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5 Reasons Why 2015 Is Going To Be A Great Year For Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

4. Festivals…So Many Glorious Festivals

Source // www.lexpress.fr

Source // www.lexpress.fr

There is no doubt that with the popularity of Spotify, iTunes and Downloads (illegal or otherwise) music is now best experienced in a live environment; the days of purchasing and collecting albums and CD’s unfortunately now a decent memory.

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Festivals are bigger business than ever and Rock and Metal Festivals are putting together line-ups that are simply astounding!

The UK is represented by smaller festivals such as Brighton’s Mammothfest (Onslaught, Feed The Rhino, Malefice) and Scotland’s Wildfire (Tygers Of Pan Tang, Anihilated, Lawnmower Deth), to the all-conquering Bloodstock (Opeth, Rob Zombie, Ihsahn, Trivium, Overkill) and, of course, Download (Slipknot, KISS, Judas Priest, Lamb Of God).

In Europe, France’s Hellfest has put together possibly the finest line-up seen in years (it’s no surprise that 3-day passes have already sold out) with Faith No More, Anthrax, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Slipknot and Priest bringing the noise amongst many, many others.

Norway’s Inferno Festival continues to embrace the extreme with Behemoth, Enslaved, My Dying Bride, Septicflesh and many more appearing while Germany’s Rock Am Ring keeps things a little more eclectic (Clutch, In Flames, Motörhead, King 810 and Bad Religion)

In the U.S, the one festival that continues to draw our attention is the genius of 70000 Tons Of Metal, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Sailing out of Florida, their line-up includes Annihilator, Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Xentrix and Arch Enemy; Sun, Sea, Booze and Bands…is there anything better?

The choice is endless, just make sure you get to at least one Festival this year and support the scene!

About Chris Jennings (1778 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 5 Reasons Why 2015 Is Going To Be A Great Year For Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

  1. I totally agree and have been predicting the rise and return of thrash for a year or two now. That is why we will have a stack of old and new thrash bands playing this year. Keep rockin’ love the site.

    • Chris Jennings // January 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm // Reply

      Cheers Dave. The fact that Wildfire Festival has booked Lawnmower Deth, Anihilated, Disposable etc speaks volumes for the UK scene. The people demand Thrash and the people shall have Thrash! \m/

  2. It is a really humbling moment for us in Mammothfest to be recoginised along with such other great festivals in 2015. Our energy towards the UK metal scene is massive – http://www.mammothmetalfestival.co.uk/community – so its not just about our main event but embracing the underground which, is our future while also bringing some kick ass bands to Brighton like the mighty ONSLAUGHT. A personal dream come true to be hosting them at one of my events. Honestly, this thread made our day but this is just the start, we have massive plans.

    Thank you Chris.

    Steve,
    Mammothfest

    \m/

    • Chris Jennings // January 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm // Reply

      A pleasure Steve.

      WorshipMetal is a site dedicated to spreading the word on new bands, old bands, forgotten bands and everything else in between. As you say, the underground is equally as important as established bands and it was clear that Mammothfest was a festival that embraced both! Onslaught are the Kings of UK Thrash (alongside Anihilated & Virus of course) and I don’t think you could ask for a better headliner…a better live band you’d be hard pressed to find.

      Consider WorshipMetal behind Mammothfest all the way….2015 is going to be killer!

      Thanks for the kind words

      Chris \m/

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