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"As we all know this year is Download Festival's tenth birthday and having been every year I thought it worthy of an article to reminisce over the last few years at Donington.

I'd never managed to go to a Monsters Of Rock Festival so my personal experience at Donington Park actually started in 2001 when Stereophonics had their 'Day At The Races' event. I wasn't a big fan of the band but liked them enough to go for the opportunity to go to the historic site. The line-up also included Ash, The Black Crowes, Proud Mary and The Crockets. Great weather all day and camping was available but when I lived seven miles away I thought it pointless. The Rock And Blues Festival was also held this year at the park too.

1 Day Ticket: £25 | Bands Seen: 5/5

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2002 saw the Ozzfest Tour take over the park for one day with two stages, opening with AntiProduct and headlining with Ozzy on the mainstage, but due to the outrageous bottle neck to the second stage in the exhibition hall, I never managed to see a single act there.

I was one of the lucky few that managed to get a wristband into the mosh pit area; an odd system of first X amount in get a wristband, you can then leave and return to the pit at any time. Nice if you wanna be in the pit, but it doesn't necessarily mean the people there were the best crowd to be at the front.

A big bottle fight ensued between acts with two groups in the pit area, and everyone else outside the pit attacking everyone in the pit area. The attitude was actually quite fun and nothing hurtful was thrown, just empty bottles. Generally the weather was pretty good, apart from a storm appearing only for Cradle Of Filth's set - to which Danni admitted he had requested it from God.

Millencolin had lost all their instruments in flight so had to borrow others and Slayer, although they killed it, were just a wall of noise. SOAD abruptly ended their set without reason. We later found out this was apparently due to some scaffolding collapsing.

Tool, whilst technically brilliant, gave an odd stationary performance on individual podiums then Zack Wydle and Robert Trujillo returned for a second performance to close with Ozzy, finalised with a massive fireworks display.

1 Day Ticket: £37.50 | Bands Seen: 12/26

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My geeky collection of tickets from the previous years.

2003 - enter Download Festival, two days and two stages! I actually went to the festival on my own as no friends were going. I only had an arena pass and planned to just crash somewhere overnight. This proved to be very cold with no sleeping bag!

Because of this and having a good spot on the front row at the main stage I ended up only staying at this stage the entire weekend, missing Metallica's infamous secret set but getting my mug on the back cover of The Darkness' 'Permission To Land' (not that you can see my face properly though).

Marilyn Manson had an OK gig and Iron Maiden headlined the Saturday which I watched up the hill with a cup of tea.

Sunday, Less Than Jake, infamous for their crowd pitting antics, created the first horse shoe pit around the sound stage, due to the central crowd barrier preventing a full doughnut pit and as fun as it sounds, it proved quite messy when the crowds from each side met in the middle at full speed!

Evanescence performed their first UK gig whilst Disturbed kicked off playing an entire song with no vocals being projected. Whilst Slipknot themselves did not play, both Joey and Corey performed with Murderdolls and Stone Sour respectively.

The weather was great all weekend until Zwan came and brought the rain with them. I managed to tuck under the tarp walkway which had been ripped up, almost like a field long snake in the middle of the crowd, but that didnt really help. I dried off to Audioslave, who moved up to headline on the Sunday after Limp Bizkit pulled out, but unfortunately surfed as the tide went out and fell in a puddle of mud!

Tickets: £87.50 (2 Day Arena: £70, Camping £12.50, Parking £5) | Bands Seen: 25/57

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Back page of The Darkness 'Permission To Land'. I'm there to the left of the cameraman on the front row - honest! 2003.

In 2004 Download festival brought us a third stage and I brought my flag! looking back at footage of Maiden and GnR you see loads of flags and it looked cool, but there were NONE last year, so I though OK, I'll take one! This proved to be a good umbrella, or target - depending on how I felt about the people around me, as the bottle fights returned!

If you were camping you wouldn't have been allowed into the arena until after The Dillinger Escape Plan had finished playing. Iggy invited the crowd onstage, Arch Enemy thundered the tent before Steve-O did what Steve-O does and also gave eggs to the crowd to throw at Electric Six, who took it very well, and this year's secret set came courtesy of FFAF.

On the Sunday Slayer swapped with Damageplan, due to airport problems, over filling the second stage tent which was a very enjoyable set enhanced by the fact I watched from the side with Nikki Sixx. He even poked a girl up the ass for blocking our view with my flag pole!

Slipknot performed for the first time and Metallica stole the headlines again keeping the crowd waiting over an hour until they finally announced they had no drummer. I'd already fucked off to see some music and caught a great set of HIM, in typical drunken lyric forgetting form. After which catching Metallica and wondering why the fuck drummers are changing. Maybe the big wait was worth it for not having to hear any 'St Anger' material!

Slipknot played for the first time. It's worth noting that Download held a second festival the same week in Scotland and if you watch any coverage from this year and you see a flag in the crowd, it's me!

Tickets: £100 (2 Day Arena: £80, Camping £15, Parking £5) | Bands Seen: 22/74

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My flag captured in 2004.

In 2005 Download brought us three days. That's right, Live Nation teamed up with Ozzfest to give us an extra day, totally THREE FUCKING DAYS! I think this was the first sell out year too, if not it was the next year with about 90,000 in attendance and was fucking full!

It sure helped I was young at this point but man I was knackered after it but this year still remains my favourite year. In all I saw 39 bands, which I think worked out at just £2.40 per band. It really is worth just walking around and seeing someone else, or in my case - running!

The bottle fights got pretty aggressive this year with full bottles with lids on being thrown down the hill into the crowd. In fact I got a black eye from some twat throwing a full sealed bottle at head hight from about five metres away. It actually almost knocked me out.

Quite a few idiots also climbed the rigging of the second stage. One jumped and landed foot first into my other eye, another broke his leg. I ran around in a red kilt this year but due to the amount of dust it went home grey!

Friday was billed as an indie and alternative day which to be fair only Garbage and the headliners, Feeder, stood out as non-heavy. But credit due, they did a great job.

Trivium opened the main stage on Saturday morning and the second stage hosted a proper Metal bill that to this day is hard to top with American Head Charge, Every Time I Die, Uenearth, Meshuggah, BFMV, Lamb Of God, Chimaria and In Flames headlining.

Whilst In Flames were awesome in their two hour slot it was also quite fun playing football outside the tent with a giant ball about ten feet high brought over from Black Sabbath.

On Sunday Henry Rollins gave the morning's sermon, Society 1 swung their singer for the entire set suspended from hooks in his back, yuk! The rest of the Roadrage Tour performed, and more great acts such as Mudvayne, Caliban with a tent wide wall of death, Shadows Fall, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Slayer back on the main stage with a circle pit before they even strike a note: yes, that is me and my flag running in the circle pit.

Slipknot get the crowd to sit the fuck down again and although weather had been great all weekend, SOAD play a cold night! A lot of flags this year but all bought on site due to Leicester's street market flag man being at all the festivals in the UK that year, but you can still tell mine apart due to my customisation, awesomely exploited by Trivium on their third UK tour poster and by Roadrunner UK online. I also bumped into Pritchard and Dainton who told me to burn the flag!

Tickets: £132.50 (3 Day Arena £105, Camping £22.50, Parking £5) | Bands Seen: 39/68

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My flag captured in 2005 and used on Trivium's tour poster.

In 2006 Download gave us an extra early day camping and two new venues; the Snickers Bowl and the Aftershock Tent. The former being an extreme sports arena and showcasing smaller bands, whilst the latter - well I have a rule; what happens in the Aftershock tent stays in the Aftershock tent.

All I will say is there was lots of Aftershock in my eyes, plenty of gore from the Circus of Horrors and from some Suicide Girls (please refer to rule no.1 on the SS's!).

This was also the year of the riots. I can't really tell you what happened as I missed it all, only emerging from the Aftershock tent at 4.00am to a very odd atmosphere; no security, no one walking about and a huge fuck off bonfire in the middle of the campsite with which anything near by was being thrown into - including some people's tents and possessions, very uncool.

But also a massive kind of tribal experience was happening with trash bins and tubs being used as drums and people dancing naked around the fire - I even saw Jesus! I left at 6.00am but it continued for a few more hours.

Band wise, I always remember this as the year of the S's; Strapping Young Lad, Soulfly, SikTh and Skindred. Corey returned with Stone Sour and guested a great skat with Korn who were a singer down and had last minute step ins, most needing an auto cue with the exception of Skindred's Benji, who without a doubt stole the set.

Avenged Sevenfold kicked ass much better than their tour earlier on in the year and Metallica had a playback of 'Master Of Puppets' for its 20th anniversary. That's playback - not performance!

In Flames returned with a midday slot on the main stage which meant they had to play a small slot of just twenty minutes whilst Guns N' Roses closed the festival with complaints to bottle throwers. Whilst The Prodigy went down really well and packed out the second stage tent, it also brought a lot of undesirables to the festival, specifically dodgy characters selling drugs and stealing. Our group got robbed twice but we actually managed to capture one of them and send him off in a van!

Tickets: £140 (3 Day Arena £115, Camping £20, Parking £5) | Bands Seen: 31/76

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Previous year's posters.

2007 didn't have anything special to stand out though Lamb Of God's performance was put onto DVD and the controversial positioning of MCR closing the main stage and KoRn closing the second stage. Some knobends were planning riots in response to this but thankfully the Metal world condemned them and nothing came of it. This year the t-shirt printers I was working at happened to be commissioned to do the official merch, so I managed to get a top and laminate before the fest.

So Friday night, MCR did, however, finish and the arena emptied before KoRn even finished their set, which featured Joey Jordison on drums. Machine Head and Slayer ripped up the main stage on Saturday whilst Motley Crue gave a fantastic closing to the second stage with extended thank you's and dishing out of Jager.

Sunday was my big day but during a circle pit I started during Chimaira, my knee got dislocated and I was out for the day which I was gutted about, but thankfully no matter what I can still enjoy DevilDriver's massive football pitch sized circle pit, Mastodon and Lamb Of God whether I'm stood still or in the pit.

In a bizarre twist Reel Big Fish closing the third stage actually stole the festival for me - especially when some kid trying to see into the tent fell inside the biffa bin he was stood on (though I hope he recovered as he got stretchered away!).

Unfortunately the Aftershock tent didn't return but due to the success of an after hours site providing music the Duracell tent was introduced. Also the stalls were oddly positioned on the track outside of the main arena this year, probably in an effort to stop all those flags!

This was the last year I took mine into the arena - I do agree that they get in the way and I would only wave mine about in-between bands/songs or in circle pits. I actually got a good shot of me in the official coverage stood on the hill holding my flag up.

Tickets: £151 (3 Day Arena £125, Camping £20, Parking £6) | Bands Seen: 18/100

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In the Duracell Tent, 2006.

2008 saw Download festival evicted from the track! Yes that's right, and apparently Live Nation also had little warning of this. GP bikers complained of grease on the track, which was also being upgraded to accommodate the F1, which in the end bankrupted the holding company and the Grand Prix stayed at Silverstone and also lost the GP to Silverstone too.

So the solution was locate the festival on the park's market site with the main stage being situated at the bottom of a hill creating a kind of amphitheatre and the second stage being upgraded to a full size outdoor stage on the tarmac. This was the first year that the LONG walk from campsite to arena came about.

Download Radio took a turn for the better. Where previously K! or the Beeb had been broadcasting, TotalRock took the reigns and DL radio to a new level with the 'tin can' studios located in the arena. Due to the long distance between sites the market area was duplicated at both the camping area and the arena.

The Duracell tent returned but due to some prat climbing the rigging, falling, and breaking his leg during a live DJ set on DL and TotalRock radios, the Thursday night was cut short. For some reason I decided to wear a pink leopard print dress and bunny rabbit ears. I went a bit mad on Jaeger and thus was dubbed Jaeger Bunny. I also got severely burnt before I'd even set up the tent on Wednesday.

Corey Taylor was due to guest with Apocalyptica but this turned out to be unrealistic due to his touring schedule and this became the first year he has not performed at the festival. Kid Rocks pulls out last minute due to his dislike of the festival giving Disturbed and Judas Priest longer sets - every one cheers.

The Dillinger Escpae Plan tear up the third stage whilst KISS headline the main stage and attempt to break the world record of largest crowd of KISS face painted fans whilst Ace Frehley plays the next day on the second stage.

Saturday, Throwdown create the biggest ever wall of death and Bleeding Through create the biggest ever doughnut pit whilst Airbourne Singer, Joel O'Keefe climbs the stage and HIM headline the second stage again, playing for the fourth time.

A pretty laid back Sunday with a classic set from The Wildhearts and Max Cavalera playing Donington in another band; Cavalera Conspiracy, for the first time reunited with his brother Igor, 15 years since they last both played together in Donington. The CC pitts killed the Jaeger Bunny and Jonothan Davies goes solo performing on a throne due to a bad back.

Tickets: £160 (3 Day Arena £130, Camping £20, Parking £10) | Bands Seen: 31/100

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Bunnied up in 2008.

2009 saw Download festival relocated once again, this time to the car park! Another sell out with around 100,000 in attendance and the successful classic rock theme for the Sunday. A forth stage was introduced as the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage for unsigned bands, although horribly located up the hill on the boundary of the arena. Support for the unknown bands was really strong. DL radio is hosted by Hard Rock Radio.

Due to last year's antics the Duracell tent is replaced by the Monster Arena, featuring God awful DJs from K! playing the same 15 songs on a scratched CD, constantly shouting down a distorted microphone thinking they're Fred Durst and telling people what to do; jump, scream, jump, lemme hear you, hands in the air SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! Twats.

Somehow we were actually camped in the same enclosure as the market so that was pretty convenient but annoying from those DJ tards. This year I ran around in a wolf hood and soon took on the name of Jaeger Wolf and bagged a photo in a festival guide on the Download page and a massive campaign on Myspace.

Limp Bizkit finally made an appearance with an odd persona from Durst but impeccable performance from the band. Another line-up change for KoRn but an amazing set followed by the newly reunited Faith No More.

A stella start to Saturday with FFDP, DevilDriver, Hatebreed and Down and some more dance-esque bands with Static-X who were invaded by bee's - apparently attracted to the bass (I think it was my ice cream), Pendulum and The Prodigy. Would have made sense to have them all on the same stage!

Marilyn Manson gave a truly shit performance, even spitting on newly returned bassist Twiggy Ramirez, and not realising his set was over and trying to do an encore. But without a doubt Slipknot highlighted the weekend. Although nothing new, getting the entire arena of probably 80,000 to sit down and jump up at the same time is an amazing site to be seen, which you can on their '(sic)nesses' DVD.

Today's rock really stood strong with the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Karma To Burn, Volbeat, Shinedown, Clutch and Steel Panther overfilling the third stage. Another stage mess up - they should have been on the second stage before Buckcherry instead of clashing.

ZZ Top, Papa Roach, Whitesnake and Def Leppard - what a night!

Tickets: £170 (3 Day Arena £135, Camping £25, Parking £10) | Bands Seen: 30/88

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Wolfed up in 2009 on MySpace.

2010 and my tenth year at Donington. Download finally bagged AC/DC, a reunited Rage Against The Machine and for the first time in the UK in twelve years, Aerosmith!

For most, AC/DC stole the show with their own private stage, but for me it was seeing my idols Aerosmith for the first time. This was the 30th year of festivals (though not continually) at Donington and also the 30th anniversary of Saxon's 'Wheels Of Steel' album which they performed on the Sunday. They also performed at the first Monsters Of Rock.

The Jaegermeister Acoustic Truck is introduced as the fifth stage and I could potentially have played the fourth stage if I hadn't temporary turned down an audition with Imcus due to other commitments. This year, to help cover the cost of AC/DC, DL had introduced an extra charge if you want to camp before Friday and this system has remained.

Godsized filled the third stage tent and another first for me, seeing Dave Grohl drum with Them Crooked Vultures whilst his Foo Fighter buddy Taylor Hawkins plays the fourth stage. BFMV play for a fifth time.

Killswitch thought it unique to be invited a second year running but did appear last minute and performed well with, of course, their Dio cover in honour of the late legend. HIM play for a fifth time on the second stage on Saturday and another great set from Volbeat.

Reckless Love fill the third stage tent and RATM was just a dream come true. Saxon and Slash play brilliant sets on the Sunday Sun whilst Steel Panther and Stone Temple Pilots get given a rain along with Airbourne, whose front man Joel O'Keefe scaled the stage rigging regardless and solo's up high.

The sky clears for Corey Taylor with Stone Sour but for Aerosmith half the crowd had left to drive home. Very disheartening for the band but I loved every minute of their blinding set which spanned their entire history. Couldn't have asked for anything more but to have been on the front row, as the people there hardly looked like they were moving!

The night's entertainment in the village dwindled to a little van in a corner - gone were the fun days of the after hours disco.

Tickets: £190 (3 Day Arena £140, 3 Day Camping £40, Parking £10) | Bands Seen: 27/135

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Suffering again from a bad case of heyfever, 2010.

2011 I went to Download working for my good friend's Starseed, so I got to see the other side of the festival - behind the scenes! As I had a pass I also bagged some interviews with friends playing this weekend.

There are many people who just like to hang out in VIP so they can look cool, and it goes on at every festival, but it pisses me off as there are many people who would love the chance to get a pass and actually watch the bands, such as myself. Gutted to miss cKy and a pretty chilled day for me. But good enjoyment with OAF, The Darkness rocked and KoRn got an odd second stage penultimate closer slot.

Saturday saw Skindred perform Donington for the fifth time with the main arena giving the Newport helicopter a go. Skunk Anansie and Avenged Sevenfold played awesome sets and SOAD finally give the UK a quality performance on par with their music.

Sunday sees the return of the rain, BFMV play for sixth time, Starseed play a full tent followed by Pub Landlord Al Murray's T-34. Gwar gore out with the Queen and Rob Zombie fills the second stage to a clear sky to close the festival. Corey misses the festival for a second time.

Tickets: £190 (3 Day Arena £145, Camping £35, Parking £10) | Bands Seen: 21/143

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Getting long in 2010.

2012 Top Tips! Friday: Cancer Bats really rock and Fear Factory finally come to Download, Terrorvision should be wicked and if you like something a bit technical then check out The Safety Fire and get a good rockin' acoustic set with Million Dollar Reload.

But act of the day goes to the awesomely mighty legend Devin Townsend. The songs mix between loud, ambient, symphonic and bubblegum Metal filled with a geniously genuinely nice funny guy.

Saturday: Corey plays solo, Turbonegro, Ginger and Skindred are gonna have a good time on the second stage and yeah, Metallica are back playing 'The Black Album' (actually it's a self titled album but everyone just calls it black). Saxon and Steel Panther will be great but the legends are finally here, Tenacious fucking D!!!

Sunday: Some good female rocking at the Jaeger stage with Sanguine and Saint Jude, whilst Metal Hammer pinup Brittany Paige opens the second stage with Kobra And The Lotus. Later on reunited Refused and Irish jiggy Drop Kick Murphys are gonna really get things going, with more tech headlining the third stage with Periphery - love that shit.

Main stage sees DevilDriver and Kyuss Lives! (now down to two original members), Black Label Society and Soundgarden should hopefully be good as should Sabbath but Lamb Of God will steal the day for me!

Tickets: £205 (3 Day Arena £155, Camping £35, Parking £15) | Bands Announced: 149

2013? Well Download festival always strives to get the biggest bands that haven't played and reform others... and the list is shortening!

Punk is probably due to come back in soon so perhaps Green Day or Blink 182, DL is slowly catching on with progressive and tech so perhaps dutch legends Textures, newly reunited SikTh or UK rising stars TesseracT and Chimp Spanner? I'd love to see Dweezil Zappa, The Agonist, Protest The Hero and Queens Of The Stone Age at Donington and how about Rolling Stones - now that's something legendary!

Rammstein still haven't played DL and Queen have never been to Donington! Time will tell, until then have a good tenth birthday and remember the sun screen!

30.5.12


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john garcia JOHN GARCIA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SOLO TOUR IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2014
From Kyuss to Slo Burn to solo, the distinctive voice of Stoner Rock goes on the road...

god dethroned GOD DETHRONED WILL REUNITE ON BOARD 70000 TONS OF METAL
The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will set sail with the Dutch Death Metallers and many others in January 2015...

metal all stars METAL ALL STARS (FT. ZAKK WYLDE) ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE-OFF UK CONCERT
A stellar cast combines for a blockbuster show at Brixton Academy on 16 December...

spocks beard SPOCK'S BEARD ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR SEPTEMBER
Following last year's jaunt with Sound of Contact and Beardfish the Prog stars are heading off round Europe once more...

emperors and elephants EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS PREMIERE 'MAN OF GOD' VIDEO
Tour Dates with Tantric have been announced in support of the 'Devil In The Lake' album...

flying colors FLYING COLORS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'SECOND NATURE'
The second album from the virtuoso band, whose members include Steve Morse and Mike Portnoy, will be released on September 29th, followed by an international tour...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD REVEAL RELEASE DATE OF BRAND NEW ALBUM + VIDEO + PRE-ORDER BUNDLES
'Time To Die' is released on September 9th via Spinefarm Records...

philm DAVE LOMBARDO'S PHILM TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'FIRE FROM THE EVENING SUN'
"These three prolific musicians have created something that is refreshingly not mundane, but ear-shattering and groundbreaking"...

tysondog TYSONDOG SIGN WITH ROCKSECTOR RECORDS FOR THE RELEASE OF BRAND NEW ALBUM 'CRY HAVOC'
The NWOBHM stalwarts are back and barking louder than ever...

belphegor BELPHEGOR REVEAL SICK VIDEO FOR NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK, 'CONJURING THE DEAD'
The tenth studio album by one of Metal's most bizarre and authentic bands will be unleashed on August 11th via Nuclear Blast...

black state highway BLACK STATE HIGHWAY ANNOUNCE DEBUT SINGLE RELEASE AND ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW ON LONDON'S DENMARK STREET
'Aint Got No' is out on August 11 with the launch gig at the Alley Cat on August 14...

fearless vampire killers FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS LAUNCH SOCIAL NETWORK AND ANNOUNCE HALLOWEEN HEADLINE EVENT
Obsidian Bond is Fearless Vampire Killers' own hand-crafted social network. 'The Cabaret Of The Damned' is planned for Nov 1st at The Dome...

wovenwar WOVENWAR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON AUGUST 4th: NEW SONG UNVEILED
Fans can stream a new song, 'The Mason', as well as pre-order the album now...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'NO GOING BACK' OUT ON 11TH AUGUST
The newest chapter of Stiff Little Fingers shows no loss of quality. There will also be a UK Tour in August...

hrh aor3 THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCED SECOND LEG OF 'RUNNING WITH THE DOGS' TOUR
The UK headline tour will be supported by a new single & video...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR 3 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Acts on the bill include H.E.A.T, Romeo's Daughter, Houston and White Widdow...

sos 2015 FORMER IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BLAZE BAYLEY TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE 'SILICON MESSIAH' 15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT SOS FESTIVAL 2015
Other bands confirmed include NWOBHM Heroes Avenger as well as Black Whiskey, fronted by former Xentrix vocalist Simon Gordon...

virgil and the accelerators VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS ANNOUNCE NEW 'ARMY OF THREE' ALBUM
The brand new studio album is produced by Chris Tsangarides. A UK-wide tour will take place in Otcober/November...

headbangers ball THE HEADBANGERS BALLS TOUR FINALISE HEADLINERS FOR 2014
Onslaught, Fleshrot, Savage Messiah and Bull Riff Stampede will headline each of the events in December...

hard rock hell FINALISTS FOR HIGHWAY TO HELL 5 ANNOUNCED
Meet the final eighteen acts who will battle it out in front of The Dark Circle ...

status quo STATUS QUO TO RELEASE 'LIVE' DELUXE BOX SET AND 'FRANTIC FOUR FINAL FLING' RECORDINGS
Four mouth-watering CDs, including many unreleased tracks, and a DVD from Dublin for your watchng and listening pleasure...

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE SUMMER/AUTUMN UK TOUR
The duo have been creating a frenzy with their live shows and continue this with a regional tour. A new single, 'Bang Bang' will be released in September...

skyscraper SKYSCRAPER REVEAL TRACKLIST AND VIDEO TEASER FOR NEW ALBUM 'ELEVATOR'
The captivating debut album has been two years in the making - not long to wait now...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'BITTER PILL'
Overkill's new album 'White Devil Armory wsa released this week. "WDA has landed and you my friends are the fucking recipients of the carnage!" ...

europe black star riders EUROPE AND BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR MARCH 2015
An essential Spring tour as both bands will reveal tracks from their forthcoming albums...

hammerfall HAMMERFALL REVEAL SECOND ALBUM TRAILER FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM '(r)EVOLUTION'
"We've taken everything that makes Hammerfall Hammerfall and evolved it..."

delain DELAIN WILL BE SPECIAL GUESTS ON SABATON'S EUROPEAN TOUR IN 2015
There is also a chance to see the Dutch powerhouse Delain in the UK this year on their headliner tour...

rob reed CHTHONIC BREAK NEW GROUND FOR MAIN-STAGE APPEARANCE AT WACKEN FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 1st
The set will mix Chthonic's unique brand of Metal with a classical Oriental orchestra...

rob reed ROB REED ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SANCTUARY'
One of Prog's most proficient artists releases unique solo album...

motorhead BREAKING NEWS: MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK DATES INCLUDING BIGGEST HEADLINE SHOW IN OVER A DECADE
Motorhead have also been added to the lineup of Way Out West 2014, which takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 7th-9th...

sunflower jam THE SUNFLOWER JAM "CELEBRATING JON LORD" TO BE RELEASED ON DVD
The magical night at the Royal Albert Hall in memory of the great man and musician is released in September...

goatwhore GOATWHORE PREMIERE OFFICIAL 'BARING TEETH FOR REVOLT' VIDEO
Watch the latest from the blackened death thrash behemoths...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'PARASITE'
Come to one of the band's three UK shows this week and get the CD single for free...

robin trower ROBIN TROWER ANNOUNCES MARCH/APRIL 2015 UK TOUR
One of the finest guitarists in rock history brings his trademark mix of explosive sounds and soft psychedelia on the road next spring...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES VIDEO AND FIRST EVER PICTURE DISC
"I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years..."

the burning crows STRIKER ANNOUNCE 'CITY OF GOLD' ALBUM RELEASE DATE AND TOUR DATES
After the European tour, the band head over to America for a string of dates in October/November supporting Onslaught and Artillery...

the burning crows THE BURNING CROWS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN
The band will be heading back to the world famous Rockfield Studios in Wales with the album due for worldwide release in June 2015...

indigo darkpsych INDIGO DARKPSYCH ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF THEIR FIRST GLOBAL SINGLE, 'WORK THOSE BRAIN CELLS'
Indigo Darkpsych is mainly an industrial/alternative Metal project started by Marvic 'Indigo' Lewis in the year 2002/3 as a soloist...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
The hard-touring band hit the road for more dates in September and October in support of debut album 'Renegade'...

breakout BREAKOUT FESTIVAL 2014 ANNOUNCED
Brighton's first outdoor rock & Metal festival lands on September 27th...

the stanfields THE STANFIELDS RETURN TO THE UK THIS JULY FOR A STRING OF LIVE DATES
"We want people to leave our shows with a smile on their face and a ringing in their ears..."

bigelf BIGELF RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'CONTROL FREAK' FROM 'INTO THE MAELSTROM' ALBUM
The band also recently announced a run of European tour dates for later this year...

ben matthews BREAKING NEWS: THUNDER GUITARIST BEN MATTHEWS NEEDS TREATMENT FOR CANCER
Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we're told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are "in the high 90s"...

legends of rock CLASSIC ROCK TOURS PRESENTS "LEGENDS OF ROCK - THE ORIGINALS" FESTIVAL 16TH - 19TH OCTOBER 2014
Black Star Riders lead the magnificent line up for this essential weekender...

reckless love RECKLESS LOVE ANNOUNCE HEADLINE DECEMBER UK TOUR
"Seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further... harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher...kicks! Ha! Ha!..."

dark tranquility DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE "UNIFORMITY" EUROPEAN TOUR
No rest for the wicked as the Swedes start their trek in November...

goatwhore GOATWHORE CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT ON DYING FETUS EUROPEAN TOUR IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
A full European tour follows the release of the new album 'Constricting Rage Of The Merciless'...

hairy balls presentation 'HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE' RAISES OVER £5,000 FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Les-Fest organiser and Achren manager Fede Valls has proudly presented the cheque to Headbangers Balls fundraiser Matt Steed...

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ARE SCHEDULED TO RECORD SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM THIS AUTUMN
The band will get straight back into the studio immediately after the festival season ends...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD TO PLAY INTIMATE ACOUSTIC GIG AT THE BORDERLINE- JULY 22ND
'Holy Ghost' reveals Ford's gift for Americana which will be showcased at this special appearance...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD UNVEIL "LOST WOMAN BLUES LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO" VIDEO FROM 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION'
Swagger, verve, grit and polish. "We are Motörhead and we play rock and roll..."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' IN FULL ON YOUTUBE
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and includes some special guest appearances...

Nightwish TOUCHSTONE RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER 3DISC DVD WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 'OCEANS' EP
The DVD features previously unreleased footage of Touchstone's full set from 2010's High Voltage Festival, and a behind the scenes documentary...

Nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL 'MAKING OF' CLIP FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The yet to be titled album is starting to take shape and the band discuss all aspects in this new video...

decapitated DECAPITATED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
'Blood Mantra' will be released in September and features artwork by Lukasz Jaszak...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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