April News Updates
ALBUM NEWS: Voodoo Six to ‘Make Way For The King’ on new album Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:06

Voodoo Six are to release their fourth studio album, ‘Make Way For The King’, via Cadiz Music on 8 September.


Voodoo Six - Make Way For The King


Anyone pre-ordering through PledgeMusic, where a number of special editions are available, will receive, ahead of the album’s release, an exclusive radio edit of the album title track


‘Make Way For The King’ is the first album to feature new vocalist Nik Taylor-Stoakes, and was produced by Tom Fletcher, known for his work with Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Lukather, Yes, Jeff Beck, Scorpions, Toto and Yngwie Malmsteen.


Bassist Tony Newton said of the new record and fresh start for the band: “It feels like this is the right time for us to return. We’re incredibly proud of the new material and can’t wait both for people to enjoy ‘Make Way For The King’ at home but also to join us for what are going to be some amazing live shows!”


Tour dates in support of the album release are expected to be announced in the near future.



FESTIVAL NEWS: First acts confirmed for HAMMERFEST X Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:47

Sepultura, Hellyeah and Gloryhammer are among the first big names to be announced for the tenth anniversary edition of Hammerfest.


Hammerfest X first poster 

Hammerfest takes place at the Hafan-Y-Mor holiday camp, just outside Pwllheli, in north Wales, from 15 – 18 March 2018.


Tickets are on sale now.

FESTIVAL NEWS: More acts added to HRH Sleaze bill Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:41

Bai Bang, Spread Eagle, Chasing Dragons, Gasoline Queen and The Cruel Intentions have been added to the bill of the first ever dedicated HRH Sleaze festival, which takes place at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on 2 and 3 September.


They join a line-up that already features Faster Pussycat, Vain, Jizzy Pearl, Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour, Tigertailz and many more.


HRH Sleaze updated poster 

There are a limited number of weekend tickets remaining. You can get yours HERE.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Download announce site improvements Print E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2017 11:00

The organizers of the Download festival have announced some major site improvements, designed to improve access to the event site – and also alleviate some of the problems caused by last year’s unprecedented downpours.


download 2017 improvements


It is reckoned that a massive 70 million gallons of rain – the equivalent of 106 Olympic size swimming pools – fell on the Donington site last year, causing the event to earn the nickname ‘Drownload’ due to the resulting conditions.


For this year, the organizers have added a new drainage system, totalling more than 3,000 metres and increasing the amount of drainage by fourfold.  They’ve also added more than 1,100 metres of new ditches to take water away from the site.


The organizers also say that they have been “working closely with local authorities to produce alternative travel routes following the implications of the unforeseen closure of the M1 in 2016”.  This means that there will be a new access route from the north and three new routes from the south, which “will allow better control over festival traffic, ease congestion for local and festival goers alike and minimise traffic in the event of a major road closure”.


The car park for those driving to and from Download also has been relocated.  This means that “most vehicles will aim to be parked on hard standing ground and new trackways will be put in place where needed to allow ease of vehicle movement and to improve conditions underfoot for people walking through the campsite”. The number of free onsite shuttle buses for the main arena from the west car park also is being increased.


The disabled access campsite is also being overhauled with “improved ground conditions” and a new location which will “allow customers to park nearer to their tents, in an area with an increased amount of hard standing ground and pathways”.


Other changes being made for this year’s event include the recruitment of a 400-strong “Dog Squad”, the opening up of the Zippo Stage, the relocation of the Avalanche Stage – both moves designed to ease movement between stages – and the moving the of the Quiet Campsite further away from the East Midlands Airport runway.


This year’s Download – headlined by System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith – takes place over the weekend of Friday 9 – Sunday 11 June.  Tickets remain available HERE.


PHOTO CREDIT:  Crowd photo courtesy of Download.


download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017

GIG NEWS: Thunder announce details of Christmas show Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:25

It may be only early April, but the Thunder boys have given their fans an early Christmas present, by announcing the return, after a gap of four years, of their hugely popular festive show, at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 15 December.


Thunder Christmas Show Poster 

The evening will follow the band’s usual Christmas show format, with no support band and two sets - a sit down acoustic one followed by a full show, both featuring a mixture of songs old and new, both Thunder originals and covers, as well as guest musicians, snow and inflatables galore. 


Frontman Danny Bowes said: “It's taken us four years for the timing to be right, but we're back with another Xmas show.  It's very special, and unlike our regular show, so we're chuffed to be doing another one.  We'll play favourites from our own catalogue as well covers we love.  It's going to be brilliant fun, I feel very Xmassy just thinking about it”.


Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, Ticketfactory and Gigantic.  Special VIP packages are also available from the Thunder store.


Watch out for our review of the last night of Thunder’s most recent tour, being published this coming Saturday (8 April).

FESTIVAL NEWS: Royal Republic and Pulled Apart By Horses added to Camden Rocks bill Print E-mail
Monday, 03 April 2017 11:57

Royal Republic and Pulled Apart By Horses head the line-up of the latest bands confirmed for the 2017 interation of Camden Rocks, which will see 250 bands performing at 25 venues across the London borough on Saturday 3 June.


They join a collection of headliners that includes the likes of Feeder, The Coral, The Damned, Milburn, The Rifles, Reverend and The Makers, Carl Barat & The Jackals and more.


Camden Rocks Festival organiser Chris McCormack said of this year’s edition:


“The festival is a total celebration of what Camden is all about as the creative hub of the UK music scene,” he adds. “The clubs and venues here have been, and continue to, host some of the now-biggest names in music in their fledging stages. In the past we've had Catfish & The Bottlemen playing the Barfly to 100 people. So many great bands have cut their teeth here and it’s a pleasure to continue to fly the flag high for new, up and coming bands alongside the big names each year.”


Alongside Pulled Apart By Horses and Royal Republic, further new names announced are The London SS, FAERS, Before Victoria, White Room, Drama club rejects, Avalanche Party, Shea, Indigo Lo, HCBP, October Drift, Thunder On The Left, This Years Ghost, Berries, Sisteray, Tokyo Taboo, The Distorting Glass, YUNG DRUID, Death and the Penguin, Scoundrel, Overdog, Temple Lake, Rumble Fish, Black Doldrums, Our Propaganda, SERPENTYNE, Salt, Surge, The Alibi and Peter Von Toy.


The current line-up for Camden Rocks Festival 2017 is as follows:


Camden Rock Poster 

Camden Rocks Festival 2017 venues include Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Dingwalls, PROUD, Camden Assembly, Black Heart, Monarch, The Forge, The Crowndale, Dublin Castle, Dingwalls Canal side, Bloc bar – upstairs, Bloc bar, Hawley Arms, Good Mixer, Brew-Dog, Be At One, Devonshire Arms, Belushis, Winnicott, The Fiddlers Elbow, The Lyttelton Arms, The Pack & Carriage and the Camden Market Amphitheatre.


Limited tickets are still available HERE

FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirm Ghost as final headliner Print E-mail
Monday, 03 April 2017 10:58

Following the leaking of the news over the weekend, and the conclusion of their ‘Popestar UK’ tour, it has been confirmed that Ghost will headline the Saturday night of this year’s Bloodstock festival, which takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire over the weekend of 10 - 13 August.


It will be Ghost’s first ever appearance at Bloodstock. A Nameless Ghoul said: “We are absolutely chuffed to finally be playing at the classic Bloodstock.  Over the years we have heard so many great things about it and now, to be able to headline one of the nights, is a great honour and we are very much looking forward to it.  Thank you all and see you there!"



Standard weekend camping tickets 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).  Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  


BOA poster 2nd April 2017


FESTIVAL NEWS: Download Announces another 20 bands Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 April 2017 00:00

Download Festival has announced another plethora of bands, from legends and new talent alike, including Devin Townsend Project, Suicide Silence, Code Orange and many more. Download Festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.


New to 2017, The Avalanche Stage shines a spotlight on everyone from the biggest global acts, to the latest breaking bands. Headlined by the previously announced Sleeping With Sirens, Simple Plan and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the Avalanche Stage will be hosted by new music champions, Kerrang’s Fresh Blood.


Alex Baker, presenter of Fresh Blood on Kerrang! Radio said: “Right now, there is an undeniable, electric excitement about new music in the air and as soon as we saw the new Avalanche Stage we just had to be involved. It was clear from the get-go that one of The Avalanche Stage’s aims was to ensure that there was a dedicated space for these new bands within the festival. Download has always been amazing at supporting new talent and I’ve always admired them for that – so it was a no brainer to get as involved as much as humanely possible!”


Metal behemoth, Devin Townsend Project will be making their welcomed return to Download Festival, featuring living legend and ex Strapping Young Lad frontman, Devin Townsend. On playing the festival, Devin said: "Download! Amidst a crazy year, we have been invited to play at one of my favourite festivals in the world. The band is rocking better than ever, and we are fired up to have some fun with you guys. We look forward to blowing the roof off the place. See you there!"


The hottest name in hardcore, Code Orange are torchbearers for their genre and will excite festival goers with a crushing set. Twenty years on from the release of ground-breaking album Roots, Max & Iggor Cavalera reunite to perform the seminal record in its entirety to the Download crowd.


Having influenced heavy music with their rapid twin vocal and tech metal, groove masters SikTh will bring the Main Stage mosh pit to life. Deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence are back with tracks from their eponymous fifth album and are set todeliver an incomparably powerful live set at Donington this summer. Joining them are unmissable supergroup elite, Krokodil who are set to impress with their immensely forceful metal, and UK stoner rock legends, Orange Goblin with their heavy hammer, steel toed riffs and fistfuls of attitude.


Renowned for his wild live shows and fiercely loyal fan base, Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly has received waves of critical and commercial success with sophomore album General Admission, which he’ll be bringing in abundance to Download this June. Aussie rock heroes Sick Puppies will serve up their tooth rattling rock and hard hitting hooks that will send the Download crowd wild. Led by the incredible Johnny Hawkins, San Antonio rockers Nothing More have cemented themselves in the top echelons of modern rock and will be bringing their ferocious live performance to Donington.


Having previously supported Iron Maiden, metalcore outfit The Raven Age stride between melody and brute force, and will be returning to Download for another epic performance. They’ll be joined by tour de force of energy, Yonaka, and country rock n’ rollers Blackwater Conspiracy.


The dark and volatile Perturbator completes the trio of Dogtooth Stage headliners alongside the previously announced Exodus and Wednesday 13. Prepare to be lost in his technoir, dark synthwave as he closes the Dogtooth Stage for 2017. Dublin’s grunge pop rockers OTHERKIN will riff their way through infectious songs with a raucous energy, whilst London five piece, Drones will be out to deliver a barrage of hardcore punk for the Download Festival audience.


Having supported the likes of rock legends Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm, The Fallen State will bring soulful vocals and unapologetic rock to Donington. Expect a distinctive mix of pop, punk and new wave from London/LA duo Love Zombies, chaotic and energetic indie punk from Blackwaters, gritty modern blues fuelled rock from Bristol natives Tax The Heat and soulful rock n’ roll from Nashville’s Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.


  • Blackwater Conspiracy
  • Blackwaters
  • Code Orange
  • Devin Townsend Project
  • Drones
  • Krokodil
  • Love Zombies
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Max & IGgor CAVALERA
  • Nothing More
  • Orange Goblin
  • Otherkin
  • Pertubator
  • Sick Puppies
  • Sikth
  • Suicide Silence
  • Tax The Heat
  • THE Fallen State
  • The Raven Age
  • Yonaka


For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk & Tickets click here.