***WIN A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY...***
In 2009 LAWNMOWER DETH appeared for the first time at Download Festival, 10 years later and they're playing at Amplified Festival for the first time.
Kevin “KEV” Papworth, legendary guitarist and former member of Amplified Alumi Acid Reign, as well as, the aforementioned Lawnmower Deth, donated a guitar to a member of our team and in support of the Mental Health Foundation they're donating it to us.
To have every band playing over the weekend at next years festival sign the guitar.
We'll announce the winner at the end of the Sunday Headliner set and you can take it home with you first thing Monday morning.
How do you win?
Simple. Buy an EARLY BIRD WEEKEND TICKET for Amplified Festival before 31st October 2018 and you'll be entered.
If you've already bought a ticket, don't worry you're already included in the draw.
There's nothing else to do.
One entry per ticket.
*Chair and/or Clown Suit not included
To purchase your EARLY BIRD ticket visit www.amplifiedrocks.com/tickets
After an arduous trip with cancelled shows due to unreleased visas, Ukraine’s JINJER gave arguably one of the strongest performances of the entire weekend here at Gloucestershire’s Amplified Festival.
You guys wanted them back so here they are in 2019 headlining the Red Stripe Main Stage Friday July 19th ...their FIRST EVER UK Festival Headline!
With numerous line-up changes since their inception and three albums 'Inhale, Don't Breathe', 'Cloud Factory' and 'King Of Everything' along with being voted as The Best Ukrainian Metal Act in 2013 and 2016 at the Ukrainian Metal Act Awards they have gone from strength to strength selling out shows across the globe.
Currently, on tour across the US supporting Devil Driver, headline tours booked in across the South Americas, Mexico and Japan to follow, there's no stopping one of the hardest working bands out there. The world is there for the taking and Jinjer are going to grasp it with 4 pairs of hands and they're not letting go until you submit...and you will, trust us you will.
Joining them on the Red Stripe Main Stage bill Friday, July 19th are rugby-based wars, bringing their brand of vitriolic metallic hardcore with them. Performing alongside is the 6-piece metalcore band from Northern California aptly named KINGDOM OF GIANTS...their sound is literally massive!
The Red Stripe Main Stage line-up will also additionally feature progressive thrash metal in the form of SIN THETA from Newcastle upon Tyne here on Saturday July 20th, and on Sunday July 21st Scottish hard rock band THE AMORETTES are back at AMPLIFIED FESTIVAL following their 'storming' performance in 2017...thankfully despite unsubstantiated reports of their demise here in 2017 they're ALL still very much alive and kicking!
Headlining the Very Metal Art Stage Saturday 20th July are the legendary American thrash and progressive metal band FLOTSAM & JETSAM. With 12 albums released and the title of the only band to achieve a 6K rating in a KERRANG review, their most recent opus entitled 'Flotsam & Jetsam' being another critically acclaimed release. Album number 13 is due out this year, the band continue to grace stages at festivals the world over so it was only right that we invited them here to Amplified Festival.
Joining the Very Metal Art Stage as the Sunday headliners are MEMORIUM featuring former Bolt Thrower vocalist Karl Willetts, MEMORIUM are a band with a substantial and proud Death Metal heritage and are ones not to be missed.
And continuing with the Very Metal Art Stage headliners on Friday 19th July, Liverpool based doom metal band CONAN bring their heavily distorted and down-tuned, sound. It has been described as "caveman battle doom" delivering unending hammer blows unto the earth! It's going to be heavy!
In addition, the festival announces THE SIXPOUNDER will be appearing here at Amplified Festival on the G's Stage Sunday 21st July. THE SIXPOUNDER beginnings date back to the year 2006 to a city called Wrocław in Poland.
The musical style that it presents is a combination of groove metal, melodic metalcore and melodic death metal and this gained them a following which quickly allowed them to perform at festivals such as Przystanek Woodstock and Wacken.
Revered back in their home country and all across mainland Europe you'll soon see why we had to invite them here to Amplified Festival ...it's also going to be heavy, very heavy so get ready!!
Remaining Early Bird Tickets will be on sale until midnight on the 31st October, 2018 via the festival website. For full details visit: www.amplifiedrocks.com/tickets
Band applications close 31-October-2018 www.amplifiedrocks.com/band-applications
This year bands will be selected by way of online video voting system! Voting will take place between 4 November 2018 through to the end of March 2019. Watch this space for more information and best acts listing.
Saturday Headliner and Confirmed Acts Announced
“As the saying goes 'Time flies when you're having fun'...can it really be time to announce the line up for Amplified Version 3.0 already?! We've endured torrential storms in 2017 followed by blistering sunshine in 2018 so it would be a brave person to bet on what's going to happen weather wise here at Amplified over the weekend of 19th-21st July, 2019.
One thing is for certain...we are going to continue to bring you the best new acts from the global rock and metal scene. Yes, artists will yet again be joining us here on the hallowed stages of Amplified from all around the world including artists from Sweden, the Netherlands, and as far afield as Japan. With the masked mayhem in the shape of MUSHROOMHEAD joining us from the USA as Saturday's Red Stripe Main Stage headliners, Amplified 2019 will be here before we know it.
So please read on for the first confirmed acts and stay tuned as we've still several other acts to announce over the coming months...it's going to be a very special weekend here at Amplified 2019!
And as always thank you for your continued support as without you Amplified wouldn't be the festival it has grown to be and we look forward to welcoming you all again very soon.” Gary - Event Founder and lover of all things rock!
Gloucestershire based AMPLIFIED FESTIVAL makes their first announcement, and it's a statement of intent as Ohio based Multi-Million selling MUSHROOMHEAD are confirmed to headline the Saturday Main Stage.
Formed in 1993 the band is known for their unique sound. A not-so delicate blend of Heavy Metal and Industrial Rock their theatrical imagery features masks and costumes as well as their unique live shows, which are normally played in more intimate venues. This will be the first UK outdoor festival Headline slot for the Cleveland based band, and it promises to be quite the set. MUSHROOMHEAD are primed and ready for the Cotswolds in 2019.
Joining them on the main stage bill are legendary Thrash lunatics LAWNMOWER DETH, who among their many accolades have played twice with Kim Wilde and are the current theme tune for the BBC Radio 2 segment “Dr. Mosh”. Frontman Qualcast Mutilator said “At our age it's always nice to play somewhere that we can purchase shortbread in a tin with a picture of a thatched cottage on it. Nothing says metal like a tin of shortbread. South West and Amplified, we are coming”.
The Main Stage line-up additionally features IDIOM, BLOODSHOT DAWN, THE BAD FLOWERS, RYDERS CREED, THOSE DAMN CROWS, ROCKET DOLLS, BLACK BULLETS, LOTUS EATER, ESPRIT D'AIR, MORTISHEAD, TRC, SEETHING AKIRA, HIGHTOWN PARADE and AWAKENING HYPERIA.
Announced for the Very Metal Art Stage are bands KRYSTHLA, SEPTEKH, THE MEN WHO WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING, BYZANTINE, THIS IS TURIN, MAGE, COLLIBUS, META-STASIS, WRETCHED SOUL, PRIMITAI, KANE'D, VALAFAR, REPULSIVE VISION, THE KING LOT, TOMORROW IS LOST, MIDNIGHT PROPHECY, CALLUS, DAMAGED REICH and ETHYRFIELD.
In addition, the festival have announced the returning SULPHER and UNZUCHT to play the now legendary “G's Bar Stage”
Joining them are SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION, BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE, WITCHSORROW, THE MIGHTY WRAITH, DISHONOUR THE CROWN, DEATH REMAINS, BLOOD OATH and SERTRALINE.
Remaining Early Bird Tickets will be on sale until midnight on the 31st October, 2018 via the festival website. For full details visit: www.amplifiedrocks.com/tickets.
Now that we have your attention please stay tuned for further announcements and a few surprises heading your way...these include the final headliners performing here Friday and Sunday on the Red Stripe Main Stage, those acts headlining the Very Metal Art Stage and the final act performing on the legendary G's Bar Stage on Sunday night...the festival's 'coup de grace' if you will.
You’ll have to keep those horns sharpened and be on the look out for more info coming soon!!!
Band applications are currently open via www.amplifiedrocks.com/band-applications
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With Amplified Festival only a few short days away, DTF managed to catch up with some of the bands that are set to perform at the 3 day Festival from Friday 6th July - Sunday 8th July, 2018.
This year sees Amplified Festival returning for its second year with an impressive three day line up of bands from across the globe that includes legendary acts such as Soil, Evil Scarecrow and Therapy? on the main stage. The festival’s three stages will also see fresh up and coming bands with eyes full of ambition - all gathered to ensure this weekend of rock and metal is a memorable experience.
In 2017, the festival suffered from the great British weather and the organisers were forced to make difficult decisions to ensure the event went ahead. Their respect for those who came to the festival and the bands who were gracious in the face of adversity has earned the festival a loyalty from its ticket buyers and performers that many similar events should be rightly jealous of.
The festival is running from 6th to 8th July at Quarrydowns, Eastington in Gloucestershire and tickets are on sale, so grab them now while you still can.
Follow this link to read the full article from Chris Stones: Amplified Festival - July 2018
Amplified Festival 2018 adds Huge, Legendary act DOYLE
Thinking the line-up was complete, Amplified Festival have announced Ex Misfits Lead Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Cancerslug's frontman Alex Story will bring DOYLE to the Cotswolds on the Sunday. After a hugely successful UK tour, the festival is super excited about having such a legend play this year.
Formed back in 2012 looking like they had just walked straight out of a vintage Horror Movie They released their debut album “Abominator” in 2013.
With the release of their second album “Doyle II – As we Die” and a worldwide tour, the band have brought their own brand of horror punk metal to the masses. Aiming straight for the jugular with ferocious guitars, DOYLE are relentless intense and completely unhinged aggression with a touch of danger, along with a feeling that anything could happen at any moment!
Amplified Festival get ready because DOYLE are coming!!!
Festival organisers have stated there may be one or two more surprises for this year; so if you haven't sorted your tickets yet, you should.
Day, Family, Weekend, VIP and Campervan tickets are still available at: www.amplifiedrocks.com/tickets
Amplified Festival finalise line-up with a UK Festival exclusive earlier than scheduled.
In what had been scheduled for announcement on Friday 9th March, festival organisers have decided that following the last week's weather they'd say “F*ck the Snow” and give fans a little something to warm up with, making a UK festival exclusive appearance as none other than US based SOiL.
Formed in 1997, Chicago heavy rock band SOiL quickly took the scene by storm, selling countless millions of records worldwide with hit singles such as “HALO”. A global crowd rebel rouser, “Unreal”, “Redefine”, “The Lesser Man” and “Shine On”.
With a blistering 'in the crowd' live show to match their perfectly crafted songs, the band consistently toured in support of such names as Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie.
After celebrating their 20th Anniversary last year, SOiL entered into the studio to record new material to be included on “Scream: The Essentials”, their greatest hits collection, so expect to hear the crowd indeed screm in perfect union.
We're so proud to bring you this band and finalise an already stunning line-up. To anyone unfamiliar SoiL are a band with a monumental stage presence and earth shattering vocals that flat out blow you away, emotive songs, raw, deep and heavy... SOiL are here with a vengeance!!! Haloooooooooo on Friday here at Amplified 2018.
With the announcement this finalises the 2018 incarnation of the festivals line-up. With a few more surprises still to come, Amplified Festival is now ready. Are you?
For tickets visit: www.amplifiedrocks.com/tickets
For full lineup visit: www.amplifiedrocks.com
***Amplified Festival 2018 announce Sunday Headliner.***
Costsowlds based Amplified Festival are proud to announce that closing out this years event is none other than Northern Ireland's Multi Million album selling THERAPY?
Bursting on to the scene in the early 90's, their short, sharp blasts of metal were given an alternative slant by merging it with a post-punk Wire/Gang of Four guitar sound. Therapy? Had a sinister edge through songwriter Andy Cairn's pre-occupation with religion, alcoholism, death, self-hate and general dissolution cunningly masked beneath big choruses and an outlook beyond the metal scene they were categorised into.
One of Northern Ireland's success stories, with fourteen albums, has seen a consistent touring schedule performing their hits such as Teethgrinder and Potato Head along with tracks off their million selling album 'Troublegum' such as Screamager, Knives and Nowhere.
There's also A Moment of Clarity, Misery and their haunting Husker Du cover Diane off their critically acclaimed album 'Infernal Love' where they moved away from their own punk-metal roots to create a broad epic cinematic soundscape, even performing it in it's entirety at Sonisphere Festival in 2014.
Their career, so far has seen them outlast competitors and outwit industry attempts at categorisation, Therapy? are still headbangers with their thinking caps screwed on and their influence clearly inspires the likes of Biffy Clyro and every other band who merges rock, punk, metal and big ideas equally and they still sound as fresh as they did more than twenty five years on!
Amplified, get ready for something special from across the water.
Joining Therapy? On Sunday, after a blistering set on the New Blood Stage at 2017's Bloodstock Open Air Festival are Ward XVI.
The gates of Whittingham Asylum have been struck open and for the first time in history the High Security Ward XVI invites members of the public to meet face to face with the UK's most violent serial killers. The Ward's longest-standing resident Psychoberrie, listed as the UK's most dangerous criminal, will give an insight to her life prior to her incarceration. With assistance from medical staff Alex, Dr. Stott and fellow inmate Jake she will tell the story of the reckless life led by herself and former partner Beardy McStumble, and the narcotic induced murders that took place prior to his own decapitation. This is a sordid tale of deceit and manipulation represented with a genre defying mix of hard-hitting metal riffs, off-beat Ska rhythms, melancholic piano, accordion, catchy female vocals, a hint of electro and to top it all off, an engaging energetic theatrical live show. Ward XVI are a sight to behold. Look out Amplified, the Ward is open.
With the announcement, fans will notice that Evil Scarecrow have moved to the Saturday Headline slot and the Friday headline act will be announced soon. Any fans who have purchased day tickets will be notified and arrangements will be made. Regardless of the small change, Amplified Festival is shaping up to place itself firmly on the Festival map.
VIP, Standard, Day and Family tickets are now on sale at www.amplifiedrocks.com/tickets to be sure to get yours today. You don't want to miss out on what will truly be a memorable weekend.
For more information visit www.amplifiedrocks.com
Recently signed to Marshall Records; VMA Stage Friday headliners, THE DIRTY YOUTH, will be bringing songs from their critically acclaimed Red Light Fix and Gold Dust and also forthcoming tracks
from their new album.
JINJER are currently tearing up Europe and you can catch them on the Amplified Main Stage on Saturday.
THE HYDE PROJECT will be showcasing tracks from their debut album, This Damn Dead Circus on G's Bar Stage on Sunday. It's going to be very very heavy so be prepared!
Final Headline announcements coming soon...
Check out the complete line-up with pics and videos at amplifiedrocks.com.
Amplified earlybird ticket sale ends midnight 31 January 2018
With acts coming to Amplified 2018 from around the globe it’s sure to be one of the events of the summer so grab your discounted tickets now!
Go to amplifiedrocks.com/2018-earlybirds.
***Amplified Festival announce 3 more bands***
Cotswolds based festival Amplified has announced 3 more stellar bands to its’ line-up.
Joining this years festival are:
The Dirty Youth – With credentials that’d be the clear envy of many an artist in the rock industry, multiple Download Festival appearances, over ten million YouTube views and massive critical acclaim for their albums Red Light Fix and Gold Dust featuring a sound that is big ballsy anthemic hard rock with essences of punk and harmonious vocal melodies which is catchingly infectious! Recently signed to Marshall Records expect more infectious, raw, heavy and melodic anthems... more importantly, expect something fresh and exciting from the Dirty Youth here Headlining the Very Metal Art Stage.
The Hyde Project – A collective of musicians bringing you an evolving creation, taking lyrical inspiration from some of the worlds most prolific killers. Drawing styles from metal, hardcore and djent, the band are a powerhouse of groove that can’t be contained as the recording project it once was!
The Kut – Infused with the fuzz of 90’s grunge and alt.rock, The Kut perform live as a trio in the vein of Deftones, L7, Nirvana, Hole, Incubus and Placebo. Voted into the winning spots of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll for 2014, subsequent EP releases have gained support from The Guardian, Metro, Scuzz, Kerrang! Magazine, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing, Kerrang! Radio, Metal Hammer, Big Cheese, Q, Classic Rock and MTV USA. This year has seen The Kut featured as one of Kerrang! Magazine’s Breakthrough acts of 2017, while ‘The Kut EP’ was released on 500 limited edition discs featuring at number 4 in Kerrang! Magazine Top 10 Record Store Day Releases. The rest of the year saw them perform all over the UK and several dates across Europe. Her songwriting talent also saw Princess Maha as a finalist in the National UK Songwriting Contest. Currently in the studio finishing their debut album, 2018 promises to be the year of The Kut... They’re going to be seismic!
The last remaining Early Bird Tickets are still available until 31st January via the Amplified website: www.amplifiedrocks.com
By Michelle Flynn
A new rock and metal festival is set to burst onto the scene this weekend in the shape of Amplified Festival. Set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, this 3-day festival boasts a host of established acts from around the world and a wealth of talent from up and coming bands spread across it's four stages. With over 100 bands to choose from, I'm looking forward to catching bands who I've not yet had the chance to see along with others who are completely new to me; I find this to be one of the most exciting aspects of the summer festivals, finding a new band is like unwrapping the best Christmas present.
Amplified have also created a handy clashfinder which can be downloaded here http://amplifiedrocks.com/download_file/view/190/183 I am currently colouring mine in with a highlighter pen.
If the music isn't enough to keep you occupied, Amplified Festival have come up with some great ideas to keep you busy. You could have a go on The Devil's Mud Run water slide, watch some Attack! pro-wrestling, take a gander at the pro-skate exhibition ramp, or even take a hula class! Or for those of us who are less active, relax and enjoy the culinary delights on offer from one of the many food stalls and sup a Motorhead ale. Amplified Festival is also hosting the launch of Neptune Rum so you can treat yourself to a taste of the Caribbean in the Gloucestershire countryside.
My must-see bands for Amplified Festival are:
The Fallen State – Red Stripe Main Stage – 15.00-15.30
The Amorettes – Red Stripe Main Stage – 17.00-17.45
Departed – Red Stripe Main Stage – 18.15-19.00
Trucker Diablo – Very Metal Art Stage – 19.00-19.45
Puddle of Mudd – Red Stripe Main Stage – 21.30-23.00
Scarsun – Very Metal Art Stage – 12.30-13.00
Chasing Dragons – Very Metal Art Stage – 13.30-14.00
Ramage Inc. - Very Metal Art Stage – 15.30-16.00
Massive Wagons – Very Metal Art Stage – 19.00-19.45
Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – Red Stripe Main Stage – 21.30-23.00
Fragile Things – Red Stripe Main Stage – 12.30-13.00
Bad Touch – Red Stripe Main Stage – 16.30-17.05
Massive – Red Stripe Main Stage – 17.40-18.20
Shvpes – Shoot Your Hoops Stage – 19.15-19.45
Reef – Red Stripe Main Stage – 21.30-23.00
There's still time to get your tickets, and if you buy a full weekend pass you have the chance to win a custom Harley Davidson!! Head over to http://amplifiedrocks.com/tickets to get yours.
See you down the front! (Or perhaps at a hula class)