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Amplified 2019

HEADLINER AND EXCLUSIVE CONFIRMED ACTS!!

“So as a rather exciting year in the world of rock and metal comes to a close Amplified would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone for all their continuing support.

It’s been one hell of a journey for bands past and present with many achieving great success. Whether getting signed or producing DIY chart entering albums, completing sell out UK tours, getting playlisted on numerous radio stations or just entertaining 10’s of thousands of people at venues across the UK, Europe, America and beyond…it’s been YOUR year!

Our own current Online Video Vote for a chance to join those already confirmed acts at Amplified 2019 is gathering pace and clearly illustrates the immense talent that currently exists out there… So again, massive congratulations to all of you for continuing to follow your dreams with a passion that can be all consuming, but ever so enjoyable at the same time!

With a line up that already includes the likes of JINJER, MUSHROOMHEAD, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, MEMORIAM and CONAN along with old friends UNZUCHT, SULPHER and THE AMORETTES we think its time we ‘unwrap’ and announce some gifts for you this Christmas…

Joining us here at Amplified in 2019 are:

Europe’s biggest crossover band RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR from France bringing their ‘The Legacy Of Shi’ to the UK for the first time as a UK Festival Exclusive appearing on the Red Stripe Main Stage Saturday 20th July.

https://www.facebook.com/rotnsofficial/

ARNOCORPS who are quite simply ‘The Greatest Band In The World’ are here over from the US with a brand new album as a UK Festival Exclusive on the Red Stripe Main Stage Sunday 21st July.

https://www.facebook.com/ArnoCorps/

And we welcome back one of the hardest working DIY bands out there as HANDS OFF GRETEL headline the legendary G’s Stage Sunday 21st July bringing the Amplified 2019 edition to a close…it’s going to be raucous, sexy and a great end to what promises to be the best Amplified yet!!!

https://www.facebook.com/handsoffgretel/

We’re also pleased to announce that amongst all the great bands here at Amplified 2019 over the weekend joining them will be…

The award-winning comedic talents of BOB SLAYER will be roaming the site enthralling you his along with the BLUNDABUS acting as the Exclusive VIP Bar.

Keeping you all entertained and wandering around on stilts will be members of ELEMENTAL EMPIRE seen here at Amplified 2018 on stage with Evil Scarecrow as well as numerous other Summer festivals bringing fire and sparks to the proceedings and joining them in lighting up the night sky with flames and the sweet smell of petrol will be the awesome talented BELLADONNA HADES troupe who regularly perform at some of the best alternative festivals and club nights here in the U.K.

Providing a whole lot of shaking will be Cheltenham’s very own SYREN ALTERNATIVE BELLY DANCERS back here for a third year to perform wherever the mood takes them.

And one of the South West’s best student alternative club night DJ crews APOCALYPSE will be here providing tunes throughout the day and late into the night after the bands have finished to continue the party.

Alongside all this we’re also pleased to announce that Adam Westgate, a regular stage presence at many alternative events will be here as our compère introducing the bands across all 3 stages so expect to see a ‘blonde streak‘ rushing by as he goes from stage to stage…plus still many more acts for all ages to be announced!

https://www.facebook.com/bobslayer

https://www.facebook.com/ApocalypseSouthampton

https://www.facebook.com/flameandfire666

https://www.facebook.com/belladonna.rawkus.33

https://www.facebook.com/SyrenBellyDancers

https://www.facebook.com/adam.wesgate

With our final Red Stripe Main Stage Headliners still to be announced in the New Year we hope you’ve enjoyed ALL the acts announced so far and are looking forward to a great Christmas with family, friends and loved ones… Look after each other guys; life is precious and live music, as great as it is helping us through the joyous as well as sad times, can only ‘cure’ so much.

“Merry Christmas to you all, Gary and The Amplified Team”

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Amplified 2019

MUSHROOMHEAD confirmed headliners..

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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Amplified Festival 2018

Quarrydowns Gloucestershire – Sunday 8th July.

Sunday, so soon! I was having so much fun as well! Still, I do have almost a full day ahead of me! Sadly I couldn’t stay the whole day but thought I’d stick around long enough to immerse myself within the bands who were scheduled to appear today. Out of the line up, there were one or two I definitely had to see and maybe some surprises, I never knew existed! Glad I stuck about to be honest!

As I sat, basking in the sunshine, enjoying my morning breakfast cob, I got a message, asking me If I wanted to interview Doyle, from his UK PR agent! I sat there and pondered for a minute, then thought, ah, why not but more on that later!

The first band over on the VMA stage who really grabbed my attention, were King Leviathan. These guys play blackened thrash metal, so no surprise they appealed to my senses then, is it! These guys hail from Brighton and were founded in 2014. In a very short space of time, it would appear that they are making a lasting impression – one gig at a time, on the people who go to see them at a live show. Thankfully, I managed to see them at Amplified Festival although I’m aware they are appearing at another prestigious metal festival, in a couple of weeks. Someone, far more intelligent than me, proclaimed that these guys are three gigs away from entering the stratosphere within their genre! And the best of luck to them as from what I saw, they’ve certainly got the potential – go for it!

It just so happens, that the far more intelligent and undoubtedly better looking person I previously referred to, features in the next band I’d like to speak about and they go by the name of Resin. Yes, you guessed it, it’s Simon Yarwood I’m speaking about and I love this human being! Not only does he play guitar within Resin, he himself is a pioneering figure within the music community, as he is one of the organisers behind Uprising Festival. He also does a lot to promote other bands through his promotion company “Resin Events” but I think that’s enough sucking up for one review, so back to todays set!

The band have just released their new album ’The Cycle of Need’ after having successfully reached their pledge campaign target. I’ve managed to listen to it and can confirm it’s very good. It’s well thought out musically and you can hear that a lot of work has gone into producing this album, which is very clear from the off! Dave’s voice has a striking resemblance to Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, as does their music but that is by no means a bad thing! Emma, on the violin, helps to give a very unique dynamic and sound to the band, which I loved hearing today! All told, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Resin today, despite failing to get certain members to smile!

The next band I caught up with over the main stage today were Tequila Mockingbyrd and these gals genuinely blew me away! It’s hard not to comment on the fact that Louisa, Jacinta and Josie are absolutely gorgeous but equally as important, is the fact that they are VERY talented as musicians too and given the right opportunities, like Amplified Festival, I can’t think of anything that will stop Tequila Mockingbyrd from going on to become mega superstars!

Whilst on the subject of female superstars, I also managed to see the super talented Soap Girls over on G’s bar stage today. These ladies are beautifully bizarre and also have the kind of approach to their post punk/rock that makes them stand out from others. Sure, they’re racy and yes, they do play semi naked, which isn’t to everyone’s liking but they don’t bow down to hateful opinions either and I applaud them for that and not letting the reactions of some, spoil it for the rest of us.

As the day went on and time drew ever closer to meeting up with Doyle, I received a request from Doyle’s manager for The Soap Girls to join us for the interview. Well it’s safe to say that my interview didn’t go quite as I’d planned……. so if feeling awkward is your thing, then you’re gonna love this interview for sure. (https://youtu.be/5tgG8Pp2Kps)

Thankfully, I did get to see the legendary guitarist play his set, which was kinda weird yet super exciting all at the same time. Doyle was everyone’s main focus – I think I looked over at one point, whilst photographing the rest of the band and there must of been about twenty photographers stood in front of him, twenty photographers I hadn’t seen all weekend, to be honest! There is a core bunch of us who try to see every act throughout the weekend, or at the very least, cover as much as possible like in my case (little old me) all on my own. It’s hard work, but we do it because we love it!

Alex, the bands singer, was clearly zoned into his own little world, yet coherent and loving life and this stance awarded me with one of my most favourite shots from the whole weekend! It’s just him perched on the end of the stage looking into space – most likely seeing dead people dancing around but I love it, it’s a real moment!

After seeing Doyle, I had to leave to save my family from the In-laws house, which disappointed me greatly as it meant I had to miss so many other amazing bands, like legends Therapy!

There’s always next time, I guess, providing I get invited back and by all accounts, Amplified Festival 2019 is already looking very likely, which is ace news and I will be buying a ticket for next year, to show my continued support for the festival, as I believe it’s one of the great summer events of the festival calendar! I’m glad to see so many others share my sentiments as well, as the pre-sale tickets which went on sale straight after this years event, sold out in record time. So fast in-fact, they released another 50 more!

I’m biased, I guess, but with very good reason as I know a good thing when I see it. I just hope I see you there in 2019, having a good time like me! BOOYA!

Be sure to visit us over on Flickr for more photos from Amplified 2018. https://www.flickr.com/photos/music224/albums

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)