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Friday, 03 February 2017 19:24

BLOODSTOCK announce four more bands

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As 2017 settles in, four more brutal bands are locked in for August’s best metal weekender; BLOODSTOCK!

Swedish metal marauders, SOILWORK are confirmed for a main stage slot at Catton Park.  Frontman Björn ‘Speed’ Strid tells us "We are really thrilled to return to UK soil after a killer mini-tour with Arch Enemy last year.  That ended with one of the most spectacular and sweatiest shows to date at The Underworld in London. BLOODSTOCK is always a riot and we cannot wait to hit the stage this summer.  Bring it England!!!"  

‘Murder metal’ outfit, MACABRE are set for a headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage.  The Chicago-based band blend elements of true crime, math rock, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death metal, jazz fusion, black metal and more.  Guitarist/vocalist, Corporate Death tells us “We haven’t been back to the UK in several years but BLOODSTOCK is exactly where MACABRE should play if you know our music.”  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch this unique band on UK shores!

Metallic Finns WINTERSUN are also lined up to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage.  The band are hard at work on new album, ‘The Forest Seasons’ which is set for release this Summer via Nuclear Blast.  The band tell us “It’ll be great to come back to the atmospheric BLOODSTOCK.  We had a blast in 2011, but this year is extra special since we’re going to play new music for you guys!  See ya in August!"  

Keen to include bands from less obvious parts of the world too, BLOODSTOCK is delighted to welcome back Egyptian death metallers, SCARAB, to the Sophie stage.  The band are currently recording their new album, ‘Martyrs Of The Storm’ so expect some new material at Catton Park this August! 

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit plan.  The payment scheme helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums.  Sign up in the ticket store before 28th Feb with an initial payment of £34.80.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. 

Get full info over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday’s headliners MEGADETH, plus BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL and DECAPITATED.  Many more, including our Saturday headliner are still be announced!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK’s social media for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.  Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT

Hellyeah

Thanks to our friends at ElevenSeven Music we've got signed copies of the album to give away. Tune in to the Unchained Rock Show, Monday at 9pm on ARFM to find out how you could get hold of a copy of the superb 'UNDEN!ABLE'.

U.S based metal merchants HELLYEAH will be heading to UK shores for some headline dates in April very soon hot on the heels after their European dates with KORN.

HELLYEAH latest release  UNDEN!ALBE features 11 tracks that take off where it’s predecessor Blood For Blood. That album debuted at #1 Billboard Hard Rock Charts in June 2014 and which Revolver Magazine praised as being full of “punchy and vitriolic, unforgiving tracks”. Heavy with a purpose, the band is re-charged, sharpened up and ready to reclaim their rightful spot at the top of the rock charts. This description aptly describes the music fans have been waiting for.

The record also features a beyond the grave appearance from the late great Dimebag Darrel who's guitar can be ambitiously heard across the Phil Collins cover 'I Don't Care Anymore' 

UNDEN!ALBE was produced in Las Vegas at The Hideout Recording Studio by Kevin Churko (Papa Roach, Rob Zombie), and showcases everything that the band’s fans have come to know and love in a more focused, concise, and powerful sound with Churko co-writing all songs.

Check them out on tour in the UK on the following dates;

April 7th, Club Academy - Manchester

April 8th, The Garage - Glasgow

April 10th, Leeds University Stylus - Leeds

April 11th, Waterfront - Norwich

April 13th, o2 Academy Islington - London

April 14th, Thekla - Bristol

April 15th, Rock City - Nottingham

For more details www.hellyeahband.com

Slam Dunk Feb 2017

Hot on the heels of the Fearless Records sneak peak announcement earlier this week, they announce some more big guns for this years festival including NECK DEEP, MEMPHIS MAYFIRE, SET IT OFF, CITIZEN and TURNOVER. Add that to those announced earlier this week; I PREVAIL, ICE NINE KILLS and OCEANS ATE ALSAKA and its sure to be a memorable weekend.

SLAM DUNK Festival 2017 is taking place over the following dates

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL - MIDLANDS - BIRMINGHAM 27/05/17

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL - NORTH - LEEDS 28/05/17

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL - SOUTH - HATFIELD 29/05/17

For more information and tickets visit http://slamdunkmusic.com/

Download Feb 17

Yep! That's right...Download Festival 2017 has added over 45 more bands hitting the stages across Donington Park.

And here they are;

Touché Amoré, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Contortionist, Venom Prison, Grove Street Families, Holding Absence, She Must Burn, Wednesday 13, The Lounge Kittens, Casey, The La Fontaines, A Day To Remember, Steel Panther, Creeper, Sabaton, Hacktivist, Baroness, State Champs, Northlane, Kvelertak, Suicidal Tendencies, The Dillinger Escape Plan, As It Is, Trash Boat, Alestorm, The Devils Wears Prada, In Flames, Moses, Normandie, Moose Blood, The King Blues, Idles, Junior, Dead Label, Like A Storm, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Devilskin, Fizzy Blood, The Charm The Fury, Stone Broken, Brutai, I The Mighty, DEAD!, Bloody Youth, Red Sun Rising!

These will be joining already announced headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith; and they still haven't finished.

It's gonna be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Download Festival takes place between 9 – 11 June 2017.

For more information and tickets visit https://downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets 

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KASABIAN announced as headline act for Reading and Leeds 2017.

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, FLUME, FATBOY SLIM,

WILEY, CIRCA WAVES, JIMMY EAT WORLD,

THE AMITY AFFLICTION AND RAT BOY ALSO ANNOUNCED

JOIN PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED HEADLINER MUSE, AND MORE 

FOR THE AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

www.readingandleedsfestival.com

Reading and Leeds announces Kasabian as the second headliners for this year’s Festivals, taking place on 25 – 27  August 2017 at Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, Leeds. Tickets are available here.

Here's another one hot on the heels to get the blood flowing. The mighty KORN are playing this years Reading and Leeds festival. Trail-blazing across Europe in 2017 and making a welcome return in summer to British shores to hit the stages at one of our premier festivals.

With their sixth studio album set for release this spring, rock juggernauts Kasabian stand as one of the biggest and  most beloved British bands of the 21st century. Their unmistakable modern-day rock & roll anthems have seen them reinvent themselves from the vintage classics of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, through to the electro-infused party starters of recent album 48:13. A band leading the charge in modern British rock - their UK Festival Exclusive performance at Reading & Leeds will mark an invigorating new chapter for a defining band of our time. Kasabian commented: “It’s been five years, and as a band we have come a long way since then. We’re looking forward to playing tunes from the new record and bringing the mosh pit to Reading & Leeds Festival!”

Melvin Benn commented: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Kasabian as the second headliner for Reading and Leeds 2017. It’s been five years since they played; I’m excited about what this memorable headline performance will bring. The Reading and Leeds line up is already shaping up to be one of the best yet, and I’m looking forward to revealing the third and final headliner soon.”

Two Door Cinema Club join the impressive line up for another vibrant performance at Reading and Leeds. Expect old favourites alongside new tracks from latest album Gameshow, as the Northern Irish trio smash yet another festival crowd on their way to indie immortality.

Two Door Cinema Club commented: "It's so good to be back at Reading and Leeds, it's always a highlight of our summer. Good to see so many guitar bands on the bill this year as well."

Aussie electro king Flume is set to touch down at Reading & Leeds this summer. Latest album Skin saw him branch into stunning collaborations with AlunaGeorge, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples and Beck amongst others. Expect a stellar production of the soundtrack to 2017 when one of the most in-demand producers in modern dance, Flume takes to the Reading & Leeds stage for a UK Festival Exclusive performance. 

No British DJ stands as iconic as Fatboy Slim. In the span of his 20 year career, he not only pioneered an entire revolution in British dance, but became the genre’s leading face and changed a generation in the process. From ‘The Rockafeller Skank’, through ‘Praise You’, ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and many more, Fatboy Slim’s first ever performance at Reading & Leeds this summer is guaranteed to leave festival-goers wanting to ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ for the entire weekend.

Following the success of his top ten album The Godfather, Wiley returns to Reading and Leeds in 2017. Widely acknowledged for laying the foundations for one of the most explosive and important genres of the 21st century, catch the godfather himself performing his art in its purest form.

Circa Waves will mark their unstoppable return with an appearance at this year’s festivals, bringing their hotly anticipated new album Different Creatures to life with the live presence that has catapulted them to sold-out shows across the globe.

Talking about playing Reading & Leeds this year, Circa Waves said: “We are SO made up to be playing Reading and Leeds again. We are so ready for the festival and can't wait to tear the stage up!”

Festival favourites and influential heroes of their genre, Jimmy Eat World are set to deliver their unrivalled catalogue of life-affirming classics to the Reading & Leeds crowd with a UK Festival Exclusive performance. Expect anthems  ‘The Middle’, ‘Sweetness’ and much more amongst hits from latest album Integrity Blues.

Aussie metalcore titans The Amity Affliction will make their way to Reading & Leeds this summer for a UK Festival 

Exclusive performance, bringing their unmistakable sound to new levels after a mammoth 12 months of touring around the globe. One of the most talked about post-hardcore bands of the moment, their debut appearance at Reading & Leeds will be a calling moment of a band in their element.

Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction says: "I can’t actually believe we’re going to be playing Reading and Leeds. What a wild dream we’re living in. After seeing insane photos of these festivals for my entire adult life and wishing I could just go as an attending music lover, it’s going to be an extremely special experience for me personally to be standing on those stages." 

After a mammoth 12 months of trail-blazing live moments with a growing legion of devoted fans, Rat Boy will be returning to Reading & Leeds in August. Sparking with a youthful rebellion that’s captivated a nation, his riotous performance is not to be missed this summer. 

These names join a stellar bill already confirmed for Reading & Leeds 2017, joining previously announced headliners 

Muse with Major Lazer, Bastille, At The Drive In, Architects, Tory Lanez, Glass Animals, Against The Current, Danny Brown, Andy C and While She Sleeps, for a weekend that brings the most exciting sounds and artists from across the musical spectrum, capturing a year in music like no other.

ANNOUNCED TODAY

Kasabian | Two Door Cinema Club | Flume | Fatboy Slim | Wiley | Circa Waves | Jimmy Eat World | The Amity Affliction | Rat Boy

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

Muse | Major Lazer | Bastille | At The Drive In | Architects | Torey Lanez | Glass Animals | Against The Current | Danny Brown | Andy C | While She Sleeps

Tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2017 are on sale now

Instalment plan available now with an initial payment of £50 (Plus booking fee) 

Weekend Camping Tickets - £205 (Plus booking fee)

Early entry Pass - £20 

Campervan Pass - £75 

Seat of Luxury - £35 

Lockers - £20

Reading Car Park - £10 

Mobile Charging - £10

Heavy Scot final

HEAVY SCOTLAND are delighted to announce their complete line-up for their debut year with the addition of heavyweights WARBRINGER and EVIL INVADERS.

Held at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange between the 1st-2nd April, the two bands join the already hard hitting line-up that's set to make this the go-to Scottish metal festival in 2017.

Set to be the biggest and best new festival dedicated to all things dark, heavy, and vicious, Heavy Scotland is borne out of a love of metal. Aimed at supporting a famously dedicated metal scene but until now without a big festival, Heavy Scotland looks set to put Scotland on the map.

Full line-up:

Behemoth (UK/EIRE Exclusive)
Arch Enemy
Finntroll
Grave
Destruction
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Havok
Warbringer
Ingested
Blaze Bayley
Evil Invaders
Dyscarnate
Sodomized Cadaver
Shiraz Lane
Centrilia
Disposable

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:57

Bloodstock Announce Second 2017 Headliner

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BLOODSTOCK is excited to kick off the New Year by announcing MEGADETH as their Sunday night headliner!

MEGADETH’s mainman, Dave Mustaine tells us “We kick off 2017 by announcing we'll be headlining Sunday night at Bloodstock, one of my favourite, purely metal, British festivals! Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer. See ya at Catton Park in August!"

MEGADETH were recently nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Metal Performance’ category for the title track of their current critically acclaimed ‘Dystopia’ album.

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit scheme! The payment plan helps ease the ‘big lump’ shock of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums. You can sign up in the ticket store at any time from now until 28th Feb, with an initial payment of £34.80 payable on sign-up. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. Get full details over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options.

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BLOODSTOCK wish you a Metal Christmas!

As we pelt into December, BLOODSTOCK HQ is getting some Christmas treats ready! As well as preparing the on-sale dates of VIP upgrades, the remainder of the VIP ticket allocation and this year’s deposit scheme, we’ve three more bands to announce for 2017!

Joining the BOA fray for the first time are SKINDRED. The boisterous Welsh crew mix a unique blend of reggae, punk and metal and are renowned for their live shows. If you’ve ever taken part in Evil Scarecrow’s epic ‘Crabulon’ before, get ready to join in with the Newport helicopter!
Also landing a main stage slot are Canadian thrash icons, ANNIHILATOR. Last year’s ‘Suicide Society’ album - the band’s fifteenth! - spawned tour dates around the globe, but rumour has it they’re heading back to the studio this month!
Rounding out today’s announcement are our crossover thrash buddies, MUNICIPAL WASTE! With last album ‘The Fatal Feast’ coming out four years ago, maybe BLOODSTOCK will get treated to a new tune or two?! Frontman Tony Foresta tells us “We are very excited to be finally returning to one of our favourite metal festivals - BLOODSTOCK! We’re looking forward to getting greasy with all of our UK fans!”
Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, plus BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, POSSESSED, HELL and DECAPITATED. Many more are still to be announced!

Early bird weekend camping tix are on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation quickly SOLD OUT! The remaining VIP allocation and a number of VIP upgrades (to accompany previously purchased early bird tickets) and will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as VIP is set to sell out even earlier in 2017. Also stay tuned for details of 2017’s ticket deposit scheme (payable over 5 instalments) in just a few weeks time!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2017/catton-park/1010726/. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT

MORE THAN 20 ADDITIONAL NAMES ADDED TO

 

THE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL LINE UP

 

AIRBOURNE, ALTER BRIDGE, CLUTCH, OPETH, MASTODON,

COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DEVILDRIVER, SUM 41, GOOD CHARLOTTE,

PIERCE THE VEIL AND MANY MORE

THIRD STAGE RENAMED ‘THE AVALANCHE STAGE’

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Download Festival,the world’s premier rock and metal event has announced more than twenty of the world’s most electrifying bands in rock, pop punk, hardcore and metal. Also unveiled is the newly named third stage – The Avalanche Stage – with a punk, emo and post-hardcore edge, including headline performance from the previously announced Simple Plan and Sleeping With Sirens.The three day festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

Joining headliners System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith for the ultimate rock event of the year are hard rock juggernauts Alter Bridge.Fresh from packing out London’s O2 Arena, and back with new album The Last Hero, Myles Kennedy and his crew will ensure the crowds are in for an unforgettable experience. The most ferocious live force to come out of Australia since AC/DC; Airbourne, will be delivering no frills rock ‘n’ roll with an intensity and energy that will tear up the Main Stage.

Treasured names in progressive metal and Download Festival favourites Opeth, will deliver a set laden with classics and tracks from this years’ anticipated album Sorceress. Clutch will be coming to Donington with riffs and impassioned lyrics aplenty, ready to deliver with intensity to the Download Festival crowd. Special guests and six-time Grammy nominated Ministry are bringing near to forty years of industrial metal wisdom, whilst heavy metal titans Mastodon return to Donington to prove why they’re the all-time greats of their genre. Joining them with new members and new album Trust No One will be kings of the circle pit DevilDriver.

It’ll be a warm welcome back to the hallowed grounds for Coheed and Cambria who are set to perform a prog-rock experience to remember, whilst rock ‘n’ roll super group The Dead Daisies bring some of the biggest rock veterans including members of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe together for a mighty performance.

Legendary pop punkers Sum 41 have been making crowds go wild with their infectious sound since the 90s. They’ll be taking Download by storm with anthems Fat Lip, In Too Deep and more. The Maryland rockers behind bonafide anthems including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Girls and Boys and I Just Wanna Live; Good Charlotte, will deliver a pop punk packed performance including tracks from this year’s long awaited album Youth Authority.

Making an exciting Download debut in 2017 are San Diego outfit Pierce The Veil who continue to bend the rules by blending punk beats and post hardcore riffs with screams, theatrics and huge choruses. Joining them on the Main Stage in another Download Festival first are the nu metal, djent rhythms of Issues.

With third stage headliners Sleeping With Sirens and Simple Plan already announced, the newly named Avalanche Stage will be the one-stop destination for the biggest and best names in pop punk, post hardcore and more. Celebrating 10 years since their game changing album Rise or Die Trying, Four Year Strong are set to leave their energetic mark on The Avalanche Stage, as will old-school Chicago based pop punk rockers Knuckle Puck.

Alt-punk influenced trio WAKRAT, led by Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave’s Tim Commerford will be making their Download Festival debut and are ready to unleash their brand new sound on Donington. UK cult band Basement are expected to lead The Avalanche Stage into grunge influenced harmonies with loved tracks from latest album Promise Everything.

The One Hundred are set to bring the noise and provide a meltdown set with their modern take on nu-metal, whilst Dallas heroes Crown The Empire will mesmerise the Download crowd with their unmistakable live noise. The haunting and atmospheric sounds of the up and coming Greywind and the exciting high-energy punk, hardcore and grime fuse of Astroid Boys makes The Avalanche Stage truly unmissable at Download 2017.

Coming to The Dogtooth Stage are thrash metal legends Exodus who will make an unforgettable impact as they hit British soil once again. Expect head-banging, moshing and fist-pumping aplenty. Joining them are Finnish metal sensations Lost Society as they lead the way for modern thrash and prepare to deliver a storming set. Wolverhampton two-piece God Damn have established themselves as forerunners of the UK’s hard rock scene and will join the stellar line up alongside hard rock US riff-wielders Red Fang.

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the 80s. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk 

Download Festival 2017 Line Up

AEROSMITH | AFI | AIRBOURNE | ALTER BRIDGE | ASTROID BOYS | BASEMENT | BIFFY CLYRO | CLUTCH | COHEED AND CAMBRIA | CROWN THE EMPIRE | DEVILDRIVER | EVERY TIME I DIE | EXODUS | FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH | FOUR YEAR STRONG | FOZZY | GOD DAMN | GOOD CHARLOTTE | GREYWIND | ISSUES | KNUCKLE PUCK | LOST SOCIETY | MASTODON | MINISTRY | MOTIONLESS IN WHITE | OF MICE & MEN | OPETH | PIERCE THE VEIL | PROPHETS OF RAGE | RED FANG | ROB ZOMBIE | SIMPLE PLAN | SLAYER | SLEEPING WITH SIRENS | SUM 41 | SYSTEM OF A DOWN | THE DEAD DAISIES | THE ONE HUNDRED | THE STORY SO FAR | WAKRAT

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:51

Overland Announced For JSY Rocks January 2017

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STEVE OVERLAND OF FM ANNOUNCED FOR JSY/ARFM ROCKS JANUARY 2017

That's right announced on the Steve Price Rock Show, the superb Steve Overland, frontman of UK melodic rock giants will be performing as his solo project OVERLAND at the Just Say Yes and ARfm event on 28th January 2017.

January 2017 is definitely going to rock once more with the fantastic addition to what is already an amazing line up of melodic rock.

Also announced for 2017, OVERLAND will be joining DANTE FOX, VEGACOP UK (Crimes Of Passion UK)Romeo's Daughter and DIRTY WHITE BOYZ.

Those of you who have been before know that it's a night not to be missed, with previous years raising  money for a superb cause. 'Just Say Yes'. Click on the link to find out details of the fabulous work that Just Say Yes does. JSY/arfm

Make sure you come along for a whole load of great music and bands , as well as support a worthy cause. Tickets are available for the event by clicking on the link SKIDDLE.COM

OVERLAND JSY

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:38

Download 2017 - Headliners Announced

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 SYSTEM OF A DOWN * BIFFY CLYRO
* AEROSMITH ANNOUNCED AS 2017 DOWNLOAD HEADLINERS
SLAYER, ROB ZOMBIE, PROPHETS OF RAGE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, AFI, OF MICE & MEN, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, SIMPLE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE, THE STORY SO FAR, AND FOZZY ALSO JOIN THE INCREDIBLE BILL

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal event has announced System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith as its 2017 headliners, as well as twelve of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, pop punk, hardcore and metal. The three day festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

Alt rock / metal favourites System of a Down make a welcomed return to headline Download Festival for the third time on Friday 9 June. Always putting on a live performance of epic proportions, the dynamos behind some of the biggest selling metal hits of all time; Toxicity, Chop Suey, B.Y.O.B and Aerials will open the show with their unique blend of disjointed hardcore metal.

Speaking about their return to Download, System of a Down said:

"It’ll have been a couple of years since our memorable Wake Up The Souls show at Wembley, so returning to the UK to headline Download, a festival we always love to play, is really exciting for us. The energy and atmosphere there is always electric.”

The current unstoppable rock force that is Biffy Clyro will step up for their Download headline debut on Saturday 10 June, bringing their full-throttle stadium-sized show to Donington Park. Having scored their second Number 1 album with Ellipsis in 2016, the band are embracing stratospheric success built on a foundation of huge hits such as Wolves Of Winter, Bubbles, Mountains and many more. Biffy Clyro have arrived and Download is theirs for the taking.

Classic rock powerhouse Aerosmith make their spectacular return to headline the Main Stage on Sunday 11 June, in what will be their only UK appearance of 2017. After consistently proving they are one of the best bands in the world, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford will close the festival weekend with style and panache as they rip through Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Walk This Way, Don’t Want to Miss a Thing and more.

Joe Perry of Aerosmith said:

"Every time we go on tour I look at the schedule for cities, towns or events that I look forward to playing. Download Festival is always one of the ones I circle. Donington is like home to us. I have some great memories playing there and I can't wait to make some more."

For 35 years Californian thrash giants Slayer have rampaged through the metal world. The genre defining band set the bar for all that followed and are still unmatched with their ferocious brand of infernal aggressive riffs, pounding drums and face melting solos. As well as being masters of darkness, Slayer are masters of their craft and remain as vital as ever. Download 2017 will see these metal royalty legends make a memorable return to Donington, having last performed there in 2007.

Horror rock legend Rob Zombie will turn Download into his trademark twisted carnival with stomp-laden classic and new tracks. With massive hits such as Dragula, Superbeast and Living Dead Girl, both dedicated fans and the uninitiated are in for one hell of a ride when ‘King Astro Creep’ and his monstrous outfit take to the stage.

Also confirmed for the Download line up are the mighty Prophets of Rage. The funk-metal rap elite task force brings together members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. Having only formed this year, the Download crowd will be captivated by the most exciting debut on the line up, as the revolutionary musicians take to the stage to ‘take the power back’.

Alt rock / Punk legends AFI have garnered more than a cult following through 25 years of hard graft. The wildly successful Californian four-piece behind the era defining Miss Murder will be making their debut Download Festival appearance in 2017.

Five Finger Death Punch will tear Download apart with their colossal sound on their fifth appearance at Donington, whilst Orange Country metalcore behemoths Of Mice & Men make their first Download Festival appearance. Joining them are Fozzy, who, led by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho will be bringing punching riffs and huge choruses to the hallowed grounds.

Southern rockers Every Time I Die will hit the Download stage for a third time. Chaotic and grandiose, the hardcore Buffalo natives will bring a set laden with ferociousness and immediacy that is not to be missed. Sleeping With Sirens, the Floridian five-piece who combine melodic vocals with rock sensibilities are set to make the crowd go wild with their infectious anthems. Horror-metal favourites, Motionless in White also join the Download 2017 line up.

Pop punk veterans Simple Plan make a return to Download with their hugely upbeat hits, meanwhile it’ll be fist pumps, posi jumps and stage dives aplenty as pop punk heroes The Story So Far make their Download Festival debut.

Download Festival’s Promoter, Andy Copping said:

“We’re incredibly excited to announce the Download 2017 headliners. We have three giants of rock and metal topping the bill. As always, Download fans can expect world class performances across the weekend. You won’t want to miss a thing.

System of a Down made headline history back in 2011 and 2017 will no doubt see them bigger and better than ever. Saturday’s headliner, Biffy Clyro, have raised the bar for rock music – we’re always looking for bands to make their Download headline debut, and I have no doubt they’ll be worthy of the title. I’m delighted the mighty Aerosmith will be back, and their closing set will be something truly special. The band has a long history with Donington, and having them headline for us again is a real honour.”

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk

Download Festival 2017 Line Up

System of a Down
Biffy Clyro
Aerosmith

Prophets of Rage
Five Finger Death Punch
AFI
Of Mice & Men
Fozzy
Rob Zombie
Sleeping With Sirens
Simple Plan
Every Time I Die
The Story So Far
Slayer
Motionless In White

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Download Festival are available now from downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets. A loyalty discount is available until November 18th.

RIP PARK FARM CAMPING/ CAMPERVAN TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!

Extras including parking and lockers can be purchased during the booking process or as a standalone after you’ve purchased your ticket. Limited edition Download 2017 Zippo lighters will also be available to purchase alongside your festival ticket. Zippo Windproof Lighters have become the ultimate accessory for making a bold statement in music and are the perfect way to show your appreciation for your favourite band; with a classic Encore moment. Backed by its famous lifetime guarantee, a Zippo is a lighter for life.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:20

Bloodstock Festival 2017 - First Bands Announced

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BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including their Friday night headliner!

Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, AMON AMARTH will be sailing their Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, "What's up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading BLOODSTOCK! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!" Get ready for battle and raise your horns with us.

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, BLIND GUARDIAN. Their set will be a UK exclusive for 2017. BLOODSTOCK prides itself on being by the fans, for the fans, and are pleased to welcome one of the fans most requested acts to the lineup.

Bay Area thrash beasts, TESTAMENT are set for a Friday slot. With their crushing brand new album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, released just a week ago by Nuclear Blast,

Hardcore kings, HATEBREED make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday. Expect firebrand frontman, Jamey Jasta to play ringmaster to some epic circle pit activity, so get your pit skills honed in preparation!

Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, WHITECHAPEL, seminal death metallers, POSSESSED and flying the flag for English heavy metal, BLOODSTOCK favourites, HELL.

Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!

VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2017/catton-park/1010726/. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

Sunday, 02 October 2016 19:06

HEAVY SCOTLAND announces second wave of bands!

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THE FIRST EVER HEAVY SCOTLAND ANNOUNCES MORE BANDS!

Brand new heavy metal festival HEAVY SCOTLAND have today announced their second wave of bands for their debut year, to be held in Edinburgh's Corn Exchange between the 1st-2nd April 2017.

Announced are extreme metal legends BEHEMOTH, whose appearance at Heavy Scotland will be the band's only UK festival show in 2017 and likely your only chance to see the band in the UK that year. Joining them are Swedish death metal veterans Grave - their first appearance in Scotland in ten years, Finnish hard rockers Shiraz Lane, and local favourites Centrilia.

They add to an already impressive line-up, especially for a festival in its first year:

Full line-up currently:
Behemoth (UK/EIRE Exclusive)
Arch Enemy
Grave
Dyscarnate
Sodomized Cadaver
Shiraz Lane
Disposable
Centrilia

Tickets are now available to purchase from here: http://www.ticketor.com/heavyscotland 

Includes:
VIP bundles: £115 / £127 (selling out!)
Early Bird tickets: £70 (selling out!)

With more ticket options to be announced soon.
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Sunday, 02 October 2016 18:25

DANTE FOX Announced For JSY Rocks January 2017

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ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT FOR JSY/ARFM ROCKS JANUARY 2017

That's right just announced on the Steve Price Rock Show, another band added to the line up for Just Say Yes and ARfm. January 2017 is definitely going to rock once more with the fantastic addition of DANTE FOX. A superb day of Melodic Rock for a great cause at THE SPOT, DERBY, 28TH JANUARY 2017.

Also announced for 2017, DANTE FOX will be joining  VEGACOP UK (Crimes Of Passion UK)Romeo's Daughter and DIRTY WHITE BOYZ.

Those of you who have been before know that it's a night not to be missed, with previous years raising  money for a superb cause. 'Just Say Yes'. Click on the link to find out details of the fabulous work that Just Say Yes does. JSY/arfm

Make sure you come along for a whole load of great music and bands , as well as support a worthy cause. Tickets are available for the event by clicking on the link SKIDDLE.COM

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MORE AMES FOR THE ALTERNATIVE STAGE AT READING AND LEEDS 2016.

This year's Reading and Leeds alternative stage is overflowing with comedy talent again this year.

Leading the comedy selection is the hilarious Russell Howard, who's enjoyed massive success with 'Russell Howard’s Good News', establishing him as one of the UK’s biggest comedians.

The legendary Bill Bailey will be returning to Reading & Leeds after his unforgettable performance in 2014. Known for his impressive musical knowledge, Bailey will be making the Alternative Stage his home as his famous Limboland world tour makes a stop at the festival this August.

Joining Russell and Bill is an extensive array of comedians, including Radio 4 stalwart Marcus Brigstocke, razor-sharp pop-culture commentator Katherine Ryan, Well Good prankster Lee Nelson and Impractical Jokers' very own Joel Dommett.

On top of a long list of comedians you'll find some of the biggest club nights bringing their famed parties to the festival. Masterful indie club night Propaganda will once again provide a late night euphoric disco soundtrack with special guest appearances from This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, DJ Dan and many more, with Buttoned Down Disco also on hand with the rock, pop, punk and indie party-starters.

Check out the full Reading & Leeds line up to see all the names hitting the Alternative Stage next month.http://www.leedsfestival.com/line-up

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 21:11

Just Over 4 Weeks To Bloodstock!!

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There’s just over a month before the heavy metal hoardes rampage on to Catton Park’s hallowed turf for BLOODSTOCK 2016! The site planning is well under way and the bands are still being added for the UK’s best heavy metal weekender.

In a move that’s sure to please the power metal faithful, riding on to the main stage bill for an early Friday slot are ‘Intergalactic, space metal’ outfit, GLORYHAMMER! Also joining the bill as main stage openers on Friday are Welsh heavy rock power trio, HARK. The band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Crystalline’ featured a guest slot from Clutch’s Neil Fallon and their second release is due later this year. Get up to speed via www.facebook.com/harktheband/.

Lining up for a Saturday slot on the Sophie stage are British doom/sludge beasts MAGE  and horror rockers, THE HERETIC ORDER featuring members of Breed 77. Stepping into Sunday slots are female-fronted Brit metal four-piece, SANGUINE and hotly tipped, Japanese-inspired, Finnish melodic death metal outfit, WHISPERED
Joining PHIL CAMPBELL’s ALL STARR BAND for Thursday’s ‘Party Night’ (which sees Phil christening the newly-monikered ‘Lemmy’s Bar’ with the first drink of the weekend), are Norse death/thrash outfit, SUBLIME EYEStech/deathsters KARYBDIS, post-prog metal five-piece SUMER  and the thrashtastic PSYKOSIS , who caused mayhem on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage in 2014 when they threw out hundreds of samples of their home brew to the loyal New Blood supporters.

The Hobgoblin New Blood stage slots are filling up via the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals. Joining the fray are Newcastle death/thrash beasts SOULS OF JACK KETCH , black metal from Wales in the shape of AGRONA, slamming death from Manchester’s VISIONS OF DISFIGUREMENT, Northampton metal outfit BLACK INK SUN, more death metal from Manchester’s AFTER THE ABDUCTION , Midlands’ groove metal outfit I SAW THE WORLD BURN , Swindon doom/hardcore merchants HERIOT, Leeds’s prog metallers PTEROGLYPH  and Liverpool death metallers, EXHUMATION.

Got all your camping gear ready? This year, our campsite partner is Miss Daisy’s Camping Store. If you can’t be bothered to tow a ton of camping gear to site, order online and collect your stuff from the Miss Daisy tent in the main Midgard campsite at Catton Park. Saves a lot of hassle and achy shoulders!

Want to check out the 2016 merch range? BLOODSTOCK's online 'click & collect' service allows you to pre-order your favourites for on site collection. Festival attendees can snap up their choice of t-shirt or grab the 2016 beer mug or hip flask without fear of their size or design being already sold out on site. Simply pre-order at https://bmerch.com/store/bloodstock/collect-on-site and collect at the merch stall in the arena at any point over the weekend, knowing your item is guaranteed and paid for. Maybe you want that BOA hoodie for when the sun goes down, so just collect it from the merch stall then to save a trip back to your tent!

How to get to BLOODSTOCK? Ditch the hassle of car parking, trains, & transfers and let our official coach travel partner Big Green Coach take you and your camping gear straight to the festival from 21 UK cities. Various packages are on sale now; secure your coach trip straight to the festival site with only a £10 deposit. To book your return seat and see where to catch the coach, check: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel. If you’re coming by train to Catton Park, don’t forget to pre-book Big Green Coach’s shuttle bus from the station to save yourself a wad of cash. Return tickets are priced at £10, one way at £8 (it costs more to pay on the day, so pre-booking wins)! Book tickets at the link. Car-sharing with GoCarShare is also available (and participating could even win you a pair of tickets for 2017)! Full details and to post up a car space/look for a car ride from your town, visit: http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock.

Our three headliners for 2016 are TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX. Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, MISERY LOVES CO, GHOST BATH, VENOM, UNEARTH, DIAMOND HEAD, GOATWHORE, ACID REIGN and many more. Additional bands are still to be announced.

Weekend tickets with camping, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) and day tickets priced £60 (+ booking fee) are available now from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.

Saturday, 02 July 2016 16:27

JSY/ARFM Rock January 2017

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JSY/ARFM ROCKS JANUARY 2017

Just Say Yes and ARfm Rocks January 2017 once again and returns for another day of Melodic Rock for a great cause at THE SPOT, DERBY, 28TH JANUARY 2017.

Announced for 2017, we will be joined by none other than VEGA, COP UK (Crimes Of Passion UK) and Romeo's Daughter with more announcements to come.

Those of you who have been before know that it's a night not to be missed, with previous years raising  money for a superb cause. 'Just Say Yes'. Click on the link to find out details of the fabulous work that Just Say Yes does. JSY/arfm

So if you fancy comng along for a whole load of great music and bands , as well as support a worthy cause then you can buy tickets for the event from SKIDDLE.COM

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LET'S ROCK JANUARY 2017

SEE YOU AT THE SPOT, DERBY, SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY

Tech Fest 2016 to be Invaded By Aliens...

To celebrate Tech-Fest's 5th Anniversary, Tech-Fest is launching an exclusive Tech-Fest Invasion set of T-Shirts! there will only be 50 of each colour printed on sale and are only available at UK Tech-Fest 2016.

Tech TShirt

This is a concept artwork of Tech-Fest being invaded by aliens drawn by the legendary Cal Sino. https://www.facebook.com/CALSINO.ART

Cal Sinadinovic (The Artist) - "I started this monster in April and with each new line up announcement the size of the thing went from A3 to A2 eventually to A1. The concept was just to draw from the perspective of the Tech-Fest crowd. These particular space mutants are really into their Tech-Metal so they obviously already knew about Tech-Fest. They decide to gate crash the festival and the whole thing erupts into a massive extraterrestrial death pit/orgy with the most insane soundtrack behind it. We've got a whole roster of colour variants getting pressed so no matter what planet you're from you can rep this Tech-Fest shirt."

Simon Garrod (Festival Organiser) - "It was a pleasure working with Cal, such determination and attention to detail has made this an absolute master piece! I would highly recommend you hire this dude for any Merch/Album designs. This is his first artwork published in the metal community so he really brings something fresh to the table. If you are into multidimensional mutant alien orgies and other such weirdness Cal is your man!".

The excluisive shirts will be on sale for £20 each.

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