The Trooper Heavy Metal Truants, a charity cycle ride co-founded in 2012 by former Metal Hammer editor-in-chief Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, is set to depart from London’s Alexandra Palace on the morning of Wednesday, June 7th for its fifth annual pilgrimage to Download Festival to benefit three children’s charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins, and Childline. To date, they have raised £338,000.
Now in its fifth year, the three day, 164-mile ride consists of 50 cyclists from every walk of life - fans, industry, and bands who’ve included Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Orange Goblin, Pendulum, Tesseract, The Raven Age and more.
To kick off their week of fundraising, The Trooper Heavy Metal Truants announced titular sponsorship from the award-winning Trooper Premium British Beer created by Iron Maiden and hand crafted by Robinsons Brewery. They have also teamed up with long-time supporters and rock/metal cabaret sensations The Lounge Kittens to record a charity single, which sees this year’s cyclists adding their vocals to a cover of 'Bicycle Race', by Queen. The single, which was mixed Olli Daffarn at Blue Dot studios, will be available via Amazon and other online retailers, and it will be followed by the launch of the Monster Rock Auction on June 6th at 6pm (6/6 @ 6).
Featuring high-end items personally donated by the world’s biggest bands, the auction will be staggered, and the first round of items will include a bass guitar donated by Geddy Lee of Rush, handwritten 'Livin’ On A Prayer' lyrics written by Jon Bon Jovi, rare original and signed Grateful Dead artwork, a signed Metallica Les Paul guitar, and a rare original oil-on-canvas portrait of The Beatles’ George Harrison by famed pop and rock artist Barry Novis. A second and even larger lot is to be announced on July 4th.
“This is all about community and doing some good in the world,” says Smallwood. “It’s that sense of community that’s at the core of heavy metal culture, and it’s also been key to the success of the Heavy Metal Truants, because people at every level of our world have truly pulled together to make this happen.”
“In five short years, the Heavy Metal Truants has truly taken on a life of its own,” adds Milas. “From our 164-mile battle with the hills and the heat next week, to our first-ever charity single, to a truly one-of-a-kind memorabilia auction, it’s testament how metal fans respond when they see good causes worth fighting for. Please help us spread the word, and help support these charities who do such inspiring work every single day.”
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The first Heavy Music Awards is to be televised following the appointment of Scuzz as 'Broadcast Partner' for the event.
Celebrating its 14th year this month, the Sony-owned channel has signed up to air the first HMAs on August 24, and will build up to the event in London with a series of one-hour finalist's shows.
Alex Herron, Senior Channel Manager at Sony Pictures Entertainment, has worked in music TV for over ten years producing music artist content and overseeing several channels including Scuzz.
"It's great to see an independent initiative such as the HMAs added to the rock eco-system," he revealed. "An event like this is only going to reinforce, promote and champion a genre which deserves more attention here in the UK. It's an honour to be involved in the maiden event."
HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard says teaming up with Scuzz will bring the Awards straight to true fans across the UK.
He added: "The HMAs team has worked hard to build a judging panel of over 100 industry heavyweights that offers a true cross-section of heavy music in 2017 - but the winners are ultimately going to be decided by the fans, and that is what makes the HMAs such an exciting journey.
"This partnership with Scuzz will give viewers a timely reminder of the finalists, in addition to the best of the action from the big night on the UK’s finest heavy music TV station. Everyone involved with the scheme stands to benefit from the huge exposure offered by this deal.
"We are absolutely delighted to have Scuzz on-board with the HMAs."
You can find out more about Scuzz at their Facebook page.
Gigfly.ca is extremely excited to announce that they will be a sponsor of the Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Longest Concert Held by Multiple Artists' hosted by Epidemic Music Group! This 16 day event will start on Friday, March 17th plus will involve over 380 bands and be held at the Earl of Whitchurch in Stouffville, ON.
Want to be a part of this massively historic event? It's going to be incredible!
BANDS (yes, even friends) - Contact Mike Burns to register: email@example.com VOLUNTEERS - Contact Shaen Ar to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEDIA - Contact Joely Dercola-McEwen to get involved: email@example.com
COMMUNITY PARTNERS/SPONSORS - Contact Heather Cook Scala: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/GuinnessRecordAttemptByEpidemicMusicGroup/
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Conservation biologist Jukka Salmela of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland recently discovered a new insect species in his home country and while remembering Tuomas Holopainen's love for nature, he decided to name it "Sciophila holopaineni" after Nightwish's keyboardist and songwriter. After the release of the band's latest album 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' in 2015, Holopainen has been known as person being highly interested in evolution and the diversity of nature.
"I am very, very touched. This is the highest honour a nature nerd like me can receive”, Tuomas Holopainen commented after being contacted by Salmela, who asked for permission to name the insect after him.
So far, this particular fungus gnat has only been spotted in eastern Lapland, Finland, and lives in shadowy environments.
After releasing their double-DVD 'Vehicle Of Spirit', Nightwish are currently taking a year off to find inspiration and write new songs. For 2018, the symphonic metal legends plan their return.
With a long and rich history within London’s live music and nightlife scene, The Garage in Islington has always been regarded as one of the city’s landmark venues. Now, relaunching in February 2017, under new ownership and following an extensive refurbishment, The Garage will be transformed into a destination venue and its iconic reputation reignited.
As well as housing the legendary music venue, the building will also be home to a daytime coffee spot, craft beer and cocktail bar, a cutting edge nightclub and an exciting new programme of live
concerts and immersive club nights.
Having recently been acquired by DHP Family, the dynamic team behind Oslo in Hackney and
Nottingham’s Rock City, every element of The Garage will be dramatically updated. In addition to refurbishing the main music venue and adding a brand new sound system, three new spaces have also been created within the building, united thematically under the Garage concept.
The centre piece of the redevelopment is the venue itself; The Garage. This 600 capacity room will be restored to former glories, with a brand new PA and lighting install from our long-term audio visual partners’ SSE and a refurbished bar area with a wider range of quality drinks. The refurbishment also takes in improvements in the customer bathrooms as well as better backstage facilities for the artists playing at the venue.
At the front of the building, the former “Mini-Bar” will hark back to the filling station stores of small-town America with The General Store, an all-day café and bar serving craft beer and cocktails. The design of The General Store will feature reclaimed gas pumps, huge beer fridges and superlative coffee. Expect a great range of contemporary cocktails and a changing selection of American and British craft beer.
Upstairs, Thousand Island will be an intimate space hosting breaking and specialist forward-thinking acts most evenings, and late-night socials later in the week featuring an unpretentious programme anchored by collaborative club nights and Thousand Island presents shows. Operating independently from the rest of the space, the room will feature a mirror ball-filled ceiling, faces of friends of the venue across one wall, and a well-stocked bar.
Since opening in 1993, The Garage has hosted artists as diverse as Radiohead, Lil Yachty, Mogwai, Bring Me The Horizon and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to name a few. DHP Family will retain this history while also programming the stars of tomorrow and a roster of leading clubnights, ensuring that the overall experience is at the high level expected of a world class venue.
“The Garage has been on my radar for about 10 years now when I first looked to buy it. For one reason or another we have just missed out on taking over this iconic venue and breathing new life into it. Its location layout and history are perfect for what we are looking for in a venue and we look forward to reinventing the space for a new generation.” – George Akins, Managing Director
Periphery, who released their fifth album Periphery III: Select Difficulty in July, have partnered with DC-based Vigilante Coffee Company for a special limited edition coffee, dubbed “Flatline” (a reference to the song of the same name).
“Being the coffee junkies that we are, the band and I jumped at the opportunity to develop and release our own branded coffee with Vigilante, who kept us over-caffeinated for the Periphery III recoding sessions,” explains guitar player Mark Holcomb.
“When we saw what Vigilante founder Chris Vigilante was doing and tasted the coffee they were brewing, we were floored; it was easily the best coffee I had tried in my years of living in D.C., and the band made it our go-to coffee spot. This past winter, Chris invited us into the shop for a lengthy tasting where we sampled over a dozen coffees and picked what would become “Flatline” coffee.
Aside from being excited to release such a great coffee, we’re also proud to say that a portion of the proceeds from sales of this coffee are going directly to Ecuador’s earthquake emergency relief for the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador in April 2016.“
Bags of “Flatline” coffee are available now via Periphery’s webstore (Periphery.net). The coffee is described as featuring chocolate notes and a lasting mouthfeel. As it cools, its creaminess is almost chewy, with delicate earthy and toasty notes. The beans come from the Rio Intag valley of Ecuador, which, while spared a direct impact from the April earthquake, the coastal areas of the country have been deeply affected. A portion of all sales will be directed to the Catholic Relief Services, earmarked for Ecuador Earthquake Relief.
“The motivation behind this collaboration was simply to share something cool with the fans of Periphery and make a positive impact on the coffee world,” said Vigilante Coffee Company. “The rock stars of this coffee are the farmers and we're grateful to share their passion for growing great coffee with the passionate fans of Periphery and the passionate coffee lovers of Vigilante Coffee.”
Imminence Records will be fundraising this year during the 2016 edition of Extra Life. Extra Life is an event where gamers usually stream themselves playing games for 24 hours, usually on the official Game Day which is November 5th this year, in support of their chosen Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. While Imminence Records currently has no plans set for the streaming portion, they have set a donation goal of $500 by November 5th to support their local CMN hospital of James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital.
“Imminence Records has always cared about a lot more than just music. That along with the fact I am a gamer has led us to decide to take part in this year’s Extra Life event. It also lets us give back to our local community which was just ravaged by Hurricane Matthew and is currently expecting flooding not seen since Hurricane Floyd.” – Ryan Williford (Owner)
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Villa 40/RCA Records announces the pre-order for Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available at all digital retailers now. Those that pre-order a copy of the soundtrack will receive an instant grat of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s special performance of “True Colors.” The soundtrack, which was executive produced by Timberlake, will be available on September 23rd and features new music from Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick & Gwen Stefani.
The first single, “Can't Stop The Feeling!,” which was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, has dominated all over the world. In the U.S. the track debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, is certified double Platinum and is the best-selling single for 2016 of tracks released this year. Overseas, the single is currently 5x Platinum in Sweden, 4X platinum in Canada, 3x platinum in Australia, 2x PLATINUM in Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, and Norway and platinum in New Zealand, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. The official music video, directed by groundbreaking and multiple award winning director Mark Romanek has over 220 million views.
DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls is set to hit theatres on October 21st.
Alpha Omega Headcourt in Italy and its Office in the USA are extremely thrilled and honoured to welcome KEITH ROWLEY, as their new team member! Furthermore, in close synergy, together with David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group and Keith Rowley's Shred Head Inc. ALPHA OMEGA announce the launch of new services: ALPHA OMEGA TOURS, creating the worldwide touring structure, both for upcoming bands and more!
KEITH ROWLEY, With his 30 plus years of experience in the music business, Keith has worked shows with elite acts such as METALLICA, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, GUNS N' ROSES, BONNIE RAITT, DEF LEPPARD, SCORPIONS, just to name a few of his extensive list from over 3 decades of career. From Light Directing to Tour Management, Booking Tours & Building Stages, Keith has worked venues ranging for Stadiums, Arenas, Amp theaters to the favorite venue down on the corner, Keith also owns and operates Shred Head Inc. (A Booking Agency) in which will be in collaboration with Alpha Omega in booking the Alpha Omega / EMP rosters as well as the Shred roster. Shred Head Inc. is a national booking agency in the U.S.A and has ties with many agencies in the EU.
Keith Rowley comments:
"I have the honor of joining the Alpha Omega Family as an A&R rep. With offices in Italy and here in the USA, this opportunity will give me a further reach worldwide to seek out deserving hard working up and coming bands and take them from the local club and build them to the world stage. With the Alpha Omega alliance with Dave Ellefson’s (Megadeth) EMP Label Group, just makes perfect sense to work with the top industry pros within these two companies. Shred Head, Inc. just got busier as well and will be heavily in the mix booking tours for all three rosters, (AO, EMP, SHI) I would like to thank Alex, Tim, Bill & Roberto and the rest of the Alpha Omega family for giving me this exciting opportunity!"
ALPHA OMEGA Management states:
“We are extremely delighted to announce Keith Rowley joining our Alpha Omega Team! This new synergy with Keith and his Shred Head Inc. (together with our recently born alliance with David Ellefson's EMP Label Group) makes us increasingly proud to be more and more complete and competitive each day that passes! Said this, the right moment has come to launch our new brand of services: ALPHA OMEGA TOURS! This new alliance is already working hard for our roster bands, who now have totally new horizons ahead bringing us all to the next level. Stay tuned, big things are to be announced soon!"
ALPHA OMEGA USA's head Timothy Joel Shearn adds:
"I have been working with Keith a bit over the past few months. It is very rare that you see a booking agent with his high level of experience who is still excited about what is still possible. I am very pleased to be working alongside this fine gentleman and looking forward to big things to come"
The new season 6 Game of Thrones® soundtrack is now available for pre-orders from the HBO Shop. The album features music from the award-winning HBO® Series Game Of Thrones® by composer Ramin Djawadi.
The album is currently available at digital retailers and will be purchasable on CD from 29 July, and on a 3-disc vinyl set 30 September.
Seven bonus tracks are available on the digital and vinyl configurations for a total of 26 tracks. The CD includes 19 songs and a code to download the bonus tracks. Additionally, the vinyl set features exclusive etched vinyl art.
Composer Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Person of Interest), has written the music for the entire series, and was once again brought in to create the musical landscape for Season 6. “ Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been incredible,” he enthusiastically explained. “I’m excited to be able to now share the music on this extended album.”
The Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO® Series) Season 6 soundtrack can be pre-ordered at HBO Shop (www.hboshopeu.com) for £12.99
The full track list is as follows:
Blood of My Blood
Light of the Seven
Feed the Hounds
My Watch Has Ended
The Red Woman
Hold the Door
A Painless Death
Let's Play a Game
Trust Each Other
Winter Has Come
Hear Me Roar
The Winds of Winter
Lord of Light (Bonus Track)
Service of the Gods (Bonus Track)
I Need You by My Side (Bonus Track)
The Tower (Bonus Track)
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (Bonus Track)
I Choose Violence (Bonus Track)
Hodor (Bonus Track)
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