Electric Wizard confirmed to headline Desertfest London 2016

Electric Wizard

Electric Wizard are set to return to the UK capital in 2016 as headliners for next year’s Desertfest, London Edition.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Desertfest’s mammoth offering of stoner, doom, sludge, psych and all its attendant sub-genres will take place from April 29th – May 1st across multiple venues, in the legendary London musical hub of Camden Town.

Electric Wizard are the first headliners to be revealed, and amongst the first bands to be announced, alongside Elder, Conan, Raging Speedhorn and Witchsorrow.

You can keep up to date with all the details of next year’s event via www.thedesertfest.com. Weekend tickets are priced at £100.

Electric Wizard’s most recent album was 2014’s Time To Die, their eighth studio LP and the band’s first for Spinefarm Records.

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Pentagram confirmed for Sonic Blast Moledo festival 2015


US doom and psych-metal legends Pentagram have been confirmed as the first headliner for this year’s Sonic Blast Moledo festival.

Taking place between the 14th and 15th of August in Moledo Do Minho on the north coast of Portugal, the heavy metal and psych festival offers what organisers are calling “the perfect summer break for all heavy/psych music lovers.”

“Sun, Sea, Beach, Surf, Pool, Skate and Heavy riffs: that’s the SONIC BLAST MOLEDO motto!” they add.

Other bands set to appear across the weekender’s two stages include Church Of Misery, Kadavar, The Bellrays, Blues Pills, The Atomic Bitchwax, Mars Red Sky and Samsara Blues Experiment. More headline acts are set to be announced in the near future.

Tickets and further info are available via the Sonic Blast Moledo website.

The news of Pentagram’s festival appearance comes just ahead of the release of the band’s new DVD, All Your Sins, which features over six hours of concert footage spanning the band’s 30 plus year career.

Performances include an incendiary show at the legendary CBGB club in New York, captured in 1985. The 2 disc set is due to be released on the 23rd of February via Peaceville.

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01. “Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983”
02. “CBGBs – 1985”
03. “The Seagull Inn – 1985”
04. “The Hung Jury Pub – 1987”
05. “930 Club – 1993”

01. “The Paragon – 1993”
02. “The End – 2010”
03. “John Dee, Oslo – 2012”
04. “The DNA Lounge – 2014”

You can watch the official trailer for All Your Sins below:

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Slipknot to headline Download 2015

Download 2015 Slipknot Crop

Slipknot are the first headline act announced for next year’s Download festival.

The US metal titans will play the main stage in the headline slot on Friday the 12th of June. They’ll follow legendary British band Judas Priest, whilst Black Stone Cherry will be closing first night on the second stage.

Says the ‘Knot frontman Corey Taylor: “Being invited back to Download always feels like coming home. Headlining for the third time feels like the culmination of a life’s dream – it’s an honour and we’re all looking forward to it.”

Judas Priest first played at Donington in its guise as Monsters Of Rock in 1980. Their first appearance at Download was in 2008. Said the band in a statement: “We’re thrilled to be performing at Download 2015 as the band continues its 40th anniversary Redeemer of Souls World Tour, bringing us home to hear the roar of our Priest family.”

Tickets for Download 2015 go on sale this Thursday 20th of November at 9am and are available via www.downloadfestival.co.uk

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Metallica confirmed for Glastonbury


Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t help but have noticed that Metallica have been confirmed as the third and final headline act for this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The US metal titans will play the main stage on the evening of Saturday 28th June. They will be the first heavy metal act to headline Glastonbury in it’s 44 year history.

Fans, broadcasters and journalists have reacted with both dismay and delight at the announcement.

Metal Hammer’s Dom Lawson writes for The Guardian, “So yeah, Metallica at Glastonbury. Whoopee-fucking-doo. Like most things the band do these days, this has nothing to do with heavy metal or a patient but long-suffering fan base. It’s just another symptom of the disease the band picked up when they became multi-millionaires and lost their hunger.”

Meanwhile Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has called the decision a “no-brainer.”

“To be honest with you, we didn’t sit around and have a big conversation when the call came,” he continued, speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. “In Metallica we have a saying called a ‘no-brainer’. Headlining Glastonbury is a no-brainer. We didn’t need to sit around thinking about the pros and cons.”

When asked about the negative reaction from some quarters, Ulrich said: “Trust your friendly neighbourhood Metallica, we’ll put something suitable together. It’s great that, 32 years into our career, we’re still able to knock down doors – doors we didn’t think were open to us.”

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Robert Plant, Pixies and Jack White for Glastonbury 2014

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Robert Plant, Pixies, Jack White, Wilko Johnson and The Black Keys are amongst a list of 87 artists who have been confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The event takes place between 27th and 29th June, with Arcade Fire confirmed as Friday night headliners, and Kasabian newly announced as Sunday night headliners.

Glastonbury 2014 is officially sold out, but a resale of tickets that have been cancelled or refunded will take place at the end of April. Ticket and coach packages will be up for grabs on 24th April from 7pm, and general admission tickets go on sale on 27th April at 9am. General admission tickets will cost £210 plus a £5 booking fee. In order to buy a resale ticket, prospective festival-goers must have registered with a photo at the Glastonbury See Tickets website by 5pm on 21st April.

The full list of artists that have been confirmed so far is:

Arcade Fire, Special Guests, Kasabian, Dolly Parton, Jack White, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey, Skrillex, Pixies, Massive Attack, Disclosure, Paolo Nutini, Manic Street Preachers, MIA, Rudimental, Bryan Ferry, Richie Hawtin, Ed Sheeran, De La Soul, Goldfrapp, London Grammar, MGMT, Jake Bugg, Jurassic 5, Dexys, Above & Beyond, The 1975, Bonobo, Kelis, Blondie, Warpaint, The Wailers, Wilko Johnson, James Blake, Gorgon City, Metronomy, Tinariwen, Chvrches, Little Dragon, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Kodaline, Interpol, Foster the People, Mogwai, Royal Blood, John Grant, Annie Mac, Lil Louis, Daptone Super Soul Revue, John Newman, Chromeo, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Midlake, Angel Haze, Four Tet, ESG, The Sun Ra Arkestra, François Kevorkian, Parquet Courts, Sam Smith, Crystal Fighters, Nitin Sawhney, DJ Pierre, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Chance the Rapper, MNEK, Temples, Phosphorescent, Connan Mockasin, Public Service Broadcasting, Courtney Barnett, Gorgon City, Wolf Alice, Radiophonic Workshop, Suzanne Vega, Tune-Yards, Eats Everything, Jamie xx, Ms Dynamite, Breach, Chlöe Howl, Jagwar Ma and Danny Brown.

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