Wait, did we say outdoor festival season had ended with Reading and Leeds? Well, we were wrong. A whole truckload of bands descended upon Brighton Racecourse last weekend for Breakout Festival. We sent our newest snapper, Mike Burnell, down to shoot the best and the brightest for Thrash Hits.
August 11th, 2013
With the August Bank Holiday weekend rapidly approaching, Reading & Leeds Festivals are once again upon us. As with every year, Reading & Leeds have a bit fat dollop of heaviness in among the landfill indie, so for this week’s Sunday Slaylist we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the hardest and heaviest from their 2013 line-ups.
February 15th, 2013
This week Hugh and Tom Dare sit down to tackle the subject of Britishness in metal, taking care to avoid going on about tedious, tub-thumping, nationalist nonsense, and instead concentrating on some of the more unusual quirks and trends that Britishness has inadvertantly lent to British rock and metal over the years – how it affects not just how bands sound, but how we think about bands, and even how we come to cover certain bands at all in the first place.
January 25th, 2013
Start The Party
21 January 2013
by Tom Doyle
There is a bit in the opening track of this, The Blackout’s fourth studio album, where one of them yells ‘WASSSSUUUPPPPPP’ in the style of that toad in the Budweiser ad from the year 2000. Remember that? In truth, opening with a pop culture reference that is nearly a decade and a half old is a microcosm of everything you need to know about this album but the turn of the millennia touchstones do not stop there.
August 7th, 2012
For the second time in a week, we’re devastated to hear of the early passing of a light of the scene. The news was released today that James McLaren, music journalist and steadfast supporter of the Welsh rock and metal scenes, died in a road crash on Monday morning. He was just 34 years old.
April 1st, 2012
There’s not denying it – for UK rock fans, the cancellation of Sonisphere 2012 was the biggest news story this week. Unless something incredibly dramatic happens later this year, we’d put good money on it being one of – if not the – biggest news story of the entire year. It’s because it’s such a momentous news event that we’re dedicating this week’s Sunday Slaylist to the acts that were supposed to be performing at Knebworth this Summer…only with an extra little twist….
Sonisphere Festival confirms UK headliners as Queen (with Adam Lambert), Faith No More and KISS as part of 23 bands announced for Knebworth 2012
February 20th, 2012
Sonisphere Festival have confirmed Queen (with Adam Lambert), Faith No More, and KISS as the headliners for the UK leg of their European festival franchise. In addition to these three main stage headliners, Sonisphere have confirmed an additional twenty other acts for their 2012 UK incarnation, bringing the total of bands announced for Knebworth this summer up to 23.
June 13th, 2010
The Blackout play their second set of the weekend, and mark the occasion by jumping around a lot.
June 12th, 2010
March 23rd, 2010
So what have all these bands got in common? They’ve all been “officially” announce for Donwload 2010? Hurrah! (Please remember to divide your excitement by how much you’ve been paying attention to the rumour mill). ETC ETC. What? You want the actual band names? Then you better check after the jump then, shouldn’t you?