We’re now past the halfway point to Bloodstock with 20 weekends left before the UK’s best metal weekender! As a result seven more bands have been announced!
Anthemic black metallers WINTERFYLLETH join the main stage fray. Their fifth album ‘The Dark Hereafter’ was released last October by Candlelight Records / Spinefarm. Check out the epic tracks via BandCamp at https://winterfylleth.bandcamp.com/ and then catch the latest news over at
Also being revealed are a handful of bands for the Sophie Lancaster stage. DENDERA bring their classic metal to BLOODSTOCK for a Friday slot. The band have their third studio album set for release this year, so expect new material! Watch their video for ‘Claim Our Throne’ for a taster of
their sound - https://youtu.be/V0bk7cdBsKI. For more on DENDERA, check out www.dendera.co.uk or www.facebook.com/denderauk.
Saturday sees doomsters KROH join the Sophie bill. KROH is the brainchild of Paul Kenney, founder member of both Mistress and Fukpig. Go watch their video for ‘Mother Serpent’ over at https://youtu.be/gYLvHoMnI0s and get the latest on the band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XKrohX.
Also landing a Saturday slot are ABHORRENT DECIMATION, whose ‘Miasmic Mutation’ album was lauded by Metal Hammer as “one of 2015’s must-have death metal records”. Check out ‘Glaciate The Servants’ from that disc - https://youtu.be/hAbJmQSOvGU - and get more info over at
www.abhorrentdecimation.com or www.facebook.com/abhorrentdecimation.
Bagging a Sunday slot are British experimental metal squad, BOSSK. The band built their name via a series of EPs and touring with the likes of Cult Of Luna, Textures, and Baroness, and are now signed to Deathwish Inc. Their debut studio album ‘Audio Noir’ was released last year. If that sounds like your thing, investigate further at www.bosskonline.com or www.facebook.com/bosskonline.
We also welcome doompop outfit, COURTESANS to the Sunday bill. The band say, “To perform at BLOODSTOCK is incredible exciting. It’s a huge honour to play the Sophie Lancaster Stage, her legacy is at the heart of our ethics. We’re advocates of equality and have a zero tolerance to any form
of prejudice. We hope to raise a few eyebrows and stir some shit up!” Their new EP ‘Better Safe Than Sober’ comes out this month. Watch the video for ‘Mesmerise’ at:
https://youtu.be/6ZstRAEkWJs and find out more at www.facebook.com/thecourtesans.
Rounding out Sunday’s additions are Brit crew, WRETCHED SOUL. Described by Zero Tolerance as "refreshingly difficult to categorise", Terrorizer had a go and called them, "one of the UK's most promising underground Thrash bands." WRETCHED SOUL's savage second album ‘The Ghost Road’ was released in December through UKEM Records. Have a listen on YouTube via
https://youtu.be/YjKo4LmZcJE and learn more at www.facebook.com/wretchedsoul.
The first phase of BLOODSTOCK club nights start on 7th April! More will be added for June/July, so don’t despair if your local rock club isn’t listed yet. Get along to one of the following events, check out some tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands old and new, and be in with the chance of winning weekend
tickets or related giveaways. Expect fun ways to win tickets - previous year’s events featured the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests, and air guitaring! Check your local club for details, as dates may be subject to change.
Events for April/May run as follows:
Fri 7th Apr - Woking - Schism
Sat 8th Apr - Middlesbrough - ‘SUMO’ at Medicine Bar
Sat 8th Apr - Manchester - Satan’s Hollow
Thu 13th Apr - Doncaster - ‘Rawkus’ at Vintage Rock Bar
Fri 14th Apr - Bournemouth - ‘Thank Rock It’s Friday’ at Sound Circus
Fri 14th Apr - London - ‘Project Mayhem’ at Electric Ballroom
Fri 14th Apr - Ipswich - ‘The Riot’ at the Cock and Pye
Fri 14th Apr - Stoke - ‘Afterlife’ at the Underground
Sat 15th Apr - Coventry - The Phoenix
Sat 15th Apr - Norwich - ‘Meltdown’ at the Waterfront
Mon 17th Apr - Reading - Sakura
Wed 19th Apr - Huddersfield - ‘Rawkus’ at The Parish
Wed 19th Apr - Liverpool - ‘Rawkus’ at EBGB’s
Thu 20th Apr - Sheffield - ‘Rawkus’ at The Leadmill (ft Benji Webbe DJ set)
Fri 21st Apr - Bury - ‘Rawkus’ at Yates
Fri 21st Apr - London - ‘Rawkus’ at Lounge 666
Fri 21st Apr - Leicester - Firebug
Sat 22nd Apr - Birmingham - ‘Uprawr’ at Asylum
Sat 22nd Apr - Cardiff - FUEL
Sat 22nd Apr - Camberley - The Agincourt
Mon 24th Apr - Preston - ‘Rawkus’ at Blitz
Fri 28th Apr - Bristol - ‘PHUCT’ at Bierkeller
Fri 28th Apr - London - ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz
Fri 28th Apr - Plymouth - Envy
Sat 29th Apr - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 29th Apr - Sheffield The Corporation
Thu 4th May - Exeter - ‘TPT’ at Timepiece
Fri 5th May - Portsmouth - ‘Thunderdome’ at Edge of the Wedge
Sat 6th May - Hanley -‘Devil’s Night’ at JJ’s
Sat 6th May - Brighton - ‘Apocalypse’ at Envy
Sat 6th May - Stoke - ‘Alt Ctl Del’ at The Underground
Fri 12th May - London - ‘Project Mayhem’ at Electric Ballroom
Sat 13th May - Southampton - ‘Apocalypse’ at The 1865
Fri 19th May - Leicester Firebug
Sat 20th May - Stoke - ‘Rawkus’ at The Underground
Sat 20th May - Coventry The Phoenix
Sat 20th May - Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Sat 20th May - Middlesbrough ‘SUMO’ at Medicine Bar
Sat 20th May - Norwich - ‘Meltdown’ at The Waterfront
Fri 26th May - London - ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz
Sat 27th May - Wigan - ‘Rawkus’ at The Boulevard
Sat 27th May - Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Club
Sat 27th May - Sheffield The Corporation
VIP tickets and upgrades are now moving very quickly, with some packages
already sold out, so if you’re planning on ‘going VIP’, grab yours soon to
avoid disappointment over at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday’s headliners MEGADETH, plus ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, KING 810, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, CHELSEA GRIN, MACABRE, INQUISITION, KING PARROT, SCARAB, WINTERSUN and ONI. Many more, including our Saturday headliner are still be announced! Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. 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 http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!
Metallica today announced the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The tour kicks off with two shows in Amsterdam at the Ziggo Dome on September 4th and 6th. Norway’s Kvelertak will be support for the tour run. See below for a complete list of all confirmed dates, no additional shows will be added.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to Legacy Met Club members beginning on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00 AM CET, with pre-sale tickets available to all Fifth Members beginning on Tuesday, March 21st at 11:00 AM CET. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 24th. Visit www.metallica.com for complete ticket info.
Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard digital or standard physical copy of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Redemption information will be included in your ticket purchase confirmation email. Full details of how you can gift the album, should you have already purchased, will be given on the redemption page. Please note that shipping and handling fees apply to the physical version of the album.
Metallica has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer three options of special enhanced experiences on this tour, including premium tickets and amenities, early access to the venue, a visit to the 'Memory Remains' exhibit of memorabilia, and meet and greets. For full package details, visit http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/metallica-europe-tour-2017/
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct was released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations at www.metallica.com.
Sept. 4, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 6, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Sept. 8, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 10, 2017 – Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
Sept. 12, 2017 – Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier
Sept. 14, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Sept. 16, 2017 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Oct. 22, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 24, 2017 – London, England, UK – The O2 Arena
Oct. 26, 2017 – Glasgow, Scotland, UK – The SSE Hydro
Oct. 28, 2017 – Manchester, England, UK – Manchester Arena
Oct. 30, 2017 – Birmingham, England, UK – Genting Arena
Nov. 1, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Nov. 3, 2017 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
Feb. 1, 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal – MEO Arena
Feb. 3, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 5, 2018 – Madrid, Spain – Wizink Center
Feb. 7, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
Feb. 10, 2018 – Turin, Italy – Pala Alpitour
Feb. 12, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 14, 2018 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Feb. 16, 2018 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Mar. 27, 2018 – Herning, Denmark – Jyske Bank Boxen
Mar. 29, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Mar. 31, 2018 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
April 2, 2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
April 5, 2018 – Budapest, Hungary – Sports Arena
April 7, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
April 9, 2018 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
April 11, 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland – Palexpo
April 26, 208 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
April 28, 2018 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
April 30, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Leipzig Arena
May 2, 2018 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 5, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 7, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
May 9, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
May 11, 2018 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
It seems Australia and New Zealand can’t get enough of Hevy Devy. Melbourne’s 170 Russell Show on 24th May has completely SOLD OUT and a second show at the same venue has now been announced for Tuesday the 23rd May.
Tickets for the additional show are now on sale at mjrpresents.com.
Post-Rock/Prog legends sleepmakeswaves will be taking the stage with DTP on the whole tour - and they will have their new album “Made of Breath Only” out in time for the tour. New single Tundra is already a triple favourite and the shows promise to be an epic one-two punch of prog goodness.
Previously here in 2015 on a string of sold-out shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – this time Perth and Auckland (NZ) are getting some HevyDevy love. The guitar virtuoso is one of the most celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarists in heavy music and Devin Townsend Projects’ live show never fails to satisfy and amaze.
Tickets for Devin Townsend Project’s Australia/New Zealand Tour in May 2017 including the added Melbourne show on May 23rd are now mjrpresents.com.
Wednesday 17th May - Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday 20th May - The Triffid, Brisbane
Monday 22nd May - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
* JUST ADDED *
Tuesday 23rd May – 170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday 24th May - 170 Russell, Melbourne - SOLD OUT
Friday 26th May - Capitol, Perth
Tickets at MJRPRESENTS.COM
The Iberian Extreme Metal act Noctem confirms its first headlining tour in Rusia presenting the brand new album "Haeresis" (Art Gates Records-Prosthetic Records). Supporting act will be "From Hell" from North America. Dates as follows:
HAERESIS RUSSIAN ASSAULT 2017:
18.08 ZELENOGRAD - "Pub Rebel"
20.08 KALUGA - "Garage"
21.08 YELETS - "Scena"
22.08 VORONEZH - "Station Mir"
23.08 ROSTOV-ON-DON - "Podzemka"
24.08 LIPETSK - "Centre"
25.08 MOSCOW - "Rock House" MOSCOW BLACK METAL CONVENTION
26.08 TULA -"Dolina X" BLACKENED LIFE FEST
27.08 SAINT -PETERSBURG -"Opera"
There is a slot available for this tour. If you're interested in your band opening for Noctem contact to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Noctem shows confirmed so far:
8-10.06 Santa María Summer Fest / Portugal
1.07 Rock Arena / Alicante (Sp)
5-8.07 Resurrection Fest / Viveiro (Sp)
9-12.08 Leyendas del Rock / Alicante (Sp)
official sites of Noctem:
Northern Symphony is the UK's premier symphonic metal event that actively supports the UK's symphonic metal talent. Starting in 2015, the festival has featured bands from all across the UK, including Winter In Eden, Old Corpse Road, Apparition and more as well as the odd band or two from Europe.
With just over a month until the third edition of the event, Birmingham based outfit Celestial Wish have been added to the billing as main support to co-headliners Dakesis and Control The Storm. The band commented: "It's amazing to be playing Northern Symphony with so many great bands!"
Celestial Wish are a Birmingham-based Symphonic Metal act currently consisting of; Frontwoman Saneeta Ram, guitarist and orchestral composer Daniel Carpenter, violist Eileen Smith and bassist Fraser Banks. Their sound is characterised by the use of powerful orchestration, enchanting synths, soaring vocals, heavy riffs and blistering solos, which all come together to form a sound that takes the listener into their own personal dreamland, where each Celestial Wish comes true, and anything is possible.
Celestial Wish are heavily influenced by bands such as Nightwish, Kamelot, Avantasia, Within Temptation, Evanescence and Sonata Arctica, however, their list of influences goes far beyond the Metal genre, including such composers as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwarz and Danny Elfman. All of these inspirations have come together to form a powerful sound that one might describe as majestic, or epic.
Northern Symphony Festival takes place on Saturday 15th April at The Veneu in Selby, North Yorkshire and will feature Dakesis, Control The Storm, Celestial Wish, Dead of Night, Scottish metallers The Fall of Eve, Anglo-Graeco unit Synthetic, Welsh metal band Prophecy and newcomers Sorrow's End.
Tickets for Northern Symphony Festival can be purchased at this location for £8.
Stone Sour is excited to announce the band’s return to the live stage, with an exclusive performance at the Rock On The Range official festival Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18 at Express Live! in Columbus, OH.
An exclusive pre-sale for Rock On The Range ticket purchasers will start on Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 10 at Noon EST at www.RockOnTheRange.com and via Ticketmaster. To celebrate the 11th annual ROTR, tickets will be available for only $11 + service fees.
The exclusive set will mark Stone Sour’s first show in support of Hydrograd, the brand new album coming this summer. Hydrograd, which the band just completed work on, will be the band's first studio album since the House Of Gold & Bones double album set in 2013. The band is thrilled to be storming back to the live stage with this intimate show.
The Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party will launch the weekend for America’s premier rock festival, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Tickets for the 11th annual Rock On The Range sold out in record time, just over one month after going on sale, marking the fifth consecutive advance sell-out for the festival.
The unprecedented Rock On The Range music line-up includes rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn each headlining one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival, along with performances from The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, +LIVE+, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed and Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Of Mice & Men, and many more. The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. For more information, visit www.RockOnTheRange.com.
Stone Sour is known as a truly incendiary live act, appearing on main stages across the world
Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Presents, and MAPFRE Stadium. The festival is supported by rockin’ sponsors: Monster Energy, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s and Zippo. These partners, along with many others, will feature interactive experiences, artist meet & greets, and other unique fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.
Alternative Metal band Mercy Brown are pleased to reveal that they will be embarking on a tour of the west coast of the USA this week. The tour will consist of 14 dates from March 10th to the 25th.
Frontwoman Sera Hatchett commented: "We're looking forward to getting on the road again and making our way to Southern California for the first time, and back up to Boise to play Treefort Music Fest. Hope to see you soon!"
In addition to embarking on the tour, the band have also recently released an amazing video for their track "Codependent" which is taken from their self-titled 2015 album.
Watch "Codependent" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKc9MVM4YQ
Listen to Mercy Brown here: http://mercy-brown.com/
Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.
"After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you." says frontman Ville Valo
Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).
Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.
Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.
"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weep-fest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"
Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows:
WED 14 SPAIN BARCELONA RAZZMATAZZ
THU 15 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA
FRI 16 SPAIN SANTANDER SALA ESCENRIO
SAT 17 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB
SAT 01 FINLAND HELSINKI TUSKA FESTIVAL
THU 13 FINLAND TUURI MILJOONAROCK
FRI 24 RUSSIA ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA
SUN 26 RUSSIA MOSCOW CLUB STADIUM LIVE
TUE 28 POLAND WARSAW STODOLA
WED 29 GERMANY HAMBURG DOCKS
FRI 01 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIAHALLE
SAT 02 CZECH REP. PRAGUE FORUM KARLIN
MON 04 GERMANY LEIPZIG HAUS AUENSEE
TUE 05 GERMANY MUNCHEN TONHALLE
WED 06 SWITZ. ZURICH X-TRA
THU 07 ITALY MILAN ALCATRAZ
FRI 08 GERMANY KOLN PALLADIUM
SAT 09 LUX. ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE ROCKHAL
MON 11 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM PARADISO
TUE 12 HOLLAND TILBURG 013
THU 14 SCOTLAND GLASGOW BARROWLAND
FRI 15 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
SAT 16 ENGLAND MANCHESTER ACADEMY
SUN 17 ENGLAND LONDON ROUNDHOUSE
Tickets go on general sale 9am Wednesday 8th March.
U.S. and FINNISH DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
The controversial Chinese pianist, Sunny Li, who caused a social media storm amongst the normally sedate Classic FM online community when ‘training’ videos of her playing two grand pianos went viral with over a million views , sparking admiration and outrage in equal measure, is embarking on a UK tour this spring in line with the release of her new album.
Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/ClassicFM/videos/10154894757289260/
Whilst many of the comments on the video were complimentary, others took the form of what some may consider a sexist tirade due to the seemingly provocative style Sunny had to adopt when performing the ‘double grand work out’. The comments deeply affected the young pianist who had never experienced such attention in her homeland of China.
Sunny stated that she ‘wasn’t expecting a lot of views’ as the video was meant to be just for fun, as a way of displaying one of her piano workout methods, but some of the comments left her feeling confused and upset. Despite this, Li feels strongly about equality and encouraging people to play the piano. She added ‘There is no reason why women can’t play like men, they are just as equal. It’s the modern day – sometimes women are even better than the men!’
To add insult to injury, Sunny, who is a strong advocate of getting young people into classical music, believes that the musical genre is potentially on the verge of becoming extinct and therefore feels that the passionate side of classical music needs to truly compete with its pop music counterparts. Consequently, talent needs to go hand in hand with style and fashion in order to reach a younger ‘streetwise’ audience. She has compared classical music to ‘a very meaningful book that is close to the soul’ and it is this idea that she wants to push forward to young people in the hope that they might give classical music a chance.
Sunny is combating her detractors with these empowering standpoints and intends to show them just how passionate she is to spread the classical message with her upcoming tour of the UK this year. Having won many awards in China for her art as well as being a brand ambassador for the leading UK piano company, www.pianorestorations.co.uk , Sunny is also in the running to become a ‘Young Steinway Artist’, a highly sought after distinction that may well see her endorsed by the piano manufacturing giants.
24/02/2017: St. James Church, London
07/03/2017: Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge
17/03/2017: St. James Church, London, with orchestra
25/03/2017: St. Margaret Church, Oxford
26/03/2017: Stanborough Park Church, Watford
01/04/2017: Faversham Assembly Rooms
07/04/2017: St. John's, Waterloo
28/04/2017: St. John's, Waterloo
12/05/2017: Wigmore Hall, London
27/05/2017: St. George's Church, Beckenham
16/08/2017: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge
Sunny’s album, Sunny Li Piano, is out now on Itunes, Google Music, Spotify and Amazon:
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