Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival Announces Daily Band Lineups, Special Sale and Chicago Pre-Party

Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival is Americas’ best hope for a European-style heavy metal festival. Headlined by Soulfly, Kataklysm, Grave, Jungle Rot, Vio-lence, Exhorder, Unearth, Ringworm and dozens of more bands, the fest is less than a month away. Taking place September 4-7, 2019 at Cave In Rock, IL the event has just made a slew of new announcements including daily band lineups, special ticket pricing and news of the pre-party shows in Chicago. Continue reading

Amnesia Rockfest Books Blink-182, Rise Against, Jane’s Addiction, Limp Bizkit and Ice Cube

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Back for an 11th year in a row, Amnesia Rockfest near Quebec, in Montebello Canada will host mega bands such as Blink-182, Rise Against, Jane’s Addiction, Limp Bizkit and Ice Cube among the 125 bands who are slated to perform. Other bands scheduled to appear include Korn, Ontario punks Billy Talent and Sum 41, Bring Me The Horizon, Florida’s A Day To Remember, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Twisted Sister (farewell tour and last show in Canada), Puscifer, NOFX (performing their album Punk In Drublic), The Used (performing their album In Love and Death), At The Drive-In (reunion show), Underoath (reunion show), Blink-182’s Travis Barker (solo show), NOFX’s Fat Mike performing as Cokie The Clown (world-exclusive solo show), Lagwagon (performing their album Hoss), Millencolin, Streetlight Manifesto, Against Me!, Strung Out, Guttermouth, No Use For A Name (special tribute), Leftover Crack, Wizo, Flag, The Adicts, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Steve Ignorant of Crass, D.O.A., Turbonegro and GG Allin (special tribute), Sepultura, Sodom (first show in Canada in 10 years), D.R.I. (first show in Canada in 20 years), Cannibal Corpse, Korpiklaani, Max & Igor Cavalera Back To ‘Roots’ (performing Sepultura’s Roots album), Corrosion Of Conformity, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless and Poison The Well (reunion show) and many more. Some defunct Quebec bands will temporarily reunite exclusively for Amnesia Rockfest, including Vulgaires Machins, Kermess, Raid, Démence and Yelo Molo. Festival regulars Grimskunk, Despised Icon, The Sainte Catherines (performing Dancing for Decadence), Voivod, Anonymus and BARF will be back this year. In addition, Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project, Bob Bissonnette, Gorguts and WD-40, alt rock legends Ludwig Von 88 (reunion show and only Canadian date) and Les Ramoneurs de Menhirs, Bérurier Noir’s Loran’s group.

Tickets are now on sale at www.amnesiarockfest.com and at Amnesia stores. Once again this year, festival weekend passes will be sold at very reasonable rates: $120 (plus fees and taxes), which comes out to less than a dollar per band! New this year: festival-goers can pay for their order in five instalments. VIP packages are also available.

For the 2016 edition of the festival, the VIP campground will be totally revamped to offer a unique experience to festival-goers. Again this year, several public transit options will be available, as well as an area for RV camping.

 

 

Rock N Derby Festival Features Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm And More

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Upstate New York will be the site of the 2016 Rock `N Derby featuring three days of demolition derby action and killer bands. Sponsored by SLP Concerts and GameLoud , among the already announced lineup Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Ghost, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp (Creed), Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Currents, Wild Throne and 40 more bands TBD. In addition to the derby fun, there will be wrestling, camping and 24/7 food and vendors too. The festival takes place at Schaghticoke Fairgrounds – 69 Stillwater Bridge Rd, Schaghticoke, NY, near Albany and tickets are on sale now, with packages and VIP info detailed below:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

WEEKEND GENERAL ADMISSION

Tickets

Prices start at $119.00

TWO DAY GENERAL ADMISSION

Tickets

Prices start at $89.99

CHILDREN TICKETS (12 and under)

*Children under 16 need a guardian to attend

SINGLE DAY $29.99

TWO DAY $54.99

WEEKEND $74.99

DEMOLITION DERBY GENERAL ADMISSION

Single Day (Saturday and Sunday) $29.99 PER DAY

ON-SITE CAMPING – PRICES & PACKAGES

2 PERSON (10×30) $120.00

4 PERSON (20×40) $180.00

6 PERSON (20×40) $200

6 PERSON RV (20×40) $225.00 (no hook up)

6 PERSON RV (20×40) $325.00 (with hook up)

ADD ONS:

ADDITIONAL PARKING $29.99

10×10 TENT w/ SIDES $150.00

COTS $65.00

SLEEPING BAGS $40.00

LOCKER RENTALS $20.00 PER DAY or $50.00 WEEKEND RENTAL

VIP PACKAGES (Powered by Soundrink, 21+ ONLY)

RV PACKAGE – $6,599.99 (11 AVAILABLE)

Six (6) VIP Weekend Passes & Lanyard

$250.00 in Stock Food & Drink (alcohol served to 21+ only)

Gift Box of Festival Merch

Access to Monster Energy Artist Bar’n

Artist Meet and Greet

Pre & After Party Access

6 Pit Pass for Demo Derby

Six Festival Sleeping Bags

CABANA PACKAGE – $3,499.99 (10 AVAILABLE)

Six (6) VIP Weekend Passes & Lanyard

Six Pack of Craft Beer Per Day

Gift Box of Festival Merch

Access to Monster Energy Artist Bar’n

Artist Meet and Greet

Pre & After Party Access

6 Pit Pass for Demo Derby

For more information on, including FAQ, directions, parking tips, hotel information, vending and more, please visit:

Rock’n Derby online

Rock’n Derby on Facebook

Rock’n Derby on Twitter

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Download Festival – Castle Donington, UK: Day Two

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I like being in early to an empty festival arena; the main stage with its welcoming wide arms enticing you down into big open area that later on will be filled by up to 80,000 pairs of feet. But at 10.30am, while taking it all in, there were pressing ablutions-related priorities while the facilities were still clean…

Having completed the exiting part of the cycle, it was time to begin filling up again. Running a ring round the perimeter of the whole arena is van after van of greasy and fast food vendors, and this is next port of call – though the stomach was not up for any of the kebab or burger related fare, fortunately there are a couple of recommended less greasy options – the ‘Vegan and Vegetarian’ stand doing a fine falafel and hummus and coffee (and I’m not even a veggie) to kickstart my heart (or at least brain). If you can be bothered to search off the beaten track as we did later in the day there are some decent food stalls in the “Kennels” by the acoustic stage, and right over by the far side of the second stage, where I picked up a very tasty and unsaturated teriyaki chicken noodle feast.

With all of the “main” three stages running simultaneously throughout the day, there are choices to be made… Heart of a Coward was, by all accounts, the right choice to “wake the fuck up” with. At 11 o clock, in front of only a hardy few in the rain (the opening of gates had been delayed to allow the site to be tidied and made safer by the laying down of straw following the previous nights’ downpour) you feared for the Milton Keynes boys, but by the time the set ended people were sprinting down the hill to catch them, hangovers forgotten as circle pits, choreographed headbanging and angsty shouts over slab-heavy grooves well and truly kicked things off.

With Funeral For A Friend completing their slide from the grace of being main support only a few years ago to the same slot they appeared in at the first Download with a performance as gray as the skies, it was time to wander away from the mainstage for another coffee and something different.

I had meant to see Malefice, but I benefitted from that most festival of experiences of accidentally seeing  a new band. Stage three at Download is a good one for that; not only does it shelter from the rain by driving in hundreds of people out of the elements, it provides up and coming bands with a  captive audience, and Stray From The Path won over some cold, wet new fans.

Saturday arvo was all about the second stage. Apocalyptica offered something different, and won over the inquisitive; Ace Frehely was, by all accounts, a surprising success that occurred while I got drawn into the unmitigated fun of Hollywood Undead instead, who had the main stage eating out of the palm of their hands. Brilliantly entertaining, which is, surely, what mainstage festival bands should be all about.

Back over second stage, Testament crushed with a consummate set of testicles and big fucking riffs, before Carcass continued the smackdown laying. Motionless In White drew the youngest crowd of the day (by the time we left to not be able to get in to see Dub War in the oversubscribed tent of the fourth stage, TeenFest 2015 was in full swing) as Chris and the boys delivered. While wandering to and from others, I caught the first and then later, the last songs of A Day To Remember (‘Downfall of Us All’ and ‘All I Want’), their best two, and all you really need to see, before taking up a good vantage point for Faith No More and Muse. I’d have liked to have seen Body Count, Marilyn Manson, Andrew W.K., and Black Veil Brides – all of whom played during Saturday’s Main Stage one-two knock-out blow, but from the first peals of the massively catch ‘Motherfucker’, to the dying Western-meets-Maiden/Queen of ‘Knights of Cydonia’ the main stage was where it was at.

Faith No More, by Hillarie Jason Photography

During FNM we had lounge jams, 50,000 people singing to Lionel Ritchie song (‘Easy’, natch) casual abuse of one pissed-off looking bedraggled girl in the front row, a set list that held enough back for their upcoming headline show while still showing how far above most other bands they are, arrogance and a performance of excellence; Mike Patton note perfect and enticingly sardonic. It even stopped raining.

People in the UK get particular about their festival headliners, and Muse weren’t selected from the normal pot. However, they were absolutely the right choice. Matt Bellamy is a sickeningly talented individual, nailing Eddie Van Halen guitar techniques while simultaneously hitting falsetto notes that could crack glass, all to the back drop of videos, a stunning light show, pyro, fireworks, streamers, big bouncing black Prisoner balls and a cleverly tailored, dark, heavy set that saw them fire out rarities like ‘Dead Star’ and ‘Agitated’ and epics such as ‘Hysteria’, ‘Micro Cuts’ and ‘Citizen Erazed’, which had even the most sceptical won over even before a last forty-five minute hit-factory, with fervent reaction all the way back as far as the eye could see. Muse more than matched up to Slipknot, the first two days at Download further proving that there are bands, and there are “bands”. And then there are bands. And then there are BANDS.

With things a lot dryer , even the walk back to the tent was alright, though I’m far too old to be lying in a field kept up until 4am by a bunch of young pissheads blasting out Slipknot. Hotel next year for me, methinks!

 

MUSE SETLIST

Psycho 

The Handler 

New Born 

Interlude 

Hysteria 

Micro Cuts 

Dead Star 

Agitated 

Citizen Erased 

Dead Inside 

Supermassive Black Hole 

Mercy 

Time Is Running Out 

Reapers 

Stockholm Syndrome 

 

Encore:

Uprising 

Plug In Baby 

Knights of Cydonia 

 

STEVE TOVEY