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THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UNVEIL NEW VIDEO

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Summer 2015 sees the return of multi-award winning music band THE DARKNESS.  A new track ‘Barbarian’ is currently manfully straddling the information super highway and is a palate cleanser for their fourth album ‘Last Of Our Kind’, produced by guitarist Dan Hawkins.  Penned in Ireland, where the band play a small but perfectly formed tour next month, the record is bursting with the very finest rock-based music available to mankind, as one might expect.

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Fightstar, ‘A’, Apocalyptica, The Sword and; The Cavalera Conspiracy head for Download as day tickets go on sale

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FIGHTSTAR, ‘A’, APOCALYPTICA, The Sword & THE CAVALERA CONSPIRACY HEAD FOR

DOWNLOAD 2015 AS DAY TICKETS GO ON SALE

Day tickets on sale from 9am on Friday 27th February 2015

 As if the current line up wasn’t enough to get you excited about this year’s Download Festival, 38 new bands have now been added to the bill including:

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UFO to join Saxon at Hard Rock Hell 9

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Following popular demand, UFO have been confirmed to join Saxon at HRH 9

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Download Festival Announces 19 More Bands for 2015

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In a surprise Sunday night announcement Andy Copping and co have confirmed the addition of 19 more bands to the 2015 Download Festival line up including the likes of Billy Idol, Clutch, Eagles of Death Metal, Lamb of God and Rise Against.

Plans for the 2015 festival are well underway and the line up is starting to take shape quite nicely with these recent additions.

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Billy Idol will be returning to Download for the first time in five years as part of his tour of the European festival circuit. Some fans may turn their nose up to the addition of Billy Idol, especially if “White Wedding” is their only knowledge of the Generation X icon who, in his prime, exhibited a level of hedonism that would make Motley Crue blush. Anyone who has seen Idol live will know that he puts on an impressively raw performance full of his famous sneering punk attitude. Billy Idol said:

It was a fantastic experience playing at Download 2010 in the teeming rain with the audience completely unfazed. So if that was fun, this year should be dynamite! See you there!

Groove Metal behemouths Lamb of God, who are rumoured to be releasing a new album next year, complete with lyrics written during Randy Blythe’s time on remand at Pankrac prison in Prague, will be returning from a short hiatus to bring some serious heaviness to Download fans.

Elsewhere, America’s most successful rock performer in the Billboard charts, the four times Grammy-nominated Godsmack, have been announced to appear at Download for the very first time, in 2015, following the release of their critically acclaimed “1000hp” album, earlier this year.

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What has got me really excited is the announcement that balls-out, tongue-in-cheek rockers Eagles of Death Metal will also be making their Download festival debut. I love the records these guys have put out and they will add that bit of fun and humour to Download that has been serviced in recent years by Steel Panther and it will be a welcome change.

The other announcement that has got me very excited indeed is the addition of Clutch, who will be returning after a four year abscence to deliver their sermon of authenticity and cool in the sludgiest, funkiest stonery way possible. These guys always put on an amazing show and are responsible for some of my favourite albums of all time, including last year’s Earth Rocker which was my number 1 album of 2013. They still seem to be flying somewhat under the radar for some unknown reason. Make sure you go to see them as you will discover some of the finest music made in the last 20 years and I challenge you to not be mesmerised by, frontman, Neil Fallon’s shamonic on stage performance.

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The full list of bands announced are as follows:

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Billy Idol

Black Veil Brides

Body Count

Clutch

Crown the Empire

Dragonforce

Eagles of Death Metal

Every Time I Die

Godsmack

H.E.A.T

Hollywood Undead

Lamb of God

Mad Ball

Mallory Knox

Motionless in White

Northlane

Parkway Drive

Rise Against

With headline appearances from Slipknot, Muse and Kiss, and main support slots for Judas Priest, Faith No More and Motley Crue, not to mention Slash, Black Stone Cherry, Five Finger Death Punch and Marilyn Manson, I think it is fair to say Download 2015 is looking very good indeed.

The full line up so far looks like this

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Tickets are available at www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

Ticket Prices

Weekend Arena: £170

Weekend & 3 night camping: £195

Weekend & 5 night camping: £205

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AC/DC ANNOUNCE RETURN TO LONDON’S WEMBLEY STADIUM

 

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Announce London, Glasgow and Dublin Stadium shows

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AC/DC have announced that they will play three stadium shows in the UK in June/July as part of their 2015 Rock or Bust World Tour. The lords of Rock will play they will play Hampden Park in Glasgow on the 28th June, Aviva Stadium in Dublin on the 1st July and Wembley Stadium in London on the 4th July.

The eagle eyed among you will notice that these dates leave space for AC/DC to play one of the first two days of Glastonbury Festival which ends on the 28th June.

The remainder of the tour will hit the Netherlands and Spain in May, Germany in May and June and the remainder of Europe in July.

Here are the full dates so far:

May 05 – Arnhem, Netherlands – Gelredome
May 08 – Nürnberg, Germany – Zeppelinfeld
May 10 – Dresden, Germany – Rinne Dresden
May 16 – Hockenheim, Germany – Hockenheimring
May 19 – München, Germany – Olympiastadion
Jun. 19 – Köln, Germany – Jahnwiesen
Jun. 21 – Hannover, Germany – Messe
Jun. 25 – Berlin, Germany – Olympiastadion
Jun 28 – Glasgow, Scotland – Hampden Park
Jul. 01 – Dublin, Ireland – Aviva Stadium
Jul 04 – London, England – Wembley Stadium
Jul. 12 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Veltins Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 17th December.

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New Skarlett Riot CD ‘We Are The Brave’ announced, new single ‘Rising’ to be released January 19th

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The brand new single ‘Rising’, out January 19th 2015

 New CD ‘We Are The Brave’ out Feb 16th 2015

Following on from their hugely successful debut album ‘Tear Me Down’, young UK four piece Skarlett Riot return with the riff-packed, hood laden ‘We Are The Brave’.

Due for release February 16th, 2015, ‘We Are The Brave’ is a hard hitting, collection of songs; still packed with the memorable choruses and outstanding vocals the fans have come to expect.

Prior to ‘We Are The Brave’ the band release the powerful single ‘Rising’ on January 19th. The band have filmed a video clip accompany the release which will be hitting the screens via Scuzz and Kerrang TV in the New Year.

The band released a lyric video for the stand-alone single ‘House Of Cards’ (check it out below).

The band will be hitting the road in 2015 in support of ‘We Are The Brave’, and have recently confirmed they will be touring with Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitarist Gus G and will be opening for the legendary Kamelot at their special ‘one night only’ show in London.

It’s fair to say that Skarlett Riot don’t lack confidence. As anyone that’s had the pleasure of witnessing this young four-piece live will attest to.

In an already jam-packed career Skarlett Riot have wowed audiences at Download (earning a 4K live review from Kerrang!) and Bloodstock, and have shared stages across the UK with the likes of Wednesday 13, D-A-D, Reckless Love, Heaven’s Basement, Periphery, Firewind, Black Spiders, Edguy, Taking Dawn, L.A Guns, Glamour Of The Kill, Crashdiet, Vains Of Jenna, Deaf Havana, Francesqa plus many more.

Formed back in 2010, this female-fronted band were soon taking their local scene by storm with their powerful, riff-led songs, blending melody and grit with a muscular garage rock’n’roll backbone. Add to that an ear for infectious hooks, and you have a band that not only has bags of attitude but the songs to back them up!

The band’s debut EP, the critically acclaimed “Villain”, set the benchmark high and led to glowing praise within the rock community; Big Cheese, Kerrang, Powerplay, Rocksound were all glowing in their praise. The band released a music video in support of the EP which hit rotation on Scuzz and Kerrang TV which led to the band landed a slot at the legendary Download festival where the band were invited to open the Pepsi Max stage. A chance they grabbed with both hands and earnt themselves another 4K review in Kerrang, as well as a place in Scuzz TV’s ‘Top 40 Bands Who Rocked Download’ piece.

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Caveman Voicebox Release New EP – No Template

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Following on from their previous two EP’s “Strippers, Mullets & Beer” and “Facial Hair & Harmonies”, my brothers from LA have done it again with their brand new two track EP “No Template” and they are letting you name your price when purchasing it.

The first thing to know about Caveman Voicebox is that these guys are a whole lot of fun and they sound absolutely great. Formed in 2011, in the Long Beach area of L.A, they came up with their name whilst watching a documentary about Cavemen, after eating a whole bunch of wholesome home-made brownies. The energy of these guys is fuelled by… well… strippers, mullets and beer with hot rods, loud guitars and blue collar fury thrown in for that extra bit of punch. Their musical influences include a whole lot of Motorhead, ZZ Top and Stoner Rock which melded together, provides the “soundtrack for every Gear Head, Pole Dance and Biker west of the Rockie Mountains”, according to their Facebook bio.

On the Verge of Living, the lead track on “No Template” carry’s on exactly where the previous two EP’s left off. It opens with a great catchy riff and is so full of hooks that it wouldn’t feel out of place on a Japanese Whaling boat. Reidel Panic, the second and closing track on the EP, slows things down a little bit but the way it builds and keeps grooving and rumbling along like a thunder storm is fantastic. Rather than fill you with lots of bullshit words about what this EP sounds like, I am just going to let the music do the talking. You can check out On the Verge of Living here and follow the links to download and share the new EP. I recommend you do all three!

CMVB singer Graham Wilson had the following to say when I asked him about the EP.

This EP was the experience of one day of recording and one day of mixing and mastering. We’re sticking to our roots of rock with little drama and maximum performance. No Template came about from our perception of the music industry right now. Our template is performance, socialize with the community mixed with a beat to dance to. We hope you love it as much as Karl, Sofi and myself do. Three-piece rock n’ roll. 

If this is your first introduction to Caveman Voicebox, make sure you head over to their Soundcloud, Bandcamp or Facebook pages immediately or discover them the way I did by watching this video for their “Stoner rock ZZ Top” sounding track ’72 Nova.

Make sure you go and check them out right away then share the love with all your friends.

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Seasick Steve Announces New Album “Sonic Soul Surfer” plus UK Tour for Spring 2015

SEASICK STEVE ANNOUNCES 14 DATE SPRING TOUR FOR 2015
NEW ALBUM ‘SONIC SOUL SURFER’ OUT 23RD MARCH

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Seasick Steve releases new album, ‘Sonic Soul Surfer’, March 23rd on the Caroline International label. Produced and written by Seasick Steve and recorded in his front room at the little farm where he lives, it’s his seventh studio record and most ambitious work yet. Along with longtime drummer Dan Magnusson, the album also features Luther Dickinson (Mississippi All Stars) playing slide guitar on two tracks, Georgina Leach on fiddle and Ben Miller playing jaw harp on lead track ‘Summertime Boy’, a song celebrating the life and sunshine of California.

“The whole record is mostly me and Dan sitting there drinking and playing,” says Steve. “There ain’t a whole lot of producing going on! But I know what I’m doing and I know what I want.”
 
Since appearing on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny on New Year’s Eve 2006, Seasick Steve’s career both on record and onstage has gone from strength to strength. It’s been quite a ride, and in the process he has established himself as one of the best live acts in music today. 

 
Next April, he returns for the first time in 4 years for a full UK tour armed with a batch of fantastic new songs for what promises to be one memorable tour.
 
Dates shape up as follows:

April 2015

Wed 8th                                 FOLKESTONE, Leas Cliff Hall
Thu 9th                                  NORWICH, UEA
Sat 11th                                 MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
Sun 12th                               LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic
Mon 14th                               LONDON, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
Wed 16th                               SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy*
Fri 18th                                  GLASGOW, Barrowland
Sat 19th                                 ABERDEEN, Music Hall
Mon 21st                                DUNDEE, Fat Sams Live
Wed 23rd                               NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy*
Thu 24th                                YORK, Barbican
Sat 26th                                 SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
Mon 28th                               CARDIFF, St David’s
Tue 29th                                WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall
 
Tickets can be bought via a special fan pre-sale on November 25th from www.seasicksteve.com with the general on-sale on November 27th from http://seetickets.comwww.ticketmaster.co.uk / *www.ticketweb.co.uk

‘Sonic Soul Surfer’ takes Seasick Steve into hitherto uncharted territory on what is arguably his best album to date, from the haunted backwoods hillbilly twang of ‘In Peaceful Dreams’ to the slippery boogie shuffle of the car song ‘Barracuda ’68’ and the rolling groove of ‘Sonic Soul Boogie’.
 
Lyrically too, it broaches new territory, with celebrations of wanderlust and good-time boogie behaviour side-by-side with thoughtful ruminations on time past and time passing, most impressively in ‘Heart Full Of Scars’, where he acknowledges how the older you get, the more emotional baggage you carry.
 
‘Sonic Soul Surfer’ is Seasick Steve’s first album since 2013’s ‘Hubcap Music’, which featured guests such as John Paul Jones and Jack White. Nominated for numerous Brit awards he won the Mojo award for Best Breakthrough Act in 2007. 
 
‘Sonic Soul Surfer’ Tracklisting
1.        Roy’s Gang
2.        Bring It On
3.        Dog Gonna Play
4.        In Peaceful Dreams
5.        Summertime Boy
6.        Swamp Dog
7.        Sonic Soul Boogie
8.        Right On Time
9.        Barracuda ‘68
10.      We Be Moving
11.       Your Name
12.       Heart Full Of Scars

 

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Lonely The Brave Announce Biggest UK Headline Tour To Date

Cambridge’s Finest Lonely the Brave Announce 16 Date UK Headline Tour in March 2015

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Zane Lowe approved Cambridge Rockers, Lonely the Brave have today announced their biggest UK tour to date. The band, who recently relocated to Monnow Studios in Wales to start recording a follow up to their fantastic debut album “The Day’s War”, will embark on a 16 date UK headline tour starting on the 4th March at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach and ending on March 24th at Bristol’s The Exchange. Full list of dates is available below.

Tickets go on general sale on Wednesday 26th November but members of their mailing list have been given access to a special pre sale starting today so check your inbox for the password and grab your tickets now.

Lonely the Brave also recently released a video for a new version of their stunning track “The Blue, The Green” which is made up completely from recordings submitted by fans from across the country playing the song alongside LTB singer David Jake’s original vocals. You can see the video here

 

If you can’t wait until March, Lonely the Brave will be embarking on a short pre-christmas tour next month including a sold out home town show at The Junction in Cambridge on Saturday December 13th.

Tickets for both tours can be purchased through the bands website and dates shape up as follows:

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Sat 13 – The Juntion, Cambridge – SOLD OUT

Sun 14 – 02 Academy, Bournemouth

Mon 15 – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

Tue 16 – Lemon Grove, Exeter

Wed 17 – Kasbah, Coventry

Thur 18 – King George’s Hall, Blackburn

Fri 19 – Empire, Middlesborough

Sat 20 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln

 

March 2015

Wed 04 – CLWB IFOR BACH, CARDIFF

Thur 05 – BUCKS STUDENTS’ UNION, HIGH WYCOMBE

Fri 06 – COURTYARD YOUTH ARTS CENTER, BICESTER

Sat 07 – THE SCHOLAR, LEICESTER
Mon 09 – THE BODEGA (Basement), NOTTINGHAM

Tues 10 – THE RUBY LOUNGE, MANCHESTER

Thur 12 – KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT, GLASGOW

Fri 13 -THE CLUNY, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 

Sun 15 -FIBBERS, YORK

Mon 16 – THE KEY CLUB, LEEDS
Tue 17 – SLADE ROOMS, WOLVERHAMPTON

Thur 19 – ULU (University of London Union Meeting Rooms), LONDON

Fri 20 – FORUM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Sat 21 – STICKY MIKES, BRIGHTON

Mon 23 – WEDGEWOOD ROOMS, PORTSMOUTH

Tues 24 – THE EXCHANGE, BRISTOL

 

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System Of A Down return to UK in April 2015

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TO COMMEMORATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WITH
 
 ‘WAKE UP THE SOULS’
WORLD TOUR
 

  • BAND TO PLAY VERY SPECIAL, ONE-OFF LONDON SHOW AS PART OF WORLD TOUR. THEIR FIRST INDOOR UK SHOW SINCE 2005

 

  • LANDMARK TOUR WILL SEE MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY WINNING ALT-ROCK GROUP PERFORMING IN HOMELAND OF ARMENIA FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

System Of A Down, will be heading to London in April 2015 to play an exceptionally special and important show on 10th April 2015 at The SSE Wembley Arena as part of their ‘Wake Up The Souls’ World Tour. This show will be their first indoor show in the UK since 2005.
 
April 24th 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. A century later, System Of A Down refuse to let the victims or lessons learned be forgotten. On April 10th, 2015, they’ll commemorate the Genocide’s 100th anniversary on the world stage with their “Wake Up The Souls” arena tour, an international trek that begins at London’s SSE Wembley Arena and culminates with the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square.
 
Commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the ‘Wake Up The Souls’ tour is not just about seeing one of the best live bands performing a rare and very special show, it’s also about an extremely important political, social, human issue. System Of A Down want to clearly state that this is not directed at the people of Turkey, but rather at the atrocities that were carried out. In a statement issued today, the band said: 
 
“As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.
 
With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.”
 
Fans looking for information about the “Wake Up The Souls” tour and/or how to get involved should visit the band’s official site, systemofadown.com, where they’ll see content curated by the group, along with an interactive “heat map” splash page featuring the band’s statement about the tour and cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and “Take Action” instructions.
 
Tickets for this exceptional show will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 28th November, priced at £37.50, (subject to booking fee) from www.livenation.co.uk 
 

Here is the bands full statement about the Armenian Genocide and the World Tour:

“The first genocide of the 20th century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the empire’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations. The failure to prevent the atrocities or punish the perpetrators led to the modern cycle of genocide.

In the aftermath of this WWI Era mass murder, there were no Nuremberg-type trials, no international courts to exact justice from the perpetrators or to offer reparations or rights of return to its victims. In the place of justice, Turkey bartered its oil rights and leveraged its geopolitical capital to block Woodrow Wilson’s planned territorial restoration and reparations for Armenia.

The Turkish state, having escaped responsibility for its attempted annihilation of an entire nation, continues to harvest the rich fruits of its crime. Its leaders today, emboldened by the world’s inaction, try to enforce a gag-rule prohibiting the U.S. and other governments from speaking honestly about this atrocity.

Horrific stories of the first modern genocide filled the front pages of the NY Times starting in 1915.  The U.S. humanitarian response to this crime, from the American Red Cross to Near East Relief, marked America’s emergence as an international humanitarian power.  Yet, sadly, it was the world’s failure to punish the perpetrators of this genocide that set the dangerous precedent of a genocide committed with impunity that has so emboldened tyrants – from Hitler to al-Bashir – to use mass murder as a tool of policy and power. 

The German army, allied with Ottoman Turkey, seeing Turkey evade accountability, drew a terrible lesson from this atrocity about the willingness of the world to turn a blind eye to the planned extermination of a whole race under the guise of war.  One young German soldier named Adolf Hitler of the Great War later remarked “WHO NOW REMEMBERS THE ARMENIANS?” as he orchestrated what is now known as the Holocaust.

Our answer is WE DO!

We will not allow the crime of despots coupled with the greed of world powers and their interests in resource acquisition to pen our history.

Despite the UN Genocide Convention and numerous ad-hoc international bodies, including the U.S. Atrocities Prevention Board, this worst of man-made diseases continues to spread because the world’s response to genocide is viewed as a political choice, not a moral necessity.

By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides.  Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.

There are already brave souls within Turkey, who – at risk of prosecution, persecution, and even violence – are openly calling for recognition and reparations for the Armenian Genocide.  Many other Turkish citizens share these humanitarian values, but have not yet spoken out – intimidated by a government that has, for too long, obstructed the peace that only truth and justice can bring. It’s time to break this silence.

As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.

With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.

Thank you,

System of a Down”

 

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