stalwarts of the pop-punk genre, with many citing records like 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' and 'Sticks And Stones' as highly influential. They're out to prove that pop-punk isn't dead; let's hope they show us.
The Lawrence Arms - (Friday - 5:20pm - Monster Main Stage)
The last time The Larry Arms played a show in Europe was four years ago. In that time they've gotten older. Wiser? Yeah... maybe not so much (kidding). Having signed to Epitaph, the band are now out in support of Metropole and the good folks at Groezrock have got them on their bill for the first time since the release of Oh! Calcutta! eight years ago. Needless to say, I'm excited. But, if you're unfamiliar, this is punk rock from the Rust Belt at it's finest and you'd be a fool not to catch the band's only, currently scheduled, European show of 2014.
BoySetsFire - (Friday - 5:20pm - Monster Main Stage)
It's been three years since BoySetsFire were last at Groezrock. The band marked their return from 'hiatus' with an appearance in 2011 and now, with a new album under their belts, they're bringing their blend of heavy hardcore and emo-tinged lyrics back to the esteemed punk festival. One of the most unique sounding bands around, they're sure to be a hit on the Groezrock main stage.
Descendents - (Friday - 9:05pm - Monster Main Stage)
The story of Descendents is a pretty complicated one; so much so they made a documentary about it. For years, lead singer, Milo Aukerman has flip-flopped between his job and the band - leaving the other guys to start ALL (who are performing on Saturday at 6:30pm on the main stage) - but the fans passion has never wavered. The band last performed in 2011, so it's good to have them back. Rumour has it, they're playing Milo Goes To College in full. Are they? I guess you'll have to go down and find out, won't you?
Of course, these aren't the only bands making a grand return to Groezrock. The highlights include: Austrian punks Astpai; who are playing the festival again after winning a slot on the Macbeth stage a few years ago, Alkaline Trio; who're returning after two years away, as are The Menzingers who have a slot in the middle of the main stage this year. Finally, NOFX will be headining the Friday night having played three times in the past five years. Obviously, there's loads more and we'll be back with our essential Groezrock 'mixtape' on Monday.