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, email@example.com – 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… firstname.lastname@example.org – heats begin in March.