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.


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 






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 –  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 –

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 –  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 and then check out new track ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’ at: ]

Check out the new festival trailer here –

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 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 –