M2TM 2017 is almost upon us. We have 26 confirmed bands, including 4 re-entries from 2016 plus 22 entering for the first time this year.
We literally only have a couple of slots left, so email email@example.com if you want to bag one.
We’ll be presenting details of the heats very soon – but – pleased to announce the first event at Trillians on February 16th will have special, non-competing, headliners Dirty King – they played Bloodstock in 2016 on the Jagermeister Stage and so it’s good to show off one of the talents from last year.
We hope to get SOJK in another show as non-competitng also 🙂
After 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
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 – and this time the decision is judges only, which is a panel including reps from Bloodstock.
We’ve now completed the heat stages of the Bloodstock M2TM Competition. 25 bands took to the stage in Trillians and there’s been some amazing performances. And some Donk. But mostly, amazing performances.
As well as being the first time for the Bloodstock M2TM Competition is Newcastle, it’s also my first time at running a Battle of the Bands style competition. 10 years of this and it’s the first time I’ve really done it – and fuck – there’s been so many so so good bands who didn’t get through, it was heartbreaking.
But, that in itself, is a big testamanet to the quality of some of the Underground bands in Newcastle and the the Region and I recommend every one of them. (Even the Donk).
I certainly look forward to working with some of the bands in other capacities in the future.
So. 10 bands got through to the Semi Finals in May.
The running orders for these are to be confirmed, as we need to shuffle and randomise, so the order here is the order they appeared in the heats.
Semi Final 1 : May 15th at Think Tank. £4 Entry.
Hellion Rising, Arcite, Guardian, Devil’s Night, Rusted Hero
Semi Final 2 : May 29th at Think Tank. £4 Entry.
Guilt City, The Distorted, Dirty King, Souls of Jack Ketch, I’ll Play the Villain
Progression to the final changes slightly from the Heats. With a stronger focus on judge votes, although fan votes (cheers) do still contribute – we are considering other models also to register fan votes.
Fans have played a major part in the heat stages – we have had a number of very, very close rounds where the ultimate decision on which band went through and which didn’t had rested on crowd cheers.
A total of 5 bands will go through the final – this will be the two winners of each heat and the judges decision on strongest 3rd place band.
These bands were all quality in the heats and it’ll be good to see them battle out in the semis but will be, undoubtedly, ridiculously close.