Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

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
Good Tiger
Max Raptor
Calls Landing

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!







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.


Biffy Clyro (co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fall Out Boy (co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
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)
Five Finger Death Punch (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sleeping With Sirens (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Neighbourhood (UK Festival Exclusive)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
State Champs
Die Antwoord (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cage The Elephant (UK Festival Exclusive)
Krept & Konan
Half Moon Run
Mura Masa
Highly Suspect (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sundara Karma
Duke Dumont
David Rodigan MBE
My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC (Reading) / Oneman B2B My Nu Leng + Dread MC (Leeds)
Philip George
Birdy Nam Nam
The King Blues
Modern Baseball
Maxïmo Park
Raleigh Ritchie
Tuff Love
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Section Boyz
Lady Leshurr
DJ Semtex

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.


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.
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.



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  

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 -  

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:

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  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  

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.

Monday, 29 February 2016 23:09

Download Festival 2016 Announce More Bands!


So Download Festival announce some more bands to add to the plentiful line up.

You can take your pick from those added below and see the full line and the latest information from Download 206 right here

All Time Low - The Temperance Movement - The Wildhearts - Napalm Death

Pennywise - Glassjaw - Scorpion Child - Royal Republic - Buck & Evans - Scattering Ashes- Weirds - Devil You Know - The Raven Age - The Shrine

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:34

Slam Dunk 2016 announce 8 more bands

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

YELLOWCARD will be playing the festival for the first time and will play their huge album 'Ocean Avenue' in full, in a world exclusive. "I think we owe so much of the success we have been so lucky to have to Ocean Avenue." says Ryan Key. "We have built an incredible touring career on 6 continents over the last 15 years. We have recorded 5 more original albums following Ocean Avenue. Without that album none of these things would have been possible. I wouldn't change a thing."

Florida's MAYDAY PARADE have had a big year with a new album and a sold out UK headline tour under their belts already. They have played the festival twice before, in 2011 & 2012. They say they are "stoked to be a part of this year's Slam Dunk Festival. We always look forward to travelling across the pond to play music for our UK fans and can't wait to do again in 2016!"

ROAM- Eastborune pop punks ROAM are all about pushing the pop punk envelope, as can be heard on their debut record record. Having recently been inciting crowdsurfing frenzies on a plethora of tours across the UK, Europe and the US, the band will make a welcome return to the festival. Alex Costello says "We are so excited to play Slam Dunk again! Playing last year was one of the highlights of 2015 for us and I think this year will be even better now we have an album out. In my opinion it's one of the best festivals in the UK, especially for pop punk bands. It's definitely going to be one to remember."

Australia's NORTHLANE will be back to play songs off their ARIA number 1 album 'Node'. "Every time we visit the UK we’re welcomed with open arms, and always look forward to crossing the globe because the Brits make it worth it! Festivals are the most fun you can have playing in a band, and Slam Dunk is one of the best there is, We can’t wait to come over to the UK again!"

Grimecore crew HACKTIVIST play Slam Dunk in the wake of the release of their acclaimed debut album Outside The Box (UNFD), which has seen them win acclaim across the board from the press and ignite their burgeoning underground fanbase. A confident and bleeding-edge mashup of genres like that of their brothers-in-vibe Enter Shikari, Hacktivist are a force to be reckoned with and a truly unstoppable live band.

Everyones favourite Canadians are also added to the bill -CANCER BATS – They have also played the festival twice, in 2012 & 2013. "Were so stoked to announce that we'll be playing Slam Dunk this summer ! We can't wait to party with all our homies and to tear the shit out of the stage with our brothers in Every Time I Die!!! Its gonna be epic ! Scoop some tickets and LET'S GET WEIRD!!!!" says frontman Liam Corimer.

Fans of heavy, loud rock n roll won't be disappointed this year with the addition of Georgia's NORMA JEAN. This will be the bands first time at Slam Dunk and it will surely be a special show.

And finally, it wouldn’t be a proper anniversary without HIT THE LIGHTS. The band has flown over from the USA for a near record 4 times to play the festival, in ’10, ’11, ’12, & ’14.The band released their fourth album 'Summer Bones' last year and are always a big crowd pleaser with their huge pop punk sound. Expect nothing less from their 2016 performance.

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


The dates and sites for this 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 for 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.

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

So here we are, anoter 36 bands announced for Download 2016: Sixx A.M, Amon Amarth, Monster Truck, NOFX, Janes’s Addiction, Graveyard, Bury Tomorrow, As Lions, One Ok Rock, Periphery, Alien Ant Farm, Grand Magus, Whiskey Myers, Heck, Zoax, Hill Valley High, Anti-Flag, Escape The Fate, Danko Jones, Turbowolf, Black Peaks, Shvpes, Electric Wizard, The King Is Blind, Kadavar, Municipal Waste, Cane Hill, Slaves (US), Wage War, Palisades, Reigning Days, Strange Bones, Good Tiger, Ashestoangels, The Kenneths and Muncie Girls

Looking reeaallllll good so far!!

Also in honour of the late Lemmy Kilmister, the main stage will be called The Lemmy Stage this year. Certainly a fitting tribute for Lemmy at this years Download Festival 2016 at Donnington Park! 


That's right, the phenomenal Symphony X are coming to the UK and we have 2 tickets to give away for their gig at The Corporation, Sheffield on the 15th February.

All you have to do is send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Competiton closes at 9:30pm on Monday 8th February and competition winers will be drawn live on the show on 8th February.

Underworld is the ninth studio album by American progressive metal band Symphony X. It was released on July 24, 2015 through Nuclear Blast. The album's first single, "Nevermore", premiered on May 22, 2015, followed by "Without You" on June 19.

SYMPHONY X have triumphed, creating a panoramic “album rock” experience in an era cursed with diminishing attention spans. “This new one is about the song, really crafting each one on its own, to be as strong as it could be” says Michael Romeo, chief writer in the band, and proprietor of The Dungeon, the tricked-out studio in which the album was crafted, newly equipped with the latest in technology required to execute the band’s famous symphonic and orchestrated touches.

Tickets are available for all dates via their website hereSymphony X Tour:

12.02 - Wolverhampton, Robin 2
13.02 - Manchester, Club Academy
15.02 - Sheffield, Corporation
16.02 - Glasgow, Garage
18.02 - Bristol, Bierkeller
19.02 - London, Islington Assembly Hall

Reading & Leeds Festivals are delighted to announce Foals and Disclosure as co- headliners for this year’s festival taking place across Bank Holiday Weekend 26-28 August 2016. In a Reading & Leeds first, two bastions of modern British music will be making the step up to the largest festival stages of their careers, bringing together two defining acts of a generation.
Returning after their festival-stopping surprise set last year, 2016 will see Foals in their debut headline performance at Reading & Leeds. Unafraid of genre limitations, their endless creativity and ferocious live shows have seen the Oxford five-piece rise through the ranks, positioning themselves as one of the most unmissable live acts in the world.
Joining Foals as co-headliners of Reading & Leeds 2016 is the dance phenomenon Disclosure, in their very first Major UK Festival headlining set. Their chart topping dance anthems sound-tracked the worldwide explosion of UK dance. Their 2014 performance saw crowds overflowing the NME/Radio 1 Stage, so their return to headline in 2016 is one not to be missed.
Melvin Benn commented: “I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. A co -headline with two of the most promising British acts out there; Foals secret set last year was a highlight for me, as I’m sure their debut headline slot will be, coupled with the phenomenal Disclosure – we’re very proud to be able to give these acts the recognition they deserve.”
Foals commented: “We're absolutely buzzing to be headlining Reading & Leeds this year. It's a dream come true. I used to watch Nirvana live at Reading '92, on vhs, repeatedly while dying my hair blue & learning how to play guitar, badly. We've worked our way up on our own terms & to be given the chance to headline one of world’s most iconic festivals is a huge achievement for us & hopefully a sign for all bands, that, if you stick to your guns & focus on what matters, you'll get there & smash it. Onwards & upwards friends. Long live the guitar band”
Disclosure commented: " We’re incredibly excited to be co-headlining Reading and Leeds with our good friends Foals. We've been going to Reading festival since we were kids and have played at both festivals several times, but never in a million years did we think we'd be at the top of the line-up, especially considering there hasn't been an electronic headliner since The Prodigy in 2002! Truly honoured" 
Dance super group Jack Ü have shifted the face of modern dance, with worldwide smash ‘Where Are U Now’ dominating the airwaves and music libraries of millions. Bringing together electronic dance icons Skrillex and Diplo, their live shows at Reading & Leeds 2016 will be a summer extravaganza like no other.
In a European Festival Exclusive, Imagine Dragons will be returning to Reading & Leeds; with a catalogue of chart hits including ‘Radioactive’, ‘It’s Time’ and ‘Demons’ that are destined to whip the capacity crowds into frenzy. Reading & Leeds 2016 will be the only place to catch them in Europe over the summer.
Commenting on their appearance at Reading & Leeds this year, the band say:
“Reading and Leeds is one of the best festivals in the world. We look forward to the wonderful people. The music. And even the mud. See you soon."
Two Door Cinema Club joins the impressive line up at Reading & Leeds this year in a UK Festival Exclusive performance. Expect old favourites and new tracks galore, as the Northern Irish trio smash yet another festival crowd on their way to indie immortality.
The hottest name in hip-hop, Fetty Wap will make his debut UK Live Appearance at this year’s Reading and Leeds, in yet another UK Festival Exclusive. Shaking up the hip-hop scene with his dark tales of modern life, the underground king has remained an untouchable enigma since his rise to stardom. The master behind 2015 hit ‘Trap Queen’, Fetty also made Billboard history when his first four singles – ‘Trap Queen’, ‘Again’, ‘My Way’ and ‘679’ - charted simultaneously on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

A true breakthrough success story, the soaring vocals from Nothing But Thieves will be returning to Reading & Leeds bringing their unique brand of rock, and hits from their eponymous debut album released late last year. They’ll be sharing the bill with pulsating electro pioneers Crystal Castles fresh from a new line up and sound, expect a barrage of synthesised distortion and a visceral live show like no other.

Nothing But Thieves said on their Reading & Leeds return:
"Last year’s Reading & Leeds was one of our highlights of 2015, it was an honour to play a stage that we've seen so many bands at since we were kids, cannot wait to be playing Reading & Leeds again this year."
Parkway Drive are set to bring their angry metalcore cocktail to Reading & Leeds 2016 with their only UK Festival appearance of the summer, whilst The Internet will be gripping the crowds with their modern take on neo-soul and trip-hop in yet another UK Festival Exclusive.
Securing Reading & Leeds 2016 as the go-to festival for global dance superstars, co-headliners Disclosure will be joined on the line-up by ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ chart supremo Oliver Heldens and the undisputed queen of UK dance Hannah Wants for bursts of unrelenting electronic gold.
Hannah Wants: "2015 was my very first experience playing Reading & Leeds and wow I was impressed! The crowds were absolutely insaaaaaane! I’m so hyped to returning again this year!”
Oliver Heldens says: “I’m really looking forward to play at Reading and Leeds this August. I like the fact that there is a very diverse line up and I hope to see some cool acts when I’m at the festival. I can’t wait to be back in the UK and hope to see you all there!”
On the Alternative Stage we’re thrilled to announce headliners Kurupt FM will present Champagne Steam Rooms, bringing the pure vibes of champagne era UKG to Reading & Leeds 2016, with special guest DJ Barely Legal, one of the best bass DJs around. On release, the BBC mockumentary pilot, People Just Do Nothing, became the most popular programme of the month. Following the MCs behind West London’s finest pirate radio station, the show developed a cult following, and with Series 3 airing in 2016 they’re now revelling in success. They’re the biggest thing to come out of Brentford since the football club and they’re taking over Reading & Leeds
Joining Kurupt FM on the Alternative Stage at Reading and Leeds 2016 are Cassetteboy. Their most popular videos, Cassetteboy vs The Bloody Apprentice, and David Cameron’s Conference Rap, have both been watched over 6 million times.  They’ve enlisted the help of their shouty friend DJ Rubbish to create a comedy disco. He’ll be hyping up the crowd while Cassetteboy caper around behind him. The resulting show looks like your Tivo box went out clubbing and got hammered.  Dot Cotton and Gregg Wallace are mashed up with Rihanna and The Human League in the weirdest party you’ve ever been to.  It will be a stupid, messy, funny festival highlight.
Standing as the only place to catch the biggest and most influential acts of modern times, Reading & Leeds 2016 is destined to be the epicentre of the 2016 music calendar, full of exclusive moments that will define the year in modern music.
Newly announced additions:
Foals (Co-Headliner)
Disclosure (Co-Headliner)
Jack Ü
Imagine Dragons (European Festival Exclusive)
Two Door Cinema Club (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive)
Crystal Castles
Parkway Drive (UK Festival Exclusive)
Nothing But Thieves
The Internet (UK Festival Exclusive)
Oliver Heldens
Hannah Wants
Kurupt FM Presents: Champagne Steam Rooms
CassetteBoy vs DJ Rubbish
Previously announced:
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Headliner: Festival Exclusive)
The 1975
Boy Better Know
Twenty One Pilots
Eagles Of Death Metal (UK Festival Exclusive)
Rat Boy
Tickets are on sale now.
Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total
Day ticket prices/sale date TBC
If you pay your first instalment on or before September 30th, your subsequent payment dates will be November 2nd (£50.00), December 1st (£50.00) & January 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)
If you pay your first instalment on or before October 31st, your subsequent payment dates will be December 1st (£50.00), January 4th (£50.00) & February 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)
If you pay your first instalment on or before November 30th, your subsequent payment dates will be February 1st (£50.00), March 1st (£50.00) & April 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage) 
If you pay your first instalment on or before December 31st, your subsequent payment dates will be February 1st (£50.00), March 1st (£50.00) & April 1st (£55.00 +£6.50 postage)
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)

HEVY FEST 2016 is very excited to announce its first wave of bands, continuing the reinvigoration of one of the UK's most exciting festivals.

With both headliners still to come, announced today are: punk titans REFUSED, technical metal frontrunners SIKTH, metalcore heavyweights WHILE SHE SLEEPS and instrumental legends ANIMALS AS LEADERS.

They join unique grime-metal outfit Hacktivist, Gnarwolves, Krokodil, No Consequence, Devil Sold His Soul, Forever Never, Vukovi, Murdock, and When Our Time Comes.

All of this PLUS two headliners still to come and loads other huge bands for only £79 makes Hevy the best-value rock music festival in the UK this summer.

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


With a history of booking bands ranging from Andrew W.K. to Meshuggah, not forgetting other huge names including Thrice, Coheed & Cambria, Converge and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hevy has built a strong reputation for delivering diverse and ambitious line-ups, and 2016 will be no exception. Four headliners plus over 50 great bands and DJs will perform across the two days, there will be a great range of food outlets and a glamping option for those who like to do festivals in style!

Set for a brand new location this year with ample room to expand, Hevy is set to reclaim its title as the UK’s best small sized outdoor festival in 2016.

Tickets are priced at £79, with a small batch of early bird tickets still available. There is also a pay monthly finance option should you wish to spread the cost. Purchase tickets here:

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