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Ash announce special ‘Free All Angels’ shows

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Welcome everyone to another edition of our weekly music News Report, where we share the best music news from the past week. We start this week with a real smorgasbord of tour announcements.

First up, is the above special set of shows from Ash. The band will play 3 ‘Free All Angels’ 21st Anniversary Shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London this September!

Drummer Rick McMurray had the following to say: “We’re delighted to announce that we will be commemorating the 21st anniversary of the release of our 2001 classic, Free All Angels. Not least because we will be joined by the fourth member of Ash, guitarist extraordinaire, all-round Shining Light, the one and only, Charlotte Hatherley. Can. Not. Wait.”

Tickets and Vinyl re-release bundles here.

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Idlewild announce ‘The Remote Part’ Anniversary shows

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Another band celebrating a special anniversary is Idlewild, who this week announced 20th Anniversary shows for ‘The Remote Part’ in Manchester and London.

The band also announced a reissue of the seminal album on vinyl, which is available for pre-order now.

Tickets and vinyl here.

Read our review of Idlewild live in London

Liam Gallagher is heading to Cardiff

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Liam Gallagher has announced an additional date this summer in Cardiff.

Gallagher will play Cardiff Bay with support from The Charlatans and many more TBA.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’ from Liam Gallagher

We Are Scientists reveal Summer dates

This week saw We Are Scientists reveal their Summer plans with a mixture of festivals and headline shows on tap.

Tickets are here.

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Deaf Havana announce UK Tour

We continue our News Report with Deaf Havana who this week revealed a UK tour set for November and including a huge date at the Roundhouse in London.

The tour is in support of upcoming album, ‘The Present is a Foreign Land’, which is out on July 15th.

Tickets and pre-orders are here.

Listen to ‘On The Wire’ from Deaf Havana on our Spotify Hot List!

Bullet For My Valentine announce UK Tour

Bullet For My Valentine also announced a huge UK Tour this week. Taking place early next year, the band will also be stopping off at the Roundhouse as well as a massive Swansea Arena show.

Support will come from both JINJER and Atreyu!

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ from Bullet For My Valentine

Fozzy announce return to the UK

Fozzy this week announced that they will return to the UK this November for a full UK Tour. Support will come from Escape The Fate and Scarlet Rebels.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Boombox’ from Fozzy

Coheed and Cambria team up with Thrice for European Tour

The tour announcements continue in our News Report as we look now to Coheed and Cambria. The band have teamed with Thrice for a European tour with support from Touché Amoré.

Tickets are here.

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No Devotion announce run of shows

Our final tour announcement this week comes from No Devotion who will be hitting the road ahead of their appearance at 2000trees Festival.

Tickets are here.

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Steelhouse Festival completes line-up

We move our News Report on now to festivals and we begin with Steelhouse Festival in Wales.

This week the event finalised their line-up with Europe and Von Hertzen Brothers joining the party.

They join the likes Ace Frehley, Michael Schenker, Inglorious, Graham Bonnet Band, Orange Goblin, Black Spiders, Green Lung, The Hot Damn! and many more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Treatment live in Cambridge

Neighbourhood Festival drops line-up

Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival has this week unveiled the line-up for this October with The Snuts, Everything Everything and Sundara Karma at the top of the bill.

Also playing are the likes of Lauran Hibberd, Louis Dunford, Ten Tonnes, The Goa Express, The Skinner Brothers, Anorak Patch, Courting and more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Snuts live in Colchester

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Skid Row unveil video for ‘The Gang’s All Here’

Skid Row – ‘The Gang’s All Here’

We move on now to the new releases of the past week in our News Report. We start off with Skid Row who have unveiled the video for their new single ‘The Gang’s All Here’, which you can watch above.

“‘The Gang’s All Here’ for me represents the brotherhood of this band. And with the addition on Erik our bond is more solid than ever. Our fans have always been part of the family, so when it was time to shoot a video, we handed the camera work over to them. After all, they have the best perspective to capture the excitement of a Skid Row show.” – Scotti Hill
 
“I’m so f’ing psyched to finally release this video! This video is by the fans for the fans. A big shout out to all the fans who made this video happen. Thank you!” – Erik Grönwall

The song is the title track of their upcoming album which is released on October 14th.

Pre-order here.

Read our review of ‘Back From The Dead’ from Halestorm

October Drift release new single ‘Webcam Funerals’

October Drift – ‘Webcam Funerals’

October Drift released their latest single, ‘Webcam Funerals’, this week ahead of their new album, ‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’ on September 23rd. You can listen to the track above, and pre-order the album here.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail out of respect,” begins Kiran, “but this song was written at the time of losing a friend during the height of the pandemic and lockdown. She passed after a long battle with cancer. Her son, a very close friend of mine, was living with me at the time of the funeral.

I watched online from my front room, while many others did the same from their homes. This song was a response to the strangeness and sadness of friends and family members not being able to be at the funeral or there for each other at that time.”

Kiran talks further about the track and album with us on The Full Pelt Music Podcast, which you can watch below.

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VUKOVI debut ‘HADES’

VUKOVI – ‘HADES’

There was more new music emanating from VUKOVI this week as the band unveiled new single, ‘HADES’, which you can watch above.

The band will release their new album, ‘NULA’, on October 7th.

Pre-order your copy here.

Read our review of VUKOVI live in Norwich

TV Priest unveil ‘It Was Beautiful’

TV Priest – ‘It Was Beautiful’

TV Priest have shared new single, ‘It Was Beautiful’, taken from forthcoming album ‘My Other People’ out 17th June. You can listen to the track above.

Vocalist Charlie Drinkwater says of the single, “‘It Was Beautiful’ is a love song about the past, present, and future. A reminder that love is the most essential thing. The words came fast; it was recorded in a single emotive session, the first song we wrote together after my family had gone through a difficult experience and I think you can hear that in the kind of melancholy euphoria that plays out as the song progresses. In some ways it’s a coda to the whole album; a reminder to guard your hope fiercely.”

Pre-order the album here.

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APHYXION release new single ‘Not Gonna Make It’

APHYXION – ‘Not Gonna Make It’

APHYXION have released their latest single, ‘Not Gonna Make It’, which you can check out above.

The band elaborate on the theme of the track:

“‘Not Gonna Make It’ is a song about broken love – a sad reflection of a relationship that once was – and trying to clutch at a straw while drowning in emotions. We never really touched the subject of love in our songs before. While our lyrics have constantly been circling around dystopic subjects both on a worldly and on a personal level, we simply wanted to embrace our emotions and thoughts from a new perspective.

While trying to leave a very black and white way of seeing things, we want to explore the polarity of emotions – where both love and hate co-exist because of their mutually dependent nature.”

More here.

Listen to ‘Not Gonna Make It’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Just Mustard share new single ‘Seed’

Just Mustard – ‘Seed’

We close this segment of our News Report with the latest single from Just Mustard. You can listen to ‘Seed’ above, and order their new album, ‘Heart Under’ here.

Guitarist Mete Kalyoncuoglu shares more on the song’s inspiration: “Along with a lot of electronics and noise, I was listening to a lot of music which featured bowed string instruments. I had finished reading ‘The Rest Is Noise’ by Alex Ross around the time we started writing and I was revisiting a lot of the 20th century composers that I first discovered watching Kubrick’s films, like Krzysztof Penderecki. The rising tempo strikes at the beginning of ‘Seed’ were inspired from the rising and falling xylophone in Béla Bartók’s ‘Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta’.”

Listen to ‘Mirrors’ from Just Mustard on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist

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As always we close out our News Report with the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist! Joining this week:

The Native – ‘Changes’

The Native return with their latest single, ‘Changes’, ahead of the band’s upcoming EP.

Singer Charlie Noordewier says, “‘Changes’ is about breaking out from the mundane cycle of life that so many find themselves stuck in, and pushing back against the people that put you down for trying to do something different.” 

Chappaqua Wrestling – ‘Full Round Table’

Chappaqua Wrestling have shared their first new single of 2022, and first with new label EMI, ‘Full Round Table’.

The band explains: ‘We wrote Full Round Table as a reaction to the endless negativity put in our faces about our generation’s future. So much news is greeted with the response of how screwed we are – hopeless views from unhelpful people.

Negativity about youth is relative per generation but today it feels stronger. We want to ignore the cynicism, get together, appreciate what really matters, and not let people tell us what we can’t do. The Full Round Table is full of our friends, and that’s not changing.’

Fixation – ‘More Alive’

As Fixation prepare to release their debut album, they return with new single, ‘More Alive’.

“I wanted to highlight the negative effect social media can have om human relations. It’s harrowing how we spend more time maintaining our online facades, than taking care of our real-life relationships.

With “More Alive” we hope to bring attention to this topic and help our listeners make conscious decisions on how they interact with social media.” – Jonas Hansen / Vocals

Listen, Follow and Discover your new favourite act now with our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist

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Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

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Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Bullet For My Valentine’

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – ALBUM REVIEW

Bullet For My Valentine were the chosen ones, designated as metal’s big hope to take the genre into the future. They were tipped for festival headline slots and to carry the mantle that would inevitably be left by the Metallica’s of the world.

Well, that was the mid-2000’s and the album run of ‘The Poison’, ‘Scream Aim Fire’ and ‘Fever’ had them on the verge of achieving all that was foretold. Sadly, it hasn’t been smooth sailing since that point. Their recent headline slot at the Download Pilot Festival proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with onstage, so where did it go wrong.

The momentum killer appears to have been a very hit or miss output of recordings over the past decade. There have been some great moments but also far too many forgetful or even cringeworthy ones.

Line-up changes have also played their part, but the current line-up has been together long enough now to provide some stability on that front. So as this line-up releases their second album, ‘Bullet For My Valentine’, what does the future hold.

Listen to ‘Knives’ on our Hard & Heavy Playlist

The band can perennially play decent sized venues and festival slots, but if they want to take that leap and fulfil the prophecies they need to at least steady the ship. This album returns to the heavier and more aggressive sound of the bands formative years which certainly helps them.

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Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Rainbow Veins’

Whilst there is a slight Bullet-by-numbers feel to the album, that comfort is what is needed from them right now. The likes of ‘Knives’ and ‘Rainbow Veins’ help to elevate the record and place it in the middle range of any ranking of Bullet For My Valentine albums.

Fans of the band will be happy with the album and critics of the band won’t have much to criticise. The ship has been steadied, now let’s see what the band do next.

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We roundup the best music news from the past week!

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Hundred Reasons return for tour team-up with Hell Is For Heroes

Hundred Reasons Tour News Report

Welcome to another weekly News Report where we roundup the best music news from the past week. Starting proceedings this week is the news that Hundred Reasons are back!

The band has only played a handful of shows in the last twelve or so years, but now the band is set for nine shows in early 2022. Contemporaries and fellow rarities Hell Is For Heroes will provide support, making this an unmissable tour for fans of early 2000’s rock music.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’ from Yonaka

Don Broco announce intimate warm-up shows

Don Broco Tour News Report

This week saw Don Broco announce a short run of intimate dates that will serve as warm-up shows for the bands headlining Slam Dunk Festival appearances.

Joining an already sold out Bedford show are stops in Oxford, Bristol and Bournemouth. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Manchester Super Reds No. 1 Fan’ from Don Broco on our Spotify Hot List!

Dinosaur Jr. reveal UK Tour

Dinosaur Jr Tour News Report

Another tour announced this week is this UK Tour from Dinosaur Jr which includes a huge date at London’s O2 Brixton Academy in April 2022.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Sweep It Into Space’ from Dinosaur Jr

Kris Barras Band announce new tour dates

Kris Barras Tour News Report

Kris Barras Band are set for a fifteen date trek around the UK in March 2022. The tour will conclude with a show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of Seasick Steve @ Norwich Arts Centre

Call of the Wild Festival reveals 2022 line-up

Moving onto festivals now in our News Report and first up is Lincolnshire event Call of the Wild. The festival has announced the line-up for their 2022 edition set for 19th to 22nd of May at Lincolnshire Showground.

On the bill are Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts, The Treatment, Massive Wagons, Raging Speedhorn, Revival Black, The Dust Coda, King Creature, Florence Black, Howling Tides, Hollowstar, Empyre and many more.

Grab your tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Waiting for Good Luck’ from The Treatment

Gone Wild sets line-up

Gone Wild Festival is set for Devon this August. The festival will feature adventure activities, inspiring people and music.

Joining the action will be Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs, Scouting For Girls, The Pigeon Detectives, Wildwood Kin and REWS.

Tickets available here.

Read our review of Download Pilot Festival

Iron Maiden make new album announcement

Our News Report turns now to new music releases, and word that the legendary Iron Maiden will soon be releasing their 17th studio album! ‘Senjutsu’ will arrive September 3rd.

The double album was previewed by lead single ‘The Writing On The Wall’ last week, which you can listen to on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Spotify Playlist here.

Pre-order the album here.

Bullet For My Valentine debut ‘Parasite’

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Parasite’

Bullet For My Valentine also have a new album on the way. Their self-titled release will arrive October 22nd. This week the band continued to prepare for the new arrival with the debut of new single ‘Parasite’.

Listen above, and pre-order the album here.

Tremonti prepare new album

Tremonti – ‘If Not For You’

Tremonti this week released new single, ‘If Not For You’. A new album is also on the way with ‘Marching In Time’ coming September 24th. Pre-order the new album here.

Read our review of ‘Watch Me Break Apart’ from Dead Nature

Dead Man’s Whiskey ‘Breakout’

Dead Man’s Whiskey – ‘Breakout’

Finally this week new music from a great young band. Dead Man’s Whiskey have just released their latest single, ‘Breakout’ which you can check out above.

Listen to ‘Breakout’ on our Hard & Heavy Spotify Playlist

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We roundup the best music news from the past week!

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Iron Maiden debut ‘The Writing On The Wall’

Iron Maiden – ‘The Writing On The Wall’

It’s all about new music releases as we commence our News Report for this past week. We start with the return of the legendary Iron Maiden! This week the band started the latest era in their historic career with the release of a brand new single.

‘The Writing On The Wall’ comes complete with stunning video and provides the first glimpse of what to expect from the bands rumoured next album. You can check out the song above or on your platform of choice here.

Listen to ‘The Writing On The Wall’ on our Hard & Heavy Spotify Playlist!

Manic Street Preachers unveil new track ‘The Secret He Had Missed’

Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Secret He Had Missed’

Another act of legendary status to debut new music this week was Manic Street Preachers. The band unveiled their latest single, ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ this week.

This comes ahead of the release of their new album, ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ on September 3rd. Check out the new track above, and pre-order the album here.

Read our review of ‘How to Ruin Your Life’ from Paris Youth Foundation

Within Temptation release video for ‘Shed My Skin’

Within Temptation – ‘Shed My Skin’

This week has been a week for stunning video releases as Within Temptation exemplify with their latest offering. Check out ‘Shed My Skin’ featuring Annisokay above.

Read our review of ‘The Bitter Truth’ from Evanescence

Andrew W.K. reveals new track ‘Everybody Sins’

Andrew W.K. – ‘Everybody Sins’

This week saw party icon Andrew W.K. reveal his metallic new track, ‘Everybody Sins’. The song comes ahead of new album, ‘God Is Partying’ which arrives September 10th.

Check out the video above and you can pre-order the album here.

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’ from Yonaka

Seether share new song ‘Feast or Famine’

Seether – ‘Feast or Famine’

This week also saw Seether share their new track ‘Feast or Famine’, which you can listen to above. The song comes ahead of their new record, ‘The Purgatory EP’ which is due on July 30th.

Pre-order the EP here.

Read our review of ‘Below’ from Beartooth

Nothing But Thieves set for intimate run of shows

Nothing But Thieves News Report

Moving onto the live section of our News Report now as we all anticipate the return of live music. This week saw Nothing But Thieves announce a short run of intimate dates, taking in Oxford, Norwich and Liverpool.

Support comes from Kid Kapichi and tickets can be found here.

Green Man gets go-ahead and reveals line-up

Festivals now in our News Report roundup, and first up is Green Man. The event was this week given the go-ahead to proceed next month and fans have finally been shown the long-awaited line-up.

The stunning bill includes Fontaines D.C., Mogwai, Working Men’s Club, Shame, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, John, Jose Gonzalez, Black Midi, Teenage Fanclub, Self Esteem, Snapped Ankles, Porridge Radio and The Goa Express.

Tickets are sold out, more information here.

Read our review of Download Pilot Festival

Wild Paths unveil full line-up

The full line-up for the 2021 edition of Wild Paths Festival in Norwich has now been revealed. Some 200 acts will grace 20 stages over the course of 4 days in the fine city.

Those acts include Sports Team, The Big Moon, Billie Marten, Bessie Turner, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Mysterines, Feet, Press To Meco, John, Anorak Patch, Gabby Rivers and The Islas.

Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘In My Head’ from The Mysterines on our Discover New Music Playlist

Full Pelt Music launches new ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist on Spotify

Full Pelt Music Hard & Heavy Playlist News Report

Finally this week, we can announce the launch of our brand new ‘Hard & Heavy’ Spotify Playlist. This playlist will showcase the best new releases from the world of hard rock and heavy metal – so PLAY IT LOUD!

First additions comes from Iron Maiden, Wayward Sons, Fozzy, Bullet For My Valentine, The Wildhearts, Volbeat, The Fallen State, Massive Wagons, Gun, Danko Jones, The Datsuns, The Treatment and Trivium!

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Latitude Festival given ‘Pilot Event’ status

Latitude Festival News Report

We start our News Report this week on the topic of festivals. There is presently a overriding sense of doom as the Government Roadmap remains in doubt.

One festival did go ahead last week, and that was the pilot version of Download Festival. We were there and you can read our review here. The question now remains what is the possibility of other festivals going ahead?

That question has been answered for Latitude Festival, as it has now been confirmed as another pilot event for the Governments research programme. That gives Latitude the guarantee that it will go ahead.

The lineup is typically eclectic for Latitude with headline sets from Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club. You can also catch the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Supergrass, Fontaines D.C., Black Honey, Dream Wife and Shame.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Blue Weekend’ from Wolf Alice

Slam Dunk reshuffle line-up

Slam Dunk Festival News Report

For all other events, scepticism remains. Events taking place later in the summer are still holding out hope however. One such event is Slam Dunk Festival who have recently reshuffled their line-up once again. The events take place on the 4th & 5th September from Leeds and Hatfield.

The event is scheduled to be headlined by Sum 41 & Don Broco. The stellar line-up now also includes Frank Turner, Alkaline Trio, Funeral For A Friend, Trash Boat, A, Normandie, Hacktivist, Vukovi and Wargasm.

Tickets are available here.

Read our review of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’ from Normandie

Limp Bizkit announce UK dates

Limp Bizkit News Report

The iconic Limp Bizkit have announced a couple of UK dates for next year. The band will takeover Manchester Academy and Brixton Academy in July 2022.

Tickets will be available here.

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Blood Red Shoes reveal 2022 tour dates

More tour news as our News Report continues. Blood Red Shoes this week announced a huge European tour including a string of dates in the UK. With the tour set for early 2022, you can pick up tickets here.

Fozzy announce UK Tour

Americans Fozzy have announced that they will return to the UK later this year for a UK Tour. The band will be joined on tour by The Treatment and Stitched Up Heart.

Tickets will be available here.

Read our review of ‘Waiting For Good Luck’ from The Treatment

Lotus Eater set for lengthy tour

Lotus Eater will be hitting the road hard later this year as they celebrate the release of their new record ‘Where The Body Goes’. Support will come from Gutter and you can pick up tickets from here.

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Bullet For My Valentine return with new single, album and tour

The latest era for Bullet For My Valentine has started with a bundle of announcements. The band will tour the UK later this year following the release of their new self-titled album on October 22nd.

The band this week released the first single from that record, ‘Knives’.

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Knives’

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The Wildhearts unveil ‘Remember These Days’

The Wildhearts – ‘Remember These Days’

The Wildhearts continue to gear up for the release of their latest album, ’21st Century Love Songs’ on September 3rd. This past week the band unveiled their latest single ‘Remember These Days’.

You can pre-order the album here.

Read our review of ‘Below’ from Beartooth

Wayward Sons debut new single

Wayward Sons – ‘Faith In Fools’

To conclude our News Report this week we have news from Wayward Sons. The band are preparing to release their third album ‘Even Up The Score’ and this week released their latest single, ‘Faith In Fools’.

Pre-order details here.

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Download Pilot Festival 2021

Donington Park

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th June 2021

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DOWNLOAD PILOT FESTIVAL 2021 – LIVE REVIEW

The live music industry is built on togetherness, built on shared experience and built on the power of emotion. The last 18 months have been highly emotional for all the wrong reasons. Together the world has shared an experience that has terrified and devastated us.

The events of the last 18 months have taken an incomprehensible toll on humanity. The pandemic has destroyed lives and livelihoods. The live music industry was obliterated overnight. The people that make the spectacles that we enjoy happen were forgotten about.

While the world attempts to peek through the curtains at a “new normal”, the live music industry is left waiting. Waiting for support, waiting for proper guidance, waiting for a chance. Well, just four weeks ago that chance arrived.

A Government trial event to test the viability of the return of packed festivals and events you say? Spring into action the incredible people behind the scenes who make the live music industry work! In a short period of time, heaven and earth have been moved and here we are at Download Festival.

A much smaller, makeshift, Pilot version of Download Festival at the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. 10,000 people in a field, no social distancing, no masks, no inhibitions.

Credit goes to all involved for creating an event of that scale on such short notice, and to all the acts playing with no preparation. As the gates open, one thing is for sure, the fans want this, no, the fans needs this.

The reality of the situation is that the organisers could have put an old man playing the spoons on stage and the fans would have lapped it up. The opportunity after all that everybody has been through to witness live music is cathartic.

DOWNLOAD PILOT FESTIVAL – FRIDAY

The fact that this may be the most exciting Download Festival line-up of all time only helps to amplify the anticipation as fans gather in the tented second stage for Death Blooms. Almost every person on site crams in to witness that first taste of live music in far too long.

The band make the most of the atmosphere with a storming set that sees the audience let go of all remaining inhibitions. I doubt the majority of those in the tent knew of the band in advance, but they certainly left with a memory that will last forever.

For this special event there are just two stages. Next to the tent is the outdoor main stage which opens with a raucous set from Hot Milk. Kicking off with their latest single ‘I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I’m Dead’ the band show the crowd just what they’ve been missing.

Listen to ‘I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I’m Dead’ from Hot Milk on our Spotify Hot List!

There is no need to worry about those dreaded clashes at Download Pilot Festival. That’s because the acts on the two stages alternate, allowing the music starved fans the opportunity to watch every single band if they so wish to.

Every band this weekend gets a good sized crowd and a warm reception with it, especially the early bands on Friday. Malevolence are next to grace the second stage and assist the audience in releasing their pent up energy with a heavy hitting set.

A repercussion of the pandemic has been the amazing new albums that have been released without the showcase of the live setting. One such album is ‘Glue’ from Boston Manor. That wrong is righted next however as the band storm the main stage and air the likes of ‘Everything Is Ordinary’.

An early standout performance from the band sees them mix new and old with ‘England’s Dreaming’, ‘Laika’ and ‘Halo’ eliciting some of the first full blown sing-a-long moments of the weekend.

Those sing-a-long moments continue with Holding Absence on the second stage as they get to unleash tracks from their sensational album ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’. ‘Afterlife’ in particular is a contender for song of the weekend as the band present their credentials for superstardom!

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’ from Holding Absence

The Friday action continues with two bands with extremely dedicated fanbases. Neck Deep get the main stage bouncing before Sleep Token captivate the second stage.

It is then down to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes to bring the first day to a close on the main stage. Always an unstoppable force of nature on stage, the band make the most of the platform to make a statement. That statement says that this band is ready to headline the regular event.

With a setlist spanning their three albums, the band even treat fans to a selection of new tracks including the catchy ‘My Town’. There are guest appearances from Joe Talbot, Cassyette and Lynks, there is a giant circle pit around the sound tower and there is even a cover of ‘Ace of Spades’.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes saw an opportunity to headline a festival, to headline the first festival back, and they grabbed it with both hands. This was one of those sets that will be talked about forevermore!

Listen to ‘My Town’ from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes on our Spotify Hot List!

After hours entertainment comes from a silent disco as the hastily arranged festival shows the skills and creativity of the music industry. You have to stand back and admire the achievement of those involved to create an event on this scale in the time given.

DOWNLOAD PILOT FESTIVAL – SATURDAY

On to Saturday now and the musical delights continue as Lotus Eater, Conjurer, As Everything Unfolds and Bleed From Within blow the cobwebs of the early morning audience.

Next two young bands with big futures introduce themselves to festival audiences. Both The Hara on the second stage and Wargasm on the main stage elicit strong reactions from those watching.

Listen to ‘Your Patron Saints’ from Wargasm on our Spotify Hot List!

After a solid showing from Tigercub, one of the veteran acts of the weekend, A, school the up and coming bands on how to engage an audience. An age appropriate walking circle pit being a nice change of pace in the midst of a hectic weekend. Finishing with ‘Nothing’, A show why they are the perfect festival band.

Two things become apparent as the weekend progresses. When dissecting the hastily put together line-up, the quality of British rock music is put in the spotlight and it more than holds its own. Secondly a good deal of that talent is female. Vukovi and Yonaka both deliver set of the weekend contenders next.

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Those Damn Crows, Twin Atlantic and Stone Broken all put in crowd pleasing performances before While She Sleeps attract and entertain a huge crowd on the main stage.

Soon though it’s time for the scorecard for band of the weekend to be thrown out the window. Creeper are able to deliver an out of body experience as they headline the second stage. There are goosebump raising moments galore as the band turn the festival into their own theatre of oral and visual magnificence.

Listen to ‘Midnight’ from Creeper on our Spotify Hot List!

It is then left to Enter Shikari to bring the Saturday night party and they don’t disappoint. If there was ever a band born to get you moving it’s Enter Shikari. They do just that as they also get to showcase newer songs live for the first time.

‘satellites**’, ‘{ The Dreamer’s Hotel }’ and ‘THE GREAT UNKNOWN’ fit in perfectly with classics like ‘Sorry, You’re Not A Winner’, ‘Juggernauts’ and ‘Mothership’. Much like Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Creeper, you can see the special treatment Enter Shikari have given this opportunity and that makes for a stunning spectacle.

DOWNLOAD PILOT FESTIVAL – SUNDAY

Come Sunday you’d imagine fatigue would be setting in. All this action after so many barren months, you could forgive the crowd for tiring and the festival atmosphere sapping. Instead energy is pumped in by bands such as Static Dress, Saint Agnes, Cassyette and Employed To Serve.

The fans reciprocate said energy as they continue to let loose to Chubby and the Gang, Loathe and Higher Power. The passion and pure joy of both fans and musicians to be at a festival is at times overwhelming. This event was destined to be an emotive affair but even through that emotion the quality of the music on offer shines.

Next on the main stage is Lonely The Brave complete with change in singer. A set mixed with fan favourites and new tracks from ‘The Hope List’ shows the band are still an exciting prospect. Can the band now finally take that next step? On their showing here, yes they can!

Read our review of ‘The Hope List’ from Lonely The Brave

For those fans catching every band the pace is relentless and it’s to the second stage next for Jamie Lenman. Lenman powers through a sublime set that gets the crowd moving and features another appearance from Wargasm.

The quirky goodness of Elvana attracts a huge crowd to the main stage as the festival heads towards its climax. The band show just why they are perhaps the perfect Sunday afternoon festival act as they get the crowd singing along to every word.

Massive Wagons are able to take the second stage by storm before a sadly technically challenged The Wildhearts limp off stage. The Wildhearts are a top quality band and the issues with their sound perhaps show the effects of an enforced hiatus for musicians and crew members alike.

It’s on that note that once again praise must be heaped on the organisers, the crew members, the festival staff and yes the bands for making this event such a success. That is only amplified by the incredibly short timescale.

Realistically this has been a once in a lifetime event (we hope). Download Pilot Festival as an event is excellent and would be a great addition to the main Download Festival. It’s the atmosphere and camaraderie however that makes this festival so special.

We are down then to the final four bands, the final acts before reality is set to strike again. Up first on the second stage are Trash Boat who get the tent bouncing, especially with a stunning cover of Linkin Park classic ‘Given Up’.

If there is a perfect festival band it’s Skindred. Put them on any stage in any slot and they will attract a huge crowd. With a sub-headline slot on the main stage, the field is full as Benji Webbe and co put in a seamless lesson in crowd engagement.

The final act on the second stage is also no stranger to the festival scene. Although Frank Turner has played Download Festival in the past, even he acknowledges he may not be the typical Download act. Nobody cares though, as he puts in a typically euphoric performance.

The crowd are not just treated to the set staples but also to new song ‘The Gathering’ and heavier version of ‘Little Changes’. There are sing-a-longs aplenty as Turner does what he does best and that is entertain!

Check out The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guest Frank Turner!

That just leaves Bullet For My Valentine to close out Download Pilot Festival. A festival which we wish was never needed but are so glad that it happened. Bullet For My Valentine are long time Download favourites and they deliver an apt conclusion to the event.

We are treated to a unique take on ‘Run To The Hills’ from Iron Maiden complete with a perplexing vocal contribution fron Benji Webbe. We get new material in the form of ‘Knives’ and of course we get favourites such as ‘Scream Aim Fire’ and ‘Tears Don’t Fall’.

‘Waking The Demon’ is the final song to ring around Donington Park, and we can only hope and pray that this event can wake the demon that is the festival scene. The fans may have been lab rats, but what a stunning lab it was! Thank you Download Pilot Festival for such a cathartic weekend.

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Huge lineup revealed for Live At Leeds!

Live At Leeds News Report

We start our News Report this week with some festival news. Up first is this huge lineup revealed by Live At Leeds.

The event will feature Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sports Team, The Big Moon, Dream Wife, The Orielles, Vistas, Feet, Life and many more.

It all goes down on Saturday 16th October and tickets are here.

Listen to ‘My Town’ from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes on our Spotify Hot List!

Download Festival to act as pilot event

It has been announced that Download Festival will take place this year after all. That’s right rockers will grace the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, but just the 10,000 of them. The pilot event will test the viability of music festivals this summer – not much riding on it then!!

Attendees will be able to mosh freely inside the event, but will need to take negative tests prior to and after the festival. Tickets will be available here.

Headline acts for the event will be Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine. They will be joined by the likes of Boston Manor, Holding Absence, Hot Milk, Creeper, Stone Broken, Twin Atlantic, Yonaka, A, Wargasm, Frank Turner, Skindred, The Wildhearts, Massive Wagons and Lonely The Brave!

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Latitude Festival unveils line-up

Following a lengthy delay in announcing their line-up, Latitude Festival is finally on track to go ahead. This week organisers revealed the festival will be headlined by the likes of Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rudimental and Bill Bailey.

Also on tap are acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, Fontaines D.C., Dream Wife, Shame, Squid, Willie J Healey and Tim Burgess. There will also be lots more from the worlds of comedy, arts and literature.

Tickets are available here.

Burn It Down add extra day

Burn It Down News Report

Devon event Burn It Down has announced an additional day. The festival will take place on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September in Torquay.

The fantastic line-up includes Dinosaur Pile-Up, Jamie Lenman, Hacktivist, Nova Twins, Wargasm, Vukovi, Bob Vylan and many more.

You can grab tickets here.

Listen to ‘Your Patron Saints’ from Wargasm on our Spotify Hot List!

Nottingham Arboretum to host summer shows

Arboretum Sunsets News Report

Arboretum Sunsets is set to grace Nottingham Arboretum this summer. Last year our Gig of the Year saw Frank Turner grace the Arboretum and this year will see live music return to the park.

The line-up of shows includes Beans On Toast, Ferocious Dog, Grace Petrie, Lucy Spraggan, The Futureheads, Turin Breaks and many more.

Tickets are here.

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Bowling For Soup add more dates

Bowling For Soup News Report

A little tour news now as we continue our News Report. Bowling For Soup have added some extra shows to their tour with Lit and The Dollyrots. The seaside tour will now head inland to Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

Tickets are here.

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Levellers grow their ‘Levelling The Land’ Tour

Levellers have also added additional dates to their tour. The band will be celebrating 30 Years of ‘Levelling The Land’ later this year.

You can pick up tickets here.

Kasabian announce return with intimate tour

Kasabian have announced their return to action with an intimate tour of the UK. The lengthy run will finish up at Brixton Academy in November. Tickets will be available here.

The Virginmarys set for the road

The Virginmarys will be hitting the road later this year for their first shows since confirming their intentions to continue as a two-piece going forward.

Pick up your tickets here.

Black Honey share new video for ‘Fire’

Black Honey – ‘Fire’

New music now in our News Report. This week saw Black Honey unveil their latest video for ‘Fire’.

More from the band here.

Read our review of ‘Written & Directed’ from Black Honey

Creeper debut new track ahead of EP release

Creeper – ‘Midnight’

After some typical Creeper teasing the band has this week released a new single, ‘Midnight’. More than that though, the band has also announced a brand new EP! ‘American Noir’ will arrive July 30th and you can pre-order your copy here.

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Vistas release new single ‘Dayglow’

Vistas – ‘Dayglow’

Vistas released their latest single this week in the shape of ‘Dayglow’. More from the band here.

Will Varley unveils ‘The Hole Around My Head’

Will Varley – ‘The Hole Around My Head’

Finally this week, news from Will Varley. He has unveiled his latest single, ‘The Hole Around My Head’. More here.

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Ramblin’ Man Fair reveal Saturday Main Stage Lineup

Europe set to Rock The Night at Ramblin’ Man

Every year Ramblin’ Man Fair fills Mote Park in Kent with the finest rock n’ roll. They have now unveiled the main stage line-up for Saturday 17th July 2021 and it looks great! A very special acoustic set from Clutch promises to be a must see performance, plus also announced are Those Damn Crows and Monster Magnet.

With Special guests still to be announced the day is already looking packed with Europe set to close the night out. With Christmas upon us, don’t miss The Final Countdown for tickets here.

Steelhouse Festival Anniversary event gets bigger!

Steelhouse Festival just got bigger and better!

This week’s News Report is full of festival goodness as we all hope we can spend the summer rocking out in a field. So why not make up for lost time? The fantastic Steelhouse Festival have added four amazing bands to their already stacked anniversary event lineup, and it’s the weekend after Ramblin’ Man! Double-header anyone?

With Europe, Black Spiders, King Creature and Hands Off Gretel added to a line-up already including Anthrax, Therapy? and Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Steelhouse are celebrating in style; and you can too by picking up your ticket here.

Burn It Down Festival reveal final lineup

Burn It Down Festival looks to be on fire!

Another festival completing its lineup this week is Burn It Down Festival, which is set to take over Torquay in September. The lineup looks like pure fire with the likes of Dinosaur Pile-Up, WSTR, Nova Twins, Vukovi and Wargasm all set to burn it down! Don’t waste any time, grab your tickets here.

Your City Festival is heading to Stoke-On-Trent

Your City announces line-up for May 2021

Another festival to unveil a brilliant lineup this week is Your City festival which is set for May 2021 in Stoke-On-Trent. The lineup already includes the fantastic October Drift, Hands Off Gretel and Salvation Jayne. You can join in the fun by grabbing your tickets here.

Skinny Lister return with 2021 Tour

Skinny Lister announce 2021 tour

The always enjoyable Skinny Lister are back with a new tour set for 2021. With a new album also on the horizon, be sure you pick up your tickets as soon as possible here.

Yungblud adds extra dates to UK Tour

Yungblud tour gets bigger!

We recently reviewed the new Yungblud album ‘Weird!’ (here), and told you that he was set for number one and world domination. Well, he already has that number one and now his tour is set to confirm his world domination. Thankfully for fans that tour has now gotten bigger! You really don’t want to wait on these tickets, which you can find here.

Bullet For My Valentine unveil ‘Venom’ spiced mead!

Bullet For My Valentine unveil ‘Venom’ spiced mead!

We finish this week with our latest installment of random band merch just in time for Christmas! Metallica Monopoly or You Me At Six Hot Sauce not for you? How about Bullet For My Valentine spiced mead? The metal titans have this week unveiled their own brand of spiced mead named ‘Venom’ and you can get yours here.