February News Updates
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




New York outfit THE CRINGE to support STEEL PANTHER on UK tour Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:50

The Cringe Hi-Res Press Photo 2


Eclectic, masterful, melodious New York rockers THE CRINGE are set to debut live in the UK when they join party rock pranksters Steel Panther for a run of 7 already nearly-sold-out shows in March, prior to the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’, on April 14th, through Sony / RED.


Dates are:


Tues 18th March - NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
Weds 19th March - GLASGOW, O2 Academy
Thurs 20th March - SHEFFIELD, O2 Academy (sold out)
Sat 22nd March - CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Sun 23rd March - BRISTOL, O2 Academy (sold out)
Mon 24th March - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Weds 26th March - LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton


Since forming in 2004, The Cringe have been wowing American audiences with their powerful mix of grungy, garage punk grit, and masterfully crafted radio-friendly melodies, winning high-profile supports slots with acts such as The New York Dolls, The Hold Steady and The Bravery.
The foursome’s diverse, yet highly distinctive, sound is powered by the dynamic songwriting of band leader John Cusimano, whose skill for seamlessly blending aggressive grooves with infectious hooks and insightful lyrics calls to mind the best of the Foo Fighters and Soundgarden. A gifted musician, Cusimano is the gusty voice of the group, and also plays rhythm guitar and keyboards. His many talents are matched by those of his seasoned and versatile bandmates, drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live band, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow), lead guitarist and singer James ‘Roto’ Rotondi (Mr Bungle, Air), and bassist Jonny Matias (Crash Moderns).
Drawing on a diverse range of influences, ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’ is the most accomplished effort yet from a band who plainly possess the musical chops to pull off such an audacious mix of styles. Produced The Cringe themselves, the album was polished by mastering whiz Emily Lazar, who came to it fresh from her award-winning work on the Foo Fighters’ ‘Wasting Light’. Her suitability for the job is clear from the outset, as opener ‘Rushing Through The World’ kicks off in a blur of muscle and melody that the Foos or QOTSA could be proud of. Its blistering riffs and Pelton’s rampaging drums contrast sharply with the meditative message of the lyrics, which appeal to listeners to step back from the pace of modern life and pause to take notice.


In less reflective moments, The Cringe eagerly embrace the frantic, intense flavours of their home city, cooking up tunes like ‘Gotta Find A Way’, which hums with the livewire energy of hustlin’ Big Apple punks from the Dolls to D-Generation. Downbeat ‘n’ dirty number ‘Get Me Some’ meanwhile evokes all the extremes of experience to be had in a New York minute, with its talk of “bad blood downtown” and “sidewalks crawling with hot rats”. Equally though, ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’ is not afraid to take inspiration from further afield, and ‘Lord Jim’ hears The Cringe splice an odd-time Southern blues riff with Kyuss-style desert rock grooves, while on delicately crafted ballad ‘Make Me Something’, several shades of Neil Young hide not far beneath the weary, sun-weathered surface.
With songs like these, The Cringe are sure to deliver a compelling show when they come to the UK in March, and they can’t wait to hit the road. Guitarist James Rotondi says "probably the only thing more insanely fun than opening for Steel Panther in LA, would be opening for them on a UK tour. Like Steel Panther, we've got screaming vocals, a shred-tastic guitar player, and a mountain-man drummer; unlike Steel Panther, we lack quality dick jokes, fishnet clothing, half-naked groupies, and killer hair-metal choruses. Save your panties for the Panther; we're just out to earn a little classic rock respect, a pint of John Courage, and a good ol' time in the land that gave us The Who!"


[Band photo by Leslie Van Stelten]


ARCHITECTS release 'Broken Cross' video Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:10



"Are we perfect mistakes? Or almighty f**k ups?" ask the ARCHITECTS on the track 'Broken Cross', a brilliantly brutal track off their new album 'Lost Forever, Lost Together', out on March 10th via Epitaph.


The brand new video for 'Broken Cross' can be viewed below.


Metalcore stalwarts, Sam Carter (vocals), Tom Searle (guitar), Tom's twin brother Dan Searle (drums), and Alex Dean (bass) entered Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producers Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd. The band lived at the studio for a month so that they could record whenever inspiration hit, in the dead of sunlight-starved winter.


On 'Lost Forever, Lost Together' the band artfully weaves in ambient elements that sometimes verge on gauzy and dreamlike. Fans will notice the band deepen their blend of brutal, thundering metal and melody-spiked hardcore with heavier riffs and intricate arrangements inspired by This Will Destroy You, and even artists unlikely such as Sigur Ros. With lyrical content delving into everything from the Fukushima nuclear disaster to Tom's recent bout with skin cancer, 'Lost Forever, Lost Together' artfully delivers an emotional charge that's both devastating and glorious. And as former denizens of the UK metal/hardcore underground who self-released their debut album Nightmares when they were just 17, ARCHITECTS note that they found much inspiration in looking back on changes they've endured over the years.


As for the album title, Tom Searle states:


"No one knows where they're going in life or what's coming next, and when it's easy you don't realize till it's hard and you go, 'Fuck, it was easy then. We're all all lost. Everyone's just trying to find their place, and hopefully we'll all get there eventually'."


Live wise, ARCHITECTS will be heading out on a full UK headline tour, including the London KOKO show on 14th March (which sold out 3 months prior to the show) and the recently added hometown, album release day show at The Haunt in Brighton (which sold out in 240 seconds). They follow this with a HUGE European run before being are US-bound in the spring, with a big tour announcement coming soon in support of 'Lost Forever, Lost Together'. The band are also now announced to play Reading and Leeds Festival this summer as well. Until then, fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting: smarturl.it/architectslflt





STIFF LITTLE FINGERS announce UK tour and new studio album's release date Print E-mail
Monday, 10 February 2014 19:34



Punk rock legends STIFF LITTLE FINGERS are set to tour the UK in March 2014. The tour is a precursor to new a new studio album, entitled 'No Going Back', due out in April 2014.


The band have launched a Pledge music campaign for the album which is already over 300% over its target total. More details here:


Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like 'Suspect Device' and 'Wasted Life'.


In November of '77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.


These were the first of what became SLF's signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut 'Inflammable Material'. The album chronicles the band's anger and frustration at The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality. Their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. The 'Go For It' LP in '81 revealed more sophisticated song writing and musicianship, and another step in the shift from punk to power pop. The 'Now Then' album of '82 alienated many of SLF's punk followers with its pop sound, and despite some glowing critical reviews, never got the recognition it deserved.


The band split in early '83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers.


In '87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. The response to the shows across the world surprised and delighted the band and their following continued to grow, with younger "new" fans alongside the old diehards. In '94 they released the 'Get a Life' LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that cited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed 'Guitar and Drum' on the EMI Label, their most successful album since their reformation, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled 'Strummerville'.


After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. Using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band.


UK tour dates are as follows:


Wed 12th Mar 2014 - Leeds, O2 Academy
Thu 13th Mar - Dublin, The Academy
Fri 14th Mar - Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sat 15th Mar - Newcastle, O2 Academy
Mon 17th Mar - Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
Tue 18th Mar - Liverpool, O2 Academy
Wed 19th Mar - Nottingham, Rock City
Fri 21st Mar - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Sat 22nd Mar - Manchester, The Ritz
Sun 23rd Mar - Leamington Spa, The Assembly
Mon 24th Mar - Peterborough, The Cresset
Wed 26th Mar - Norwich, The Waterfront
Thu 27th Mar - Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Fri 28th Mar - London, The Forum
Sat 29th Mar - Bristol, O2 Academy
Mon 31st Mar - Exeter, Phoenix
Tue 1st Apr - Portsmouth, Pyramide Centre


Tickets are priced £18.50 (£20.00 London) subject to booking fee. They are available from box offices and www.ticketmaster.co.uk



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