Black Deer Festival Suddenly Canceled Due to Renewed Pandemic Restrictions


Devastating news as the Black Deer Festival, which had rebounded from the COVID -19 cancelation to sell 15,000+ tickets for the fest scheduled to take palace next weekend. Now the organizers behind the UK’s ‘Best New Festival’ have released a statement expressing their “devastation” to their ticket holders after the government extended lockdown restrictions for four weeks yesterday. Explaining that they “can’t quite put into words how we are feeling right now”. The 25-27th of June was unable to meet the government’s capacity requirements which remained capped at 4000. Continue reading


Wacken Open Air 2021 is Postponed to 2022


Once again, the grandaddy of the metalfests, Wacken Open Air has had to put off their sold-out festival for the second year in a row, following global conditions resulting from the pandemic. The organizers posted to the website and social media that the festival simply couldn’t take place this year after the German government declared that no massive gatherings, like music festivals, can take place before August 31st. The new dates for the festival are 04.08. – 06.08.2022. In 2019 Wacken had sold out all 75,000 tickets within 24 hours after going on for the 2020 fest. Slipknot, Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Mercyful Fate, and many others were announced.

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Arctangent Festival 2021 is Postponed to 2022


In some heartbreaking news for this summers’ UK festival circuit, Arctangent Festival, the best fest for Progressive Metal, Tech-Death, Djent and related sub-genres is canceled for 2021 and postponed until 2022. The festival made the announcement on social media today. Bands returning in 2022 include Opeth, Cult of Luna, TesseracT, MONO, Amenra, Maybeshewill, Alces, Perturbator, Leprous, Enslaved, Caspian, The Locust, Agent Fresco, Oathbreaker, Intronaut, AA Williams, Bell Witch, Jo Quail, Svalbard, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, and Bloodlet.

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2000trees Festival 2021 is Postponed, 2022 Dates Announced and Some Bands Confirmed


Sad news 2000trees – home to Punk and alt-Rock legends every summer is postponed for 2021. The fest gave a lengthy statement to fans as to why the fest cannot take place this year, mainly due to the protracted shutdown, and pandemic. On the plus side, the fest will return for 2022 and the new dates will be 7th, 8th and 9th July 2022. Bands confirmed to return in 2022 include Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, The Amazons, Dinosaur Pile Up, Knocked Loose, The Get Up Kids, Dream State, Laura Jane Grace, Anti-Flag, Lonely The Brave, Stick To Your Guns, Deez Nuts, No Devotion, Dragged Under with a third headliner to be announced and over 100 more bands across six stages.

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Watch Madball, Murphy’s Law, and Bloodclot Play a Concert with No Restrictions in New York City


Yesterday in New York City, respected promotor Black N Blue Productions held a concert in the famed Tompkins Square Park in the Lower East Side. The bill included Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot , and The Captured and featured all the hallmarks of most classic hardcore shows: close quarters, moshing, stage diving. The crowd of 1000s seemed to only have minimal mask-wearing fans and zero social distancing. Watch some fan-filmed videos of the show here.

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San Diego Comic-Con is Canceled for 2021


San Diego Comic-Con bringing together all facets of Geek Culture is once again canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. This spring’s sister event, WonderCon in Anaheim, CA is also canceled. Refund information is available at the link below. SDCC will again host a series of Comic-Con At Home events in November, and WonderCon will have a similar online replacement, but this is a big loss for the community. We’ll bring you more updates on the new events and online happenings as we get them.

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New York State to Open Large Venues Like Arenas for Vaccinations, and Concerts


In a press conference this morning and stating “We Simply Cannot Stay Closed,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York State will open arenas and other large capacity venues to the public with only 10% capacity and assigned seating, on Feb. 23rd, provided they receive a negative (PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours before an event. This is meant to open up venus to not only shows and concerts but to continue to grow for use as mass vaccination centers, sports games, and other events. This has been the first ray of light for the concert and touring industry since the pandemic broke out, even though major concert agencies and even the worlds leading infectious disease doctors predicted shows would comeback in fall 2021 or sooner. Declaring New York state’s demonstration with the Buffalo Bills an “unparalleled success,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday he will extend the testing- based program to any large stadium or arena later this month. Barclays Center, the site of concerts from Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Tool, and others, has been cleared to reopen on that day and has been granted approval to host fans for the Nets game against the Sacramento Kings, Cuomo said, adding, “Anyone else who is interested should let us know.” Watch the video below.

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BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Not Being a Spammer


I don’t know how many times it needs to be said, but please don’t spam people when trying to promote your band. It’s amazing to me how much this continues to happen even years into ongoing social media domination of the universe. I want to break down common annoying types of spam and how hit people up productively instead. Continue reading


BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Finding Collaborators


A lot of you folks want to do collaborations. This is great. They are an awesome, proven way to grow your band. The issue is that most folks have no clue how to identify who to do this with. I wanted to talk some time to help you to better understand how to find people for collaborations.

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The UK Rejected a Post-Brexit Plan to Allow Musicians to Perform “Visa Free” from the EU


Despite the global pandemic destroying the livelihoods of millions of musicians and crew, the UK has rejected a proposal to allow artists to perform without paying the typically high work Visa fees. According to a report from The Independent. the policy is a direct result of Brexit and new policies springing up as a result. Many in the beleaguered music industry has fired back is calling this a “devastating blow” of them requiring permits.

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