ARfm Radio Preview The Heavy Music Awards. There’s Still Time To Cast Your Vote!

Tune in Thursday 21st June at 9pm for ARfm’s preview of The Heavy Music Awards.

On the show we talk to some of the of the nominees for Best International Breakthrough Artist including Stand Atlantic, Knocked Loose and Palaye Royale as well as Best UK Breakthrough Artist nominees Holding Absence and Loathe. We’ll also hear from Josh of Northlane so tune in Thursday 21st June at 9pm on www.arfm.co.uk 

Over 100,000 votes cast in the Heavy Music Awards so far and there’s still time to cast your vote!

Voting closes on June 27th.  Vote now at vote.heavymusicawards.com

The HMAs shine a spotlight on artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers who’s incredible talent deserves the attention of the wider world. To achieve this, they have a judging panel of several hundred key music industry figures nominating the finalists, before the public votes on the winners. In 2017, they received almost 100,000 votes from the general public, every single one double opted-in.

This year The HMAs will take place at London’s KOKO on August 22nd.  The event, which will later be shown exclusively on Scuzz TV is an opportunity for the rabble rousers, the game changers and fiercely passionate artists in the world of rock and metal to be celebrated.

Finalists for the Heavy Music Awards 2018:

Best Album

Code Orange –  Forever

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

Enter Shikari – The Spark

Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

The Menzingers – After The Party

While She Sleeps – You Are We

 

Best UK Band

Arcane Roots

Architects

Creeper

Enter Shikari

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Marmozets

While She Sleeps

 Best International Band

Code Orange

Converge

Mastodon

The Menzingers

Metallica

Parkway Drive

Trivium

 Best Live Band presented by Jackson Guitars

Architects

Enter Shikari

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Gojira

Ghost

While She Sleeps

Every Time I Die

 

Best UK Breakthrough Band

Bad Sign

Conjurer

Employed To Serve

Holding Absence

Loathe

Milk Teeth

Venom Prison

 

Best International Breakthrough Band

Brutus

Can’t Swim

Knocked Loose

Palaye Royale

Sløtface

Stand Atlantic

Waterparks

 

Best Album Artwork presented by The Pit

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper

Converge – The Dusk In Us

Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Northlane – Mesmer

Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes?

 

Best Festival

2000trees Festival

Arc Tan Gent

Bloodstock Open Air

Download Festival

Hellfest Open Air

Slam Dunk Festival

UK Tech Fest

 

Best Photographer

Corinne Cumming

Ben Gibson

Joshua Halling

Paul Harries

Tina Korhonen

Jennifer McCord

Ed Mason

 

Best Producer

Kurt Ballou

Romesh Dodangonda

Neil D Kennedy

Dan Lancaster

Brendan O’Brien

Will Putney

Will Yip

How the Heavy Music Awards works:

The first step of the HMA process sees members of the HMA Voting Panel nominate their top threes for each category, covering artists, photographers, designers, producers, venues and festivals. The panel comprises those who work in the music industry in a professional or semi-professional capacity. The HMAs as an organisation and its staff are not involved in the voting process in any way.

Once the nominations are completed, the lists are tallied up to create shortlists of seven finalists in each category. The lists of finalists were announced at the HMA18 Launch Event on 25 April, at Gorilla, Manchester.

At this point the shortlists have been made available for public voting.

The winners will be announced at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 on 23rd August at KOKO, London. Anyone who votes is entered into the ballot to win tickets to attend the event.

For more information checkout http://heavymusicawards.com/ 

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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL – WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

OVER 100,000 MUSIC FANS MAKE PILGRAMAGE TO DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE AND CELEBRATE WITH AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GUNS N’ROSES AND OZZY OSBOURNE’S FIRST AND FINAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AT THE HOME OF ROCK

FURTHER SITE IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDITION OF BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE SEES DOWNLOAD RECIEVE GOLD AWARD FOR ‘ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING’ ACCESSIBILITY CHARTER 

GREENEST YEAR FOR THE UK’S LARGEST SINGLE SITE FESTIVAL AND INAUGURAL ECO CAMPSITE 

TICKETS FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2019 ON SALE WEDS 13 JUNE

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The world premier rock and metal event took place as 100,000 descended to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, Leicester across the weekend for the 16th annual Download Festival. The capacity crowds witnessed the triumphant return of Guns N’ Roses with the full ‘Not In This Lifetime’ show as living legends Axl Rose, Slash and Duff Mckagen delivered an unforgettable hits filled set. Stadium smashers Avenged Sevenfold cemented their status as one of the biggest forces in the rock world and the Prince Of Darkness himself and midlands native Ozzy Osbourne closed the festival with panache on his first ever solo appearance at the festival as the only UK date on his ‘No More Tours’ farewell tour.

With the sun shining throughout the weekend, the atmosphere was electric as waves of fans once again lived up to the moniker of what is widely regarded as the UK friendliest festival, celebrating inclusivity, self-expression and displaying a lot of headbanging.

With early birds arriving on Wednesday, taking full advantage of a whole host of entertainment and activities before the main festival opened including the Side Splitter Comedy Tent, Lords Of Lightening, silent disco and annual official Air Guitar contest winner will be flown out to Sweden to compete in the world final. A standout success was the incredibly popular Do.om Yoga, a slow yoga session practiced to sludgy doom metal – with demand outweighing capacity for the heavy metal twist on the trend was perfect to warm up the mindfulness fans for the weekend ahead. No one was caught short as the festival opened the first full-scale Co-op on site making sure essentials were at hand for all and the debut of Co-op‘s reverse recycling’ vending machines, where revellers could earn cash by recycling their plastic.

Download has been awarded the Gold Level of Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, only the 2nd festival of over 80,000 capacity to have done so.

Gideon Feldman said:

“The commitment Download have shown to accessibility and inclusion clearly sits at the heart of the festival, from the amazing viewing platforms to the campsite provision and in 2018 the addition of British Sign Language performance interpreting for 18 bands across the weekend and an on request service, Download deserves to be recognised for the outstanding work they have shown this year and over the past years”

The first full day of music on Friday saw home-grown heroes You Me At Six deliver a stunning second stage headline performance – as they announced their new album at the festival. UK metal torch-bearers Bullet For My Valentine roared through rock-club anthems ‘Tears Don’t Fall’, ‘Scream Aim Fire’ and new hits ‘Letting You Go’ more as they march toward album number six ‘Gravity’. Andrew WK brought the party in signature style. Punk Legends Bad Religion smashed through punk masterclass and tech metal front-runners Tesseract headlined the dogtooth stage and of course the much loved festival mascot the Download Dog was out in full force enjoying the festivities with the Download family.

 Avenged Sevenfold made their welcome return to the sacred grounds on Donnington to make a huge statement that they belong in the upper echelon of world dominating bands and they delivered. With a massive production and a two hour set delving into their extensive bat catalogue with hits ‘City Of Evil’, the number 1 selling ‘Hail To The King’ and latest surprise album ‘The Stage’. A7X paid service to their oldest fans, going all the way back to 2005 classic ‘Unholy confessions’, the Californian group proved that they are here to stay as festival headliners.

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.

ith Guns N’ Roses set to hit the stage in on Saturday evening anticipation was in the air, it was a family affair with bassist Duff McKagen’s daughter Grace McKagen opening the main stage in her own band The Pink Slips. Second stage headliners Parkway Drive could never be shown up. Having long been touted as future headliners, this was a watershed moment which saw the aussies shine (not just due to the amount of fire and pyro on stage) as incredibly powerful live force ticking every box. Japanese idols BABYMETAL received a hero’s welcome with their infectious mix of J-pop and furiously fast metal. The crowd roared through sets from grunge legends L7, Neck Deep and Thunder who appeared on the very first ‘Monsters Of Rock’ bill. Hard-rocking titans Black Stone Cherry pulled out all the stops, with chunky riffs and singalongs a plenty.

Exactly one minute early the rock icons that had been on the tip of everyone’s tongues Guns N’ Roses came on to stage to a deafening roar and delivered a rock and roll masterclass. Ripping through crowd pleasing, ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘Night train’ ‘Welcome To The Jungle’, ‘You Could Be Mine’, no stone was left unturned. Filled with surprises and nods to missing friends including Velvet Revolver ‘Slither’ and Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ and of course eternal ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ ‘Paradise City’ and ‘November Rain’, Guns N Roses delivered a set that will go down in history for all the right reasons.

Duff McKagen tweeted to his 1.9 million followers

“Yo @DownloadFest…I am utterly speechless. Thank you guys…you’ve been there from the very beginning. F#CK!!”

 Download celebrated the success of the first ever Eco Campsite sponsored by Greenpeace which was filled to capacity. Campers agreed to uphold a  set of principles including: respecting the natural environment and fellow campers, being responsible for rubbish and taking all camping equipment home.

This Sunday morning fans were no less energetic bounding in the arena as the sun continued to shine down on the famous grounds, which in 2018 was the largest single site festival in the UK. Alexisonfire provided huge servings of nostalgia with emo anthems ‘Young Cardinals,’ ‘Rough Hands’  and more , festival favourites The Hives delivered a powerhouse set with front man Howlin Pelle Almqvist raising the roof engaging every single member of the crowd with his trademark charm and unstoppable energy. Rise Against led a politically charged punk call to action with a relentless performance. Body Count ft. Ice T wasted no time, opening with a bombastic cover of Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’ and rallying against the system of flying through hardcore anthems ‘Institutionalised’ and ‘No Lives Matter’. Grammy nominees Baroness left a lasting impression with their polished hard hitting Dogtooth headline set. Shock rock pioneer Marylin Manson did not disappoint, with the sardonic dark lord of rock club smashers and live spectacle the ‘God Of Fuck’ knows how shock and awe flying through  ‘Disposable Teens’, ‘Beautiful People’, ‘This Is The New Shit’ and ‘Kill 4 Me’ on incredible form.

With Ozzy Osbourne due to close tonight’s proceedings in what will be a very special performance for the midlands native – as he makes his solo debut as Download Festival headliner. Often credited with inventing heavy metal fans will be treated to a whole host of Ozzy and Black Sabbath classics including the ‘Bark At the Moon’, ‘War Pigs’, ‘Crazy Train’, ‘Paranoid’. With Sharon and Kelly Osbourne on site for support the local legend and godfather of metal will provide a weight and fitting end to what has been one of Download’s most successful years yet.

Download Festival next year takes place on 14, 15, 16 June 2019.

Highlights of the 16th Download Festival will be broadcast on SKY ARTS on 29th and 30th June.

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.

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

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2018 ADDS FOUR MORE BANDS TO THE LINE-UP!

BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce four more bands for August’s best heavy metal weekender!  Tickets are moving fast for 2018 and we expect another advance sell-out, so don’t delay in picking up yours! There’s also only 6 days left to sign up to our deposit scheme…

We welcome pirate metal’s finest, ALESTORM with a big ‘Oh Wow!’ as they join the bill on Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage!  Frontman Chris Bowes says, “Oh wow!  It’s been 10 years since our debut album, ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’ came out and somehow, it’s also been 10 years since we last played Bloodstock Open Air!  Let’s have a very silly party time, Englandshire.  I promise we won’t be shite.”  Grab the 10th Anniversary edition of the debut, released just last month and raise your rum to the lyric video of the title track; https://youtu.be/GTyMhv7MCCs.

The much-lauded PALLBEARER join us in a Sunday slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage, bringing their monumental, doom-laden, melodic heaviosity to Catton Park!  The Little Rock, Arkansas-based band have been praised by everyone from the New York Times to Loudwire, Decibel and SPIN, and rightly so!  The band’s third album, ‘Heartless’ made many journalists’ Top Albums of 2017 list.  Check out their video for ‘I Saw The End’, taken from that opus here – https://youtu.be/DNl_18Kr56g.

Nottingham hard rockers FAHRAN pick up a Friday slot on the Sophie stage.  The band recently released a video for new track, ‘State Of Mind’ taken from their upcoming album, ‘VAPOURS’ – https://youtu.be/KW58TKJGyhw. The opus is set for release this summer.  Stay tuned on their latest news at www.facebook.com/Fahranmusic.

British rock crew, DOOMSDAY OUTLAW land a spot on Sunday’s Sophie stage bill.  The five piece have just announced new album, ‘Hard Times’, which is set to arrive in May via Frontiers.  Check out lead track ‘Spirit That Made Me’ – https://youtu.be/eNMPo5DrsJM and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the record at radi.al/HardTimes.

Final call for the 2018 Deposit Scheme!  There’s just 6 days left to sign up for BLOODSTOCK’s payment plan, which eases the shock of a ‘lump sum’ payment by breaking your ticket price into five more manageable amounts.  Sign up in the ticket store before the cut-off time of 11.59pm on Wednesday 28th Feb for an initial deposit of just £36.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively and your 2018 ticket is secured!  Sign up over at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.

Standard weekend tickets are also available, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun, so grab yours now!  If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets do not go on sale until late June.  Register your day ticket interest here – https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers, NIGHTWISH already 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, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, AMARANTHE, EXHORDER, VOLA and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.

Reading and Leeds Festival has revealed Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! at the Disco as its 2018 headliners

Reading and Leeds Festival has revealed Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! at the Disco as its 2018 headliners – and just four of 54 names announced to play at Reading’s famous Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ legendary Bramham Park this August bank holiday weekend (24th – 26th). Skepta, Wolf Alice, Annie Mac, Dua Lipa, J Hus, Diplo, Ms Banks, Pale Waves, Sigrid, Wretch 32 and Yungen are amongst the top rock, dance, alternative and urban acts on the line-up. Tickets are on sale now and available here. 

Kings of Leon headline Reading and Leeds for their second time. With seven albums under their belt and an arsenal of hits –there are few better equipped to close a day of top music at Reading and Leeds.

Probably the hottest act in the world right now and in the middle of a sold-out stint of UK shows, Kendrick Lamar returns to Reading and Leeds this year– and rightly so, being the new owner of five Grammy Awards. The Compton rapper is expected to deliver an unstoppable set on the Reading and Leeds stages, packed with trailblazing hits from widely acclaimed 2017 album DAMN.

Fall Out Boy are also revealed as Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park headliners. True Reading and Leeds veterans and crowd favorites, the Chicago four-piece has established their place on the festival bill over the last decade. This time around, fans can expect a guitar-fuelled celebration of certified hits like “Dance, Dance,” “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “Centuries” as well as new songs from their latest album MANIA.

Completing the quartet of headliners this year are Panic! at the Disco. Brendon Urie and his Las Vegas outfit will take the crowds through a night-time journey of a glittering back catalogue – including landmark albums Pretty. Odd and A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, along with songs from the certified platinum, Grammy nominated album Death Of A Bachelor.

Elsewhere, the record-breaking Dua Lipa will play Reading and Leeds as a UK festival exclusive this summer, joined by the hotly-tipped new acts Sigrid and Pale Waves. Dance fans will have their fill with the likes of legends such as Annie Mac, Birmingham breakthrough DJ favourite Hannah Wants, Riton & Kah-Lo, Bristolian duo My Nu Leng and American genius and Major Lazer co-creator Diplo.

Flying the flag for UK urban music this year is luminary Skepta who will take to the stage following his surprise appearance with Lethal Bizzle in 2017, as well as triple BRIT Award-nominee J Hus, AJ Tracey, Ms Banks, IAMDBB, Wretch 32, Nadia Rose, Kojo Funds and Fredo. Stateside stars joining the bill are Playboi Carti, Lil Pump and modern hip-hops self-proclaimed boyband Brockhampton, as well as the genre-defying Post Malone – the 22-year old NYC musician making musical waves around the world.

Following a secret opening performance on the Festival Republic stage last year, Reading and Leeds favourite Wolf Alice are set to play. The North London quartet’s 2017 album ‘Visions of a Life’ received widespread critical acclaim, with NME calling it the album of the year and affirming them as ‘Best Band in Britain’ – so we can no doubt expect an even more exhilarating set this year.

Indie fans will not be disappointed, with some of the most genre-defining acts billed to play this year. Liverpool rockers The Wombats join the line up, following their recently released album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. Repping Manchester will be Courteeners, storming through five studio albums and hits including ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ and ‘What Took You So Long’. Brighton four-piece The Magic Gang also join the bill in addition to Bedford-born and critically celebrated singer-songwriter Tom Grennan takes to the stage beside them after an incredible first year.

Reading and Leeds have been famous for earth-shattering rock acts over the years and 2018 will be no different, with something on the line-up for every type of rock fan. Florida rock outfit UnderØath will appear this year alongside the likes of noughties favourites Sum 41 and none other than California legends Papa Roach, as well as Waterparks, Hollywood Undead and Ohio-based hardcore band Beartooth. The best in British rock will of course also be represented in the form of Creeper – Southampton’s famous horror-punk six-piece.

Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn commented: “Reading and Leeds prides itself on being a music-first festival and this year’s line-up already proves that. Kings of Leon and Fall Out Boy are bands that have grown with the festival and its fans and we couldn’t be more pleased to invite them back to headline. Adding Panic! at the Disco and Kendrick Lamar, probably the most sought-after act in the world right now, we think Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018 are off to an amazing start – with even more to come, so watch this space.”

With hundreds of acts set to play, Reading and Leeds will again be the unmissable festival weekend of the summer – defining and celebrating the sounds of modern ground-breaking music, as well as a world-class comedy line up.

Fans can be the first to hear further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletters at www.readingfestival.co.uk and www.leedsfestival.co.uk or via the official Reading and Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.

BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS!

The days are clicking by and BLOODSTOCK is just six months away!  Tickets are moving faster than ever in 2018 so don’t delay in picking up yours!  There’s another batch of bands to announce; one main stage band and seven more to flesh out part of the Sophie stage line up.

BLOODSTOCK is pleased to welcome Swedish metal crew AMARANTHE (www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand) to the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday. Featuring three vocalists, the band are a unique mix of death and power metal. Their video for single ‘Maximize’, at https://youtu.be/nfk7YZJtmeo, has already racked up more than 5.5 million views!

Landing a Sophie Lancaster stage slot on Friday are Mancunian bruisers, INGESTED (www.facebook.com/ingesteduk).  The Century Media-signed band have built a reputation for savage death metal, taking their influences from classic gore and splatter movies.  Joining them on the Friday line-up are MORTISHEAD (www.facebook.com/mortishead) – definitely not to be confused with Portishead! – who bring their hybrid of industrial, thrash, groove & sludge metal to the Sophie stage.  As former victors of Bristol’s Metal 2 The Masses, we’re thrilled to see the band progress since their debut on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage in 2015.

Landing a slot on Saturday’s Sophie bill, we welcome back Irish trio, DEAD LABEL (www.facebook.com/DeadLabel).  The three piece are rapidly growing a reputation and we’re thrilled to have them as BLOODSTOCK alumni!  All the way from Perth, Australia, prog metallers VOYAGER (www.facebook.com/voyageraustralia) join the fray on Saturday. The long-running group dropped their sixth album, ‘Ghost Mile’ last May.

After having to pull out last year, we’re pleased Nuclear Blast’s brutal German duo MANTAR (www.facebook.com/MantarBand/) are able to join Sunday’s Sophie bill in 2018!  Don’t miss them if you love a bit of black metal combined with doom and punk.  If thrash is more your thing, be sure to catch Brighton beasts, KING LEVIATHAN (www.facebook.com/KingLeviathanMetal).  BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to welcome heavy supergroup, ACT OF DEFIANCE.  Formed in 2014, by ex-Megadeth men Chris Broderick & Shawn Drover, plus Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) & Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), check them out at http://metalblade.com/actofdefiance/.

Standard weekend tickets are now available priced at £145 for four days of metal fun, so grab yours now at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.

If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are still broke from Christmas shenanigans, BLOODSTOCK’s payment plan helps ease any ‘lump sum’ shock by breaking your ticket payment into five smaller, more manageable amounts.  Sign up in the ticket store any time before 28th Feb for an initial deposit of just £36.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively.  Find out full details or sign up over at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com.

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

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers, NIGHTWISH already 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, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, EXHORDER, VOLA and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.

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

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THIRD WAVE OF ACTS

TWIN ATLANTIC, THE SKINTS, ZEBRAHEAD, SET YOUR GOALS, NORTHLANE, COMEBACK KID, COUNTERPARTS, CAPDOWN, SAVE FERRIS, BROADSIDE AND CAN’T SWIM

JOINING CO-HEADLINERS GOOD CHARLOTTE & JIMMY EAT WORLD

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ACTS INCLUDE:
PVRIS, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, STATE CHAMPS, THURSDAY, CREEPER, AND MANY MORE

EVEN 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

Already boasting a remarkable line-up featuring the hottest acts in modern alternative music, Slam Dunk Festival has further cemented its position as the only place to be over the May Bank Holiday weekend by revealing even more exciting names.

With driving guitars and powerful vocals dripping with Sam McTrusty’s trademark Glaswegian accent, Twin Atlantic will return to Slam Dunk Festival following their first appearance in 2008. With four stunning albums under their belt, the Glasgow group’s return is sure to be highly-anticipated among the Slam Dunk crowd. Their most recent release, ‘GLA’, features beautifully crafted anthems such as the soaring ‘Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator’ and groove-laden ‘Valhalla’, set to come to life and mark their May appearance as a definitive festival moment.

Earning the respect of legendary names such as Tippa Irie and Horseman, who subsequently lent their vibes to feelgood track ‘The Town’, The Skints are set to inject a shot of sunshine straight to Slam Dunk Festival. Hard-hitting lyrics delivered by the talented multi-instrumentalist Marcia Richards, guitarist Josh Waters Rudge and percussionist Jamie Kyriakides are set to unite everyone in ska-punk spirit.

Poised to party at Slam Dunk Festival for their 5th consecutive year will be Grammy-nominated Californian legends Zebrahead. Loaded with infectious hooks and a world-famous frat-party live-show, the ‘Hell Yeah!’ heroes appearance promises to be a highlight of the festival season!

No strangers to Slam Dunk Festival, Set Your Goals will be returning to Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham set to fill their stage with singalongs of ‘The Few That Remain’, ‘Summer Jam’ and ‘Certain’.

Armed with razor-sharp riffs and mesmerising ambition, Australian five-piece Northlane will make their way to Slam Dunk Festival for a truly remarkable sonic experience. Producing masterpiece after masterpiece in the form of stand-out albums from the debut ‘Discoveries’, ‘Singularity’, ‘Node’ and the latest, ‘Mesmer’, the group have received constant recognition from Australia’s ARIA Music Charts as well as countless award nominations globally. Slam Dunk Festival 2018 will see Northlane return to the festival after their debut performance in 2016, delivering a transfixing spectacle across all three sites.

Responsible for full-throttle anthems such as ‘Wake The Dead’ and ‘Do Yourself a Favour’, Canadian kings of hardcore Comeback Kid are set to tear the Slam Dunk Festival stages apart when they return for the May weekender. The long-running hardcore outfit have built a concrete career on unrelenting evolution and flat-out intensity, all proven by a volatile exstentive back catalogue loaded with tracks that take on an incredible riotous form when translated to a live environment. Expect a fierce display of sonic power when Comeback Kid step onto the stage, their appearance is not be one to miss.

Andrew Neufield of Comeback Kid says;
“Pretty ecstatic to get back to Slam Dunk fest for our 2nd time. We played a couple years ago and ran quite the muck. We’ll be ramping it up this year for sure!”

In another blistering addition, Slam Dunk is thrilled to welcome Counterparts to the festival’s stages for the very first time! The captivating Canadian metalcore quintet have received critical acclaim for their most recently released album ‘You’re Not You Anymore’ which featured stunningly raw singles ‘Bouquet’ and ‘No Servant of Mine’. Counterparts have toured with the likes of Senses Fail and subsequently won hundreds of fans with an energetic live display. Their debut Slam Dunk performance will be a must-see set, guaranteed to have eager fans screaming back every single line in between the biggest stage dives.

Brendan Murphy of Counterparts says;
“After years we’re finally gonna dunk the biggest basketball net in the UK. I already know the set is gonna be sick, I don’t even have to bug you guys about it. Let’s go!”

Also set to appear at Slam Dunk Festival will be not one, but two legendary ska acts. Born of Milton Keynes, Capdown pioneered their own brand of hardcore, ska and dub resulting in all-round adoration of their ingenuity. In a similar vein, Orange County wonders Save Ferris, will be bringing their Ska-Pop Punk-Swing to their first Slam Dunk Festival performance!

Joining these incredible names with debut Slam Dunk Festival performances will be New Jersey natives Can’t Swim and Virginian upstarts Broadside. Between them, the two highly-anticipated acts have toured with the likes of Four Year Strong, Tonight Alive, Silverstein, Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, and Set Your Goals. Gaining thousands of fans after touring relentlessly, both bands promise packed-out stages at Slam Dunk Festival 2018.

Chris LoPorto of Can’t Swim says;
“In the short time of doing this band, we’ve made some great friends through touring. Playing with a few of them at a festival like this is pretty special. It’s one thing to have the opportunity to play your music in front of a bunch of people, but also getting to see old friends on a catering line in another country is the best. Festivals like this bring a lot of people together, in more ways than one. We’re very excited to be a part of it.”

In the biggest line-up to date, Slam Dunk Festival 2018 will also see pop-punk titans Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World perform their debut performances in a highly-anticipated co-headline sets. In addition to this, PVRIS, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Taking Back Sunday, Creeper, Thursday, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong, Knuckle Puck, Crown The Empire, Real Friends and so many more to be announced will make Slam Dunk Festival 2018 the only place to be this summer.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets on sale now and are available from https://www.slamdunkmusic.com/
Cost £49 or £55 including the infamous afterparty. All subject to booking fees.