Steven Harrison

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download 2020 feb

MORE ACTS ADDED TO THIS YEAR’S LINE UP

ALTER BRIDGE, BOWLING FOR SOUP,THE DARKNESS,THE DISTILLERS,
FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES, MASTODON, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, THE MENZINGERS, EMPLOYED TO SERVE,3 DOORS DOWN, MILK TEETH, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, HOLDING ABSENCE, LACUNA COIL, LOATHE, SEPULTURA

PLUS
 
AMARANTHE | CEMETERY SUN | FIRE FROM THE GODS | GENDER ROLES 
HAKEN | HATARI | HEAVY LUNGS | HIGHER POWER | JJ WILDE |
KILL THE LIGHTS | MODERN ERROR | NORTHLANE |
PRESS CLUB | POLYPHIA| THE RAVEN AGE | RENOUNCED | SHVPES | SLEEP TOKEN |SULLII | THE GLORIOUS SONS |
THE HARA | THE SKINTS | TEMPT | TWIN TEMPLE |
THY ART IS MURDER | WAGE WAR | WILL HAVEN

ALSO ANNOUNCED:
DAY AND STAGE SPLITS
WWE NXT UK RETURNS TO DONINGTON
KERRANG! RADIO HOSTS ‘FINDING FRESH BLOOD’
OFFERING THE CHANCE TO PLAY THE AVALANCHE STAGE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced further acts including ALTER BRIDGE, BOWLING FOR SOUP, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES, MASTODON, THE DISTILLERS, SEPULTURA, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, to join headliners IRON MAIDEN (Legacy of the Beast Tour), KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN this summer. NXT UK is returning to deliver more knockout entertainment over the weekend, and Kerrang! Radio will host FINDING FRESH BLOOD for another year – searching for the best emerging acts in the world of rock to perform on The Avalanche Stage.

Download takes place on 12 - 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

The Main Stage just got even better with a host of new names which are sure to stir the crowd into a frenzy. US heavyweights ALTER BRIDGE will return to Download with their breed of blistering and technical rock completed with incredible showmanship courtesy of Miles Kennedy.

Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge said:
“We are very proud and honoured to be a part of the 2020 lineup. Download has always been the highlight of our touring schedule over the years, thanks for another opportunity to perform for some of the best rock fans in the world!”

The brilliantly chaotic FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES will wreak havoc at Download, with pit-starter anthems such as ‘Juggernaut’, ‘Crowbar’ and ‘I Hate You’. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE are staggeringly heavy, with a good dosage of theatrics that will no doubt fuel a memorable performance. Also performing rare Australia’s ferocious THY ART IS MURDER, rising Florida metalcorers WAGE WAR, and melodic Brit metallers THE RAVEN AGE.

Chris Motionless from Motionless In White said:
“Playing Download is an accomplishment that bands of every level still write home about. It is THE festival to be a part of, and I’m so proud to announce that we will be making an appearance again for the first one of the new decade. See you in a few months!”

Looking towards The Zippo Stage, Atlanta’s finest MASTODON have garnered a reputation as a formidable live force, and their performance at 2020 is sure to be enormous. Fronted by the infamous Brody Dalle, THE DISTILLERS are a household name in modern punk and make their anticipated return to Donington. THE DARKNESS are also set to bring a healthy dose of classic rock and roll bombast., Italian goth icons LACUNA COIL, melodic rockers AMARANTHE, bondage-punks HATARI and rock n roll revivalists THE GLORIOUS SONS. They’ll be joined by Mississippi rock stalwarts 3 DOORS DOWN.

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness said:
“UK festival appearances are like children - so precious and impossible to pick a favourite. This year though, my number 1 child is our Download slot! I have a pair of pyjama bottoms designed to look like jeans with tickets for Monsters of Rock 1991 hanging out of the pocket, and that tells you everything you need to know about my excitement levels.”

Following their disbanding in 2016, Download are beyond excited to reveal that Welsh post-hardcore and crowd favourite FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND will make their euphoric return to the festival by headlining The Avalanche Stage. Joining them are Texan troopers BOWLING FOR SOUP who are sure-fire to get Donington singing along to their tongue-in-cheek pop punk anthems.

Ryan Richards from Funeral For A Friend said “As a band, and as individuals – we’ve made some incredible memories at the hallowed grounds of Donington through the years, so it’s going to be nice to come back and make a few more together. Those trademark black fringes are a bit greyer/balder these days, but we’ll still be able to show these young ‘uns a thing or two!”

Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup said:
“Download Festival is always something special for Bowling For Soup. So many of the stories we share with other bands and family members back home come from our time spent playing or hanging out at this festival. Very much looking forward to making more memories this summer...and of course bringing something special to our show, that only BFS can get away with!”

Elsewhere on the Avalanche Stage are Philadelphia’s THE MENZINGERS who will draw a monstrous crowd with their honest melodic punk, Woking’s brutal EMPLOYED TO SERVE, anonymous collective SLEEP TOKEN, garage punk outfit PRESS CLUB, Welsh post-hardcore band HOLDING ABSENCE, Liverpool prog-metallers LOATHE, mysterious emo rapper SULLII, London ska-punks THE SKINTS, alt-pop-rock Mancs THE HARA, Northern Californian pop-rockers CEMETERY SUN, and Brighton indie punks GENDER ROLES. They’ll be joined by punk trio MILK TEETH.

Headlining The Dog Tooth Stage are genre defining heavy music titans SEPULTURA who are set to be a crowd pleaser with huge songs such as Roots Bloody Root and Refuse / Resist.

Derrick Green from Sepultura said;
“We are ecstatic about our return to Download Festival. It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of a festival with such a rich music history. We look forward to rocking out with you all!!”

Also on The Dog Tooth stage are Sydney metalcore innovators NORTHLANE, alongside bruising Leeds hardcore collective HIGHER POWER. If that wasn’t enough, further Dogtooth Stage additions are London progressive rock band HAKEN, virtuosic Texan quartet POLYPHIA, Sacramento noise metallers WILL HAVEN, the hotly tipped KILL THE LIGHTS (featuring members from Bullet For My Valentine, Still Remains, Throw The Fight, Glamour Of The Kill and Threat Signal), self-proclaimed ‘Satanic doo wop’ trio TWIN TEMPLE, Texan hardcore outfit FIRE FROM THE GODS, Bristol post-punks HEAVY LUNGS, NYC rockers TEMPT, Peterborough melodic hardcore act MODERN ERROR, brutal Holy Roar signees London five-piece RENOUNCED, mesmerising alt rock artist JJ WILDE, and Brummie metalcore pack SHVPES.

Download Festival are pleased to announce the return of WWE NXT UK to this year’s festival. The first round of Superstars to be announced are title-holders WWE NXT UK Champion WALTER, NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray, and NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus. The first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate, and his Tag Team partner Trent Seven, will no doubt bring a stunner of a show. Also set to perform is Finn Bálor’s protégé Jordan Devlin, the highflyer Mark Andrews, and his Tag Team partner Flash Morgan Webster. Toni Storm is also confirmed, alongside powerhouse Piper Niven – both of whom will bring the energy to Donington Park. NXT UK has made a massive impact at Download in previous years, full of tense moments and adrenaline-soaked performances, it’s the ultimate spectacle for fans of loud music and even louder sport.

In addition, Kerrang! Radio will once more host Finding Fresh Blood, the search to bring the hottest emerging talent to Donington. 2019 was its inaugural year and grime-punks PENGSHUi triumphantly opened the Avalanche Stage. UK acts can now upload their tracks online to be in with the chance of playing this year’s festival on the same stage. To apply, and for more information please visit their website. The chance to apply closes on 1st March at 23:59, and winners will be announced in April.

Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker said:
“Playing at The Download Festival is a benchmark moment in any bands career, it is the most important festival in the country for alternative music and a performance on any of the hallowed stages can catapult your career as a musician to new heights. I only like working with people who share my unyielding spirit for supporting new artists, and the absolute dedication that Andy and the team from Download have in this field is truly inspiring. When Pengshui walked out on the Avalanche Stage last year, the atmosphere on the stage, in the crowd AND in the wings was absolutely electric – it is a moment that will never be forgotten.”

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.

For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk


Bloodstock 2020 Feb

 

As the number of months left to BLOODSTOCK 2020 reaches the half-way point, festival HQ shows no signs of slowing down with booking bands and making plans to make BLOODSTOCK’s 20th anniversary year the biggest and boldest yet! With a YouTube 100k subscriber milestone achieved this month too, there’s a brand new competition you can win weekend tickets in, as well as news about the exciting gaming arena debuting at BLOODSTOCK this year, and go on then, seven more bands to announce as well… 

Brit thrash luminaries, ACID REIGN are set for a Friday slot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage!  Having rebooted the band in 2015 after a 24 year hiatus, frontman H tells us, "Anyone who witnessed our 2016 show on the Sophie stage knows exactly how much we love playing BLOODSTOCK.  There is a lot of excitement in the AR camp right now, we finally got a new album out after all these years (29 to be exact) and now we get to put a BLOODSTOCK sized cherry on the top of that cake. Can't wait to see you all there!"  The band released that long-awaited album, ‘The Age Of Entitlement’ in August last year. Check out the video for ‘The New Low’ from that release here

Also appearing on Friday’s main stage, are Bristol’s hardcore punk crew SVALBARD. Signed to Holy Roar Records, their topical and furious last album ‘It’s Hard To Have Hope’ surfaced in 2018, and was described by Kerrang! as “a grand declaration of war, on everything wrong with the modern world, set to a truly brilliant, visceral soundtrack.” See if you agree; watch the video for ‘For The Sake Of The Breed’ from that album here

Goth-soaked metal newcomers, IDLE HANDSwill open the main stage on Sunday!  The Portland-based band are hot off their recent US support slot to the mighty King Diamond and the release of debut album, ‘Mana’ via Eisenwald Records.  View the retrotastic video for ‘Give Me To The Night’, taken from that release here 

Swedish progressive rock collective, SOENcrash straight into Friday’s special guest slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage.Reformed by frontman Joel Ekelöf and former Opeth drummer, Martin Lopez back in 2010, SOEN are four albums deep into their career, having released current album, ‘Lotus’ in early 2019.  Investigate the sublime title track from that opus and its accompanying video here

VISCERA earn themselves a Sophie stage slot on Saturday.  The band, featuring former members of Heart of a Coward, Abhorrent Decimation, Martyr Defiled, Nervecell, and Surfaces, blend their influences (Pantera, Meshuggah, At The Gates, The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage) with modern tech/death and deathcore flavours.  They release their debut album, ‘Obsidian’ this Spring via Unique Leader Records, but in the meantime, take a look at the video to ‘Lamb To The Slaughter’ taken from that release here

Edinburgh’s riff squad and former BLOODSTOCK ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ alumni, DOG TIRED also land a slot on Friday’s Sophie stage. Since landing a slot in the New Blood tent in 2014, the band have been honing their stagecraft, playing with the likes of Skindred and Raging Speedhorn.  We’re happy to welcome them back with step up to the Sophie Stage in 2020. Get a taste for their sound with the video of ‘Dagoth’s Nine’ here.

BAILER join Saturday’s Sophie stage line up.  Metal Hammer inform that “Sometimes you hear a new band that make you want to drive a motorbike through a wall. BAILER are that band.”  Discover something new and make up your own mind by checking out ‘Long Gone’, featuring guest vocals from Adam Carroll here, and catch ‘em at Catton Park in August.

Consider yourself a bit of a gamer, or always fancied a go?  This year, BLOODSTOCK is pleased to introduce the Nordic Spirit Game Arena, where you can try to beat your mates on a range of games on XBox and PS4 consoles. Prefer your games on your PC?  Don’t worry, there’ll be a couple of gaming PCs as well, plus a few arcade machines from Jagermeister and Redbull, for starters. Best of all, play is absolutely free! 

There’s just two weeks left to sign up to BLOODSTOCK’s very popular ticket deposit scheme, which allows you to spread your standard weekend ticket purchase over 5 instalments.  Be sure to make your first payment of £29 + booking fees before 28th February, then after that, your instalments break down as follows: Payment 2 - £29 (debits your bank account on 27/03/20), Payment 3 - £29 (debits 27/04/20), Payment 4 - £29 (debits 26/05/20), and then your Final Payment - £29 + postage (debits 26/06/20).  Please note VIP and child tickets are not eligible for the deposit scheme. Sign up at the ticket store.

BLOODSTOCK is also delighted to welcome the 100,000th subscriber to its official YouTube channel! To celebrate the milestone, BLOODSTOCK will randomly select two winners from channel subscribers to receive a pair of weekend tickets to 2020's event. If you're already subscribed, you're already entered to win! If not, head over to the YouTube channel here and sign up! All new subscribers registered before the end of February 16th will also be entered. The lucky winners will be announced on BLOODSTOCK's Facebook page in due course.

Not visited BLOODSTOCK’s YouTube channel before? You'll find a host of cool and exclusive content from BLOODSTOCK, including interviews and live songs (or even whole sets) of a wide range of bands throughout the years. Didn't get to watch Parkway Drive headline the main stage in 2019? Watch it on YouTube! How about Gojira the year before?  Also on BLOODSTOCK’s YouTube! New content is added regularly; make sure you stay subscribed so you don't miss out and be the first to see brand new, thrilling live clips from classic, explosive, and downright headbangin' sets at BLOODSTOCK!

BLOODSTOCK’s 2020 main stage headliners are DEVIN TOWNSEND (Friday), BEHEMOTH (Saturday), and JUDAS PRIEST (Sunday). The festival also welcomes HATEBREED, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BURY TOMORROW, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILLITY, BUTCHER BABIES, CATTLE DECAPITATION, BLOODYWOOD, MEMORIAM, RAMAGE INC, GREEN LUNG, BOSSK, CONJURER, ORANGE GOBLIN, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, SAXON, SYLOSIS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, NECTOR, WINTERFYLLETH, EXHUMED, NEKROGOBLIKON, THE CRAWLING, RAISED BY OWLS, & ANAKIM so far.  Many more bands performing over the weekend are still to be announced! Unsure what to expect? Watch a trailer all about BLOODSTOCK here.

Standard weekend tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets, and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. A limited number of day tickets will go on sale later this year - sign up for a free reminder here.  Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out. 


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

Download November 2019

JOINING THE LINE-UP:

VOLBEAT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, BABYMETAL,
THE PRETTY RECKLESS, AIRBOURNE, SKILLET, BARONESS,
LIT, BUSH, WEDNESDAY 13, BRITISH LION, ELECTRIC WIZARD,
PERIPHERY, OBITUARY, PUP, DYING FETUS, 
BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEAD LABEL, STONE BROKEN, 
BLUES PILLS, PUPPY, P.O.D., WAYWARD SONS, 
WARGASM, DEAD POSEY

& MORE

 

Download Festival has announced more bands to join headliners IRON MAIDEN (Legacy of the Beast Tour), KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN next year. The world’s premier rock event takes place 12 - 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at Downloadfestival.co.uk

Headed to Download are Denmark’s VOLBEAT with their hybrid of rock ‘n’ roll, riffs and rockabilly, making for an explosive and certainly unpredictable live show. Their seventh studio album Rewind, Replay, Rebound dropped in August 2019 and landed at #7 in the UK album charts.

Volbeat said;
"We are very excited to return to Donington Park once again to rock with all of our friends in the UK alongside so many great bands. See you in June!"

Defining the Metalcore genre with anthems such as ‘My Curse’ and ‘The End of Heartache’, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have had three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, landed several Grammy nominations, and have had half a billion streams.

Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage said;
"We are honoured and excited to play the mighty Download festival once again! We are ready to kick out our new songs and play the old anthems as well! Download crowds are always incredible and we are eager to bring the mother f*****g ruckus!"

Leaders in Japanese kawaii metal, BABYMETAL will land at Donington following the success of their latest album Metal Galaxy. Formed in 2010, the band fuse metal with J-Pop and are a global name in heavy music, renowned for their flawless and unique performances.

SU-METAL said:
"The crowd at Download Festival always welcomes us with a lot of energy so I can’t wait to perform there again! We hope to bring even more power and energy so please look forward to our performance!"

MOAMETAL said:
"To have the opportunity of performing at one of our favorite places is incredibly exciting for us. Can’t wait to see everyone there!"

THE PRETTY RECKLESS are a bruising blend of ferocious rock’n roll and blues, with huge singles such as ‘You Make Me Wanna Die’ and ‘Heaven Knows’ in their discography, and their explosive shows have earned them legions of new fans all over the world. AIRBOURNE’s first album Runnin’ Wild was one of the most talked-about and best-reviewed debuts in recent rock history, and their classic rock inspired hits are expected to create a thunder at Download.

Joe O’Keeffe from Airbourne said;
“Do you wanna rock? Then let’s f****n’ rock!”

Named one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st Century SKILLET will bring their stadium sized anthems backed by multi-platinum selling albums to Donington next year. BARONESS have embodied a DIY ethic since the beginning. With five innovative and highly creative albums under their collective belts that swerve genre barriers, they consistently keep fans on their toes and are expected to do the same at Download next year.

LIT are considered one of the preeminent bands to have come out of the post-grunge era of the late 90’s, defining an entire generation of power punk with hits like ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ and ‘Miserable’. Since their warmly-welcomed return in 2011, British alt rock titans BUSH have shown no signs of rest as they have since released two albums and appeared on the John Wick: Chapter 3 soundtrack with a heavier new sound inspired by System Of A Down.

The Duke of Spook WEDNESDAY 13 has been added to the line up following the release of eighth album Necrophaze. Expect the unexpected from the original horror punk enigma who is infamous for theatrics. Also performing are BRITISH LION, the side project of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris that’s stamped with his unique style.

With a cult-like and fanatical fanbase as well as being referred to as “the heaviest band in the universe”, ELECTRIC WIZARD will perform at Donington with their uncompromising style of ‘70s inspired doom and detuned guitars. They’ll be joined by PERIPHERY who are at the forefront of the djent movement with their blisteringly technical and heavy prog.

Since their inception in 1984, OBITUARY are a fundamental act in the development in death metal and have made one hell of a dent with ten colossal albums and ear shattering riffs under their name. Joining them, are death metallers DYING FETUS who will be heading back to Donington in 2020.

Toronto punks PUP have cemented themselves as one of the most energetic and exciting live bands in recent years, and with their noisy, biting and a recklessly fun ode to nihilism, they’re not to be missed. The self-dubbed ‘family band’ TINY MOVING PARTS formed in high school and have worked tirelessly to create the band’s trademark blend of math rock, punk pop, and emo - they have been added to the already monster line up,

Most known for ‘Youth of the Nation’, ‘Southtown’, ‘Boom’, and the triple platinum record Satellite, San Diego’s P.O.D. join the line up with their infectious hybrid of punk, heavy metal, reggae, rap and Latin music.

Making their debut last year with bold album Ain’t Always Easy on Spinefarm Records, STONE BROKEN’s energetic live shows have fuelled their desire to take on the world and are ready to take on Download.

Returning to Download are the retro-inspired blues of quartet BLUES PILLS and their vintage style. Fronted by hard rock veteran Toby Jepson (G.U.N., Little Angels), WAYWARD SONS dropped their second album The Truth Ain’t What It Used To Be last month and are a much welcome addition to the line up.

Self-proclaimed Kings of Stonerpunk, BOKASSA make their Download Festival debut from Norway following a summer opening for Metallica on their European Wordwired tour. With a sound as bold as their name WARGASM may only have two singles under their belt, but the captivating duo are sure to make their Download debut one to remember.

Also added are BLACKOUT PROBLEMS, BLEED FROM WITHIN, CELLAR DOOR MOON CROW, CHELSEA GRIN, DEAD LABEL, DEAD POSEY, LOTUS EATER, MARIANAS TRENCH, POWERWOLF, PUPPY, THEORY, THE LAST INTERNATIONALE, THE WILDHEARTS, and UNCURED.

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.

For further information, please visit

 

Bloodstock 2020 October

BLOODSTOCK REVEAL FOUR MORE FOR RONNIE JAMES DIO STAGE

As Halloween approaches and Autumn rolls in, BLOODSTOCK is delighted to reveal four more amazing bands joining the heavy metal shenanigans in Catton Park next August as well as details of this year’s Rock Society memberships.

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS will be bringing their much lauded ‘A Vulgar Display of Pantera’ set to the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday. Bound to be one of the ‘Do Not Miss’ sets of the weekend, performing a slew of Pantera classics, we suggest you grab your mates and get down the front early.  For a taste of what’s to come, check out this clip of a similar set earlier this year, in Brooklyn, NY’s famous St Vitus bar - https://youtu.be/Mx2VIEGeWRQ

On Saturday, PARADISE LOST fans are in for a treat, as the gothic-doom overlords will be performing their much loved fifth album ‘Draconian Times’ in full!  Released in 1995, it spawned singles ‘The Last Time’ (https://youtu.be/uuh-Ui_ZKTk) and ‘Forever Failure’ (https://youtu.be/gVgIW_pBcdI).  Now signed to Nuclear Blast, the band unveiled their fifteenth studio album, ‘Medusa’ in 2017 and hit the studio at the end of October to record the follow up.

BLOODSTOCK is pleased to share that LIFE OF AGONY will be joining us on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday. New album ‘The Sound Of Scars’, released by Napalm Records just 11 days ago, serves as a sequel to their seminal 1993 debut ‘River Runs Red’. Watch the video for new song ‘Scars’ at https://youtu.be/Z0hyh0yTdaU

When legends like Metallica and Megadeth cite them as an influence, you know they’ve earned their spot.  DIAMOND HEAD pick up a slot on Sunday’s main stage bill and will show exactly why they’re considered one of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Formed back in 1976, but still creating new music, their latest album ‘The Coffin Train’ dropped in May. Get into the title track at: https://youtu.be/YFsC6M7x32g

Finally, BLOODSTOCK’s Rock Society memberships go on general sale at 9am on Thursday 31st October.  The Rock Society is effectively BLOODSTOCK’s ‘Members Club’, offering not only a 10% discount on your weekend ticket (on top of the early bird discount when you purchase the 'Rock Society membership + ticket bundle' option), but all sorts of other cool benefits like priority signing tent access, access to the VIP Serpents Lair bar, special tours of the backstage & production areas seeing ‘behind the scenes’, a Rock Society laminate, a dedicated hangout area in the Rock Society tent on site and plenty more besides.  Full details can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/rock-society.  Memberships are limited to just 300 and sell out almost immediately.  Priced at £75, memberships are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so be ready in the ticket store at 9am on Halloween if you want to join this exclusive club!  

BLOODSTOCK will be headlined on Friday by DEVIN TOWNSEND and is also set to welcome SKINDRED, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILITY, and BUTCHER BABIES so far.  BLOODSTOCK’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. 


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

COTW Band Poster 2020

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.

Bloodstock 2020 2

                                                                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: https://youtu.be/noN0RK4LedA.  He also tells us: “OK, folks...wow.  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; https://youtu.be/bxi3i9wzQBk.  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’; https://youtu.be/tKlVYJTSzuU

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 www.bloodstock.uk.com.
  

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DON BROCO ANNOUNCED AS FIRST HEADLINER
FOR SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2020

THEIR EXCLUSIVE UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE OF 2020

WILL BE JOINED BY...

STATE CHAMPS, THE WONDER YEARS, MAYDAY PARADE, FOUR YEAR STRONG, KNUCKLE PUCK, BAYSIDE, ISSUES, ICE NINE KILLS, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, HANDS LIKE HOUSES

+ MANY MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

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SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH – SUNDAY 24TH MAY – HATFIELD, HATFIELD PARK

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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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                                                                       Download 2020 1

                                                                         KISS IRON MAIDEN SYSTEM OF A DOWN

                                                                                 ANNOUNCED AS 2020 DOWNLOAD HEADLINERS

                                                                                                                            PLUS
                                                                                       DEFTONES, KORN, THE OFFSPRING, DISTURBED,
                                                                                            GOJIRA, ALESTORM, BLACK VEIL BRIDES,
                                                                                                       DAUGHTRY, OF MICE & MEN
                                                                                              TICKETS ON SALE 25TH SEPTEMBER 2PM

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 downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

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!”

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.Download 2020 1

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 atwww.readingfestival.com andwww.leedsfestival.com 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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