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  • Bloodstock : Metal 2 The Masses

    2016 boaRFTK Promotions in association with Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses presents…

    For the first time ever…

    Newcastle finals!

    Every year, Bloodstock runs a Metal 2 The Masses competition – a countrywide Battle of the Bands where regional winners go on to play Bloodstock.

    However, this has never taken place in Newcastle…. until now.

    RFTK Promotions (that’s us) are working with Bloodstock Festival to bring Metal 2 The Masses to Newcastle for the first time.

    We are hoping that this is something that will be exciting for bands and fans alike.

    The final will take place in The Cluny on June 17th.

    On the road to the final there will be additional rounds, dates and venues tbc – but we want to try to include other local venues where possible.  We’re also hoping to get this open to as many suitable bands as practical so some details will iron out as bands come in.  We’ll also be keeping entry to these shows as low as feasible.  psykosis

    As above, the regional winners will get to play on the ‘New Blood’ stage at Bloodstock in 2016 along with winners from other regions – in front of (est) 2000 hungry metal fans keen to check out new bands.   This competition has helped break bands such as Evile and Saturnian.

    We also plan to run profiles on EVERY participating local band on our website to help build up the profile of bands : we’re hoping that all bands will pick up new fans and friends.

    So. Fans. Watch this space, get June 17th in the diary for the regional final – and we’ll keep you updated with other rounds.

    synaptik 2Bands. We want to keep this simple to apply, we don’t want to create extra work for you or us.  So firstly, this is for unsigned or low-level/DIY label bands only.  So if you’re on a recognised major label etc. then this isn’t for you.

    I’m sure you’re roughly aware of the type and range of bands Bloodstock have on, if you don’t think you’d fit then don’t apply – check out some of their previous line ups for ideas – but the list of genres they’ve given us as a starting base is : Speed, Thrash, Death, Doom, Folk, Battle, Gothic, Grove, MetalCore, Industrial, Neo-Classical, Nu, Post, Power, Progressive, Sludge, Stoner, Alternative, Extreme, Symphonic, Viking and more!!

    But, this isn’t exhaustive.  If you wish to be considered drop an email to kev@rftkpromotions.co.uk – the more info and links you include the more we can use when we profile you, but don’t worry too much if you don’t have it to hand.  We’re covering the North East, so bands from Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Teeside, Northumberland, etc. all welcome to apply – providing you’re not playing in another region’s competition.  The current intention is we want to try to give a slot to every band that applies – providing this is feasible – how we structure the heats and semi’s is quite flexible depending on how many bands want a shot.

    For more info – here is the page on the Bloodstock Website

    For any queries or to apply – contact kev@rftkpromotions.co.uk


  • The Men… Album Review Round Up

    The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have been receiving excellent reviews for new album ‘Not Your Typical Victorians’ – we’ve rounded them up below :)

    Don’t forget you can catch The Men… at Think Tank on November 20th – tickets here 



    Reviews and links


    “Probably the maddest, most original punk band around… their first genuine masterpiece” 9/10 – Louder Than War



    “There’s no doubting their musical competence” 7/10- Vive La Rock (print)


    “Fiendishly entertaining… a taste worth acquiring” 7.5/10- Terrorizer (print)


    “Not to be missed at any cost”- 8/10 Toxic Online http://toxiconline.co.uk/reviews-not-typical-victorians-men-will-not-blamed-nothing/


    “There’s an anger and an energy to these songs…give us a good clutch of songs for protesting injustice, in whatever century it is encountered.” 7/10 – Drowned In Sound



    “a band who really command their powers and who can pogo from punk to the long-haired thrash of a mosh-pit in the blink of an eye. They’re a really tight bunch of lunatics” – Echoes and Dust



    “A devilishly good album: lyrically sharp, musically tight with a sympathetic production” ✭✭✭✭ – Music-News.com



    “One of the best bands in Britain today, steampunk or otherwise”- ✭✭✭✭½ Pure Rawk


    “Much more than just a steampunk band, and much, much more than a gimmick, ‘Not Your Typical Victorians’ is an excellent listen and continues to define how bands of their ilk should approach the art.” – UberRock



    “They’ve come back stronger and better than ever. And they’re only gonna get bigger, …currently the best rock show in town.” FREQ



    “Some of the most erudite and cutting lyrics you’re likely to hear in a hell of a long time, all set to music that whilst outwardly simple, is highly skilled…damnably  enjoyable” 8/10 Avenoctum.com


    “joyous, rip-roaring blasts of fun that will whip any audience into a frenzy…all the right elements to create a really striking and memorable record”- UK Scumscene


  • Think Tank Nominated for Best Small Venue in Britain

    Think Tank has again beensmallvenues nominated for ‘Best Small Venue in Britain’ in the NME.

    The diminutive Newcastle venue is up against many great venues including Brudenell Social in Leeds, The Sugarmill in Stoke and King Tutts in Glasgow.

    It’s great to see some local representation in this category, it’s a venue we love working with and have many great shows lined up there.

    You can cast your vote here.

    Upcoming shows we have at Think Tank include :

    November 5th – Jizzy Pearl (25th Anniversary of Blackout in the Red Room)

    November 20th – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

    February 19th – CJ Wildheart

    And of course, there’ll be plenty more from us to come there – along with plenty more great shows there from other promoters :)

    Win or lose, it’s nice to see some recognition for the region.

  • Faderhead Return + Dreams Divide

    faderheadAlways a popular act here, next February we welcome back FADERHEAD.

    Sami and co play The Cluny on February 13th. Woo, Saturday night. This will be in support of their 8th full length album (which I believe is yet to be titled).

    In the meantime, Faderhead have released a new EP, The Tokyo Tapes, which is available for free if you sign up for the mailing list. You can sign up here.
    The EP represents more of the ambient and ballad side of the band, rather than the clubhit side – but I’m sure we can look forward to more clubhits on the next album.

    Check out a classic club hit here. This even includes footage from Newcastle.

    Support on all of the UK dates comes from DREAMS DIVIDE and this is a real treat. It’ll be their first time so far North – so a great chance to see one of the most promising UK synthpop acts.
    They’ve two fantastic albums – debut ‘Puppet Love’ is available free from bandcamp (clicky) and last year’s ‘Tears from the Night Sky’ coincided with an awesome show at Infest.
    It’s a real treat to have them up here.

    Check out their video for ‘Trashed’ here.

    Tickets… £13 advance – available locally from Reflex Records (and other stores) plus online from www.seetickets.com

  • Special Stand-Up Set from Andrew O’Neill

    menposter liteWell – a show we were looking forward to anyway… just got even better.  How is that possible? Witchcraft, or occultism.

    Occultist comedian Andrew O’Neill will be doing a special stand up show as support to The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing as part of their upcoming UK tour.

    Award-winning stand-up comedy, as seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and heard on his own Radio 4 show Pharmacist Baffler. All-new material!

    Andrew will be road testing new material for his new show, Andrew O’Neill is trapped down a well.

    Tickets still available – grab some from Reflex Records or www.seetickets.com

  • Introducing : Screams of Sirens

    SCREAM OF SIRENS PROMO IMAGEWe’ve a really special support announcement for you, and also to introduce you to a really excellent new local band.

    Scream of Sirens are made up of ex-members of Lyxx

    They’ve wasted no time in unleashing their debut single, ‘Get Some’ – you can check that out here.

    They will be playing their first ever show on November 14th at The Globe, at our show with Cherie Currie.  Starting with a bang.

    Tickets are starting to get in short thrift – you can still secure yours from www.seetickets.com or locally from Reflex Records.  Don’t miss out – this is going to be an amazing gig.

  • Under the Spotlight : Hanzel Und Gretyl

    desktopNext up under the spotlight is the Newcastle headlining debut of Hanzel Und Gretyl

    They’re playing Cluny on October 15th : this promises to be the ultimate Oktoberfest gig!

    Hanzel Und Gretyl, so they must be German – right?

    Nope. They’re from New York. They have no German heritage.
    The just like Germany a bit much.

    OK… I guess… why…?

    I dunno, what’s not to like about Germany? Beer. Lederhosen. erm… more beer.

    10325128_10152092822617374_7140121465147550628_nSo, what are they like then?

    Industrial-Metal, think along the lines of say Rob Zombie or Rammstein or Nine Inch Nails.
    Just a bit more mental.

    Any other background?

    Well, they’ve been doing this a while – over 20 years – they’ve also took the band through different phases, starting with ‘Machines Good, People Bad’ and moving through a ‘Fukken Uber’ phase and they’re now presently in their ‘More German than German’ phase. This is a lot more metal than some of their earlier electronic work but still has a broad appeal.
    They’ve toured with a whole bunch of bands for example : Marilyn Manson, Prong, Rammstein, Clutch, Genitorturers, etc. while their track ‘9D Galactik Centre’ was heavily featured in Mortal Kombat:Annihilation.

    11659343_10152932809207374_3367754767277972032_nSo they’ve a strong history?

    Definitely. They’re certainly a cult band and if you don’t yet know them then are definitely worth checking out.

    You said before debut headline performance in Newcastle, have they been here before?

    Yes. In 2007 they supported Cradle of Filth at the Academy. That probably made them a few friends.
    They’ve made a few appearances to the UK since then but this is their first time headlining in Newcastle.

    OK – so when and where is the gig again

    It’s October 15th at The Cluny
    Get tickets here
    Being in October makes this the ultimate Oktoberfest gig!

  • Under the Spotlight : Skarlett Riot

     skarlettoct Under the Spotlight : Skarlett Riot + The Raven Age

    Introducing you to our shows…

    Ah, Skarlett Riot – I know that name, you had them on earlier this year, didn’t you?

    We did. They played Cluny 2 last time, but doing Think Tank this time.

    Why a different venue?

    Lots of reasons, add a bit variety, availability and of course we can let some of their younger fans into TT.  Though, they appeal to all ages.

    OK. So, sell them to me – who are they?

    They’re a 4 piece from Scunthorpe.
    Skarlett, Danny, Martin and Luke.
    They’re a really hard-working young band, they’ve played Bloodstock, Download, HRH, Leeds/Reading – toured with Kamelot, Gus G and more – oh – and their debut album received rave reviews : 4/5, 9/10 and the likes from most of the big hitters.

    Just one album? OK, give me a tune to check out…

    Well – they’ve an album and EP and some singles.
    I quite like ‘Divide Us‘ – and ‘Rising‘ (click the links)
    Their songs often have themes around not letting people bring you down, you only have one life – make the most of it, they’re quite a positive band.

    So, they’re good then?chloeskarlett

    But of course, I would say that.
    However – I feel I have to tell you why I’m so keen to work with them again.
    The show in April really impressed me. I’ve worked with a lot of great bands – but other than their general all round professionalism making it good to work with them, where they took things on stage was a beast. They really worked the crowd and it just had a really good vibe and feeling about it.
    There’s just something about them. If you saw them supporting a band you liked you’d be like “Oh, the support were really good” – well here they are as headline.

    ravenageOK. I think I’m sold on Skarlett Riot… this The Raven Age band who are support – they played here in August didn’t they?

    Yes. They played the Riverside supporting Steve Harris’ British Lion.

    As in Steve Harris from Iron Maiden? Woah.

    Yep. Woah. They did well also, see my above point on “oh, the support were really good” – they made some new fans.

    So, tell me more about them anyway, who are they?

    They’re a 5 piece melodic metal band from Harlow, they’ve released one EP which is simply called ‘The Raven Age’ – and that hit number 1 in the Amazon Hot New Releases chart – number 16 in the rock and metal chart.
    They’ve an album out later this year.

    OK, that’s pretty cool – what should I check out by them?

    ‘Angel in Disgrace’ has been the track they’ve been pushing most.

    Hmm, OK. Anyone else playing?

    Yes, two local bands : Edenthorn and Blackout Hotel.
    So you get 4 bands for just £8 advance. (Tenner on the door on the night)

    That’s not bad, I guess, hmm… but I could just catch them next time…?skarlettriot

    You could skip it and hope the planets allign for you another time. But we’ve got 4 great bands for £8 on a Sunday night in a city centre venue – no rushing from work, everything finished for a civil hometime.
    Conditions might not be so favourable next time.

    I guess. OK, remind me of the details…?

    Skarlett Riot + The Raven Age
    + Edenthorn + Blackout Hotel
    Live at Think Tank
    October 4th
    Tickets from www.seetickets.com

  • New Show : Tragedy

    Live favourites Tragedy are our first announced show for 2016 (and don’t worry, there’s more in the pipeline).
    We’ve got them at The Cluny on March 5th 2016 – ooh, some Saturday Night Fever.

    If you know Tragedy, you’re probably off to buy tickets now.

    If you don’t…. well, they are the ultimate tribute disco party metal band.
    Whilst starting as a Bee Gees tribute (METAL style, of course) they’ve evolved in recent years to include many other popular disco hits in their set – whether it’s ‘Raining Men’ (sounding more like ‘Raining Blood’) or ‘YMCA’ or their take on ‘You’re the One that I Want’ which went utterly viral earlier this year – they bring the party. They bring glitter. They bring confetti. You leave with a smile a mile wide.

    Pre-warning : those allergic to smiling should not attend this event.

    It’s a party and a half and it’s always fun and it’s a Saturday night.  P-a-r-t-y.

    Tickets £10 advance – available from Reflex Records, over the bar at The Cluny or here on seetickets

    NYC’s Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond,  is an over-the-top bombast of Disco, Metal, Glitter and Magic – the #1 Party Band.

    Born out of the impenetrable divide of Disco and Metal, these six fearsome brothers fearlessly obliterated the truce line that had been set in the great Disco/Metal Peace accord of 1977 when they seamlessly blended the two genres with the debut album We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong which was a collection of Bee Gees songs redone in a heavy metal treatment reminiscent of Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses and Aersomith. Since then, they have crisscrossed the globe with their spectacular live shows and have already stormed the UK with nine tours. Subsequent full length albums, Humbled By Our Greatness, Death To False Disco Metal and The Solo Albums have seen them spread their glittered wings to take on non Bee Gees classics from the Disco era, soft rock anthems and party jams. In 2015, Tragedy broke the internet with a viral video featuring their take on You’re the One That I Want from the Grease soundtrack.

    If you’re allergic to smiling be afraid… be very afraid. Tragedy sweats glitter and cums confetti!



    Tragedy has headlined festivals such as Bloodstock, Rebellion, Summer Breeze and Hammerfest.



    Metal Hammer

    Camp as a row of tents, and with more hooks than hell’s cloakroom, Tragedy guarantee it.


    Tiny Mix Tapes

    Tragedy manage to dwell in the realm of novelty while far exceeding their worth as a concept…the aesthetic is somewhere in between the flamboyance of the disco-era Bee Gees and the flamboyance of mid-eighties hair metal, with some extra flamboyance thrown in for the sake of flamboyance.
    The Sun, UK
    “Hard riffs, tight white flares, and even tighter octave-scraping harmonies…essential listening.”



    One of the hottest videos on the internet.  These kids aren’t the leather jacket-wearing greasers from the ’50s, but rather a modernized hard rock band of brothers attending the Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation high school. When the leader, Disco Mountain Man, arrives back in the halls, he’s greeted by his buddies who ask him what he’s been up to all summer. And much like Grease, it’s revealed that he met up with a girl. But this is no poodle-skirt wearing young lady. Instead, it’s an anarchy-loving blonde bombshell decked out in black and red. What follows is a re-imagined version of the song, with an ominous opening bass line and killer vocals from Mountain Man reminiscent of some of ’80s metal.
    Village Voice
    “Everyone from Feist to Tom Jones has covered the disco hits of the Bee Gees, but perhaps no one does those gooey soft-rock numbers better than Tragedy…Shiny costumes, dramatic eye makeup and headbanging hilarity…”
    Metal Rules
    The greatest heavy-metal-meets-disco party you could possibly wish for.
    Back in the dark days of disco, the Bee Gees were the shit, despite having massive teeth, bigger hair and a falsetto only dogs could hear…with the righteous power of heavy metal, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong mixes Guns ‘N’ Roses swagger, the Scorpions’ sense of pomp and Judas Priest-esque vocals to create a sound that is exactly like The Darkness!



    You’re the One That I Want” Heavy Metal Tribute to ‘Grease’ is as great as it sounds. They created a music video for the cover, and it is exactly what you’d think a heavy metal version of Grease would look like. Between the crazy outfits, wild hair, air guitars, and locker room parties, the only question left to ask is, why hasn’t this idea been adapted into a full length movie yet? We want more!



    Decked in their hair-metal finest, with no can of Aqua-Net spared, Tragedy frolic on the beach, woo their ladies and then unleash their thrash chops in the most anarchistic pep rally this side of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The result is hilarious and arguably even more heartwarming than the original, not least for the visual pun unleashed on the line ‘it’s electrifying.‘”


    Guitar World

    Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond has indeed pulled off a spot-on hair-metal spoof of the song, complete with a locker-room scene that takes place at Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation High School.


    USA Today

    A note-perfect hair-metal spoof of You’re the One That I Want, complete with a locker scene set at Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation High School. Only instead of pony tails and poodle skirts, the girls have teased hair and tattered Hot Topic outfits. You’ll never see Danny and Sandy the same after this metal ‘Grease’ cover.