It’s another week of big releases. Ozzy Osbourne is putting out his first solo album in 10 years, Grimes is following up 2015’s ‘Art Angels’ and BTS are sending K-Pop fans into overdrive with the release of ‘Map of the Soul: 7’.
Still in the mood for more? Head south.
Agnes Obel – ‘Myopia’ (Deutsche Grammophon)
Allie X – ‘Cape God’ (Twin/AWAL)
Best Coast – ‘Always Tomorrow’ (Concord Records)
Biff Byford – ‘School Of Hard Knocks’ (Silver Lining Music)
BTS – ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ (BigHit Entertainment)
Cate Le Bon and Group Listening – ‘Here It Comes Again’ EP (Mexican Summer)
Courtney Barnett – ‘MTV Unplugged: Live in Melbourne’ (Mom + Pop Music)
Greg Dulli – ‘Random Desire’ (BMG)
Grimes – ‘Miss Anthropocene’ (4AD/Todo Mundo)
Guided By Voices – ‘Surrender Your Poppy Field’ (GBV)
Heart Bones – ‘Hot Dish’ (Love OnLine)
Humanist – ‘Humanist’ (Ignition Records)
King Krule – ‘Man Alive!’ (XL Recordings)
Kyle Forester – ‘Hearts in Gardens’ (‘Tis So Referent)
Lanterns On The lake – ‘Spook The Herd’ (Bella Union)
Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree – Names Of North End Women’ (Mute)
Moses Sumney – ‘GRÆ Part One’ (Jagjaguwar Records)
Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Ordinary Man’ (Sony)
Pictish Trail – ‘Thumb World’ (Fire Records)
Rebecca Foon – ‘Waxing Moon’ (Constellation)
Sarah Harmer – ‘Are You Gone’ (Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.)
Sightless Pit – ‘Grave of a Dog’ (Thrill Jockey)
Six Organs Of Admittance – ‘Companion Rises’ (Drag City)
Wilsen – ‘Ruiner’ (Dalliance)
Wrekmeister Harmonies – ‘We Love to Look at the Carnage’ (Thrill Jockey)
Ozzy Osbourne will be joined by Judas Priest for a run of farewell shows in the UK and Europe in 2019. Ozzy Osbourne tickets are on sale now, priced £48.00/£57.50 plus booking fees.
The UK Ireland leg of No More Tours 2 will bring the Prince of Darkness to arenas in Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, where he’ll take over the O2 Arena on February 11, before heading to Europe for stops in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy, concluding in Barcelona on March 3.
The vocalist will be accompanied by his backing band – comprising Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman – for the tour, which is currently selling out venues in towns and cities across North America.
The title of the tour is a reference to Ozzy’s 1992 No More Tours trek, with this tour expected to run into 2020, marking the end of global touring for the legendary icon, though he will continue to perform select live shows in the future. Discussing the new dates, he said:
“I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers. I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”
The shows will see Osbourne celebrating more than five decades of performing both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which toured through Europe in 2017 on their farewell tour.
Ozzy Osbourne Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows
Mon September 10 2018 – HOLMDEL New Jersey – PNC Bank Arts Center (USA) Wed September 12 2018 – CAMDEN New Jersey – BB&T Pavilion (USA) Fri September 14 2018 – BRISTOW Virginia – Jiffy Lube Live (USA) Sun September 16 2018 – CUYAHOGA FALLS Ohio – Blossom Music Center (USA) Wed September 19 2018 – CLARKSTON Michigan – DTE Energy Center (USA) Fri September 21 2018 – TINLEY PARK Illinois – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park (USA) Sun September 23 2018 – NOBLESVILLE Indiana – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center (USA) Wed September 26 2018 – DALLAS Texas – Starplex Pavilion (USA) Fri September 28 2018 – THE WOODLANDS Texas – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (USA) Sun September 30 2018 – ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico – Isleta Amphitheater (USA) Tue October 02 2018 – DENVER Colorado – Pepsi Center – Denver (USA) Thu October 04 2018 – SALT LAKE CITY Utah – USANA Amphitheatre (USA) Sat October 06 2018 – MOUNTAIN VIEW California – Shoreline Amphitheatre (USA) Tue October 09 2018 – CHULA VISTA California – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (USA) Thu October 11 2018 – LOS ANGELES California – Hollywood Bowl (USA) Sat October 13 2018 – LAS VEGAS Nevada – MGM Grand Garden Arena (USA) Wed January 30 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena (Ireland) Fri February 01 2019 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham (United Kingdom) Sun February 03 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena (United Kingdom) Tue February 05 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena (United Kingdom) Thu February 07 2019 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro (United Kingdom) Sat February 09 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena (United Kingdom) Mon February 11 2019 – LONDON O2 (United Kingdom) Wed February 13 2019 – MUNICH Olympiahalle (Germany) Fri February 15 2019 – FRANKFURT Festhalle (Germany) Sun February 17 2019 – HAMBURG Barclaycard Arena (Germany) Tue February 19 2019 – BERLIN Mercedes-Benz Arena (Germany) Fri February 22 2019 – STOCKHOLM Tele2 (Sweden) Sun February 24 2019 – HELSINKI Hartwall Arena (Finland) Wed February 27 2019 – ZURICH Hallenstadion (Switzerland) Fri March 01 2019 – BOLOGNA Unipol Arena (Italy) Sun March 03 2019 – BARCELONA Palau Saint Jordi (Spain)
The Prince of Darkness will be joined by legendary British metallers Judas Priest for the UK leg of No More Tours 2 in 2019, with arena shows lined up in Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, where he’ll take over the O2 Arena on February 11. Ozzy is currently on the road in North America, while tickets for the new UK dates go on general sale at 9am on September 7.
The Brighton DJ will call in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Nottingham early next year, promising: “I’ll be slap bang in the middle of the dance floor, right up close to you all at every show!” Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 7.
The indie quartet will draw a line under touring in support of their ‘Visions of a Life’ album with shows at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse and the O2 Academy Brixton in London on December 18 and 19 respectively. Tickets are on sale at 9am on September 7.
The singer-songwriter and former Fugees member has added a second London show to her ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ 20th anniversary tour, with a new stop lined up at the SSE Arena in London on December 17, following her previously confirmed date at the O2 Arena on December 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 7.
The legendary disco outfit have lined up stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and London in December, following up the release of their long-awaited new LP ‘It’s About Time’. Tickets are on sale at 9am on September 7.
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Download festival will make its grand return to the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington this weekend. Clearly there is something about standing in the sunshine* and watching the hardest hitting bands that rock, metal and punk have to offer that brings out an overwhelming desire to become one with the dirt in people.
With over 100,000 people expected, Download organisers have cranked things up to 11 for 2018’s edition. Avenged Sevenfold, arguably the biggest band of their generation, return to top Friday’s line up, while two titans of the festival’s Monsters of Rock days – Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne – will headline the Saturday and Sunday night respectively.
Naturally, some will already be muttering ‘worst line up ever’ to themselves, but here we go with our pick of the bands that will tread the boards across the weekend. Horns at the ready.
(*doubtless it will be pissing down with rain)
Cancer Bats – Avalanche Stage, Friday
Everyone’s favourite Canadian hardcore punks recently kickstarted the newest chapter of their career in sonic carnage with the sudden release of ‘The Spark That Moves’, their best album in a decade. Reinvigorated and raising a middle finger to any doubters who thought their spark had gone out, they return to these shores just months after a run of London dates celebrating the 10th anniversary of their second album ‘Hail Destroyer’.
The Bronx – Avalanche Stage, Friday
The Los Angeles party starters will wreak havoc upon anyone in earshot during their second to last slot on Friday night. Their fifth studio album and most visceral to date, ‘V’, made a huge impact with fans last year and with 16 years of experience battering the ear canals you can expect to see some of the most gnarly circle pits of the weekend.
Marmozets – Avalanche Stage, Friday
This Yorkshire outfit are one of a handful of young British bands making a giant leap forward in 2018. Having made their debut at Donington in 2014, there are few groups on the line up more deserving of a slot on the Main Stage. Riding the success of this year’s statement of intent, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’, their second LP on Roadrunner Records, Becca Macintyre’s trademark screams, distorted guitars and a smattering of blastbeats will get you talking about their pop-tinged anthems for the rest of the weekend.
Employed To Serve – Avalanche Stage, Friday
The British extreme metal scene has been well and truly spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting releases in recent years. This Woking hardcore quintet are leading the charge and will make their Download debut, capping an incredible 12 months since they unleashed their brutal 2017 sophomore record, ‘The Warmth of a Dying Sun’.
Napalm Death – Dogtooth Stage, Friday
To the untrained ear a set from the godfathers of grindcore can be quite the oppressive experience. Whether you’re a dedicated follower or an inquisitive first-timer, their short and not so sweet set is going to be something to remember. Their intense and angry music, accompanied by frontman Barney Greenway’s sociopolitical lyrics, make them one of the most brutal and relevant bands on the bill even though they formed over 30 years ago.
Knocked Loose – Dogtooth Stage, Saturday
The Kentucky natives have become one of the most talked about hardcore bands around since the release of their 2016 full length ‘Laugh Tracks’ and you can’t help but feel they’re on the edge of something huge. That’s why they’re here at Download, right? Numbers such as Deadringer and Counting Worms will tick all the boxes if you’re into bands who go in, smash faces and leave.
Shvpes – Dogtooth Stage, Saturday
The band’s vocalist Griffin Dickinson might be descended from Rock Royalty (his dad’s a certain singer from Iron Maiden) but the buzz around these Birmingham sonic alchemists hasn’t come from simply trading off famous parentage. This year’s debut ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair’ has marked them out to be real contenders and with their upcoming trio of EPs giving them an opportunity to grow creatively, Shvpes’ future looks set to be something really special.
Rolo Tomassi – Avalanche Stage, Saturday
Since returning to Holy Roar Records, this creative force from Sheffield have continued to refine their sound into a heavier and darker beast. ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ is one of the best albums of the year so far and has gained them a significant increase in recognition. The band have come a long way since their debut at Download a decade ago and their set on the smallest stage could deliver the biggest slap in the face of the weekend.
Parkway Drive – Zippo Encore Stage, Saturday
Byron Bay’s merchants of mosh are no strangers to ripping apart Donington and are already tipped to deliver THE performance of the weekend. Returning to headline the second stage, having previously performed in 2009, 2013 and 2015, their no bells and whistles approach dropped jaws on their recent sixth full length, ‘Reverence’.
Greta Van Fleet – Zippo Encore Stage, Sunday
You’re going to need something pretty special to pull you out of a four-day hangover and you’ll struggle to find a more talented, rising young band than these Michigan-based throwback phenoms. They’re uncannily reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin but even with their roots planted deep in rock ‘n’ roll’s deepest traditions, their enthusiasm on stage, massive hooks and wailing vocals have made them a genuinely exciting prospect. Their debut album will arrive later this year.
All Them Witches – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday
Having emerged from the Nashville underground scene in 2012, the psych-rock band spun many a head with the spacey, hard-rock sounds on last year’s ‘Sleeping Through the War’. Their music is bluesy, trippy, littered with fuzzed-up riffs and will make for a welcome change to hurtling around in circle pits all weekend.
Hatebreed – Main Stage, Sunday
Led by hardcore godfather Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed last destroyed Donington nine years ago, which is madness when you consider the increased hardcore representation at the festival in recent years. They’ve spent the last two years celebrating the 20th and 15th anniversaries of ‘Satisfaction is the Death of Desire’ and ‘Perseverance’, so naturally you can expect a jolly good throwdown.
Zeal and Ardor – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday
If you think you’ve heard everything modern music has to offer, you might want to catch up with Manuel Gagneux. The brainchild behind this one-man project fuses black metal, delta blues, jazz, hip-hop beats, spiritual chants, soul and gospel to create a truly unique sound that will send the purists into meltdown. But who’s here to put a limit on imagination and combinations anyway?
Baroness – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday
Beautiful, brutal and heavy as balls. You should never miss a chance to see these Georgia sludgelords. Having brought us some of the 21st century’s finest albums, including the progressive-metal masterpiece ‘Purple’ in 2015, they’re back to get spacey at Donington.
Puppy – Avalanche Stage, Sunday
Rising from the ashes of vocalist and guitarist Jock Norton and drummer Billy Howard’s previous band, Polterghost, Puppy have earned a rep as an alt-rock trio who can win over any metal crowd with their heavy yet melodic riffs and grungy tunes. Their Download set is going to be the first chance people will have to hear songs off their upcoming album and if you like what you hear, you’ll be pleased to know they’re touring the UK in August with Grove Street Families.
Milk Teeth – Avalanche Stage, Sunday
Having toured for most of 2018 off the back of last year’s EP pairing of ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Go Away’, their rise continues with a step up to the Avalanche Stage for their second visit to Download. Not the heaviest band of the weekend but they sure know how to get a riot going with their grunge and punk ragers such as Owning Your Okayness, Brickwork and Nearby Catfight.
On May 16, 2010 American rock music legend Ronnie James Dio passed away aged 67 following a battle with stomach cancer. Coming into the spotlight in the mid-1970s, the singer started out as the frontman of hard-rocking band Rainbow, formed by British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. He also fronted Black Sabbath after the band were forced to sack fellow metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, formed Dio in the early ’80s and played with Elf and Heaven & Hell, among others.
On January 14, 1967, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and founder of Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde was born. Two years later, in 1969, former member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, was born. Happy birthday both!