Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal event, has announced musical icon Ozzy Osbourne as the first of its three heavyweight headliners. The three-day festival takes place 8 – 10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets available now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
No stranger to the hallowed grounds of Donington, The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will headline the Sunday night. Having previously graced the main stage in previous years fronting Black Sabbath, this will be his first ever Download headline solo appearance. The Download Festival set comes as part of Ozzy Osbourne’s final world tour announcement this morning.
Download Festival’s promoter, Andy Copping says:
“We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the Midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat.”
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 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 and in 2018, fans can see the Miracle Man, Ozzy Osbourne.
For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk
Bloodstock is excited to announce their third and final headliner for 2018 will be Judas Priest! The metal icons are one of the most-requested bands by the festival’s loyal fan base and finally make their Bloodstock debut at Catton Park in 2018 on Friday night, 10th August.
The legendary band tell us, “Judas Priest are thrilled, honoured and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of heavy metal at Bloodstock 2018!”
With Saturday night headliners, Gojira and Sunday headliners, Nightwish already announced for next year's event, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Bloodstock.
Before we focus more on 2018, we’re very proud to reveal that Bloodstock raised £11,686.88 in 2017 for the very worthy Teenage Cancer Trust, bringing the total to over £60,000 since our partnership began. A giant thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years for their generous donations!
Get tickets now for 2018! The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced at £290) and Deluxe VIP packages (Luxpads, Bellepads, Podpads, etc) are available now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed. A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am. Don't delay if you want to join us in the VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!
Standard weekend tickets are currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone. The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who've bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get further information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Iconic German thrashers Rage are teaming up with their comrades Firewind for a Teutonic Tour for the ages. In January 2018 the band will co-headline two UK shows playing London's famous Underworld venue on January 21st and The Corporation in Sheffield the following night, January 22nd. Support comes from British metallers Crimes Of Passion UK.
Tickets for both dates are on-sale now. Secure yours here:
Jan 21st – London, Underworld
Jan 22nd – Sheffield, Corporation
RSVP to the London show on Facebook here: http://po.st/UnderRAGE
Rage released their new, 23rd studio album titled 'Seasons Of The Black' last month.
'Seasons Of The Black' was recorded in February/March 2017 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Its production was handled by Rage, whilst the renowned Dan Swanö (Marduk, Opeth, Katatonia) took care of mix and mastering at Unisound Studios (Grefrath, Germany).
UK's legendary extreme metal icons Cradle Of Filth are pleased to announce that NWOBHM inspired thrashers Savage Messiah will be accompanying them as special guests on their upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates.
Savage Messiah stated:
“We are thrilled to be joining Cradle of Filth on their UK/IRE tour in Oct/Nov! We had a great show together in Portsmouth recently, so we jumped at the chance to do a full run. This promises to be a really great night of metal so make sure you get your tickets early and we look forward to celebrating the UK metal scene with everyone!"
Dani Filth commented on the tour:
"We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the UK and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band's home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the World throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fan’s exalted expectations and more"
Tickets are on sale now!
Cradle Of Filth ‘Cryptoriana World Tour’ - UK & Ireland
w. special guests Savage Messiah
30.10. Belfast - Limelight
31.10. Dublin - Academy (Halloween Show)
02.11. Manchester - Academy 2
03.11. Glasgow - Garage
04.11. Birmingham - O2 Institute 2
05.11. Leeds – Church
07.11. Oxford - O2 Academy
08.11. Southampton - Engine Rooms
09.11. Norwich - Waterfront
10.11. London - Electric Ballroom
11.11. Bristol – Bierkeller
Cradle Of Filth have also released a brand new video in which singer Dani Filth talks about working with Artūrs Bērziņš on the expressive artwork of their eagerly awaited 12th album, ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/oVa2QASL0Jw
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Corrosion Of Conformity will join Danzig on a short run of live dates next month. The week-long trek will commence off on September 7th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and includes stops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Montclair, New Jersey; Huntington, New York; Lewiston, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.
As a precursor to their run with Danzig, Corrosion Of Conformity will play Psycho Las Vegas this weekend at theHard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada alongside the likes of Mastodon, Swans, The Murder City Devils, Cult Of Luna with Julie Christmas, and so many more. The following week the band will make their way to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. See all confirmed dates below.
Corrosion Of Conformity:-
8/20/2017 Psycho Las Vegas @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino - Las Vegas, NV [tickets] 8/26/2017 Mohegan Sun Wolf Den - Uncasville, CT [tickets]
9/07/2017 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
9/08/2017 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
9/09/2017 The Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
9/11/2017 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
9/12/2017 Artpark Amphitheater - Lewiston, KY
9/14/2017 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
9/15/2017 The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI
Corrosion Of Conformity has been diligently working on their follow-up to 2014's IX offering. Helmed by longtime producer John Custer, who's recorded such prior COC classics as Deliverance, Wiseblood, America's Volume Dealer, and In The Arms Of God, the record will mark the band's studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan and their first full-length record together since 2005.
Corrosion Of Conformity emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012's self-titled album and 2014's IX to wide acclaim, but many fans have been eagerly and patiently awaiting the return of Keenan.
UK metal stalwarts Fury and Dakesis will be teaming up for the “Lost in the Dawn” tour this November!
Following on from an explosive summer of festivals for both bands including Bloodstock Open Air, LoStock, Breaking Bands, HRH Metal and Hammerfest, this tour will be the last chance for many people to see both bands before they retreat back to the studio for work on new albums.
Dakesis recently announced that bass player Amie Chatterley is currently pregnant, and will be 8 ½ months at their imminent performance at Bloodstock Open Air, however she has no plans to sit out on the fun and says “We’re taking a break from touring in September and October, but we’re going to be roaring to hit the road come November, and we couldn’t be more excited to be doing it with our good friends Fury”
Fury drummer Alasdair Davis adds “We’ve been itching to hit the road again and for the first time we’ll be doing it as a headline band, sharing the honours with our good friends in Dakesis. We’re looking forward to playing what is sure to be one of the most exciting metal tours in recent times, at some of our favourite venues across the UK”
Tickets links available soon, direct from venues or from the band websites below
Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast have just announced their first ever full UK headline tour for next March, following the release of their anticipated new album 'Bringer Of Pain' which will be released via Nuclear Blast on February 17th.
Check out the trailer for 'Bringer Of Pain' here:
Bassist and vocalist Eero Sipilä commented:
"United Kingdom - the holy land of heavy metal! It’s taken its bloody time for us to make it past London, but like they say, all bad is worth waiting. We're super excited to finally explore UK further, and meet with all the people who've had to live without the beast for so very long. This will indeed be a blast! Majesty are old touring mates of ours, so it’s great having them on board to bring in some well needed German sex-appeal ". - Eero / BB
Tickets are on sale now and available via the links below:
22nd March - Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
23rd March - Manchester - The Ruby Lounge
24th March - London - Underworld
Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017 with a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22, Maiden’s first visit to this city since 1981 on the Killers Tour! The band then travel to Germany for shows in Oberhausen, Frankfurt and Hamburg before heading into the UK and Ireland for an extensive series of concerts in May. There will be 8 dates across England in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and London, two in Scotland in Glasgow and Aberdeen and one in Cardiff, Wales.
Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris says,
“As it’s been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible. We’re really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven’t played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven’t played since 1990. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas. The songs from The Book Of Souls album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do.”
The dates are:
Apr 22 Belgium Antwerp, Sportpaleis
Apr 24 Germany Oberhausen, König-Pilsener-Arena
Apr 28 Germany Frankfurt, Festhalle
May 02 Germany Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
May 04 England Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
May 06 Ireland Dublin, 3arena
May 08 England Manchester, Arena
May 10 England Sheffield, Arena
May 11 England Leeds, First Direct Arena
May 14 England Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
May 16 Scotland Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
May 17 Scotland Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
May 20 England Liverpool, Echo Arena
May 21 England Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
May 24 Wales Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
May 27 England London, O2 Arena
No further European cities will be added to this schedule for 2017
There will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members, details of which can be found on www.ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.
Iron Maiden continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way. Their latest stance on combatting ticket touts for the 2017 UK dates can be found here http://ironmaiden.com/news/article/iron-maiden-announce-extensive-plans-to-protect-their-fans-from-ticket-piracy-profiteering-and-counterfeiting
Additionally, after great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans in the UK will, for the first time, be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP Upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of Trooper goodies and Maiden swag, Trooper beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, together with the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at £140 from www.troopervip.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately.
Reigning metal queen Doro Pesch will return to the US next week for a short run of live dates leading to her performance at this year's edition of the Rock Carnival in Lakewood, New Jersey alongside The Used, Life Of Agony, Sebastian Bach, Cinderella's Tom Keifer and many others. The tour will kick off on September 24th and run through October 2nd. Direct support (through October 1st) will be provided by New York's Obsidian. See all confirmed performances below and check out the band's video trailer HERE.
9/24/2016 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
9/25/2016 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
9/27/2016 Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH
9/28/2016 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
9/30/2016 Palace Theatre - Stafford Springs, CT
10/01/2016 Fish Head Cantina - Halethorpe (Baltimore), MD
10/02/2016 Rock Carnival - Lakewood, NJ
Doro released her 2 Blu-Ray / 3DVD+CD package entitled Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal through Nuclear Blast earlier this year.
To celebrate her 30th anniversary of performing live, Doro spent 2013/2014 by touring the world extensively, a journey which included three official anniversary shows. The tour kicked off impressively in front of 85,000 people at the world's biggest metal festival, Wacken, followed by two sold-out nights in her home town of Düsseldorf, where she also started her outstanding career. And everyone came to party with Doro: Phil Campbell (Motörhead), Biff Byford (Saxon), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Joakim Brodén (Sabaton), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Udo Dirkschneider, Uli Jon Roth, Lordi as well as many more amazing guests.
"We spent endless hours, days, and nights working on the DVD," said Doro, "because we wanted to present a real highlight for all rock and metal fans for the 30th anniversary. We took care of every detail. It began already with the fantastic stage at Wacken. We worked one year on its design. In Düsseldorf, we even celebrated two nights in a row. One 'classic night' with a 40-piece orchestra and one 'balls-to-the-wall' rock show on the second evening. It continued subsequently non stop - with an anniversary tour which led us to Russia, South America, and my second home, the US, among other places."
Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal contains 38 songs in total, including all Doro classics, many old Warlock hits and cover versions of songs such as "Fear Of The Dark" (Iron Maiden) and "Balls To The Wall" (Accept). Additionally, Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal offers a unique two+-hour documentary, Behind The Curtain, Inside The Heart Of Doro. It gives the spectator deep and detailed insights into the world of Doro.
"There's great footage from all over the world and never before seen pictures from our life behind the stage. The camera team accompanied us for over one year everywhere and captured very emotional, intimate, and human situations."
Avenged Sevenfold announced a major UK tour earlier this week for January 2017 which includes their first ever show at London’s 02 Arena. They have now added an extra date in Dublin on January 7th 2017 which goes on sale Thursday, 4th August at 9am (Dublin) http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/180050FC92CE1B52
The remainder of the dates go on sale on Friday July 29th 9 a.m. priced £45 / £37.50 regionally and £45 / £37.50 / £30 for London (subject to booking fee) via www.livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
The band will have Disturbed as Special Guests on the whole tour, with In Flames opening (except Dublin).
Saturday 7th Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 10th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Thursday 12th Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Friday 13th Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 15th Sheffield Arena
Monday 16th Manchester Arena
Wed 18th Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Thursday 19th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 21st London O2 Arena
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