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.
Legendary Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider has been confirmed as the second of the headline acts for HRH XI, which takes place at Hafan y Môr, outside Pwllheli in north Wales, over the weekend of 9 – 12 November.
It will be the outspoken singer’s first appearance in the UK since Twisted Sister’s farewell show at Bloodstock last summer, and his first solo outing since his controversial headlining slot at the Steelhouse festival in 2015.
Also joining this November’s line-up – which already features Airbourne, Y&T, Gun , The New Roses and Syteria - are HRH favourites Tyketto, as well as Lynch Mob and the reformed Femme Fatale.
The latest additions also include Reef, The Answer, Von Hertzen Brothers and Black Aces on the main stage, and a raft more second stage acts, including Burnt Out Wreck, Syron Vanes, KILLCODE, Florence Black, The Jokers, Fire Red Empress, Colour of Noise, The Kut and Louder Still.
The rest of the line-up, including the third and final headliner, will be announced on Monday 31 July. In the meantime, ticket details and other relevant information can be found HERE.
As 2017 settles in, four more bands have been locked in for August’s Bloodstock festival, which takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on 10th - 13th August.
Soilwork have been confirmed for the main stage.
Frontman Björn ‘Speed’ Strid said:
"We are really thrilled to return to UK soil after a killer mini-tour with Arch Enemy last year. That ended with one of the most spectacular and sweatiest shows to date at The Underworld in London. Bloodstock is always a riot and we cannot wait to hit the stage this summer. Bring it England!!!"
‘Murder metal’ outfit Macabre are set for a headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage, where they will be joined by Wintersun and Eqyptian death dealers Scarab.
Already announced for 2017 are Friday headliners Amon Amarth, Sunday headliners Megadeth, as well as Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Skindred, Possessed, Annihilator, Municipal Waste, Hell and Decapitated. Many more acts, including the Saturday headliner, are still be announced – and, as ever, Über Rock will bring you the details as and when…
Standard weekend camping tickets are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) HERE. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee), with those under the age of four free! Camper van pitches have now sold out.
Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit plan. The payment scheme helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums. Sign up in the ticket store before 28th February with an initial payment of £34.80. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. Get full info HERE.
If you’re going to Bloodstock by coach, Big Green Coachhave 21 departure cities for coaches directly to the site: Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, and Worcester. Check out the details and secure your seat for only a tenner (the rest is payable in July) HERE.
Inglorious will release their second album – aptly titled ‘Inglorious II’ – via Frontiers Records on 12 May.
Singer Nathan James said of the album:
"It came together very organically after spending time touring together and felt great. We knew we were making an album this time too! We focused on getting our sounds just right so we could get into the studio and out in the least time possible. Between Adde [Eriksson]'s flat in Malmö, Sweden and [bassist] Colin [Parkinson]'s family home in Somerset, England, this album came together quickly. We spent three weekends in Somerset, writing in a kind of 9-5 fashion, whereby we knew we were at work. Then, after a lovely home cooked dinner, we would relax, have a few beers and balance out our hard work. The environment is so important to be creative and we had it good!"
The band have also announced that original guitarist Drew Lowe has rejoined on a permanent basis, following the departure of Wil Lewis, who let when the new album had just been completed.
Inglorious headline the Planet Rock Winter’s End festival in Poole on 25 February and also appear at the Steelhouse Festival in Ebbw Vale on 28/29 July and the Weyfest Festival in Tilford on 19 August.
Canadian hard rockers Monster Truck have been added to the bill for this year’s Steelhouse Festival, which takes place at Hafod-y-Dafal, just outside Ebbw Vale in south Wales, on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.
Promoter Max Rhead said: “Monster Truck are by far and away the most requested band we’ve booked this year. I think their incredible mainstage performance at Download last year has seen their popularity grow massively. We’re looking forward to welcoming these ‘proper rockers’ to our mountaintop.”
They join a bill that already features Skindred and Saxon, who will be bringing their full Eagle stage show to Steelhouse, as well as Last In Line, Inglorious, Steve Harris British Lion, King King, Jared James Nichols, Stone Broken, Broken Witt Rebels, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Florence Black.
W.A.S.P. have announced a full UK and Ireland tour to mark the 25th anniversary of the band’s iconic concept album, ‘The Crimson Idol’.
The ‘Re-Idolized’ tour will see the band perform the album – plus three songs intended for the original 1992 recording but ultimately omitted – in its entirety. The second half of the set is being billed as a “collection of greatest hits”.
Blackie Lawless has also revealed that the band will release a re-recorded version of the album, along with a 50 minute DVD of the story, later this year.
Tour dates are as follows:
Thursday 12 October – Hastings, White Rock Theatre
Friday 13 October – Nottingham, Rock City
Saturday 14 October – Leeds, O2 Academy
Sunday 15 October – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Monday 16 October – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Wednesday 18 October – Belfast, Limelight 1
Thursday 19 October – Dublin, Academy
Friday 20 October – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 21 October – Manchester, O2 Ritz
Sunday 22 October – Buckley, Tivoli
Tuesday 24 October – Cardiff, Tramshed
Wednesday 25 October – Bristol, O2 Academy
Thursday 26 October – Norwich, UEA
Friday 27 October – London, O2 Forum
Tickets for all dates are on sale now from all usual outlets.
Scottish alt-rock outfit Vukovi will release their self-titled debut album via LAB Records on 10 March– the same day on which they kick off a headline tour at Glasgow’s King Tuts.
The album is preceded by a single, ‘La Di Da’. The accompanying video is not suitable for anyone who has a fear of snakes:
“I wanted the video for ‘La Di Da’ to be a representation of my subconscious”, frontwoman Janie Shilstone says. “Almost like watching what a satanic, schizophrenic nightmare would look like.”
“At first I was terrified when David, the owner, turned up with this see-through box. I totally froze when I saw her, though David assured me that she'd never bit or tried to strangle anyone before!
“Her name was Honey, a six foot boa constrictor, and after 20 mins of stroking her I finally plucked up the courage to hold her. I completely fell in love. She slithered down my left arm and rested her head on my hand, it was so therapeutic.
Partly inspired by the Joker and Harley Quinn relationship Janine was obsessed with as a comic book loving teen, “the song portrays an abusive relationship unbeknown to the victim”.
“There are a lot of emotions throughout the song. There’s vulnerability, and there’s resistance. It took time to come together, and it had to live on the back burner for a while. But one night I gave in to the niggling that kept demanding I go back to it. I remember the moment it came together; me and Hamish (Reilly, guitars) in my flat drinking pretentious cocktails, laptop, tiny amp, guitar…”
Friday 10 March - Glasgow, King Tut’s Saturday 11 March - Leeds, Key Club Monday 13 March - Manchester, Sound Control Tuesday 14 March - Bristol, The Louisiana Thursday 16 March - London, Boston Music Room Saturday 18 March - Nottingham, Rock City Basement Sunday 19 March - Aberdeen, Tunnels