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.
DOWNLOAD 2016 ANNOUNCE ANOTHER 12 BANDS TO THIS YEAR'S LINE UP
That's right another 12 bands have been added to this years Download 2016 line-up, including Juliette and The Licks, fronted by actress Juliette Lewis, making an epic return
are the mighty Raging Speedhorn after ten years! Also added are The Amorettes, Wearing Scars featuring guitar shredder Andy James. Also added to the line up are Inglorious with the superb vocal talents of Mr Nathan James.
Making their Download debut are From Ashes To New, plus The Wild Lies, Skinny Lister, RavenEye, The Men That Will Not Be blamed For Nothing, Puppy and In Search of Sun have also been added to the line up. For more details check here
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***
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS WITH THE UNCHAINED ROCK SHOW ONLY ON ARFM!!
ENTRIES CLOSE AT 9PM ON 23RD MAY. WINNER WILL BE DRAWN OUT LIVE ON THE UNCHAINED ROCK SHOW ON MONDAY 23RD MAY 2016
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
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!
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'
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.
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.
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.