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DEVIN TOWNSEND Promises ‘Special Set’ for BLOODSTOCK 2020 Headline Appearance

Organisers at Bloodstock have confirmed that the first headline for the 2020 weekend will be the mighty Devin Townsend.

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Organisers at Bloodstock have weighed in with a special announcement confirming that the first headline for the 2020 weekend will be the mighty Devin Townsend.

Speaking about the set, details of which are still to be released, Townsend said: “I am putting together a VERY special one-off show for Bloodstock, with a heavy band, playing the very best material for an outdoor festival from my entire catalogue from SYL to Empath. I have always felt that if I was given one shot to knock it out of the park, I wouldn’t hesitate. And, my friends, this is that shot!”

Here’s a taster of Devin Townsend performing “Deadhead” at the Royal Albert Hall in London:


Also joining the bill will be Ukranian tech-metal beasts Jinjer and power metal favourites Gloryhammer who join the previously announced Skindred, Black Dahlia Murder, Butcher Babies, Vio-Lence, Dark Tranquility and Sacred Reich.

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2020. Get info on ticket packages and additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.

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The Electric Highway Festival Announces Final Lineup for 2024

The Electric Highway Festival announces the final lineup for the 2024 edition of the festival held in Calgary, AB on April 4, 5, and 6.

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The Electric Highway Festival is excited to announce the final lineup for the 2024 edition of the festival, which will be held in Calgary, AB, on April 4, 5, and 6 at Dickens (1000 9 Ave SW). This is the biggest festival lineup yet, with 23 bands playing over three days.

Canadian Juno Award-winning Vancouver band Anciients will headline the whole festival. They will be joined by various Western Canadian bands, including Dead Quiet, Empress, Flashback, Buffalo Bud Buster, and more. Newly added to the bill are returning bands La Chinga, Hombre, and Set & Stoned, along with festival newcomers Prisoner, Passing Pluto, and Mors Sanctorum.

The final festival poster is now available. The festival artwork was created by Saskatchewan tattoo artist Roman Corkery (check him out). Besides being a fantastic tattoo artist, Roman is also a talented multi-media artist. The Festival thought it was time to have a full-on space theme. With Roman’s love of creating space-themed art, he was the perfect artist to tackle the idea, and the result was outstanding.

All festival tickets and passes are now available at presale pricing, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets. 2024 Festival t-shirts are now available for presale as well. Order now to save some money, and be sure to get the size you want. The Electric Highway Festival hosts various genres that range from Desert Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom, Sludge, Trippy Psychedelic, Surf Rock, Acid Rock, Noise Rock, Fuzz Rock, Space Rock, Blues Rock, Heavy Psych, Heavy Blues, Southern Rock, Fuzzy Punk, Sludgy Hardcore bands and variations of any of the previously mentioned styles.

The 2023 edition of the festival featured Californian headliners Sasquatch, one of the event’s past favourites, laying down their brand of fuzzy, kick-ass Desert Rock & Heavy Psych with direct support from Vancouver’s La Chinga who returned for their 4th appearance on the Saturday night. Black Mastiff returned to headline the Friday night with Calgary’s Gone Cosmic and HypnoPilot headlined the Thursday show with support from Citizen Rage. These were just a few of the wicked bands that played at this past year’s The Electric Highway.

The Electric Highway is excited to announce once again that New Level Brewing is not only the top sponsor but is also the preferred beverage provider for The Electric Highway and all the bands on the bill. New Level Brewing is a Calgary-based award-winning Craft brewery. New Level is known for bending the rules of the style guidelines to create bold beers that are just a bit different from what you may have had before. Specializing in unusual ingredients with eye-catching packaging, New Level’s craft beer and sodas are worth checking out. You can find New Level on all social media or their website at https://www.newlevelbrewing.ca/

The Electric Highway would also like to announce that Crooks Hollow Studio is their newest major sponsor. The festival is so excited to have them on board! One of Calgary’s newest state-of-the-art studios with top-of-the-line equipment will take a recording to the next level. Drummers will especially love this studio, with acoustics tailored to create the perfect big drum sound. Crooks Hollow Studio will be providing top-level backline equipment to this year’s festival, as well as technical support.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to check out the Festival’s Expo taking place all three days at Dickens. The Expo features some of Calgary’s most interesting and unusual creators and unique small businesses. There are still limited spaces available in the Expo. Contact the Festival for more information.

The Electric Highway Festival Lineup By Day:
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Thursday, April 4:
Hombre (Calgary)
Solid Brown (Calgary)
Set & Stoned (Calgary)
Owls & Eagles (Calgary)
Black Daggers (Red Deer)
Prisoner (Calgary)
Mors Sanctorum (Calgary)

​Friday, April 5:​
Buffalo Bud Buster (Calgary)
La Chinga (Vancouver)
Flashback (Calgary)
Pharm (Kelowna)
The Getmines (Vancouver)
Blacksmith and Brewer (BC Sunshine Coast)
Atomic Yeti (Saskatoon)
Passing Pluto (Calgary)

Saturday, April 6:​
Anciients (Vancouver)
Dead Quiet (Vancouver)
Empress (Vancouver)
Gnarwhal (Yellowknife)
Tebby and the Heavy (Edmonton)
Musing (Calgary)
Stone Spear (Kelowna)
Conjure Hand (Victoria)

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival Returns for its 11th Year!

Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA.

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival 2024

Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA. The Marshfield Fairgrounds will host the likes of Sublime with original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Tash Sultana, Mt. Joy, the Dirty Heads, and many more.

The music festival originally started as a surf shop’s 10-year anniversary party and is now the premier boutique music and arts festival for the region. The festival features national and local acts while including the arts with vendors and installations throughout the grounds. The festival is a family-friendly event, including a kids zone with interactive activities.

On top of bringing together the East Coast community, one percent of each ticket sold will go to the Levitate Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by creating and conserving access to music, art and the outdoors.

With the reunion of Sublime and several powerhouse appearances, this year’s Levitate is sure to be a must-attend event. The festival runs from July 5th through the 7th, 2024. Tickets are on sale now here. See you there!

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Pearl Jam Announce ‘Dark Matter’ Album Details and World Tour

Rock legends Pearl Jam have revealed details of their ‘Dark Matter’ album, and a full World Tour for 2024. Get all the details here…

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Pearl Jam, photo by Danny Clinch

Pearl Jam will release their twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, through Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on April 19, 2024, and launch a 35-date worldwide tour this May. To celebrate the news, the band have shared the title track with the album marking the band’s first release since the critically-acclaimed Gigaton in 2020.

Recorded in Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played with producer Andrew Watt at the helm. The musicians faced one another in the same space and communicated sonically at the highest level. Writing and recording in a burst of inspiration, Dark Matter was born in just three weeks.

Speaking about the album, frontman Eddie Vedder said:

“I’m getting chills because I have good memories. We’re still looking for ways to communicate. We’re at this time in our lives when you could do it or you could not do it, but we still care about putting something out there that is meaningful and that we hopefully think is our best work. No hyperbole, I think this is our best work.”

Check out the title track here:

Continuing, guitarist Jeff Ament added,

“What Ed said about getting us in a room at this point, we felt like we were about to make a really important record. A lot of that had to do with the atmosphere Andrew set up. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of our history, not only as a band and how we wrote songs but as players. He could pinpoint things we did on old songs to the point where I was like, ‘What the fuck is he talking about?’ His excitement was contagious. He’s a force. I just want to say thanks for keeping us on track. I couldn’t be prouder of us as a band. I feel so grateful for the fans, but mostly for my brothers and these people I’ve made music with.”

The band is celebrating indie record stores with the release of a special edition of Dark Matter on April 20. Only at participating stores as part of Record Store Day. Get more information and find stores at www.recordstoreday.com.

Dark Matter Track listing:

1. Scared of Fear
2. React, Respond
3. Wreckage
4. Dark Matter
5. Won’t Tell
6. Upper Hand
7. Waiting for Stevie
8. Running
9. Something Special
10. Got to Give
11. Setting Sun

In support of Dark Matter, Pearl Jam will head out on a world tour this year. Their global tour, hitting nine countries and 25 cities, kicks off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, North America including their first hometown performance in six years at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the world’s first net zero certified arena. The tour continues with performances in the UK and Europe, followed by the group’s long-awaited ten-year return to New Zealand and Australia this November.

Tour Dates:

05/06 – Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
05/04 – Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
05/10 – Portland, OR Moda Center
05/13 – Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
05/16 – Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
05/18 – Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum
05/22 – Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum
05/25 – Napa Valley, CA BottleRock Festival **
05/28 – Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
05/30 – Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
06/22 – Dublin, IE Marlay Park
06/25 – Manchester, UK Manchester Co-Op Live
06/29 – London, UK Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
07/02 – Berlin, DE Waldbühne
07/03 – Berlin, DE Waldbühne
07/06 – Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi
07/08 – Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi
07/11 – Madrid, SE Mad Cool Festival **
07/13 – Lisbon, PT NOS Alive Festival **
08/22 – Missoula, MT Washington-Grizzly Stadium
08/26 – Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Music Center *
08/29 – Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
08/31 – Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
09/03 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
09/04 – New York, NY Madison Square Garden
09/07 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
09/09 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
09/12 – Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena
09/15 – Boston, MA Fenway Park
09/17 – Boston, MA Fenway Park
11/08 – Auckland, NZ Go Media Stadium Mt Smart
11/13 – Gold Coast, AU Heritage Bank Stadium
11/16 – Melbourne, AU Marvel Stadium
11/21 – Sydney, AU Giants Stadium

* Rescheduled date from 2023
** Festival dates are already on sale

Special guests Deep Sea Diver (North America Leg 1), Glen Hansard (North America Leg 2), The Murder Capital (UK/EU), Richard Ashcroft (Dublin and London) and Pixies (Australia and New Zealand) will serve as support for these dates.

To pre-order your copy of Dark Matter, head over to here.

Pearl Jam ‘Dark Matter’ Album Artwork

Pearl Jam ‘Dark Matter’ Album Artwork

Pearl Jam ‘Dark Matter’ Tour Artwork

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