After a whirlwind summer, it’s time to get excited to see who’ll be playing around the UK in 2023.
This brings us to Slam Dunk Festival which today kicked off a holy hell what the actual fu** responses as they have announced an eye watering 22 bands including run-on shows from The Academy Is as well as Kids In Glass Houses alongside sets from Enter Shikari and The Offspring and loads more.
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Slam Dunk Festival will take play May 2023 on 27th at Hatfield Park and Temple Newsam Park, Leeds on the 28th.
SoCal icons and one of rock music’s best-selling bands of all time, The Offspring, have announced the deluxe version of their album ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’ which is out today via Concord Records. The album contains two new songs a live rendition of ‘The Opioid Diaries’ and an all French rendition of ‘We Never Have Sex Anymore’, properly titled as ‘Guerre Sous Couvertures’.
Check out the visualiser for ‘Guerre Sous Couvertures’ below or alternatively you can stream them via Spotify.
On why the band decided to record the song in French, frontman Dexter Holland had this to say: “The inspiration to record in French came from the core of the song – the lamenting of the loss of passion in a relationship – and to me, passion is very French. I don’t know how to explain it but I feel so much passion whenever I’m in France and when I wrote this song, I thought it has to be done in French. So, we did it in French.”
The Offspring’s tenth studio album Let The Bad Times Rolldebuted at number 3 in UK official album chart, #1 on Billboard’s Alternative album chart, charted at #2 on Billboard Top Rock Albums and #27 on the Billboard Top 200. The album, which marks the band’s first in almost a decade, was released April 16th via Concord Records.
The Offspring have shown no signs of slowing down as they continue to dominate airplay and charts worldwide, ascending to #1 at Active Rock and inching towards Top 10 at Alternative radio. Let The Bad Times Roll has sold over 38,000 units and amassed nearly 22 million streams across the U.S since its debut. Success for the album has skyrocketed to the top of the charts all around the globe, hitting career high chart debuts with seven top 5s and ten top 10s, including an all-new top 3 in the U.K., marking their highest-charting to date in the market.
Legends and innovators of the Southern California rock scene, The Offspring have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, won countless awards, and have toured consistently, playing more than 500 shows in the last decade alone. Their music has had a lasting impact across film, television, and video games, but the band turned their focus to a new album release in 2021. The band is comprised of singer Dexter Holland, guitarist Noodles, drummer Pete Parada and bassist Todd Morse.
THE OFFSPRING will be touring the UK this November, the ‘Let The Bad Times Roll Tour’. On top of this, support on all dates will be the Swedish rock favourites, THE HIVES. Having a tour with two such incredible bands comes around very rarely these days, and this tour is one not to be missed under any circumstances.
We have a massive congratulations in order for four bands today!
Starting off with Holding Absence, their debut record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ debuted at number 90 in the charts.
Now the only reason they’re not higher in the charts is because of Brexit. The band revealed that their UK exclusive vinyl would NOT count towards the final chart placing which haven’t shipped yet. Damn that sucks!
But nevertheless, the record did make it to Number 1 on the iTunes UK Rock albums and 3 on the iTunes UK Albums as well as number 6 on the UK rock Albums as well as number 4 on the independent albums chart.
For purchase of ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ check out the following link.
Since we released ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ one week ago, we’ve been both humbled and grateful for the incredible response from you all. It really has meant the world.
This week has been a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions, from the high of entering the UK Top 40 charts on Monday, to learning on Wednesday that Brexit-related delays would mean our UK exclusive vinyl would NOT count towards the final chart placing, to the high of you guys reacting to this news by supporting us on digital platforms and getting the album to it’s final iTunes placing of Number 3 overall, and Number 1 on the iTunes Rock Charts!! Incredible is an understatement, and we thank you all so very much.
Even though the loss our vinyl sales was too much to claw back a Top 40 Chart Position (we still got our first Top 100 album though, going in at 90 ) we still somehow managed to still place at Number 6 in the UK Rock Charts, and Number 4 in the UK Independent Charts (and even cassettes at number 13 haha). Oh, and not forgetting Scotland – thanks for somehow getting us Top 20!
Oh, and you guys streamed it over 3.5 million times, which is really mind-blowing.
Anyway, the main thing is – rather than be bitter about something that was out of anyone’s control, we’re just overwhelmingly proud and grateful to have achieved so much already with this album, most of all in receiving the love and appreciation from you all that we have, from all over the planet. It’s been incredibly rewarding for us, and this is just the beginning.
Thank you so much, once again. You Are Everything.
This Is Holding Absence.
Check out ‘Afterlife’ below.
Next up are Sheffield metallers While She Sleeps. Last week, the band released their fifth record, ‘Sleeps Society’ but earlier in the week people saw that the new record wouldn’t be ‘chart eligible.
This was because they sacrificed any opportunity for ‘Sleeps Society’ to chart in order to pay their road crew!
Whilst being off the road and helping their tour due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the band were unable to pay their employed crew that way so the band have opted to employ them to aid with the independent physical distribution of the record. Usually an accredited distributor is utilised to report the sales data to charting organisations.
The band released the following statement:
“At the beginning of this album we made the decision to independently distribute the vinyl & CD copies of it. This enabled us to rehire our touring crew, support our local business and give opportunities directly to the people around us who needed it, in a year where our industry & culture had been hit hard. This decision meant our sales would not be counted as ‘chart eligible’.
We started the Sleeps Society to create a sustainable future for our band, the people around us, our crew, families and collectively this felt more important.
The reaction to the album so far has been completely incredible & although our sales figures aren’t being counted as ‘official’, we are so proud to tell you that ‘unofficially’ we are no. 4 in the UK album charts today.
This would be our highest ever chart position. Your sales directly support our band, crew & the future of Sleeps. Thank you all so much.”
In any case, the record did end up charting in the top 100 at number 59 but we all know officially they should have charted at number four!
Orders for ‘Sleeps Society’ can be made via the following link.
Check out ‘Nervous Ft. Simon Neil’ below.
Up next are the utterly fantastic Greta Van Fleet with ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’, a storming sound of rock symphony’s and a fantastic throwback with classic rock sprinkled throughout the record debuted at the number eight spot, which is an improvement over their 2018 release, ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ at number 12.
Orders for ‘The Battle At Garden’s Gate’ can be made via the following link.
Check out the opener for the record, ‘Heat Above’ below.
And lastly today, we have The Offspring. Their number three spot for ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’, their first record in nearly a decade has become their highest charting to date in the UK, which surpasses their 1998 release ‘Americana’ and peaked at number 10.
Orders for the record are available via the following link.
Check out the video for the title track below.
There’s always releases going around in the world of rock but massive fantastic effort by fans of the UK in the last week. This is just a triumphant victory!
One of the biggest selling, most iconic and much loved punk rock bands of all time, and just ahead of the release of their brilliant and hugely anticipated new album ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’, THE OFFSPRING have announced a UK arena tour for this November, the ‘Let The Bad Times Roll Tour’. On top of this, support on all dates will be the Swedish rock favourites, THE HIVES. Having a tour with two such incredible bands comes around very rarely these days, and this tour is one not to be missed under any circumstances.
THE OFFSPRING – “After nearly 2 years of not playing for our fans, the idea of getting in front of the UK crowds is beyond exciting! We can’t wait! See you soon!”
THE HIVES – ”Yes it’s true! The Hives will join The Offspring on their UK/Ireland invasion spreading the California punk sun by adding their own unique unfuckwithable version of arena garage rock. Missing out on the fun is for idiots. Sincerely The Hives”
ALL confirmed dates for the UK tour: Tuesday 23rd November – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Wednesday 24th November – Resorts World Arena Birmingham Friday 26th November – The SSE Wembley Arena London Saturday 27th November – The SSE Hydro Glasgow Monday 29th November – AO Arena Manchester Tuesday 30th November – First Direct Arena Leeds
Tickets on general sale Friday 9th April at 10am, ticket link – HERE Band pre-sale: Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 10am London & Glasgow Venue pre-sale : Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 10am Other Venues pre-sales : Thursday 8th April 2021 at 10am
On top of the tour, on April 16th THE OFFSPRING will be releasing their first new album in almost a decade. Their massively anticipated tenth studio album Let The Bad Times Roll will be available on Concord Records and can be pre-ordered HERE. The first single (supported by both Radio 1 and Radio 2 rock shows and added to the A list on both Kerrang! and Primordial A-lists) “Let The Bad Times Roll” is out now. The band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, won countless awards, and have toured consistently, playing more than 500 shows in the last decade alone. Their music has had a lasting impact across film, television, and video games, making THE OFFSPRING a truly global phenomenon. The band is now comprised of singer Dexter Holland, guitarist Noodles, drummer Pete Parada and new bassist Todd Morse.
One of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time, THE OFFSPRING have set a release date for their first new album in almost a decade. The band’s tenth studio album Let The Bad Times Roll will be available on Concord Records April 16, 2021 and can be pre-ordered HERE. The first single “Let The Bad Times Roll” can be listened to below.
Legends and innovators of the Southern California punk rock scene, The Offspring have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, won countless awards, and have toured consistently, playing more than 500 shows in the last decade alone. Their music has had a lasting impact across film, television, and video games, but the band turned their focus to a new album release in 2021. The band is comprised of singer Dexter Holland, guitarist Noodles, drummer Pete Parada and new bassist Todd Morse.
The new music was written and recorded over the course of the last several years at various locations including the band’s Huntington Beach, California studio. The album is the band’s third time working in collaboration with legendary rock producer Bob Rock.
True to the irreverence at the core of punk rock music, the band and lyricist Dexter Holland took a view to today’s cultural moments and didn’t shy away from creating topical material in this album. The title track, written in late 2019 and recorded in 2020, reflects the country’s ongoing challenges. Holland said: “I feel like we’re in a unique period in history where instead of our world leaders saying ‘we’re doing our best’ it’s more like they’re saying ‘fuck it’ and its really scary.”
As guitarist Noodles said: “Folks are saying, if it’s all going to Hell, we might as well make themost out of it, or at least go out swinging. ‘Let The Bad Times Roll!’”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Pre-Order options below.
The Offspring have been working on their upcoming tenth record for a while, where they originally had a 2020 release date planned, but now it looks to be on the way.
The band began teasing its impending release on social media, with a short clip of a discussion between vocalist/guitarist Dexter Holland and lead guitarist Noodles who confirm that the album is ready, with songs recorded, titles finalised, a label acquired, and release dates in stone.
Publicly though, there’s no word on just what all this is yet.
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:
“It is true. We’re working on it,” began Holland. Noodles continued, “We have been, yeah, for a while. We’ve got a few songs already done. We want to do a couple more and we definitely wanna get something out soon. Our fans have waited long enough, I think, so we want to get something in their hands that they can listen to and hold and put in their ears.” Holland chimed back in, adding, “2018, for sure.”
This looks to be another album to add to the list of looking forward to records!