Death metal heavyweights Dying Fetus and reformed British doom band Warning are among the first bands to be announced for this year’s Damnation Festival, which takes place at Leeds University Union on Saturday 4 November.
The event will mark the only UK performance of Warning’s ‘Watching from a Distance’. Warning’s Patrick Walker said: “I’m happy to be able to announce that we’ll be performing a sole UK-exclusive date at Damnation Festival.
“Following the regrouping of the band this year, I was determined to play one show in England and I am particularly delighted to be able to bring Warning to Leeds in November. As a performer, this festival has always been a privilege to be a part of, offering something unique to both audiences and artists, and always imbued with an unusual degree of kindness, generosity and warmth by the fans and the festival team. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to play our 'Watching from a Distance' album, if for just this once in the UK, at Damnation.”
Dying Fetus are scheduled to release their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album this coming summer. Frontman John Gallagher said: “We are ready to bring some brutality to Damnation Festival this year with some songs off our new album, along with the classics. See you in the pit!”
Post-rock duo Nordic Giants and American death metallers Gatecreeper - who will be making their debut UK appearance - also join the Damnation bill. Twenty-three more bands across four stages are still to be announced.
Rebellion, Britain’s biggest punk festival, has announced that it is expanding overseas, with new events planned for Dublin in October and Amsterdam next summer.
The Dublin leg of the festival will take place over the weekend of 27 and 28 October at the city’s Voodoo Lounge and will feature Cock Sparrer, Vice Squad, The Outcasts, The Defects, TV Smith, Blood Or Whiskey and many, many more.
Weekend tickets cost €40 and can be bought right HERE right now.
The Amsterdam event will take place at The Melkweg over the weekend of 2 and 3 June 2018. No further details on this have been announced as yet, but, as ever, Über Rock will bring you more news as and when we get it…
Rebellion itself will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from 3 – 6 August, with this year’s line-up featuring Bad Religion, Slaves, Skids, Sham 69, Pennywise, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Misty In Roots and many, many more.
Full line up details and all the information you could possibly need – including that invaluable link to buy those all-important tickets – can be found HERE.
The final acts have been announced for this year’s Handmade Festival, which takes place at the O2 Academy, the Attenborough Arts Centre and various other venues in Leicester over the weekend of 28 – 30 April.
The last acts to be confirmed include Goat Girl, Baba Naga, Kovic, Courtney Askey, Haus, Little Hours, Peaness, Miriam Franklin, Lea Porcelin and more. They join a line-up that already features Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses and Honeyblood, as well as Über Rock-approved acts such as Tigercub, Puppy, Idles, God Damn and Happyness.
Details also have been confirmed of Handmade's all new Friday programme, which will take place at venues such as Firebug, The Cookie, The Guildhall and Bishop Street Church and will be headlined by HMLTD, Her Name Is Calla, Haiku Salut and Grace Petrie, with support from Fang Club, Kovic, Husky Loops, Fazerdaze, Easy Life, Dead Pretties, Cold Water Souls, Neon Waltz and Pleasure House. Entrance to the new Friday programme is free to festival wristband holders, or £10 for those that won't be attending the full festival.
Weekend tickets for Handmade – which cost £40 for adults, £30 for students and £20 for under 16s – are still available HERE.
Courtesans – whose new EP, ‘Better Safe Than Sober’, due to be released on 31 March, was recently hailed by Über Rock’s Ben Hughes as “completely enrapturing… fresh and exciting” – are among the latest acts confirmed to appear at this year’s Bloodstock festival.
They will play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday 13 August. Joining them will be Bossk and Wretched Soul, while Dendera have been added to the Fridayday bill and Kroh and Abhorrent Decimation have been confirmed to appear on the Saturdayurday. Yorkshire pagan metallers Winterfylleth have been added to the main stage bill.
Meanwhile, the first run of dates for the specially-themed Bloodstock club nights have been announced. They are as follows:
Friday 7 April - Woking - Schism Saturday 8 April - Middlesbrough - ‘SUMO’ at Medicine Bar Saturday 8 April - Manchester - Saturdayan’s Hollow Thursday 13 April - Doncaster - ‘Rawkus’ at Vintage Rock Bar Friday 14 April - Bournemouth - ‘Thank Rock It’s Fridayday’ at Sound Circus Friday 14 April - London - ‘Project Mayhem’ at Electric Ballroom Friday 14 April - Ipswich - ‘The Riot’ at the Cock and Pye Friday 14 April - Stoke - ‘Afterlife’ at the Underground Saturday 15 April - Coventry - The Phoenix Saturday 15 April - Norwich - ‘Meltdown’ at the Waterfront Monday 17 April - Reading - Sakura Wednesday 19 April - Huddersfield - ‘Rawkus’ at The Parish Wednesday 19 April - Liverpool - ‘Rawkus’ at EBGB’s Thursday 20 April - Sheffield - ‘Rawkus’ at The Leadmill (ft Benji Webbe DJ set) Friday 21 April - Bury - ‘Rawkus’ at Yates Friday 21 April - London - ‘Rawkus’ at Lounge 666 Friday 21 April - Leicester - Firebug Saturday 22 April - Birmingham - ‘Uprawr’ at Asylum Saturday 22 April - Cardiff - FUEL Saturday 22 April - Camberley - The Agincourt Monday 24 April - Preston - ‘Rawkus’ at Blitz Friday 28 April - Bristol - ‘PHUCT’ at Bierkeller Friday 28 April - London - ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz Friday 28 April - Plymouth - Envy Saturday 29 April - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club Saturday 29 April – Sheffield- The Corporation
Thursday 4 May - Exeter - ‘TPT’ at Timepiece Friday 5 May - Portsmouth - ‘Thursdaynderdome’ at Edge of the Wedge Saturday 6 May - Hanley -‘Devil’s Night’ at JJ’s Saturday 6 May - Brighton - ‘Apocalypse’ at Envy Saturday 6 May - Stoke - ‘Alt Ctl Del’ at The Underground Friday 12 May - London - ‘Project Mayhem’ at Electric Ballroom Saturday 13 May - Southampton - ‘Apocalypse’ at The 1865 Friday 19 May - Leicester - Firebug Saturday 20 May - Stoke - ‘Rawkus’ at The Underground Saturday 20 May - Coventry - The Phoenix Saturday 20 May - Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms Saturday 20 May – Middlesbrough - ‘SUMO’ at Medicine Bar Saturday 20 May - Norwich - ‘Meltdown’ at The Waterfront Friday 26 May - London - ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz Saturday 27 May - Wigan - ‘Rawkus’ at The Boulevard Saturday 27 May - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club Saturday 27 May - Sheffield - The Corporation
More dates are expected to be announced for June and July.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 10-13 August. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee), plus increasingly limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase), from bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee), with under 4’s free!
A special fundraising gig is being held in one of Uber Rock’s favourite venues, The Doll’s House in Abertillery, as part of an ongoing campaign to save one of Wales’ landmark cultural venues, The Market Hall in Brynmawr.
The Market Hall houses Wales’ oldest, continuously running cinema and theatre, having opened in 1894. However, the venue was forced to close its doors in December, when Bleanau Gwent County Council placed a Prohibition Notice on the building, preventing its continued use until issues surrounding asbestos within its structure are addressed. The asbestos was discovered during structural investigations being carried out as part of plans to add a second screen to the cinema.
The Market Hall is run by the Market Hall Cinema and Arts Trust, a registered charity set up to manage the facility as an independent ‘first run’ cinema, theatre, venue and community training space. The charity reckons that the venue has been losing £95,000 a week, and, faced with dwindling cash reserves, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help pay for the remedial work. The appeal has a target of £50,000.
Metal Church have announced a run of five dates in the UK and Ireland this coming June.
They are detailed in the poster below.
Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!"
The Ruts DC are to release a new single, ‘Kill The Pain’, next week.
Released via Westworld/Sosumi Recordings on Friday 3 March, the single – taken from last year’s “comeback” album, ‘Music Must Destroy’ – features backing vocals by Stiff Little Fingers frontman Jake Burns and Spear Of Destiny/Theatre Of Hate frontman Kirk Brandon.
Ruts DC bassist and vocalist Segs toured with Burns and Brandon last year, as part of the Dead Men Walking acoustic project, and says that provided the perfect opportunity to feature his two fellow frontmen on the single:
"In between singing we didn’t stop talking and laughing. It just felt right to have them sing on the single.“
The Ruts DC support The Stranglers on their forthcoming tour:
Later in the summer, The Ruts DC will support Stiff Little Fingers when the Belfast punks mark their 40th anniversary with their biggest ever hometown show, at the city’s Custom House Square on Saturday 26 August. The bill will be completed by The Stranglers and The Outcasts.
Arch Enemy have been confirmed as special guests, playing immediately before headliners Megadeth, on the Sunday night (13 August) of this year’s Bloodstock Open Air.
Chelsea Grin have also been confirmed for an early main stage slot on the Friday (11 August). Frontman Alex Koehle rsaid: “We are looking forward to heading back overseas this summer to be part of Bloodstock 2017. When we were offered the show and we saw the lineup we were extremely excited. We’ve seen tons of videos from Bloodstock in the past and cannot wait to be there.”
The third and final band to be confirmed in the latest announcement are prog metallers ONI, who will play the Sophie stage on Saturday 12 August.
If you’re intending to hit Bloodstock this year, but haven’t bought your ticket yet, the deadline for signing up for the festival’s popular ticket payment scheme is Tuesday28 February.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10 -13 August 2017.
Foo Fighters lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is to release his latest solo album, ‘West Coast Town’, on 14 April via SideOneDummy Records.
His third solo album, it once more sees Shiflett moving away from heavy rock for which he is best known to alt-country. ‘West Coast Town’ was recorded at the RCA studios in Nashville with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb, who also plays acoustic guitar and percussion on the album.
The album also features Robby Turner (from Waylon Jennings and Chris Stapleton’s bands) on pedal steel, Chris Powell (from Brent Cobb and Jamey Johnson’s bands) on drums and percussion, Adam Gardner (of Southern Family) on bass and Michael Webb (also from Southern Family) on keyboards.
Shiflett said of the album:
“Getting out of town and working in Nashville with Cobb was the best thing I could have done and was one of my favourite recording experiences of my life. I spent a few months woodshedding my songs and got them as far as I could take them, but Dave took them even further, and his crew of musicians were a joy to work with. I can’t wait to take these tunes out on the road and play them live.”
Former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, Canadian AOR legends Loverboy and sleaze rock survivors Kix are to headline this year's Rockingham, which takes place at Trent University in Nottingham over the weekend of 20 - 22 October. For full details of this year's line-up, click the link:
The dates are part of an extensive European tour, which starts at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium on 16 June and finishes at the Reload Festival in Germany on 25 August.
Prong founder Tommy Victor said of the band’s latest trip across the Atlantic:
“Europe is a special place for Prong and 2017 is shaping up to be another touring year for the history books. Many great festivals and great clubs are on the agenda and we will be bringing some new music along as well! We are extremely excited!”
The first acts have been confirmed for this year’s 2000trees Festival, which takes place at Upcote Farm in Withington (just outside Cheltenham) over the weekend of 6 – 8 July.
Slaves will headline on the closing night, with the weekend’s bill also including Nothing But Thieves, Jamie Lenman, Pulled Apart By Horses, Feed The Rhino and Dinosaur Pile-Up.
More than 30 other bands also have been confirmed and are detailed in this poster:
2000trees Festival organiser James Scarlett says:
“We had a phenomenal tenth anniversary last year. The atmosphere was so special and the feedback was just incredible, so it was always going to be a tough task to top that, but ALL our efforts have gone into doing just that and we are unbelievably excited for 2017. As a 100 per cent independent festival, we have always sought to maintain the intimate, friendly and fun vibe that sets smaller events apart and we are growing organically with amazing ideas in the pipeline to help 2000trees Festival to really flourish as one of the best small festivals in the UK”
Further information, updates and tickets are available HERE.