Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

Monday, 25 January 2016 23:37

Bloodstock Announce 3 More Bands


Wipe away those January blues, because BLOODSTOCK has three more bands locked and loaded, ready to level Catton Park in August!

The METAL ALLEGIANCE project joins the bill!  You never know who’ll show up on stage at a METAL ALLEGIANCE show, but the line-up confirmed so far includes Testament’s Alex Skolnick, Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda, Anthrax’s Scott Ian & Charlie Benante, Russell Allen from Symphony X, Gary Holt from Slayer & Exodus, Mike Portnoy of Twisted Sister/numerous other projects, plus METAL ALLEGIANCE leader, Mark Menghi.  Mike Portnoy says “I'm so excited for Metal Allegiance to make their UK debut at one of the most metal festivals on Earth!  The perfect audience to share this brotherhood of metal with."  Who else might step into their ranks for the day?  You’ll have to be at BLOODSTOCK to find out!!

Also joining the 2016 line-up are Atlanta’s rap metal pioneers, STUCK MOJO.  Having reformed in 2014, the band are active once more and this year celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album, ‘Pigwalk’. . The band have been working on a new album with producer Andy Sneap.  Stay tuned on the latest news on the release over at

Mighty New Orleans metallers, GOATWHORE also join us as Friday’s Sophie Lancaster stage headliners!   The band are hard at work on their new album which is expected to see the light of day later this year.    Get clued up on the band over at their main website -

BLOODSTOCK’s very popular Deposit Scheme for 2016 has undergone a few changes this year and it’s now even more manageable to pay for your ticket in stages, with the scheme expanding the number of payments from 3 months to 5 months.  Less to shell out each month!  To pay this way, just sign-up at any time before 29th February.  The 1st payment of £34.80 is payable immediately, then 4 additional payments of approximately £30 will debit your account on 28th of March, April, May and June.  (Exact amounts; £27.80 for Mar/Apr/May, £31.30 for June to include postage).  Get signed up over at  We regret that VIP tickets are NOT available via the payment plan, although pending remaining 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, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM 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, 25 January 2016 23:30

Slam Dunk 2016

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The 10th anniversary of SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL has just got bigger with 8 new bands announced and some huge exclusives.  These 8 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.

"This announcement again really feels like it represents the anniversary of the festival" says promoter Ben Ray, "Capdown who played the very first event, Set Your Goals reforming to play, The Starting Line with a very rare UK appearance, and Zebrahead who have so much fun they want to play every year! There’s also still so many bands to be announced, it’s going to be a great year!’.

SET YOUR GOALS are back and SDF16 has the exclusive on these reunion shows!  "We are thrilled to be back on Slam Dunk this year. We've taken much time off and It only felt right that our first festival back be with you guys. We want to thank everyone attending for inviting us over, and we hope to give you one of the best shows of 2016!" says the band.

Ohio boys, MISS MAY I will be bringing the mosh with their epic metal across the 3 days. This will be the first trip to the UK since the release of perhaps their best album to date, Deathless.

MALLORY KNOX have enjoyed huge success since the release of their 2nd album Asymmetry. With Radio 1 A- lists under their belts, tours with some of the biggest bands in the scene, a sold out Roundhouse London and various magazine covers, the band will be sure to be one of the big draws of the weekend. "I get the same amount of excited for Slam Dunk every year since it has been on my radar and I love that." says frontman Mikey.  "Whether we are playing or just attending to watch it's always a weekend thats one of the highlights of my year. With the lineup this year, I have no doubts 2016 will be much the same."

THE STORY SO FAR will be another festival exclusive! After recently selling out the UK tour in December and releasing the brilliant self titled album via Pure Noise Records they have cemented themselves as one of the best pop-punk bands around in recent years.

CAPDOWN played the very first SDF in 2006 so will be making a welcome return for these anniversary shows. Always a festival favourite, Capdown will be sure to unleash their uniquely British ska punk sound, which promises to be one of the most energetic performances over the weekend. “So 10 years of Slam Dunk? My how you have grown…  Looking forward to what Slam Dunk has in store for us this time round, always a blast!" says the band.

THE STARTING LINE were always one of the forerunners from the Drive -Thru Records era & the band played SDF in 2011, just before the anniversary of the their seminal album 'Say It Like You Mean It'. The band have recently announced the release of 'Anyways', a 3 track EP which is their first studio release in 8 years.  Slam Dunk will be the only chance to see them this Summer.

American Metalcore band WE CAME AS ROMANS will also join the bill. The band have seen massive success with their first 3 full-length albums &most recently, their 2015 self-titled album, each topping 100,000 sales in the US alone. The band’s recent live DVD release Present, Future, and Past debuted #1 on the Billboard DVD charts, beating Metallica for the top spot.

ZEBRAHEAD have become part of the Slam Dunk family and as the band says "Slam Dunk Festival has always been a blast. This is our third time playing and we are really looking forward to coming back for the shows. The crowds are always crazy and come to have a good time."


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 for all ticketing links.

Monday, 25 January 2016 23:23



UK TECH-FEST returns in style in 2016 for its fifth anniversary with a huge band announcement, delivering once again the most forward thinking metal line up in the UK this summer.

Progressive metal legends BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME (UK 2016 Exclusive) and Canadian math-metal mavericks PROTEST THE HERO (UK 2016 Exclusive) both attend the festival as headliners, alongside Dutch groove merchants TEXTURES.

Adding to an already exciting line-up are:

Fallujah (UK 2016 Exclusive)
Fit For An Autopsy
Destiny Potato
Cold Night For Alligators
The Hirsch Effekt
The Green River Burial
Sworn Amongst
Tardive Diskinesia
Make Me A Donut
The Parallax Method

Also announced are returning sponsors Zilla, Carrilion Guitars, Double Slit guitars, Strandberg, Moomin Merchandise, Hands On Printing, Rawas, OHMZ, Stay Close Clothing, Bandit Banners, Tired Moon, IC MEDIA.
Metal Hammer magazine also return as media partner.
Many more bands, after-parties and workshops still to be announced, so stay tuned for more updates soon!
UK Tech-Fest organiser Simon Garrod comments:

"Tech-Fest 2016 is the 5th anniversary of the festival! We wanted to make this one really count, never did we think we could get this far! With an incredible team and a loving audience behind us, we are taking this to the next level!
Expect the biggest and best Tech-Fest line up to date, we can't wait to tell you what other bands we have lined up this year."

 Weekend tickets currently available at an early bird price of £59:99 + £20 Camping.Ticket Info Here.

Monday, 25 January 2016 23:13

Impericon Festival 2016


IMPERICON Festival is very excited to announce that DESPISED ICON, HEART OF A COWARD, ESKIMO CALLBOY and HELLIONS have been added to the London and Manchester dates.

They join HATEBREED, NORTHLANE, EMMURE, BLESSTHEFALL, CHELSEA GRIN and HUNDREDTH, in what is shaping up to be biggest moshfest of 2016.

After their breakup in 2010, death-core titans DESPISED ICON announced a reunion for several shows back in home 2014, and left us waiting over here until now! You don′t get the chance to see the sextet very often so having the Canadian band playing both the London and Manchester date in May 2016 is very exciting.
HELLIONS are a hardcore band from Sydney who have made big fans of Northlane and Deez Nuts: In 2015, when HELLIONS released their second record Indian Summer, Northlane took them on a Euro tour and Deez Nuts lead singer JJ Peters even recorded a song with them.
With the release of their third record Deliverance in 2015, HEART OF A COWARD gained major attention and after their regional headline tour, they are definitely ready to hit the big stage at the Impericon Festivals 2016.
2016 sees the London Kentish Town Forum added to the travelling European festival, which hits nine cities including Manchester, Paris, Vienna, Leipzig, Amsterdam and more.

Early Bird Tickets and Special Bundles are now available here:

Stay tuned for more news and updates on the UK's fastest growing metal and hardcore festival.

As we cruise in to Christmas, BLOODSTOCK’s rolling out some early treats!  Three more bands for your delectation, plus on-sale details for the VIP tickets.

First up for a main stage add are FEAR FACTORY!  Hot from their 20th Anniversary tour for their classic album ‘Demanufacture’ this week, the band will be playing their ‘Demanufacture’ set one more time at BLOODSTOCK!  If you missed it, don’t miss out this time! 

 Frontman Burton C. Bell comments, “We are pleased that we’ve been invited to play Bloodstock once more, and we are looking forward to dying again this summer.”


In a UK festival exclusive, US prog-metallersSYMPHONY X will also descend on Catton Park to treatBLOODSTOCK’s faithful to some choice cuts from ‘Underworld’, their current ninth studio album out now via Nuclear Blast, plus various favourites from their 20-year-plus career.  Frontman Russell Allen says, “Symphony X is honoured to play a festival made by the fans for the fans!  Come with us to the Underworld my brothers and sisters!  Our journey awaits… See you all there!"  


 Get ready for an obnoxiously good time with re-booted British thrash outfit,ACID REIGN who are set to headline the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Saturday!  Back in action after a lengthy hiatus, the band kicked back into gear touring with Xentrix this year and dropped new single ‘Plan Of The Damned’ via their official site,




Monday, 07 December 2015 23:06

Download 2016 - Over 30 More Bands Announced

Download 2016 - Over 30 More Bands Announced!

What a massive announcement last night! With over 30 more act announced for Download 2016. It's set to get interesting and as always will be the talk of the next few months while we wait for more acts to come! And perhaps more headliners announced too!



 Rodney Matthews one of the finest Science Fantasy artists ever has released a new Special Edition Christmas Card with a CD of I saw Three Ships.

 Rodney Matthews has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator of fantasy, science fiction and fairy tale as applied to record covers, book jackets and books (adult and children's), TV series, and video games for 30 years, and is acknowledged world-wide as being one of the top practitioners in these genres.

His originals have been exhibited at Britain's foremost illustrators gallery, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London's West End, while he has held one-man shows at the Langton Gallery, London, in Sierre, Switzerland, and in Cardiff and Machynlleth, Wales, with participation in many joint shows and signing sessions in the UK and Europe. Matthews' originals are owned by celebrities including Pythons John Cleese and Terry Jones, who have 5 between them. Rodney has been in great demand for record cover design, having done more than 70 for artists including Thin Lizzy, Nazareth, Asia, The Scorpions, Barclay James Harvest, Magnum (10), and Rick Wakeman.



(Single track CD with exclusive Christmas card featuring artwork by Rodney Matthews)
Released for public sale, 6 November 2015, this is a real treat for both Rodney Matthews fans and rock fans alike. Unknown to many, fantasy artist Matthews, famous for his iconic album covers for rock artists including Asia, Magnum, Nazareth, Praying Mantis and Rick Wakeman, is also a talented drummer. On this festive track he indulges us with his drum skills, where he plays alongside Jeff Scheetz on guitar, Asia’s John Payne on bass, former Yes star Oliver Wakeman on keyboards, Magnum’s Bob Catley on vocals and Pete Coleman on the bagpipes and recorder – a host of great musicians take on a classic Christmas Carol and totally rock it!
Each CD purchase comes with a Christmas card featuring Matthews’ stunning artwork spanning front and back. It is an ideal gift to send to someone special this Christmas … or maybe just to keep for yourself! Matthews is also offering the option of personally hand-signing the cards. The package is available to purchase online now: worldwide at Etsy, as well as throughout Europe and the US on Amazon.
This Christmas track is a forerunner to a “Prog-ish” styled album, currently under development by the above musicians. More names to follow. Anticipated album release date is sometime in 2016.

Gallery :


Reading & Leeds Festivals are excited to announce RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS as the first headliners for 2016. Taking to the main stage for what promises to be a phenomenal headline set as a FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE, Red Hot Chili Peppers are; Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer. Back on the UK music scene with their 11th studio album on the way, and returning to Reading and Leeds Festival nine years after their last performance, it’s fair to say their live return is much anticipated. When the band were asked which UK Festival they would like to play next summer, Chad Smith commented “the simultaneous answer was ‘Reading and Leeds’”

 The 1975 will be making a huge appearance at next year’s festival following the release of their highly anticipated second album. With a gargantuan new stage set up and a fiercely dedicated fan base, their appearance is going to be undeniably special.

Mancunian festival favourites Courteeners will also be returning in majestic fashion in 2016, following the release of ‘Concrete Love’ and a huge show in Heaton Park earlier this summer, priming them for a massive performance.

 With a famously visceral live show, Twenty One Pilots appearance at Reading & Leeds 2016 looks set to be nothing short of mind blowing, especially in the wake of their November sold-out UK tour and their recent album Blurryface, which topped the Billboard Charts. 2015 has been a huge year for the guys and with another sold out tour under their belts in February and two nights at Madison Square Garden in the summer, 2016 is set to be another incredible year for this band and their performance at Reading & Leeds will definitely cement them as the most exciting band around right now.

Slaves embody some of the emerging talent on offer at the festival, moving into a bigger slot after storming their performance this year, not to mention their Mercury Prize nomination earlier this month. Slaves commented: It's always a pleasure to play at Reading and Leeds and it's an honour to be invited back to play again in 2016. The crowds have been good to us and we are always very grateful. The line up is always a gooden and we're looking forward to being part of it and taking things up another level this time. See you there xxx


As the calendar turns to the final month of the year, BLOODSTOCK are excited to announce their Sunday night headliner for 2016! The very mighty SLAYER are set to close out the festival at Catton Park next August.

Having recently released their twelfth studio album, ‘Repentless’, which has been their most successful to date, SLAYER are on truly blistering form! Check out their brutal, yet epic video for ‘Repentless’, starring Machete star Danny Trejo:

Legendary SLAYER axeman, Kerry King comments; "I’m looking forward to heading back to Bloodstock, as always! Come party with SLAYER and watch us wreck the place!!"

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