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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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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2013

September 22nd, 2013

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It’s just a few short weeks away now – Damnation Festival 2013 is (once again) going to be the heavy music event of the Winter here in the UK. We’re going to be heading up to Leeds University in force come 02 November, but until then, we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist to hype us up for what’s (once again) one of the best one-dayer metal fest line-ups the UK has ever seen.

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2012

September 30th, 2012

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Earlier this week, Damnation Festival announced Hawk Eyes, Ravens Creed and The Atrocity Exhibit as the final three bands for their 2012 line-up, and my, what a killer line-up it is too. Headed up by Dorset doom overlords, Electric Wizard, this year’s Damnation Festival also sees Pig Destroyer make their first return to the UK in eight years – why the hell haven’t you bought a ticket already? If you have bought a ticket already: well done. You know the score.

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Damnation Festival completes 2012 line-up with Hawk Eyes, Ravens Creed and The Atrocity Exhibit

September 26th, 2012

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Right, that’s it – that’s you lot. Damnation Festival have completed the line-up for their 2012 festival tonight by confirming the opening acts for all three of the festival’s stages – The Atrocity Exhibit on the Terrorizer stage, Hawk Eyes on the Jägermeister stage, and Ravens Creed on the Eyesore.

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Pig Destroyer to play their first UK show in EIGHT YEARS at Damnation Festival 2012

March 26th, 2012

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OH YEAH. Damnation Festival have confirmed their first band for 2012 – and by heck, is it a beast. The almighty force of nature that is Pig Destroyer will be playing their first UK show in eight years at this year’s Damnation Festival, taking place in many months time in November.

PIG DESTROYER. PIG DESTROYER. PIG DESTROYER. YESSSSSS.

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Future Hits 113: Conan

February 17th, 2012

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Conan

From: Liverpool, UK
Lazy equation: (Sleep + Batillus) x as many MATAMP amps as you can get your hands on.
URL: Website //  Facebook

Thrash Hits Verdict: We first became aware of Conan last year, when one of our photographers, Matt Thomas, started singing their praises at us. Well, when say “singing”, we really mean “sent us an email”. Given that like Conan, he’s based up in Liverpool, he’s far too far away from us for us to hear him if he did start singing. Conan on the other hand….let’s just say when they play live, you can probably hear them on the other side of the planet. However it was a result of their talents – rather than their volume – that will see the trio support the legendary Sleep over in Norway later this year. We got on the blower to the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Jon Davis, to find out what it’s like when your idols want you to open shows for them.

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Damnation Festival 2010: earthtone9 @ Jagermeister Stage – Saturday, 06 November 2010

November 13th, 2010

The sheer level of power (and there is no other word to describe it – certainly none that can do it justice) within earthtone9’s Damnation performance took us completely by surprise. It wasn’t that we were expecting it to be lacking in any respect – quite the opposite in fact – but it was so far above and beyond even our already sky-high expectations that we barely know where to start when it comes to deconstructing it for this review.

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