May 2015 Update
May 19, 2015
It’s been a busy 2015 for us here at NMC Live: Solstafir have continued to unearth their magic touring Europe the incredible ‘Otta’, including their standout shows at Roadburn. Shining blew everyone away on tour with Devin Townsend and Periphery in March and announced their new album on Spinefarm/ Universal. Amplifier & Black Moth took their “stoned out, progged out” sounds around the UK. Anneke van Giersbergen returned to the UK with The Gentle Storm. Kerbdog finally gave the regions of Ireland a taste of their comeback.
Speaking of comebacks, we’ve also enjoyed the return of Oceansize frontman Mike Vennart in his solo guise as
Vennart – packed shows, expect some more. Last, but certainly not least, Lone Wolf has returned to the stage with his new album, a record that has hit 4-5 star reviews in the likes of Clash, Uncut and Music OMH.
The indoor festival season has also allowed
God Seed to lay waste to London’s Electric Ballroom at Incineration, whilst Zottegem, Belgium hosted The Ocean, Maybeshewill and more at Dunk! Festival. Both of these festivals featured relatively new acts to our roster, as Alcest showed they still have metal chops at the end of their UK/ Ireland tour, and Mono did what Mono do best – a majestic headline performance. More info on European shows for those bands is below.
Added to that, we’d like to welcome Crippled Black Phoenix, Long Distance Calling and Agent Fresco to our European booking roster. All three bands fit the profile of what we’re trying to build here, and we’ve personally been fans for a while now.
This brings us nicely to one of our freshest announcements – the return of Abbath. Immortal’s frontman is going solo, and we’re booking him and his band throughout Europe. First up are these festivals:
27.06.15 – Tuska Festival, Finland
04.09.15 – Meh Suff, Switzerland
05.09.15 – Fall of Summer, France
20.02.16 – Blastfest, Norway
Our first tour with Mono will be a European run in October/ November 2015. More dates will be announced, so keep your eyes peeled…
The Ocean are in Scandinavia right now, and will play Graspop and more this summer. Keep up to date with them here.
Alcest are hitting Germany in September around Incubate Netherlands and Meh Suff in Switzerland. Click here for the video for ‘Opale’, from latest album ‘Shelter’…
We’ve announced a full UK tour for W.A.S.P which is already selling great…
Amenra will play Oya, Brutal Assault, Amplifest and more this year, keep up to date with them here.
Cult of Luna head to the UK to headline Arctangent Festival, which will also feature Maybeshewill, Vennart, Talons, Lone Wolf and a return to Europe for Japan’s finest math-rockers, LITE.
We’ve also got as strong contingent heading to Graspop Metal Meeting with God Seed, Shining, Alcest, The Ocean and Ne Obliviscaris all performing; Shining and Ne Obliviscaris will perform on the same weekend at Hellfest.
Ne Obliviscaris have a busy summer festival period ahead of them as they continue to spread their unrelenting sound… the above along with Summer Breeze, Bloodstock, Vagos, Resurrection, Metal Days and more will get a chance see these progressive and heavy minded Australians…
Solstafir meanwhile have a similarly busy summer with Wave Gotik Treffen, Tons of Rock, Nova Rock, Dour, Deichbrand, Ilosaarirock, Ramblin’ Man (with VerseChorusVerse, Alcest and Knifeworld) and more getting the ‘Otta’ treatment… they’ve also announced a UK tour for July and some European club shows in October…
Nine Black Alps have released a new live album and play Y Not Festival; Kerbdog headline The Cave at Two Thousand Trees; Knifeworld head out on some UK shows, and frontman Kavus Torabi will also be out with Gong who tour in October.
Finally, we’ll once again host a stage at Sheffield City Hall for Tramlines Festival, with Alcest, Knifeworld and Lone Wolf, being joined on our stage by Anathema, Rolo Tomassi, And So I Watch You From Afar, Cleft, The Slow Revolt and The Broken Oak Duet.
Kreator + Arch Enemy tour supports announced…
September 9, 2014
Shining and Marty Friedman will be returning to the UK in December, performing a special set together as part of the Kreator Official and Arch Enemy tour!
The artists worked together on ‘Meat Hook’ from Marty’s new album ‘Inferno’, out now on Prosthetic Records. Expect Shining to play key tracks from their Indie Recordings albums ‘BlackJazz’ and ‘One One One’ and they will also collaborate as Marty’s band for his own songs, as well as a couple of collaborative treats…
After the sad news of Daevid Allen’s illness, the band will perform two shows in Manchester & London… Tickets on sale now from TicketWeb UK, Ticketline and other outlets…
Gong 2014 are….
Dave Sturt bass/vox, Ian East winds, Fabio Golfetti guitar/vox, Kavus Torabi guits/vox and a ‘mystery drummer’
Come and join the party to celebrate the Oneness of Gongness! and generate some healing energies for our dearest Dingo Virgin!
And a message to YOU from the divided alien…..
GONG has never stopped shape shifting in it’s 46 years of touring – from its origins in the Parisian revolutions of ’68, through the Virgin years to it’s newest incarnation. Unorthodox and unpredictable it continues to defy show-biz gravity, most forms of logic, every fad and fashion, and pretty much anything else you care to conjure up.
Weeeellll, it is GONG!
Now another twist in the story emerges – I am recouping from surgery which is going to render me off planet for the rest of this year….
HOWEVER – the GONG collective CONTINUES!
This most shiny and new incarnation has been developing for 5 years. It began to take shape with master bassist Dave Sturt and the virtuosic hornsman Ian East. Added to that, Brazillian guitarist Fabio Golfetti, who has been in many forms of Gong for 15 years and the whirlwind that is Kavus Torabi (ex Cardiacs) on guitar/vocals and a new mystery drummer and you have a GONG that will blow your sox off!
Promoting the new album – I SEE YOU – as well as some classic material from the last 45 years – this line up, in my ‘umble opinion, is quite simply, one of the best there has been.
Come and celebrate the oneness of Gongness!
Dynamic, unexpected, whimsical, brilliant chops and huge fun. Your company is most respectfully requested – it just won’t be the same without you.
Of course by supporting the Gong band in my absence you will also be giving energy to my swift recovery.
My hugest thanks to all of you who have already swamped me with loving vibes and positive energies.
See you on the other side of my little setback!
With all my full hearted love,
Tramlines at Sheffield City Hall
July 17, 2014
We are looking after the Sheffield City Hall stage next week on Friday (25th July) and Saturday (26th July) – with sets from Kerbdog, The Xcerts, Post War Glamour Girls, Future Of The Left, Maybeshewill, Esben and the Witch, Blueneck, Messenger, Jonah Matranga, VerseChorusVerse, Brontide, Nordic Giants, Talons, Then Thickens and Her name is Calla.
Weekend tickets are limited & advance only. Head to www.tramlines.org.uk to snap up the last few before they go and save a packet!
God Seed Alt-Fest UK Exclusive
July 11, 2014
The debut, ‘I Begin’, from King and Gaahl’s new project God Seed was released by Indie Recordings in 2012, and they have since played a number of standout festival performances – perhaps most notably, their packed Temple Stage headline set at Hellfest 2013.
Currently in the process of writing and recording the follow up to ‘I Begin’, God Seed have turned down a number of festival offers in favour of a summer of creation over performance – however, the lure of the UK audience has proved too tempting, and they will play an exclusive show at Alt-Fest 2014.
God Seed: Facebook | Official Website
Alt-Fest: Facebook | Official Website