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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NEWS: Steve Earle, Halestorm, Blackberry Smoke and Sons of Apollo first announced Ramblin Man Fair acts

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful third year in 2017, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2018.

This year the festival will move from its traditional end of July slot to the 30th June and 1st July 2018

Ramblin’ Man Fair is pleased to announce the first bands confirmed for the event in 2018.

These include Steve Earle & The Dukes – Playing a UK Exclusive set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’ (Outlaw Country Stage, Headliner), Halestorm (Main Stage, Special Guests), Blackberry Smoke (Main Stage) and Sons Of Apollo (Main Stage).

The festival takes place in the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake.

Ramblin’ Man Fair is on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018.
Announced acts to date are:
Main Stage
Halestorm (Special Guest)
Blackberry Smoke
Sons Of Apollo

Country Stage
Steve Earle & The Dukes (Headliner)
(UK Exclusive Set ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits!’)

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (Outlaw Country Stage, Headline / UK Exclusive) – With a career spanning over 40 years, Steve Earle is revered as a consummate songwriter and performer, in addition to film and TV actor, author, poet and playwright.

He has also established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of his lifetime, his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris. Since 1974 Steve Earle has released 16 studio albums. In 2018 he will be playing a UK Exclusive set of his iconic album ‘Copperhead Road plus Hits’ at Ramblin’ Man Fair.

HALESTORM (Main Stage, Special Guest / UK Festival Exclusive) – One of the most exciting rock bands of recent years, fronted by the indomitable Lzzy Hale. The band have released a series of critically and commercially acclaimed albums and singles, including the Grammy winning single “Love Bites (So Do I)” in 2013. The band are also renowned for their consummate live shows. Halestorm are a worthwhile special guest for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2018. “Marking the precise point on the Venn diagram where fierce ambition and ability collide, Halestorm are heading in one direction, and that's up” – Classic Rock Magazine.

“We are so excited to be performing at the Ramblin Man Fair for the first time! We love playing for our fans in the UK and look forward to making some new friends too. We are ready to melt faces!!" – Lzzy Hale, Halestorm

BLACKBERRY SMOKE (Main Stage / UK Festival Exclusive) – One of the most loved new rock acts. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia the bands southern country rock sound has seen them win a legion of fans worldwide. The band’s fifth studio album, “Like An Arrow”, released in 2016 went to No1 in the UK Rock and Independent Charts, as well as the Billboard Country Chart in the USA. The band are renowned for their live shows and have toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top.

“We can’t wait to bring some Southern music to the Ramblin Man Fair......it’s refreshing to play festivals with such diverse lineups.” – Charlie Starr, Blackberry Smoke

SONS OF APOLLO (Main Stage / UK Festival Exclusive) – Sons of Apollo is the American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of legends Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. The band’s debut album, “Psychotic Symphony”, was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian (as "The Del Fuvio Brothers") and was released on the 20th October 2017 through InsideOut Music. Ramblin’ Man Fair is delighted to welcome these legends to the mainstage in what is sure to be one of the weekends highlights.

Tickets are available now priced: VIP Admission Saturday & Sunday - £256 plus booking fee
General Admission Saturday & Sunday - £156 plus booking fee
Camping Starts at £49

Tickets available from http://ramblinmanfair18.eventbrite.co.uk

To keep up to date with all Ramblin’ Man Fair announcements follow:

www.ramblinmanfair.com  
www.twitter.com/RamblinManFair
www.facebook.com/ramblinmanfair


NEWS: BLOODSTOCK adds Doro, Flozzy, Bloodbath, and Septicflesh

GERMAN metal legend, Doro will be Bloodstock's Friday night Sophie Lancaster stage headliner. as the festival announces yet more bands to the 2018 line-up.

With a career spanning over 30 years and 17 studio albums under her belt (including 4 with Warlock), Doro’s current label Nuclear Blast recently celebrated her 30 year anniversary with a 3 DVD box set, ‘Strong & Proud’; a great place to start if you’re not clued up on the Metal Queen.

WWE wrestling star Chris Jericho’s band, Fozzy join Sunday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage line-up.  Currently rampaging across Europe, the Century Media outfit dropped their seventh album ‘Judas’ last month.

Swedish death metal outfit, Bloodbath plan to lay waste to the main stage on Friday.

Guitarist Anders Nyström said: “After eight years, our time has come to put the Blood back in Bloodstock!”  Not familiar with this supergroup featuring members of Paradise Lost, Katatonia Opeth?
Investigate their video for ‘Church of Vestitas’, taken from 2014’s ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’ opus at https://youtu.be/whjf6LKmFYQ and ready yourself for their long-awaited return!

Landing a Saturday spot on the main stage are Greek symphonic death metal squad, Septicflesh.  First formed back in 1990, the pioneers unveiled their tenth record, ‘Codex Omega’ in September. 

Record label, Season Of Mist are streaming the whole beast including a 360° video for ‘Dante’s Inferno’ over at https://youtu.be/gSE0UPuiVnM.

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday night headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday headliners, NIGHTWISH already announced, along with EMPEROR, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, COMBICHRIST, NAILS, ORDEN OGAN and MEMORIAM so far, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.

Bloodstock's first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets are now SOLD OUT!  The final allocation, the last batch of VIP deluxe packages and a limited amount of VIP upgrades priced at £145 (for those who’ve already bought ‘early bird’ tickets) will become available at 9.00am on 16th December in the ticket store.  Mark your calendars and don't delay if you want to join us in 2018’s VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!

Weekend tickets are still available in very limited numbers at an ‘early bird’ price (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20!  To keep up with inflation and increased costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation sells out. Camper van pitches are also available now.

If you already know you can only attend for a single day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets do not go on sale until next summer.  Register your day ticket interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock. 

Bloodstock takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.  Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.