YOGA-TTA BE KIDDING ME! DO.OMYOGA LAUNCHES AT DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

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Download Festival, the UK’s premier rock event has today announced the debut of DO.OMYOGA on-site for 2018. Taking a leap into the world of wellness and fitness, festival revellers will have the incredible opportunity to perfect their downward facing Download Dog and take part in the renowned DO.OMYOGA classes along with up to 250 other Metal Yoga enthusiasts, experts and curious beginners.

The complimentary classes, being held at the festival for the first time, will provide chances for Download Festival goers to perfect their asanas, practice their warrior and fully indulge in this intense immersive Doom Metal experience.

DO.OMYOGA, which is also taught at the sought after Ace Hotel London, is a slow vinyasa based yoga practice set to a selection of music from the heavier and vibrational end of the music spectrum.  90 minute classes will be held at The Side Splitter Stage at 11am on Thursday and Friday and 9am on Saturday and Sunday on a complimentary but first come first served basis.

Alongside headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne, Download Festival also today announces that The Download Arena will include an exciting new area presented by Lavish – the SINDROME. A place of death defying, record breaking stunts, bohemian freaks, fire shows, machine madness and Viking battles injected with a heavy dose of love, peace and air rock n roll.

Taking place in the SINDROME, the curious pop-up Circus sideshow Caravan of Lost Souls will showcase fire breathing, whip cracking and contortion as part of a dark dose of macabre cabaret.  Area 51 performers Fire, Feathers and Fur will once again be hyping the crowds for the hugely popular Demolition Download featuring Battle Heritage which is back again for a fifth year. Medieval Fighters from all over Europe will gather to take each other on in the battle to be crowned champions in this full force, full contact sport.  By popular audience demand, and for the first time ever Download festival goers will be able to try their hand at this, most ancient of sports, at the Demolition Download workshops featuring Battle Heritage Fighters in the SINDROME from 2pm on Friday 8th June.

“Make air, not war” on the SINDROME stage when it plays host to the first ever UK Air Guitar Championships at Download! The winner gets a shot at the world title in Finland in August. DR HAZE the Undead Ringmaster of The Circus of Horrors hosts the competition and at the end of each heat performers from the Circus of Horrors and also Area 51 will be performing on the SINDROME Stage. Details of how to enter the competition will be released soon.

The SINDROME will also play host three times per day to Infernal Varanne – the French based Guinness World Record holding team who will be showcasing their death defying bravery in the dangerous and courageous art of cage riding, with up to three riders in the cage at a time in these adrenaline fuelled performances.

Headlining the SINDROME stage on Saturday and Sunday the electrifying Lords of Lightning. Fusing jaw-dropping science with spellbinding spectacle, the Lords of Lightning harness multi million volt bolts of white-hot electricity into explosive performances. A titanic battle fought with searing shards of lightning, The Duel is an extraordinary union of fluid human movement and the volatile power of electricity unleashed.
The World’s Greatest Wall of Death will make a welcome return to The Download Village providing high-octane performances by the legendary Luke and Kerri Fox and team that will leave the Download audience utterly awe struck and totally exhilarated.

Circus of Horrors are back in the Dog House with their sell out touring shows on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts and a new show CarnEvil for 2018 in the Dog House.  Opening for Circus of Horrors each night are new and emerging talents Kalloused – Chaotic, bleak and wrought with tension, Kalloused are a four piece metal band. The offspring of sludge, post hardcore and blackened doom, their debut album ‘Damn you believer’ led to the band becoming a memorial act in the UK underground metal scene.

The Download Village also plays host to delicious food and drink stalls fairground rides and lots of surprises!

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 and metal 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.
TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Download Festival are available now from downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets
A loyalty discount is available for a limited time. downloadfestival.co.uk/news-features/register-interest-2018-loyalty

RIP PARK FARM CAMPING / CAMPERVAN TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!

Extras including parking and lockers can be purchased during the booking process or as a standalone after you’ve purchased your ticket. Limited edition Download 2018 Zippo lighters will also be available to purchase alongside your festival ticket. Zippo windproof lighters have become the ultimate accessory for making a bold statement in music and are the perfect way to show your appreciation for your favourite band; with a classic Encore moment. Backed by its famous lifetime guarantee, a Zippo is a lighter for life.

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Bloodstock 2018 add seven more bands to the line-up!

BLOODSTOCK 2018 is looking to be the biggest yet, with tickets moving fast and set to sell out again in advance.  If you want to join us at Catton Park in August, don’t delay in grabbing your tickets! The countdown is now on, with just 93 days to go!  The remaining Friday/Saturday/Sunday slots on the Ronnie James Dio main stage and Sophie Lancaster 2nd stage rack up as follows. Thursday’s bill, the Jagermeister stage bill and of course the New Blood stage bill are all yet to come.

Adding some doomy melodeath to proceedings, NAILED TO OBSCURITY (https://www.facebook.com/nailedtoobscurity) land an early main stage slot on Saturday. Curious about this German five-piece?  Listen to the song ‘Protean’ from their ‘King Delusion’ album, released last year by Apostasy Records: https://youtu.be/aURv2uR9-yM.

Everyone knows Sweden does metal well, and these guys are no exception.  Prog metallers EVERGREY (https://www.facebook.com/Evergrey/) grab themselves a main stage spot on Sunday morning.  They’ve ten albums of material under their belts, but get up to speed with their latest collection, ‘The Storm Within’, with ‘In Orbit’ at https://youtu.be/XKNg2dcO94k. The song features guest vocals from none other than Floor Jansen of BLOODSTOCK’s Sunday headliners, Nightwish!

Brit crew MONUMENT (https://www.facebook.com/monumentuk) have the honour of opening the main stage on Sunday!  On a mission to bring back classic British heavy metal – citing influences like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Sabbath, Saxon, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, and Led Zep – it’s no wonder Roar Records picked up these London headbangers!  Feast your eyes on their castle-shot video for ‘Lionheart’ at https://youtu.be/tijEVDun0dg.

Welsh death metallers SODOMIZED CADAVER (https://www.facebook.com/SodomizedCadaver) play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday. Last seen at BLOODSTOCK on the Jagermeister stage in 2016, we’re delighted to welcome these old school metalheads back in a bigger slot.  Not familiar with them yet? Head over to their BandCamp page at https://sodomizedcadaver-isp.bandcamp.com/ and take a listen.

Making their BLOODSTOCK debut on Friday’s Sophie stage are South Africa’s DEITY’S MUSE (https://www.facebook.com/deitysmuse).  Bringing their unique blend of alt rock, metal and prog all the way from Johannesburg, these guys are are an absolute juggernaut live.  Vocalist Wayne tells us, “I nearly choked on my coffee the morning we found out that we’re included in this year’s gargantuan BLOODSTOCK lineup.  To say that we’re excited about the opportunity is a gross understatement.  We can’t wait to share our music with the BOA festival goers in August. This is literally a dream come true for us four weirdo South Africans.  We’re salivating at the prospect!” Check ‘em out at https://youtu.be/Dcta6hd98mI.

LIMB (https://www.facebook.com/LimbTheBand/) earn a Saturday slot on the Sophie stage.  If you like your classic rock served up with a side of stoner doom, these guys could be your new favourite band.  Watch their sci-fi inspired video for ‘Dawn Raiders’ at https://youtu.be/aKtj8i-wVTI.  They enthuse, “We can’t believe what a great honour it is to be asked to play this amazing festival!  Our labelmates Vodun & Black Moth have both played incredible sets on the Sophie stage and now we get our chance to join them in stamping our name into the amazing BLOODSTOCK story.  We’re ready to make some ungodly noise for you all!”

Also playing the Sophie stage on Saturday are apocalyptic doomsters WITH THE DEAD (https://www.facebook.com/withthedead).  Formed by ex-Napalm Death/Cathedral and Electric Wizard/Serpentine Path members, you may just recognise the unmistakable vocals of Lee Dorrian.  Get a sample via track ‘Isolation’ at: https://youtu.be/etLfQIgHzGY.  Might we suggest, one not to be missed!

METAL 2 THE MASSES, our programme to support grass roots metal has reached its Grand Finals stage this month, with 31 events happening regionally to pick the best new bands to play BLOODSTOCK’s New Blood stage.  Glasgow and Belfast’s finals happen this Friday 11th May, more locations follow from there.  M2TM is the biggest initiative in UK & Ireland (not forgetting one-off locations in Norway and Poland) to not only support regional venues, but also give local bands a chance to win a slot at the festival, an opportunity to network and aspire to the winning acts that have gone before them.  As well as that chance to play this year’s event, there’s a bigger national prize pool opportunity where selected finals winners will be chosen to open BLOODSTOCK’s Sophie Stage in 2019, play a slot at Slovenia’s Metaldays Festival 2019, win recording time at Parlour Studios with Russ Russell, along with a raft of additional sponsor prizes.  Attending punters aren’t left out either, as they could walk away with a ticket to this year’s festival or any number of free giveaways on the night. The Finals are rolling around the country right now so be sure to get down and show support!

Thinking about your route to BLOODSTOCK yet?  Official travel partner BIG GREEN COACH are more than happy to transport you, your mates and all your camping essentials from 23 pick-up points all over the country to right inside the BLOODSTOCK gates, having recently added Cambridge & Norwich due to customer demand!  For more details, watch https://youtu.be/wqT7Rt2B60E.  Alternatively, if you’re driving to the festival and have a space in your car, or are seeking a ride from your area, post your trip on GOCARSHARE’s website to match up with a friendly metaller and help each other ride to BLOODSTOCK!  You’ll even be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to next year’s festival just by using the GOCARSHARE scheme!  Full details over at http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock.

Come join us in August!  Standard weekend tickets are on sale now, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun.  Grab yours at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.  If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for an email reminder so you don’t miss out when a limited number of single day tickets go on sale at the end of June.  Register your interest here – https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.

With Friday night headliners JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers NIGHTWISH announced, as well as EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, JASTA & FRIENDS, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, VENOM INC., MR BIG, ORPHANED LAND, KAMELOT, POWER TRIP, CONJURER, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, EXHORDER, PALLBEARER, MEMORIAM and many more, we’re more excited than ever for BLOODSTOCK 2018!

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

Win 2 tickets to see Swedish metallers Bullet, at their upcoming 02 Islington Academy headline gig on May 16th.

Fired up Swedish heavy metal five-piece Bullet have inked a worldwide record deal with Steamhammer / SPV and have just released their stonking sixth studio album, ‘Dust To Gold’,  and have now set off on a month long headline European tour at the beginning of May, blasting in to play their sole UK show at London’s 02 Islington Academy on May 16th

Thanks to our friends at Work Hard/SPV you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the gig on 16th May. 

Bullet, who hail from Växjö, were formed in 2001 by vocalist Hell Hofers and guitarist Hampus Klang, who recalls thatThe heroes of our teenage years were AC/DC, Judas Priest, Saxon, Accept, Rose Tattoo and Motörhead.”

Bullet’s stonking sixth studio album, ‘Dust To Gold’, has already won a host of rave reviews; Fireworks Magazine’s Steve Price states in the current Spring 2018 issue that “From the opener ‘Speed And Attack’, through the powerful ‘Fuel The Fire’, to the slightly slower ‘Wildfire’, I love this album! The title track and the aforementioned ‘Wildfire’ have an almost Heaven & Hell feel about them. It’s classic eighties metal (or Rock – call it what you like), but with a solid production sound that brings the whole style up to date.”  

Party animals who love being on the road, Bullet have subsequentlty released five excellent studio albums, toured most European countries several times, opened for AC/DC in front of 55,000 people (in 2009) and performed at some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals, including Rock Am Ring, Graspop, Sweden Rock, Rock Hard, Keep It True, Headbangers Open Air and Wacken (twice).

For many years the band have been conquering the world in their ancient tour bus, a black, white and red 1964 Volvo B63508, with its indestructible six-cylinder engine and countless miles under its frayed seats, lovingly referred to as the ‘Bullet Bus’. “In the years that we’ve been travelling from show to show in our van and have visited countless festivals, our Bullet Bus has never let us down,” notes Hampus, explaining why the vintage vehicle features on the cover of ‘Dust To Gold’; “The Volvo has more than earned its place on the front cover, because in its own way it’s just like we are: hard as nails, resilient and full of priceless memories.”

“Our new songs are about life on the road, about freedom, adventure and the endless fun that passionate metal bands have,” Klang explains. Their love of their lives as musicians oozes from every single note, be it the first single ‘Ain’t Enough’, the fast-paced album opener ‘Speed And Attack’ (in classic NWOBHM style), the powerful singalong anthem ‘Fuel The Fire’ or the cool, grooving midtempo ‘Wildfire’. Regarding the album’s title track, Hampus states that “We’ve tried for a long time to make a song in a Heaven and Hell kind of vibe and this time we really made it. It’s turned out to be a mighty and epic anthem.”

So for your opportunity to win 2 tickets to see Bullet at O2 Islington Academy on 16th May all you have to do is send an email with your name address and contact details to;

The Unchained Rock Show – Bullet Competition to unchained@arfm.co.uk

Winners will be notified by 14th May and will be announced on The Unchained Rock Show on Monday 14th May at 9pm. http://www.arfm.co.uk

 

TECH-FEST 2018: Heart Of A Coward, Employed To Serve + 21 more announced

UK TECH-FEST have completed their line-up for this year’s festival at Newark Showground from 5th to 9th July 2018.

HEART OF A COWARD have been announced as the Thursday ‘Early Bird’ Headliner. Also announced are BETRAYING THE MARTYRS, INGESTED, MARTYR DEFILED (farewell show), EMPLOYED TO SERVE, FROM SORROW TO SERENITY, ARCH ECHO, THE HIRSCH EFFEKT, THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT, VALIS ABLAZE, RAVENFACE, NOVENA, THE FIVE HUNDRED, EXTREMITIES, LOTUS EATER, TAKEN BY THE TIDE, THE CARTOGRAPHER, MISCREANT, PRAVITAS, EMBODIMENT, FROM EDEN TO EXILE, FROM HER ASHES and, FRACTIONS.

They join Friday night headliners SIKTH, Saturday night headliners THE ACACIA STRAIN, who are appearing at UK TECH-FEST 2018 for their only European show this year, followed by Sunday night headliners PROTEST THE HERO for their Fortress anniversary.

Also performing: NORMA JEAN (Redeemer anniversary), THE CONTORTIONIST, BLEED FROM WITHIN, NEXILVA, CYCLAMEN, VOLA, DVSR (EU exclusive debut), JINJER, VOYAGER, TIDES FROM NEBULA, CRYSTAL LAKE, BLOODSHOT DAWN, THE SURREALIST, COGNIZANCE (EU exclusive debut), CONJURER, THE VOYNICH CODE, DAMNED SPRING FRAGRANTIA, CHRIS SCHIERMANN, CREPITATION, DESPITE EXILE, UNPROCESSED, THIS IS TURIN, ARCAEON, PERCEPTION, TIBERIUS, SIAMESE, STOMB, LEECHED, YOU WIN AGAIN GRAVITY.

UK TECH-FEST has been nominated for Best Event in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods and Best Festival in the Heavy Music Awards vote here now:

http://2018.goldengods.teamrock.com/vote/event-of-the-year
https://vote.heavymusicawards.com/

Winspear Instrumental Company, Stage Sight Productions, Dalbello Guitars and Line 6 have come on board as sponsors this year. They join: Zilla Cabs, Strandberg Guitars, Moomin Merchandise, Hands On Printing, Mapex Drums, D’Addario UK, OHMZ Sound Services, Stay Close Clothing, Tired Moon, Loki Films, JWA Creative and Waghorn Guitars.

UK TECH-FEST 2018 continues to grow its most diverse line-up to date, it promises to be another brutally cerebral edition.

Weekend tickets are £79.99 + £20 Camping

For more information click here