ARfm News (105)

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So there you have it. The headliners announced for Download 2016 and there'll be discussions galore right upto the day of who should, who shouldn't and why not headline this illustrious festival. Needless to say the deed has been done!

Rammstein will be joined by Saturday night headliners Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden will close out the Sunday night with there only UK performance in 2016 of Download 2016.
For tickets and more details click here!

Monday, 26 October 2015 23:14

Bloodstock 2016 Line-up is hotting up!

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Hot on the heels of their MASTODON announcement last weekend, BLOODSTOCK are thrilled to confirm that their Friday night headliner will be TWISTED SISTER.

Not only that, this will be the only UK show on the band's ‘Farewell 1976 – 2016’ tour, so your last chance to catch the band live in the UK, as they are set to call it a day after the untimely passing of their drummer AJ Pero earlier this year.

Guitarist Jay Jay French comments: “Our journey in the UK that began in Wrexham in 1982, ends with Bloodstock 2016! Without the recognition that we received from our UK fans, the world would never have known nor would we ever have reached our 40 year milestone!”

BLOODSTOCK’s early bird weekend tickets with camping are on sale now, priced £120 (plus booking fee) from BLOODSTOCK welcomes rockers of all ages! A weekend ticket with camping for kids (age 4-11) is just £35 (+booking fee), and if your little mosher is under 4, they can join you for free (Note: all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 18). Campervan pitches are also already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Competition Time! What a chance! Win! Win! Win!

Here's an easy competiton for you to enter! Go on do it! You know you want to!

In conjunction with Warped Tour UK, The Unchained Rock Show & ARfm bring you this little beauty of a competition

For the chance to win a pair of tickets to Warped Tour UK on 18th October at Alexandra Palace and a bucket load of merch all you got to do is:

Send an email with your name and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the title Warped Tour UK Competiton.

Entries close at 8pm on 14th October and will be notified after the draw at 9pm the same evening  


Monday, 14 September 2015 22:14

ARFM/JSY Rock January 2016 -News

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OK people, so the summer festival season is over and our thoughts have already turned to what gig next? Christmas? Where shall we go on Holiday next year? But before you get down to all that, prioritise and get along to the ARfm/JSY Rock January at The Spot, Derby on 30th January 2016.

Featuring Hand Of Dimes, Fahran, Newman, Blood Red Saints, Lifeline and No Hot Ashes

Tickets are available from Skiddle  at BPM Records, Sadler Gate, Derbyand also via Paypal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Priced at £17.50

This event aims to raise awareness and money for young people living with cancer. Just Say Yes is a non profit community fund raising money for young people living with cancer. We also help raise awareness & fund research into childhood cancers.

"This is a fund in memory of Mark Bulman.
Mark was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (a rare and aggressive bone cancer) in October 2007, he had 11 months of intensive chemotherapy and major surgery.

Mark went into remission in September 2008, the next day he went back to 6th form to continue with his A levels and in September 2009 he went to university in Newcastle to study Zoology.

5 weeks into University life, devastatingly Mark relapsed and was told the cancer had returned to his lungs and other areas of his body and was now terminal..It was then Mark took on the motto 'Just Say Yes' and never without a smile he lived his life to the full and enjoyed every moment he could with his friends and family.

In October 2010 Mark lost his battle with the disease at the age of 21.

All money raised will go to Young Adults in Newcastle's RVI & Freeman hospitals where treatment is no longer curative, as a cash gift to spend as they wish, helping to bring a little happiness and create memories for family & friends ♥"

Please support this great cause and enjoy the evenings entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there!


Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:21

Leeds & Reading Festival 2016 Tickets On Sale Now!

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You've just had time to unpack your kit, hang your tent out to dry, throw the clothes in the washing machine, dive in the shower and getting yourself ready to sleep for a week and what do you know. Leeds and Reading Festival 2016 Tickets are on sale now. Yep thats right, so get your dosh out!

'Reading and Leeds 2015 saw 150,000 festival fans revel in an unforgettable weekend of music, including headline acts Mumford & Sons, Metallica, and The Libertines, plus hundreds of performances from artists, bands, comedians and DJs.

Weekend and instalment tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2016 are on sale now for a limited time at this years price of £205.00. 

Tickets are available from and'. The dual site event will take place on 26th,27th, 28th August 2016.

Festival Republic's Melvin Benn reflects on the weekend: “This year has been an incredible highlight for Reading and Leeds. Metallica brought us the largest production in the history of the festivals, whilst Mumford & Sons and The Libertines proved themselves worthy of their headline name. I would like to thank our sponsors and media partners for their ongoing support. I know it will be difficult to beat, but I can already promise 2016 is going to be worth the wait.”

Just under two months to the very first Rockingham Festival!

Who said rock is dead? Well they need to check out Rockingham Festival in October 2015.

And things are starting to really heat up. Tickets are flying out of the box office fast so if you're going, you better get em quick!

The festivals inaugural line-up consists of twenty-two bands, including a band that hasn’t played 1983, six that have never played in the UK, nine that have never played at Nottingham Rock City and three that haven't been to the UK in over a decade.

Headliners for the three days are Tom Keiffer of Cinderella, Gotthard and Dokken with a whole host of bands throughout the weekend that prove Melodic Hard Rock is still, well and truly alive.

For more details and tickets:


In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a guitar invasion happening in the UK over the next few months.

Yes those guitarists extraordinaire from all over the world are will be demonstrating their digital dexterity for your apoplectic delight. From the technical brilliance of Tony Macalpine, Josh Middleton of Sylosis, Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom and more, to the blues soaked soulfoul tones of Laurence Jones, Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Chantelle Mcgregor.

If you fancy it down the line of classic rock and blistering speed then you’ve got Jared James Nicholls and Doug Aldrich who’s touring with Glen Hughes.

Keep on reading for more information!

  Celebrated British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor,returns to the UK in autumn 2015 for an exclusive Planet Rock Live PresentsNationwide UK Tour.

The 23-date UK tour starts at Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 22 September, and marks the very first time that Planet Rock presents a full UK tour by an established UK artist

Due to popular demand, British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor has added a second date at London Jazz Café on Tuesday 27 October to her autumn 2015 UK tour.

Also coming over for shows in the UK is the pheomenaly talented Tony MacAlpine. Tony has recently released his latest album 'Concrete Gardens' which features guests including Jeff Loomis. Be Sure to check out the album Tony and the band when they ome over to the UK. Tony is pleased to announce he will be touring Europe in October and November! More dates will be added soon. Check here for more details. 

Joining Tony is Aquiles Priester on drums, and Bjorn Englen on bass.

Oct 15 Manchester, GB – Band on the Wall

Oct 16 London, GB – Underworld



     JOE SATRIANI 'The Shockwave Tour' 2015

        Legendary artist and performer and the hardest working guitarist in the business, Joe Satriani, is proud to announce "The Shockwave UK Tour" which will take in nine dates from 1st November 2015. Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Dan Patlansky will be special guest on all UK concerts.

Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:38

Reading Festival Weekend Tickets Sold Out!

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With less than a week to go until the gates open for Reading & Leeds 2015, taking place from 28th – 30th August, all Weekend Tickets for Reading Festival have completely sold out!

This follows previous announcements that all day tickets and early entry tickets to Reading Festival have already been snapped up by fans excited to catch headline sets from Mumford and Sons, Metallica, and The Libertines, plus over 200 additional amazing artists performing at what already promises to be the best weekend of the summer for music fans.

Those who’ve missed out on Reading Festival tickets can still catch the same incredible line-up at Leeds Festival, with acts including Alt-j, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Royal Blood, Kendrick Lamar, LimpBizkit, Deadmau5, also playing in Bramham Park over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Leeds Festival tickets are still available. Festival goers are urged to buy their tickets from official ticket agents as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

ARfm and Just Say Yes are proud to announce that BlackStar Amplification are sponsoring the event by providing the backline for the artists appearing at the JSY/ ARfm Rock January event on 30th January 2016 at The Spot in Derby.

Dont forget Tickets for the event are available. Cick HERE to purchase your tickets.


GLENN HUGHES, the legendary ‘Voice of Rock’, is extending his 2015 Solo Tour with new shows in the UK, spanning mid October into November. Joining Hughes for his UK shows will be Doug Aldrich (Revolution Saints, formerly Whitesnake, Dio).

The concerts will showcase highlights from Glenn's colorful career including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed, along with his solo material.

"It's always a great pleasure for me to play in the UK,” says Hughes. “I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, but my career started back in the UK.”

Support for the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his debut album Old Glory & The Wild Revival.

The final announcement for Rockingham Live took place on The Steve Price Rock Show on Saturday 20th June. What a line-up it has turned out to be!

Added to the final line-up of the inaugaral Rockingham festival were Jim Peterik, Romeo's Daughter, Care Of Night, Serpentine and the long awaited return to the UK for the Sunday night headliners Dokken.

This is going to be an amazing weekend of fine melodic rock at Nottingham Rock City on October 23rd, 24th & 25th. For more information on Rockingham and ticket details click here.

They’re Coming!!! The Unchained Rock Show - Download 2015 Review Shows

And so the bands have played, the punters have gone and The Unchained Rock Show’s Steve Harrison has returned from Download 2015. He has braved the elements and battled the forces of nature to bring his unique views, in a series of review shows featuring his and your favourite tracks from the bands that played. Also a plethora of interviews with some of the bands from this fantastic festival, includingHerman Li from Dragonforce, Ali Richardson from Sylosis & Bleed From Within and Jacob & Tim from The One Hundred who all feature in his first of three special shows.

Checkout some of the Scenes from the Festival!

 Dragonforce & Babymetal / Download 2015 - Photographer Danny North 

Sylosis / Download 2015 - Photographer Gobinda Jhitter

The One Hundred / Download 2015 - Photographer Richard Johnson

And some familiar faces to the ARfm Team

Main Arena / Download 2015 - Photographer Andrew Whitton

Tune in to The Unchained Rock Show – Downlod 2015 Special Part 1 on Thursday 25th June at 9pm on ARfm.

For clips of Download Festival 2015 checkout the official Download Festival Youtube Channel Here!


JSY/ARFM Have just announced NEWMAN being added to the line-up for the Rock January event at The Spot, Derby on 30th January 2016. Event organiser Sue said 'With an extensive career spanning 3 decades we are overjoyed that Steve and the band will be playing this event.'

Also confirmed are, HAND OF DIMES, CRIMES OF PASSION (C.O.P UK) and FAHRAN with more announcements due very soon as well as all the details you need to make this a fantastic day!

Check out this space for more details soon!



The US touring spectacle, ‘Carnival Of Madness’ is set to make its debut appearance on UK shores in 2016, sponsored by Monster Energy. Established in 2010, the tour has seen an array of hard rock talent join the parade in years prior, including Alter Bridge, Papa Roach, Evanescence and In This Moment over in the US, but now it’s the UK’s turn in the spotlight with a fresh batch of bands!

Heading up the ‘Carnival...’ invasion on this side of the pond will be Kentucky rockers, BLACK STONE CHERRY, who announce this news as they ready to headline Stage Two at this year’s Download Festival. Special guests on the run are SHINEDOWN, who will release their fifth studio album via Atlantic Records this Autumn. Rounding out the bill are hot property, HALESTORM, and opening the evening are newcomers HIGHLY SUSPECT.

BLACK STONE CHERRY embrace returning to the UK once again, commenting “We are beyond excited and honoured to return to the UK to headline the UK’s first ever Carnival Of Madness Tour!  The UK is a very special place for us, and to be able to return in this way after our first arena tour in 2014 is a testament to where our fans have taken us.  We don't take it for granted!  With Highly Suspect, Halestorm, and Shinedown rounding out this incredible bill, you will for sure get your ass kicked like never before!  Seriously...we're comin’ for ya!  Much love from your favorite Kentucky gentlemen!”

After such a fantastic show and your amazing support earlier this year, we've decided to do it all again! Just announced, the first band for ARfm/ Just Say Yes Charity event fundraiser on 30th January 2016 at The Spot in Derby.

Joining the superb Hand of Dimes featuring the amazing vocal talents of Nev Macdonald is the band Fahran, having graced the stages at Download and Bloodstock are playing the ARfm event in January. Announced this week as well, are Crimes of Passion (C.O.P UK), with their latest album completed and set for release later this year, we look forward to them playing a blistering set!

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more great band announcements and details soon! In the meantime click the link to the Facebook Event Link here and let us know you are coming!

The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour with his band Temple of Rock starting at the Bilston Robin in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album Spirit On A Mission which features the singles Vigilante Man and Live and Let Live.

Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock. The new album features twelve classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.

Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.


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Legendary artist and performer and the hardest working guitarist in the business, Joe Satriani is proud to announce that Award-winning South African guitarist and singer-songwriter Dan Patlansky will be special guest on his Shockwave November 2015 UK Tour.

The news follows the UK release Dan Patlansky’s new album Dear Silence Thieves on April 27, the same day he performs a special album launch showcase concert at London’s The Borderline, followed by dates at Sheffield Greystones (April 28), York Fibbers (April 30) and Poole’s Mr Kyps (May 7). Check out Dan's latest video for 'Backbite' on our Home page Gallery.

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