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  • M88A9310 - Hands off Gretel - October show Hands off Gretel – October show

    Hands off Gretel - Newcastle show on October 26th

    We are delighted to welcome Hands off Gretel to Newcastle as part of their October tour.

    Fronted by scream-queen Lauren Tate, the South Yorkshire four-piece bring their mix of garage rock, grunge and pop-rock to the Globe on October 26th.

    Energy, chaos, nihilism and debauchery abound, a trip with Hands Off Gretel will leave you spent. A beautifully polished ballet of chaos, costume and drama presenting lyrics that echoes the angst and vulnerability of growing up in 21st century Britain.” – Northern Exposure

    Joining the band we have two local supports.  

    PussyWillowFurryVenus – who bring their interesting alt-rock over from Sunderland.

    Fallen Mafia – hard rock up from Durham.

    Tickets are £7 in advance – or £10 on the door.  You can buy advance tickets from www.seetickets.com

     


  • eureka - Eureka Machines - September Tour Eureka Machines – September Tour

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    Can you believe it’s been 3 years since Eureka Machines last played Newcastle?  I know.  That’s ages.

    But… good news everyone, they’re coming back!

    This is a strictly limited run of dates, so we’re thrilled they’re coming to Cluny 2 on September 14th.

    Tickets can be grabbed here.

    Couple of things to help make this show special…

    First off, they’ve a new album out – ‘Victories’ and it’s canny good and that. You should check it out.  I’ve stuck a video from it on the bottom of this post.

    Secondly, it’s their 10th anniversary tour – so expect tracks from, well, all of the albums.  Which is nice cos they’ve lots of cracking songs.

    Supports will be announced in good time, for sure.

    Tickets.

     

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  • jizzypearllive2017 638 - New Jizzy Pearl album - All you need is Soul New Jizzy Pearl album – All you need is Soul

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    The unmistakable voice from one of the most loved hard rock bands of the early 1990s is returning this spring. Jizzy Pearl of LOVE/HATE is back with his new solo album, “All You Need Is Soul”. This highly anticipated studio release will be made available May 11 via Frontiers Music Srl.

    “In my opinion, this is the best record I’ve done since ‘Blackout In The Red Room’,” says Jizzy. “It captures all the energy and power of that album with great songs, high-energy vocals, big drums courtesy of Dave Moreno (PUDDLE OF MUDD) and amazing guitars from LOVE/HATE guitarist Darren Housholder.”

    From the opening vocals of blistering first song “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” to the effortlessly cool album closer “Mr Jimmy”, Jizzy’s new record is brimming with fresh new music that’s easily recognizable whilst contemporary in its delivery. Listen closer and you’ll discover the hard-rocking groove of “High For An Eye”, the funk rock of album title track “All You Need Is Soul” and many more new favorites. Make no mistake, Jizzy Pearl has returned and he’s better than ever.

    Although released on May 11, we’re told Jizzy will have copies with him on the UK tour, which cuts Think Tank in Newcastle on May 3rd.  As always, tickets are doing well – you can secure yours here (click)

    Jizzy Pearl and LOVE/HATE burst onto the scene in 1990 with the debut album “Blackout In The Red Room” and proceeded to take the U.K. by storm with “Best Album Of The Year” from Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines. Playing sold-out shows and opening for SKID ROW, AC/DC and DIO put LOVE/HATE on the map. MTV hits “Why Do You Think They Call It Dope”, “She’s An Angel” and the band’s follow-up album, “Wasted In America”, have ensured a loyal following to this day.

    “All You Need Is Soul” track listing:

    01. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
    02. Comin’ Home To The Bone
    03. High For An Eye
    04. All You Need Is Soul
    05. House Of Sin
    06. Mortified
    07. Frustrated
    08. When The Devil Comes
    09. You Don’t Know What It’s Like
    10. It Doesn’t Matter
    11. Little Treasures
    12. Mr Jimmy


  • unnamed - Double Negative - new album from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Double Negative – new album from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

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    Ahead of their 2018 tour, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have announced details of their 4th album.

    “We wanted to create a short, angry album that emphasised our punk side and pushed our sound forward,” explain the band.

    “It’s dark, savage, brutal and holds up the rotten corpse of Britain’s past as a mirror to the sorry state of the present…and then rubs yer face in it so you won’t do it again”

    The album is entitled ‘Double Negative’ and drops on March 9th, just before they embark on their tour.

    You can pre-order the album here in a number of different formats

    And of course… the tour… hits up Newcastle on March 13th at Trillians, with special guests Idestroy.   We’re unsurprised to report tickets have been selling very well – so – come along and be a part of it.   Get Tickets.


  • TELT Poster Final - Electric Liberation Tour - Line-Up Change 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

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  • hellyeah - KMFDM - new video - show next week! KMFDM – new video – show next week!

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    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.

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  • eu - EU Referendum and the Music Industry EU Referendum and the Music Industry

    Unless you’ve been under a rock for a while, you’ll be aware that next Thursday the UK will host a referendum on whether to continue to be a member of the European Union.

    Like us, you’re probably bored of some of the tit for tat, scaremongering and prophecies of doom by both sides.

    It’s one of those really difficult things as facts are unfortunately scarce, there is no real “use case” on leaving the EU and then negotiating new trade terms.
    We can point to Switzerland and Norway for pros and cons of either argument, but neither of those has been previous part of the EU.

    We are seriously concerned about the impact that this vote could have on the music industry.
    I don’t want to scaremonger, or exaggerate – there’s been too much of that in the press – but to share our concerns.
    We do use the word “could” so will try to explain the possibilities.

    The music industry has had a lot of problems in recent years. Some it hasn’t always tackled the best way (Metallica suing Napster springs to mind) and on the whole, the music industry will get through whatever happens, but, will have to adapt and change again.

    A vote to remain would do little to improve the music industry, but, a vote to leave would likely throw up a lot of extra barriers which would make it more difficult for smaller bands, niche bands, DIY labels, DIY and small promoters.

    At the moment – we have free movement with the EU. This a free movement of people, goods, trade. Impact to any of those will impact the music industry.

    While many point to Norway or Switzerland – they have the free movement of people, goods, trade as part of their agreement with the EU.

    So. Potential impacts.

    Last year, British artists accounted for over 17 percent of album sales in the six largest European markets after the UK—Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands—where they enjoyed nearly a third of the share.
    Any tarrifs brought in on exports of music would cut the revenues for the labels and ultimately the artists.
    At a time when artists are seeing lower sales, often blamed on the rise of the internet.

    This would have a biggest impact on smaller or niche markets – it’s not that I don’t care about Adele, but, there is a big appetite for alternative rock, metal, Goth, Industrial and associated in Europe and it’s the smaller acts, niche labels, DIY, who are likely to feel the pinch more.

    If bands are receiving even less revenue from their records than present, many more will be unable to afford to contine.

    For companies like us, it’s obviously in our best interest that bands are making money from records as that is what keeps them afloat.

    I may, one day, document how little bands actually make from touring. Obviously Iron Maiden do alright, but I mean – well – any band asking £20 or less per ticket.

    Any restriction on movements of goods and/or people would increase the cost of touring.

    This is of course where we are most concerned.

    First off. Bands would be required to produce a Carnet.
    A Carnet is published documentation stating all of the equipment a band will be touring with.
    It costs between £1000-£2000 (depending on circumstances) and last just 12 months.
    This is 2 way for European bands coming into the UK and for UK bands going out – so – a band doing a 10 day UK tour has an extra £100-£200 per show to cover – the only way to cover this is in a fee and this will inevitably push ticket prices up. Again, top end bands, say, Nine Inch Nails, can probably absorb this fairly easily – a band doing club shows to 100 people per night asking £14 per ticket instead of £12 is going to be noticable to fans and, of course, may start to put some off.

    This would also be fairly costly and restrictive for UK bands to tour within Europe – detrimental to their development and denying them of experiences.

    This also adds in complications if gear is broken/lost on tour, or if new gear is bought to complete the tour, the band will have to pay taxes at customs upon leave/return.

    And, of course, the risk that every time you cross a border or checkpoint that someone could ask to do a full stocktake of all your gear on board.

    Older bands may remember the days of the Carnet, queuing at each border and then a risk that every piece of gear would have to be unloaded and checked against the serial numbers which is both stressful and time consuming… and if there’s any discrepancies, bands can be sent back to the previous border point – which can end up wasting half a day or so.

    This is of course before I mention every band’s most hate word…. Visas.

    I deliberately didn’t mention this first – because – well, it’s possible for a trade deal to continue to allow free movement and if bands can come and go without a Visa we don’t have much problem, but, they may of coruse still need the Carnet above.

    Any restriction to free movement “A points based system”, “Paperwork” whatever is extra work for the bands (when they should be practicing and writing new songs!) and of course the extra expense involved.

    In the past 18 months I am aware of a few visa problems.
    Our own problem was with Eric Martin who, in December 2014, was refused entry to the UK on the paperwork. We still do not know what was wrong.
    This caused financial loss to Eric, to the touring support act, to the agent, to us. This caused inconvenience to the fans who’d made arrangements for the tour, booked trains, hotels, time off work, etc.
    This is always a concern when visas are involved.
    We also have other examples, The Last Dance were detained on their way to Whitby Goth Weekend and of course Zardonic did not receive paperwork in time to take his slot at Resistanz Festival.
    Going the other way, Surgyn had to delay their part of the Aesthetic Perfection US tour as paperwork didn’t come through in time and they are one of many bands who has forked out a lot of money for Visas that were either delayed, restricted, or denied.

    In order to get a visa as a band, you often have to prove you are a real “credible” band and for niche bands this can be quite hard to build up enough evidence.

    This is before we get into things like filing taxes on tours, copyright agreements, or of course that the whole of the EU is currently open for bands to choose where to print flyers, posters, records, merchandise in order to find the most appropriate deal for them.

    The best case scenario in the event of a leave is that all free movements remains in place – and leaving just becomes a pointless tickbox exercise.

    The absolute worst case scenario
    – Bands will receive less for music they sell outside the UK.
    – The impact of this being they don’t receive the income required to stay afloat
    – It will be more expensive for European bands to tour the UK (and depending on Visa changes, could make it more expensive for all non-UK bands to tour the UK)
    – As a result, more bands will omit the UK
    – And others will see higher ticket prices
    – Which will put more strain on risk on small venues and independent promoters
    – It will become more expensive for UK bands to tour in Europe
    – Alternative genres like Rock, Metal, Goth, Industrial are likely to be affected the most

    We suspect the actual result in the event of a leave to be somewhere in the middle

    There is a lot more to the referendum than music.
    Some of you will read this and feel that it’s still a risk worth taken or believe you will be better off and thus be happier to pay more to see bands play.
    I don’t want to be argumentative.

    But – we are an independent promotions company which is not our main source of income.
    We can not afford to absorb price rises and believe higher ticket prices for small/medium bands would lower turnouts and have a knock on effect to venues and bands.
    Regardless of the vote, we will strive to continue. We would of course have to consider new negatives when considering any shows to book.
    We just want to put bands on people like, at a good price. We also want our friends in smaller bands to be able to do gig swaps with bands in the EU fairly easily, should they wish, for the fun, experience and development.
    From a company perspective, we are In.


  • GAON main promo - The Golden Age of Nothing join Cold in Berlin show The Golden Age of Nothing join Cold in Berlin show

    Another welcome addition to the Cold in Berlin show in The Head of Steam on May 30th.

    We’d already announced Mausoleums and now we’re thrilled to announce that Teeside Psychedelia act The Golden Age of Nothing will also be performing as part of the bill.

    Tickets are available here and priced just £6 in advance (£8 door).

    TGAON describe themselves as “Gothic psychedelia from Stockton on Tees. Drum machine, distortion pedals, viola gone mad and throbbing bass churning out songs of dead Russian spacemen, the end of the world and polar expeditions gone wrong, all sung with an echo of the blackest humour.”

    You can check out their video for ‘Black Wings’ below

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  • Mortiis 2016 - Mortiis - New Album, Video and Tour Mortiis – New Album, Video and Tour

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    MORTIIS’ ‘THE GREAT DECEIVER’ ALBUM AND ‘DEMONS ARE BACK’ VIDEO OUT NOW
    The Great Deceiver, the long-awaited ninth album from Norway’s Mortiis will officially was released on March 4 via Omnipresence, and a video for the album’s “Demons are Back” has been revealed in conjunction.

    The Great Deceiver‘s long and tortured state of evolution took its toll equally on the band and its namesake, leading Mortiis to so much as state that the record killed the band. “As important as is it to myself and who I have become, I haven’t been able to think about it in any way other than ‘I need to just get this thing out of my life and behind me before I lose my mind,’” he said.

    Saturated with themes of anger, greed, confusion, self-doubt and re-discovery, The Great Deceiver is undoubtedly Mortiis’ most mature album to date. But that maturity came at a great cost mentally. “When we started talking about it and writing the record, we were a band, we had two managements, merch deals and tours were happening,” Mortiis said. “During the course of the writing, recording, re-writing, and re-recording, we lost the connection with almost everyone. There were fallings out with band members to the point where we had to let them go. It was usually about delusion and defeat, the realization of being f**ked with and not getting the recognition deserved. It was never pretty, but in hindsight always understandable.

    “I have been accused of being a lot of things: self-centered, manipulative, unstable, hot- headed, paranoid, the list goes on. Most everyone I have spent some time with have had beefs with me. They´re all right, too…it’s the price of being driven and passionate – or just narrow minded and obsessive – about something is often the loss of friends and colleagues.”

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    The Great Deceiver builds on Mortiis’ past dabbling in metal and industrial, with aggressive guitar-driven crossover metal meeting industrial-type electronics. Although genre-defying, The Great Deceiver is Mortiis’ most accessible release to date.

    With its hauntingly memorable chorus, “Demons are Back” is a perfect example of this accessibility, while also providing an overall narrative for the album.

    “Anger, resentment…I hate everyone,” the band’s namesake said. “These feelings are like waves. During the ‘good times’ they are far away in the distance, and occasionally they come washing ashore in huge waves of ‘I hate everyone.’ It’s a thin line between being in sync with the world and wanting to annihilate everyone you see. ‘Demons are Back’ is a conflicted song, in the sense that I let both sides in, or out, and both voices are heard. It’s therapeutic in a sense, and in another sense it is chaotic and confusing. But, again, I try to create some sort of positivity in the harangue of spitefulness. It’s really down to the logical, sensible me, telling the disturbed, pessimistic me to chill out.”

    The video shows a grotesquely-masked voyeur watching dystopian scenes of utter despair, sadism and eventually, suicide through an array of TV screens, as his own life ends violently. “The mask was inspired partly by a very violent dream I once had,” said Mortiis. “The violence was absolutely relentless.”unnamed (1)

    The clip uses scenes from writer/director Charlie Deaux’s Zoetrope, a film based upon Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony. At the suggestion of Deaux, whom Mortiis previously work with on “The Grudge” video, the band spent a day in Oslo filming additional footage to splice in with images from the original film. With a minimal set and crew – guitarist Levi Gawron acting as directing and Mortiis himself handling special effects – the band captured original scenes that seamlessly compliment those from Zoetrope in frantic stop-motion created by Deaux himself.

    “Demons are Back” is available here.

    Order “The Great Deceiver” online.

    Mortiis plays The Cluny in Newcastle on May 23rd – support comes from Seraph Sin and deadfilmstar

    Tickets can be purchased here.


  • mega local - Combichrist and Filter on MEGA Tour Combichrist and Filter on MEGA Tour

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    Newcastle Riverside – June 29th

    Tickets already selling very fast – secure yours from www.seetickets.com

     

    This summer, we will be bringing the ultimate Industrial-Rock-line-up on the road, the likes of which Europe has not seen before. With the double-headliner dream team Combichrist and Filter, the German high-flyers Lord Of The Lost and Mexican Industro-Punks Rabia Sorda, the scene’s greatest team of super heroes is setting out to rock Europe’s stages to the ground:

    Live, Norwegian-American collective Combichrist has the rightful reputation for unleashing pure excess in a hellish ride of Metalcore, Industrial, Electronica, flying drum parts and unabated madness. Armed with their brand-new album and fueled by the pure essence of sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll, Combichrist want YOU!

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    US-Industrial-Rock-legend Filter is the kind of band that doesn’t really really require an introduction. Their albums are genre-classics and their newest release „Crazy Eyes“, the group is in full on attack mode, again. On stage, they will sweep you off your feet with Richard Patrick’s exceptional voice, an infernal performance and a maelstrom of aggression and emotions.

    Special guest is Mexican-German group Rabia Sorda. The wild Electro-Punk-Industrial-bastard-brainchild of Hocico-front-man Erk Aicrag is a whirlwind on stage and the ideal opener for an this kind of tour, with his ability to really get a crowd going.

    The tour comes to Newcastle at The Riverside on June 29th

    Secure your ticket from www.seetickets.com