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The organisers firmly believe that the festival’s growth and longevity depends on listening to the fans & their plea was for "more metal and heavy bands", so heeding that cry Call of the Wild Festival is proud to confirm Lawnmower Deth, Raging Speedhorn, Wolves Among Us & local band DLVRR, who are curated by BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire.

A huge chunk of New York City sleaze rock has been added to the bill with the punk overtones of Warrior Soul, Wildstreet, Motochrist, The Sweet Things & newly reformed iconic band The Throbs announcing their first UK show in decades.

As if that wasn't enough sleaze rock, the organisers have snapped up Trench Dogs, who have been described as the hybrid child of Hanoi Rocks & Dogs D'Amour.

020 sees that same homage and motif well and truly emblazoned across the stage with Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons now confirmed to headline Sunday night

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons features Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr.

The Motörhead motif continues as The Kilmister Stage will proudly be sponsored by Road Crew. Road Crew is a beer that resulted from special collaboration between Cameron’s Brewery and Motörhead. Road Crew takes its name from the Motörhead fan favourite ‘(We Are) The Road Crew’ on the classic ‘Ace of Spades’ album. The song was penned as a tribute to the band’s dedicated team of roadies. Band members Mikkey Dee & Phil Campbell played key parts in the development of the beer.

The classic rock vibe has been fleshed out with popular additions in the form of New Device, Wicked Stone, JOANovARC, Thirteen Stars, These Wicked Rivers, Crooked Shapes & Elevation Falls.

COTW are also proud to confirm Glen Matlock & the Tough Cookies. Glen is best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks and Here’s the Sex Pistols, although he had left the band while the album was being recorded. He later joined the Sex Pistols reformation to tour 2002 - 03 & 2007 - 08. In the band we have Earl Slick lead guitar hero who played with David Bowie and John Lennon. Jim Lowe Grammy winning producer with the Stereophonics And Chris Musto who played with Dirt, Kim Wilde and the legend Johnny Thunders.

Other acts confirmed include Dig Lazarus; also Guts & Faith in Casinos - both curated by BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire.

With the festival already outselling last year's numbers, it’s expected to bring in large numbers from across the UK and Europe. Tickets already sold to both USA & Canada confirm that the word has spread internationally.

Call of the Wild’s second cycle takes place between 29th-31st May 2020 at the Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA.

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                                                                BLOODSTOCK REVEALS FIRST HEADLINER AND MORE… 


BLOODSTOCK Towers is a hive of activity as a slew of bands confirm slots for the 2020 event.  2020 also sees the festival celebrating 20 years of BLOODSTOCK, so expect some special treats to celebrate at Catton Park next August.

Without further ado, coming to us with an exclusive UK show for 2020, DEVIN TOWNSEND is set to headline Friday on BLOODSTOCK’s Ronnie James Dio main stage!  The show will be a very special set for fans, with more detail on the nature of the set to be revealed in due course!  Here’s Devin to tell you the news:  He also tells us: “OK,  So where should I begin?  Ever since I was a kid, being able to headline a festival as fantastic and forward thinking as Bloodstock has been a dream of mine.  As some of you may know, I’ve been working on several live 'bands' lately, from acoustic, to prog and orchestral, with some really artistic and improvisational aspects.  However for Bloodstock, my intention is to do something quite different, and consequently kick ass in every possible way. I am putting together a VERY SPECIAL one-off show for Bloodstock, with a heavy band, playing the very best material for an outdoor festival from my entire catalogue, from SYL up to Empath.  I have always felt that if I was given one shot to knock it out of the park, I wouldn't hesitate. And my friends, this is the shot! I have listened to what people have been asking for from my catalogue, and with a show like this, a production like we are planning, and the players who have agreed to be involved, this will surely be one of the pinnacle moments in my career.  My intention over the past few years has been to find ways to use different aspects of my work (that fall on opposite ends of the creative spectrum), to ultimately make something really beautiful. Something unified. This show is meant to bring it all together after 25 years of doing this.  Thanks Bloodstock for choosing to rock with me. I can't wait to see you all there!”  

JINJER are also set to make their BLOODSTOCK debut with a slot on Saturday’s main stage.  The Ukrainian metal squad, fronted by Tatiana Shmailyuk, have been making waves in recent years with their heavy progressive sound.  Check out them razing Wacken to the ground earlier this year with ‘Perennial’, a track taken from their recent ‘Micro’ EP;  The band are currently readying their brand new studio album, ‘Macro’ for release late October.  

Power metallers GLORYHAMMER land a Sunday spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage.  The band’s current album, ‘Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex‘ is out now via Napalm Records.  Remind yourself of their maximum power metal points by watching the video for ‘Gloryhammer’;

BLOODSTOCK is also set to welcome the previously announced SKINDRED, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, and BUTCHER BABIESBLOODSTOCK’s remaining two headline acts and many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course. 

Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store.  Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out. 

In other great news, BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce that 2019’s event raised £7,696.44 on site to benefit this year’s official charity partner, Young Minds.  A giant thank you to all those who contributed to such a brilliant cause. 

BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020.  For more info, click to

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Set to return after the festival’s biggest year yet, Slam Dunk Festival have announced the first wave of bands for 2020, welcoming UK rock titans Don Broco as the first headliner revealed for next year’s highly anticipated alternative instalment.

With an incomparable charismatic mix of 80s pop inflections and the hardest-hitting riffs on daytime radio, Don Broco’s powerful party-starting tunes have taken the Bedfordian four-piece to astronomical heights. No strangers to Slam Dunk Festival, Don Broco have delivered colossal anthems from their compelling catalogue: ‘Priorities’, ‘Automatic’ and ‘Technology’ in constant career-defining appearances. Enjoying sold-out shows on their UK arena run following the release of their first 2019 track ‘Half Man Half God’, Don Broco continued to unleash their high-octane performances on their most recent run of shows in Asia before surprising fans with dynamic single ‘Action’. Currently powering across the US on their first-ever North American headline tour, Don Broco’s upcoming headline performance at Slam Dunk, set to be their exclusive festival appearance of 2020, will be one of the most anticipated live dates in the next year.

On their headline performance, Don Broco say;
“We bloody love Slam Dunk so it’s a massive honour to be asked to headline next year! Right from our early EP days we’ve always had the best time at Slammy D. It was our first proper festival booking way back when and since we’ve played slots throughout the years on pretty much all the stages, most recently a very surreal performance for us the year before last playing to sea of Rob face masks on the main stage. With this being our first ever festival headline we will certainly be making it a show to remember.”

Slam Dunk Festival Director, Ben Ray says;
“2019 was a big year for us, with the festival moving to fully outdoor sites. It was a massive success so I’m pleased that we are returning to them. Don Broco headlining is pretty special for me as they are the definition of a homegrown band! They first played in 2011 on the new bands stage and have risen through the ranks to the top of the bill!”

In a mega pop-punk billing, Slam Dunk 2020 is set to welcome Pure Noise powerhouses State Champs, Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell & co in The Wonder Years, singalong saviours Mayday Parade, beatdown kings Four Year Strong, Illinois front-runners Knuckle Puck and Long Island punks Bayside. Godfathers of punk-pop Motion City Soundtrack promise an unmissable return to their legendary form when they reunite on UK soil, exclusively to Slam Dunk.

Mayday Parade’s Alex Garcia says:
“We’re extremely excited to be coming to England for Slam Dunk Festival. It’s been too long since we’ve played it and it’s definitely one of the most fun festivals to be a part of from the crowd’s energy to the after parties. Not to mention we love touring the UK! ”

Four Year Strong’s Joe Weiss says:
"The UK has always been one of our favourite places to play and we can’t wait to come back to Slam Dunk Festival"


Anthony Raneri of Bayside says:

“Can’t wait to get to Slam Dunk again this year. We were able to do it once before and I love that it’s carved out it’s own place as a punk rock institution in a country that’s pretty crowded with festivals”

Teasing the Slam Dunk’s heavier side and poised to deliver the performance of the summer at Leeds and Hatfield are Fearless favourites Ice Nine Kills, metalcore master crafters Issues and Australian alt-rockers House Like Houses.

Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills says: 
“After this current sold-out headlining tour of the UK, I can’t think of a better way to return next year than on Slam Dunk....”

Issues says:
"It's so exciting to be back at Slam Dunk! We're going all in!"

 A rite of passage for lovers of the alternative, Slam Dunk returns once again as a key date in the festival calendar. Slam Dunk Festival North will take place on Saturday 23rd May 2020 at Temple Newsam and Slam Dunk South will take place on Sunday 24th May at Hatfield Park. Tickets go on sale Friday 27th September at 10am.

In a monumental move, last year saw Slam Dunk operate as a fully green field festival, shifting away from its urban beginnings as Slam Dunk North made its debut at Leeds Temple Newsam site, joining Slam Dunk South in a park location as it enjoyed its second year at Hatfield Park. Celebrating ten years since the first Slam Dunk South date, 2020’s May Bank Holiday weekend is the only place to catch the world’s very best alternative music.


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Prices range from £59 for a limited number of early bird tickets up to VIP tickets at £99. 

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                                                                                 ANNOUNCED AS 2020 DOWNLOAD HEADLINERS

                                                                                       DEFTONES, KORN, THE OFFSPRING, DISTURBED,
                                                                                            GOJIRA, ALESTORM, BLACK VEIL BRIDES,
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Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN as its 2020 headliners, plus Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Disturbed and more of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, pop punk, hardcore and metal yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place 12 - 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will be on sale at 2pm on Wednesday 25th September via

IRON MAIDEN will return to Donington next year to headline Download Festival on Saturday night, in what will be one of only two homecoming UK festival shows in 2020. The London band have had countless No.1 records, including their most recent studio double album, 2015's The Book Of Souls, in over 40 countries, as well as being hailed as one of the greatest live acts of all time. They've spent the summer on their historic and critically acclaimed Legacy Of The Beast North American tour, based on their award winning mobile game of the same name, which has been deemed by fans and national and rock media alike as 'Maiden's most monumental show and best setlist ever' so get ready Downloaders, this is one performance you won't want to miss.

Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson says, "Next year we will play a number of countries and cities we have yet to visit on this incredible tour, so it is terrific to be able to accept the invitation to return to Download in 2020 and we will certainly go to town and add a few extra items to the show. This will be our seventh time headlining at Donington Park. It's home turf and we all really enjoy playing this Festival, the vibe from the crowd is always fantastic."

After an epic and well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock’n roll, the legendary KISS will perform in the UK at Download Festival 2020, in a UK Exclusive. They embarked on their final ever tour earlier this year under the appropriately named END OF THE ROAD, and known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS have proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock’n roll, and one of the best headliners Donington has ever seen. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, it won’t just be KISS Army fans who will be blown away with their final Download performance next year.

“I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best. They are up for whatever is thrown at them. KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say Thank You for always showing up for us.” - Gene Simmons, KISS

“Download will be the culmination of 47 years of unapologetic bombast and spectacle. We will make this a fitting farewell to a country and its people whose music remains the blood in our veins.” - Paul Stanley, KISS

Also headlining Download Festival 2020 will be SYSTEM OF A DOWN in a UK Exclusive. With just 5 studio albums, the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance.

Shavo Odadjian, System of A Down said: “From our appearances to many of my favorite bands’, Castle Donington has always had a special place in my heart. We’re proud and excited to continue its legacy.”

Since Deftones’ inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-Winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide which include fan-favourite tracks ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, ‘Change (House Of Flies)’, and ‘Swerve City’.

Drummer Abe Cunningham said: “Download has been a big part of our history. The fans and organisers have always shown us so much love and support, so when the opportunity to play arises, we answer the call!”

With the release of their 13th studio album, THE NOTHING last week, Korn will be joining the Download 2020 line up. The two-time Grammy Award winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Korn guitarist, James ‘Munky’ Shaffer: “I’m extremely anxious and enthusiastic at the same time, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there and returning to Download!”

Punk rioters The Offspring are heading to Download Festival bringing with them punk rock anthems that include ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’, ‘You’re Gonna Go Far Kid’, ‘Self Esteem’, and dozens more.

Also joining the line up are Gojira, the French metallers who have become famous for their sonically dense sounds and bludgeoning heavy rhythms. The hard-hitting, multi-platinum-selling Disturbed are returning to Donington with their aggressive blend of hard rock, alternative, and nu-metal. The band exploded onto the scene in 2000 with ‘Down With The Sickness’, and last year released their seventh album Evolution which reached the top 10 around the globe.

Hollywood hard rock act Black Veil Brides will make their anticipated UK return. Renowned for their explosive live shows and tenacious fans, the five-piece have worked tirelessly to create a scene of their own. Last year saw the release of their fifth studio album Vale, which landed at #1 on the US Top Hard Rock Billboard Chart.

Grammy nominated US alternative rock band Daughtry also join the line-up, following the success of last year’s album Cage To Rattle. Fronted by American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, the band has sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, alongside selling out tours globally.

With a new album looming this Friday, Of Mice & Men have been dominating stages for over a decade and have had a disciple like following every step of the way that will undoubtedly follow them to Donington next year. Everyone’s favourite pirates, Alestorm are jumping ship to the hallowed grounds of Download Festival once again, bringing with them their pirate metal and perhaps their giant inflatable duck.

Download Festival’s Andy Copping said:
“Downloaders, your 2020 headliners are here! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS and System of A Down will both be headlining as UK Festival exclusives and after 4 years away from Donington, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, I’m counting down the days already!”

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Reading and Leeds 2019

Reading & Leeds Festival has today added over seventy more acts to the bill for this year’s event including Dave, King Princess, Dillon Francis, Machine Gun Kelly, and Roddy Ricch. They’ll be performing alongside already announced headliners The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots and Foo Fighters at the famous Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park sites this August bank holiday weekend (23 – 25 August). Tickets are availablehere.

On the cusp of world domination, London-born rapper Dave will be headlining the BBC Radio One Stage.  As one of themost promising talents to emerge on the UK rap scene in recent years, Dave will be captivating festival goers with tracks from his forthcoming highly anticipated debut album ‘Psychodrama’ - due for release 8 March.  Along with amassing over 600m streams, Daveis the youngest ever winner of an Ivor Novello award, and has performed several major collaborations, including with fellow Londoner (and festival performer) AJ Tracey, and worldwide superstar Drake.

Counterfeit., fronted by Jamie Campbell Bower,will be making a triumphant return to Reading & Leeds this summer on the Main Stage bill for a high-octane set that is sure to be full of punk rock anthems. Also added to the Main Stage for 2019 are emo powerhouse Mayday Parade,and Gloucestershire pop punk trio Milk Teeth who’ve cemented themselves as one of the brightest stars in the scene.

Cleveland, Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly will be storming the BBC Radio One Stage playing hits such as Rap Devil and Bad Things, continuing an already successful 2019 that has also seen the multi talented artist starring in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic ‘The Dirt’, as infamous drummer Tommy Lee.  After being nominated for BBC Sound of 2019, Sea Girlsrefreshing guitar pop sound is crafted into non-stop bangers, destined to be yelled – hands in the air, eyes shut. Also joining the BBC Radio One stage are ambitious Australian rockers The Faim,  American singer Clairo, who has attracted over 26 million views on YouTube for her song Pretty Girl, US Indie pop songstress Mikaela Straus- aka King Princess, and Compton’s Roddy Ricch, whose hybrid trap has seen the MC become a rising star.

One of the hottest acts in electronic music today, American platinum-selling producer and DJ Dillon Francis will bring his blend of uplifting melodies and potent dancefloor beats to the BBC Radio One Dance Stage this summer, with Dimension also delivering a captivating set of electronic ground-shakers. Joining them will be British craftsman and greatest mash-up DJ on the planet Jaguar Skills, returning to Reading & Leeds for a unforgettable set of sublime technical skills and an incredible stage show.

Headlining The Pit Stage is American Rapper Ghostemane. Famed for being an innovator of the fusion between rap and metal, Ghostemane marriesraspy black metal textures with juddering industrial low-end and frantic hardcore howling. Artists joining The Pit Stage across the weekend also include metal-core heroes Of Mice & Men, Canadian Punk heavyweights PUP, hardcore punk band Blood Youth, Hot Milk who have exploded onto the scene with debut single Awful Ever After, and Fidlar who have recently released their third album ‘Almost Free’.

American viral internet sensation, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers will headline the Festival Republic Stage marking his Reading & Leeds debut. Darlings of the British rock underground-turned-next-big-thing, Basement will bring their tour de force of anthemic Anglo-American rock to the Festival Republic Stage, along with English dream pop band Anteros, fronted by Laura Hayden.

Headlining the BBC 1Xtra Stage will be the one and only Dappy. After recently releasing brand new solo music and collaborating with the hottest world class talent including Yungen, he is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.  Also joining the BBC 1Xtra line-up is South London rapper Loski who is making major waves within the hip-hop scene, and grime star Tion Wayne.

Æ MAK, Aitch, Anti Up, Bad Child, Bakar, Belako, Black Honey, Blade Brown, Boston Manor, Brunswick, Cemetery Sun, DaniLeigh, Deno Driz, DJ Target, Dream State, Dreamers, Everyone You Know, Georgia, Higher Power, Himalayas, James Organ, Jeremy Zucker, Just Banco, K-Trap, Kenny Allstar, Maleek Berry, Masicka, Mella Dee, Mini Mansions, Moontower, MTRNICA, Muzzy, Night Riots, Ocean Alley, Paris, Patent Pending, Pip Blom, Press Club, Prospa, Puppy, SAINt JHN, Smokeasac, The Snuts, Sophie and the Giants, Sports Team, Stand Atlantic, SWMRS, Teddy, Tiffany Calver, Tommy Genesis, TrueMendous, VALERAS, White Reaper, and Zuzu have also been added to the stellar bill already confirmed for Reading & Leeds 2019.

Æ MAK and TrueMendous come to Reading & Leeds Festival as part of Festival Republic and PRS Foundation’s ReBalance programme, a pioneering scheme launched in 2017 that has seen hundreds of nominations across 4 rounds, resulting in 13 finalists, and offers support, studio time, and festival slots.

With hundreds of acts set to play, Reading & Leeds will again be the unmissable festival weekend of the summer - defining and celebrating the sounds of modern groundbreaking music, as well as a world-class comedy line up.

Fans can be the first to hear further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletters or via the official Reading & Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.


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Bursting as the unrivalled home of new music discovery in 2019, Live At Leeds is once again primed to be a true hub for fans looking to discover their next favourite band or artist to soundtrack the months ahead. With some of the biggest and most exciting names in new music setting up shop across the city, Live At Leeds 2019 will prove why its award-winning reputation stands tall like no other - with even more favourites and exciting new names being announced today. 

Leading the charge is BBC Sound of… nominees and live breakthroughs Sea Girls. Building up a word-of-mouth following across the UK over the past year, the four-piece are geared up for a mammoth year ahead, following on from the vast plaudits and sold-out shows up and down the land drawn in by their euphoric and earnest indie-rock. Soundtracking radio stations at every turn with cuts like ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’, ‘Open Up Your Head’ and ‘Call Me Out’ - their return to Live At Leeds is bound to be a moment not to be missed. 

A guy who knows all about rising to the very top, Zac Farro will bring Halfnoise to Live At Leeds 2019 - with his own sublime sun-kissed pop echoing the shimmering sounds of his recent work in Paramore. Captivating and packed with energy, his appearance at the festival is bound to see roadblocks across the city - as is one of the most talked about punk bands of 2019 as The Murder Capital make their mark on Live At Leeds too. Without putting a single track out, the Irish blazers caused a mass stir with fans dying to see and hear what they’re bound to do - with debut cut ‘Feeling Fades’ cementing that standing as the arrival of a new force in guitar music. They’ll be joined on the bill by the volcanic riffs of Kent trio Lady Bird, who since releasing the mesmerising ‘Spoons’ on Slaves’ own record label have captured the attention of thousands with their unstoppable live power. Expect more of the same when they turn to Live At Leeds this May. 

Seafret will return to Live At Leeds with their blissful cuts of stunning sound, promising to welcome in a new chapter for the Yorkshire duo. Gritty and undeniably raw, Hak Baker brings his open tales of modern life to Live At Leeds. With a distinct voice and his ability to meld incredible folk with potent lyrics on the hardships seen around him, tracks like ‘Like It Or Lump It’ and ‘Conundrum’ signal the arrival of a vital new voice in British music, and a definite must-see at the festival this year. 

Leeds’ very own Menace Beach will return to Live At Leeds, fresh from the acclaimed release of latest album ‘Black Rainbow Sound’. Embracing a whirlwind of different sounds and thriving with creativity and a live presence that has seen thousands return again and again to see them, it’d bound to be a special homecoming for the duo. They lead a staggering array of local talent taking their spot at the festival, as Leeds showcases to the world the exciting and jaw-dropping music being created in the city. Renowned six-piece Team Picture will be making their anticipated next move of fizzing guitars and all-sweeping ease at Live At Leeds 2019, with the rapturously received Tallsaint guaranteed to stun with the sort of tender-pop that’s already making a mark across the UK and beyond. In addition joining the line-up are Dead Naked Hippies, punching their way into view with an unmistakable heavy-hitting set that’ll grab fans by the collar and dance in joy. Joining a who’s who of the best new music Leeds has to offer, it’s a showcase of a city overflowing with unbelievable new voices. 

With 25 names joining the packed Live At Leeds 2019 lineup today, there’s a plethora of different genres and styles to try - promising something new and different around every corner. From the adored strains of BBC 6 Music favourites She Drew The Gun, rising pop wordsmith Orla Gartland, Manchester’s own The Lottery Winners or electronic mood-maestro Big Wild to the immediate kicks of Be Charlotte, the open voice of Oli Fox, the potent flows of the DJ Shadow-approved rapper Barny Fletcher and many more. Live At Leeds continue to add even more stellar names that fans will be talking about for months and years to come.

These new additions join a stellar cast of previously announced names heading to the city, building on Live At Leeds’ unrivalled reputation as the essential home of new music. With the trailblazing Sundara Karma, revered game-changers Metronomy and man of the moment Tom Grennan topping a bill boasting the likes of critical titans Kate Tempest, spitting live kings Drenge, the BRIT Award winning Sam Fender, Black Honey, Swim Deep, Mini Mansions, Dream Wife, The Sherlocks, Goat Girl, Easy Life, whenyoung, Gengahr, Marsicans, VANT, Another Sky, Sports Team, Squid, Gently Tender, Bloxx, Fuzzy Sun, Lauren Aquilina and many more.

The starting-gates to the summer ahead, Live At Leeds 2019 soundtracks a city soaring with the best in new and now. 

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Lucky for some, BLOODSTOCK springs into March with news of seven more bands joining this summer’s best metal weekender and a massive thirteen more coach pick-up locations, making it easier than ever to get you, your mates, and all your camping gear to BLOODSTOCK for a very fine metallic time this August.

Belgian death metal kings ABORTED stride onto the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday.  The band tell us, “BLOODSTOCK!  It’s been a while!  We couldn’t be more thrilled to lay waste to thee in the most offensive of manners this coming summer. Prepare my friends, the blastbeat is coming!”  Their current album ‘TerrorVision’ is blazing holes in our speakers over at BOA HQ. See what we mean via the video for ‘Deep Red’, a track taken from that record here -

Cali death metallers, SKELETAL REMAINS join Saturday’s fray on the Sophie Lancaster stage. The band released their third album ‘Devouring Mortality’ last April via Dark Descent/Century Media, and returned to the road for extensive touring, which now includes a run of US dates with Hatebreed and Mexican headline shows this spring. Watch the video for that album’s earthquake-inspired first single ‘Seismic Abyss’, at

Aussie rockers THE LAZYS crash into a Sunday spot on the Sophie stage.  If you love a bit of AC/DC-style classic rock n’ roll, these boys are definitely worth a watch and are sure to bring the party!  The band’s current album, ‘Tropical Hazards’ came out last year, so crack a cold one and check out the video for their infectious tune ‘Nothing But Trouble’ -  

3 HEADED SNAKE join the Sophie stage bill on Saturday.  The LA-based classic metal band was put together by current Ministry guitarist Sin Quirin and features the soaring vocals of Johnny Ray.  See their video for ‘Wisdom Screams’ at and if you like what you hear, go pick up the five piece’s eponymous 3-track debut EP from iTunes or Bandcamp.

BOSS KELOID land a Sunday slot on the Sophie stage.  With current album, ‘Melted On The Inch’ being released last year on Holy Roar Records to vast critical acclaim (Prog Magazine called it “an extraordinary piece of work”), we’re excited to welcome the prog metallers back to Catton Park.  Witness their musical mastery via the video for ‘Chronosiam’ here;

German crossover thrash squad DUST BOLT snag themselves a Saturday slot on the Sophie stage. Their brand new album, ‘Trapped In Chaos’ was released last month via Napalm Records.  Check out the video for album opener, ‘The Fourth Strike’ - and warm up those necks for their thrashtastic set in August!

RED METHOD romp into a Saturday slot on the Sophie stage.  The band, comprising former members of Meta-Stasis and The Defiled, are set to release their debut album, ‘For The Sick’ sometime this year.  Investigate their sound by watching the video for ‘Split’ over on their YouTube channel -

Making your travel plans yet and usually come by coach?  We asked you to let the good folks at Big Green Coach know if you wanted a new pick-up point in your town and if there was enough interest, they'd look into it.  They had such great response, they've added an extra 13 pick-up points for their BOA coaches! Travel direct from your town and get dropped off inside the BLOODSTOCK gates, bringing your camping gear and supplies with you!  Say hello to a total of 34 locations, with prices for a return ticket starting at just £32.  The full list now runs as follows; ABERDEEN, BIRKENHEAD, BIRMINGHAM, BRADFORD, BOURNEMOUTH, BRISTOL, CAMBRIDGE, CARDIFF, CARLISLE, CHESTER, DUNDEE, EDINBURGH, EXETER, GLASGOW, GLOUCESTER, LANCASTER, LEEDS, LIVERPOOL, LONDON (Victoria Coach Station), MANCHESTER, MIDDLESBROUGH, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, NEWPORT, NORWICH, OXFORD, PERTH, PLYMOUTH, PRESTON, SHEFFIELD, SOUTHAMPTON, SUNDERLAND, SWANSEA, TAUNTON and WORCESTER.   Head over to to book your seat or your coach + ticket bundle!   Big Green Coach's services were hugely popular last year and many routes sold out in advance of the event, so please book early to guarantee your spot!  If you're coming by train instead and need a shuttle ride from Lichfield City rail station to the festival site, Big Green Coach do those too, so click to their site to secure your place for just £10 (it's more expensive on the day) and get ahead of the rush!

The final allocation of VIP tickets, plus Podpads, Luxpads, Bellepads and Octopads are now on sale, plus a limited number of VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already purchased a standard ticket).  For full details click to Standard weekend tickets are also in the ticket store, priced £145 (+ fees), snap yours up at

Friday night’s headliner SABATON, Saturday’s top dogs PARKWAY DRIVE and Sunday’s bill toppers SCORPIONS, join ANTHRAX, DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CODE ORANGE, POWERWOLF, SOILWORK, CRADLE OF FILTH, THY ART IS MURDER, TESSERACT, METAL CHURCH, SOULFLY, DEATH ANGEL, DEE SNIDER, QUEENSRYCHE, ELUVEITIE, SWALLOW THE SUN, EVIL SCARECROW, ROSS THE BOSS, GRAND MAGUS, ROTTING CHRIST, INCITE and HYPOCRISY on the Catton Park stages this August.  With more than 80 bands to go, stay tuned for even more artists to be announced soon!

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BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 8th-11th August 2019.  Get additional information over at

2000 trees 3rd 2019

Happening on Thursday 11th July/ Friday 12th July/ Saturday 13th July, tickets for the event
are on sale now and can be purchased from - HERE


Also announced today are Flogging Molly, Turnstile, Drug Church, Can't Swim, The Black Queen, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, ANGEL DU$T, Dream State, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Blood Youth, Palm Reader, Holding Absence, Conjurer, Press to MECO, Normandie, Allusinlove, Haggard Cat, Cold Years, Holiday Oscar, A.A.Williams, Sœur and more

Joining them will be already announced bands:
You Me At Six (Friday main stage headliners),
Frank Turner (Thursday headliner), Every Time I DieFrank Iero and the Future Violents, Jamie Lenman, While She Sleeps, Therapy?, Möngöl Hörde, Rolo Tomassi, Comeback Kid, Hands like Houses, WSTR, Petrol Girls, Single Mothers, Milk Teeth, Puppy and many more

The event will be taking place on Thursday 11th July, Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July, at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire

The festival recently won the award for Best Medium Sized Music Festival at the 2018 UK Festival Awards

The 3rd full band announcement for 2000trees Festival has arrived, and it includes the wonderful final main stage headliner - Deaf Havana. This year at 2000trees the UK represents with all three main stage headliners, with Deaf Havana returning to headline the festival in support of their stunning recent new album 'Rituals'.

From Deaf Havana drummer, Tom Ogden - "
Personally I’m so excited to headline 2000trees Festival. Last time Deaf Havana headlined my daughter was born, so I didn’t make it! It’s the only show I’ve ever missed, so I’m so thankful that we’ve been asked back!"

Joining Deaf Havana on the festival line up this year are a selection of incredible bands and artistsmaking their 2000trees debuts. These include the Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, the brilliant US alternative punks Can't Swim from New York City, the synth-pop electro 3 piece The Black Queen feat Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) and Gothboiclique founder and emo tinged US rapper Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. On top of these, also announced today are one of the most exciting bands in the world right now
Drug Church, the insanely cool and catchy US hardcore band ANGEL DU$T, recently reformed underground legends from New Jersey USA The Number 12 Looks Like You, brand new alternative folk solo artist from London A.A. Williams and many more!

From Can't Swim"Ever since we started the band, England has been a second home to us. Ever since we started the band we’ve wanted to be at 2000trees. Seeing the line up for this year has me even more excited to be apart of the festival. Very much looking forward to it."

From ANGEL DU$T - "2000trees is going to be phat. I wanna hook up with the hot dude in Higher Power and stage dive to Muncie Girls."

ALSO playing include the likes of Turnstile, Flogging Molly, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Normanide, Cold Years AND a huge selection of some of our finest UK rock and heavy bands around at this time, including Dream State, Blood Youth, Palm Reader, Holding Absence, Conjurer, Press To MECO, Allusinlove, Haggard Cat and Sœur 

A list of ALL the bands announced today, Feb 27th, is below:
Deaf Havana (Saturday main stage headliner) / Flogging Molly / Turnstile / Drug Church / Can't Swim / The Black Queen / Wicca Phase Springs Eternal / Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly / ANGEL DU$T / Dream State / The Number Twelve Looks Like You / Blood Youth /Palm Reader / Holding Absence / Conjurer / Press to MECO / Normandie / Allusinlove / Haggard Cat / Cold Years / Holiday Oscar / A.A.Williams / Sœur / PENGSHUi / JOHN / itoldyouiwouldeatyou / Delaire, the Liar / Sulli / Floorboards and All Ears Avow

Previously announced for the event include the other two main stage headliners Frank Turner (Thursday) and You Me At Six (Friday. The incredible Every Time I Die, who will be performing 'Hot Damn' in full (plus more) as headliners on The Cave stage on Saturday and Sheffield's While She Sleeps (Cave Stage headliners on Thursday), returning festival hero Jamie Lenman (who will be curating, opening and closing his very own stage and mini festival, Lenmania 2, on the Axiom Stage on the Thursday - being the first act to be performing at this years event, on the Thursday early afternoon), the hugely anticipated first timer Frank Iero with his band Frank Iero And The Future Violents (headlining the Axiom Stage on the Saturday) and many more.

Thursday, 28 February 2019 12:30


Slam Dunk 2019 Stage Splits

With a lineup bursting with the very best names in alternative music, Slam Dunk Festival is thrilled to reveal stage splits for the May bank holiday weekender, which is set to touch down in Leeds Temple Newsam Park for the very first time and return to Hatfield Park after the success of last year’s greenfield event. In addition to this, Slam Dunk Festival have also revealed travel information and further afterparty details.

In another Slam Dunk first, it has been announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

In what promises to be an unforgettable festival moment, this year’s Slam Dunk headliners All Time Low are set to round off the Monster stage with a homage to their 2nd album ‘Nothing Personal’ after a non-stop day of pop-punk mastery. Florida’s finest New Found Glory will appear alongside Welsh set-up Neck Deep for a back-to-back supply of alternative bangers. Montreal’s iconic rock pack Simple Plan are set to join them, alongside ‘Stupid For You’ hitmakers Waterparks, US-Brit rockers As It Is and crowd-pleasing front-runners Boston Manor and WSTR.

Carefully curated by NOFX’s very own Fat Mike, Slam Dunk’s very first Punk In Drublic stage takeover will see NOFX headline, following defiant performances from more beloved punk names. The iconic Bad Religion, ska-punk six piece Less Than Jake, original punk-rockers Lagwagon and Sweden’s hottest exports Millencolin are set to storm the takeover. Guaranteed to be the ultimate destination for punk rock, it will also see LA ska-punks The Interrupters, Mad Caddies, Anti-Flag and The Bombpops appear on the stage.

One of two heavy stages at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival, metalcore and everything in between can be found on the Jagermeister Stage as UK metal titans Bullet For My Valentine will appear in a powerful headline performance set to incite mosh-madness. Atreyu are set to show both acts and audiences alike how it’s done, bringing their influential metalcore hybrid to the stage, alongside emo icons Silverstein who are set to release their latest studio album ‘Redux: The First Ten Year’ in April. The Word Alive will deliver their notoriously exhilarating performance while Missouri rockers Story Of The Year, Wage War and The Plot In You are destined to get adrenaline levels sky-high.

A Slam Dunk Festival institution, the Impericon Stage will continue its legacy of bringing the world’s best heavy-hitters to Leeds and Hatfield over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The genre-defying New York act Glassjaw will make their Slam Dunk Festival debut in a highly-anticipated headline performance. Bolstering their way onto the notorious stage, UK mob Gallows will bring a cutthroat set alongside American powerhouses The Bronx and Canadian hardcore punk rockers Cancer Bats. Ensuring mayhem from the very beginning, hardcore supergroup Angel Du$t, ‘Time And Space’ noisemakers Turnstile and Pure Noise Records heros Knocked Loose make for an impeccable hardcore billing.

Headlined by The Menzingers, the Dickies Stage will see emotion-driven LA natives Touche Amore, US revival pack Tiny Moving Parts, and American stalwarts The Get Up Kids and Saves The Day take to the stage for a complete education in all things emo. Completing the stage and making for an indisputable display of alternative music will be  esteemed two piece Tigers Jaw and none other than Brit punks Milk Teeth.

Appearing this May for a debut Slam Dunk Festival performance, Plain White T’s are set to headline the Marshall Stage. Before hearing the band’s pop-rock classics, festival goers can recognise the Marshall Stage as a home for heartfelt sing-a-longs delivered by evolving indie-rockers Hellogoodbye, cherished Illinois natives Real Friends, Seaway and Trophy Eyes. The stage will also see A Loss For Words’ UK reunion on the 10 year anniversary of their undeniable album ‘The Kids Can’t Lose’.  

Paying homage to the beloved Leeds institution, The Key Club Stage will recreate venue magic on their stage at Leeds and Hatfield with incredible alternative names jam packed on to the lineup. Topping the bill will be enigmatic electro-rock duo iDKHOW in a Slam Dunk Festival debut performance that is sure to make history. Joining them will be alt-pop sensation Lights, billboard-charting grandson and the face-melting Employed To Serve. Birmingham metallers SHVPES will meet Aussie Between You & Me ahead of Story Untold 's pop-punk performance. Press To Meco, Our Hollow Our home, Kublai Khan, Cruel Hand, Pagan and Wallflower will complete the genre-crossing showcase, with secret special guests still to be announced.

One for the acoustic aficionados, the Acoustic Stage will be the go-to destination for slower sing-a-longs with beloved Slam Dunk Festival names. Justin Courtney Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack will lead the lineup which also features singer-songwriter Rob Lynch and former We Are The Ocean singer Liam Cromby as well as Lightyear’s Chas Palmer Williams and Lizzy Farrall.

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Download Festival, the champion of rock events, is pleased to welcome WWE NXT UK to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park across 14-16 June 2019, as well as SEVENTEEN further bands including supergroup Simple Creatures, The Wonder Years, and Dinosaur Pile-up

WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm, and Tyler Bate will be among the NXT UK stars parading thrilling displays of dynamic athleticism during the bonafide full-scale ring bouts in the festival arena, which for the first time ever will be taped and aired as part of the weekly NXT UK show on the WWE Network. Superstars Trent Seven, Walter, Rhea Ripley, Jordan Devlin, NXT UK Tag Team Champions The Grizzled Young Veterans, Travis Banks, Gallus and many more to be announced, will descend upon Download for a weekend of high flying maneuvers, action-packed matches and unexpected surprises. NXT has made a massive impact at the festival in previous years, performing to capacity crowds throughout the weekend, featuring impressive debuts, shocking returns and exciting moments. This is the ultimate win for wrestling fans! 

Joining headlinersSlipknot, Tool and Def Leppard and a host of acts already announcedfor the annual rock spectacle, are SEVENTEEN other amazing acts. In a UK Festival Exclusive is supergroup Simple Creatures, comprising of blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, who will headline the Avalanche stage on the Saturday night. Known as legends of the pop-punk scene, the pair will give an unmissable exclusive and first UK Festival performance at this year’s Download. Already releasing two infectious singles ‘Strange Love’ and ‘Drug’, Simple Creatures will release their debut EP Strange Love on March 29th.

Simple Creatures said: “An evening of Trash-Pop reverie awaits you at Download Fest. There will be Creatures. They will be Simple. There will be singing and dancing in a big tent. What more could you possibly want?” 

Also added are Dinosaur Pile-up who have spent the better part of two decades as purveyors of riff laden ginormous rock and are well versed in whipping the crowd into a frenzy, the powerhouse blend of psychedelic with grunge from Allusinlove, andLiverpool's Queen Zee who are ready to cause a commotion with their inspiring anthems through their fluid expression of brash queer punk. The Wonder Years will smash a punk shaped whole through Donington with a raucous set of anti-suburban anthems, and they will be in good company with UK pop-punk upstarts Roam,known for their energetic and frantic live shows.

Norway’s Kvelertak are on their way to lead the crowd through a relentless onslaught of exciting ‘black n roll’ and join this year’s line up, as are the aptly named Hot Milk who are one of the hottest upcoming names in UK rock, Finland’s own thrash prodigies Lost Society bringing with them their relentless insanely fast metal for head banging aplenty, the grime meets punk London duo Nova Twins, and dirty blues rockers The Picturebooks. Graveyard will be making their welcome return seamlessly blending rock, soul, 60’s acid fuzz and of course a big dash of heavy metal into an infectious musical stew, alongside Mongolian internet sensations The Hu which is a genre you didn’t know you needed in your life. Goodbye June, Vambo, Cloud and Kim Jennett also set to play.

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