Tech Fest 2016 to be Invaded By Aliens...
To celebrate Tech-Fest's 5th Anniversary, Tech-Fest is launching an exclusive Tech-Fest Invasion set of T-Shirts! there will only be 50 of each colour printed on sale and are only available at UK Tech-Fest 2016.
This is a concept artwork of Tech-Fest being invaded by aliens drawn by the legendary Cal Sino. https://www.facebook.com/CALSINO.ART
Cal Sinadinovic (The Artist) - "I started this monster in April and with each new line up announcement the size of the thing went from A3 to A2 eventually to A1. The concept was just to draw from the perspective of the Tech-Fest crowd. These particular space mutants are really into their Tech-Metal so they obviously already knew about Tech-Fest. They decide to gate crash the festival and the whole thing erupts into a massive extraterrestrial death pit/orgy with the most insane soundtrack behind it. We've got a whole roster of colour variants getting pressed so no matter what planet you're from you can rep this Tech-Fest shirt."
Simon Garrod (Festival Organiser) - "It was a pleasure working with Cal, such determination and attention to detail has made this an absolute master piece! I would highly recommend you hire this dude for any Merch/Album designs. This is his first artwork published in the metal community so he really brings something fresh to the table. If you are into multidimensional mutant alien orgies and other such weirdness Cal is your man!".
The excluisive shirts will be on sale for £20 each.
BLOODSTOCK’S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED! NEW SPONSOR AND PRIZES ON OFFER!
There’s a wealth of exciting news from BLOODSTOCK HQ in regard to their grass-roots-metal-supporting ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ scheme. Coming on board as a premier sponsor is the newly resurrected, iconic metal label, MUSIC FOR NATIONS! Also two more exciting prizes have been thrown into the mix for one of the lucky bands on the Hobgoblin New Blood bill.
All those winning a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage via the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ initiative will already be in the running for the chance to receive endorsement deals from gear manufacturers and professional PR advice, but are also now eligible for these additional prizes. One winner will get recording time with renowned producer, Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Angel Witch, Cathedral & many more) at his residential Orgone Studios in Woburn, Beds. Metal Hammer have also pledged to support one winning band with exposure on Metal Hammer’s website and invite them to the magazine offices for a feature photoshoot and interview, plus a radio interview for Team Rock Radio.
Meantime, the ‘M2TM’ finals are already under way and continue through to 10th July (remaining dates below). BLOODSTOCK’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ judging squad have been clocking up the miles (1800 to date!) and many lucky bands have won slots on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage! Check out this lot for starters.
Joining Friday’s bill are;
SEED OF SORROW (www.facebook.com/seedofsorrow), melodic death metallers from the Inverness final. Five piece from the Scottish highlands, dedicated to producing the angriest metal possible!
HUSK (www.facebook.com/HUSKUKMETAL), death metal from the Wolverhampton final. With many of their dark, groove based tracks being built around bass player/vocalist Bob Taylor’s infectious bass playing, introducing elements of slap bass in death metal shouldn’t even be a thing …. But it really is.
BURNING THE DREAM (www.facebook.com/burningthedream), progressive death metal from Glasgow’s final. Venomous groove-laden death with hooks galore!
VEHEMENT (www.facebook.com/officialvehement), extreme/black metal from Brighton’s final. Black clothes? Black face masks?! Check! An unrelenting smoke machine and a bone fide MMA fighter on drums?! Check, check!! Extreme metal with real strength!
TRIVERSE MASSACRE (www.facebook.com/triversemassacre), groove/thrash metal from Carlisle’s final. “...like standing naked in a hurricane, or diving head-first into a nest of pissed-off hornets!” Heavy as fuck!!
THE CRAWLING (https://www.facebook.com/thecrawlingband), down-tempo death from Belfast’s final. When a band has the ability to set a scene in a mere 30mins, you’re on to a winner. The Crawling say little between tracks allowing the sample of flies to draw the audience into an uneasy feeling of melancholy. A grim blend of doom and death that’ll hve you scratching and questioning your own mortality.
TEN TON SLUG (www.facebook.com/tentonslug), stoner sludge doom from Dublin’s final. Like being reverse kicked in the knackers by a disgruntled rhino! These lads are not for those of a weak disposition.
Winning a Saturday slot:
BEARFIST (www.facebook.com/bearfistuk), metal from London! It’s all about the riffs and these guys have ‘em in spades. So much so, the guitarist won the handmade custom guitar from local sponsors, Empire Guitars! Congrats lads!
RAMAGE INC (www.facebook.com/ramageinc), ambient prog metal from Glasgow’s final. Already well established with prog/tech metal fans, these guys deliver with comparisons to the Devin Townsend writing style but with the Ramage stamp. Tech bliss.
FAMYNE (www.facebook.com/famyneuk), doom from Kent’s final. A young band with an old school sound, remiscent of Chronicles’-era Hawkwind mixed up with the epic sound of Candlemass. An obligatory oversized gong and a rolling smoke machine were in full effect!
And the first one for Sunday:
ART OF DECEPTION (https://www.facebook.com/ArtofDeceptionofficial), melodic death from Norway’s final. With frontman Sindre Johnsen having direct family ties to Kvelertak, his pedigree points to his ferocious vocal delivery and no shortage of notable twin lead skills. These guys were a stand out choice.
As well as the fresh blood, sliding in to a Sophie stage slot are BEHOLDER! Fronted by M2TM Head Honcho, Simon Hall, he’ll be leading the way where many of his charges will hope to follow. With a recently lauded new album….
There’s also a chance for punters at each event to win weekend tickets to BLOODSTOCK, a case of Hobgoblin Ale to take home, or various other BLOODSTOCK related prizes. You can even shake hands with BLOODSTOCK’s ‘M2TM’ mainman, Simon Hall. Remaining finals run as follows so get out, support and win those festival tickets for yourself!
17th Jun - NEWCASTLE – The Cluny
18th Jun - SOUTH WALES / CARDIFF – Fuel Club
19th Jun - MANCHESTER – Grand Central
24th Jun - SWINDON – The Victoria
24th Jun - DEWSBURY – The Old Turk
25th Jun - MERSEYSIDE / LIVERPOOL – Bumper
1st Jul - LINCOLNSHIRE / LINCOLN – The Lincoln Imp
2nd Jul - READING – Facebar
9th Jul - BURNLEY – Sanctuary
9th Jul - BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil
9th Jul - POLAND / BIELSKO-BIALA - The Rude Boy Club
10th Jul - BIRMINGHAM – The Roadhouse
Already announced for 2016 are our three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX. Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, MISERY LOVES CO, GHOST BATH, VENOM, UNEARTH, DIAMOND HEAD, GOATWHORE, ACID REIGN and many more. Additional bands are still to be announced.
READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL ADDA NOTHER 15 BANDS OVER THE AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
Third Eye Blind
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Will Joseph Cook
BLOODSTOCK CONFIRMS YET MORE BANDS FOR THE THIS YEARS FESTIVAL!
BLOODSTOCK festival is excited to announce another batch of bands for August’s event at Catton Park!
Regrouped Brit industrio-metallers, KILL II THIS join the main stage for a Saturday slot. Frontman, Mark Mynett says “BLOODSTOCK is one of the finest metal festivals there is; this year’s stunning line up says it all! So we are both delighted and honoured to be playing the Ronnie James Dio stage
Stepping into Friday’s special guest slot on the Sophie Lancaster Stage are Norway’s black jazzsters, SHINING. Singer Jørgen Munkeby comments, “Last time we played at BLOODSTOCK was one of the best and most exciting shows we’ve ever done. We’re so much looking forward to be back at the UK’s best metal festival again
Also landing Friday slots on the Sophie stage are Brit crust/grindcore monsters, FOETAL JUICE and British apocalyptic metal crew, ANTI CLONE. Tunisian symphonic prog metallers, MYRATH play the Sophie stage on Saturday, as do French avant-garde extremists, MISANTHROPE. Lastly, stepping into a Sunday Sophie slot are US progressive thrash beasts, VEKTOR.
The second wave of BLOODSTOCK club nights kicks off in June. Get along to one of the following local events for a chance to win BLOODSTOCK weekend tickets and BLOODSTOCK-related giveaways. Check with your local club for further details in case of changes and expect the unexpected! Events for June and July stack up as follows:
Wed 1st June - Nottingham - Bodega
Thu 2nd June - Bury - Blind Tiger
Sat 4th June - Stoke-on-Trent - Bunker 13
Thu 9th June - Manchester Rebellion Bar
Sat 18th June - Stoke-on-Trent - Bunker 13 (Rawkus)
Fri 24th June - Middlesbrough - SUMO
Fri 24th June - Reading - Face Bar
Fri 24th June - London Elektrowerkz
Fri 24th June - Glasgow - Cathouse
Fri 24th June - Ipswich - The Cock and Pye
Sat 25th June - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 25th June - Sheffield - Corporation
Thu 30th June - Exeter - Timepiece
Fri 1st July - Leicester - Firebug
Sat 2nd July - Doncaster - The Vintage Rock Bar
Sat 2nd July - Brighton - Envy
Sat 2nd July - Coventry - The Phoenix
Sat 2nd July - Stoke-on-Trent - Bunker 13
Fri 8th July - London - Electric Ballroom
Thu 14th July - Winsford - De Bees
Sat 16th July - Birmingham - The Asylum
Sat 23rd July - Burnley - Sanctuary Rock Bar
Thu 28th July - Sheffield Leadmill
Sat 30th July - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 30th July - Sheffield - Corporation
Already announced for 2016 are the three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX. Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, MISERY LOVES CO, GHOST BATH, VENOM, UNEARTH, DIAMOND HEAD, GOATWHORE, ACID REIGN and many more. Additional bands are still to be announced.
DOWNLOAD 2016.....COME HERE....THERE'S MORE!!!
Download 2016 ain't finished announcing just yet! They just dropped out another 5 bands who will playing this year at the hallowed Donington Park!
Joining headliners, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Rammstein will be Finnish boys Santa Cruz, alt-rockers In Me, The Dirty Youth, Witchsorrow and The Franklys.
More details available at Download 2016
ROCKINGHAM 2016 ANNOUNCE 5 MORE BANDS EXCLUSIVELY ON ARFM!
Flying by the seat of his pants, Steve Price announced live on The Steve Price Rock Show on ARfm, 5 more bands that will be appearing at Rockingham 2016 this year, only getting the details whilst on air.
They will be joining Jean Beauvoir, Kevin Chalfant, Blood Red Saints, Art Nation, Crazy Lixx and From The Fire for what is set to be a sensational weekend of music.....and there's still more bands to announce!!
BABYMETAL BRINGING IT TO DOWNLOAD 2016!!
Love em' or loathe em'. BayMetal have everybody talking. The cream of J-Pop & Metal will definitely set tongues wagging before they hit the stage at Download 2016.
Hot on the release of their new album and successful night at Wembley last month, they're back. Lets see what they have in store for the Download fans!!!
Check out more details of bands appering here
Reading & Leeds has added even more names to the Bank Holiday weekend mecca of music, with over 70 names announced today across 6 phenomenal stages.
Leading the additions is New York hip-hop royalty Nas, who’ll be bringing his untouchable catalogue of defining anthems to Reading & Leeds this summer in a UK Festival Exclusive. Responsible for one of the most acclaimed and influential albums of all time; Illmatic, his heavy-hitting rhymes have kept him at the top for over 25 years. His set on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage this summer is sure to be a welcomed reminder as to why he remains a true pioneer of hip-hop.
After breaking the record for consecutive appearances at Reading & Leeds last year with his ninth straight set, festival hero Frank Turner is set to make it a decade of singalongs and heart-on-your-sleeve performances as he takes to the stage this summer. His catalogue of distinctively British anthems has seen the troubadour stand as a true Reading & Leeds icon. Celebrating his tenth appearance in a row, Frank will open the Main Stage with a truly unique set this summer.
Here's the rest of the nands that have been announced today!
Nas (UK Festival Exclusive)
Good Charlotte (UK Festival Exclusive)
Coheed and Cambria
Tonight Alive (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Temper Trap
Brian Fallon And The Crowes
Clean Cut Kid
Pulled Apart By Horses
The Magic Gang
Lewis Del Mar
The Vryll Society
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Danny L Harle
Fred V & Grafix
The Japanese House
Biffy Clyro (Co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fall Out Boy (Co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Headline)
Imagine Dragons (European Festival Exclusive)
Two Door Cinema Club
Boy Better Know
The Vaccines (UK Festival Exclusive)
A$AP Rocky (UK Festival Exclusive)
HAIM (UK Festival Exclusive)
Twenty One Pilots (UK Festival Exclusive)
Crystal Castles (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive)
Eagles Of Death Metal (UK Festival Exclusive)
Parkway Drive (UK Festival Exclusive)
Nothing But Thieves
The Internet (UK Festival Exclusive)
Lower Than Atlantis (UK Festival Exclusive)
Asking Alexandria (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (UK Festival Exclusive)
Travi$ Scott (UK Festival Exclusive)
G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive)
Five Finger Death Punch (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sleeping With Sirens (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Neighbourhood (UK Festival Exclusive)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Die Antwoord (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cage The Elephant (UK Festival Exclusive)
Krept & Konan
Half Moon Run
Highly Suspect (UK Festival Exclusive)
David Rodigan MBE
My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC (Reading) / Oneman B2B My Nu Leng + Dread MC (Leeds)
Birdy Nam Nam
Kurupt FM Presents: Champagne Steam Rooms
Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish
The King Blues
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
DJ Semtex (Reading)
Tickets are on sale now.
Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total
Day tickets are £59.50 + £7 booking fee
If you pay your first instalment on or before January 31st, your subsequent payment dates will be March 1st (£50.00), April 1st (£50.00) & May 3rd (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)
Early entry permits - £20 (No booking fee)
Campervan permits - £75 (No booking fee)
Lockers - £16 (No booking fee)
Reading car park - £10 (No booking fee)
Redemption Festival 2016 Returns Even Bigger!
After the success of Redemption Festival 2015, its back bigger than ever and now with more bands over 2 days on Saturday 10th & 11th September 2016 at Warehouse23.
Redemption Music Festival is an event held in Wakefield, West Yorkshire to raise funds for Barnsley Hospice & Wakefield Hospice.
Featuring bands playing over 2 days such as Bad Touch, Bigfoot, Fahran, Fury, Skam, Sertraline, Captain Horizon, The Burning Crows and more.
All for a fantastic cause. For more details click here.