Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

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:

For further information:

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,




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