BLOODSTOCK RELEASE DAY TICKETS, GALLERY INFO, & MORE FOR 2017

BLOODSTOCK release their day tickets at 9am tomorrow, 30th June!  Tickets will be priced at £60 (plus booking fee) and are available at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.  Four-day ‘weekend tickets with camping’ are also still available, priced £139 (plus booking fee). Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  Weekend tickets are selling faster than ever this year and may well sell out entirely before festival weekend, so don’t delay if you want to guarantee access to the UK’s best metal weekender!

One thing that sets BLOODSTOCK apart from other festivals is festival founder, Paul Raymond Gregory’s on-site RAM Gallery.  In addition to showing selections from his own world-renowned portfolio, Paul invites some of his favourite rock & metal-related artists to exhibit.  This year he welcomes Berlin-based artist and illustrator, Eliran Kantor, who’ll show six pieces of work.  Eliran has created sleeve art for numerous metal artists including Testament, Soulfly, Iced Earth, and Hatebreed.  Returning to the RAM Gallery in 2017 is Orange County artist, Christian Sloan Hall, who show a few of the many pieces of work he’s created for our Friday headliner, AMON AMARTH.  Christian will be in the gallery to sign limited edition prints, which will be available for sale, so come by, say hello and snap up something extra special for your wall.  Also exhibiting will be Daniel P. Carter; artist, musician, and presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.  Dan studied at the prestigious St Martins School of Art and has created sleeves for many albums, most recently Me And That Man’s debut (Nergal from Behemoth’s side project), ‘Songs of Love And Death’.  On the photography side, the RAM Gallery is also thrilled to welcome celebrated rock photographer, Paul Harries, who’ll show six photographic pieces from his incredible portfolio.  Adding a new flavour to the gallery this year is Heathen Waxworks.  Their hand-carved 3D candleware in a range of unique designs are based on RAM Gallery-appropriate mythical and esoteric themes; Nordic Storm, Pagan Woodland, Native American, Hammered Horror and Satanic Majesty.  Lastly but not leastly, regular RAM Gallery contributor and luthier Cynosure, creator of hand-made guitars as art, will be exhibiting two brand new bespoke instruments.  One of the new instruments is Saxon-inspired and will sit on the ‘Saxon Wall’ beside pieces of Paul Gregory’s original artwork for the British metal stalwarts.  The other….well, that’ll be a surprise.  Be sure to drop into the gallery to see it!

 

The finals for this year’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ campaign steamroll on and BLOODSTOCK can now reveal the next round of winners landing a slot on the New Blood stage.  Livening up proceedings on Saturday are Merseyside winners REAPER (www.facebook.com/OfficialReaperUK), Nottingham champions RAISED BY OWLS (www.facebook.com/RaisedByOwls), Burnley victors WARD XVI (www.facebook.com/WardXVI) and DECREPIT MONOLITH (www.facebook.com/decrepitmonolith) who landed the top spot in Newcastle.  The heavy riffage of PROGNOSIS (www.facebook.com/Prognosis1) who took first prize in Manchester, are added to Sunday’s bill.  BLOODSTOCK has also decided to extend an invitation to three other exceptional bands, so performing on Friday, are Dorset’s sludge/groove metallers THUUM (https://youtu.be/tyJfpdbE9Vs) and Carlisle’s runners up, the prog/tech death BLOOD THREAD (https://youtu.be/73sYRntuB94).  Dublin’s second-placed NA CRUITHNE (https://youtu.be/Q5QzFgZFMq0) also join the bill Sunday, bringing a unique blend of groove & black metal, but with influences from traditional Irish, Scottish, and Breton music.

 

BLOODSTOCK is pleased to reveal that the festival’s official charity partner for 2017 will once again be TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.  Since partnering up in 2011, BLOODSTOCK is very proud that over £50,000 has been raised to date to help young people facing cancer.  Don’t miss the charity’s stall in the market area, where you can purchase Teenage Cancer Trust merchandise and join in the popular ‘T-Shirt Amnesty’ (bring your unwanted band t-shirts to donate or swap).

 

Planning your travel to BLOODSTOCK?  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 come by 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. For more travel info, look at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/travel-info.

 

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.  For the full list, visit http://www.bloodstock.uk.com – even 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.  Pick up tickets at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.

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STEVE VAI TO RELEASE NEW MODERN PRIMITIVE ALBUM ON JULY 7, 2017

Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai will release “Modern Primitive on July 7th, 2017 through Favored Nations Entertainment, the indie label founded by Vai in 1999. Originally included as a companion disk to Vai’s 25th anniversary release of his seminal “Passion and Warfare” CD, “Modern Primitive” will be released by itself as the 7th instalment of the Steve Vai “Secret Jewel Box,” an ambitious 10 CD box set that was originally released in December 2001. This stand-alone release of “Modern Primitive” will be a limited edition album and has been modified specifically for Vai’s Secret Jewel Box, making this an instant collector’s item for Vai fans around the globe.

Photo’s:Larry DiMarzio

Modern Primitive is comprised of material that was written and partially recorded with Vai’s band “The Classified” back in the early 80’s. “The Classified” consisted of Tommy Mars on Keyboards, Chris Frazier on drums, Stu Hamm on bass and Sue Mathis on vocals and keyboards that he formed after his first solo record Flex-Able (1983) and prior to the writing and recording of the music on Vai’s renowned, Passion and Warfare (1990). Vai completed the recording in 2016, 30 years after its inception. The album represents that missing link that exposes the colossal growth period between Flex-Able and Passion and Warfare.

“The music on Modern Primitive was written and recorded with virtually no expectations for its future,” Vai said. “As a result, there was an opening up to a powerful and personal creativity that allowed me to find the most stimulation music I could conjure. So far it’s my favorite album that I ever made.”

Steve Vai Secret Jewel Box copy

Vai’s “Secret Jewel Box Set,” a deluxe 10”x6”x6” gloss black box, lined with red velvet, features compartments for a total of 10 CDs, 3 guitar picks, and a 100-page booklet. Hidden in a flap on the underside of the box in an exclusive CD interview with Steve specifically about the project. Much of the recordings contained in “The Secret Jewel Box” are comprised of various material from dozens of different records including guest appearances, film soundtracks, bonus tracks, a piano reduction CD, and a full CD comprised of choice tracks that Vai contributed to while working with Frank Zappa in the early 80’s. All of the rare and essential Vai recordings that do not appear on his solo records are collected here, with many surprises for even the most hardcore collector. A limited run of 7,000 units of the box set was manufactured and sold out.

Favored Nations’ Modern Primitive is available for pre-order on Amazon.com

 

THE IRON MAIDENS – WORLD’S No.1 ALL-FEMALE IRON MAIDEN TRIBUTE BACK IN THE UK IN 2017

Run to the Hills: The Iron Maidens are back in town!

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After their triumphant UK debut in 2016, the world’s one and only all-female Iron Maiden tribute return to our shores in October, and this time they’re here to conquer the land of their idols beyond London.

Frontwoman Kirsten Chickinson can’t hide her excitement: ‘Having played the UK last year – and even getting to meet some of the original members of Iron Maiden – was a dream come true.  So returning to Iron Maiden Holy Land to play even more UK dates really takes the biscuit!  I can’t say I’ll have my pilot’s license in time to fly us over but maybe they’ll let me drive the lorry between shows!’. Chickinson and her hot troopers have announced a five date tour, which will see them bringing their electrifying live extravaganza back to the capital’s O2 Islington Academy and to Leamington Spa, Cardiff, Sheffield and Reading.

Overwhelmed by the enthusiastic fans reception, Linda comments ‘Playing our very first show in London last year was an energetic kick in the butt! Some of the audience traveled from quite far, we understand, to make this one special show. They were absolutely AMAZING! It took us 15 years to finally get here and we are SO glad to announce our return with 5 shows this time!’

Book now and get ready to scream for the loudest, sexiest and most talented metal maidens either side of the pond!

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Tickets are onsale now, details and booking info as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE BOOKINGS

October

Wed 25th Cardiff The Globe https://goo.gl/6TBMiB

Thur 26th Reading Sub 89 https://goo.gl/dkCZu1

Fri 27th Leamington Spa Assembly https://goo.gl/CrjFG0

Sat 28th Sheffield Plug https://goo.gl/pdrDwd

Sun 29th London O2 Islington Academy https://goo.gl/z7ykPw

London tickets are £20.00 (subject to booking fee) Doors 7pm. See venue websites for other times and prices. Buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005268A7AE4535

The Iron Maidens are Kirsten ‘Bruce Chickinson’ Rosenberg on vocals, Linda ‘Nikki McBURRain’ McDonald on drums, Nikki ‘Davina Murray’ Stringfield, Courtney ‘Adriana Smith’ Cox on guitars and Wanda ‘Steph Harris’ Ortiz on bass. All band members are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds, ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock.

Formed in 2001 in Southern California, they have quickly established themselves as one of the most notorious tribute act in the US, progressively expanding their fame far and beyond the Americas. They have conquered the attention of fans and fellow musicians with their musical prowess and electrifying live shows, where they perform hits and fan favourites from all phases of Iron Maiden’s career with appearances by mascot Eddie, the grim reaper, the devil and more.

The Iron Maidens have been joined on stage by the likes of Alex Skolnik from Testament, Lemmy, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Anthrax’ Scott Ian and Judas Priest’s Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens. They were chosen to support Danzig, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nightwish and Nevermore amongst others. They’ve been featured in Playboy and Hustler as well as Rolling Stone, Guitar World and Drum magazine.

Up the Irons!

SAXON RELEASE ‘SOLID BOOK OF ROCK’ ON 4TH AUGUST

Forget the box set here’s the ‘Solid Book of Rock’

SAXON, those legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal leviathans, currently rampaging across Europe at major festivals, are set to release  The Solid Book of Rock, on August 4, 2017.   The set comprises not only all 9 of Saxon’s studio albums from 1991 to 2009 BUT eight bonus tracks AND two bonus CDs – “Classics Re-Recorded” originally issued with the initial pressings of “Killing Ground”, and “Lionheart – rough studio mix” originally issued on the 2006 limited edition. This metal-tastic Book Set also contains three bonus DVDs – the limited-edition DVDs originally released with “Lionheart”, “The Inner Sanctum” and “Into The Labyrinth”.  All this, packaged in a sumptuous 24 page 12″ x 12″ booklet with all the lyrics and credits, plus photos with fabulous brand-new cover painting by Paul R. Gregory.

 

Saxon frontman Biff Byford says: “It’s worth getting just for the art work A great piece of Saxon history and don’t forget I get to play King Arthur I didn’t get the Oscar that year or anything else for that matter…. 

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An exclusive limited-edition of 500, containing a print signed by the one and only Biff Byford will also be available from Amazon http://amzn.to/2rODyxo

Standard Edition – http://amzn.to/2sibMw5

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The Solid Book of Rock comprises Saxon’s STUDIO ALBUMS 1991-2009 – that’s a massive 9 original albums PLUS 2 bonus CDs AND 3 bonus DVDs.  The albums are:

  1. Solid Ball Of Rock
  2. Forever Free
  3. Dogs Of War
  4. Unleash The Beast
  5. Metalhead
  6. Killing Ground
  7. Lionheart
  8. The Inner Sanctum
  9. Into The Labyrinth

 

Book Set Full Tracklist & Bonus material are:

 Solid Ball Of Rock (1991)

  1. Solid Ball Of Rock
  2. Altar Of The Gods
  3. Requiem (We Will Remember)
  4. Lights In the Sky
  5. I Just Can’t Get Enough
  6. Baptism Of Fire
  7. Ain’t Gonna Take It
  8. I’m On Fire
  9. Overture In B-Minor / Refugee
  10. Bavarian Beaver
  11. Crash Dive

Bonus Tracks: 12. Requiem (We Will Remember) [single version] 13. Reeperbahn Stomp

Forever Free (1992)

  1. Forever Free
  2. Hole In The Sky
  3. Just Wanna Make Love To You
  4. Get Down And Dirty
  5. Iron Wheels
  6. One Step Away
  7. Can’t Stop Rockin’
  8. Nighthunter
  9. Grind
  10. Cloud Nine

Bonus Tracks: 11. Princess Of The Night [live] 12. Forever Free [live]

Dogs of War (1995)

  1. Dogs Of War
  2. Burning Wheels
  3. Don’t Worry
  4. Big Twin Rolling (Coming Home)
  5. Hold On
  6. The Great White Buffalo
  7. Demolition Alley
  8. Walking Through Tokyo
  9. Give It All Away
  10. Yesterday’s Gone

Bonus Tracks: 11. The Great White Buffalo [live] 12. Denim And Leather [live]

Unleash The Beast (1997)

  1. Gothic Dreams
  2. Unleash The Beast
  3. Terminal Velocity
  4. Circle Of Light
  5. The Thin Red Line
  6. Ministry Of Fools
  7. The Preacher
  8. Bloodletter
  9. Cut Out The Disease
  10. Absent Friends
  11. All Hell Breaking Loose

Bonus Tracks: 12. Solid Ball Of Rock [live] on SPV 74192 CD in 2007 13. Crusader [live] on SPV 74192 CD in 2007

Metalhead (1999)

  1. Intro
  2. Metalhead
  3. Are We Travellers In Time
  4. Conquistador
  5. What Goes Around
  6. Song Of Evil
  7. All Guns Blazing
  8. Prisoner
  9. Piss Off
  10. Watching You
  11. Sea Of Life

Killing Ground (2001)

  1. Intro
  2. Killing Ground
  3. Court Of The Crimson King
  4. Coming Home
  5. Until Hell Freezes Over
  6. Dragon’s Lair
  7. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got
  8. Deeds Of Glory
  9. Running For The Border
  10. Shadows On The Wall
  11. Rock Is Our Life

Bonus CD – ‘Classics Re-Recorded’:

  1. Princess Of The Night
  2. Crusader
  3. Wheels Of Steel
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arm Of The Law
  6. Denim And Leather
  7. Dallas 1pm
  8. And The Bands Played On

 Lionheart (2004)

  1. Witchfinder General
  2. Man And Machine
  3. The Return
  4. Lionheart
  5. Beyond The Grave
  6. Justice
  7. To Live By The Sword
  8. Jack Tars
  9. English Man O’War
  10. Searching For Atlantis
  11. Flying On The Edge

Bonus CD:

Studio Audio – Rough Mix [moved from the DVD]

  1. Witchfinder General
  2. Man And Machine
  3. The Return
  4. Lionheart
  5. Beyond The Grave
  6. Justice
  7. To Live By The Sword
  8. Jack Tars
  9. English Man O’War
  10. Searching For Atlantis
  11. Flying On The Edge
  12. Beyond The Grave [single version]

Bonus DVD:

  1. Lionheart – in the studio [3.32]
  2. Lionheart – live [7.40]
  3. Beyond The Grave – promo video [3.45]
  4. 5.1 96k high end sound mix of the entire album [11 tracks] [45.09]

The Inner Sanctum (2007)

  1. State Of Grace
  2. Need For Speed
  3. Let Me Feel Your Power
  4. Red Star Falling
  5. I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
  6. If I Was You
  7. Going Nowhere Fast
  8. Ashes To Ashes
  9. Empire Rising
  10. Attila The Hun

Bonus DVD: “A Night Out With The Boys” [41.26]

  1. To Hell And Back Again
  2. A Night Out With Boys – The Idea
  3. A Night Out With Boys – Not Really
  4. See The Light Shining
  5. A Night Out With Boys – How It Started
  6. Redline
  7. Suzie Hold On
  8. Stand Up And Be Counted
  9. Frozen Rainbow
  10. Never Surrender

Into the Labyrinth (2009)

  1. Battalions Of Steel
  2. Live To Rock
  3. Demon Sweeney Todd
  4. The Letter
  5. Valley Of The Kings
  6. Slow Lane Blues
  7. Crime Of Passion
  8. Premonition In D Minor
  9. Voice
  10. Protect Yourselves
  11. Hellcat
  12. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
  13. Coming Home [bottleneck version]

Bonus DVD:

  1. “Perceval” – Spanish art film, directed by Pablo Aragues Millan [20.09] [in Latin with subtitles]

(Biff plays King Arthur)

  1. “Let There Be Light” – documentary about the live staging and lighting [36.48] [in German with subtitles]
  2. Audio interview with Biff Byford – Biff talks about the songs on “Into The Labyrinth” [18.44]

 Catalogue Number: SAXONBOX03
Barcode:: 5 014797 896161
Format: 11 CDs & 3 DVDs in 12″ x 12″ book
Category: Rock/Heavy Metal
Release date: 4th August 2017

Saxon released their self-titled debut in 1979, followed by the classic Wheels of Steel” the following year, which catapulted the band to fame and reaching #5 in the UK charts and containing the still popular title track and 747.  They established themselves as one of the icons of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal throughout the 80s. Later the band tried to attack the US market taking a more melodic direction with release of Destiny” in 1988, before going back to their original sound with 1991’s Solid Balls of Rock”, reaffirming their influence on the European metal scene. They continued touring and recording enjoying continued success.

Saxon saw album sales topping 15 million worldwide including 8 UK Top 40 albums across their career. They are considered a seminal NWOBHM act and are known to have inspired the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Motley Crue and plenty more.

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BLOODSTOCK Festival 2017- 18 more bands added!

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 come by 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.

ROCK AND METAL FANS GATHER IN THOUSANDS FOR SYSTEM OF A DOWN AND BIFFY CLYRO WHILST AEROSMITH PERFORM THEIR LAST EVER UK SHOW

Has a week gone by already?

SUN AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS MAKE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL’S 15TH YEAR A HUGE SUCCESS

 TICKETS FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2018 ON SALE NOW – http://downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets

The biggest date in the rock and metal calendar took place as 80,000 people descended on the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, Leicestershire across the weekend for the 15th annual Download Festival. Rock royalty, Aerosmith gave fans a memorable final UK show, System Of A Down returned for an electric headline performance, and Biffy Clyro didn’t fail to take their place as rightful Download Festival headliners.

With the sun shining throughout the weekend and the improved site greener than ever, the crowd once again made Download Festival the most unmissable event in the festival calendar. With 300 metres of new drainage added (the height of the Shard in London), new traffic routes and increased security measures, Download fans were able to enjoy every moment of the festival to the fullest.

Fans arriving on Wednesday took full advantage of The Village and campsites, providing the ultimate experience for Download festival-goers. From the Wall of Death to the Side Splitter comedy tent, silent disco, cinema, multiple food stands and even a full supermarket, the festival atmosphere was incomparable.

The first full day of music on Friday saw Prophets Of Rage (featuring members of Cypress Hill, Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy) deliver mammoth performances of their respective band’s politically charged hits, also paying tribute to their “fallen comrade”, Chris Cornell. Pop-punk royalty Good Charlotte thrilled by performing their classic pop punk anthems before second stage headliners Sum 41 provided huge servings of nostalgia, ending their set with classics ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Fat Lip’Sleeping With Sirens made their Download debut with a storming headline set at The Avalanche Stage, which was this year hosted by Fresh Blood’s Alex Baker. The crowd went wild for Machine Gun Kelly’s injection of rock-infused hip-hop, whilst metal legends Exodus fired on all cylinders as they brought The Dogtooth Stage to a close, with a ferocious set of unhinged thrash for the history books.

System Of A Down made their welcome return to the sacred grounds of Donington with a festival masterclass. The 31-song strong set, saw the Armenian innovators delve into their immense catalogue of rock club anthems such ‘Chop Suey’, ‘BYOB’ and ‘Toxicity’. The crowd was whipped into a final frenzy as they closed with ‘Sugar’, reminding the world how truly unique they are.

Saturday’s epic line up saw Of Mice & Men bring a triumphant set to the Main Stage, with bassist Aaron Pauley stepping forward into the limelight as new frontman. UK horror-punk upstarts Creeper ticked off their bucket list with an amazing Main Stage debut ahead of their idols and punk legends AFI, who graced the Download stage for the first time. Pop-punk heroes Simple Plan brought the fun as Saturday’s Avalanche Stage headliners, whilst ex-Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 laid waste to The Dogtooth Stage. Horror-rock legend Rob Zombie turned the Zippo Encore Stage into his trademark twisted carnival with a spectacularly visual show and massive hits such as ‘Dragula’, ‘Superbeast’ and ‘Living Dead Girl’.

Biffy Clyro claimed their well-earned place atop the festival bill on Saturday. The Scottish rock titans rattled through a set of modern rock classics including ‘Many Of Horror’, ’Black Chandelier’ and ‘The Captain’ – as well as some deep cuts – with the crowd singing every word back to them. Simon Neil prepared the crowd for Aerosmith by leading a sing-along of ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ before launching into their finale of ‘Stinging Belle’ with a pyrotechnic show to make Rammstein jealous.

 Throughout the weekend, WWE NXT provided non-stop high impact action in their full size wrestling arena. Capacity crowds were amazed with displays of skill, athleticism and high flying manoeuvres as the most electrifying names in sports entertainment delivered the full NXT experience to Donington Park. The knockout moment of the weekend came from a loved up festival-goer as she proposed to her boyfriend in the NXT Arena, with the engagement ring in an X-Box themed container. They are now happily engaged following the couple’s first Download Festival together.

Sunday was wrestled into submission as WWE Hall of Fame legend Chris Jericho opened the Main Stage with an electrifying set as frontman of Fozzy. Glam superstars Steel Panther hit the stage with their tongues firmly in cheek, delivering a trademark debaucherous live show. Crowds roared through sets by In Flames, DevilDriver, The King Blues and Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics. Hard Rock Juggernauts Alter Bridge, led by the legendary Myles Kennedy gave an immense performance setting the stage perfectly for Sunday night’s mind-blowing headliners.

‘America’s Great Rock Band’ Aerosmith took to the Download Festival Main Stage on Sunday evening for their final ever UK appearance. Having received worldwide praise on their ‘Aero-Verdeci Baby!’ tour, the audience were treated to an unbelievable show laden with mega-hits ‘Love In An Elevator’ and ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’, followed by the whole of Donington Park singing along to the epic ‘Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ before closing with ‘Walk This Way’. Liv Tyler looked on as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford brought the 15th edition of Download to a close in true style.

Highlights of the 15th Download Festival will be broadcast on SKY ARTS on 23 and 24 June from 9pm – midnight.

Ticket info and prices

 

ADULT TICKETS

5 Night Camping (and Quiet) – £185 plus £10 bf

3 Night Camping (and Quiet) – £175 plus £10 bf

Weekend Arena Only – £150 plus £10 bf

CHILD TICKETS (5-12yrs)

5 Night CHILD (and quiet) – £95 + £9.75bf

3 Night CHILD (and quiet) – £90 + £9.35bf

Arena Only – £80 + £8.50bf

 

Upsells

Carpark pass – £20

Campervans/Caravans – £125

Lockers – £20

Seat of Luxury – £35

Collector tickets – £4.95

RIP
RIP Packages will be available at a later date

Disabled Access
Disabled access and PA/Carer ticket applications will open later this year, if you wish to be added to our mailing list please contact at access@downloadfestival.com

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVE NATION AND SPOTIFY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & IN FLAMES JOIN FORCES FOR THE FIRST TIME TO BRING FANS THE MOST EXCITING ARENA ROCK TOUR OF 2017

A true clash of the titans, America’s preeminent multiplatinum chart-topping hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch unite with renowned chart-topping European legends In Flames to co-headline what promises to be the biggest and most exciting arena rock tour of Fall/Winter 2017. This marks the very first time that these two juggernauts have joined forces on the road together, and it’s a “can’t miss” moment for the genre and fans at large. The trek ravages arenas across Europe and the UK beginning in November, stopping in most major cities, and concluding December 21 at iconic Wembley Arena in London, UK. General ticket on sale will take place this Friday, June 16 at 10:00am local time. Spotify and Live Nation have joined forces with Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames for a one-of-a-kind tour partnership featuring exclusive pre-sales, packages, and content from both bands. The tour has partnered with Spotify for an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale kicking off tomorrow for super fan listeners of both acts, Wednesday, Jun 14 at 10:00am local time. There will also be a Ticketmaster pre-sale starting on June 15 at 10:00am local time leading up to the general on sale the next day. See tour dates below. Additional show dates are anticipated to be announced in the near future. For exclusive VIP offerings, go to http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com and http://inflames.seetickets.com/tour/in-flames  Live Nation presents the tour with Spotify. German tour dates will be presented by Live Nation, Wizard Promotions, and Spotify.

5FDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory states: “We are currently playing all the European festivals and are having an amazing time. As these massive crowds are singing along every word of the lyrics, it feels like Europe is truly becoming the second home of Five Finger Death Punch. We can’t wait to come back this Fall and especially with In Flames which is one of my favorite bands. This will be something special to see…”

In Flames singer Anders Fridén offers: “We’ve been lucky to play for so many Jesterheads around the World this year and can’t think of a better way to end 2017 than touring Europe with Five Finger Death Punch. We’ll see you soon Jesterheads and Knuckleheads. It’s going to be a tour to remember.”

Support on select EU dates and all UK dates of the tour comes from Of Mice And Men. The Orange County, CA-based band recently returned with two brand new songs, “Back To Me” and “Unbreakable, via Rise Records. They performed a successful main stage set at Download Festival this past weekend and will be on tour across Europe throughout July. The band has sold over 700,000 records worldwide and previously toured with the likes of Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.

Both Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames remain leaders of hard rock and heavy music worldwide:

Five Finger Death Punch’s crushingly epic 2015 sixth full-length studio album Got Your Six, hit new heights for the band around the world with chart-topping debuts in the US (#1 on Top Album chart, #1 on Overall Digital Album chart, #1 on the Hard Music Album chart, #2 on the Billboard Top 200) and internationally (Australia & Canada #3, Germany & Sweden #5, UK #6 Holland #17, Belgium #29 and France #32). The album was the sixth consecutive one to earn the Las Vegas rockers a RIAA Gold certification. Acclaimed by The Guardian and Classic Rock, it yielded four successive Active Rock smashes “Jekyll & Hyde” (50.4 million Spotify streams), #1 hit single “Wash It All Away” (32.9 million Spotify streams), “My Nemesis” #2 (16.29 million Spotify streams) and most recently “I Apologize” #3 (17.5 million Spotify streams). Refining their inimitable fusion of intricate instrumentation and undeniable hooks, Got Your Six represents yet another high watermark for the group who claim 17 consecutive Top 10 Hits, five #1 songs and frequently outsell the majority of bands in their genre.

12 albums into their storied career, In Flames reached new heights on 2016’s Battles—produced by GRAMMY Award winner Howard Benson [My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach], hitting Top 10 charts around the World with a #2 in Sweden, #3 in Finland and multiple other major countries such as Germany and AustriaAlternative Press, Metal Hammer, and more praised the record as the hit “The End” clocked over 6.6 million Spotify streams and counting.

Knuckleheads and Jesterheads: Be prepared to unite in the name of Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames making history together this Fall.

TOUR DATES:
11/16    Gothenburg                   Sweden                        Scandinavium
11/17    Stockholm                    Sweden                        Ericsson Globe
11/21    Hamburg                       Germany                       Sportshalle
11/22    Berlin                            Germany                       Velodrome
11/24    Oberhausen                  Germany                       KP Arena
11/26    Prague                          Czech Republic             Forum Karlin*
11/28    Zurich                           Switzerland                   Hallenstadion*
11/29    Munich                          Germany                       Olympiahalle
11/30    Padova                         Italy                              Geox Theatre*
12/2      Stuttgart                       Germany                       HMH Schleyerhalle
12/4      Paris                             France                          Olympia*
12/5      Luxembourg                  Luxembourg                  Rockhal*
12/6      Frankfurt                       Germany                       Festhalle
12/8      Vienna                          Austria                          Stadthalle*
12/14    Antwerp                        Belgium                        Lotto*
12/15    Amsterdam                   Netherlands                   AFAS Live*
12/17    Birmingham                   UK                                BCA*
12/18    Glasgow                       Scotland                       Hydro*
12/20    Leeds                           UK                                Leeds Arena*
12/21    London                         UK                                Wembley Arena*

*With Of Mice And Men

NORTHLANE announced as final headliners at UK TECH-FEST

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
Full weekend tickets currently available at a price of £79.99 + £20 Camping.
For full details and tickets visit: http://www.uktechfest.gigantic.com