Download Festival Add Over 70 Names To Their 2022 Lineup

After confirming that the 2021 iteration of Download festival will not be taking place this year, the festival have revealed some more of the names who will be playing Donington Park in 2022. 

Joining the already announced headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro will be…

Deftones
Korn
The Pretty Reckless
Rise Against
Black Label Society
Theory
Monster Truck
Power Wolf
Wayward Sons
Those Damn Crows
The Raven Age
Megadeth
Steel Panther
The Distillers
The Darkness
Airbourne
Daughtry
Skillet
Lacuna Coil
Bush
Of Mice & Men
Wednesday 13
Ayron Jones
Massive Wagons
The Last Internationale
Control The Storm
The Ghost Inside
Funeral For A Friend
Descendents
Boston Manor
Sleep Token
The Faim
grandson
Trash Boat
Holding Absence
Marianas Trench
Wargasm
Loathe
Jamie Lenman
The Hara
Press Club
Salem
Cemetery Sun
Blackout Problems
Dead Posey
Static Dress
Electric Wizard
Sepultura
Blues Pills
Dying Fetus
British Lion
Bleed From Within
Twin Temple
Bokassa
Venom Prison
Spiritbox
Tempt
Fire From The Gods
A.A. Williams
Higher Power
Kill The Lights
Dead Poet Society
Joyous Wolf
Modern Error
Cellar Door Moon Crew
Lotus Eater
The Scratch
Dead Label
Phoxjaw
JJ Wilde
Anchor Lane
Temples On Mars
As Everything Unfolds
Injester

That’s a lot to get excited for.

Download Festival will take place at Donington Park on June 10-12 2022. 

Tickets are available via the following link.

Loathe & More Are Part Of A vinyl Boxset To Raise Money For The Black Heart

If you’ve ever been in Camden Town, it’s possible you’ve passed or visited The Black Heart.

It’s a venue that’s been home to many bands over the years but because of the ongoing pandemic, it could be closing for good.

In a bid to help the venue reach a target of £150,000, bands have come together for a very special vinyl boxset.

Put together by The Rock Fix, the ‘Save The Black Heart’ boxset comes with three 7′ records and features these tracks:

Loathe – ‘New Faces In The Dark’
Our Hollow, Our Home – ‘Speak of Sorrow’
Immerse – ‘Red Shade’
Venom Prison – ‘Officer Down’ (Stampin’ Ground Cover)
Bad Touch – ‘Come A Little Closer’
Take The Backseat, Casey – ‘Suffer’

Loathe had this to say about the venue:

“The Black Heart was one of the first to open its doors to Loathe during our infancy and grant us with the opportunity to present our show to music lovers from down south. For that the venue holds a very dear place in our hearts. Venues much like The Black Heart are essential to the well being and progression of, not just live music but music as a whole – with each grassroots venue serving as somewhat of a booster or platform to present fresh, new art. Please help to not let these amazing places that house amazing memories and opportunities for thousands of music lovers out there go to waste.”

And Our Hollow, Our Home’s Connor Hallisey had this to say:

“The Black Heart isn’t just a venue, it’s much, much more. As upcoming artists, we’ve seen first-hand how venues like this are imperative to the creative industry, and furthermore not just for musicians, but for venue staff, the promoters, and most importantly the fans. The Black Heart will always have our support, and we hope you’ll be able to help them in any way that you can too.”

The set is a ‘Pay What You Want’ price, with the minimum set at £19.99 so that at least £5 of each sale can go directly to The Black Heart. 

Orders are available via the following link.

Nova Twins Showcase Alternative POC Artists With Charity Compilation Record

London rock duo Nova Twins have been uniting with the Rock and Metal community for a brand new charity compilation record which celebrates alternative POC (People of Colour) talent

The band have teamed up with Big Joanie, Loathe, Oxymorrons and so many more for ‘Voices For The Unheard’, which is a limited-edition 12-track vinyl record brought to us via Dr. Martens Presents which will raise funds for The Black Curriculum. Pre-Orders are available here.

Speaking to NME about the project, Amy explains: ​“There’s a lack of representation and understanding of POC alternative artists, particularly in the UK. People are happy for black people to be in R&B and hip-hop because they feel like it’s safe and that’s the done thing. These are genres that black people have pioneered, but there’s a lack of education about how rock was also pioneered and helped to move forward by artists like Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The genre was carried by a lot of white men, but a lot of the POC artists got lost along the way.

“People don’t think we belong here. We get loads of stereotypes. People think that we’re R&B or dancers. We just want to create an eye-opening experience for the gatekeepers to understand that this isn’t going anywhere and see what’s really going on out there. In pop music, the headliners at big festivals reflect what’s happening today. That doesn’t happen in rock music. If people want rock music and the live industry to survive then they need to diversify.”

Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for the release below.

Nova Twins Voices For The Unheard

1. Nova Twins – Taxi
2. The OBGMs – All My Friends
3. Connie Constance – Monty Python
4. Unity TX – Cross Me
5. LustSickPuppy – Goatmeal
6. Death Tour – Scared
7. Loathe – Aggressive Evolution
8. Oxymorrons – Green Vision
9. Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons – Ain’t No Pussy
10. Khx05 – Trouble
11. Zhariah – Bitch Boy
12. Big Joanie – Fall Asleep (Live at Hermitage Works Studios)

Line Up Announced For Virtual Download Festival

Download Festival 2020 isn’t going to be taking place this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but the organisers of the event have announced the line-up for a virtual weekender that’s set to take place!

The Download TV Weekend will take place on the same days as the cancelled dates (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020) and will feature some artists who were scheduled to play this year.

It’s all taking place on Download Festival’s YouTube channel, where the three days will be divided into a day and evening schedule, with the evening boasting two to three hours featuring performances from your favourite artists.

It will feature special interviews, unseen performances, exclusive footage and loads more!

Keeping with the 2020 lineup, there will be Kiss’s 2015 Download Festival available to watch on the Friday night.

Iron Maiden have the top billing band on Saturday evening where they will have a special set of archive performances as well as snippets from the Legacy Of The Beast tour.

System Of A Down will bring the weekend to a close on the Sunday with footage from three of their previous performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.

Other acts confirmed are Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Deftones, The Darkness, Steel Panther, Mastodon, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides and Poppy.

There’s also going going to be cookalongs which will act as the daytime activities where MasterChef’s Simon Wood, Vegan stars BOSH, tutorials, mindfulness sessions and more.

People who will be watching are encouraged to erect tents in their homes, dress as your rock idols and send in photos and videos using the hashtag #DOWNLOADTV.

Below you will find a full list of the lineup.

The full list of bands on the Download TV line-up are:

KISS

Iron Maiden (Saturday headliner)

System of a Down (Sunday headliner)

Alestorm

Alter Bridge

Babymetal

Baroness

Black Futures

Black Veil Brides

Bowling For Soup

Bush

Creeper

Deftones

Disturbed

Employed To Serve

Fozzy

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Funeral For A Friend

Gojira

Holding Absence

Killswitch Engage

Korn

Lacuna Coil

Loathe

Mastodon

Motionless In White

NXT UK

Periphery

Poppy

Powerwolf

Skillet

Steel Panther

The Darkness

The Hara

The Offspring

The Pretty Reckless

The Wildhearts

Theory

Twin Temple

Volbeat

Wage War

Wayward Sons

Mondo Monthly Gigs: August 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new monthly post here on Almost Anything Media. I’ve wanted to make a new post for a while. A monthly post that’s inclusive of the local area of York as well as its outlying and other areas of the country and showcases the talent I know there is around here. One way was to write a post about the latest singles you need to listen to, but I thought I might need to reach out to more people before that does happen. In truth, there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting right out there to meet some new people and to listen to some great music and discover bands along the way, so without further ado, I welcome the monthly post of the Mondo Monthly Gigs. This is all the recommended gigs I’m looking forward to in a particular month. Now, of course, there will be one’s I won’t always have the chance to get to but they’ll always be a few local to me around the Yorkshire and outlying areas.

Similar to the weekly Music Video countdown list, this list will compromise of ten gigs I’m sure will be a fun treat for all those involved so let’s dive straight into a local show that’s happening within the Yorkshire area.

1.Foxhaunt. The Crescent, York, 09/08/19

Support: inFade, Avenoir, Pray For Hayden

It’s a showcase of some of the best talents within York for the Alternative scene as the celebration for Foxhaunt’s latest single is being released down at one of the best venues in The Crescent. Armed with inFade, Avenoir and Pray For Hayden as their supports the Alternative outfit are sure to put on a unique night for fans of the genre.

Link To Facebook event.

Tickets cost £6.60 in advance.

 

Other Tour Dates:

August 11th 2019 – O’Riley’s, Kingston Upon Hull

Tickets for the gig at The Crescent on the 9th August are on sale now for £6 in advance.

 

2. This House Is Haunted. The Crescent, York. 16/08/19

Support: Amongst Thieves.

This House Is Haunted are a three-piece from York. Zak, Dom and Jenn blend influences from post-hardcore and metal with influences from Alexisonfire and Deftones alongside narratively styled instrumental bands such as Mew, Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky.

This House Is Haunted have the sensibilities of melodic, hooky vocals and guitar lines, with post-rock bass and drums. Often This House go in tangential directions to reveal rich sonic landscapes to crushingly heavy riffs.

With Amongst Thieves as their main support for the evening, everything is set to go off as one of the best nights for the local scene in recent memory.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets are £6 in advance.

 

 

3. Better Days – Eiger Studios, Leeds. 23/08/19

Support: WRTHLESS, Pray For Hayden, Without Andrew.

Embarking on their first steps in their new lineup, Better Days are set to kick off a new era for the band as they embark on a mini-tour of the UK.

The band have been described as a fresh new take on pop-punk which combines all the elements of the early 2000’s era and the upcoming new breed, all eyes will be on them as they look forward to the future with brand new music in mind.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £6 in advance.

 

Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

21st – Glasgow Broadcast

22nd – Sheffield Mulberry Bar

24th – Newcastle Think Tank

 

4. Stand Atlantic. The Deaf Institute, Manchester. 28/08/19 (SOLD OUT)

Support: Royls, Superlove

The Aussie up and comers absolutely ripped through their debut UK headlining tour with their fresh and energetic ‘Skinny Dipping’ just a short insight to what goes into their shows. With a few dates set around their Reading and Leeds festival appearances, the band are set to storm across some larger stages than when they came across earlier in 2019.

Adding to this, with their now full-time bassist Miki, the Australian Pop-Pinks will come forth with a clear vision so fans will get a glimpse of just what to expect the second time around.

I was at their last UK tour for the Leeds date, their output was a little sub-par but from what I’ve heard since then, there’s going to be absolutely no stopping this band coming forward in the future.

Link to Facebook event.

SOLD OUT.

 

Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

23rd – Leeds Festival

25th – Reading Festival

26th – Brighton The Haunt

27th – Birmingham Mama Roux’s

29th – Liverpool Zanzibar

30th – Swansea Sin City

 

 

5. Frank Iero, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. Manchester Academy 2, 28/08/19

Support: Moving Galore

I think the only way to truly describe this lineup is Punktastic! That’s the only true adjective that does come to mind as two of the heads of the scene come together for a joint UK tour.

With festival season up and running, it seemed cruel not to mention two of the best bands, Frank Iero and the Future Violents and Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers as they’re on a mission to reclaim Manchester for their true punk heritage. Both projects have new music out and fans to devour them at the ready so everyone better be primed just for what’s going to go down on the tour.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £22.50

 

Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

26th – Glasgow St Luke’s

27th – Edingburgh Liquid Room

29th – London Scala

30th – Bristol O2 Academy

31st – Birmingham O2 Institute 2

 

6. Black Tongue. Leeds Key Club. 30/08/19

Support: Loathe, Clawhammer, Malign

I think when independent bands come down to the Key Club, it just goes off and is a little more special. I say this because when I went to see Sumo Cyco and Blood Youth, the atmosphere just transforms and elevates the show to new heights. With the metalcore troupe in Black Tongue coming across to Leeds and their EU shows in full swing, things are just going to be sweaty and rough if things are to be believed.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £12.10 (£11 Face Value).

 

 

7. The Faim. Sheffield Corporation. 31/08/19

Support: Woes, Charming Liars

Another Aussie group straight onto this list, the up and coming rockers are embarking on a lengthy UK stint in celebration of their upcoming release, ‘State Of Mind’ and it’s interesting to see what will occur on these shows coming up as you have the varying bands supporting them on their UK tour. For example with Woes, they’ve modified themselves into an experimental rock outfit but that makes them all the more enjoyable to watch and with The Faim, their transference to more Poppier sounds but with all the meaning int their lyrics shows just how much they’ll be rooted into their ways. Obviously, it’s a departure from the ‘Summer Is A Curse’ EP, but with their rhythmic sections on current singles, it shows that the crowd is going to love them all the same.

Tickets cost £13.20.

 

Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

27th – Dublin Academy 2

28th – Belfast Oh Yeah

29th – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s

30th – Liverpool Arts Club

31st – Sheffield Corporation

September 2019

1st – Norwich Epic Studios

 

8. Skunk Anaise. O2 Academy Leeds. 30/08/19

Support: Queen Zee

Skunk Anaise are a once in a generation band but unlike some older and well-respected bands, they’re one of the most consistent groups who are still in the scene and that’s just the only reason people still enjoy them. But it’s more than that here, as they’re continuing the experience and going further with their latest headline tour as they visit more cities following the release of their 25th anniversary live album, 25LIVE@25. As they’re hailed as one of the most exciting and greatest live acts across the globe, these shows will see the band hit a huge milestone in their career, so don’t miss out.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost: £31.70

 

Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

16th – Beautiful Days Festival, Devon, UK (Headline)

17th – O2 Academy Brixton, London (SOLD OUT)

18th – Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)

19th – O2 Academy, Bristol (sold out)

25th – Camper Calling Festival, Warwickshire (Headline)

26th – Brighton Centre, Brighton

27th – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

28th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

30th – O2 Academy, Leeds

31st – O2 Academy, Glasgow

SEPTEMBER

1st – O2 Academy, Newcastle

3rd – Rock City, Nottingham

4th – Cardiff University, Cardiff

 

9. Talk More. The Fulford Arms, York. 09/08/19

Support: Saytr Play, Beth McCarthy, Red Yeti

For fans of Local Natives and The Japanese House, the new outfit Talk More are heading over to The Fulford Arms in York for the release of their two brand new singles, ‘Planned Fights’ and ‘Heart Again’. With the three-piece band all collectively being involved in the scene for a while, this will be a true test to see what the band are capable of.

 

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £5.

Loathe Recruit Feisal El-Khazragi As New Bassist

Here’s a name you might recall. Feisal El-Khazragi. He was formally in Holding Absence but now has been recruited by Loathe as their new Bassist.

He’s already performed with Loathe for a few shows, including their set at Heavy Music Awards launch show in Manchester and their set at Teddy Rocks Festival.

 

Loathe Part Ways With Bassist, Shayne Smith

In the midst of festival announcements as well as award nominations, Up and Comers Loathe have announced that they have parted ways with their bassist Shayne Smith.

In a statement issued via the band’s official Facebook page, the band have confirmed the decision was mutual. Smith also shared  a message regarding his departure, saying that he has left so he could “pursue a career in tattooing.”

Here is the full statement.

“It comes with a heavy heart that I announce my departure from Loathe.

We started this together almost 4 years ago, and until recently I thought I’d be with them until the end. But after 12 years of chasing the touring musician dream, I’ve come to realise this isn’t the life I want to lead.

I have the utmost respect and love for Erik, Kadeem, Sean & Connor, and I know for a fact that they’ll continue to rise as they have done so far and one day be considered greats alongside all our idols and inspirations. Since talking about my situation with them all, they’ve been nothing but supportive for me and want me to achieve happiness however that may be.

My new goal in life is to pursue a career in tattooing, something that I’ve dabbled with since I was in college and started getting tattooed myself. If you’d like to see my work as it progresses then continue to follow me on the various social networks.

For Loathe, I have no doubt that no quality or professionalism will be lost in their future endeavours, and they will be playing upcoming shows with a new bassist who I fully respect and believe will contribute to the band in ways that I never could.

It’s been one hell of a ride. I’ve achieved things I never thought were possible and I wouldn’t change anything if I had the chance. I sincerely hope that this won’t stop me from seeing my friends across the world once again.

A massive shoutout is deserved for Jason Mageau & Royal Division, Shawn Keith, Sal Torres & SharpTone Records, Nick Azinas, Claire Harris & Nuclear Blast, Nanouk at Avocado Booking and Eric Powell at Spotlight Touring for making everything we’ve achieved so far possible.

Forever love,

LOATHE LTD x

PS. I’m playing Download Festival as my send-off, one last massive party let’s do it!”

 

Sikth Announce UK Tour

It’s been just about one year since progressive metal group SikTh released their third record, ‘The Future In Whose Eyes”?’, and now they have announced they’re coming to the UK this September!

What’s more is that they’re bringing Liverpool favourites Loathe along with them!

Here are the dates.

September 2018

12th – Stoke – On Trent The Underground

13th – Newcastle Think Tank

14th – Sheffield The Plug

15th – Liverpool Hangar34

16th – Cardiff Globe

18th – Plymouth The Junction

19th – Southampton Engine Rooms

20th – Oxford Bullingdon

Tickets for the tour are available now via Ticketweb.

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Line-Up Confirmed For 2018 Heavy Music Awards Launch Event

The 2018 Heavy Music Awards isn’t too far off now and they will be hosting a launch event next month to announce the year’s award category, finalists.

Now, they’ve confirmed the lineup for the launch event which will be held at Gorilla, Manchester on April 25th 2018 and will see sets from Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years.

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After the event on the night, it will signal the opening of the public vote allowing nominations from several hundred from across the heavy music spectrum.

Tickets cannot be purchased for this though. Those who wish to attend can sign up for the chance to win a pair of tickets via the official website.