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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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Future Hits 114: Wet Nuns

February 27th, 2012

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Wet Nuns

From: Sheffield, UK
Lazy equation: (Viking Skull – The Boring Bits) x (The Cramps + Clutch).
URL: Website // Facebook

Thrash Hits Verdict: We admit to being shallow individuals at times. We’re far more likely to click a link to a band that someone suggests to us if said band have an awesome name. Similarly, we’re far more likely to click away from said band with an awesome name if they turn out to be rubbish. Wet Nuns are not rubbish. They describe themselves as an “undead two piece power-death-blues-punk band who makes middle-of-the-road dad rock songs about mainly women or death, or women AND death”. They are in fact, the filthy, sleazy, whiskey-soaked duo of guitarist, Rob Graham and drummer, Alexis Gotts, and they make music that makes us want to get in bar fights in the vain hope that it might impress hot girls with tattoos.

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Live: Thin Lizzy + Clutch @ London Hammersmith Apollo – 04 February 2011

February 8th, 2012

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There are bands that go well with a drink, and then there are bands that turn even the lightest drinker into a nonstop, unapologetic booze machine. To have two bands of the latter kind on the same bill is kinda genius and also kinda dangerous. Our livers were quivering in fear when we set off for this one.

Six things we learned when Thin Lizzy and Clutch played in London

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Top 6: Clutch – Neil Fallon on beer, glorious beer

January 16th, 2012

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If you hadn’t realised, we like beer. We like drinking it. We like drinking new versions of it. We like talking about it. That’s why, when the mighty Clutch released their own beer, we thought we’d talk to singer, Neil Fallon about beer. Talking about beer is the second most enjoyable beer-related activity after drinking the lovely, lovely stuff, after all. Mmmm. Beer.

Neil Fallon tells us about his Top 6 beers:

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The reason you’re not going to High Voltage Festival is that you’re an idiot

March 31st, 2010

With all out “Download Festival this, Sonisphere Festival that, Oh look Reading & Leeds” blathering recently, we’ve really missed out on emphasising one fact about the upcoming UK festival season: that High Voltage Festival, frankly, looks like it’s going to piss all over everyone else. The fact that it was confirmed today that Opeth will be playing their only UK festival show of 2010 there merely cements that fact.

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Clutch: “Maryland is known for crabs – just crabs”

November 10th, 2009

We’d bet good money that you’ve never seen a live band better than Maryland rockers, Clutch. Don’t even pretend you know better. Which is why we sent Amit Sharma to corner drummer Jean-Paul Gaster when the band played in London last week..

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Strange Cousins From The West sounds killer! How did you come up with the album title?
“It’s one of the lines out of the song ‘Minotaur’ – it seems like that’s one of the most difficult things for us to do: actually naming the album, we always struggle with that for some reason! Neil [Fallon, vocals] is usually best at that, he writes all the lyrics for the band (thankfully). We kicked around some ideas and that sort of struck a chord – it’s a real visual kinda thing and I think everyone’s probably got some strange cousins from the West!”

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Clutch self-confirm Download Festival appearance?

March 9th, 2009

Well, this is a turn-up for the books – the kings of balls-out party-blues, Clutch, have self-confirmed an appearance on the Sunday of this year’s Download Festival via their MySpace page, . Why is this a surprise? Because we’d heard hints from the heavy metal rumour mill that the band were a shoe-in for the new boy on the block – and Download’s biggest rival – Sonisphere Festival.

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