Slipknot to headline Download 2015

Slipknot have been unveiled as one of Download Festival’s headline acts for 2015 this morning, their 3rd time playing the festival. Judas Priest have been named as their support act. Black Stone Cherry are set to headline the second stage and Five Finger Death Punch have also been confirmed to play a set at Britain’s biggest rock festival.

Tickets went on sale this morning for the festival running across the weekend of June 12 – 14 at Donington Park.

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Biffy Clyro and more added to Reading and Leeds

readingfestival_lineupNumber one album rockers Biffy Clyro have been announced as headliners of Reading & Leeds this year with System Of A Down, Fall Out Boy, Foals, Jake Bugg and Bring Me The Horizon also joining the festival line up. Tickets are on sale now here.

One more headline act is yet to be revealed, who could it be? My Bloody Valentine maybe?

Camden Crawl announces more acts and mixtape

The Camden Crawl have announced more acts confirmed to play over the May Bank Holiday weekend of 4th – 6th May today. The North London festival now has the following acts playing. Download a free mixtape of various artists too from www.7digital.com this week featuring new music from Admiral Fallow, Antlered Man, Arrows Of Love, Black Moth, Blackhoods, Chew Lips, Dutch Uncles, Echo Lake, Funeral Suits, Hey Sholay, Jape, Kwes, Marmozets, Night Angles, True Tiger and Willy Moon.

Acts that will play the Crawl include:

DEATH IN VEGAS * ALABAMA 3 * GLASVEGAS * THE FUTUREHEADS *THE RAINCOATS * GAZ COOMBES * AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR *ACTRESS * BAXTER DURY * BEN WESTBEECH * BIGkids * THE BIG PINK * BRANDT BRAUER FRICK * CHARLI XCX * D/R/U/G/S * GHETTS * ICEAGE * ICONA POP * KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES * KWES * LADY LESHURR * LUCY ROSE * NIKI & THE DOVE * ROLO TOMASSI * ROSKA * SWAY * THEME PARK * THREE TRAPPED TIGERS * TRUE TIGER * WILLY MOON * YOUNGMAN * ADMIRAL FALLOW *ALPINES * ANGEL *ANTLERED MAN * ARROWS OF LOVE * THE BARR BROTHERS * BASEMENT * BASTILLE * BENNY BANKS * BLACK MOTH * BLACKHOODS * BLACKLISTERS * BOY FRIEND * BRONTIDE * BXENTRIC * CASHIER NO. 9 * CHEW LIPS * CLEMENT MARFO & THE FRONTLINE * COLD PUMAS * CYMBALS * DALEY * DAM MANTLE * DEVIN * DISCLOSURE * DOG IS DEAD * DURRTY GOODZ * DUTCH UNCLES * ECHO LAKE * ELLEN & THE ESCAPADES * ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT * EUGENE MCGUINNESS * FANZINE * FEAR OF MEN * FICTION * FIXERS * FUNERAL SUITS * HAWK EYES * HEY SHOLAY * HYMNS *THE JAMES CLEAVER QUINTET * JAPE * JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE * JEHST * JOSH KUMRA * KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS * L.A. * LIONESS * LOWER THAN ATLANTIS * MARMOZETS * MELODICA, MELODY & ME * THE MILK * NIGHT ANGLES * NOVELLA * NZCA/LINES * ODONIS ODONIS * OUTFIT * PARIAH * PAUL THOMAS SAUNDERS * PEACE * POLARBEAR * PSYCHOLOGIST * RACE HORSES * RANDOM IMPULSE * RASCALS * RUBBER BANDITS * SAUNA YOUTH * SEX HANDS * ST. LUCIA * STEALING SHEEP * SWISS LIPS * TEAM ME * THROWING UP * TOBY KAAR * TOM STAAR * TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT * TOY * TROPHY WIFE

Tickets for the 2012 CAMDEN CRAWL available from 24 Hr CC Hotline 0871 2200 260 / See Tickets 020 7403 3331 OR www.thecamdencrawl.com

Camden Crawl announces first wave of acts

The Camden Crawl 2012 has announced its first wave of evening acts for the May bank Holiday Weekend’s celebrations in London.

New bands in the evening line up include:

ADMIRAL FALLOW / ALABAMA 3 / ALPINES / AND SO I WATCHED YOU FROM AFAR / ANTLERED MAN / ARROWS OF LOVE / BASEMENT / BASTILLE / BAXTER DURY / BEN WESTBEECH / BLACKLISTERS / BLACK MOTH / BLACKHOODS / BOY FRIEND / BRANDT BRAUER FRICK / BRONTIDE / BXENTRIC / CASHIER NO. 9 / CHARLIE XCX / CHEW LIPS / CYMBALS / DOG IS DEAD / D/R/U/G/S / DUTCH UNCLES / ECHO LAKE / FANZINE / FEAR OF MEN / FICTION / FUNERAL SUITS / GHETTS / HAWK EYES / HEY SHOLAY / ICEAGE / ICONA POP / JAMES CLEAVER QUARTET /JAPE / JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE / KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS / KWES / LIONESS / LUCY ROSE / MARMOZETS / MELODICA, MELODY & ME / NIGHT ANGLES / PARIAH / PEACE / POLARBEAR / PSYCHOLOGIST / ROLO TOMASSI / ROSKA / RUBBER BANDITS / SEX HANDS / SPECTOR / TEAM ME / THE BARR BROTHERS / THEME PARK / TOBY KAAR / TOM STAAR / TOY / TRUE TIGER /WILLY MOON + SPECIAL GUESTS & MANY MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON….

Go to the Camden Crawl website for ticket information and more.

23 bands for Sonisphere Festival line up announced

Sonisphere Festival have announced 23 acts who will play the rock event this summer over the weekend of 6th-8th July. Confirmed headliners include Queen (with Adam Lambert), Faith No More, and KISS. Other acts included in the announcement today include Evanescence, Wolfmother, Tim Minchin, The Darkness, Flogging Molly, Fields of the Nephilim, Lacuna Coil, Gojira, Ghost, Incubus, Marilyn Manson, Refused, Cypress Hill, Mastodon, The Blackout, Andrew W.K., Katatonia, Switchfoot, and I Killed The Prom Queen.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday 23rd February at www.sonisphere.co.uk.

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Crossfire to curate Electric Ballroom at Camden Crawl

The initial line up of curators and opening, guest act have been announced today for this year’s Camden Crawl 2012. The North London festival has invited us back for the 3rd year running to curate one of the venues on the Crawl so we are proud to announce that we will be hosting bands and more at the Electric Ballroom this year all day on Saturday, 5th May.

Enjoy the initial line up from the announcement made this morning with Death In Vegas (Richard Fearless) opening the event. We will give you more information of who will be playing live and other fun stuff we will have planned for the Crawl this year soon as the process of elimination takes place. We will also be aiming to have a party in the evening after the daytime event, so look out for updates as they roll out.

Get your tickets in advance before this prestigious event sells out now from here. You can follow all of the updates through Facebook and Twitter.

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Win a VANS Downtown Showdown package!

The VANS European Downtown Showdown be held on the Saturday 20th August in Old Spitalfields Market, London and will be a free event for all. 50’000 Euro’s will be up for grabs for those pro riders invited to partake so get this in your diary and see one of the best skate events London will see in years!

To celebrate this gathering, VANS have sent us some brand new Rowley SPV’s, a limited edition art print designed by French and signed by Chris Pfanner, AVE, Dustin Dollin, Geoff Rowley, Tony Alva and Steve Van Doren, who will all be at the event as guests, plus a bunch of VANS apparel will be chucked into this package!

To enter, like the Crossfire Facebook page as we will be contacting you if you win from there only and answer this question below tied in with this new VANS Europe video. Find VANS on facebook too here.

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Confirmed teams for VANS Downtown Showdown

VANS have confirmed their invited teams and skaters to the VANS European Downtown Showdown that will take place in Old Spitalfields Market on 20th August this month in London. 50,000 euros will be up for grabs to the teams involved below.

If you cannot make it to the event, which is FREE to attend, don’t worry, as you will be able to watch it live on the internet from the Vans website.

To celebrate this event,VANS have given us some Rowley SPV’s, a limited edition, signed, art print and apparel so click here to pick up some free stuff!

CONFIRMED TEAMS ARE:

Blind Europe
Chris Oliver, Sam Beckett, Sewa, Javier Pares

Element Europe
Ross McGouran, Guillaume Mocquin, Phil Zwijsen, Nassim Guammaz

Antiz
Hugo Liard, Sam Partaix, Aaron Sweeney

Cliché
Charles Collet, Lucas Puig, Flo Mirtain and Daniel Espinoza.

Yama Skateboards
Muki Rustig, Ferit Batir, Dustin Vollnach

Blueprint
Danny Brady, Mark Baines, Jerome Campbell, Tom Knox

Almost
Willow, Michael Sommer, Michael Wright, Daryl Dominguez, Youness Amrani

Alis Skateboards
Flex O’ Connor

Superdead Skateboards
Eddie Belvedere, Harry Lintell, Nick Remon, Awadh Mohammed

Palace Skateboards
Chewy Cannon, Rory Milanes, Lucien Clarke, Olly Todd

Death Skateboards
Dan Cates, Boots, Adam Moss, Moggins

Hevy Festival 2011 preview

Hevy Festival is back and with a line-up that boasts a plethora of great bands, it’s definitely the place to be this weekend. With so many amazing bands playing over the three days, it can be hard to decide which should be the ones to check out and that’s where our preview steps in to help.

Our intrepid writers Ryan and Winey G have picked the acts they are most excited to see and, as the videos alongside each pick shows, you’re not going to be disappointed by any of them. If the success of last year’s festival is anything to go by, the 2011 version is going to be a ton of fun. So get reading and get ready for some carnage!

Winegums’ picks:

Touché Amoré (Rocksound + Macbeth stage, Sunday)

Having recently released what is undeniably one of the finest albums of the year, Touché Amoré will be bringing their frenetic live stylings to Hevy so get ready to get involved and scream your heart out. The intensity is definitely going to reach fever pitch for TA, just one of many so-called buzz bands included on the line-up this weekend. Something tells us that most of these acts are going to deliver in a big way.

The Bronx (Rocksound + Macbeth stage, Sunday)

The Bronx are just a standardly brilliant live prospect. Broken limbs and a crowd-bound frontman are not unheard of. But let’s not forget the tunes! Oh what a delectable treat of riffs, barked out melodies and general raucous punk fun we’re in for as vocalist Matt Caughtran will no doubt bound around like a giant baby with a huge grin on his face.

Ceremony (Rocksound + Macbeth stage, Sunday)

Hardcore punk with a sense of swagger that you just couldn’t fake, Ceremony are one of the most exciting prospects of the weekend (there are a lot of those this weekend, huh?). Inciting mile-long queues outside teensy venues last time they were in the UK, these guys are going to grab a very eager crowd by the neck and shake them to their very core.

Dillinger Escape Plan (Jägermeister Main Stage, Saturday)

Why does it feel like all of the bands at Hevy this year are going to be attempting to outdo each other in the “we’re crazy-ass motherfucking musicians” stakes? Well, many will no doubt try and some will succeed. But Dillinger really have nothing to prove on this side of things having already performed such legendary feats as shitting in plastic bags on stage and throwing it into the audience. Perhaps this time it’ll be purely about the music. Which is of course awesome. But we kind of hope the theatrics feature too.

OFF! (Rocksound + Macbeth stage, Saturday)

Vocalist Keith Morris was in Black Flag. You probably don’t need to know much more than that in order to be persuaded to catch these guys live. West coast hardcore that packs a punch. Hard, fast and loud.

La Dispute (Etnies + Front stage, Sunday)

With the most deliciously unsettling vocals and the ability to create atmospheres of eeriness and full on ripping emotional heartache from one moment to the next, La Dispute are already contenders to At The Drive-In’s post-hardcore throne at this point. It’s safe to say that if they’re going to live up to the, albeit underground, hype then they’re going to have to deliver something special at Hevy. We have faith they’ll do just that.

Basement (Etnies + Front Magazine Stage, Friday)

Part of Hevy fest’s Friday taster if you will, which will see a pared down line-up get the party started on the smaller stages as the masses begin to arrive for the weekend. Basement’s brand of emotionally driven melodic punk rock is just the ticket to get your weekend started so make sure you get to the field early to soak it all up.

Ryan de Freitas’ picks:

The Ghost of a Thousand (Jägermeister Main Stage, Saturday)

The fact that this is The Ghost of a Thousand playing a festival should be reason enough to see them on the main stage at Hevy this year. Adding that this is the band’s last ever gig before splitting up and it makes this a completely unmissable set. There will be walls and pits throughout the set as the band have promised to go out with an almighty bang.

Make Do and Mend (Rocksound + Macbeth stage, Saturday)

Off the back of their debut LP ‘End Measured Mile’ and acclaimed split with fellow Hevy stagemates ‘Touché Amoré’, this melodic hardcore outfit are not to be missed on the second stage. With a proven track record of laying waste to almost every venue they play, this is not a band that you want to regret not seeing the next day.

Funeral for a Friend (Jägermeister Main Stage, Sunday)

True pioneers in the UK Post-Hardcore scene, Funeral for a Friend have made an overdue return to form with new album Welcome Home Armageddon and their slot at Hevy will be one of their biggest UK sets since the release, with hopes of timeless classics mixed in with the intrigue of seeing the new material live for the first time. FFAF have created a real buzz about their appearance at Hevy and no doubt will live up to the hype.

While She Sleeps (Rocksound + Macbeth Stage, Sunday)

These Sheffield lads are one of the most talked-about bands in the UK at the moment. They will bring a perfect balance of passion and rage when they play their set on the second stage on Sunday. Having recently won over thousands as main supports to Silverstein earlier in the year and with 2010 album ‘The North Stands for Nothing’ rightfully earning them the respect of their peers and critics, this is a band that you’ll want to see (especially since it means you’ll have seen them before they were one of the biggest bands in the UK, which they certainly look on course to become).

Four Year Strong (Jägermeister Main Stage, Sunday)

There is no other way to say it other than: THIS BAND MUST BE SEEN LIVE. This years festival closers are sure to provide one of (if not the) highlights of the weekend with their trademark anthemic sing-along choruses and relentless, brutal breakdowns that will translate perfectly into the atmosphere of the festival. With the set sure to include hits from debut ‘Rise or Die Trying’ as well as current release ‘Enemy of the World’ these bearded warriors are set to tear the metaphorical roof off the place.