News Updates
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 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.




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.


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

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

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.




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.

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.

ALBUM NEWS: Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett to release solo country album Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:07

Foo Fighters lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is to release his latest solo album, ‘West Coast Town’, on 14 April via SideOneDummy Records.


Chris Shiflett album artworkHis third solo album, it once more sees Shiflett moving away from heavy rock for which he is best known to alt-country.  ‘West Coast Town’ was recorded at the RCA studios in Nashville with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb, who also plays acoustic guitar and percussion on the album.


The album also features Robby Turner (from Waylon Jennings and Chris Stapleton’s bands) on pedal steel, Chris Powell (from Brent Cobb and Jamey Johnson’s bands) on drums and percussion, Adam Gardner (of Southern Family) on bass and Michael Webb (also from Southern Family) on keyboards.

Shiflett said of the album:  


“Getting out of town and working in Nashville with Cobb was the best thing I could have done and was one of my favourite recording experiences of my life. I spent a few months woodshedding my songs and got them as far as I could take them, but Dave took them even further, and his crew of musicians were a joy to work with. I can’t wait to take these tunes out on the road and play them live.”

FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE: Vince Neil, Loverboy and Kix to headline Rockingham 2017 Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 February 2017 21:55

Rockin RobinFormer Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, Canadian AOR legends Loverboy and sleaze rock survivors Kix are to headline this year's Rockingham, which takes place at Trent University in Nottingham over the weekend of 20 - 22 October.  For full details of this year's line-up, click the link:

TOUR NEWS: Prong announce July tour dates Print E-mail
Friday, 10 February 2017 15:25

Prong have announced a short run of UK and Irish tour dates for July, in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Zero Days’, which is due for release via Steamhammer/SPV over the summer.



Photo © Tim Tronckoe


Dates are as follows:


Tuesday 18 July – Glasgow, Audio

Wednesday 19 July – Belfast, Voodoo

Thursday 20 July – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge

Friday 21 July – Manchester, Rebellion

Saturday 22 July – Camden, The Underworld


The dates are part of an extensive European tour, which starts at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium on 16 June and finishes at the Reload Festival in Germany on 25 August.


Prong founder Tommy Victor said of the band’s latest trip across the Atlantic:


“Europe is a special place for Prong and 2017 is shaping up to be another touring year for the history books.  Many great festivals and great clubs are on the agenda and we will be bringing some new music along as well!  We are extremely excited!”


Prong 2017 Tour Flyer

ALBUM NEWS: The Dollyrots to release new album in March Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:13

Californian bubblegum punks The Dollyrots – who toured the UK with Bowling For Soup last year - will release their sixth album, Whiplash Splash, via Arrested Youth Records on Friday 24 March.


The Dollyrots


It will be the band’s first new album since 2014’s ‘Barefoot And Pregnant’, and features a cover of the Katrina And The Waves #1 hit ‘Walking On Sunshine’.

FESTIVAL NEWS: First acts confirmed for 2000trees Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:09

The first acts have been confirmed for this year’s 2000trees Festival, which takes place at Upcote Farm in Withington (just outside Cheltenham) over the weekend of 6 – 8 July.


Slaves will headline on the closing night, with the weekend’s bill also including Nothing But Thieves, Jamie Lenman, Pulled Apart By Horses, Feed The Rhino and Dinosaur Pile-Up.


More than 30 other bands also have been confirmed and are detailed in this poster:




2000trees Festival organiser James Scarlett says:


“We had a phenomenal tenth anniversary last year. The atmosphere was so special and the feedback was just incredible, so it was always going to be a tough task to top that, but ALL our efforts have gone into doing just that and we are unbelievably excited for 2017. As a 100 per cent independent festival, we have always sought to maintain the intimate, friendly and fun vibe that sets smaller events apart and we are growing organically with amazing ideas in the pipeline to help 2000trees Festival to really flourish as one of the best small festivals in the UK”


Further information, updates and tickets are available HERE.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Dee Snider, Lynch Mob and Tyketto added to HRH XI line-up Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2017 17:09

Legendary Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider has been confirmed as the second of the headline acts for HRH XI, which takes place at Hafan y Môr, outside Pwllheli in north Wales, over the weekend of 9 – 12 November.


It will be the outspoken singer’s first appearance in the UK since Twisted Sister’s farewell show at Bloodstock last summer, and his first solo outing since his controversial headlining slot at the Steelhouse festival in 2015.


Also joining this November’s line-up – which already features Airbourne, Y&T, Gun , The New Roses and Syteria - are HRH favourites Tyketto, as well as Lynch Mob and the reformed Femme Fatale. 



The latest additions also include Reef, The Answer, Von Hertzen Brothers and Black Aces on the main stage, and a raft more second stage acts, including Burnt Out Wreck, Syron Vanes, KILLCODE, Florence Black, The Jokers, Fire Red Empress, Colour of Noise, The Kut and Louder Still.

The rest of the line-up, including the third and final headliner, will be announced on Monday 31 July.  In the meantime, ticket details and other relevant information can be found HERE.


HRH XI Dee Snider


FESTIVAL NEWS: Four more acts to bring the noise at Bloodstock 2017 Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 February 2017 20:06

As 2017 settles in, four more bands have been locked in for August’s Bloodstock festival, which takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on 10th - 13th August.


Soilwork have been confirmed for the main stage.   



Frontman Björn ‘Speed’ Strid said:


"We are really thrilled to return to UK soil after a killer mini-tour with Arch Enemy last year.  That ended with one of the most spectacular and sweatiest shows to date at The Underworld in London.  Bloodstock is always a riot and we cannot wait to hit the stage this summer.  Bring it England!!!"  


‘Murder metal’ outfit Macabre are set for a headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage, where they will be joined by Wintersun and Eqyptian death dealers Scarab.



Already announced for 2017 are Friday headliners Amon Amarth, Sunday headliners Megadeth, as well as Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Skindred, Possessed, Annihilator, Municipal Waste, Hell and Decapitated. Many more acts, including the Saturday headliner, are still be announced – and, as ever, Über Rock will bring you the details as and when…


Standard weekend camping tickets are on sale at £139 (plus booking fee), plus limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) HERE.  Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee), with those under the age of four free!  Camper van pitches have now sold out.


Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit plan.  The payment scheme helps ease the pain of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums.  Sign up in the ticket store before 28th February with an initial payment of £34.80.  Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively.  Get full info HERE.


If you’re going to Bloodstock by coach, Big Green Coachhave 21 departure cities for coaches directly to the site: Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, and Worcester.  Check out the details and secure your seat for only a tenner (the rest is payable in July) HERE.


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TOUR NEWS: Y&T confirm tour dates for October and November Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 19:15

Y&T have confirmed details of their annual autumn/winter UK tour, which also sees them returning to the island of Ireland for the first time since 2015.




Dates are as follows:


Tuesday 24 October – Colchester, Arts Centre

Thursday 26 October – Southampton, The Brook

Saturday 27 October – London, O2 Academy

Sunday 28 October – Bilston, Robin 2

Monday 29 October – Cardiff, Tramshed

Thursday 2 November – Glasgow, The Garage

Friday 3 November – Newcastle, O2 Academy

Saturday 4 November – Nottingham, Rock City

Sunday 5 November – Liverpool, O2 Academy

Tuesday 7 November – Dublin, Opium Rooms

Wednesday 8 November – Belfast, Limelight 1

Friday 10 November – Pwllheli, Hard Rock Hell

Saturday 11 November – Holmfirth, Picturedome



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