News Updates
FESTIVAL NEWS: First acts confirmed for HAMMERFEST X Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:47

Sepultura, Hellyeah and Gloryhammer are among the first big names to be announced for the tenth anniversary edition of Hammerfest.

 

Hammerfest X first poster 

Hammerfest takes place at the Hafan-Y-Mor holiday camp, just outside Pwllheli, in north Wales, from 15 – 18 March 2018.

 

Tickets are on sale now.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: More acts added to HRH Sleaze bill Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:41

Bai Bang, Spread Eagle, Chasing Dragons, Gasoline Queen and The Cruel Intentions have been added to the bill of the first ever dedicated HRH Sleaze festival, which takes place at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on 2 and 3 September.

 

They join a line-up that already features Faster Pussycat, Vain, Jizzy Pearl, Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour, Tigertailz and many more.

 

HRH Sleaze updated poster 

There are a limited number of weekend tickets remaining. You can get yours HERE.

 
GIG NEWS: Thunder announce details of Christmas show Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:25

It may be only early April, but the Thunder boys have given their fans an early Christmas present, by announcing the return, after a gap of four years, of their hugely popular festive show, at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 15 December.

 

Thunder Christmas Show Poster 

The evening will follow the band’s usual Christmas show format, with no support band and two sets - a sit down acoustic one followed by a full show, both featuring a mixture of songs old and new, both Thunder originals and covers, as well as guest musicians, snow and inflatables galore. 

 

Frontman Danny Bowes said: “It's taken us four years for the timing to be right, but we're back with another Xmas show.  It's very special, and unlike our regular show, so we're chuffed to be doing another one.  We'll play favourites from our own catalogue as well covers we love.  It's going to be brilliant fun, I feel very Xmassy just thinking about it”.

 

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster, Ticketfactory and Gigantic.  Special VIP packages are also available from the Thunder store.

 

Watch out for our review of the last night of Thunder’s most recent tour, being published this coming Saturday (8 April).

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirm Ghost as final headliner Print E-mail
Monday, 03 April 2017 10:58

Following the leaking of the news over the weekend, and the conclusion of their ‘Popestar UK’ tour, it has been confirmed that Ghost will headline the Saturday night of this year’s Bloodstock festival, which takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire over the weekend of 10 - 13 August.

 

It will be Ghost’s first ever appearance at Bloodstock. A Nameless Ghoul said: “We are absolutely chuffed to finally be playing at the classic Bloodstock.  Over the years we have heard so many great things about it and now, to be able to headline one of the nights, is a great honour and we are very much looking forward to it.  Thank you all and see you there!"

 

 

Standard weekend camping tickets 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).  Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!  

 

BOA poster 2nd April 2017

 

 
GIG NEWS: Duncan Reid to pre-launch new album at Black Heart Print E-mail
Friday, 31 March 2017 08:53

Duncan Reid and The Big Heads will play a special album pre-release show at The Dark Heart in Camden on Tuesday 11 April.

 

Advance copies of the new album, ‘Bombs Away’, will be available at the show, which will also feature Über Rock favourites Role Models.

 

Tickets are available HERE.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: First bands announced for Damnation 2017 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:26

Death metal heavyweights Dying Fetus and reformed British doom band Warning are among the first bands to be announced for this year’s Damnation Festival, which takes place at Leeds University Union on Saturday 4 November.

 

Damnation Festival banner


The event will mark the only UK performance of Warning’s ‘Watching from a Distance’. Warning’s Patrick Walker said: “I’m happy to be able to announce that we’ll be performing a sole UK-exclusive date at Damnation Festival. 



“Following the regrouping of the band this year, I was determined to play one show in England and I am particularly delighted to be able to bring Warning to Leeds in November. As a performer, this festival has always been a privilege to be a part of, offering something unique to both audiences and artists, and always imbued with an unusual degree of kindness, generosity and warmth by the fans and the festival team.  I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to play our 'Watching from a Distance' album, if for just this once in the UK, at Damnation.”

 

Dying Fetus are scheduled to release their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album this coming summer. Frontman John Gallagher said: “We are ready to bring some brutality to Damnation Festival this year with some songs off our new album, along with the classics.  See you in the pit!”

 

 

Post-rock duo Nordic Giants and American death metallers Gatecreeper - who will be making their debut UK appearance - also join the Damnation bill. Twenty-three more bands across four stages are still to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £40, from www.damnationfestival.co.uk and www.leedstickets.com.

 

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Rebellion announces overseas invasion Print E-mail
Friday, 24 March 2017 16:11

Rebellion, Britain’s biggest punk festival, has announced that it is expanding overseas, with new events planned for Dublin in October and Amsterdam next summer.

 

The Dublin leg of the festival will take place over the weekend of 27 and 28 October at the city’s Voodoo Lounge and will feature Cock Sparrer, Vice Squad, The Outcasts, The Defects, TV Smith, Blood Or Whiskey and many, many more.

 

Rebellion Dublin poster

 

Weekend tickets cost €40 and can be bought right HERE right now.

 

The Amsterdam event will take place at The Melkweg over the weekend of 2 and 3 June 2018.  No further details on this have been announced as yet, but, as ever, Über Rock will bring you more news as and when we get it…

 

Rebellion itself will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from 3 – 6 August, with this year’s line-up featuring Bad Religion, Slaves, Skids, Sham 69, Pennywise, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Misty In Roots and many, many more.

 

Full line up details and all the information you could possibly need – including that invaluable link to buy those all-important tickets – can be found HERE.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Final acts announced for Handmade 2017 Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:21

The final acts have been announced for this year’s Handmade Festival, which takes place at the O2 Academy, the Attenborough Arts Centre and various other venues in Leicester over the weekend of 28 – 30 April.

 

Handmade final banner

 

The last acts to be confirmed include Goat Girl, Baba Naga, Kovic, Courtney Askey, Haus, Little Hours, Peaness, Miriam Franklin, Lea Porcelin and more.  They join a line-up that already features Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses and Honeyblood, as well as Über Rock-approved acts such as Tigercub, Puppy, Idles, God Damn and Happyness.

 

Details also have been confirmed of Handmade's all new Friday programme, which will take place at venues such as Firebug, The Cookie, The Guildhall and Bishop Street Church and will be headlined by HMLTD, Her Name Is Calla, Haiku Salut and Grace Petrie, with support from Fang Club, Kovic, Husky Loops, Fazerdaze, Easy Life, Dead Pretties, Cold Water Souls, Neon Waltz and Pleasure House.  Entrance to the new Friday programme is free to festival wristband holders, or £10 for those that won't be attending the full festival.

 

Weekend tickets for Handmade – which cost £40 for adults, £30 for students and £20 for under 16s – are still available HERE.

 

www.facebook.com/handmadefestivalleicester/

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: “Enrapturing… fresh and exciting” – Courtesans added to Bloodstock bill Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:12

Courtesans – whose new EP, ‘Better Safe Than Sober’, due to be released on 31 March, was recently hailed by Über Rock’s Ben Hughes as “completely enrapturing… fresh and exciting” – are among the latest acts confirmed to appear at this year’s Bloodstock festival.

 

 

They will play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday 13 August. Joining them will be Bossk and Wretched Soul, while Dendera have been added to the Fridayday bill and Kroh and Abhorrent Decimation have been confirmed to appear on the Saturdayurday. Yorkshire pagan metallers Winterfylleth have been added to the main stage bill.

 

Meanwhile, the first run of dates for the specially-themed Bloodstock club nights have been announced. They are as follows:

 

Friday 7 April - Woking - Schism
Saturday 8 April - Middlesbrough - ‘SUMO’ at Medicine Bar
Saturday 8 April - Manchester - Saturdayan’s Hollow
Thursday 13 April - Doncaster - ‘Rawkus’ at Vintage Rock Bar
Friday 14 April - Bournemouth - ‘Thank Rock It’s Fridayday’ at Sound Circus
Friday 14 April - London - ‘Project Mayhem’ at Electric Ballroom
Friday 14 April - Ipswich - ‘The Riot’ at the Cock and Pye
Friday 14 April - Stoke - ‘Afterlife’ at the Underground
Saturday 15 April - Coventry - The Phoenix
Saturday 15 April - Norwich - ‘Meltdown’ at the Waterfront
Monday 17 April - Reading - Sakura
Wednesday 19 April - Huddersfield - ‘Rawkus’ at The Parish
Wednesday 19 April - Liverpool - ‘Rawkus’ at EBGB’s
Thursday 20 April - Sheffield - ‘Rawkus’ at The Leadmill (ft Benji Webbe DJ set)
Friday 21 April - Bury - ‘Rawkus’ at Yates
Friday 21 April - London - ‘Rawkus’ at Lounge 666
Friday 21 April - Leicester - Firebug
Saturday 22 April - Birmingham - ‘Uprawr’ at Asylum
Saturday 22 April - Cardiff - FUEL
Saturday 22 April - Camberley - The Agincourt
Monday 24 April - Preston - ‘Rawkus’ at Blitz
Friday 28 April - Bristol - ‘PHUCT’ at Bierkeller
Friday 28 April - London - ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz
Friday 28 April - Plymouth - Envy
Saturday 29 April - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Saturday 29 April – Sheffield- The Corporation

Thursday 4 May - Exeter - ‘TPT’ at Timepiece
Friday 5 May - Portsmouth - ‘Thursdaynderdome’ at Edge of the Wedge
Saturday 6 May - Hanley -‘Devil’s Night’ at JJ’s
Saturday 6 May - Brighton - ‘Apocalypse’ at Envy
Saturday 6 May - Stoke - ‘Alt Ctl Del’ at The Underground
Friday 12 May - London - ‘Project Mayhem’ at Electric Ballroom
Saturday 13 May - Southampton - ‘Apocalypse’ at The 1865
Friday 19 May - Leicester - Firebug
Saturday 20 May - Stoke - ‘Rawkus’ at The Underground
Saturday 20 May - Coventry - The Phoenix
Saturday 20 May - Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
Saturday 20 May – Middlesbrough - ‘SUMO’ at Medicine Bar
Saturday 20 May - Norwich - ‘Meltdown’ at The Waterfront
Friday 26 May - London - ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz
Saturday 27 May - Wigan - ‘Rawkus’ at The Boulevard
Saturday 27 May - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Saturday 27 May - Sheffield - The Corporation

 

More dates are expected to be announced for June and July.

 

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 10-13 August.  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 bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee), with under 4’s free!

 

BOA poster 21 Mar 2017

 

 
TOUR NEWS: Alice Cooper to spend another night in Dublin Print E-mail
Monday, 13 March 2017 14:12

Alice Cooper has added a second Dublin date to his ‘Spend The Night With…’ UK and Ireland tour scheduled for this November.

 

spendthenight

 

Tickets for the second date – at the Olympia Theatre on Thursday 9 November – are on sale now.

 

The full tour schedule is:

 

Wednesday 8 November – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

Thursday 9 November – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

Saturday 11 November – Leeds, First Direct Arena

Sunday 12 November – Glasgow, SSE Hydro

Tuesday 14 November – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena

Wednesday 15 November – Manchester, Arena

Thursday 16 November – London, SSE Arena

 

Support on the UK dates comes from The Mission and The Tubes. No support acts have yet been confirmed for the Dublin shows.

 
GIG NEWS: Fundraiser to be staged in aid of Brynmawr cinema appeal Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 March 2017 09:00

A special fundraising gig is being held in one of Uber Rock’s favourite venues, The Doll’s House in Abertillery, as part of an ongoing campaign to save one of Wales’ landmark cultural venues, The Market Hall in Brynmawr. 

 

Rock For Our Cinema poster

 

The Market Hall houses Wales’ oldest, continuously running cinema and theatre, having opened in 1894. However, the venue was forced to close its doors in December, when Bleanau Gwent County Council placed a Prohibition Notice on the building, preventing its continued use until issues surrounding asbestos within its structure are addressed. The asbestos was discovered during structural investigations being carried out as part of plans to add a second screen to the cinema.

 

The Market Hall is run by the Market Hall Cinema and Arts Trust, a registered charity set up to manage the facility as an independent ‘first run’ cinema, theatre, venue and community training space.  The charity reckons that the venue has been losing £95,000 a week, and, faced with dwindling cash reserves, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help pay for the remedial work. The appeal has a target of £50,000.

 

www.facebook.com/MarketHallCinemaBrynmawr/

 

Market Hall Brynmawr

 
TOUR NEWS: Metal Church announce June dates Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2017 13:53

Metal Church have announced a run of five dates in the UK and Ireland this coming June.

 

They are detailed in the poster below.

 

Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement:  "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!" 

 

Metal Church 2017 Tour Poster

 

www.facebook.com/OfficialMetalChurch/

 
GIG NEWS: Alter Bridge announce Belfast and Dublin headline shows Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:06

Alter Bridge have announced two headline shows in Belfast and Dublin this summer, as part of their European tour in support of last year’s ‘The Last Hero’ album.

 

Alter Bridge

 

They will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Tuesday 20 June, and Belfast’s Ulster Hall the following night.  Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am tomorrow (Friday 24 February).

 

Alter Bridge also play Download on Sunday 11 June.  Their full European tour dates are as follows:

 

Alter Bridge Euro 2017 tour poster 

www.facebook.com/alterbridge/

 
Ruts DC to ‘Kill The Pain’ on new single Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:01

The Ruts DC are to release a new single, ‘Kill The Pain’, next week.

 

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Released via Westworld/Sosumi Recordings on Friday 3 March, the single – taken from last year’s “comeback” album, ‘Music Must Destroy’ – features backing vocals by Stiff Little Fingers frontman Jake Burns and Spear Of Destiny/Theatre Of Hate frontman Kirk Brandon.

 

Ruts DC bassist and vocalist Segs toured with Burns and Brandon last year, as part of the Dead Men Walking acoustic project, and says that provided the perfect opportunity to feature his two fellow frontmen on the single:

 

"In between singing we didn’t stop talking and laughing. It just felt right to have them sing on the single.“

 

The Ruts DC support The Stranglers on their forthcoming tour:

 

The Stranglers tour poster 

Later in the summer, The Ruts DC will support Stiff Little Fingers when the Belfast punks mark their 40th anniversary with their biggest ever hometown show, at the city’s Custom House Square on Saturday 26 August.  The bill will be completed by The Stranglers and The Outcasts.

 

www.facebook.com/theruts/

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirms Arch Enemy for Sunday night slot Print E-mail
Friday, 17 February 2017 21:47

Arch Enemy have been confirmed as special guests, playing immediately before headliners Megadeth, on the Sunday night (13 August) of this year’s Bloodstock Open Air.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Grin have also been confirmed for an early main stage slot on the Friday (11 August). Frontman Alex Koehle rsaid: “We are looking forward to heading back overseas this summer to be part of Bloodstock 2017.  When we were offered the show and we saw the lineup we were extremely excited.  We’ve seen tons of videos from Bloodstock in the past and cannot wait to be there.”  

 

 

 

 

The third and final band to be confirmed in the latest announcement are prog metallers ONI, who will play the Sophie stage on Saturday 12 August. 

 

 

 

If you’re intending to hit Bloodstock this year, but haven’t bought your ticket yet, the deadline for signing up for the festival’s popular ticket payment scheme is Tuesday 28 February.

 

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10 -13 August 2017.

 

www.facebook.com/bloodstock/

 
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