This Halloween, Bloodstock have announced that Rob Zombie have been confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his mind-blowing full production to Catton Park.
Rob admits his excitement of getting "on a plane, and getting my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock" and reflects on past visits by admitting that he has "had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list", before adding that Bloodstock is called Bloodstock for one reason, " how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”
Expect to witness a spectacular range of classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor’.
In addition to that big news, Bloodstock’s ‘Rock Society’ memberships went on sale at 9am today, 31st October. The Bloodstock ‘Rock Society’ is effectively the festival’s ‘Members Club’, offering not only a 10% discount on your weekend ticket (and that’s on top of the already discounted early bird ticket if you’re quick enough!), but it offers punters all sorts of other cool benefits like priority access to the signing tent, special tours of backstage & production areas so you can see what goes on ‘behind the scenes,’ as well as access to the VIP Serpents Lair bar, plus a Rock Society laminate with your name and membership number, and plenty more besides.
The memberships are limited to just 300 and sell out very quickly every year, so don’t delay if you want to pick one up. Last year, these sold out that morning! Full details can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/rock-society.
Don’t want to do the zombie shuffle all the way to BLOODSTOCK? The Big Green Coach packages have now launched. Big Green Coach are the official and exclusive coach travel partner to BLOODSTOCK. Sit back, relax, and let their drivers take you, your mates, and your zombie survival/camping gear direct to the festival grounds! There are 26 locations all across the UK to choose from! To guarantee your return seat, book here: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel
An ever-diminishing, limited number of early bird weekend tickets with camping are on sale now, priced £120 (plus booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956. When they’re gone, they’re gone so grab yours now! Campervan pitches are also already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.
Bands already announced for 2015 are Saturday’s headliners, WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, plus DEATH TA, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA and DARK ANGEL. More bands will be announced soon! BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015.
Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Sheffield's venue The Corporation will play host to the first annual Winter Rocks Festival in December. This extravaganza will mix international artists with some of Sheffield’s finest rising talents over two stages.
The Answer will deliver their stunning live show as festival headliners.
"We've been rocking out in Sheffield ever since our first UK tour so we always feel right at home there. The line up looks great and we're ready to play our part in a big way. Sheffield we're coming for you!!"
Another coup for the festival is hard rockers Heaven's Basement returning to grace Corporation’s main stage.
“It’s been too long since we’ve been to Sheffield, we’ve had some epic times at Corp! Some of our favorite shit has gone down at these shows and we can’t wait to get back to see our Yorkshire friends! Let’s kick off Xmas early at Winter Rocks Festival!”
Also bringing monstrous riffs to Winter Rocks is Sheffield’s own Black Spiders
“One of our favorite top ten places to play in the Europas!! Many a city has seven hills, but the city of Sheffield is a home from home....”
The rest of the line up for the main stage sees a real blend of international talent:
Eureka Machines, New Zealand rockers I Am Giant, Zodiac N Black, Swedish legends Stonewall Noise Orchestra, The Aaron Keylock Band and Liberty Lies.
Goat Leaf will headline the second stage with their heavy groove rock show. New Zealand’s Rival State will be main support (Currently on the Black Spiders tour and gaining BBC Radio 1 acclaim).
With Sheffield bands The Verals, The Black Hands, Red Jester, Coyote Mad Seeds, Perfect Crimes and Regulus completing the line up on this epic day.
Tickets are a mere £18 for the full day which includes entry to both stages.
Noturnall, the Brazilian group formed by the Shaman members: Thiago Bianchi (vocals), Fernando Quesada (bass), Leo Mancini (guitar) and Junior Carelli (keyboards), along with the drummer Aquiles Priester (Primal Fear / Hangar / ex-Angra), will embark on their first ever European tour in December.
The group will play seven shows in four different countries: Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
10.12 - Madrid (Spain) @ Sala We Rock
11.12 - Porto (Portugal) @ Metal Point
12.12 - Lisbon (Portugal) @ RCA Club
13.12 - Zaragoza (Spain) @ Sala Utopia
14.12 - Worblaufen (Switzerland) @ Downi
15.12 - Roeselare (Belgium) @ De Verlichte Geest
18.12 - Porto (Portugal) @ Metal Point
Drummer Aquiles Priester believes that this European tour will close the band's first year on a very positive note:
"I think our year could not end in a better way",
"Before going to Europe for the first time, we will go on a major Brazilian tour in a way that only well organized and well structured bands can do. Our trip to Europe would not come at a better time, because we'll be well rehearsed and ready to perform a great show".
"Let's end the year on a high note, showing our music to a new audience (who already know us from other bands), the modern and powerful music of Noturnall. I'm sure that we will succeed and this will give us a big breath for next year, which will be a definitive year in the band's career with the plans that we are drawing up".
By Ali Nichol-way
It seemed like the cosy venue that The Brickyard was famous for became a calling beacon for all metal fans throughout Cumbria. With what seemed like half of Carlisle queuing at the doors, this was a highly anticipated show that many still didn’t believe was actually happening. When the show was announced on March 31st 2014, many thought it was an early April Fools. After all, Dragonforce is a huge international band who have played alongside the likes of Iron Maiden to sold out arenas; so it’s with some disbelief they were playing this 500 capacity venue which is not in the most notable city in the UK. However this tour is in promotion of their new album "Maximum Overload". Playing in over 20 cities on this tour, their tagline of “this time it’s personal” is very apt, with the intimate shows allowing them to connect with their fans on a personal level.
Neonfly opened the night with their classic Power Metal sound that is already fit to fill arenas. Their opening song, 'Ships Without Sails', has a pitch perfect delivery but was received with some lethargy from the audience, whilst 'Enemy' brought and created some headbanging, and fist pumping from the slowly warming-up crowd. This may have been due to Willy Nortons infectious energy as he bounced around the stage, shamelessly dancing before making lots of eye contact with the crowd, letting them know that this is their performance as much as Neonfly's.
They brought an onslaught of metal after playing three songs in a row without a break. 'Spitting Blood', 'Ornament' and 'Things That Go Bump' go down a storm as members jumped on to the barrier and into the crowd. The heavy machine gun-like double bass kicked off a frenzy, whilst the triple threat of the guitars lead for the perfect intro, simultaneously showing why they are much more than just your average support band. They ended their set with their biggest single 'Morning Star', which created a cacophony of hand clapping and fist pumping.
Before they had even left people started pushing forward and chants for Dragonforce began. As they had never played Carlisle before, this was a new experience that the dedicated fans were sure to make the most of. You could barely hear their atmospheric, electronic entrance music over the thunderous applause of the crowd. This was met with some disappointment as Marc Hudson's vocal were a fuzzy mess due to the outdated P.A. system. However this was soon made up for by the brutal guitar and keyboard solos which, after the success of Guitar Hero, is the main attraction.
Before the tour, Dragonforce had asked fans what songs they wanted to hear live, essentially allowing them to build the set list themselves. When Hudson said this, chants of 'Three Hammers' had begun before he’d got half way through the sentence. Sure enough 'Three Hammers' was next much to the fans glee as they clapped in time and sang along word for word. During Herman Li's mind blowing guitar solo a circle pit erupted as the slowly building tune reached its peak. This lead them headfirst into 'Black Winter' and 'New Song Season'. You could see that they were trying, and succeeding, to make it as personal as possible, however some grabby fans were pushing the limits as one tried to take Li's guitar from him while he was playing.
Their 90 minute set comprised of many guitar battles between Li and Totman, getting more and more wilder as the show progressed. Li’s little kicks and tricks proved what a guitar playing god he was a he tackled complex melodies with smug ease. As they left the stage, “One more song” chants echoed around the room, goading them into coming back on stage for an encore, which was received with deafening applause.
After giving a brief introduction about how they wanted to play a cover, they went into the most brutal cover of 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash that has ever been conceived. This was added too by their amazing light display that looked like Kit from Knightrider on steroids. After telling fans there was a free meet and greet after the show they played what every fan in that room had been waiting for; 'Through The Fire And The Flames'. This was the perfect end to the night as the room erupted into musical chaos. This once again proves that Dragonforce is a band that everyone should witness live at least once in their lives.
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