Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

 

ROCK GREEN

 

ROCK ON GREEN FESTIVAL 2016

NOW ON 5TH JUNE

 

*** Tarja Turunen And Amaranthe To Co-Headline Brand New One-Day Metal Festival With Special Guests Serenity, Octanic, Republic Of Rock ‘N’ Roll & Immension At London’s O2Forum Kentish Town On 5th June***

 

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Divergent Concerts have announced the launch of a brand new one-day London metal festival for summer 2016. The inaugural Rock On Green festival, which will be taking over the O2 Forum Kentish Town from 4pm onwards on Sunday 5th June, is set to present a packed bill of established names and rising stars from the realms of symphonic, power and gothic tinged metal.

Co-headliners of this exciting new event are legendary Finnish soprano and former Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen, who will play her first UK show for more than two years at Rock On Green, and the Swedish power metal/metalcore juggernaut Amaranthe. Austrian power metal giants Serenity are set to play the Special Guest Act slot, preceded by Australian multifaceted metallers Octanic, French groovemasters Republic of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Brit metalcore rockers Immension,

Tarja Turunen is one of the most striking, and instantly recognisable vocalists in metal. Rising to fame as the stunning, classically trained voice of symphonic metallers Nightwish, whom she fronted for 9 years, Tarja launched her hugely successful solo career in 2006. An artist of incredible range, her solo catalogue includes both classical and symphonic rock releases, which have been awarded gold and platinum in multiple countries. Her adoring British fanbase can expect to hear her showcasing cuts from her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fourth solo album for the first time when she comes to Rock On Green in June. Tarja comments,“I am super happy to start my new heavy/rock album tour in UK!! I miss the Brits. Can’t wait to rock with you soon!”
Check out www.tarjaturunen.com for more info.

Amaranthe are a genre-transcending, forward looking, and daringly innovative sextet from Gothenberg, noted for their three lead singers, who mix clean vocals with death growls, and melodic death metal elements with big hooks. Their third album, ‘Massive Addictive’ instantly charted in six countries on release in 2014, even reaching number one on the US Billboard heatseekers charts. The tremendous reception to the album led to an extensive world tour, including several coast-to-coast tours of the USA, a tour all round Europe and Japan, let alone numerous one-off shows. They’re currently working on a follow up, to be released at some point in 2016. Check out http://amaranthe.se for more info.

Special Guest act Serenity’s much acclaimed fifth studio album, ‘Codex Atlanticus’, released by Napalm Records in late January 2016, is a deeply melodic offering, featuring monumental, movie-score-ish orchestral arrangements, all cascading with massive rhythms and fluid guitar riffs and licks. ‘Codex Atlanticus’ was awarded 10/10 by Powerplay Magazine’s Adrian Hextal, who stated “Another album and another opportunity for Serenity to deliver a spellbinding story that seamlessly blends fact and fiction about historical events and people. This time, Leonardo Da Vinci is the focus of the album and the tracks are peppered with concepts about conspiracies, the illuminati and myths. The arrangements form the soundtrack to an epic movie straight out of the Hans Zimmerman book of composing…The melodies are lush, the vocals are crisp and Georg has an excellent vocal range that suits the material perfectly. The orchestral elements of the tracks add depth without overshadowing the band, ensuring the guitars sound clean with enough grit to remind everyone that whilst this is indeed epic, at its heart it’s a metal album, lest we forget. Highlights include ‘My Final Chapter’, where the band take it all down several notches and the softer approach, with pipes added to the mix, drips with emotion. The heartfelt solo midway through bursts through the speakers and knocks you backwards before the strings and keys blend back in, allowing a pure fists-to-chest vocal moment from Georg. Closing on a piano outro, the song deserves multiple repeat plays.” Check out www.serenity-band.com for more info.

Multifaceted six-piece Octanic, who have been compared with the likes of Children of Bodom, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames and Soilwork, fuse diverse elements of hard rock, melodic death and modern metal with classical undertones, to create their own unique, distinctive musical concoction. The band’s debut album, ‘The Mask Of Hypocrisy’, released in October 2015 on Into Records, is an addictive blend of majestic keyboards, bone-crunching rhythms and soaring lead solos, coupled with passionate vocals and compelling lyrics. Recorded at Adelaide’s Deep Blue Studios and mixed by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Judas Priest) at Mountain View Studio, Los Angeles, ‘The Mask Of Hypocrisy’ garnered an 8/10 review in Powerplay last November from Matt Karpe, who stated that “Octanic aren't just a one trick pony, as they are accomplished in playing heavy metal, melodic death and progressive, all the while adding classic undertones, whether it be via piano or choral backing… The Mask of Hypocrisy is an excellent debut release”. Check out www.octanic.com for more info.

Parisian alt. rockers Republic Of Rock ‘n’ Roll burst on to the scene three years ago, touting a sound which combines colossal riffs, majestic melodies and anthemic choruses, in a style that fans of QOTSA, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin will adore. A sold out French tour, a mythical show at Le Bataclan, and some sensational appearances in Belgium, Canada, the USA and even Russia have seen ‘RRR’ build a reputation as a mesmerizing live act, while rapidly growing their fanbase throughout Europe and beyond. After releasing debut album ‘Golden Place’ to acclaim in 2014, they scored a viral hit with the tongue-in-cheek video for single ‘Hipsters Must Die’, which racked up more than 20,000 views in less than a week online. Darkly humourous, and crammed with tasty hooks and heavy grooves, it showcases a band who are serious fun.
Check out www.facebook.com/republicrocknroll for more info.

Drawing from classic 80s Metallica, and attracting comparisons to contemporary metalcore masters like Bullet For My Valentine, Sheffield trio Immension released their debut album ‘In Vain’ last year. Packed with complex riffs and rhythms, as well as some surprising piano-led moments, ‘In Vain’ announced the arrival of a technically accomplished young act, boasting an impressive musical range. Check out www.immension.co.uk for more info.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £35 for downstairs standing, and £40 for upstairs unreserved seating/standing; the link is:- www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/gdp0406?camefrom=AMG_FORUM_rogf&brand=o2for

 

 

Thursday, 14 April 2016 21:15

Rockingham 2016

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At last, it's been cofirmed and Rockingham 2016 is on! And here are the first 6 bands announced for the event on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of October 2016

ART NATION, FROM THE FIRE, KEVIN CHALFONT, JEAN BEAUVOIR, BLOOD RED SAINTS AND CRAZY LIXX.

More details and tickets are available here!

Thursday, 14 April 2016 21:07

Hevy Fest 2016 Cancelled

Hevy

 

 

It is with great sadness that HEVY announces the cancellation of its 2016 festival and has put the event to rest indefinitely.

The organisers comment:

'Hevy Fest is no more.

After 6 years of incredible bands, legendary hangs, and a lot of monkeys - we’re sorry to announce that Hevy Fest is pulling the plug.

Despite the best efforts of our dedicated team, the festival has become financially untenable. Many things have contributed: Port Lympne being unable to continue hosting the event, the increasingly difficult task of putting together a line-up with more and more exclusives enforced each year leading to difficulties confirming our final headliner, and the pressure to offer good value with spiralling costs. The odds are stacked against anyone taking on the challenge, and they have proven too great for us to overcome.

There is a great community of Hardcore, Punk and Metal supporters in the UK and we hope that other small festivals will be able to grow into this space, and to deliver the event we aspired to.

Ticket holders will be automatically refunded. All monies will be returned in the next 10 working days (including booking fees and postage).

As a small independent event, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.

Hevy Fest // 2009 - 2015'

Friday, 25 March 2016 11:14

Win A Pair Of Tickets To See OVERKILL!!

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE OVERKILL.

Yes thats right we have not one... but two pairs of tickets to give away to see thrash metal masters Overkill at Leeds University (Stylus) on April7th thanks to those beautiful people at Nuclear Blast.

Through much hard work and a slew of infamous live performances at New York area clubs like L’Amours, Overkill established a reputation as a blue-collar, working man’s metal band. After the band released a self-financed EP in 1984, Overkill broke onto the scene in 1985 with Feel The Fire (info), a crushing thrash assault on Megaforce Records, the label to beat when it came to 80’s thrash. The self-proclaimed “Wrecking Crew” - originally consisting of vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, bassist D.D. Verni, guitarist Bobby Gustafson, and drummer Rat Skates - were on a tear, borrowing heavily from punk rock roots while adding a venomous metal crunch that allowed them to compete favorably with peers like Testament, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

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OVERKILL will be on the road througout the UK in April with Vader and Steve Smyth's One Machine. Check it out here

So two lucky people wil each win a pair of tickets to see Overkill at Leeds University Stylus on April 7th.

All you have to do to be in with a chance is send an email with your name, address and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Simple!!

Competition closes on Monday 4th April. Winners will be announced live on The Unchained Rock Show on 4th April from 9pm to 11pm on www.arfm.co.uk

Slam Dunk Festival are excited to announce the Kerrang! Fresh Blood stage. Nine of the most exciting new bands around will be gracing the stage on the May bank Holiday weekend.

Having kicked off the year with two tours of the UK (supporting Motionless In White then Escape The Fate), NEW YEARS DAY return to headline the Kerrang! stage at Slam Dunk for this exclusive festival appearance. Armed with gothic tinged, hard rocking anthems from 2015’s ‘Malevolence’, Ash Costello and her band of not so merry men will remind the crowds at Slam Dunk why they are one of the hottest new bands in the US right now. Check out their latest video for ‘I’m About To Break You’ HERE.

CREEPER, one of the breakout British rock bands over the past year have been added to the lineup. Will Gould, singer of the band says "We are extremely excited to be performing at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. It is a festival we've been attending for years and has become a staple of the summer for the UK scene. We're going to be pulling out all the stops to make sure our Slam Dunk debut is something to remember."

Pure Noise records & UK punk-rockers BOSTON MANOR are also announced. Building a name for themselves with their modern day emotive punk anthems, Boston Manor have toured with the likes of Moose Blood and As It Is. They are set to become one of the stand-out gems in the UK’s burgeoning rock scene & no doubt at the festival itself. "We're excited to be playing one of the fastest growing independent festivals in the UK along with so many of our friends. There's a host of some of the best up & coming bands in the country as well as bands we've looked up to since we were teenagers. It should be a really cool few days" says the band.

Epitaph Records' BEAUTIFUL BODIES will be taking to the Slam Dunk stage for the first time. The female fronted alternative rock band from Kansas City have an unapologetically loud-and-hooky style while their fabulously chaotic live shows stem directly from an all-consuming desire to tap into the cosmic power grid, and channel it full-force to the world at large. Slam Dunk fans are in for a treat!

As far as young rock bands go, CANE HILL are certainly one of the most exiting. The raging New Orleans rock outfit will be making their live UK debut at the festival. The highly anticipated full-length album, 'Smile' will be out via Rise Records this Summer.

"We are all very excited to be playing Slam Dunk this year alongside so many amazing bands" says Kaya Tarsus of BLOOD YOUTH. “Playing this festival has been one of our main goals since we started, it's going to be a very good time!"

London punks DEAD! have been causing a stir of late, exciting media and fans alike. Alex Mountford, lead singer of the band says "To all the people who have been hassling us to play Slam Dunk.....well, here you go! You ask, we listen!"

Next up, Texans WATERPARKS, who have just released their new EP, Cluster, via Equal Vision Records. Cluster was recorded with producers Benji Madden (Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer) and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low). Expect 'killer hooks and killer attitudes'.

Finally, WITH CONFIDENCE will be making the trip from Sydney, Australia to play the festival for the first time. The band have toured with many SDF favourites and recently signed with Hopeless Records.
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED- PANIC! AT THE DISCO TO HEADLINE, OF MICE & MEN, NEW FOUND GLORY, FOUR YEAR STRONG, EVERY TIME I DIE, ISSUES, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, REAL FRIENDS, MALLORY KNOW, THE STARTING LINE, SET YOUR GOALS, ZEBRAHEAD, CAPDOWN, WE CAME AS ROMANS, MISS MAY I, THE STORY SO FAR, YELLOWCARD, MAYDAY PARADE, HIT THE LIGHTS, ROAM, NORTHLANE, HACKTIVIST, CANCER BATS & NORMA JEAN, YOUNG GUNS, COLDRAIN, AS IT IS, TRASHBOAT, WSTR, KING PRAWN, SPUNGE, HEART OF A COWARD, ASTROID BOYS, THE ONE HUNDRED AND THE QEMISTS.
The dates and sites for next years' SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL are:
Saturday 28 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL North - Leeds City Centre
Sunday 29 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL Midlands –Birmingham, NEC
Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2016- SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL South – Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire
Tickets are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty. The festival is for Age 14 + (festival only) or 18+ for the afterparty tickets.

For the first time, due to popular demand, there is also a limited edition Mega Ticket on sale for £150. This ticket includes admittance to all 3 events and includes afterparties, wristband exchange queue jumps and a limited edition t-shirt.
Visit www.slamdunkmusic.com for all ticketing links.

Monday, 07 March 2016 22:33

Frontiers Rock Festival III

SO IT'S NEARLY UPON US. HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS YET? CLICK ON THE POSTER FOR ALL THE DETAILS YOU NEED!

 

 

Monday, 29 February 2016 23:46

HEVY FESTIVAL 2016 announces first headliner

HEVY FESTIVAL 2016 first headliner announcement: ENTER SHIKARI
plus THE BRONX, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN and more announced

In a UK festival exclusive, HEVY FEST 2016 are delighted to unveil ENTER SHIKARI as their first headliner for this year's festival.

Also revealled in last night's mega-announcement are hardcore punk favourites THE BRONX; metalcore titans I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN; post-hardcore heavyweights LA DISPUTE and 15 more bands:

Heart Of A Coward
Arcane Roots
Rolo Tomassi
Agent Fresco
TRC
Good Tiger
Intervals
SHVPES
Giants
Max Raptor
Slabdragger
Falls
Calls Landing
Plini
Wars 

They join: Refused, Sikth, While She Sleeps, Animals As Leaders, Gnarwolves, Hacktivist, Krokodil, No Consequence, Vukovi, Devil Sold His Soul, Forever Never, Murdock and When Our Time Comes.

All of this PLUS a second huge headliner still to come and loads more bands for only £79 affirms Hevy's status as the best-value small festival in the UK this summer.

Stay tuned for more massive band announcements in the coming weeks!

 

ANNOUNCING FINAL 2016 CO-HEADLINERS


BIFFY CLYRO // FALL OUT BOY


5 HEADLINERS OVER 3 DAYS - A UK FESTIVAL FIRST

CHVRCHES, THE VACCINES, A$AP ROCKY, TRAVI$ SCOTT, HAIM, JACK GARRATT, THE WOMBATS, LOWER THAN ATLANTIS, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, SAVAGES, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, DIE ANTWOORD + OVER 45 MORE ANNOUNCED

24 UK + EUROPEAN FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVES
ACROSS THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Joining a packed weekend of international heavyweights, Reading & Leeds are delighted to announce their final UK Festival Exclusive co-headliners of 2016; Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy. Unstoppable forces in alternative rock on both sides of the Atlantic, both will take to the stage to co-headline an emphatic evening of heavy riffs and melodies.

The phenomenal Biffy Clyro stand as true Reading & Leeds originals, rising through the ranks, their full-throttle rock has propelled them to the top of festival bills around the world. With a new album in the works, and a nation of fans eagerly awaiting their next step, Biffy Clyro are destined to bring their explosive headline credentials for a truly monumental performance at the top of the bill.

Biffy commented: “We're baaaaack!! We are honoured to be asked to close Reading and Leeds this summer. We had one of the best nights of our lives last time and we're going to do all we can to make it even bigger and better in 2016. You ain't seen nothing yet motherfuckers!!”

Catalysts for an entire generation, alt rock kingpins Fall Out Boy have sound tracked the teenage dreams of fans around the globe. Their catalogue of unmistakable anthems laid the blueprint for a genre of their own, standing the band as one of the most influential acts of the 21st century. Their 2013 return to Reading & Leeds triggered one of the biggest crowds in festival history, so expect euphoria, nostalgia and pandemonium as Fall Out Boy headline Reading & Leeds 2016.

Speaking about their massive co-headlining spot, Fall Out Boy said:
"It’s pretty surreal to hear we are going to be co-headlining Reading and Leeds. R&L was our first real festival experience outside of the U.S. and since the start we have buckled in and had an insane and memorable experience every time we have played. This is it, the big one for us and we are excited to be a part of it."

Melvin Benn, commented: “This year really is a big one for Reading and Leeds. Five headliners across three days – it’s a first for us and the UK Festival scene. We’re always looking to give Reading and Leeds fans something new and this year isn’t going to disappoint. Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy are going to be incredible.”

Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy join an unparalleled line up of headliners for Reading & Leeds 2016, boasting headline performances destined to last long in the history books from Foals, Disclosure and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. With 5 Headliners over 3 Days, Reading & Leeds is the go-to destination for countless, mammoth festival moments.

On top of these sensational headliners, a raft of new names have been confirmed to appear across the bank holiday weekend. Synth-pop revelations Chvrches have taken the world by storm over the past 3 years, with two critically-acclaimed studio albums and a captivating live presence. Fresh from the worldwide success of last year’s “Every Open Eye”, their appearance at Reading & Leeds will leave a lasting effect on a legion of devoted fans.

The Vaccines graduation to the major leagues of British indie has been staggering, releasing three mammoth LPs in 5 years, and securing their reputation as one of the most vital names of recent times. With eclectic cuts from “English Graffiti” and old favourites abound, their set is one destined to elicit jubilant summertime scenes in a UK Festival Exclusive performance at Reading & Leeds 2016.

Uncompromising and consistently pushing boundaries, A$AP Rocky is a global force to be reckoned with, across two acclaimed collection of intoxicating records that both landed at number 1 on the US charts and drew universal acclaim from critics around the globe. A style icon and a generational influencer, his UK Festival Exclusive appearance at Reading & Leeds 2016 sees the crowning of the next king of hip-hop.

After a massive year that culminated in a sold out appearance at London’s Roundhouse, Lower Than Atlantis will be bringing their radio-ready hit parade to Reading & Leeds in a UK Festival Exclusive for yet another momentous milestone for Watford’s finest. They’ll be joined by the latest and greatest in the rock world with the primal tones of Sleeping With Sirens, Welsh reggae-rock titans Skindred, punk legend Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, heavy American icons Five Finger Death Punch and State Champs.

Lower Than Atlantis leader Mike Duce said:
"I'm pretty sure I've said this before but it's because I mean it! It's such an honour to be asked to play R&L, let alone the main stage! And so high up the bill! This means business. It's really time to step up our game!"

Speaking about their Main Stage appearance this year, Skindred frontman Benji Webbe said:
"You will see a lot of bands at Reading & Leeds Festival but there's nothing that will come close to the energy that Skindred will deliver and the vibes that will be rocking through the festival when we hit the stage! A performance not to be missed, we come in peace but we will leave you in pieces."

Sleeping With Sirens said about their UK Festival Exclusive performance:
"Sleeping With Sirens couldn't be more excited for our return to Reading and Leeds Festival! ‘If you can't hang then'...

Californian sisters HAIM have grown into mesmeric darlings of the indie-pop world since the global success of debut album “Days Are Gone”. As anticipation grows for their unannounced second studio effort, Este, Danielle and Alana will be transforming Reading & Leeds into their own sun-drenched paradise in another UK Festival Exclusive.

The name on everyone’s lips Jack Garratt will hit Reading & Leeds 2016 with his untouchable electro-rock grooves, fresh from claiming the BBC Sound Of 2016 and BRITS Critics Choice Award that has marked him out as the one to watch this year.

The Wombats unmistakable electro-pop hooks have sound tracked the nation for nearly 10 years and fresh from their biggest live shows of their career in 2015, the Liverpudlian trio will be returning for an unmissable performance.

Speaking of their performance, The Wombats said:
''We are beyond excited to get back to Reading & Leeds Festivals! If I'm correct this will be our fourth time around but without a doubt last year was our favourite. It doesn't get much better than an R&L crowd!"

Exclusively returning to the Reading & Leeds fields are South African rave phenomenon Die Antwoord lighting the stage across the weekend with their unpredictable and chaotic live show.

Kentucky psych-mixers Cage The Elephant will be touching down with a full-barraged assault on the senses, whilst Reading’s own indie dreamers Sundara Karma take to the biggest stages of their career.

Tectonic beats and bass-heavy vibrations are abound, with performances across the weekend from chart-hitters Sigma, dance don Netsky, “White Noise” gliders AlunaGeorge and highly tipped electronic svengali Mura Masa. Grime pillars Krept & Konan will cement their ascent with a high-energy turn at this year’s festivals, with underground king Giggs also due to appear.

Duo Sigma commented:
“We can’t wait to bring the new live show to Reading and Leeds for the first time - see you down the front!”

Netsky said:
“So excited to be coming back to the UK for Reading & Leeds this summer, the crowds always blow me away at these ones, and I can’t wait to bring the live band back again this year once my new album is out. See you in August!”

The Neighbourhood have also been announced, alongside punk purveyors Savages, ‘BBC Sound Of’ indie-mixers Blossoms, recently reunited Suffolk hardcore outfit Basement, Canadian anthem-sourcers Half Moon Run and the fresh dynamic rock of Highly Suspect, who all make for unmissable performances at this year’s festivals.

Basement said:
"We're all really excited to be playing Reading and Leeds festival again this year. It's a huge honour to be asked back and we can't wait to play the NME stage for the first time."

Highly Suspect had this to say on their upcoming appearance at Reading & Leeds 2016:
"Coming to the U.K. was some of the best shit that ever happened to us. Can't believe we get to come back again so soon and play at such an incredible festival. Pumped."

Reading & Leeds rich history in highlighting the sub genres and game-changers of the alternative world will continue in 2016, with calculating metallers The Dillinger Escape Plan returning to the festival 14 years after one of the most talked about appearances in festival history in a UK Festival Exclusive. Another UK Festival Exclusive sits with the unstoppable behemoth that is Asking Alexandria making their Reading & Leeds debut with a headline spectacle for the ages. The returning punks The King Blues will also be bringing their politically-charged sermons on the modern nation to the Reading & Leeds crowds.

Itch from The King Blues says:
"We're so excited to be back amongst the freaks and the troublemakers on the punk stage we've played so many times. This is truly going to be the highlight of my summer"

Bringing an equally fierce live reputation is Creeper, the most talked about new band in the UK, whose sets have become community gatherings with their electric blend of goth and punk rock, making them ones not to be missed. Also announced is the glam-rock stomp of FVK, Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford unleashing his fierce new outfit Wakrat, Philadelphian rockers Modern Baseball, rising punks Dead!, Norwegian six-piece Kvelertak and dark rock glazers Citizen.

FVK co-frontman Kier Kemp commented:
"Well then here's another one for the bucket list! Some of our fondest festival memories are from Reading Festival, and to think we'll be gracing those stages this year is unreal. I guess all I can say is thanks to everyone that's got us here. Yay!"

Creeper said:
"We are incredibly excited to be playing Reading and Leeds festival this year. Members of our band have been attending these festivals since we were kids, it is an incredible honour to have been asked to play and we promise a very special show."

Tim Commerford of Wakrat said:
“I can't believe that WAKRAT will be playing Reading and Leeds this year. It's a blessing to play and introduce my new passion to a part of the world that has been so good to me and has some of the most incredible fans and we hope to win more over.”

Rising punks DEAD! said:
"R&L has become a rite of passage for bands building something and taking it that bit further. We're excited to take that step. See you down the front X"

Reading & Leeds emphatic array of the best in hip-hop continues with the addition of US hit machine Travi$ Scott. The eccentric, genre-blender released his acclaimed debut LP ‘Rodeo” at the end of 2015, only extending his reputation as the most in-demand name in modern hip-hop. He’ll be joined across the weekend with headline sets from G-Eazy whose acclaimed appearance on Grace’s “You Don’t Own Me” sent his stardom to another level. Both of these huge names stand as UK Festival Exclusives, making Reading & Leeds the only place to be for the hottest names in modern hip-hop.

Further additions include Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals who set to deliver an unmissable masterclass in modern jazz and soul whilst reggae wordsmith Protoje, South London’s Section Boyz, gritty actor turned musician Raleigh Ritchie, the undeniable rhymes of Lady Leshurr, label disc-jockey DJ Semtex and Yungen are all set to tear apart the stage at this year’s festivals.

Protoje said about his addition to the line up:
"The UK is one of my favourite places in the world to play music so it's always a pleasure to come there and play. The crowds there always show up with an energy that is unlike anywhere else in the world. Looking forward to the response at Reading and Leeds Fest."

Indie veterans and Newcastle’s favourite sons Maxïmo Park will be opening their catalogue of art-rock soundscapes that defined a generation of guitar bands. Expect the hits and more from dynamic frontman Paul Smith. In another UK Festival Exclusive, Seratones join the line up, bringing their infectious, swinging rock to Reading & Leeds for an unprecedented evening of Southern charm.

Taking to the stage across the weekend, will be the shining solo moods of Banners, the riotous snarl of rockers INHEAVEN and the fuzzed grunge goodness of Glaswegian dreamers Tuff Love.

Joining co-headliners Disclosure in the dance music world at Reading & Leeds 2016 is a mixture of pioneering legends and the hottest names in underground dance. Duke Dumont will be dropping an undeniable masterclass in modern pop whilst David Rodigan MBE 1Xtra’s Mistajam, BRIT Award nominees Disciples, “Alone No More” hitmaker Philip George, French DJ supremos Birdy Nam Nam, LA spinner Jauz, “Rinse & Repeat” hitmaker Riton and a decadent bass breakdown with My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC (Reading) and Oneman B2B My Nu Leng + Dread MC (Leeds) as all take to the decks for unique and bass-shaking performances over the weekend, proving the home of modern dance is Reading & Leeds.

Philip George said:
“When you’re a kid, Reading and Leeds were two festivals you really dream of playing at - and this summer I am buzzing that I get to make that dream come true I remember seeing all the line ups coming out for Reading/Leeds and they are always quality so it's mint that I'm playing it this summer. I’m really looking forward to it”

Including the unprecedented 5 Headliners Over 3 Days in Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure and today’s announcement of Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy, previously announced acts including pop kings The 1975, dance supremos Jack U, Las Vegas chart heroes Imagine Dragons, US hip/hop enigma Fetty Wap, Grime collective Boy Better Know, Courteeners, Twenty One Pilots, Two Door Cinema Club and many, many more!

Unmissable and unmistakable, Reading & Leeds Festivals 2016 stands as the line up of the summer.

ANNOUNCED TODAY: 61

Biffy Clyro (co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fall Out Boy (co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Chvrches
The Vaccines (UK Festival Exclusive)
A$AP Rocky (UK Festival Exclusive)
HAIM (UK Festival Exclusive)
Jack Garratt
The Wombats
Lower Than Atlantis (UK Festival Exclusive)
Asking Alexandria (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (UK Festival Exclusive)
Travi$ Scott (UK Festival Exclusive)
G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive)
Skindred
Five Finger Death Punch (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sleeping With Sirens (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Neighbourhood (UK Festival Exclusive)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
State Champs
Savages
Die Antwoord (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cage The Elephant (UK Festival Exclusive)
Krept & Konan
Sigma
Half Moon Run
Basement
Blossoms
Mura Masa
Giggs
Netsky
Highly Suspect (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sundara Karma
AlunaGeorge
Duke Dumont
David Rodigan MBE
Disciples
My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC (Reading) / Oneman B2B My Nu Leng + Dread MC (Leeds)
MistaJam
Philip George
Riton
Birdy Nam Nam
Wakrat
The King Blues
Kvelertak
FVK
Modern Baseball
Dead!
Creeper
Citizen
Maxïmo Park
Raleigh Ritchie
INHEAVEN
Banners
Tuff Love
Seratones
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Section Boyz
Protoje
Lady Leshurr
DJ Semtex
Yungen
Jauz

The 10th anniversary of SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has jus announced a further 8 bands to the lineup.

After splitting up in 2012, THE KING BLUES will be making a welcome return to the festival.  The political punk/ska band were an important fixture on the UK scene and 2016 sees a welcome return for the band to be a vital voice in the scene.  “We're super excited to be back and playing Slam Dunk for the first time in years. We can't wait to get back and party for 3 days straight with you all.” says singer Itch

If anyone will bring the party to Slam Dunk Festival, it will be a DJ set fromSHIKARI SOUND SYSTEM.  Normally known for Enter Shikari, frontman Rou Reynolds says they "can't wait to introduce Slam Dunk to Shikari Sound System. If you like low frequencies, the ones that make your innards quiver, and you like high energy electronic music come down and jive. Maybe even pull out a foxtrot". 

MOOSE BLOOD are one of the most beloved bands since releasing "I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time."  Their upcoming UK tour in April saw London selling out in a matter of hours, with other cities following suit.  Slam Dunk festival will be one of the only places you'll be able to see them this Spring. 
"We loved playing Slam Dunk last year, it was crazy for us. We feel so fortunate and excited to come back this year" says the band.

Another band to fly the international flag will be THE AMITY AFFLICTION, an Australian force to be reckoned with. Having 2 ARIA number 1 albums in their homeland, this will be the bands first appearance at Slam Dunk festival.  Melodic singer Ahren Stringer said they are "super excited to play Slam Dunk and share the stage with so many bands we've grown up listening to and playing with! Keep on rockin' in the free world! 


Other bands announced are Ska legends CATCH 22, their first performance in the UK in many years, Arizonan metalcore quintet THE WORLD ALIVE, who will release new album this Spring along with pop-punk label mates CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK!  

Finally, punk band GNARWOLVES, who recently put out 'Adolescence', their heaviest release to date will be causing havoclike only they know how; "We're really looking forward to coming back to play Slam Dunk for the third time this year" says the band. "It's always boozy and brilliant, plus we get to watch Capdown and hang out with our mates. See you in the car park!"

The bands will join the headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & MenNew Found Glory and many more for the May 2016 bank holiday weekend.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED- PANIC! AT THE DISCO TO HEADLINE, OF MICE & MEN, NEW FOUND GLORY, FOUR YEAR STRONG, EVERY TIME I DIE, ISSUES, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, REAL FRIENDS, MALLORY KNOW, THE STARTING LINE, SET YOUR GOALS, ZEBRAHEAD, CAPDOWN, WE CAME AS ROMANS, MISS MAY I, THE STORY SO FAR, YELLOWCARD, MAYDAY PARADE, HIT THE LIGHTS, ROAM, NORTHLANE, HACKTIVIST, CANCER BATS & NORMA JEAN.

The dates and sites for next years' SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL are:

Saturday 28 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL North - Leeds City Centre

Sunday 29 May 2016 - SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL Midlands –Birmingham, NEC

Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2016- SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL South – Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire

Tickets are on sale now and priced at £42 or £47 including afterparty. The festival is for Age 14 + (festival only) or 18+ for the afterparty tickets.

For the first time, due to popular demand, there is also a limited edition Mega Ticket on sale for £150. This ticket includes admittance to all 3 events and includes afterparties, wristband exchange queue jumps and a limited edition t-shirt.
Visit 
www.slamdunkmusic.comfor all ticketing links.

This year will see some huge upgrades to the event, continuing the huge year on year growth the festival has experienced. Following the success of last year the Leeds site will remain in the City Centre, with a new site being announced at the Birmingham NEC and the Southern date will remain in Hatfield, at the University of Hertfordshire campus for the fifth year. This will bring the capacity up to a huge 40,000 fans across the weekend.

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has won ‘Best Festival’ at the Kerrang! Awards in both 2014 and 2015. Widely regarded as the biggest awards in rock, the festival beat strong competition from major events such as Reading /Leeds and Download. Slam Dunk has also been in the final shortlists for ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, in 2013, 2014 & 2015, and ‘Best Festival’ (up to 15,000 daily capacity) at The Live UK Awards 2015.

 

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL HEADLINERS 2006-2016

2006: Fall Out Boy

2007: Reel Big Fish / Paramore

2008: Boys Like Girls. / Cute Is What We Aim For

2011: Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish

2014: The All-American Rejects

2006: Fall Out Boy

2009: You Me At Six

2010: New Found Glory

2012: Taking Back Sunday

2013: All Time Low

2014: The All-American Rejects

2015: You Me At Six

2016: Panic! At The Disco

Monday, 29 February 2016 23:15

Bloodstock 2016 Announce More Bands

The BLOODSTOCK gladiators have been out marauding and have rounded up five more metal beasts for your entertainment this August.

First up, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY join the Ronnie James Dio main stage bill.  Now reunited with Pepper Keenan up front, BLOODSTOCK’s faithful can look forward to a slew of classics from their three-decade-plus career.  Pepper tells us, "It’s been a real pleasure after all this time to get back with the COC lads and start jamming again and creating music.  We are having a blast!  We've have had so much support from all over the globe and landing on a fest like BLOODSTOCK really sums it up.  We’re honoured and cannot wait to up the fuckin' hammers in the middle of nowhere in merry ol' England!  Thank you!  Ohh yeah, don't forget me cider ….!”  CoC kicked off 2016 by launching their own ‘Wiseblood’ beer with the Three Floyd’s Brewing Co, announced a US run with Lamb of God & Clutch, and are also hard at work on a brand new album.  Get the latest news at www.coc.com.  

UNEARTH also join the BLOODSTOCK bill for the first time.   If you’re fast, you can get clued up on their new material in time for August by picking up current album, ‘Watchers of Rule’ at a discounted price of around a fiver over at their merch store - http://unearth.merchnow.com/products/185256/watchers-of-rule-cd.  

Wherever they can, BLOODSTOCK is proud to bring you bands who don’t often grace UK shores, so joining the main stage bill to play their first ever UK show are atmospheric US black metal outfit, GHOST BATH.  Grab their ‘Moonlover’ album, just released on iTunes last week via new label, Nuclear Blast.  The band inform us; “Thus begins our inevitable conquest to take over the world, one festival at a time.  It is an honour and a pleasure to perform for those who attend Bloodstock and beyond."

Local heroes, EVIL SCARECROW also make a triumphant return!    As serious contenders for the ‘most fun had on stage’ prize, what do they make of their return?   “We’re back!  Again!  We’re like the BLOODSTOCK house band or maybe a bad STD that you can’t get rid of.  Either way, we’re hoping to bring our biggest ever show and even some new material.  After the historic, record breaking crowd of 2014, we’re looking forward to being back on that stage, although a custom-built, floating glass pyramid ‘Scarecrow Stage’ would have been nice.  We’re genuinely overwhelmed and beyond excited to be back partying with our BLOODSTOCK brothers and sisters.”  Keep up with Scarecrow’s shenanigans via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Evil.Scarecrow.

Also, joining the Sophie stage bill are XII BOAR.  A big slab of rock n' roll-infused, southern-fried metal, this power trio are determined to make sure everyone has a good time.  Ric Flair raves, "We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing our trademarked XII BOAR grooves to BLOODSTOCK.  This year's line-up is already beyond words and we're so stoked to be a part of it. Get your dancing shoes on and get down to the super massive XII BOAR sound as we're assembling the biggest party BLOODSTOCK has ever seen!  See you there!”  

FINAL CALL for the Deposit Scheme!!!  Today (29th Feb) is the last day left to sign up for BLOODSTOCK’s very popular payment plan.  This year it’s even more manageable to pay for your ticket in stages, with the scheme expanding the payments from 3 to 5 months.  The 1st payment of £34.80 is payable immediately, then 4 additional payments of around £30 will debit your account on 28th of March, April, May and June.  (Exact amounts; £27.80 for Mar/Apr/May, £31.30 in June to include postage).  Sign up over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.  We regret that VIP tickets are NOT available via the payment plan, although pending VIP availability, you could purchase a VIP upgrade in July or August and still be in time for the festival!

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, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM, GOATWHORE and ACID REIGN.  Many more are still to be announced.

Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at 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.

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