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Status Quo’s Parfitt suffers suspected heart attack


rickparfittIn the early hours of Wednesday 15 June 2016 following the Status Quo gig at Expo2016 in Antalya, Turkey, Rick Parfitt suffered a suspected heart attack.

He is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener.

The band had already agreed to perform at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday 18th June to raise funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.  Rick and the band did not want to cancel this important show, and so it will go ahead with Freddie Edwards, the son of Quo bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards, stepping in for Rick.  It is likely that Freddie will stay with the band to allow them to honour their commitments and not let down the fans up to and including the show on Sunday 3 July at Gröna Lund Tivoli, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Simon Porter, the band’s manager said, “No further comment will be made at this stage until the completion of the next round of tests and assessments to be made over the next few days.  We would ask you to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”


Black Sabbath announce UK and IE farewell tour dates for 2017


As their appearance at Download in Donington Park closes in, tour dates have been announced for January & February for a farewell tour for Black Sabbath. A handful of UK and Irish dates have been announced, with it culminating where it all began, in Birmingham in February.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

20th January 2016: 3Arena, Dublin, IE
22nd January 2016: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
24th January 2016: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
26th January 2016: First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
29th & 31st January 2016: o2 Arena, London, UK
2nd & 4th February 2016: Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit ticketmaster.co.uk.


Against The Current to tour the UK and Ireland in Sept/Oct


After releasing their new album In Our Bones on May 20th, Against The Current will be touring the UK and Ireland after the summer wraps up and they’ve had some time to recover from roaming the US as part of the VANS Warped tour.

You will be able to catch them at the following dates and venues:

21st September 2016: The Fleece, Bristol, UK
22nd September 2016:
Garage, Glasgow, UK
23rd September 2016:
Riverside, Newcastle, UK
24th September 2016: Stylus, Leeds, UK
26th September 2016:
Mandela Hall, Belfast, NI
27th September 2016:
Academy, Dublin, IE (Tickets on sale today!)
28th September 2016:
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
30th September 2016:
o2 SBE, London, UK
1st October 2016:
The Asylum, Birmingham, UK
2nd October 2016:
Academy 2, Manchester, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit atcofficial.com.


Catfish and The Bottlemen announce UK and Irish tour dates!


The past 18 months have been a case of the rise and rise of Llandudno natives, Catfish and The Bottlemen. After receiving ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the 2014 BBC Music awards, a slew of festival dates and a successful headline tour last year, they find themselves back on the road again for ‘The Ride Tour’, which returns to our shores in May.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

14th May 2016: Hull Arena, Hull, UK
16th May 2016: Olympia Theatre, Dublin, IE
20th May 2016: Winter Gardens, Margate, UK
21st May 2016: Royal & Derngate, Northampton, UK
23rd & 25th May 2016: Electric Ballroom, London, UK
28th May 2016: Sound City, Liverpool, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit catfishandthebottlemen.com.


Hevy Fest have called it a day.


The organisers of Port Lympne festival, Hevy Fest have released a statement on the cancellation of the event, which would have entered it’s seventh year had it gone ahead this year.

“After 6 years of incredible bands, legendary hangs, and a lot of monkeys – we’re sorry to announce that Hevy Fest is pulling the plug.

Despite the best efforts of our dedicated team, the festival has become financially untenable. Many things have contributed: Port Lympne being unable to continue hosting the event, the increasingly difficult task of putting together a line-up with more and more exclusives enforced each year leading to difficulties confirming our final headliner, and the pressure to offer good value with spiralling costs. The odds are stacked against anyone taking on the challenge, and they have proven too great for us to overcome.

There is a great community of Hardcore, Punk and Metal supporters in the UK and we hope that other small festivals will be able to grow into this space, and to deliver the event we aspired to.

Ticket holders will be automatically refunded. All monies will be returned in the next 10 working days (including booking fees and postage).

As a small independent event, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.”

You can this statement confirmed on their official website hevyfest.com.


The Brian Jonestown Massacre announce UK and IE tour dates.


Last year, the Brian Jonestown Massacre celebrated their 25th anniversary, coinciding with their fourteenth studio release ‘Musique de Film Imaginé’ and have spent a considerable amount of time on the road to support it since. They find themselves back in the UK and Ireland in the summer with a smattering of dates throughout June.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

June 9th 2016: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
June 10th 2016: Riverside, Newcastle, UK
June 12th 2016: Field Day, London, UK
June 13th 2016: Stylus, Leeds, UK
June 14th 2016: Academy, Liverpool, UK
June 15th 2016: Limelight 2, Belfast,NI
June 16th 2016: Academy, Dublin, IE
June 18th 2016: Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
June 19th 2016: Pavilion, Falmouth, UK
June 20th 2016: Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK
June 21st 2016: Academy 2, Oxford, UK
June 23rd 2016: Concorde 2, Brightton, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit brianjonestownmassacre.com.


Airbourne return for a few UK and Ireland dates


It’s been a while since we’ve heard any studio output from Victoria, Australia’s finest rockers, Airbourne. But they are Europe bound for festival season in 2016. They make a few stops in the UK and Ireland.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

July 24th 2016: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
July 26th 2016: Liquid Room, Scotland UK
August 23rd 2016: The Academy, Dublin, IE

For more information and tickets, please visit airbournerock.com.


Stone Free Festival takes place at London’s o2 in June.


The o2 in London will be the site for a new Prog/Rock crossover festival. Stone Free Festival will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of June. With the Saturday focusing on rock and Sunday focusing on prog. Alice Cooper will be headlining Saturday in his only UK date scheduled for 2016, while legendary Yes keys man, Rick Wakeman will be headlining on the Sunday. Other acts announced so far are Therapy?, Marillion, The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke and Michael Monroe amongst others.

In addition to the acts, there will also be a classic vinyl fair, craft beer and food stalls, meet and greets, rock & roll story sessions amongst other activities to fill up two 12 hour days. There will be day, weekend and rock royalty VIP tickets available for the event, all of which are now on sale.

For more information and tickets, please visit stonefreefestival.com.


Slayer return to Ireland with Anthrax in June!


As thrash metal titans, Slayer approach their 35th anniversary, they will grace Irish shores for two dates in June before they take to the stage at Bloodstock Open Air at Catton Park in August. If that wasn’t enough, they’re bringing Anthrax (who are also appearing at Bloodstock, and their 11th studio album For All Kings is due for release tomorrow) along for the ride!

They play Dublin’s Olympia theatre on June 14th, and then travel south to the Marquee in Cork on June 15th.

For more information and tickets, please visit slayer.net and anthrax.com.


Bruce Springsteen announces UK and Ireland dates!


The Boss is back! After celebrating the 35th anniversary of ‘The River’ with the release of ‘The Ties That Bind’ – The River Collection”, a 4 disc set of the album, live material, outtakes and rarities. Bruce Springsteen has found himself touring around the world in support of it.

He will be touring the UK and Ireland at the following locations and dates:

25th May 2016: Ethaid Stadium, Manchester, UK
27th & 29th May 2016: Croke Park, Dublin, IE
1st June 2016: Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
2rd June 2016: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK
5th June 2015: Wembley Stadium, London, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit brucespringsteen.net.