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;

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 –

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’ – The opus is set for release this summer.  Stay tuned on their latest news at

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’ – and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the record at

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

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 –

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 and or via the official Reading and Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.


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 ( 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, has already racked up more than 5.5 million views!

Landing a Sophie Lancaster stage slot on Friday are Mancunian bruisers, INGESTED (  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 ( – 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 (  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 ( 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 ( 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 (  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

Standard weekend tickets are now available priced at £145 for four days of metal fun, so grab yours now at

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

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 –

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






                                               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.

Tickets on sale now and are available from
Cost £49 or £55 including the infamous afterparty. All subject to booking fees.

Live at Leeds – The Magic Gang, Ash, Pulled Apart By Horses and many more added to 2018 lineup

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As 2018’s festival season draws ever closer, Live At Leeds is once again standing as the ultimate destination to hear the very best in new music and stunning live favourites – adding a huge raft of names from across the musical landscape.

One of the most acclaimed new guitar bands of recent times, The Magic Gang have become unrivalled leaders of soaring indie anthems. Triggering singalongs no matter where they go, the Brighton natives have burst their way into hearts with the likes of ‘Alright’, ‘All This Way’ and ‘Jasmine’ as a band born for huge live moments. With their debut album set to emerge this year, their appearance at Live At Leeds is primed to be the crowning of future indie royalty, and sure to be one of the most talked about sets of the day.

Speaking about joining the bill, The Magic Gang said:

“Can’t wait for Live at Leeds! Last year’s show at Church was one of our favourites from 2017, ur always bringing it Leeds.”

Not only bringing the essential sounds for the year ahead to the city, but also championing the thriving music scene that flows through its streets, Live At Leeds 2018 sees one of its adored favourites return in the shape of Pulled Apart By Horses. Packed with a menacing punch of garage-rock fever, they’ve become renowned for adrenaline-fused live shows and an uncompromising ability to have crowds in the palm of their hands in no time. With 2018 marking 10 years together as a band, expect Pulled Apart By Horses set at Live At Leeds 2018 to be nothing short of unmissable. With equally huge choruses to boot, 90s heroes Ash are sure to bring a tour-de-force of infectious hits from across their storied career. Expect ‘Girl From Mars’, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Shining Light’ to erupt crowds when their phenomenal live show rolls into Live At Leeds 2018.

Speaking about the Live At Leeds 2018, Pulled Apart By Horses said:

“We’ve haven’t played LAL for a few years now and it’s been going from strength to strength since we last appeared on the bill. It made sense to come back to it this year though. We’re always buzzing to be part of it and nothing beats a good old hometown show. Roll on May!”

Guitar legends Ash said:

“We’re buzzing to be announced for the 2018 Live at Leeds line up; it’s already looking like an amazing bill and it’s an honour to be added for our first appearance alongside some great artists. Expect a set full of classic Ash hits alongside some exclusive surprises. We’re Buzzing for it!”

Packed with thrilling new names, Live At Leeds is a coming together of the most anticipated emerging talent you’ll be hearing talked about again and again in 2018 and beyond. Bound for a huge year ahead, Ten Tonnes will bring his vibrant and punchy garage hooks to the city, likewise Liverpool’s own Louis Berry is set for a defining Live At Leeds moment when his rockabilly charms take over the city, with London’s alt-guitar buzzers Sorry set to continue their talked-about rise with a set that pushes the boundaries of what a guitar band can be in 2018. Frantic energy and glorious pandemonium are guaranteed with Doncaster’s Yungblud, swooning dream-pop will light the way with Her’s and the eclectic musical blendings of Alaskalaska will leave your jaw firmly on the floor – all serving up invigorating and talked-about sets from bands tuly thriving in original flavours.

Speaking about joining the bill, Louis Berry said:

“I love Leeds man. It’s a boss place! Playing up north in general is on fire, but Leeds is definitely one of the cities that stands out. I’ve always had great gigs there, from small venues to festivals. I’m looking forward to playing Live at Leeds this year and things will be a lot different this time. Let’s have it!”

Yungblud commented on his appearance, saying:

“I’m fucking BUZZING to come back home and play this festival!! My boy Lewis Capaldi is playing as well and we’ve literally not seen each other in months, finally we’ll be able to catch each other’s sets”

Across the city, Live At Leeds 2018 is crammed with sensational sounds from across the musical spectrum. From the swooning country croons of Catherine McGrath, the unmistakable punk-showmanship of Sports Team and the hypnotic tones of Grace Lightman to the snarling visceral ferocity of TOUTS, the lo-fi fuzz of Stella Donnelly and the gritty glam-soaked tide of The Ninth Wave – there’s always something new and different around every corner. Beach hooks are bound to land in style when Sunset Sons return to Live At Leeds, with hip-hop morpher Denzel Himself, Dutch favourites Pip Blom, anthemic songwriter Dermot Kennedy, art-rock newcomers Caro, the raw emotions of Bruno Major and Kent trio Lady Bird all set to kick off their summer at Live At Leeds. With the likes of Nelson Can, LUCIA, Queen Zee, Fling and many more also announced, Live At Leeds 2018 is the only place to go to find your next favourite act.

Sunset Sons said about their return to Live At Leeds:

“We’re buzzing to be getting back on the road for our first UK festival show for 2018 at Live at Leeds. Loads of new tunes as well. See ya down the front!!”

Leeds’ own Caro said:

“Dead chuffed to be playing Live at Leeds again, always a big highlight of the year for us.”

Queen Zee said about joining the lineup:

“Live at Leeds gives us a brilliant line up year after year, to be a part of it is an honour. Especially excited to catch The Horrors”.

Brighton favourites The RPMs said:

“We’re fired up to be making our Live At Leeds debut this year, so many brilliant bands have come through LAL and we can’t wait to jump into the fray and crack out some of our new tunes. Apparently, we’re ‘mashing up synthpop, dance with the hookiness of big pop and a wee dose of introspective ambience with high-powered energy’, but mainly we’re just lining up “flickering indie pop sprinkled bombshells” to explode in your ears”…apparently.”

Hatchie said:

“I spent my 21st birthday watching bands at Live at Leeds a couple of years ago so I’m super excited to be heading back this May to play our first UK show!”

Tyne said:

“Super excited to be playing in Leeds with so many golden artists and bands. Can’t wait to be a part of this line up in May. Bring it on!”

Moncrieff said:

“I’m buzzing to get lairy at Live at Leeds 2018. The festival has hosted loads of my favourite artists in the past and the line up again this year is sick.”

These names join an already stunning bill leading the way in new music and future superstars, from returning game-changers such as Circa Waves, Peace and The Horrors to trailblazing new favourites such as Pale Waves, Blaenavon, Spring King, Anteros, Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Sam Fender, Will Heard, Grace Carter, Boy Azooga, whenyoung, Bloxx and many more – Live At Leeds is the celebration of new music that 2018 needs, and the first place to hear the essential sounds it has to offer.

Speaking about the new additions to Live At Leeds 2018, Festival Director Andy Smith said:

“We’re pleased to add The Magic Gang, Pulled Apart by Horses, Ash, Dermot Kennedy, Sunset Sons, Louis Berry and High Tyde to the 2018 event, all of which are doing great things at the moment. There are also some really exciting emerging artists who I personally think will go on to have fantastic careers like Bruno Major, Catherine McGrath, Ten Tonnes, Cassia and Stella Donnelly, to name a few. There’s still plenty more to be announced for this year and maybe a few surprises along the way.”

The festivities of the Live At Leeds weekend are set to kick off on the Friday night (May 4th) with a very special showcase presented by PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund Showcase at The Wardrobe – featuring appearances from supported artists such as Our Girl, Chelou, Fenne Lily and very special guest headliners to be revealed shortly. Entry to the show is free, with more details at

Live at Leeds is a core event in the 2018 programme of Leeds International Festival. Tickets are on sale now, starting from £36 at





Download Festival is thrilled to make its biggest announcement yet by adding over 60 of the world’s biggest rock acts to its unparalleled bill. This includes gigantic arena fillers Shinedown, You Me At Six, Black Stone Cherry, legendary metal outfits Hatebreed, Cradle Of Filth, plus Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood returns to host The Avalanche Stage with seminal bands such as The Bronx, Less Than Jake and Cancer Bats among many more. The three-day festival takes place 8-10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at

Download Festival is pleased to welcome back Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood to once again host The Avalanche Stage, shining a spotlight on everyone from the biggest global acts, to the latest breaking bands. With headliners Neck Deep and The Hives already announced, latest additions include The Bronx who will sink their teeth firmly into the stage with a gut-wrenching performance, the electrifying Cancer Bats bringing with them circle pits and crowd surfing aplenty, as well as the youthful punk rebellion of Milk Teeth, ska-punk favourites Less Than Jake, and the ever-growing popularity of Jamie Lenman, plus many more.

Alex Baker, presenter of Fresh Blood on Kerrang! Radio said:
“I am absolutely stoked to be hosting The Avalanche Stage again this year at Download. Last year the talent on display on the stage, from brand new bands through to legends of the scene that started out life on Fresh Blood, was off the chart….and yet again this year it’s going to THE place to be…Puppy, Milk Teeth, Employed To Serve and CANCER BATS (to name but a few!). I mean COME ON! BE FAIR ON THE OTHER STAGES!!”

Fresh from a world tour, the unstoppable Shinedown are returning to Download to kick ass with massive riffs and huge anthems led by rock machine Brent Stephen Smith. Also coming to Donington are the relentless Volbeat who’ve carved their own way to massive stages across the globe through their incredible genre melding fun.

You Me At Six return to Download bigger than ever to perform anthems from their No.1 album Cavalier Youth, their recent Top 3 album Night People and many, many more. The Surrey five-piece have long been at the forefront of breaking British rock and are ready to step it up a notch. Legendary Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will be making his first Download appearance as a solo artist after recently revealing plans to release a solo record in 2018, and the undisputed masters of symphonic, gothic, black metal Cradle of Filth will be as untamed as ever with the unmissable Dani Filth and co.

UK power metal shred lords DragonForce return to Download for a gloriously fast and absurdly entertaining show. Also added are Kentucky boys and stadium conquerors Black Stone Cherry who have seen stratospheric success blending Southern-rock and alternative metal stylings, joined by the hotly-tipped trad-rockers and one of the UK’s brightest prospects Inglorious, and Monster Truck who will provide an amped-up, modern take on good old-fashioned bluesy rock with guitar riffs and just the right amount of vintage appeal.

With third album A Deeper Cut due for release next month, The Temperance Movement are back for a rousing and retro feel-good time filled with chunky riffs and swaggering anthems tailor made for massive audiences. British rock legends Thunder have been packing a punch since 1989 and with their new album Rip It Up, they’re as explosive as ever. The Struts’ brand of modernised glam rock and hugely classic hooks are coming to the Main Stage in an all-singing, all dancing, extravaganza, as well as Texan southern-rockers Whiskey Myers who will whip up the crowd with lashings of country and a healthy dose of rock’n’roll.

The hugely influential grunge pioneers L7 are back to send the crowd into meltdown, while Hatebreed have been a vital unifying force in heavy music for decades and will tear up the Main Stage with power and positivity. Greta Van Fleet are a much welcome addition to the line up, bringing with them their unapologetic throwback to the golden era of classic rock.

Boston Manor have been relentlessly touring and are ready to hit a nerve as they step up to the Main Stage along with British post hardcore quintet Marmozets who’s rep for youthful punk aggression has bagged themselves a prime spot. American post-hardcore legends Thrice will receive a hero’s welcome on the Zippo Encore Stage as they return to Donington for the first time since 2003.

Headlining The Dogtooth Stage across the weekend, Australian deathcore mob Thy Art Is Murder are ready to bring a pounding adrenaline rush along with the Grammy nominated, heavy metal outfit Baroness. TesseracT are one of progressive metal’s elite whose groovetastic metal will put bounce in the mosh pit, joined by one of the UK’s most exciting new hardcore bands Higher Power, and now in their 12th year with four albums and multiple EPs under their belt, Rolo Tomassi are certain to dominate.

Also announced today – Bury Tomorrow, Kreator, Dead Cross, Stick To Your Guns, The Maine, blessthefall, Stray From The Path, Employed To Serve, The Bottom Line, Emmure, Plini, Myrkur, Knocked Loose, All Them Witches, Malevolence, Wayward Sons, Puppy, Zeal & Ardor, Miss May I, SHVPES, No Hot Ashes, Gold Key, The Hyena Kill, Sun Arcana, Tigress, Death Blooms, The Faim, Turbonegro, Corrosion Of Conformity, Savage Messiah, Myke Gray, Von Hertzen Brothers, Woes, Powerflo, Sleep Token and Koyo

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.

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BLOODSTOCK welcomes AT THE GATES, EXHORDER and more for 2018!

BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce four more bands for 2018!  Tickets are moving faster than ever for 2018’s weekender, with ‘Serpent’s Lair’ VIP tickets sold out completely!  Don’t delay in picking up your ticket before August comes around.  We’re expecting another weekend sell-out this year!  Now for the latest band announcement…

Sunday’s special guest on the Ronnie James Dio main stage will be AT THE GATES.   The Swedish melodeath overlords are hard at work on the follow up album to 2014’s ‘At War With Reality’ which is set for release on 18th May via Century Media.  Check out their latest studio report over on drummer Adrian Erlandsson’s YouTube channel –

Cruising into a Saturday night special guest slot on the Sophie stage are seminal New Orleans thrash pioneers, EXHORDER.  Arguably the creators of the original sound that Pantera honed and took to the masses, when we learned the band had reformed, we *had* to bring them to BLOODSTOCK!  Check out their classic 1990 debut studio album, ‘Slaughter In The Vatican’ at

Las Vegas sludge metal beasts, WEIGHT OF THE TIDE land a Sophie stage slot.  The band released second album, ‘All Told’ via Undergroove Records late last year.  Check out a taster of that release via the video for ‘The Architect’ here –

California death metal outfit, SANGRE also join the Sophie stage bill.  Not familiar with SANGRE?  Then get a taster over at their Bandcamp page –

If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are a little broke after the 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

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 –

If you like a good podcast, BLOODSTOCK Radio has returned for the 2018 season!  Listen in to Squatter chatting all things BLOODSTOCK at or look up the show via iTunes or Podcast Addict to get a regular lowdown.

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, JASTA & FRIENDS, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, VENOM INC., MR BIG, ORPHANED LAND, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, 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


BLOODSTOCK are excited to make their first band announcement of 2018! Tickets for 2018 are flying out the door, with less than 50 VIP tickets remaining.  Do not delay if you’re planning on joining us in the Serpent’s Lair!  Standard tickets, as well as the very popular Deposit Scheme and the last few camper van pitches are all currently available in the ticket store.  So, about those band announcements…

JASTA & FRIENDS are set for a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday!  As a great friend of BLOODSTOCK, we’re thrilled to welcome Jamey Jasta, frontman of Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow and Icepick, back to the festival with his solo band, JASTA.  However, this is not just JASTA, this is JASTA & FRIENDS, so expect some special guests to jump on stage for various songs, just for the BOA faithful at BLOODSTOCK 2018! Guests will be revealed in due course, but we can tell you that the mighty Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom of Sorrow) will be one of them! Jamey says, “I’m beyond excited and honoured to have my first UK show with JASTA be at the mighty Bloodstock Festival! So many legends have graced the Bloodstock stages, we will channel their energy and give the fans a killer set with some special surprise guests!” Check out JASTA’s recent video for ‘The Same Flame’ here –

VENOM INC also join Saturday’s main stage bill!  With new album, ‘Avé’ released via Nuclear Blast last year, the seminal British metal icons will be bringing both classic tracks and new to BLOODSTOCK next August.  Check out the lyric video for ‘Avé Satanas’, taken from that album here – and get ready to welcome The Demolition Man, Mantas and Abaddon to Catton Park!

Our Saturday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner will be ORPHANED LAND!  The ground-breaking band’s new album, ‘Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs’ is set for release later this month via Century Media and features guest appearances from Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch, Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates and Steve Hackett.  Check out the epic album teaser here –

Also joining the bill are the hotly tipped Danish prog metal outfit VOLA, who join the Sophie stage bill on Saturday.  The band are hard at work on their new studio album, set for release through Mascot Records this year.  Get a taster of their sound via the video for ‘Stray The Skies’ taken from 2016’s debut album, ‘InMazes’ –

If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet and are a bit stretched post-Christmas, BLOODSTOCK’s payment plan helps ease the ‘lump sum’ shock of paying for your ticket by breaking it into five smaller, more manageable amounts.  Sign up in the ticket store any time before 28th Feb for an initial deposit of £36.00.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £29.00 will debit your bank account on 3rd April, 1st May, 1st June and 2nd July respectively.  Find out full details and sign up over at

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 –

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday’s bil toppers, NIGHTWISH already announced, as well as EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, MR BIG, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH 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

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.