MORE AMES FOR THE ALTERNATIVE STAGE AT READING AND LEEDS 2016.
This year's Reading and Leeds alternative stage is overflowing with comedy talent again this year.
Leading the comedy selection is the hilarious Russell Howard, who's enjoyed massive success with 'Russell Howard’s Good News', establishing him as one of the UK’s biggest comedians.
The legendary Bill Bailey will be returning to Reading & Leeds after his unforgettable performance in 2014. Known for his impressive musical knowledge, Bailey will be making the Alternative Stage his home as his famous Limboland world tour makes a stop at the festival this August.
Joining Russell and Bill is an extensive array of comedians, including Radio 4 stalwart Marcus Brigstocke, razor-sharp pop-culture commentator Katherine Ryan, Well Good prankster Lee Nelson and Impractical Jokers' very own Joel Dommett.
On top of a long list of comedians you'll find some of the biggest club nights bringing their famed parties to the festival. Masterful indie club night Propaganda will once again provide a late night euphoric disco soundtrack with special guest appearances from This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, DJ Dan and many more, with Buttoned Down Disco also on hand with the rock, pop, punk and indie party-starters.
Check out the full Reading & Leeds line up to see all the names hitting the Alternative Stage next month.http://www.leedsfestival.com/line-up
There’s just over a month before the heavy metal hoardes rampage on to Catton Park’s hallowed turf for BLOODSTOCK 2016! The site planning is well under way and the bands are still being added for the UK’s best heavy metal weekender.
In a move that’s sure to please the power metal faithful, riding on to the main stage bill for an early Friday slot are ‘Intergalactic, space metal’ outfit, GLORYHAMMER! Also joining the bill as main stage openers on Friday are Welsh heavy rock power trio, HARK. The band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Crystalline’ featured a guest slot from Clutch’s Neil Fallon and their second release is due later this year. Get up to speed via www.facebook.com/harktheband/.
Lining up for a Saturday slot on the Sophie stage are British doom/sludge beasts MAGE and horror rockers, THE HERETIC ORDER featuring members of Breed 77. Stepping into Sunday slots are female-fronted Brit metal four-piece, SANGUINE and hotly tipped, Japanese-inspired, Finnish melodic death metal outfit, WHISPERED
Joining PHIL CAMPBELL’s ALL STARR BAND for Thursday’s ‘Party Night’ (which sees Phil christening the newly-monikered ‘Lemmy’s Bar’ with the first drink of the weekend), are Norse death/thrash outfit, SUBLIME EYEStech/deathsters KARYBDIS, post-prog metal five-piece SUMER and the thrashtastic PSYKOSIS , who caused mayhem on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage in 2014 when they threw out hundreds of samples of their home brew to the loyal New Blood supporters.
The Hobgoblin New Blood stage slots are filling up via the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals. Joining the fray are Newcastle death/thrash beasts SOULS OF JACK KETCH , black metal from Wales in the shape of AGRONA, slamming death from Manchester’s VISIONS OF DISFIGUREMENT, Northampton metal outfit BLACK INK SUN, more death metal from Manchester’s AFTER THE ABDUCTION , Midlands’ groove metal outfit I SAW THE WORLD BURN , Swindon doom/hardcore merchants HERIOT, Leeds’s prog metallers PTEROGLYPH and Liverpool death metallers, EXHUMATION.
Got all your camping gear ready? This year, our campsite partner is Miss Daisy’s Camping Store. If you can’t be bothered to tow a ton of camping gear to site, order online and collect your stuff from the Miss Daisy tent in the main Midgard campsite at Catton Park. Saves a lot of hassle and achy shoulders!
Want to check out the 2016 merch range? BLOODSTOCK's online 'click & collect' service allows you to pre-order your favourites for on site collection. Festival attendees can snap up their choice of t-shirt or grab the 2016 beer mug or hip flask without fear of their size or design being already sold out on site. Simply pre-order at https://bmerch.com/store/bloodstock/collect-on-site and collect at the merch stall in the arena at any point over the weekend, knowing your item is guaranteed and paid for. Maybe you want that BOA hoodie for when the sun goes down, so just collect it from the merch stall then to save a trip back to your tent!
How to get to BLOODSTOCK? Ditch the hassle of car parking, trains, & transfers and let our official coach travel partner Big Green Coach take you and your camping gear straight to the festival from 21 UK cities. Various packages are on sale now; secure your coach trip straight to the festival site with only a £10 deposit. To book your return seat and see where to catch the coach, check: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel. If you’re coming by train to Catton Park, don’t forget to pre-book Big Green Coach’s shuttle bus from the station to save yourself a wad of cash. Return tickets are priced at £10, one way at £8 (it costs more to pay on the day, so pre-booking wins)! Book tickets at the link. Car-sharing with GoCarShare is also available (and participating could even win you a pair of tickets for 2017)! Full details and to post up a car space/look for a car ride from your town, visit: http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock.
Our three headliners for 2016 are TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX. Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, MISERY LOVES CO, GHOST BATH, VENOM, UNEARTH, DIAMOND HEAD, GOATWHORE, ACID REIGN and many more. Additional bands are still to be announced.
Weekend tickets with camping, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) and day tickets priced £60 (+ booking fee) are available now from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.
BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.
JSY/ARFM ROCKS JANUARY 2017
Just Say Yes and ARfm Rocks January 2017 once again and returns for another day of Melodic Rock for a great cause at THE SPOT, DERBY, 28TH JANUARY 2017.
Those of you who have been before know that it's a night not to be missed, with previous years raising money for a superb cause. 'Just Say Yes'. Click on the link to find out details of the fabulous work that Just Say Yes does. JSY/arfm
So if you fancy comng along for a whole load of great music and bands , as well as support a worthy cause then you can buy tickets for the event from SKIDDLE.COM
LET'S ROCK JANUARY 2017
SEE YOU AT THE SPOT, DERBY, SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY
Tech Fest 2016 to be Invaded By Aliens...
To celebrate Tech-Fest's 5th Anniversary, Tech-Fest is launching an exclusive Tech-Fest Invasion set of T-Shirts! there will only be 50 of each colour printed on sale and are only available at UK Tech-Fest 2016.
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!!