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Download Festival announce secret bands

The secret isn’t so secret any more as the organisers of the Download Festival have revealed the two secret bands that will play over the course of the weekend. Friday will see Dancecore superstars Enter Shikari at 5:30pm while Saturday plays host to legendary British Rockers Thunder at 18:40, both on the Tuborg Stage.

The festival runs from the 12th to the 14th June at Donington Raceway and is headlined by Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard.



Frank Turner: “Industry Politics Made Me Cancel Sonisphere Show”

 In an exclusive interview with FANCORE, Frank Turner has revealed that the reason he has pulled out of his Sonisphere Festival appearance in the UK is due to “Industry politics”.

Despite the folk/punk singer only being announced for the festival less than a month ago his departure from the bill has been mysteriously quiet. As previously reported, the news was broken with Frank’s name being stricken from the official line-up poster and a rather ambiguous messgae was posted above Turner’s name on the Sonisphere website, reading: “Unfortunately Frank Turner has had to pull out of Sonisphere due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Speaking to FANCORE, Frank has shed a little more light on the situation, saying: Oh, It’s just industry politics. I’m not 100% sure what I’m allowed to say about this, but basically there was an ego piss-war between some industry big-wigs, and I took the fallout. It sucks. Not much I can do about it though.”

Any ideas on who the ‘industry big-wigs’ could be? Regardless of whoever caused the mess, you can catch the UK singer/guitarist either on the road with The Offspring or see him on home soil when he returns later in the year. In Sonisphere news, the festival has just announced third stage details, to be headlined by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Shawn ‘The Clown’ Crahan’s band ‘Dirty Little Rabbits’. The have also announced a cinema, extreme sports shows and a plethora of other entertaining events to keep you busy before Metallica. Read all about it HERE.

Check out the rest of Frank Turner’s interview in the first print issue of FANCORE, coming to you at the end of the month.



Sonisphere Announce Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Third Stage Details

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Sonisphere have unveiled a brand new third stage for the Knebworth-based festival, boasting debut UK performances from Slipknot members, a batch of new bands, a comedy stage and even a cinema.

‘Bohemia Village’ will be open on Thursday afternoon, available to all Sonisphere ticket holders and continuing into the wee hours of the morning. The third stage will be headlined by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, aswell as ‘Knot Clown Shawn Crahan’s side project, Dirty Little Rabbits. More bands confirmed for Bohemia include Cancer Bats, Attack! Attack!, Rolo Tomassi, The Ataris and The Chapman Family.

Sonisphere have confirmed that all acts on the third stage will not conflict musically with any bands playing on the main stages, meaning you can squeeze in Corey Taylor before watching Metallica headline. Aswell as the new acts, Sonisphere have announced that Bohemia will include a ‘fairground of the damned’, a cinema playing ‘rock-friendly films’ aswell as a Jagermeister Rock Karaoke. If that wasn’t enough, throughout the day the village will host the Monster Energy Drink Ball Of Steel Stunt Show featuring motorcycle freestyling and if extreme sports isn’t your bag a plethora of comedy acts have been added to keep you laughing your hangover off.

Bohemia will also house the previously mentioned Guitar Hero: Metallica Experience which will give all you wannabes a chance to perform on Sonisphere’s main stage and emulate Metal monsters James, Kirk, Lars and Rob (and Jason Newsted).

Speaking to the official website, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor said he is “very excited to be a part of this festival. It’ll be the first show of its kind I’ve ever done in the UK, and I think there are many fans who’ve waited long enough to see it.”

The planners are definitely attempting to make Sonisphere more than just a bunch of bands on a stage, has this ‘Moulin Rouge meets Mad Max’ type extravaganza lured you into getting a ticket?



Faith No More self-confirm Reading and Leeds appearances

90s Alternative Metallers Faith No More have self-confirmed appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. The listing appeared in the band’s tour dates section before being removed, but not before the whole world seeming to have read it first.

The announcement has surprised many, with the band believed to have signed an exclusive contract with Live Nation to play the Download Festival. It is unclear at this time whether this contract is in relation to main stage headliner status only, with FNM though to be a second stage candidate at Reading.

The Reading and Leeds festivals take place 28-30 August. Though the lineup sucks to be honest. Sue me.



Download announce 17 new bands: Tim “Ripper” Owens, A Day To Remember and Hatebreed

Download Festival have revealed a cavalcade of new bands for their upcoming June shindig. They have also revealed how the stages break up so you can start panicking about who you might have to miss. A Bring Me The Horizon/Limp Bizkit clash would upset Fancore deeply. To see how the stages break up click  HERE

And the new bands you ask? Well here for your viewing pleasure is the announcement straight from the Download Dog’s mouth:

“With a truly impressive bill of top rock acts from all over the world already in place for this year’s DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL AT DONINGTON PARK, we’re proud to announce another seventeen acts to join the likes of Faith No More, Slipknot, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Trivium at this year’s event, taking place 12-14 June.

Returning to Download are US metal-core outfit HATEBREED, pop-punkers A DAY TO REMEMBER, Century Media darlings IN THIS MOMENT, Northern Irish rockers THERAPY?, US metallers GOD FORBID, Swedish rockers BACKYARD BABIES and new Brit metallers HOSTILE.

They are joined by Download first-timers Cali-rockers MIDDLE CLASS RUT, Brit-rockers NO AMERICANA, the Tool-influenced ESOTERICA, deathcore newcomers SUICIDE SILENCE, rock singer TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS, Canadian heavy metallers VOIVOD, Nuclear Blast-signed SYLOSIS, electro-rockers TURBOWOLF, and British hardcore outfit WE ARE THE OCEAN.

The only musician so far officially playing two slots at Download this year, will be Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, who in addition to headlining the Sunday night with his main band, will be also performing the day before with his side project MAN RAZE.”

If you ask Fancore, that is one heck of a lineup. “Ripper”, Hatebreed, ADTR, Sylosis and Voivod all come with the great big stamp of ‘Core approval. See you in the pit!



Slipknot to premiere new video for ‘Sulfur’ on Saturday
April 17, 2009, 3:31 pm
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Iowan crushers Slipknot have announced that they will premiere their latest video, for new single ‘Sulfur’ on www.mtv.co.uk . The video will be available on the site from 5:00pm on Saturday 18th April.

‘Sulfur’ is available as a digital-download single right now from your usual online music stockists.