UK TECH-FEST is back in 2018 with THE ACACIA STRAIN (EU exclusive), THE CONTORTIONIST, plus 17 more bands

UK TECH-FEST has announced its first wave of bands for 2018, promising once again to be the UK’s premiere showcase of cutting-edge global metal.

Taking over the Newark Showground, UK TECH-FEST will be held from 5 to 8 July 2018.

The first wave of bands includes US deathcore titans THE ACACIA STRAIN (EU Exclusive) , rising prog rockers THE CONTORTIONIST and the long awaited return of Japanese tech-metallers CYCLAMEN.

Also announced are AMOGH SYMPHONY, VOLA, DVSR (EU exclusive debut), JINJER, VOYAGER, TIDES FROM NEBULA, CRYSTAL LAKE, BLOODSHOT DAWN, RISHABH SEEN (EU exclusive debut), THE SURREALIST, DAMNED SPRING FRAGRANTIA, SCHIERMANN, SIAMESE, STÖMB, LEECHED and YOU WIN AGAIN GRAVITY.

Sponsors this year are: Zilla Cabs, Carillion Guitars, Double Slit Guitars, Strandberg Guitars, Moomin Merchandise, Hands On Printing, Mapex Drums, D’Addario UK, Hold Tight! PR, RAWAS , OHMZ Sound Services, Stay Close Clothing, Bandit Banners, Tired Moon, Loki Films, JWA Creative and Waghorn Guitars.

UK TECH-FEST 2018 kicks off with one of its most diverse line-ups to date, and with another 40 bands to be announced, it promises to be another brutally cerebral edition.

Weekend tickets currently available at an early bird price of £69.99 + £20 Camping.

 

Checkout tickets right here http://uktechfest.com/ 

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GOOD CHARLOTTE REVEALED AS SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL’S JOINT-HEADLINER WITH JIMMY EAT WORLD

PVRIS, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES, CREEPER, THURSDAY (UK REUNION SHOW EXCLUSIVE), EVERY TIME I DIE, CROWN THE EMPIRE, REAL FRIENDS & KNUCKLE PUCK ALSO ANNOUNCED

SET TO JOIN JIMMY EAT WORLD, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, FOUR YEAR STRONG, STATE CHAMPS AND TRASH BOAT

MANY MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ACROSS 8 STAGES

Slam Dunk 2018

One of 2017’s most guarded secrets can now be revealed… Slam Dunk Festival will have not one, but two major headline artists! Pop-punk titans Good Charlotte will be joining the previously announced emo-rock legends Jimmy Eat World. Their co-headline performance is set to be a defining moment for the festival as it marks the Slam Dunk Festival debut of both show-stopping artists.

This ground-breaking line-up news will also see PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Creeper, Thursday, Every Time I Die, Knuckle Puck, Crown The Empire and Real Friends, perform momental live sets over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

From bursting into the public consciousness with their chart-conquering pop punk through to becoming true kings of their genre via stints on MTV and six huge studio albums, few bands have had the staying power of Good Charlotte. Lead by the Madden brothers Benji and Joel, the multi-platinum stars will be at Slam Dunk to prove exactly why they’ve stayed at the top of their game over the past two decades.

Few bands have had the stratospheric rise of Massachusetts three piece PVRIS. Since their inception in 2012 they’ve gone from strength to strength and garnered a legion of fans in the process. Next year they’ll bring their signature anthemic rock, as found on this year’s acclaimed full length ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’, to Hatfield, Leeds and Birmingham for a show that’s not to be missed. They last played the festival in 2015, after which being originally booked for the new bands stage were upgraded to the main stage due to their sudden rise in popularity. Now they return in 2018 to be one of the festival’s biggest artists.

One of the most incendiary live acts on the planet, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are a band born to reach staggering heights. After standing as one of the most recognisable voices in modern British rock over the past decade, Frank and his Rattlesnakes have had a mammoth rise over the past 18 months – releasing two vastly acclaimed albums, capturing festival audiences with sets of the weekends and culminating in their biggest headline show to date at London’s Brixton Academy. Witness the revolution first hand when they take the stage at Slam Dunk 2018.
Frank Carter says:
‘I cannot wait to play Slam Dunk – this has been an incredible couple of years for us, and I can’t think of a better way to start our festival season in 2018 than showing up and absolutely dominating at Slam Dunk. Get ready – we’ll see you in the Snake pit!’
A phenomenon not seen for many a-year, Creeper are the hottest name in alternative music. The release of their debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ captured the mysterious yet anthemic heights that they’ve been promising since they first emerged on the scene. Lead from the charismatic figure of frontman Will Gould, Creeper aren’t just set to break through but takeover British alternative music – and Slam Dunk 2018 is bound to be another insatiable introduction to the special world they’re forming
Creeper say:
“It is with great excitement that we can announce today that we will be returning to Slam Dunk festival in 2018. Slam Dunk is always such an important event for our scene each year, and it is an incredible privilege to be playing the main stage. See you all there!”
After seven years away, Thursday will return to the UK in 2018, with Slam Dunk Festival the only place to catch one of the most hotly-anticipated reunions in alt-rock history. Lead by the inimitable presence of frontman Geoff Rickly, Thursday reached out and touched at the hearts and minds of a generation – with records like ‘Full Collapse’ and ‘War All The Time’ still heralded as some of the most influential snapshots in time that the genre has ever seen. After time spent apart, and a feverish demand for their return – Slam Dunk 2018 is primed for a truly special moment as Thursday finally return to prove just why they sit in a class of their own. Having having played the very first Slam Dunk Festival in 2007, it is indeed a momentous welcome back!
Geoff Rickly of Thursday says:
“From the very first moment Thursday started playing shows again, we began to ask each other, ‘How can we get back to the UK?!’ Well, we have finally found a way.  We’re very happy to be joining some of our oldest friends at Slam Dunk and we have a bunch of surprises still in store.  See you soon.  Stay tuned. “

 

After last playing Slam Dunk in 2016, metalcore titans Every Time I Die can’t stay away and have promised more chaos in the moshpit than ever before. The Buffalo hardcore heavyweights have gained vast recognition on this year’s UK tour run, selling out the likes of KOKO, receiving 5Ks and delivering a visceral display of their force. Their performance will be an unmissable part of Slam Dunk 2018.
Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die says:
“We’ve played just about every festival there is, indoor and out, and when the only complaint you have of Slam Dunk is: there are too many good bands playing to see all the ones you want, you know you’re a part of something great. we’re comin back and we’re bringing the heat. don’t miss it.”  
Joining these incredible names will be Crown The Empire, Real Friends and Knuckle Puck, all of which are set to return to the festival after memorable performances in 2014 and 2015. All three acts are set to serve up the perfect combination of anthemic metalcore complete with razor-sharp riffs, energetic post-emo choruses and classic pop-punk with an Illinois twist,  May is set to deliver the best Slam Dunk Festival to date!
Kevin Maida of Knuckle Puck says:
“We’re pumped to come back to the UK, let alone to play Slam Dunk for a second time. The first Slam Dunk we played was one of the best experiences we had overseas and we’re excited to make some new memories.”

After its most successful year to date in 2017, Slam Dunk Festival has been crowned the Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards! The news comes after the first huge names were announced for 2018, along with details of an expanded and new site for Slam Dunk South at Hatfield Park.

Over double the size of the previous location, Hatfield Park is located in the grounds of Hatfield House and situated directly opposite Hatfield train station, making it even more accessible and accommodating for festival goers wishing to revel in Slam Dunk Festival’s alternative extravaganza.

Festival Director, Ben Ray comments:
“I’m very happy to win this award of course. The event that we put on is very unique, with each of the 3 metropolitan sites offering something different….The fenced off festival site built in a city centre in Leeds, the only multistage music festival to be held on the NEC complex and I’m glad after 8 years on the university campus in Hatfield we could win the award for them the final time there.”

Slam Dunk Festival 2018 will begin in its spiritual home of Leeds, Millennium Square, before travelling to the new location of Hatfield Park, and finishing at the beloved Birmingham NEC.

Bloodstock give us an early Christmas present!

BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce another four bands for their August 2018 metal weekender.

Joining Friday’s main stage bill are crossover thrash legends SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, who play BLOODSTOCK for the first time in their storied 38-year career.  The revered band’s twelfth studio album, ‘World Gone Mad’ landed last year, featuring ex-Slayer drum icon, Dave Lombardo at the kit.  Check out the band’s video for ‘Living For Life’, a track taken from that album, here – https://youtu.be/AYrxR3_z0x4.  We certainly expect Mike Muir & co will be giving DEVILDRIVER a run for their money on the circle pit front!

Also landing a debut slot on the bill is the Duke of Spook, WEDNESDAY 13.  Channelling shades of two previous BOA headliners, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, WEDNESDAY and his band are set to bring some schlocky horror fun to Friday’s main stage.  Check out the video for ‘Blood Sick’ taken from his current ‘Condolences’ album, out now via Nuclear Blast – https://youtu.be/Avtk3Z1UXvQ.

Florida symphonic/power metallers KAMELOT join Friday’s main stage line up.  The Tampa-based band are hard at work on the follow-up to their 2015 album, ‘Haven’.  Check out their video for ‘Liar Liar’ from the album here, featuring a guest vocal slot from Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz – https://youtu.be/VDLZ6Mqy7AM.  The ‘Haven’ album also incidentally features a guest appearance from another BLOODSTOCK favourite, Delain’s Charlotte Wessels.

Classic rock luminaries MR BIG also make their BLOODSTOCK debut on Sunday’s main stage, marking 30 years since the band’s inception.  Earlier this summer, Frontiers Music released MR BIG’s ninth studio album ‘Defying Gravity’ which saw the acclaimed musicians reunited with producer Kevin Elson for the first time in 21 years.  Remind yourself of 1992’s giant #1 hit in 15 countries, ‘To Be With You’ at https://youtu.be/L6-uJLteKek and then check out new track ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’ at: https://youtu.be/k2XbrucOnC8. ]

Check out the new festival trailer here – https://youtu.be/gul1PHqhQ8E.

Maybe you joined in with BLOODSTOCK’s 12 Days Of Christmas Facebook competition last year?  This year, BLOODSTOCK have decided to ramp up the advent action for twice as many festive treats.  Make sure you visit BLOODSTOCK’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bloodstock every day right up to Christmas, to chance your luck at winning a prize.

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, plus EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, NAILS, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.

Our Early Bird discounted ticket allocation sold out in record time this year.  Standard weekend tickets are now available priced at £145 for four days of metal fun, so grab yours now at the ticket store!  A small handful of camper van pitches are still available.  Also selling out in record time was BLOODSTOCK’s first wave of 2018 Serpents Lair VIP tickets.  The second & final wave of VIP tickets, including a limited number of deluxe VIP packages and a limited amount of VIP upgrades priced at £145 (for those who bought ‘early bird’ tickets) will become available at 9.00am on 16th December.  Mark your calendars and don’t delay if you want to join us in 2018’s VIP Serpents Lair!

If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets will not go on sale until next summer.  Register your day ticket interest here – https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.

PEACE, CIRCA WAVES + THE HORRORS LEAD FIRST NAMES FOR LIVE AT LEEDS 2018

PALE WAVES, BLAENAVON, SPRING KING, LEWIS CAPALDI, BRITISH SEA POWER, TOM WALKER, ANTEROS, BLOXX,

SAM FENDER, WILL HEARD, NAAZ, WHENYOUNG, SUZI WU,

HEY CHARLIE, NICK J.D. HODGSON

+ MANY MORE CONFIRMED TO TAKE-OVER LEEDS CITY CENTRE

 

THE FIRST PLACE TO HEAR THE ESSENTIAL SOUNDS OF 2018 SATURDAY MAY 5TH 2018

http://liveatleeds.com/

After the sold-out success of 2017, Live At Leeds is set to return on May 5th 2018 once again bringing the most exciting names and sounds to the city for a true coming together of the best in new music.

The starting gates of the summer festival season, Live At Leeds has become a go-to destination to see the artists that’ll be making their mark in the months and years ahead. Guaranteed to provide festival-goers their next favourite band, the multi-venue event has previously played host to the likes of The 1975, Bastille, James Blake, Years & Years, Rudimental, Stormzy, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and more on their way to global acclaim.

Leading the way in 2018 are some of the most exciting British bands of recent times, continuing their unprecedented journeys to the top. Peace are a true revolution, taking 90s soaked guitar-pop to glorious heights each and every time they step on stage. Since emerging out of the B-Town scene in Birmingham, they’ve played some of the biggest stages in the world, capturing the sound of a generation with debut album ‘In Love’ and then again on follow-up ‘Happy People’. Signalling their hotly anticipated return in 2018, expect their set at Live At Leeds to be an eruptive call to arms of where the revolution goes next.

Returning with a bang, Circa Waves are a band born for those moments when thousands sing along and throw themselves into every note. Lead by the dynamic Kieran Shuddall, second album ‘Different Creatures’ landed earlier this year, laying down their ambitions with a dangerous and powerful collection of tracks that signalled their next step. With favourites such as ‘T-Shirt Weather’, ‘Wake Up’, ‘Stuck In My Teeth’, ‘Fire That Burns’ and ‘Young Chasers’ bound to go off in fevered frenzy, the indie-kings will be proving their crown at Live At Leeds this year.

Renowned for shape-shifting and reinvention, The Horrors are a band in their prime. Since forming in 2005, their every move has been captivating – jumping from the rawness of debut album ‘Strange House’ to famed classic ‘Primary Colours’ to the panoramic prowess of ‘Skying’ and the bristling pop-climbs of ‘Luminous’, they’re a band that can’t be pinned down. Their latest album ‘V’ received vast critical acclaim when released, standing as one of the albums of 2017. With a ferocious and visceral live-show to boot, The Horrors are an essential band of our times, and a must-watch at Live At Leeds.

Unparalleled when it comes to hosting the future global superstars across Leeds City Centre, this year is no different at Live At Leeds – with the revered BBC Sound Of… list heavily represented at the festival. No new band may be bigger than Pale Waves, who’ve become the most talked-about emerging act on the planet with just three singles released into the world. Combining sublime pop hooks with a 1975-esque knack for shimmering darkness, they’ve already garnered a devoted and loyal following. With magazine covers, sold-out shows and more already streaming from them – Pale Waves are a sensation that’ll be reaching fever-pitch by the time Live At Leeds comes around. Likewise also set for a mammoth 2018 are fellow ‘Sound Of…’ picks Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi. Writing emotional tales of life and love, Tom Walker has seen the globe over the past year, with TV appearances, devoted evenings of adoration and over 70 millions streams to his name. Expect him to be on the verge of chart dominance by the time Live At Leeds opens its doors . Scotland’s Lewis Capaldi has seen plaudits and 2018 nods flowing in all directions. Delicately raw, he’s been taken into the hearts of the nation – with a sold out tour set to round out 2017 in style. 2018 is primed to be the year Lewis Capaldi goes big, following on from his slot at Live At Leeds’ Ones To Watch event in November – where he was joined on the bill by Sam Fender, also announced for Live At Leeds 2018. With a gritty melodic heart, he’s destined to become a crowd favourite thousands will sing along with, building on his early releases and into the new year. Live At Leeds once again has its finger firmly on the pulse of the new music world, with the most exciting names going heading to Leeds city centre in 2018.

Tom Walker said:

“This will be my third year playing Live at Leeds. Last year I wasn’t sure what to expect but the venue ended up packed out and people were struggling to get in, it was such a sick show! It’s an honour to be invited back to play for 2018, can’t wait!”

The band behind one of the most acclaimed indie releases of the year, Blaenavon are on a sensational path. Melting carefully crafted hooks with infectious guitar-laden anthems, the trio have become one of the breakthrough bands of the past 12 months, with debut album ‘That’s Your Lot’ leading to them headlining bigger and bigger venues. Expect their set at Live At Leeds to be a congregation of future brilliance. Spring King are a band built on a phenomenal live presence. Debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ signalled the arrival of a band who revel in kicking down the front door with their infectious garage-indie sound, and with new music teased for next year, their set at Live At Leeds is the start of a new era, built on the past. Equally building on an incredible journey so far is cult icons British Sea Power, bringing a rich legacy to the festival with a set ready to challenge and charm at the same time.

James Green of Spring King said:

“We’ve been lucky enough to play Live at Leeds a few times before, and it’s never disappointed. It’s an amazing city and consistently one of our favourite festivals –  we can’t wait to play again this year!”

Making their way through the ranks in 2017 and now geared for a dazzling 2018, Anteros are a band the world should know about. With a glam-soaked cannon of glitter, pop-chimes and style, the likes of ‘Bonnie’, ‘Drunk’ and the self-titled ‘Anteros’ are the sort of tracks that straight-away make their home in your ears, and their set is sure to be a bountiful moment of stars in the making. Making his step into stardom, Will Heard will head to Live At Leeds next year with his soulful take on jazz set to invade the pop charts. With an unprecedented voice that’s bound to be heard across the airwaves in the years ahead, Live At Leeds is a chance to witness his talent in the flesh, first.

Across the spectrum, Live At Leeds delivers. Whether it’s the grunge-pop kicks of Bloxx who’ve been tipped by the likes of Sundara Karma and INHEAVEN to break through next, the street-pop realness of Suzi Wu, the swooning garage-indie of Irish trio whenyoung, the menacing heavy-hooks of The Pale White or the sublime voice of Grace Carter (whose breakthrough statement ‘Silence’ points to a huge future) – Live At Leeds has something for everyone. Londoners Stereo Honey are another act destined to be the talk of indie-lovers around the globe, with tight melodies and gorgeous dream-pop anthems ready and waiting, something they have in common with Australia’s Hockey Dad bringing the sun-kissed gleams to Live At Leeds for what’s sure to be one of the most infectious sets of the festival.

Anteros said:

“Live at Leeds is one of the first festivals we ever played. We’re very excited to be coming back.”

‘Ones To Watch’ alumni The Pale White said:

“Live at Leeds was one of our highlights of 2017, a proper rowdy crowd who were up for it from the off. The festival is known for giving really great emerging artists a platform so we were incredibly flattered to be asked to headline their Ones to Watch 2018 showcase. We can’t wait to hit the festival again and bring some brand new songs with us.”

Suzi Wu said:

“I’m very excited to come up to Live at Leeds in May. It’ll be my first time visiting the city and I get to play… what madness!”

With over 50 names confirmed in total, Live At Leeds is set to once again be the defining and only place new music fans need to go to witness their next favourite band. From former Kaiser Chiefs titan Nick J.D Hodgson embarking on his stunning solo career, to the gifted warm-synths of Naaz, the sizzling kicks of White Room, the North London swagger of Sons Of Raphael and the direct rips of Stillia and Babyteeth – there’s always something seismic around the corner, waiting to be discovered. The landmark destination for 2018’s soundtrack, Live At Leeds is once again essential.

Leeds’ legend Nick J.D Hodgson said:

“I went to Live At Leeds last year and I’d only just started recording my solo stuff so to be playing it 12 months later is an unexpected buzz. Being from Leeds I’m excited to be playing a hometown show too.”

 

Rising local favourites Peakes said:

“Leeds is our home so we’re thrilled to be playing the festival this year amongst so many amazing bands. Knowing a lot of our friends will be on the line up too, makes it that little more special!”

 Speaking about Live At Leeds 2018, Festival Director Andy Smith said:

“After arguably our strongest year for the festival in 2017, we’re excited to announce the first of many artist names for Live at Leeds 2018.

The festival has always been about showcasing new music and offering emerging artists a platform to build their audience in the North and this year is no different.

Joining the bill for 2018 we see acts included on the BBC Sound of 2018 longlist in Pale Waves, Sam Fender, Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi, hotly tipped local artists like GRDNS and Peakes and hyped acts such as Blaenavon, Will Heard and Anteros. And of course, as always, we have a great selection of established and respected artists heading up the bill, like Circa Waves, Peace, British Sea Power and The Horrors. Firmly placed as the first festival of summer, this year will once again be an excellent demonstration of the must see artists of 2018- we hope you can join us to discover your new favourite band.”

Tickets for Live At Leeds 2018 are on sale now, starting from £36 – available from https://www.liveatleeds.com/

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEXT ACTS FOR 2018

MARILYN MANSON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
PARKWAY DRIVE, RISE AGAINST, BABYMETAL
ALEXISONFIRE, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, ASKING ALEXANDRIA
NECK DEEP, MESHUGGAH, IN THIS MOMENT
THE HIVES, BODY COUNT FT. ICE T, MAYDAY PARADE
DREAM STATE, WSTR, THE PINK SLIPS

ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD’S BIGGEST AND BEST ROCK EVENT

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL the world’s premier rock event, has announced some of the biggest rock acts in the world including Marilyn Manson, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, BODY COUNT ft. ICE T and more. The three-day festival takes place 8-10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington ParkLeicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets

Download is proud to welcome back the Antichrist Superstar himself Marilyn Manson, fresh off the release of critically acclaimed new album Heaven Upside Down. The goth rock veteran is more energised than ever and set to bring his renowned live show to Donington next year.

Since 2003 Aussie rock titans Parkway Drive have gone from strength-to-strength, pushing boundaries with their epic live performances. Having ascended to the forefront of modern metal with their latest critically acclaimed album Ire, their ferocious crushing breakdowns and stadium-sized choruses have them high on people’s lists for future headliner contenders.

Parkway Drive said:
“Parkway Drive are super stoked to be returning to Download for 2018. It’s always a highlight for us to play Download and this time around we’re aiming to top it all. We can’t wait!”

British modern metal institution Bullet for My Valentine have also been confirmed to perform at Download Festival next year. The Welsh powerhouse have conquered the heights of Wembley Arena along with fellow UK torchbearers Asking Alexandria who will be taking to the stage with a hero’s return of their original infamous vocalist Danny Worsnop.

Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine said:
“We’re so excited to be playing next year’s Download Festival!! It’s been 5 long years now since we last performed at Donington Park, so we’re more than ready to get back on that legendary stage and do what we do best. See you there!”

Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria said:
“We have been waiting for half a decade to say this again, “DOWNLOAD WE ARE COMING FOR YA!”. Download festival is hands down one of the most exciting festivals in the world to play and so we have decided to bring our biggest show to date over with us. We cannot wait to see you all there. In the words of this year’s legendary headliner, Mama I’m coming home”

Pivotal punk rock heroes Rise Against will have fists thrown in the air, with their ferocious socio-political rock. Expect a high energy, kinetic performance from one of the world’s biggest authentic punk bands, who’ve proved their lasting worth to the genre. Joining the line up are LA Glam Rockers Black Veil Brides, Swedish extreme tech-metal trail blazers Meshuggah, and post hardcore legends Alexisonfire whose performance will be a long-awaited return to Download Festival.

Mind-blowing “metal phenomenon on a mission” BABYMETAL are confirmed to make their second official Download performance. This UK exclusive appearance will see the return of their thunderous metal, mixed with infectious J-pop that’s taken the world by storm. With figurehead Ice T at the helm, Body Count’s mix of harsh political messages and powerful hard-core sensibilities have made the rap metal icons unmissable, as well as In This Moment who are led by the entrancing Maria Brink and ready to bring a gothic, industrial, metal spectacle to make Download proud.

BABYMETAL said:
We are so happy to announce that we will be playing at Download UK!! We were last there in 2016 and it is an absolute honour to be returning to this prestigious festival next year. Can’t wait to go back and see everyone there!” 

Revered purveyors of garage-punk noise The Hives are confirmed, with frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist guaranteed to leave no stone unturned with a set of frantic non-stop rock n’ roll. Making their Download Festival debut are pop punks scousers WSTR who have propelled themselves throughout the last year, as well as emo pop favourites Mayday Parade who are hot off the back of a successful ten-year anniversary tour.

Selling out Brixton Academy and making massive waves as the break out luminaries of UK pop-punk, Wrexham five-piece Neck Deep are returning to Download Festival along with Seattle’s The Pink Slips with their fusion of “synth-pop, punk, dance and vintage rock ‘n’ roll”, fronted by the ferocious GRAVE, daughter of Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan. Last but no means least are rising stars Dream State with their no-nonsense, melodic emo rock which has earned them their debut Download appearance.

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.

For further information, please visit http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk

Monday 20th November on The Unchained Rock Show- Interviews from Guitar Legend George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken and Sabrina Kihlstrand of ICE AGE

Tune in to the Unchained Rock Show on http://www.arfm.co.uk on Monday 20th November from 9pm, for my interviews with guitar legend George Lynch of Lynch Mob / Dokken when I spoke to him on his flying visit with Lynch Mob into the UK last weekend.

Talking his latest collaboration with Michael Sweet, ‘Sweet & Lynch- Unified’ and his future work and collaborations.

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The latest Lynch Mob album ‘The Brotherhood’ is out now https://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/lynchmob

Plus I also caught up with Sabrina Kihlstrand from legendary Swedish metallers ICE AGE  (https://www.facebook.com/iceage.se.official/ ) and talked to the bubblegum girl about the release of their official debut album ‘Breaking The Ice’ over 30 years after they formed. We’re also giving away a copy of the album on the show.

ICE AGE new album ‘Breaking The Ice’ is out now.

Tune in to find out how you can get a copy!

http://www.arfm.co.uk

COMPETITION TIME – WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE PUNK LEGENDS SHAM 69 AT THE CORPORATION SHEFFIELD ON 25TH NOVEMBER

YES THATS RIGHT, THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AT THE CORPORATION WE HAVE A PAIR OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY FOR THE SHAM 69 GIG ON THE 25TH NOVEMBER.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION;

WHAT YEAR DID SHAM 69 FORM?

 

THATS IT! SEND YOUR ANSWER ALONG WITH YOUR NAME ON AN EMAIL TO

‘SHAM 69 COMPETITION’  UNCHAINED@ARFM.CO.UK

WINNER WILL BE DRAWN AND INFORMED AFTER THE 20TH NOVEMBER.

GOOD LUCK!

JIMMY EAT WORLD HEADLINE SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL 2018

               Slam Dunk 2018

JOINED BY TAKING BACK SUNDAY, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, FOUR YEAR STRONG, STATE CHAMPS AND TRASH BOAT

ALL ACTS UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVES

NEW LOCATION FOR SLAM DUNK SOUTH
MANY MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ACROSS 8 STAGES
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL NORTH – SATURDAY 26TH MAY – LEEDS CITY CENTRE
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH – SUNDAY 27TH MAY – HATFIELD PARK
SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL MIDLANDS – BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH MAY – BIRMINGHAM NEC
http://slamdunkmusic.com/festival/

Slam Dunk Festival is proud to announce the first six bands that will take to the stage for 2018. The festival is set to return for it’s biggest year to date as the legendary and anthemic Jimmy Eat World will take to the stage in their debut Slam Dunk Festival appearance. They will be joined by emo leaders Taking Back Sunday, party-starters Four Year Strong, post-hardcore heroes Sleeping With Sirens, pop-punk’s hottest property State Champs and fast-rising mob Trash Boat, all of which are poised to deliver the performance of the summer at next year’s unmissable pop-punk party. All six acts will be gracing the Slam Dunk Festival stages as UK festival exclusives.

Responsible for powering an entire cult movement with pioneering songwriting and unfaltering live performances, Jimmy Eat World’s beloved works ‘Bleed American’, ‘Futures’, all the way to the most recent, ‘Integrity Blues’ are nothing short of expert masterpieces. The stalwarts continue to captivate audiences and inspire pop-punk rock acts of the modern era – influencing sounds across multiple genres and playing to thousands of fans through countless time-zones. Their riotous debut appearance will no doubt be full of euphoria and nostalgia at Slam Dunk Festival.

Joining the Arizona heavyweights, are the New Jersey kings of heartbreak, Taking Back Sunday, who will be bringing their highly-anticipated act to Slam Dunk Festival 2018. Their strike rate on hit records speak for themselves; alongside 2002’s ‘Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team)’, the likes of ‘Make Damn Sure’, ‘A Decade Under The Influence’ and ‘Make Damn Sure’ have not only helped them attain chart success here but also a vehemently loyal fanbase worldwide.w

Floridian icons Sleeping With Sirens are set to return to UK shores with a remarkably coveted performance which is set to win the hearts of many next summer. Armed with a catalogue of undeniable rock tracks, packed full of soaring guitars and sublime vocal melodies, the troupe lead by charismatic vocalist Kellin Quinn are at the top of the game. Expect the classics and fan favourites from the first 4 albums, alongside mind blowing singles from recently released ‘Gossip’ album when they stun audiences at Slam Dunk Festival 2018.

Shaun Cooper of Taking Back Sunday says:
“We are very excited to announce our return to the United Kingdom in May for Slam Dunk. We have had such a great time in years past we felt very fortunate to receive an offer we couldn’t refuse. We will be sharing a stage with the legendary Jimmy Eat World! We can’t wait to see you at the shows”
Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens says:
“Can’t wait to get back and rock Slam Dunk Festival next year!”
Leading with anthemic singalongs and unrelenting breakdowns alike, Four Year Strong, State Champs and Trash Boat will be making their return to Slam Dunk Festival.

Renowned for their exhilarating live show, Four Year Strong will be bringing their extensively energetic back catalogue to the festival with acclaimed hit singles such as ‘Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die’ and ‘Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)’ to stir a raucous Slam Dunk crowd.

Joining Four Year Strong in a journey from stateside straight to Slam Dunk Festival will be State Champs. Returning to the festival after their debut appearance in 2014, the band are poised to showcase the hottest tracks from the acclaimed Around The World And Back, as well as delivering energetic show-stopping crowd-pleasers like ‘Elevated’ and ‘Deadly Conversation’ for what promises to be one incredible set.

St Albans natives and Hopeless Records posterboys Trash Boat are also set to deliver a show stopping performance, packed with raw cathartic hooks and bouncing choruses as they return to the coveted Slam Dunk Festival stage.

Four Year Strong says:
“We’ve loved the UK ever since our first trip over in 2007, nothing’s changed. Oh yeah, and Slam Dunk is fun too!”

State Champs’ Derek DiScanio says:
“Slam Dunk was the first UK Festival we ever played on our first trip overseas in 2014. We’ve been eager to dunk again, and 2018 is our year. Everyone involved with this festival is top notch and I can’t wait to make some new memories with everyone attending this time around. It’s gonna be wild.”
Trash Boat says:
“SLAM DUNK! 2018 will be another year where we can say we are part of this awesome festival. The line-up is already stacked and there’s so much more on the way. Who knows, we may even have some new music coming out by then. See you there. TB x”
As well as announcing four prized pop-punk acts, Slam Dunk Festival is delighted to announce that Slam Dunk South will now take place at Hatfield Park, having outgrown its former home, the University of Hatfield.
Over double the size of the previous location, Hatfield Park is located in the grounds of Hatfield House and situated directly opposite Hatfield train station, making it even more accessible and accommodating for festival goers wishing to revel in Slam Dunk Festival’s alternative extravaganza.
Festival Director, Ben Ray comments:
‘Slam Dunk Festival South has been taking place in Hatfield since 2010 so the town has truly become our home. Therefore, I am extremely happy we managed to find a new site still within the town. We are sad to leave the University however the event was selling out months in advance so we knew we had to move it and make it bigger due to demand from the fans.’
Slam Dunk Festival will begin in it’s spiritual home of Leeds, Millennium Square, before travelling to the new location of Hatfield Park, and finishing at the beloved Birmingham NEC.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets on sale at 9am, Friday 17th November from http://slamdunkmusic.com/
Cost £49 or £55 including the infamous afterparty. All subject to booking fees.
New for 2018 will be an installment scheme. Customers will be able to reserve their ticket for a small cost and pay the rest in installments up to the even

SLAMDUNK 2018 First Band Announcements 15th November

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH TO CHANGE SITES!

 THE UK’S BIGGEST INDEPENDENT ROCK FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE AT HATFIELD PARK OVER 60 ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ACROSS 8 STAGES

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL NORTH – SATURDAY 26TH MAY –  LEEDS CITY CENTRE

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH – SUNDAY 27TH MAY –  HATFIELD PARK

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL MIDLANDS – BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH MAY – BIRMINGHAM NEC

http://slamdunkmusic.com/festival/ 

Slam Dunk Festival is set to return for it’s biggest year to date and is delighted to announce that Slam Dunk South will now take place at Hatfield Park, having outgrown its former home in Hatfield, the University of Hertfordshire.

Over double the size of the previous location, Hatfield Park is located in the grounds of Hatfield House and situated directly opposite Hatfield train station, making it even more accessible and accommodating for festival goers wishing to revel in Slam Dunk Festival’s alternative extravaganza.

Festival Director, Ben Ray comments:
‘Slam Dunk Festival South has been taking place in Hatfield since 2010 so the town has truly become our home. Therefore, I am extremely happy we managed to find a new site still within the town. We are sad to leave the University however the event was selling out months in advance so we knew we had to move it and make it bigger due to demand from the fans.’

In 2018, Slam Dunk Festival will begin in it’s spiritual home of Leeds, Millennium Square, before travelling to the new location of Hatfield Park, and finishing at the beloved Birmingham NEC.

ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

The first artists will be announced on Wednesday 15th November.

STEVE HACKETT Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham release.

On 26th January 2018, Inside Out Music release Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, the new live release from guitar legend Steve Hackett. Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett’s recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. Available as Special Edition 2DVD + 2CD Digipak, Blu-Ray, Digital album and Blu-Ray in stereo & surround sound, this is a must-have for any prog fan.

This tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album: Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.

Other fan favourites from Hackett’s Genesis days were ‘revisited’: Dance On A Volcano, Inside & Out, Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and the classic Los Endos. This mesmerising show marks the first ever live performance by Hackett & his band of the tracks One for the Vine and Inside & Out, and also includes many of Hackett’s solo fan-favourites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren.

Steve recalls the Birmingham performance… “I’m excited about imminent release of ‘Wuthering Nights’. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favourite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favourites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren… Sit back and enjoy!”

The band are: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), Nick Beggs (bass, stick & twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals plus special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.

The DVD / Blu-Ray also includes fascinating behind the scenes footage, most of which was filmed on the day in Birmingham. There are also three videos for tracks from The Night Siren: Behind the Smoke, Fifty Miles from the North Pole and West to East.

About Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues. He is equally adept in his classical albums that include renditions of pieces by composers from Bach to Satie, his own acoustic guitar compositions that have gained the admiration of many, including Yehudi Menuhin, and ambitious guitar/orchestra albums such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic.

Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak – 88985473862

Blu-Ray- 88985473879

Digital Album – G010003778599D

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