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  • 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.


  • Rusted Hero headline special show with Snake Plissken and Siege UK

    Last August, Rusted Hero went on a run of gigs in Germany with the fantastic Snake Plissken

    Well. Now they’re returning the favour and bringing them over to the UK.

    The bands will also be joined with great friends The Siege

    A real good night of rock n roll in the heart of Ouseburn with advance tickets just £5 >> Grab Tickets here << or over the bar in The Cluny

    Check out Rusted Hero >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NArn4Hil74c
    Check out Snake Plissken >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxcL96g6Yfs


  • This Friday – Bloodstock M2TM Final

    This Friday…. June 17th… at The Cluny

    Just £5 entry

    25 bands started… we’re down to 5

    1 of which will be playing Bloodstock in August.

    But which one?

    The 5 finalists are….

    Hellion Rising
    Arcite
    Dirty King
    Souls of Jack Ketch
    I’ll play the Villain

    It’s undoubtedly going to be close – very close!

    The final is at The Cluny on June 17th. It is just £5 entry to see 5 amazing bands – a night of sure fire entertainment and of course being able to see which band will be representing the region at Bloodstock in August.

    The running order will be randomised closer to the time – is down to judges from Bloodstock.

    Whoever wins, this is bound to be a great night!


  • Vintage Caravan – November Newcastle show

    vintage caravanThe Vintage Caravan will be back to expand the minds of British fans this Autumn. Support comes from Swedish riffers Dead Lord.

    The bands play Think Tank on November 8th – tickets available now from www.seetickets.com

    Frontman Óskar Logi Ágústsson comments:
    “Ah The United Kingdom, we love you, we have a good thing going on, we hope you feel the same way. You are the Barry to our White, the Pink to our Floyd and the Bootsy to our Collins. We hope you remember our midnight moonlight walks and the good times we had, let’s make some more sweet memories.”


  • Rabia Sorda – The King of the Wasteland

    Rabia Sorda have released new single ‘The King of the Wasteland’ via Out of Line Music.

    The Mexican-German inferno-mob Rabia Sorda unleashes the primal force of wrath in an anthemic Electro-Punk-attack.

    A storm is coming. A new beginning needs the complete and utter annihilation of the old. Anger is an energy… and each generation needs its own kind of rebellion. Like a force of nature, Rabia-Sorda- and Hocico-front-berzerker Erk Aicrag unleashes a cleansing tornado of hatred. “King Of The Wasteland” combines hard Electro with raw Punk and Industrial to a modern anthem of insurgence. Bundled with b-side “Monster”, which effectively bonds retro-electronica with a punky attitude, plus three adequately infernal remixes, Rabia Sorda crown themselves kings of the wasteland and let expectations rise for the upcoming new album.

    Rabia Sorda play Newcastle Riverside on June 29th with Combichrist and Filter – 50% of tickets gone – get yours from www.seetickets.com here