Saxon confirmed as headliners for Hard Rock Hell 9

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Saxon have been confirmed as headliners for the 9th annual Hard Rock Hell festival.

The event takes place in North Wales between the 12th and 15th of November. This year’s theme is House Of Horrors and, appropriately enough, incorporates a Friday the 13th in the middle of the weekend.

Saxon are joined on the bill by the likes of Black Spiders, Rock Goddess, Pig Iron, Skanska Mord and Riot Horse, with “Royalty” and “VIP” packages for the over 18’s only festival already sold out.

Say organisers of this year’s gathering: ““It will be five years since Saxon’s last visit, and this year’s set will be a two-hour jaw-dropper. Rock Goddess have recently enjoyed a resurgence and they’re looking forward to gracing the stage. The unstoppable Black Spiders just seem to be hitting every part of the globe.

“The three-day affair will be forged on values of the first eight cycles, but tuned up with all the luxuries that Camp HRH has to offer. More than 50 bands from around the globe will be descending for the ninth cycle. Join us at your own risk as you enter our gates of hell. Anything that could happen just might happen…”

“Hard Rock” packages for the weekend go on sale today and are available via the HRH official website.

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19 new bands announced for Download 2015

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19 more bands have been confirmed for Download 2015, including Black Veil Brides and Lamb Of God.

Clutch, Billy Idol and Rise Against will also be joining the likes of Slipknot, Muse and Kiss that have already been confirmed for the festival.

Other additions to the bill include Eagles Of Death Metal, Dragonforce, Hollywood Undead, Body Count, Every Time I Die, Parkway Drive, Backyard Babies, H.E.A.T., Motionless In White, Crown The Empire, Northlane, Madball and Mallory Knox.

Says Idol of the news: “It was a fantastic experience playing at Download 2010 in the teeming rain, with the audience completely unfazed. If that was fun, this year should be dynamite.”

Black Veil Brides frtonman Andy Biersack said in statement via Facebook: “We are absolutely honoured to once again have the opportunity to play on rock’s biggest stage at the Download Festival 2015! We’ve always had a blast and we are looking to make our third time the best one yet! Seeya Saturday!”

Check out the latest lineup below:

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Hellfest announces latest lineup

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France’s Hellfest has today added a number of new bands to the lineup.

Already confirmed for the festival are the likes of Slipknot, Scorpions, Faith No More, Judas Priest, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson and KoRn.

Joining the bill today are myriad bands who are beginning to make the weekender look like one of next year’s tastiest metal treats.

Bands announced today include: Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Phil Anselmo’s Superjoint Ritual, A Day To Remember, Epica, No Return, Butcher Babies, Giuda, Sylosis, Haken, Sup, Argile, Onslaught, Crusher, Melechesh, Shining (Nor), Infestus, Doctor Livingstone, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Triggerfinger, Brant Bjork, Lion’s Law and Snot.

And breathe.

Full weekend passes for the event have already sold out, but fear not as one day passes will go on sale in January.

The festival takes place from the 19th to 21st of June in Clisson, France.

The latest full lineup is below.

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First bands revealed for Desertfest London 2015

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Desertfest London has revealed the first set of bands that will be playing the 4th annual stoner/doom/sludge and psych music festival in April next year.

Confirmed for the bill so far are American stoner rock pioneers Sleep, UK metal heavyweights Orange Goblin, and German psych rock trio My Sleeping Karma. It certainly sounds to these ears like next year’s event is set for a stellar lineup.

Desertfest London will take place between April 24th – 26th across many well known venues in Camden, including Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld and The Black Heart.

Tickets that cover all three days of the festival are £99.50 and are available here. There is an earlybird price of £79.50 currently available, too.

Find out more at the official Desertfest website.

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Beth Hart, Gregory Porter & Robert Cray for BluesFest 2014

Beth HartBeth Hart, Gregory Porter and Robert Cray have all been confirmed for this year’s BluesFest event.

They’ll be joining an already stellar lineup that includes Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Sheryl Crow.

Running across six days between Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October at the Royal Albert Hall in London, BluesFest will feature a host of performers in various rooms throughout the venue, with a full schedule to be confirmed.

Says Leo Green, Festival Director: “Several years ago I was sat having a coffee with Jeff Beck – Jeff was going on and on about a singer he had heard, he couldn’t believe how incredible her voice was and told me I had to check her out immediately – her name was Beth Hart and so I am really excited we’ve been able to book her for a show at Bluesfest on Oct 30th. Also headlining that night will be her ProVogue label mate, the incredible Robert Cray, so for blues fans, October the 30th is a date for the diary. Gregory Porter caused a real stir when he performed a double bill with Natalie Cole last year so we are delighted he is coming back to perform an entire evening of his music on October 27th.”

You can watch Beth Hart perform Buddy Guy’s ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ live with legendary guitarist, Jeff Beck, below.

BluesFest 2014 runs from Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October. Tickets are priced from £20 upwards (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from or or

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