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  • KMFDM – first ever Newcastle show!

    Celebrating their KMFDM ROCKS album, we’re pleased to announce… for the first time in their 33 year history…

    MAY 22nd 2017
    KMFDM
    Live at Think Tank

    With some very special guests to be added.

    Tickets on sale here from www.seetickets.com

    I’m sure many are familiar with KMFDM – they are widely regarded as music pioneers, fusing the industrial and electronics of the early 80s with heavy metal of the time – and progressing and evolving with each albums.  They were a major influence on many of the industrial-metal and cross-over bands of the late 80s, 90s and beyond.

    Coupled with the PIG show in March, we have plenty of scene-royalty coming your way.


  • Mortiis / PIG – Double Headline Tour & Free Single


    SWINE & PUNISHMENT UK TOUR 2017
    Mortiis + PIG Double Headliner
    with special guests Seraph Sin

    Sun 12/3: NEWCASTLE Think Tank 6:30pm 14+ (under 16’s mbabaa)

    Tickets on Sale here from www.seetickets.com

    After last year’s storming MORTIIS tour and the release of their critically acclaimed 9th Studio release ‘The Great Deceiver’ Norway’s finest industrial metal ghouls are back with a new remix album and another even larger U.K. Tour!

    This time with US allies PIG who return to the UK for the first time in decades, bringing their form of old school Industrial rock infused with a highly energised performance, PIG will provide the ‘awe’ to MORTIIS’ ‘shock’ keeping the audience enthralled and inspired with a rotating headline to keep fans guessing and on their toes!

    PIG feature original frontman and 3/4’s of golden era KMFDM including Raymond Watts, En Esch and Guenter Schulz! Completing the PIG line up is ex Combichrist Z Marr and 16 Volt’s Galen Waling!

    This tour is a rotating headliner tour with both headliners playing full sets so be sure to arrive early so as not to miss either set and brilliant support sets from special guests from Glasgow’s SERAPH SIN!

    To celebrate, Mortiis has released a single from the forthcoming album ‘The Great Corrupter’ – the single consists of two tracks the Die Krupps remix of ‘Doppelganger’ and exclusive B-side ‘The Shining Lamp of God’ remixed by Leaetherstrip – you can grab it for free from Bandcamp.


  • Silent Thieves join Marco Mendoza tour

    We’re pleased to announce that Silent Thieves are the first confirmed touring band to join the Marco Mendoza tour.

    The tour hits Newcastle on February 11th at Think Tank Underground (The Head of Steam) tickets are already flying out – you can secure yours from this link here

    More info on Silent Thieves below

    SILENT THIEVES are three musicians that have spent many years forging their own paths in the music scene and
    have found their way to the same point to form an entity that they can release their own kind of music onto the world.
    The three members started writing, rehearsing and recording in the Spring of 2015. The end result would be
    ‘Silent Thieves’.
    Andy Murray heavily influenced by the first band he saw live, Thin Lizzy, played in various heavy rock acts from youth
    including an outfit poised to sign for a big future including drummer Adam Parsons (who ironically now manages the
    ‘new’ Thin Lizzy, ‘Black Star Riders’), until circumstances took a different turn. He then found himself touring Europe
    and Canada for the next few years as lead guitarist for celebrated Scottish Celtic Rock band ‘Wolfstone’.
    Since then he has established himself as a writer and session player for various artists, working with acts like
    Coast and Smokie among many others.
    Dave McIntosh was crowned ‘World Champion’ drummer in his once alternative guise as a pipe band drummer many
    moons ago, at a time that would see him travel to places like New York and Europe. In his other role, he was the solid
    beat behind Scottish rock band The Kut for nearly 25 years that would see him support many legendary acts as well as
    playing the famous Marquee Club in London twice.
    Mark Allison started in garage bands in his teens playing guitar and bass in whichever guise was needed. In his
    twenties a host of his bands supported well know acts like Big Country and The Quireboys before he decided to go in to
    a forced early retirement from music. Nearly 12 years later after suppressing the urge to fulfil his teenage dreams he
    entered the musical path once more supporting artists like Nik Kershaw and finding recognition as a songwriter.


  • New show : Marco Mendoza

    marcoalldatesMARCO MENDOZA TO RETURN IN FEBRUARY

    With the sweat still fresh on his bass guitar after the most successful run of sold-out dates yet for The Dead Daisies, Marco Mendoza will return to the UK for an eight date tour stretching from Aberdeen to Southampton.

    The multi-talented musician who has played with a list of some of the biggest names in rock music including Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Neal Schon of Journey and Ted Nugent to name a few, brings his eclectic show back to these shores.

    With a background that bridges the gap between contemporary music in rock and pop, along with jazz, fusion and soul, Marco has a tonal quality to his voice, not unlike some of the greatest jazz and blues singers of the past that can easily memorise a crowd.

    Some new material will be offered up on the tour along with some of the greatest hits by rock artists and beyond, and if its anything like The Dead Daisies current tour, tickets will potentially go very quickly.

    TOUR DATES

    REBELLION, MANCHESTER 7TH FEB

    BANNERMANS, EDINBURGH 8TH FEB

    TUNNELS, ABERDEEN 9TH FEB

    HARD ROCK, GLASGOW 10TH FEB

    THINK TANK, NEWCASTLE 11TH FEB

    SNOOTY FOX CLUB, WAKEFIELD 12TH FEB

    CAMDEN UNDERWORLD, LONDON 13TH FEB

    THE TALKING HEADS, SOUTHAMPTON 14TH FEB


  • Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses returns for 2017

    newcastle-final-ad-copyAfter a very successful debut year in Newcastle, we’re thrilled to announce we will be running the Newcastle leg of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition.

    The winners receive a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock.  There’s no national finals to navigate, one band from the region will get a slot.

    For 2016, the winners were The Souls of Jack Ketch, who woo’d crowds with their technical death metal.

    However, in the final, Dirty King also impressed Bloodstock booker Simon Hall and so they received a slot on the Jagermeister stage.

    This time round, the full run will be held at Trillians, there’d been a bit confusion as we changed venues each round last time – but keeping at one venue keeps things simple.

    Heats begin in February 2017, through to April, with semi finals in May and finally the Grand Final on Friday 23rd June.

    Per last time, we’ll be keeping entry price low (more on that soon) so that it’s an inexpensive way of checking out bands, supporting your friends and having a great night out.

    Bands : It’s never too soon to register your interest.  Send us an email : kev@rftkpromotions.co.uk – like last time we’ll run profiles on our website for each band.  To clarify there is no entry fee, no pay to play, backline provided.  etc.  It’s open to unsigned, self-signed and DIY-label bands, wide scope of genres from alt rock to extreme metal.  We may even be able to consider non-competing guests this time.    Entrants from last time are more than welcome to reapply, with the exceptions of previous winners, though all heats are in Trillians so you must be able to play there.

    Last time round it was so encouraging how many fans got behind these events and the bands and we’re really looking forward to welcoming you all back this time around.


  • Tragedy : March 2017 Return

    Be afraid, be very afraid – assume the position, your fun overload for 2017 is confirmed!

    Tragedy – the band that was born out of the impenetrable divide of Disco and Metal are back!
    Hitting up Think Tank on March 1st, 2017, they provide the most fun you can have with, or without, your clothes on.

    If you’ve been under a rock and missed their amazingness – they were originally a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees but have grown into something much much more, a bigger beast and the ultimate disco-metal party band.

    They broke the internet with their cover of ‘You’re The One That I Want’ (see below) –  and are of course coming to break hearts and minds yet again.

    Tickets available online from www.seetickets.com and local record shops.

     

     

    VH1
    “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!”

    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.”

    Loudwire
    “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.”

    Kerrang
    “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!”

    Billboard
    “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.”


  • Cureheads – November tour

    The Cureheads , the longest-running and most well established tribute to The Cure, will be touring this November.

    After an amazing show in 2015, we’re pleased to announce they will be returning to Newcastle, playing at Think Tank on November 25th.

    The band plays a long set containing many classics and a few tracks for the real hardened Cure fan and are well received for both their presence, professionalism and sound.

    Tickets are on sale now – click here – to buy online or alternatively purchase from Beatdown or RPM.


  • Tour for 25th Anniversary of Love/Hate ‘Wasted in America’

    jizzy17The year was 1992—not so long ago? Actually it was 25 years ago, before kids and car payments, before growing up, it was still long hair and staying up all night listening to your favourite music and not having to pay for it the next morning.

    Then there was the rock band, Love/Hate. Out and about with Ozzy Osbourne on their No More Tears European tour. Somewhere in the middle of the mayhem an early morning knock came on the tour bus door. Always the first one up Jizzy Pearl opened the door a crack and peered out—“Congratulations…” said an Ozzy roadie– “Your new record just broke the Top 20!” That record was WASTED IN AMERICA, second in line and coming fast on the heels of their successful first record BLACKOUT IN THE RED ROOM.

    Last year, Jizzy Pearl did a UK tour in celebration of Blackout in the Red Room’s 25th anniversary and next year he will be here for the 25th anniversary of ‘Wasted in America’.

    For the first time ever the record will be played in it’s entirety, with many tracks getting a rare airing – and of course, plenty of other cuts and favourites will be also played.

    Alongside SSD Concerts, we are promoting the Newcastle show again – and – this is a proper ‘return home’ type show as with Trillians now up and running at full steam and back to glory, by request – Jizzy will be playing there.

    The date is Thursday 16th March 2017.  Tickets are on sale now at only £12 advance (likely £14 on the door) and available here (clicky) or search on www.seetickets.com

    Special guests on this tour are Bulletproof Rose.

    As always, Jizzy is happy to do a meet and greet with fans after the show for autographs, photos and all of that. Proper star 🙂


  • New Videos from Combichrist and Rabia Sorda

    The Combichrist / Filter / Rabia Sorda tour hits Newcastle this Wednesday, June 29th at the Riverside
    In the past week, both Combichrist and Rabia Sorda have released new videos.   Combi for ‘My Life, My Rules’ and Rabia for ‘King of the Wasteland’
    It’s gonna be a fun packed night on Wednesday – tickets doing fairly well and still some left – www.seetickets.com has e-tickets – Beatdown and RPM also have some physicals and of course you can pay on the door on the night (7pm doors, first band likely 7.15pm)

  • Richie Ramone returns

    Richie Ramone Dec 2016 Tour PosterAfter an amazing show back in February, Richie Ramone returns to Newcastle this December in support of new album Cellophane.

    The show takes part in Think Tank on December 6th, tickets on sale now from www.seetickets.com

    The legendary Ramones drummer will be playing a long set (90 minutes!) with a mix of solo material and Ramones classics which he wrote or played on.

    Support comes, once again, from Leeds post-punk outfit Klammer.

    Fans should expect a high energy and fun show from a true modern icon.