Last month saw the first ever heat in the first ever Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition in Newcastle. Five amazing bands graced the stage at Trillians, with Guilt City and Hellion Rising progressing to the semi finals in May.
Now it is time to do it all again.
Thursday, 31st March, is heat 2 of the competition - and if the first heat is anything to go by, it's going to be fun - and it's going to be diverse.
The five bands competing to reach the semis this time are :
Autoimmune - an alternative rock band from Darlington, citing influences from Led Zepplin to Motorhead to Nirvana to Pantera.
A New Nowhere - A Newcastle band with hints of nu-metal and grunge. Like a mix up of Foo Fighters and Deftones.
Arcite - Local Melodic Metal, for fans of bands like Kilswitch Engage, Machine Head or Crowbar. They've recently supported Mushroomhead.
Life Amongst Wolves - From Berwick and Newcastle, take a lot of influence from 80s rock like Whitesnake and Def Leppard.
The Distorted - who simply describe themselves as "the degenerate children of Black Sabbath". Sounds fair.
The night kicks off at 7pm and is just £3 entry. Voting is a split of judges and crowd noise - so come down to check out some cool local bands and make some noise for the bands you love, to cheer them through to the next round. Visit RFTK's Facebook Page for details of other gigs coming up, including Mortiis on May 23rd.
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Corbridge Festival, the increasingly popular family-friendly music festival, returns for its sixth year with a spectacular musical line-up. Born in 2011 out of a desire to bring great music and family entertainment to West Northumberland. Headlining the festival on Saturday 9th July this year is Liverpool rock band The Coral. The five-piece band, who had 8 top 30 singles and six top 20 albums, were the figureheads of the Merseyside revival in the mid-2000s and have recently released Distance Inbetween, their first album of new material in six years. On 23 Nov 2015 the band announced their 2016 return after a five year break and will mark their return by headlining The Corbridge Festival! They first found success with their debut album The Coral which was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine. They followed up with Magic and Medicine (2003) and their hits include Dreaming Of You and In The Morning. The new studio album will be released on 4th March, accompanied by a UK/European tour which sees them coming to Corbridge in the Summer.
Being flown in from the Bronx, New York to play at Corbridge Festival this year, is none other than Grandmaster Flash, the American hip hop recording artist and pioneer of hip hop DJing, cutting and mixing will be joining the line-up in 2016. The founding father of hip-hop, Joseph Saddler, a native of the Bronx, had a deep passion for music, experimenting with his father’s vinyl since he was a toddler. His knowledge of audio equipment led him to an idea that would revolutionise the way DJ’s play music: the turntable becomes the instrument. Grandmaster Flash and the furious five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first hip hop act to be honoured.
Front man of Indie rock band The Bluetones, Mark Morriss will also perform at Corbridge playing hits such as Slight Return and Cut Some Rug. The band scored thirteen Top 40 singles and three Top 10 albums in the UK charts.
Joining him (but not at the same time!) on the main stage is ex frontman of 2-Tone/Ska band The Specials, Neville Staple who will perform some of his own material with his band, as well as classics from The Specials.
Other artists include Sunderland Indie rock band Frankie & The Heartstrings, who have released a number of albums, including hit single Hunger.
The organisers are delighted to welcome Britain’s answer to the Beastie Boys, Too many T’s, and making a welcome return to Corbridge are local bluegrass/rock and roll band Bessie & the Zinc Buckets with many more acts still to be announced, including another big name. The compact nature of the venue ensures that everything is close; no long walks between stages and parking near to the campsite, which itself is on the same site as the music arena. Parking is free and 2 nights camping is available. For full details of artists, tickets and everything else please see www.corbridge-festival.co.uk and join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/corbridgefestival Tickets on sale now from www.corbridge-festival.co.uk, currently priced at £30- Adult, £16 - Concession, Under 10’s FREE.
Friday and Saturday night camping is available at extra cost (see the website for prices) The Corbridge Festival is proud to support Josie’s Dragonfly Trust in 2016. Corbridge Festival is sponsored by Utilitywise. Corbridge Festival will take place at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5AY Standard tickets price Adult - £30 (+booking fee), Concession (10-16, 60+, disabled/carer) - £16 (+ booking fee) Under 10’s - Free Onsite camping available (at extra cost) Website http://www.corbridge-festival.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/corbridgefestival Twitter @corbridgefest
RFTK's Kevin Morris doesn't shy away from the road less travelled, when it comes to gigs. He has made it his mission to bring music to the Northeast, that wouldn't normally make it here. Just look at who's coming: