Everything you need to know about the M2TM Final.
This Saturday marks 2018 final of the Newcastle M2TM.
A winning band will gain a slot playing on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock.
This is the third year we’ve been doing this and so a little reminder of how things work.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE FINAL TAKE PLACE?
The final takes place this Saturday, June 23rd, at Trillians Rock Bar.
HOW MUCH IS ENTRY?
For the second year running, we’ve been able to keep entry to the final (along with all previous rounds) free of charge.
WHAT TIME DOES IT START?
Trillians will be open all day and fans can come and go as they please. We expect the first band to take to the stage at 7.15pm.
WHO WILL BE THE FIRST BAND?
In each final to date we’ve determined the running order by drawing lots on the night – we expect to publish a running order around 6.30pm.
HOW LONG DOES EACH BAND GET?
Each band has 25 minutes.
SO WHO IS PLAYING?
There’s 5 bands. They are Hot Sex For Boys, Kilonova, Love The Sinner, Kraken Waker and The Unholy Concoction.
WHAT HAPPENED TO DESOLATION – I THOUGHT THEY WERE IN THE FINAL?
Sadly they had to withdraw due to personal reasons. We hope to work with them again in the future.
HOT SEX FOR BOYS… THEY’RE EX-DRUGANAUT AREN’T THEY?
They are, almost veterans of this kinda thing. They deliver a pretty killer set, a bit of a mini-party.
The best thing to expect from them is the unexpected. And songs about being kicked in the balls.
KILONOVA, THEY’RE A NEW NAME?
Yes – in fact, the final will only be their 4th gig – 3 of the other 4 en route here. But, while on paper they lack experience, on stage you really wouldn’t know – they’ve really deserved their place in the final.
There’s a certain My Ruin vibe about them, but… modernised.
LOVE THE SINNER – THEY’RE A BIT… THEY’RE NOT THAT HEAVY?
They’re not, but it’s not just about heavy music and that’s a bit of misconception. If you look over to the Bloodstock line-up, Mr Big are a main stage band.
I’ll be honest, we expected them to struggle in the semis, but they came with a much beefier set and it was really hard to ignore the quality.
AND THE UNHOLY CONCOCTION, THEY WERE FINALISTS LAST YEAR, WEREN’T THEY?
They were, yes. They pack some awesome riffs and while it’s no surprise to see them back in the final, they’ve had to navigate some tricky rounds to get here.
KRAKEN WAKER – MORE RIFFS?
Yes, it’s a bit of a riff-heavy final, but these nautical beardy sludgers do have a bit punch about them – and a singing drummer. On occasion.
They also have songs about beards.
HOW IS IT DECIDED WHO WILL WIN?
While earlier rounds had judges and a vote based on crowd reaction (which we’re looking to improve in the future…) the final is merely decided by representatives from Bloodstock. I imagine they will be looking at a number of factors – but – overall – a name they’ll feel pleased to have on their festival.
DIDN’T TWO BANDS WIN LAST YEAR?
No. Decrepid Monolith won last year, however Trendkill were also offered a slot on the Jaegermeister Stage.
WILL SIMILAR HAPPEN THIS YEAR?
The Jaeger invite is discretionery. I’d like to send ALL the bands to Bloodstock (along with a few who are out) but it’s not up to me and ultimately there’s officially one winner.
WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN?
I honestly think it can come down to the night. I know it’s a cliche, but every one of these bands have been impressive in the previous rounds – seeing off some very tough opponents.
And actually, you know – I won’t give names because if there’s one thing sure to make sure you won’t win is to think you’ve already won.
WHAT TIME WILL THE WINNER BE ANNOUNCED?
A lot depends on how long it takes to decide – we imagine around 10.30pm.
ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW FOR THE FINAL?
Bring some spare change as there’ll be a raffle where you can win some beers or some tickets to Bloodstock – come along and check out some cool bands from the region.
SAME TIME NEXT YEAR?
I bloody hope so.