Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:51

Overland Announced For JSY Rocks January 2017


That's right announced on the Steve Price Rock Show, the superb Steve Overland, frontman of UK melodic rock giants will be performing as his solo project OVERLAND at the Just Say Yes and ARfm event on 28th January 2017.

January 2017 is definitely going to rock once more with the fantastic addition to what is already an amazing line up of melodic rock.

Also announced for 2017, OVERLAND will be joining DANTE FOX, VEGACOP UK (Crimes Of Passion UK)Romeo's Daughter and DIRTY WHITE BOYZ.

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

Make sure you come along for a whole load of great music and bands , as well as support a worthy cause. Tickets are available for the event by clicking on the link SKIDDLE.COM


Tuesday, 08 November 2016 11:38

Download 2017 - Headliners Announced

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Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal event has announced System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith as its 2017 headliners, as well as twelve of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, pop punk, hardcore and metal. The three day festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at

Alt rock / metal favourites System of a Down make a welcomed return to headline Download Festival for the third time on Friday 9 June. Always putting on a live performance of epic proportions, the dynamos behind some of the biggest selling metal hits of all time; Toxicity, Chop Suey, B.Y.O.B and Aerials will open the show with their unique blend of disjointed hardcore metal.

Speaking about their return to Download, System of a Down said:

"It’ll have been a couple of years since our memorable Wake Up The Souls show at Wembley, so returning to the UK to headline Download, a festival we always love to play, is really exciting for us. The energy and atmosphere there is always electric.”

The current unstoppable rock force that is Biffy Clyro will step up for their Download headline debut on Saturday 10 June, bringing their full-throttle stadium-sized show to Donington Park. Having scored their second Number 1 album with Ellipsis in 2016, the band are embracing stratospheric success built on a foundation of huge hits such as Wolves Of Winter, Bubbles, Mountains and many more. Biffy Clyro have arrived and Download is theirs for the taking.

Classic rock powerhouse Aerosmith make their spectacular return to headline the Main Stage on Sunday 11 June, in what will be their only UK appearance of 2017. After consistently proving they are one of the best bands in the world, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford will close the festival weekend with style and panache as they rip through Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Walk This Way, Don’t Want to Miss a Thing and more.

Joe Perry of Aerosmith said:

"Every time we go on tour I look at the schedule for cities, towns or events that I look forward to playing. Download Festival is always one of the ones I circle. Donington is like home to us. I have some great memories playing there and I can't wait to make some more."

For 35 years Californian thrash giants Slayer have rampaged through the metal world. The genre defining band set the bar for all that followed and are still unmatched with their ferocious brand of infernal aggressive riffs, pounding drums and face melting solos. As well as being masters of darkness, Slayer are masters of their craft and remain as vital as ever. Download 2017 will see these metal royalty legends make a memorable return to Donington, having last performed there in 2007.

Horror rock legend Rob Zombie will turn Download into his trademark twisted carnival with stomp-laden classic and new tracks. With massive hits such as Dragula, Superbeast and Living Dead Girl, both dedicated fans and the uninitiated are in for one hell of a ride when ‘King Astro Creep’ and his monstrous outfit take to the stage.

Also confirmed for the Download line up are the mighty Prophets of Rage. The funk-metal rap elite task force brings together members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. Having only formed this year, the Download crowd will be captivated by the most exciting debut on the line up, as the revolutionary musicians take to the stage to ‘take the power back’.

Alt rock / Punk legends AFI have garnered more than a cult following through 25 years of hard graft. The wildly successful Californian four-piece behind the era defining Miss Murder will be making their debut Download Festival appearance in 2017.

Five Finger Death Punch will tear Download apart with their colossal sound on their fifth appearance at Donington, whilst Orange Country metalcore behemoths Of Mice & Men make their first Download Festival appearance. Joining them are Fozzy, who, led by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho will be bringing punching riffs and huge choruses to the hallowed grounds.

Southern rockers Every Time I Die will hit the Download stage for a third time. Chaotic and grandiose, the hardcore Buffalo natives will bring a set laden with ferociousness and immediacy that is not to be missed. Sleeping With Sirens, the Floridian five-piece who combine melodic vocals with rock sensibilities are set to make the crowd go wild with their infectious anthems. Horror-metal favourites, Motionless in White also join the Download 2017 line up.

Pop punk veterans Simple Plan make a return to Download with their hugely upbeat hits, meanwhile it’ll be fist pumps, posi jumps and stage dives aplenty as pop punk heroes The Story So Far make their Download Festival debut.

Download Festival’s Promoter, Andy Copping said:

“We’re incredibly excited to announce the Download 2017 headliners. We have three giants of rock and metal topping the bill. As always, Download fans can expect world class performances across the weekend. You won’t want to miss a thing.

System of a Down made headline history back in 2011 and 2017 will no doubt see them bigger and better than ever. Saturday’s headliner, Biffy Clyro, have raised the bar for rock music – we’re always looking for bands to make their Download headline debut, and I have no doubt they’ll be worthy of the title. I’m delighted the mighty Aerosmith will be back, and their closing set will be something truly special. The band has a long history with Donington, and having them headline for us again is a real honour.”

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. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

For further information, please visit

Download Festival 2017 Line Up

System of a Down
Biffy Clyro

Prophets of Rage
Five Finger Death Punch
Of Mice & Men
Rob Zombie
Sleeping With Sirens
Simple Plan
Every Time I Die
The Story So Far
Motionless In White


Tickets for Download Festival are available now from A loyalty discount is available until November 18th.


Extras including parking and lockers can be purchased during the booking process or as a standalone after you’ve purchased your ticket. Limited edition Download 2017 Zippo lighters will also be available to purchase alongside your festival ticket. Zippo Windproof Lighters have become the ultimate accessory for making a bold statement in music and are the perfect way to show your appreciation for your favourite band; with a classic Encore moment. Backed by its famous lifetime guarantee, a Zippo is a lighter for life.


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BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including their Friday night headliner!

Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, AMON AMARTH will be sailing their Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, "What's up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading BLOODSTOCK! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!" Get ready for battle and raise your horns with us.

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, BLIND GUARDIAN. Their set will be a UK exclusive for 2017. BLOODSTOCK prides itself on being by the fans, for the fans, and are pleased to welcome one of the fans most requested acts to the lineup.

Bay Area thrash beasts, TESTAMENT are set for a Friday slot. With their crushing brand new album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, released just a week ago by Nuclear Blast,

Hardcore kings, HATEBREED make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday. Expect firebrand frontman, Jamey Jasta to play ringmaster to some epic circle pit activity, so get your pit skills honed in preparation!

Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, WHITECHAPEL, seminal death metallers, POSSESSED and flying the flag for English heavy metal, BLOODSTOCK favourites, HELL.

Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!

VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.


Brand new heavy metal festival HEAVY SCOTLAND have today announced their second wave of bands for their debut year, to be held in Edinburgh's Corn Exchange between the 1st-2nd April 2017.

Announced are extreme metal legends BEHEMOTH, whose appearance at Heavy Scotland will be the band's only UK festival show in 2017 and likely your only chance to see the band in the UK that year. Joining them are Swedish death metal veterans Grave - their first appearance in Scotland in ten years, Finnish hard rockers Shiraz Lane, and local favourites Centrilia.

They add to an already impressive line-up, especially for a festival in its first year:

Full line-up currently:
Behemoth (UK/EIRE Exclusive)
Arch Enemy
Sodomized Cadaver
Shiraz Lane

Tickets are now available to purchase from here: 

VIP bundles: £115 / £127 (selling out!)
Early Bird tickets: £70 (selling out!)

With more ticket options to be announced soon.


That's right just announced on the Steve Price Rock Show, another band added to the line up for Just Say Yes and ARfm. January 2017 is definitely going to rock once more with the fantastic addition of DANTE FOX. A superb day of Melodic Rock for a great cause at THE SPOT, DERBY, 28TH JANUARY 2017.

Also announced for 2017, DANTE FOX will be joining  VEGACOP UK (Crimes Of Passion UK)Romeo's Daughter and DIRTY WHITE BOYZ.

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

Make sure you come along for a whole load of great music and bands , as well as support a worthy cause. Tickets are available for the event by clicking on the link SKIDDLE.COM


Reading 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.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 21:11

Just Over 4 Weeks To Bloodstock!!


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

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 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: 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:


Weekend tickets with camping, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) and day tickets priced £60 (+ booking fee) are available now from

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 and, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.

Saturday, 02 July 2016 16:27

JSY/ARFM Rock 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.

Announced for 2017, we will be joined by none other than VEGA, COP UK (Crimes Of Passion UK) and Romeo's Daughter with more announcements to come.

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

jsy arfm 2017



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.

Tech TShirt

This is a concept artwork of Tech-Fest being invaded by aliens drawn by the legendary Cal Sino.

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.

Saturday, 18 June 2016 19:40

BLOODSTOCK 2016 'Metal To The Masses'

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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 (, melodic death metallers from the Inverness final.  Five piece from the Scottish highlands, dedicated to producing the angriest metal possible!  

HUSK (, 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 (, progressive death metal from Glasgow’s final.  Venomous groove-laden death with hooks galore!  

VEHEMENT (, 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 (, groove/thrash metal from Carlisle’s final.  “ standing naked in a hurricane, or diving head-first into a nest of pissed-off hornets!”  Heavy as fuck!!

THE CRAWLING (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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.

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