Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison

Download 2018

ROCK LEGENDS GUNS N’ ROSES COMPLETE DOWNLOAD 2018 HEADLINERS ALONGSIDE OZZY OSBOURNE AND AVENGED SEVENFOLD AT THE UK’S PREMIER ROCK EVENT

Download Festival has today announced its final headliner as the legendary Guns N’ Roses, alongside the previously announced Ozzy Osbourne, and Avenged Sevenfold. The three day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at www.downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets .

On the road since April 2016 and over 100 shows later, the resurgent Guns N’ Roses are back and coming to Download Festival. Reuniting last year for the first time since 1993, the inimitable Axl Rose, guitar legend Slash and original bassist Duff McKagan, plus Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese, have been blowing audiences away worldwide on the aptly named Not In This Lifetime Tour, and will stop by Donington on the Saturday night for their first UK Festival appearance of the classic line up on legendary form after selling 1 million tickets across Europe in 2017 alone.

Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivalled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction, the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe.

Download Festival’s Promoter, Andy Copping said:
“It’s great to have this iconic line up of Guns N’ Roses headlining at Download. I am sure I am not alone when I say I have been wanting this to happen for years. It will be an incredible show and will be one of the highlights of the Download weekend!”

Earlier this week Download Festival revealed that The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will be headlining the Sunday night and one of the world’s biggest rock bands Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining the Friday night. Guns N’ Roses complete the 2018 line up and will headline the Saturday night.

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

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We’re excited to announce that WATAIN will bring their black metal ritual to headline Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage in a UK festival exclusive.  Frontman Erik Danielsson tells us, "Our last performance at BLOODSTOCK in 2012 was also the final date on the ‘Lawless Darkness’ tour.  The sun was setting while we played and the crowd was getting louder and wilder the darker it became.  A very charged atmosphere.  Eager now to return and see what the eventful years that have passed and the force accumulated since then has done to both us and the BLOODSTOCK crowd.  Furthermore, England is of course sacred ground when it comes to Metal in general, so when performing there, the stakes are always high.  May all those that doubt be impaled upon them."  Look out for the band’s long awaited sixth studio album arriving on 5th January 2018!

German power metallers, ORDEN OGAN also land a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Saturday.  The band released ‘Gunmen’, their fifth studio album, this summer via AFM Records.  Check out the video for ‘Gunman’ here and get a taster of what’s in store for their set in 2018 - https://youtu.be/JPm46Qgyn24.

Atlanta aggrotech outfit, COMBICHRIST also join the main stage bill for an early slot on Friday.  The band have been working on new music after the release of their eighth studio album, ‘This Is Where Death Begins’ which landed in 2016.  Check out the new track, ‘Broken:United’ at the following link - https://Combichrist.lnk.to/BrokenUnited.

Also landing an early main stage slot on Friday are British death/grind four-piece, MEMORIAM.  Combining ex-members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction, MEMORIAM’s pedigree is high.  The band of scene veterans are hard at work on the follow up to their debut, ‘For The Fallen’ released via Nuclear Blast earlier this year.  Check out ‘Reduced To Zero’ taken from that opus here - https://youtu.be/Nmucoieg2Lc.

BLOODSTOCK’s Rock Society tickets become available in the store on Halloween morning, 31st October at 9.00am!  The ‘Rock Society’ is effectively the festival’s ‘Members Club’, offering not only a 10% discount on your weekend ticket (on top of the early bird discount if you purchase the Rock Society membership + ticket bundle option), but all sorts of other cool benefits like priority signing tent access, a Rock Society laminate, access to the VIP Serpents Lair bar, a tour of the backstage & production areas to see ‘behind the scenes’, the chance to meet with the festival organisers, a dedicated hangout area in the Rock Society tent on site, a Rock Society Facebook community where you can make friends and get to know your fellow RockSoc members and plenty more besides.  Full details can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/rock-society.  Memberships are priced at £75, limited to 300 and sell out almost immediately, so don’t delay if you want to pick one up.

Also now in the store are tickets for our new VANAHEIM campervan field.  Due to increasing demand each year, we've made some site adjustments to allow for more pitches.  As such, the new VANAHEIM site is located across the road, directly adjacent to Serpents Lair VIP parking, allowing an increase in size to accommodate 240 campervans, as opposed to just 130.  Campervan pitches always sold through very rapidly, so this allows for more of our metal brethren to join the campervan club.  Tickets for campervan pitches will remain at this year's price of £60.  

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday night headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday headliners, NIGHTWISH already announced, along with EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER and NAILS, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.  

BLOODSTOCK’s first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets are now SOLD OUT!  The final allocation, the last batch of VIP deluxe packages and a limited amount of VIP upgrades priced at £145 (for those who’ve already bought ‘early bird’ tickets) will then become available on 16th December at 9am in the ticket store.  Mark your calendars and don't delay if you want to join us in 2018’s VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!

Standard weekend tickets are currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20!  In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone.  

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.  Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com

Bloodstock 2017 June Announcement

 

Not long now before the BLOODSTOCK faithful thunder onto the hallowed turf of Catton Park!  While you’re dusting off that tent and getting those cases of beer in, BLOODSTOCK HQ is announcing even more bands!!

Joining Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Denver-based thrash animals HAVOK.  The band recently released their fourth studio album, ‘Conformicide’ via Century Media.  Warm up your necks in anticipation to ‘Claiming Certainty’, taken from that CD - https://youtu.be/Hc9JYLOCyG4.  Also landing the opening slot on Saturday’s main stage are San Francisco tech death outfit, FALLUJAH.  Check out the video for ‘Abandon’, taken from their recently released Nuclear Blast album, ‘Dreamless’ - https://youtu.be/_uBXmb1TVxk.

Fleshing out the Sophie bill over the weekend are seven awesome bands.  Joining us on Friday will be Norwich thrashers SHRAPNEL (www.facebook.com/ShrapnelOfficial), Leicester metal five-piece INTERNAL CONFLICT (www.facebook.com/internalconflict), Yorkshire’s stoner blues squad, IRONRAT (www.facebook.com/ironrattheband) and London extremists, CORPSING (www.facebook.com/corpsingmetal) who feature members of Akercocke and Aghast.  Bringing their critically acclaimed noises on Saturday are heavy prog beasts OHHMS (www.facebook.com/OHHMStheband) and rounding out Sunday’s line up are British/Chilean thrash/death outfit, CRIMINAL (www.facebook.com/Criminal.Band) and purveyors of mammoth metal grooves, GRAVIL (www.facebook.com/gravil).

Phase two of our ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finalists are also locked down.  These lucky winners of regional heats land a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage...  On Friday, fans of Lamb of God, Fear Factory, & Whitechapel should be sure to catch Carlisle champions, SEEK SOLACE IN RUIN (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PYN-3cNtq0).  If Sylosis, Trivium, & Children of Bodom are more your thing, look out for Saltash heroes MANTRA (https://youtu.be/sk7_JuwS5v).  Also celebrating on Friday, are Leicester victors BLOODOATH (https://youtu.be/4_P0rG37WtE) and Wolverhampton top dogs ASHEN CROWN (http://www.facebook.com/ashencrown.uk), who are one for fans of Bolt Thrower & At The Gates.  Saturday brings Southern metal riffers TITAN BREED (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiT_OMkzmlA), who clinched first place in Glasgow, Gravesend winners INFECTED DEAD (https://youtu.be/hq0bMAFN3Io) with their polished blend of modern death metal and visceral brutality, and three-piece progsters SOLAR SONS (https://www.facebook.com/solarsonsofficial) who won the Inverness heat with their Rush/Budgie influences!  Joining them will be Cardiff conquerors MALUM SKY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFcEjrqDw3g), with their mix of progressive styles - think Periphery & Karnivool, but with a twist.  The kings of the Norwegian M2TM final are VORBID (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yemzlO_R8n8), and BLOODSTOCK is delighted to welcome their melodic/hard prog sounds to Sunday’s bill, sure to please everyone who digs a bit of Megadeth, Testament, & Annihilator, through to King Crimson, Rush, & Camel!

Planning your travel to BLOODSTOCK yet?  Need a lift or driving there and want cash for your empty seats?  BLOODSTOCK have teamed up with GOCARSHARE!  Register where you’re travelling to/from, or your route, and then wait for drivers/passengers to get in touch!  GOCARSHARE is integrated with Facebook, so you can check out your possible travel buddies and they encourage travellers to post feedback.  Plus you might even win a pair of tickets for next year!  For full details, head over to http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock.  Prefer to comeby coach?  BIG GREEN COACH have 21 departure cities directly to BLOODSTOCK in 2017, from all over the UK.  They’ll bring you, all your camping gear and beer supplies, and drop you hassle free right inside the festival grounds.  Visit http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.

Already announced for 2017 are our three headliners AMON AMARTH, GHOST, and MEGADETH, plus ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, KING 810, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, CHELSEA GRIN, MACABRE, INQUISITION, SCARAB, WINTERSUN, ONI, DENDERA, KROH, ABHORRENT DECIMATION, PUPPY, THE ONE HUNDRED, BOSSK, WINTERFYLLETH, LIONIZE, BLIND HAZE, ARTHEMIS, DEVILMENT and many more.  Yet more bands are still be announced!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.  Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  Can’t come for the whole weekend but can join in for a day?  Sign up at https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock for a heads up when day tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out!  VIP & camper van tickets are sold out.

Tech Fest 2017 Final Line up

NORTHLANE have been announced as the final headliners for this year's UK TECH-FEST.

Hot off the back of their latest album Mesmer, this will be NORTHLANE's second appearance in the UK over the festival season having performed on the main stage at Download Festival.

UK TECH-FEST are also pleased to announce Loki Films are a sponsor for the event, as well as confirming that Carillion Guitars will be sponsoring the main stage and ticket agents Gigantic are sponsoring the second stage.

Headlining Friday are THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Saturday headliners are TEXTURES and those with early bird tickets will witness CHELSEA GRIN headline on Thursday.

Full main event line-up so far:

The Black Dahlia Murder - UK EXCLUSIVE
Chelsea Grin – UK EXCLUSIVE
Textures - Final UK festival show
Obscura - UK EXCLUSIVE
Aborted
The Haarp Machine
Beyond Creation – UK EXCLUSIVE
Igorrr
The Arusha Accord
Hacktivist
Rolo Tomassi
Uneven Structure
Ingested
The Algorithm
Martyr Defiled
Humanities Last Breath - UK EXCLUSIVE
Oceans Ate Alaska
Exivious – UK EXCLUSIVE FINAL SHOW
Panzerballet UK EXCLUSIVE
Dyscarnate
Carcer City
Persefone
Drewsif Stalin
Exist Immortal
Sarah Longfield
Oni
Alaska
Virvum UK EXCLUSIVE
The Fine Constant
Red Seas Fire
Shattered Skies
The Colour Line
Maxi Curnow
Within Destruction
Aenimus
Toska
Ghost Iris
Harbinger
A Trust Unclean
Bear
James Norbert Ivanyi
Novena
The Royal
Valis Ablaze
Hieroglyph
The Parallax Method
Pteroglyph
Borders
Core Of IO
Dialects
FRCTRD
Sentience
Fraktions
Nycosia
Dream Waves

Accreditation for the festival is now open. To apply, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full weekend tickets currently available at a price of £79.99 + £20 Camping.
Purchase tickets here http://uktechfest.com/

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25TH-27TH AUGUST 2017, BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

LIAM GALLAGHER ANNOUNCED FOR

READING & LEEDS 2017

PVRIS, VINCE STAPLES, GOLDIE, BUGZY MALONE, JAPANDROIDS, MURA MASA, ONE OK ROCK, SUB FOCUS, DECLAN MCKENNA,

BLACK HONEY, KURUPT FM + OVER 90 MORE NAMES CONFIRMED

JOIN AN UNPARALLELED BILL OF GLOBAL SUPERSTARS AND

GAME-CHANGING SOUNDS OVER THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Already boasting a phenomenal line-up of indisputable headliners and the hottest voices in modern music, Reading & Leeds has announced even more names for this year’s festivals, taking place between 25 - 27 August 2017 at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds. Tickets are available here.
Rock ‘n’ roll legend and an unmistakable icon of music history, Liam Gallagher will be bringing his highly anticipated solo performance to Reading and Leeds in a UK Festival Exclusive. One of the most recognised figures in British music, his show will be an attitude filled performance fuelled with Oasis classics and tracks from his debut solo record; announcing the next huge step for the nation’s most unmissable frontman.


Undeniable alt-rock sensations PVRIS will be laying out their marker for the year ahead at Reading and Leeds, as they return to the stage ahead of their long-awaited sophomore record. After becoming the hottest name in emerging rock with the release of debut album White Noise in 2014, their electro-infused anthems have continued to resonate with an audience of devoted fans eager for their next chapter.


Long Beach trailblazer and Def Jam star, Vince Staples has become the definitive voice of rising hip-hop. Earning the respect of influential musical figures such as Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, and Gorillaz following his debut album Summertime 06, his eagerly awaited appearance at Reading and Leeds this summer is sure to be an unmissable coronation of future rap royalty.


From one generation to another, timeless drum and bass titan Goldie will make a very special stop at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals. A true innovator for a genre and a movement, Goldie transcends British culture, with classic LP Timeless still sounding as raw and captivating as it first did upon release in 1995. With a new album set for release, 2017 is the year Goldie returns with a bang, laid out in full colour at Reading & Leeds this summer.
With an incredible variety of genres and styles spread across the festival's six stages, Reading & Leeds is bursting with exciting names and defining sounds for 2017 and beyond.

MAIN STAGE
With huge headline performances set from the likes of Kasabian, Eminem and Muse, even more names have been confirmed for their standout moment in the sun on that iconic Reading & Leeds Main Stage. Along with the unmissable returns of Liam Gallagher and PVRIS, politically-charged garage rockers VANT will be making the step-up, following on from a festival-stopping set on last year’s Festival Republic Stage. With debut album Dumb Blood radiating unstoppable hits, expect their performance at this year’s festival to be a journey into unfiltered riffs in full glory. Grunge-tinged indie-pop pair Honeyblood will lay out tracks from second studio album Babes Never Die at the festivals, with LA blues rock duo Deap Vally will be bringing Femejism to both sites, and frenetic London quartet Judas heading back to the Main Stage after their sensational last-minute slot at Leeds last year.
Lynn Gunn, PVRIS:
“We are incredibly grateful to be performing again at Reading & Leeds. Our first experience at the festival was phenomenal and took us completely by surprise. We are excited to see what comes from it this time around and perhaps even play some new tunes *wink wink*”
Deap Vally;
"We can't wait to return to the R & L stage and show everyone how it's done”!
Judas;
"We feel totally honoured and privileged to be asked to open the main stage this year. We have been working so hard for so long and it's amazing to be rewarded with the chance to play the main stage at the best music festival in the U.K. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, see you in August! Let's have it"
Honeyblood
“Mega excited to be playing Reading and Leeds this year! It's such a legendary festival and it's an absolute dream come true be on the main stage.”

NME / RADIO ONE STAGE
Spilling with big names and rising favourites, including previously announced headliners You Me At Six, Flume and Haim, the NME/Radio One Stage has announced even more stand-out sets over the weekend. Monumental live performances will come from Mura Masa, the electronic maestro behind hits ‘Love$ick’ and ‘Firefly’. The highly acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist will reign over Reading and Leeds with thundering beats and a set that promises to point towards one of the most exciting artists in the world. Bass-giant Sub Focus is set to up the ante with an unmissable live set of eclectic dance, having released new material Lingua earlier this year.
Having made a name for herself through collaborations with Rudimental, Sean Paul and Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie is set to bring her mellifluous melodies and infectious synth lines to the festival. Teenage singer-songwriter extraordinaire Declan McKenna is another new name on the bill who is most definitely primed for big things over the year ahead. Possessing a live show that lights up packed venues and TV screens wherever he goes, and with a debut album out this summer, Declan McKenna’s moment is here and Reading and Leeds is the place to be to witness it all.
Chicago’s The Orwells will be packing out their muscular riffs and catchy refrains for an unpredictable appearance this year, along with Marika Hackman, whose hotly tipped new album I’m Not Your Man is set to drop this summer, full of distinct melodies and a bolder new sound. Expect it to go down a treat when Marika Hackman steps up to the Reading & Leeds stage this summer.
Brighton geek-rockers The Magic Gang, melancholy indie scuzz three piece Blaenavon and Australia's psych-pop groovers Pond are also lined up for stunning moments over the weekend, while further additions King No-One, SG Lewis, Mutemath and X Ambassadors all add to making the NME/Radio One Stage a not to be missed musical destination throughout the festival.


Declan McKenna;
“Reading & Leeds is definitely going to be a highlight of the year for me. Am so excited to finally be playing at a festival I love so much and have been to so many times.”
Zach Lount, King No One;
"Reading and Leeds is such an amazing platform to spread who we are and drive our message of equality to more and more people. We can't wait to share our biggest moment”


FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
With headliners Bear’s Den, The Black Lips and The Hunna already primed for rapturous sets - the Festival Republic Stage is once again overflowing with future stars and acts possessing that special something that’ll take them to a whole new level. These include renowned garage rock heroes Japandroids, who returned earlier this year with acclaimed new album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life packed full of the shout-along hooks that have packed venues across the globe. 90s guitar riffers Ash are primed for a return to the festivals with a catalogue of indisputable hits at their disposal, while the transcendent grooves of US ambient-electro force Cigarettes After Sex are sure to be a highlight of the festival weekend.
Dazzling with a who’s who of names destined to burst into record collections over the next 12 months, the stage will play host to the likes of Aussie dance-psych kings Jagwar Ma with their infectious cuts from latest LP Every Now & Then, trailblazing indie-noir heroes Black Honey, glacial electro swooner The Japanese House, all-encompassing cinematic dreamers Pumarosa, modern pop tilter Bishop Briggs and Danish eruptive-pop trio Off Bloom amongst others.
After releasing their acclaimed debut About U, MUNA will make their first appearance at the festivals - promising a powerhouse show full of lush harmonies and potent pop perfection. They’ll be joined across the weekend by vibrant guitar-pop gang The Big Moon, sun-soaked pop prince Will Joseph Cook, US garage rock kickers The Districts, Dirty Hit two piece Superfood, Sydney duo Vallis Alps, distinct bassline pointer Cosima, blistering indie upstarts Paris Youth Foundation and the blues-fuelled highs of Ten Tonnes for landmark moments at every turn.
With further sets confirmed from Barns Courtney (Reading Only), LA creator Mondo Cozmo and electric pop swaggers OUTLYA - the Festival Republic Stage is a must-see look at the future of music and the world’s next favourite acts.


Tim Wheeler, Ash;
"We’re very proud to announce an historic 10th appearance for Ash at the Reading festival. We first performed there in 1995 and our shows at the festival stand among our favourite shows that we’ve ever played, it’s always been a highlight of each year we’ve done it. Somewhere along the way we were promised a statue upon reaching our 10th appearance, so we’re looking forward to the grand unveiling in August!"
Black Honey;
"We've been going to Reading and Leeds since we were little, it's where I crowd surfed for the first time and fell in love with music, it feels so fucking good to be back on the other side of the barrier again this year"
Barns Courtney
“Looking forward to making my debut appearance at one of my fave UK festivals which was the 1st one I ever a went to as a kid! Looking forward to rocking your little socks off Reading and thanks for the invite”


THE PIT/LOCK-UP STAGE

Bringing together the hottest names from every inch of the rock world, The Pit/Lock-Up Stage is set to play host to the most genre-defining sets of the weekend as Japanese leaders ONE OK ROCK, riotous live favourites Gnarwolves, riff masters Arcane Roots, high-octane lo-fi duo PWR BTTM and American heavyweights Breaking Benjamin will storm the coveted rock spotlight.
French electro-doom bringer Carpenter Brut, bass-heavy Bristol natives Turbowolf, and grime-punk new bloods Astroid Boys promise to redefine the very meaning of blistering festival performances, whilst Boston Manor, Defeater, VUKOVI, God Damn, WSTR, and Viagra Boys are destined to steal the stage with their raw punk behaviour.
In a seismic billing of alternative power, critically acclaimed Zeal & Ardor are set to bring anthemic black metal to the stage as hotly tipped acts Palisades and Casey reinforce the unapologetic intensity of The Pit/Lock-Up Stage. A monumental mix of fierce acts including Tigers Jaw, Big Jesus, Tired Lion, Culture Abuse, Muncie Girls, TIGERCUB, SLØTFACE, RavenEye, Freak and LIFE promise to take 2017 to another level.


Andrew Groves, Arcane Roots;
Playing the esteemed Reading & Leeds Festival last year was one of the highlights of our career, so to be asked to play again this year, with a new album on the way and an ambitious new sound, is both an honour and a opportunity to unveil what we've only teased at so far. Reading & Leeds has always felt like a proving ground to us, and we'll be certain to bring something special with the likes of Billy Talent shortly after us.
Thom Weeks, Gnarwolves;
"We're very excited to be playing Reading and Leeds this year. It'll be our 4th time at Reading and we get to play on the stage we first played on 4 years ago! I spent my teenage years at Reading, watching bands like Thursday and Sick Of It All, so getting to play is like living out a teenage fantasy...4 times!"
Ben Hopkins, PWR BTTM;
"My mind is completely blown that we are going to be playing Reading and Leeds where so many incredible bands have played for so many years. I just hope my outfit looks good!!!”
Lande Hekt, Muncie Girls:
“We're so exciting to go back to Reading and Leeds this year. Last time Eminem played, Dido made a surprise appearance and amongst the thousands of shocked fans, there wasn't a dry eye to be seen. We can only hope for the same this year. Also the Lock Up stage is amazing. What a way to end our summer!”
Sløtface;
"Just thinking of the fact that we'll be on the same poster as Kasabian, Charli XCX, At The Drive In and Eminem is really exciting. We love the festival life in the UK and this is the biggest UK festival we've ever done, so this has to be amazing.”


BBC 1XTRA STAGE
Promising to be one of the most exciting stages of the weekend, the BBC 1Xtra Stage welcomes Manchester’s finest Bugzy Malone. The northern Grime wordsmith’s credentials remain unchallenged with genre-defining E.P’s Walk With Me and Facing Time entering the UK Album Chart Top Ten. With videos of his flawless freestyles and music videos racking up over 90 million views; it’s no surprise he returns to Reading and Leeds as the stage’s final headliner.
New additions today include London’s grime queen, Stefflon Don, explosive American rapper Vince Staples, the hotly tipped West London MC AJ Tracey, MOBO Award Winner Abra Cadabra, and one of America’s most exciting hip-hop artists and producers, Russ.
Lord of The Mics legend, P Money will take to the BBC 1Xtra Stage, whilst Dante Jones and Drew Love appear as R&B success story, THEY. Critically acclaimed Canadian DJ Lunice will be bringing his highly anticipated mix of hip-hop, breakbeat and trap to the festival alongside hip-hop polymath Akala, freestyle master Big Tobz and grime young blood Jaykae. In addition to these incredible names, DJ Semtex (Reading only), Not3s, Bossman Birdie, A2, and Monster Florence also join the line-up, making for the most exciting BBC 1Xtra Stage billing to date.
Bugzy Malone;
"I cannot wait to get back on stage at Reading and Leeds. It will be my third year in a row and I'm so gassed to be headlining the BBC 1Xtra stage. I've got a few surprises planned, so make sure you get there early."
P Money;
"Glad to be back! Third time is always the best time! Grime in full effect"
DJ Semtex
"The raw energy and excitement of the crowd that Reading and Leeds festival attracts is unrivalled. They demand the hardest, pounding abrasive sounds, and I love that. For me this is the event of the year."


BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
With Goldie announced today, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage packs the biggest electro line up of the summer, with new additions today including radio icon and contemporary tastemaker Mistajam. A gatekeeper to the most exciting music of the present day, he’ll take to the coveted stage alongside Brentford’s finest pirate radio DJ crew Kurupt FM, live beat-maker and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones, and garage sound-system stars Heartless Crew. With Delta Heavy, Monki, and Hospital Records’ own Metrik also confirmed for moments across the weekend, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will once again provide an exciting soundtrack to the bank holiday weekend.

Already soaked in unmistakable dance royalty, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be full of electronic boundary-pushers throughout the weekend, including seismic blending from South London’s prodigal beat maker Jacob Plant, garage pioneers Dreem Teem, homegrown house producer Kideko and a Fabric favourites B2B set from Loadstar and Matrix & Futurebound. Also added today and set to provide a fitting summer soundtrack is LANY, the alt-pop trio known for their sunset haze sound, Alma, who will be on hand with her tropical house beats and powerhouse vocals, and indie-pop charmers HAUS.
With over 90 names added today, Reading & Leeds 2017 boasts the biggest names, sounds and festival moments for yet another unmissable year.
Jacob Plant;
"I can't wait to play R&L this year! It's hands down my favourite festival to play in the world. This will be my 4th time playing and every year gets bigger and better!"
Loadstar;
'We are delighted to be playing at Reading & Leeds festival this year, its definitely one of those festival's we've always dreamt of playing and to be part of the massive line up for the R1 dance stage is huge honour...see you there!'

Tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2017 are on sale now
Instalment plan available now with an initial payment of £50 (Plus booking fee)
Weekend Camping Tickets - £205 (Plus booking fee)
Day Tickets - £65 - Reading Saturday Sold Out
Early entry Pass - £20
Campervan Pass - £75
Seat of Luxury - £35 - Reading Sold Out
Lockers - £20
Reading Car Park - £10
Mobile Charging - £20

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ROCKINGHAM FESTIVAL 2017 ADDS JOHN PARR TO FRIDAY LINE-UP

The sensational melodic rock star John Parr has been added to the Rockingham Festival Friday Line-up! Best known for his 1985 US number one hit single "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" and in 1984 for his US number one rock single "Naughty Naughty." John Parr has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and has written and performed 12 Hollywood movie themes, including for Three Men and a Baby, Near Dark, and The Running Man. He was nominated for a Grammy award for "St Elmo's Fire" in 1985.

This will definitely be a set to remember, playing with a full band on the night, be sure not to miss this one!

For more details click on the link. Rockingham Festival 2017

Rockingham Poster May 2017

Amplified Festival Final May 2017
Phil Campbell confirmed for Amplified Festival + exclusive custom 'Iron Man' Harley-Davidson to be won in prize draw
 
Amplified Open Air Festival has confirmed its final line-up with the announcement that legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and his band The Bastard Sons will headline the Red Stripe Main Stage on Saturday night, 22nd July 2017. The group joins other stage headline acts including Puddle Of Mudd, Reef, Acid Reign, Diamond Head, Evil Scarecrow, Raging Speedhorn, Astroid Boys and Milk Teeth.
 
"It's great to be headlining this brand new festival showcasing the best in U.K. Rock and Metal. See you guys there!" – Phil Campbell
 
Amplified is also excited to announce that they will be giving away in conjunction with Blade Harley-Davidson, Cheltenham a unique one-off motorcycle to one lucky ticket holder at this year's festival. The 'Iron Man' themed Sportster XL833N custom built for the Harley Davidson 'Battle Of The Kings' event with paint livery by Reborn To Be Wild along with the special blue light-up Iron Man chest piece could be yours.
 
At a cost value of £10,000 with an approximate £2,000 worth of customisation, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A UNIQUE ONE-OFF! 
 
Full details about this amazing opportunity plus terms and conditions can be found at www.amplifiedrocks.com. The winner will be announced on the main stage on Sunday 23rd July 2017.
 
Tickets on sale now:
 
Adult weekend £80 (includes camping and free parking)
VIP weekend £125 (includes camping and free parking + backstage access)
Day tickets £45
Discounted group saver offers are also available
 

Bloodstock May 2017

As Spring creeps into Summer, BLOODSTOCK HQ is a hive of activity.  The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best BLOODSTOCK yet!  Here’s ten more bands for starters...

BLOODSTOCK is delighted to now reveal that nefarious Nuclear Blast group DEVILMENT will join the bill at Catton Park this Summer.  Featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, catch the band on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday. DEVILMENT declare, “Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check DEVILMENT out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!”  If you’re not a loyal disciple already, get to grips with their most recent album, ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’, via their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/devilmentcorps/ and watch the video for ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ - https://youtu.be/tQbZ-tQycEY.

Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own BATTLE BEAST!  With ferocious riffs galore, BATTLE BEAST are both heavy AND metal, perfect for opening night party shenanigans!  Bassist Eero comments, “We're psyched to be taking on BLOODSTOCK for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this Spring, and it's really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!”  Check out the video for ‘Bringer Of Pain’, the title track from their most recent album, at: https://youtu.be/pBpv_pcUEIQ.

BLOODSTOCK can also announce the first batch of additions from the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals!  Friday welcomes Coventry winners DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies (https://www.facebook.com/devil.playground) and modern metalheads MERITHIAN, who took top prize in the Swindon heat (https://www.facebook.com/MerithianOfficial).  Check out their lyric video for ‘Grow’ at: https://youtu.be/vnsGwZTJMgk.  Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors ENSLAVEMENT (https://www.facebook.com/EnslavementUK), influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, & Devourment.  On Saturday, Sheffield champions BA’AL add their blackened doom (www.facebook.com/baalsheff) plus Dublin’s top dogs ZHORA bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary (https://www.facebook.com/zhOramusic/).  Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters MIST roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays (www.facebook.com/mist.doom).  Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, & Pentagram - hear it in ‘Phobia’ at: https://youtu.be/u7QwIwGk28w.  CD application conquerors HEATHEN DEITY join Sunday from the Midlands (https://www.facebook.com/heathendeityofficial).  Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’ at https://youtu.be/414Y6aG-RUo.  Last but not least, melodic death metallers SHROUDED also join Sunday’s bill (https://www.facebook.com/shroudedband), havingclinched first place in Belfast’s final.

Planning your travel to BLOODSTOCK yet?  Need a lift or driving there and want cash for your empty seats?  BLOODSTOCK have teamed up with GOCARSHARE again so you can rock out and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.  Register where you’re travelling to/from, or your route, and then wait for drivers/passengers to get in touch!  GOCARSHARE is integrated with Facebook, so you can check out your possible travel buddies and they encourage travellers to post feedback.  Plus you might even win a pair of tickets for next year!  For full details, head over to http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock.  Prefer to comeby coach?  BIG GREEN COACH have 21 departure cities directly to BLOODSTOCK in 2017, from all over the UK.  They’ll bring you, all your camping gear and beer supplies, and drop you hassle free right inside the festival grounds.  Visit http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.

Already announced for 2017 are our three headliners AMON AMARTH, GHOST, and MEGADETH, plus ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, KING 810, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, CHELSEA GRIN, MACABRE, INQUISITION, SCARAB, WINTERSUN, ONI, DENDERA, KROH, ABHORRENT DECIMATION, COURTESANS, WRETCHED SOUL, BOSSK, WINTERFYLLETH, GODS, BLIND HAZE, ARTHEMIS, SEASON’S END, BLIND RIVER, ENDEAVOUR, BLAAKYUM, DAKESIS, NORDJEVEL, TORQUED, BLACK MOTH, MANTAR, WOLFHEART, LIONIZE and BROKEN TEETH.  Many more are still be announced!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.  Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  Can’t come for the whole weekend but can join in for a day?  Sign up at https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock for a heads up when day tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out!  VIP & camper van tickets are sold out.

       Download Dog

9-11 JUNE 2017

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 20 BANDS

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, CODE ORANGE, MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA, SIKTH, SUICIDE SILENCE, KROKODIL AND MORE JOIN STELLAR LINE UP

PERTURBATOR ANNOUNCED AS FINAL DOGTOOTH STAGE HEADLINER

KERRANG! FRESH BLOOD TO HOST THE AVALANCHE STAGE

www.downloadfestival.co.uk

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event has announced another plethora of bands, from legends and new talent alike, including Devin Townsend Project, Suicide Silence, Code Orange and many more. Download Festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale here.

New to 2017, The Avalanche Stage shines a spotlight on everyone from the biggest global acts, to the latest breaking bands. Headlined by the previously announced Sleeping With SirensSimple Plan and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the Avalanche Stage will be hosted by new music champions, Kerrang’s Fresh Blood.

 

Alex Baker, presenter of Fresh Blood on Kerrang! Radio said:

“Right now, there is an undeniable, electric excitement about new music in the air and as soon as we saw the new Avalanche Stage we just had to be involved. It was clear from the get-go that one of The Avalanche Stage’s aims was to ensure that there was a dedicated space for these new bands within the festival. Download has always been amazing at supporting new talent and I’ve always admired them for that – so it was a no brainer to get as involved as much as humanely possible!”

Metal behemoth, Devin Townsend Project will be making their welcomed return to Download Festival, featuring living legend and ex Strapping Young Lad frontman, Devin Townsend. 

On playing the festival, Devin said: "Download! Amidst a crazy year, we have been invited to play at one of my favourite festivals in the world. The band is rocking better than ever, and we are fired up to have some fun with you guys. We look forward to blowing the roof off the place. See you there!"

The hottest name in hardcore, Code Orange are torchbearers for their genre and will excite festival goers with a crushing set. Twenty years on from the release of ground-breaking album Roots, Max & Iggor Cavalera reunite to perform the seminal record in its entirety to the Download crowd.

Having influenced heavy music with their rapid twin vocal and tech metal, groove masters SikTh will bring the Main Stage mosh pit to life. Deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence are back with tracks from their eponymous fifth album and are set todeliver an incomparably powerful live set at Donington this summer. Joining them are unmissable supergroup elite, Krokodil who are set to impress with their immensely forceful metal, and UK stoner rock legends, Orange Goblin with their heavy hammer, steel toed riffs and fistfuls of attitude.

Renowned for his wild live shows and fiercely loyal fan base, Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly has received waves of critical and commercial success with sophomore album General Admission, which he’ll be bringing in abundance to Download this June. Aussie rock heroes Sick Puppies will serve up their tooth rattling rock and hard hitting hooks that will send the Download crowd wild. Led by the incredible Johnny Hawkins, San Antonio rockers Nothing More have cemented themselves in the top echelons of modern rock and will be bringing their ferocious live performance to Donington.

Having previously supported Iron Maiden, metalcore outfit The Raven Age stride between melody and brute force, and will be returning to Download for another epic performance. They’ll be joined by tour de force of energy, Yonaka, and country rock n’ rollers Blackwater Conspiracy.

The dark and volatile Perturbator completes the trio of Dogtooth Stage headliners alongside the previously announced Exodus and Wednesday 13. Prepare to be lost in his technoir, dark synthwave as he closes the Dogtooth Stage for 2017. Dublin’s grunge pop rockers OTHERKIN will riff their way through infectious songs with a raucous energy, whilst London five piece, Drones will be out to deliver a barrage of hardcore punk for the Download Festival audience.

Having supported the likes of rock legends Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm, The Fallen State will bring soulful vocals and unapologetic rock to Donington. Expect a distinctive mix of pop, punk and new wave from London/LA duo Love Zombies, chaotic and energetic indie punk from Blackwaters, gritty modern blues fuelled rock from Bristol natives Tax The Heat and soulful rock n’ roll from Nashville’s Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts rock icons to its Main Stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its Main Stage.

ANNOUNCED TODAY

Blackwater Conspiracy

Blackwaters

Code Orange

Devin Townsend Project

Drones

Krokodil

Love Zombies

Machine Gun Kelly

Max & IGgor CAVALERA

Nothing More

Orange Goblin

Otherkin

Pertubator

Sick Puppies

Sikth

Suicide Silence

Tax The Heat

THE Fallen State

The Raven Age

TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN

Yonaka

Sunday, 02 April 2017 10:36

More bands announced for SLAM DUNK 2017

THE GOSPEL YOUTH, OCEAN GROVE, VUKOVI, AREA 11, SYLAR, HOMEBOUND, CASEY AND MAKEOUT ANNOUNCED FOR SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2017

 

JOINING HEADLINERS ENTER SHIKARI PLUS BEARTOOTH, NECK DEEP, TONIGHT ALIVE, DON BROCO, AGAINST ME! AND MANY MORE ACROSS THE FESTIVAL

 

MORE ACTS AND 6 MORE STAGE SPLITS STILL TO BE REVEALED

 

**SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH - SOLD OUT**
 

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL MIDLANDS - SATURDAY 27TH MAY - BIRMINGHAM, NEC

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL NORTH - SUNDAY 28TH MAY - LEEDS, CITY CENTRE

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29TH MAY - HATFIELD, THE FORUM

 

With a line-up drawing to near completion, UK’s most celebrated pop-punk festival is delighted to add The Gospel Youth, Ocean Grove, Vukovi, Area 11, Sylar, Homebound, Casey and Makeout to the incredible 2017 bill. These incredible acts are set to perform on the new Breakout Stage, curated by Rock Sound Magazine at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Keep an eye on the Rock Sound socials for your chance to play the festival!

Hailing from Brighton, treasured quartet The Gospel Youth are made from of members of past British pop-punk bands, poignant lyrics, driving guitars, all led by the soaring vocals. Recently signed to Rise Records and set to release a new album later this year, The Gospel Youth are certainly ones to watch. Also appearing on the Breakout Stage are Australian nu-metallers Ocean Grove. Armed with heavy bass and influenced by the presence of electronic producer, Running Touch, Ocean Grove are set to breath life into nu-metal as the leading light for a new generation. Experimental Scottish rockers Vukovi, whorecently won hearts the hearts of many with the release of their blistering self-titled debut album will also be joining this exciting wave of new acts.

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