Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ramblin' Man Fair 2018 - First Line-Up Announcement

Spirit Of Rock Presents
Ramblin’ Man Fair
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK
30th June & 1st July 2018

Announces First Bands For 2018

Steve Earle & The Dukes UK Exclusive Set

Halestorm UK Festival Exclusive

Blackberry Smoke UK Festival Exclusive

Sons Of Apollo UK Festival Exclusive

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful third year in 2017, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2018! This year the festival will move from its traditional end of July slot to the 30th June and 1st July 2018
Ramblin’ Man Fair is pleased to announce the first bands confirmed for the event in 2018.

These include Steve Earle & The Dukes – Playing a UK Exclusive set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’ (Outlaw Country Stage, Headliner), Halestorm (Main Stage, Special Guests), Blackberry Smoke (Main Stage) and Sons Of Apollo (Main Stage).

Ramblin’ Man Fair is the must see event for discerning festival goers. A quality musical line up with a number of UK exclusive performances. The event is a unique experience fast becoming a staple of the UK festival calendar.

The festival will take place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent – the garden of England. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford Int’l and Channel Ferries to and from mainland Europe.

Ramblin’ Man Fair will take place on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018.

Announced acts to date are:
Main Stage
Halestorm (Special Guest)
Blackberry Smoke
Sons Of Apollo

Country Stage
Steve Earle & The Dukes (Headliner)
(UK Exclusive Set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’)

(Outlaw Country Stage, Headline / UK Exclusive) – With a career spanning over 40 years, Steve Earle is revered as a consummate songwriter and performer, in addition to film and TV actor, author, poet and playwright. He has also established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of his lifetime, his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris. Since 1974 Steve Earle has released 16 studio albums. In 2018 he will be playing a UK Exclusive set of his iconic album ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits’ at Ramblin’ Man Fair.

(Main Stage, Special Guest / UK Festival Exclusive) – One of the most exciting rock bands of recent years, fronted by the indomitable Lzzy Hale. The band have released a series of critically and commercially acclaimed albums and singles, including the Grammy winning single “Love Bites (So Do I)” in 2013. The band are also renowned for their consummate live shows. Halestorm are a worthwhile special guest for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2018. “Marking the precise point on the Venn diagram where fierce ambition and ability collide, Halestorm are heading in one direction, and that's up” – Classic Rock Magazine. 

“We are so excited to be performing at the Ramblin Man Fair for the first time! We love playing for our fans in the UK and look forward to making some new friends too. We are ready to melt faces!!" – Lzzy Hale, Halestorm

(Main Stage / UK Festival Exclusive) – One of the most loved new rock acts. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia the bands southern country rock sound has seen them win a legion of fans worldwide. The band’s fifth studio album, “Like An Arrow”, released in 2016 went to No1 in the UK Rock and Independent Charts, as well as the Billboard Country Chart in the USA. The band are renowned for their live shows and have toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top.

“We can’t wait to bring some Southern music to the Ramblin Man’s refreshing to play festivals with such diverse lineups.” – Charlie Starr, Blackberry Smoke

(Main Stage / UK Festival Exclusive) – Sons of Apollo is the American progressive metalsupergroup formed in 2017 and composed of legends Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. The band’s debut album, “Psychotic Symphony”, was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian (as "The Del Fuvio Brothers") and was released on the 20thOctober 2017 through InsideOut Music. Ramblin’ Man Fair is delighted to welcome these legends to the mainstage in what is sure to be one of the weekends highlights.

Tickets are available now priced as below:
VIP Admission Saturday & Sunday - £256 plus booking fee
General Admission Saturday & Sunday - £156 plus booking fee
Camping Starts at £49

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EPICA announce supports for their 'The United Principle' 2018 UK Tour!

Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA are proud to announce the supports for their upcoming ‘The United Principle’ 2018 UK tour: Danish metal sensation MYRKUR and US progressive metallers OCEANS OF SLUMBER!

Tour dates:
06.04.18 Rock City – Nottingham
07.04.18 02 ABC 1 – Glasgow
08.04.18 O2 Academy – Bristol
10.04.18 Tivoli – Dublin
12.04.18 O2 Ritz – Manchester
13.04.18 O2 Forum - London

Tickets and VIP upgrades are available here:

EPICA recently released their brand new live video for ‘Consign To Oblivion’, which was captured during the band’s sold out show at the ZĂ©nith in Parislast February where the band closed their most successful European tour to date together with an excited legion of 5,000 fans! 

The video was captured and edited by Panda Productions. 
Check out this stunning video, here:

EPICA celebrates 1000th show anniversary at 013 Tilburg!

On Saturday 14th April 2018 – just after their UK tour - the symphonic metal icons, along with support from Myrkur and Oceans Of Slumber, will celebrate their 1000th show anniversary at 013 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After their recent sold out shows in the Netherlands, EPICA is more than proud to announce that they will perform this mile-stone event at the legendary 013 venue, the exact same venue where it all started for the band 16 years ago!

Vocalist Simone Simons stated: "Back in 2002, we could have never imagined that one day we'd be playing our 1,000th live show! This couldn't have happened without the support of our dearest and most loyal EPICA legion, so in order to make this an unforgettable night, we've invited some very cool guests to perform with us!"

Guitarist Mark Jansen added: "I remember our very first show at 013, Tilburg as if it was yesterday. Back then we were supporting ANATHEMA, but now 16 years later, we'll have the honour to be celebrating our 1,000th show at the same venue as headliners. We could have never achieved this without the support of our loyal fans, so we definitely wanted to make this an amazing night to celebrate all together with also some very cool special guests! We hope to see you all in Tilburg!"

EPICA’s latest EP – ‘The Solace System’ was released September 1st via Nuclear Blast – purchase links below:

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

IN FLAMES drop surprise covers EP ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ today & kick off UK/EU tour!

Gothenburg-based metal heavyweights IN FLAMES surprise fans with a four-track covers EP ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ out today on streaming platforms worldwide! The band shared the news during their SOLD OUT hometown show at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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To debut their cover of DEPECHE MODE’s 1997 hit single 'It’s No Good', IN FLAMES are taking over DEPECHE MODE’s Facebook page today starting at 12:00 GMT, releasing exclusive content and a new video for the song - 
watch it here: 

The panoptic covers collection also includes IN FLAMES' versions of ALICE IN CHAINS’ 'Down In A Hole,' CHRIS ISAAK’s 'Wicked Game,' and a live bonus version of NINE INCH NAILS' 'Hurt'. It sees the Swedish quintet expanding beyond metal to incorporate the group’s varied musical taste and expansive sonic range.

“We’ve been fans of DEPECHE MODE since we were as young as 10. Getting to do our rendition of ‘It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song – it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to Pop, Synths or Rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.”

Earlier this week, the Swedish icons IN FLAMES kicked off their co-headline arena tour with American heavyweights, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and special guests OF MICE & MEN in Helsinki. The trek will ravage arenas across Europe and the UK, stopping in most major cities, finally concluding on December 21st at the iconic Wembley Arena in London, UK.

Watch an exclusive clip from the Helinski show here:

Complete tour dates:
17.11. Stockholm - Stockholm Globe (IN FLAMES headline show) *sold out* (S)
18.11. Oslo - Spektrum (IN FLAMES headline show) *sold out* (N)
20.11. Copenhagen - Royal Arena (DK)
21.11. Hamburg – Sporthalle (DE)
22.11. Berlin – Velodrom (DE)
24.11. Oberhausen - KP Arena (DE)
26.11. Prague - Forum Karlin *sold out* (CZ)
28.11. Zurich – Hallenstadion (CH)
29.11. Munich – Olympiahalle (DE)
30.11. Padova - Geox Theatre (I)
02.12. Stuttgart - HMH Schleyerhalle (DE)
04.12. Paris - Olympia *sold out* (FR)
05.12. Luxembourg – Rockhal (LUX)
06.12. Frankfurt – Festhalle (DE)
08.12. Vienna – Stadthalle (AT)
11.12. Madrid - Wizink Centre (ES)
12.12. Barcelona - Sant Jordi Club (ES)
14.12. Antwerp – Lotto (BE)
15.12. Amsterdam - Afas Live (NL)
17.12. Birmingham – BCA (UK)
18.12. Glasgow – Hydro (UK)
20.12. Leeds - Leeds Arena (UK)
21.12. London - Wembley Arena (UK)

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In case you missed the official video clips, you can still watch them here:

Since forming in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990, IN FLAMES have had seven albums debut in the top ten in Sweden, including two #1 debuts. They have toured the globe countless times, performing alongside some of today’s biggest rock and metal acts, including METALLICA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED and IRON MAIDEN, and have held several mainstage and headline spots at various music festivals around the world, including Ozzfest, Download Festival, Graspop, Taste of Chaos, Hellfest, Rock Am Ring / Im Park and many more.

The band’s 2016 album, ‘Battles’ - recorded by multi Grammy-nominated producer, Howard Benson - debuted in multiple Top 10’s around the world.

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