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  • Newcastle M2TM Returns for 2018!

    Here we go again… Bloodstock M2TM 2018.

    Yet again we are grateful to have Newcastle representation and a certainty that one local band will go to play Bloodstock in 2018.

    It may seem a cliche but, Judas Priest, Nightwish, Gojira, Your Band, etc. it could be true.

    In recent years we’ve managed to send The Souls of Jack Ketch, Decrepid Monolith, Trendkill and Dirty King – who will we send next year?!

    At this point things couldn’t be simpler. Read on to check you meet criteria and drop us a mail, kev@rftkpromotions.co.uk – we’ll get packs out later this week or early next which basically repeats the info here and any fine tuning.

    (1) First off, your band must be any form of alternative rock.
    By alternative rock, I mean, you know – I won’t disrespect any band here, but flowery Oasis-lite stuff, not very Bloodstock.
    However, you don’t necessarily need to be pure cvlt black metal or ambient thrash noise, everything from grunge, southern rock, all shades of metal, industrial, stoner, doom, y’know… just not indie pop.

    (2) Second, your band has to be local(ish) – we are defining local as Tyne and Wear (obviously), Northumberland, Durham, Teeside.
    Other than that, there are M2TM in Selby, Carlisle and Glasgow – so you should really play your local competition – we will consider entrants from N.Yorkshire and Scottish Borders providing you are in no other M2TM competition.

    (3) Third, your band has to be legal – as in every single member and any crew must be 18 (or over) at the time of your heat. It’s a condition of license and if any of your members have been special enough to be banned from Trillians than this obviously wouldn’t be overturned.

    (4) Your band must be DIY – this means no label or genuine DIY label. If your label boss runs it out of his spare room in his lunch break, you’re in. If you are unsure, for example distribution deals or licensing arrangements then drop us the info and we’ll check with the powers that be.

    (5) Your band must not have played the New Blood stage previously

    (6) Heats are generally a Thursday, Semis on Sunday, Final on Saturday. We can be flexible-ish regarding work arrangements, that doesn’t mean your band gets to automatically go on last (which isn’t the best slot in terms of progression….) but, yeah, you must be able to commit to the rounds.

    (7) All the heats are in Trillians and all free entry. This is to keep things simple and consistent for bands and fans and also to help maximise turn out – so you get more people to play to.

    (8) There is no entry fee, no ticket sell, no audience quota, no bullshit. I don’t give a shit if you bring 5 people or 50. You are expected, of course, to assist with pushing the show but this is for bands yet to find a following as well as those with one. Bringing people is an advantage because particularly in the heats – judging is a mixture of judge opinion and crowd reaction.

    (9) We’re open to the idea of non-competing guest bands, for example previous winners or out-of-town bands who will add something to the shows (and not just play to the crowds the locals have brought)

    (10) And that overall – there’ll be more than 20 bands and, sadly, only one is sure of going to Bloodstock. However good you are or aren’t, treating it as fun and networking and a gig that is likely to be well attended and you’re winning even if you don’t get through. (And always feel free to nudge Hilly to see if he’s anything else for you…)

    So, yes… drop us a line… kev@rftkpromotions.co.uk – heats begin in March.


  • Electric Liberation Tour – Line-Up Change

    Some news! It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks in the run up to the Electronic Liberation Tour 2017, and we’ve been fraught with problems behind the scenes, so here’s an update.

    Unfortunately, Syd.31 won’t be able to join us on this tour for personal reasons. We’re gutted too, and hope they can play for you soon.

    The good news though, is that the rest of the team have rallied round, and we’ve roped in some friends as very special guests for the remaining dates on the tour. Twist Helix will be joining us in Newcastle. Check ’em out below

    ded.pixel , St Lucifer and Def Neon will all be performing as normal.

    The running order will be decided closer to the day.

    It’s been rough, but the last thing we want to do is let down the rest of the tour and the people coming along to support us so… bring it on and we’ll see you in November.

    Saturday 25th November 2017
    7:00pm doors
    Head of Steam (ThinkTank Underground), 2 Neville Street, Newcastle, NE1 5EN
    £8 adv. / £10 otd.  Ticket Link
    18+ only

     


  • KMFDM – new video – show next week!

    We’re just a week away from history being made as KMFDM come to Newcastle for the first time ever.  Hitting up Think Tank on September 5th, this will certainly be a night to remember.

    They’ve just recently unleashed stunning new album ‘Hell Yeah’ and you can check out a lyric video to the title track here and the new video for ‘Murder My Heart’ below

    Don’t forget, very special guest Lord of the Lost are coming along for this tour – and you can check out the video for their new track ‘Waiting for you to die’ here

    We’re also chuffed to welcome Inertia back on this run, who will be in support of new single ‘Only Law’ – which you can check out here.

    This has been an extremely popular show and understandably a lot of tickets have sold, which should be lovely and cosy in a 250 capacity venue.

    If you wish to purchase them, you can grab them from seetickets.com they are £16 plus BF (so, £17.60) which makes them the cheapest on the the tour.  There may be some available on the door, but these will be priced at £20 – so save some money and guarantee your place.


  • Cold in Berlin make October return

    Doom-Gothic ensemble Cold in Berlin are set to make a pilgrimage to Newcastle this October to lay waste with their haunting tones.

    The band will be playing Trillians on October 22nd – and as a special treat, this time around the show will be FREE entry.

    They’ve created a rather nifty video here for the song ‘She Walks’ from their 2015 album ‘The Comfort of Loss and Dust’

    In a really quick turnaround, we even have some supports lined up already.

    Gothzilla will be one such support, they’re erm, quite Goth.  Check out a video here for ‘Today is a Good Day To Die’ – reminds me very much of The Merry Thoughts…

    Another such support is Mausoleums – they supported CiB here in 2016 and are back for more : two piece minimal darkwave.  It’s nice, honest.  They’ve a new single up on Bandcamp you can check out.

    Being free in, you obviously don’t need tickets – just get it in your diary and rock up.

    But, if it helps your planning – why not join the Facebook Event?


  • The Electronic Liberation Tour

    Manchester DIY alternative label AnalogueTrash will be taking four of its hottest acts on tour this November under the banner of the Electronic Liberation Tour 2017.

    Syd.31, ded.pixel, DEF NEON and St Lucifer will be playing at the Head of Steam (Think Tank Underground) on Saturday 25th November

    Here’s a little bit information about each band…

    Syd.31 – Genre-mashing, political electro-punk. Imagine the furious love child of Grace Jones and Sid Vicious fronting Atari Teenage Riot.

    ded.pixel – Progressive electronics and Northern bleakness; pushing the boundaries of electro, post rock, ambient and classical minimal composition.

    DEF NEON – An uncanny juxtaposition of contemporary electronics and classic indie rock sensibilities. Think The Gossip meets The Pet Shop Boys, or Peaches meets Van Halen.

    St Lucifer – Avant-garde anti-pop electro noise punk four-piece from the rainy city.  Brace yourself for an eclectic smorgasbord of sounds and an incendiary live show.

    We’re really chuffed to have this bill, it’s a good chance to showcase the next wave of alternative electronic acts.  We’ve also managed to keep costs down and the tour will be priced just £8 in advance, £10 on the door

    You can secure tickets here…


  • M2TM Newcastle – 2017 Winners and Write Up

    “You’re not making this any easier for me,” jokes Simon Hall of Bloodstock, after a string of strong performances in the 2017 M2TM Final.

    “Isn’t that the point?” I joke back.

    Seriously though, some of the performances were out of the park.

    Some things I’ve kept close to my chest. When anyone asks my opinion on who will go through I’ve said stuff like “we’ve 4, 5, 6 great bands tonight” (depending on how many playing) although the truth is, in some of the rounds I did have an opinion… and in most cases I was wrong!

    This is a good thing, mostly, because for the best part I’ve been proven wrong because another band has upped their game.

    End result – lots of great performances.

    So, I’m going to break rank and say going into the final I felt it would be between Trendkill and Decrepit Monolith.

    But, The Unholy Concoction threaten to prove me wrong from the start!
    They’ve been an interesting one this competition – in their heat, there was a clear winner in Decrepit Monolith but judges were divided in who else to send through – TUC were Iain from Jack Ketch’s pick (he was a guest judge that night) and we swayed over to his choice. We can put it on record that his call was clearly justified.
    In the semi finals they were amazing and just pipped out of an automatic place in the final (like really!) and were a convincing second in the play off, but that wouldn’t have been enough to get them to the final.

    However, massive blow as Vigil found flight cancellations stranded them in Europe – and so the logical band to invite to take their place was TUC – so they ended up doing this show on 6 hours notice and it was a massively strong showing. It’s the type of opening band that sets the level for everyone else and a tough one to beat.

    You know, I frequently joke about Trendkill being so young and I shouldn’t – but seriously, these lads have a good future ahead of them. It’s gonna be challenging cos the music industry is just that – I’m old enough to have seen so many “this band could make it” that don’t – certainly though, I want to see where they go from here : they’re just oozing confidence whilst aiming just to have fun – and if they can keep that balance, they’re gonna have more good times ahead of them.
    Proper ear melting thrash – it’s interesting cos there is a clear Pantera influence going on, but I don’t personally like Pantera (we’re all allowed opinions) but love these guys and I’ve just been so stoked to see them cruise their way through he competition.

     

    Decrepit Monolith up next and they just don’t disappoint. They play with such conviction and their blend of black metal is truly mesmerising.
    It’s a difficult genre to get right – but fuck, they get it right. They’ve absolutely steamed through the competition laying unholy waste at each round time after time again.
    Fucking brutal – and the visuals and image is spot on. Although why they brought fire on such a warm day, I dunno…

    I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for Blood Moon Bandits – they entered at heat 1, but only a few days before it – proper late additions, and you know – they might not be the heaviest and thrashiest and brutalist, but they hit the mark if you know what I mean.
    Like other bands on the bill are ales, but they’re a nice refreshing cider.
    They’re lively, they’re energetic and I think they make a good impression but they’ve had such a tough run of bands to perform after.

    Likewise, I’ll Play the Villain – really decent metalcore act and it’s been so good to see how they’ve come along since last year. They’ve a lot more conviction but an extra spark again would make all the difference. They’re strong and they’re decent.

    So anyway, I said I thought it may be between Trendkill and Decrepit Monolith… for the first time in weeks I’m actually right.
    Because of the high standards of both bands, Trendkill are offered the Jaegermeister Stage – and Decrepit Monolith go through as winners to play the New Blood Stage.

    a round of thanks…

    First off – always the most important, you lot – those who’ve been coming along to our shows, watching the bands, supporting bands you like and discovering bands you didn’t know about.  Without you, it’d just be bands playing to bands in an otherwise empty venue.  There’s a lot of great stuff happening in Newcastle for assorted tastes and some amazing promoters and nights and that you’ve chosen on certain days to come and spend your time and money with us – we really genuinely appreciate it.

    Of course, the bands, we ironed out a couple of problems from last year so hopefully it was all a lot better on the bands – thank you for getting behind the spirit of the competition : to my knowledge there’s been no drama or anything and I hope you’ve all picked up some new fans and made some new friends.  The quality this year has been consistently high and I’m looking forward to seeing how some of you develop.

    Trillians – for getting behind my shit and letting me do my thing with no real problems, they’ve also provided the backline, made sure posters have gone up and been generally great to work with.   I will say this time and time again that it’s so good to see the bar back in good hands.

    Truth Hurts – they’ve been recording a lot of the bands sets and generally helping with some of the promotion and been generally good people : I’ve poached Allan who helps me a lot with the compering and also some of the band scouting.   Like, seriously, have you heard me trying to compere? It just, well… naw… I haven’t got the excitement he does – and of course their overall help shouldn’t be played down.

    And, of course, Simon and Bloodstock – it’s been such a fucking pleasure to run this competition here again and as music promotion goes it’s quite rewarding because you can see how some of the bands and fans benefit from it : it’s difficult to phrase this without sounding like I’m having a pop at other promoters which I am certainly not – there are a lot of amazing promoters locally and nationally who do a fucktonne more than I do (and even those who do less, still  have contribution that shouldn’t be played down) but, I mean, I think we’ve all ran gigs where everyone has wondered what the point is : and this is a set of gigs I’m really happy to be apart of.  So, thank you for having faith in me to run the competition, thank you for being supportive and thank you for having me part of the overall picture.

    Fuck, it’s been exhausting.

    I’m going for a lie down and to nurse my hangover.

    Same time next year?


  • M2TM Semi Final 2 – This Sunday

    Last weekend we had six of the best and it was Decrepit Monolith and Vigil who secured places in the final, with play offs secured for Erebor and Blood Moon Bandits

    Semi Final 2 is this Sunday at Trillians, with 6 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 6pm (first band 6.30pm)

    Two bands will go straight to the final in June, while two bands will be given entry into a wild-card play off…

    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…

    Kraken Waker – loud… ex Ten Ton Friday… riffs riffs riffs… beards

    Blackjack – Good ole fashioned rock

    Creature  – Newcastle Alternative Rock

    The Unholy Concotation – Darlington Booze Metal

    Trendkill  – thrash/groove from Redcar

    I’ll Play the Villain – Metalcore, they were finalists last year, but can they steer a competitive semi?

    All of these bands impressed us massively in the heats and we look forward to seeing them again, the  hardest part will be working out who coes through and who goes out!

    We will communicate running order on the Facebook event on the evening after the draw takes place.

    Check out the Facebook Event here

    We hope to see you there for some amazing talent.


  • M2TM Semi Final 1 : Preview Each Band

    Contains video previews of each band in this weekend’s semi…. all video courtesy of Truth Hurts….

     

    It started back in February and we’ve seen 29 great bands on the way so far.  We’re now down to 12.

    Semi Final 1 is this Sunday at Trillians, with 6 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 6pm (first band 6.30pm)

    Two bands will go straight to the final in June, while two bands will be given entry into a wild-card play off…

    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…

    Erebor  – Technical Death Metal.

    Blood Moon Bandits – rock n roll from Middlesbrough

    Molasses – Melodic Metalcore

    Coma Violet – Fuzz Pop

    Vigil – Groove/DJent Metal

    Decrepit Monolith – Newcastle Black Metal

    All of these bands impressed us massively in the heats and we look forward to seeing them again, the  hardest part will be working out who coes through and who goes out!

    We will communicate running order on the Facebook event on the evening after the draw takes place.

    Check out the Facebook Event here

    We hope to see you there for some amazing talent.


  • M2TM – Heat 6 Write Up

    I knew it was going to be tight.

    I just knew it.

    But not even I could predict how bloody tight it would be. Such joy and heartbreak as the final two bands join the semi finals (we’ll get the updated list out when we know which rounds they each drop into)

    First up, Altostratus, they’re like an instrumental Coheed and Cambria – there is a niche here, because instrumental stuff can go two ways – some get really desperate for vocals to kick in. I’m reminded of the old Karma to Burn story, you know, “We’ll give you a record deal – but we want you to have proper song titles and a singer” – well, Roadrunner dropped them and they reissued the album without vocals or song titles and they’re doing well for themselves.
    Anyway… yes.. Altostratus, they’re bloody good like, they captivate the audience with their riffs and it’s quite marmite but certainly many people would like to see more from them.

    Blackjack have been about a bit and they’re back after a break. They are one of those bands that woo’d and impressed with their stadium American Rock in pub venues – but hit the ceiling towards the end, but they’re back with a new fire and passion and fuck they look better for it. They take some swagger into the next round.

    Pits galore for October Ends, metalcore a-go-go : I’ve been very impressed by a lot of metalcore bands in this competition even if very few have gone through! Another time they’d have nailed it as their high energy high tempo slams kill it!

    Erebor are one of two bands tonight who were in the competition last year, last time they went out in the heats in a very tough round which overall winners Souls of Jack Ketch came out of. On that day they were good but lacked an edge. They have found that edge… they’re like a battle to the death between Nile and Amon Amarth with the survivors burning themselves alive to continue the fight. Fucking brutal. Their battle continues in May.

    The first time The Distorted played in M2TM they were in a particularly tought heat and went on last and just took the competition by the bollocks and rolled through – a similar challenge awaits for them tonight and they give a bloody good effort with their horror rock and roll. They cap off what has been an amazing competition.

    What I’ve particularly liked and this is also my tip for the semis and for bands next year or who still have heats elsewhere in the country – the best attitude to have to these is : it’s a gig, with a sure crowd, an opportunity for some fun and networking and showing off to the venue or other promoters. Treat it like that and the performance will ooze natutal confidence and at the worst you’ll hopefully leave with some new fans and contacts.

    And finally, on the fans… I made a rare trip to the stage as I usually get Allan from Truth Hurts to do my compering as he’s better at talking shit than me – but he couldn’t make it so I had to talk to you lot and honestly, I’m humbled by the support given to this – I know you’ve come to watch some good bands and hopefully see friends or favourites go through, but I really appreciate how many have got behind this competition it makes it all the more worthwhile.

    Thank you…

    Right… semis in a month…
    May 21 and May 28 – sweet.


  • M2TM Heat 6 – This Thursday

     Last time out, Molasses and Coma Violet became the 9th and 10th bands to progress to the Semi Finals – there’s now only two more slots to fill and a very tough round of bands to fill them.

    Round 6 is this Thursday at Trillians, with 5 competing bands.  Remember, entry to this and every heat is FREE entry. Kicking off from 7pm

    So, who have we got for you this time – in no particular order (as running order decided on the night) we will be welcoming…

    Erebor  – Technical Death Metal.

    The Distorted – Hard Rock/Metal n Roll – semi finalists last year


    Blackjack
     – Good ole fashioned rock

    October Ends – local metalcore

    Altostratus – Instrumental Progressive Rock

    Having just listened over to each of the bands again… phwoar… it’s going to be tight.
    We will communicate running order on the Facebook event on the evening after the draw takes place.

    Check out the Facebook Event here

    We hope to see you there for some amazing talent.