Slam Dunk 2019 add Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, Saves the Day

Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day are just some of the latest additions to the 2019 Slam Dunk Festival lineup. On Tuesday (Nov. 20) festival organizers took to social media to announce the addition of 11 more acts that will make their way to the United Kingdom for the annual, springtime music festival.

“Being asked to headline Slam Dunk off the back of Gravity is a massive compliment on how diverse our band is, we’re very happy and honored that we get regarded as a headliner for Slam Dunk,” Bullet for My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck told Metal Hammer about the recently announced news.

Mirroring Tuck’s sentiment is Saves the Day frontman Chris Conley: “We are so excited to play Slam Dunk next year! It’s always a blast to come overseas and sing Saves songs with all our fans. See you soon!!”

In addition to Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day, Glassjaw, Knocked Loose, the Get Up Kids, Turnstiles, Tiny Moving Parts, the Menzingers, I Don’t Know How But They Found Meand Slam Dunk veterans Trophy Eyes will round out the second wave of performers.

The newest additions will join previously announced acts All Time Low, NOFX, New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story of the Year, Gallows, Mad Caddies, and Silverstein on the upcoming event’s roster.

Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival 2019 are currently available on the event’s website here.

The weekend-long music festival will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The first day of the festival will take place at its new Leeds home of Temple Newsam Park while the second day will place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire.


Bullet for My Valentine
Simple Plan
Saves the Day
Knocked Loose
The Get Up Kids
Tiny Moving Parts
Trophy Eyes
The Menzingers
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

Watch: Bullet For My Valentine drop music video for ‘Not Dead Yet’

With their North American tour about to wrap, Bullet For My Valentine have returned with a brand new music video. On Monday (Oct. 15), the Welsh band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Not Dead Yet.” The three-and-a-half-minute clip follows a woman and a man during the course of a few days’ span.

The camera follows the pair as they spend their days hanging out together, but also having some alone time. In between the shots of the couple going about their days, are shots of the band in what looks to be a sound stage. As the group performs the song, they appear to be surrounded by dense white fog that changes colors as the video progresses.

Watch the music video for “Not Dead Yet” above.

According to the band’s frontman Matt Tuck, the music video was filmed in Japan following their performance at this year’s Summersonic music festival in Tokyo and Osaka.

“We shot our latest video for ‘Not Dead Yet’ in Japan after our Summersonic 2018 performances,” begins Tuck.

“We’ve never done a video there before so we thought ‘Why not?!’ Visually, it’s stunning thanks to the amazing work by Japanese filmmakers Maxilla. We love this track and can’t wait for you all to see the new video.”

“Not Dead Yet” is featured on Bullet For My Valentine’s recently released record, Gravity. Though Gravity was released back in June, the band is already making plans to release a deluxe version of the record later this month.

Going by the same name as the original album, the deluxe version will include all 11 tracks from the June release as well as two new songs, “Breaking Out” and “Crawling.” In addition to that, the deluxe reissue will include a cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” a remixed version of “Letting You Go,” and piano versions of “Breathe Underwater,” “The Very Last Time,” and “Under Again.”

The digital deluxe version of Gravity is due out Oct. 26 through Search & Destroy/Spinefarm Records. Pre-orders are currently available here.

We Came As Romans to carry on with Bullet For My Valentine tour

It’s barely been a month since We Came As Romans made the sad announcement that co-vocalist Kyle Pavone had died from a later confirmed accidental drug overdose. While some bands would take time off to figure out what their next steps should be, the surviving members of the outfit announced that they will soldier on with their upcoming tour to honor their fallen bandmate.

On Tuesday (Sept. 11), co-vocalist Dave Stephens posted a video statement on Facebook on behalf of the other band members revealing their decision.

“The last few weeks, Kyle’s family, his fans, his friends and the five of us have been experiencing a very wide range of emotions, and for us, it’s been the most difficult time of our lives. Through this, we’ve been trying to be very honest with each other and open about how we’re feeling and grieving,” Stephen says in the short video.

“So, through all that, we’ve decided that the best course of action for the band is to do the Bullet For My Valentine tour. We feel like this honors Kyle, and we can talk about his foundation, the Kyle Pavone Foundation, and carry on doing what he would’ve wanted us to do, and us be together on stage, playing music together with our fans.”

For fans who have been questioning whether the band will find someone to fill the void left by Pavone’s death, Stephens reveals that the band will not replace him.

“We will not be replacing Kyle – we’ll be continuing on, the five of us, and honoring his life over the next few weeks while we’re on tour.”

Watch Stephens’ full video below.

We Came As Romans’ tour with Bullet For My Valentine will begin next Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Pageant in St. Louis. The trek will conclude a month later on Oct. 16 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The full list of tour dates can be seen here.

Pavone died of an accidental drug overdose in late August at the age of 28. According to TMZ, his girlfriend told cops he had gone into the bathroom at his home for a long time, and when she went to check on him, she found him unconscious, feet away from a used syringe. The police report said the syringe was found on the counter of the bathroom sink. Police say the girlfriend also revealed Kyle had struggled in the past with heroin use.

We Came As Romans released their fifth album, Cold Like War, last October.

Bullet For My Valentine to take ‘Gravity’ on the road this fall

Bullet For My Valentine’s 2018 was already filled with nonstop touring engagements, but don’t expect the band to slow down any time soon. On Friday (April 27), the Welsh group announced a brand new tour which will find them performing across the United States during the fall months. Titled the Gravity tour – after their upcoming sixth studio album – the tour will find the rock band visiting venues across the country during the months of September and October.

The tour will officially kick off on Sept. 13 at Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City, Missouri and conclude a little over a month later on Oct. 16 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Though Bullet For My Valentine have yet to confirm who will be opening for them during the trek, they do assure fans that that information will come at a later date.

Pre-sales tickets for the Gravity tour are currently available on the band’s website. Each ticket purchased will include the option of receiving the band’s new album which will be released on June 29 through Spinefarm Records. Earlier this week, the band released the official music video for Gravity‘s lead single, “Over It.”

The Gravity tour is just another massive excursion to add to their lengthy list of 2018 tour dates. The band kicked off the new year by hitting the road with Avenged Sevenfold and next month, they will join Trivium and Toothgrinder on their springtime tour. This weekend, they will appear at Florida-based sister festivals Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville and Fort Rock in Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale.

For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.


Sept. 13 – Kansas City, Missouri – Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge
Sept. 15 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Myth Live
Sept. 18 – St. Louis, Missouri – The Pageant
Sept. 20 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Diamond Ballroom
Sept. 21 – Dallas, Texas – House of Blues
Sept. 22 – Austin, Texas – Emo’s
Sept. 24 – Houston, Texas – House of Blues
Sept. 25 – San Antonio, Texas – Aztec Theatre
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, Georgia – Buckhead Theatre
Sept. 30 – Grand Rapids, Michigan – 20 Monroe Live
Oct. 02 – Cleveland, Ohio – House of Blues
Oct. 03 – Syracuse, New York – SI Hall
Oct. 04 – Boston, Massachusetts – House of Blues
Oct. 07 – Detroit, Michigan – The Fillmore
Oct. 09 – Wichita, Kansas – Cotillion Ballroom
Oct. 10 – Denver, Colorado – Ogden Theatre
Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, California – The Wiltern
Oct. 16 – Las Vegas, Nevada – House of Blues

Bullet For My Valentine unleash video for ‘Over It’

With just a handful of days before they embark on their massive summer tour dates, Bullet For My Valentine have unleashed the music video for their new single. On Tuesday (April 24), the Welsh band released the almost four-and-a-half minute clip for their new tune, “Over It.” The clip predominately features the band inside of a dark room in which the only form of lighting comes from several slits in the roof.

The rest of the video follows a woman who seems to be in a dark place mentally. At the beginning of the video, the viewer watches as she floats in mid-air as if she had jumped off a ledge. As the video progresses, the woman is seen sitting and pacing in a darkly lit room and at one point, the viewer watches as thick, dark liquid begins to pour out of her mouth and eyes.

Towards the end of the video, the woman begins to spread the dark goo all over her skin and then tear at it revealing a bright galaxy hidden behind the darkness. Watch the music video for “Over It” above.

“Over It” is the lead single off Bullet For My Valentine’s upcoming sixth studio album, Gravity. Gravity is set to be released on June 29 through the band’s new home of Spinefarm Records. Earlier this month, the band confirmed the impending release of their new album by premiering the audio for “Over It” on BBC Radio 1.

In support of Gravity‘s release, the group previously announced a lengthy tour itinerary throughout the spring and summer months. Their upcoming tour will officially kick off this weekend with the band’s appearances at Florida-based sister festivals Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville and Fort Rock in Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale. The group’s complete tour schedule can be found here.

Bullet For My Valentine announce new album with new song

Bullet For My Valentine are back! Three years after releasing their highest chart-placing record, the Welsh band has unveiled plans to release the much-anticipated follow-up to the 2015 hit. On Monday (April 2), the four-piece formally announced the title and release date for their sixth studio record. The new album will be titled Gravity and is set to be released on June 29 through the band’s new home of Spinefarm Records.

In addition to announcing the release date and title for the impending album, the group also unleashed its first single; a track titled “Over It.” The new tune made its worldwide debut on BBC Radio 1, but can currently be streamed above.

The new album’s announcement may not come as a surprise to many Bullet For My Valentine fans. Two years ago, the group announced they had signed with Spinefarm Records and a few days later posted on social media that they were working on “BFMV6.” Then, in November of 2016, the group released the music video for a brand new track titled “Don’t Need You.” Since the group has yet to release the track listing for Gravity, there is no word on if “Don’t Need You” will be featured on the new album.

Back in February, frontman Matt Tuck sat down with Loudwire to discuss the new album which, at the time, was just a work in progress. During the chat, Tuck revealed in what correction the band’s sound was going in with the new album as well as how the process of these new songs differed from their previous tunes.

“It’s a step in a more contemporary direction, musically. We kind of focused on the songs as a whole, and the weight of the song, rather than the technicality and the speed,” reveals Tuck.

“I think we wanted to do something that was bringing the band more into a 2018 vibe. We didn’t want to write a normal, stock, heavy metal record. We wanted to push ourselves creatively and incorporate new sounds and instrumentation and ways of songwriting. It was very challenging but now we’ve got to the other end [of the process]. We think it’s f-ing killer.”

In support of Gravity‘s release Bullet For My Valentine have a packed touring schedule which will find them on the road from late April all the way into early August. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.

Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Queens of the Stone Age to join Foo Fighters at Welcome to Rockville 2018

Just when you thought the Welcome to Rockville 2018 lineup couldn’t get any better, festival organizers unveiled the complete list of artists set to invade North Florida in the spring of 2018. On Monday (Nov. 6) Danny Wimmer Present unleashed their epic lineup for their Jacksonville-based music festival. Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Billy Idol, Queens of the Stone Age, and Ozzy Osbourne are just some of the big names that will take the stage during the first World’s Loudest Month music festival of the year.

“Since Welcome to Rockville’s inception seven years ago, I have been building towards this day: To bring not just the biggest rock festival in Jacksonville (or even Florida), but the biggest rock lineup in the United States to my hometown,” festival creator and producer Danny Wimmer said in a press release. “This is a triumph for me, my company, and the city that I love.”

Acts like The Used, Thrice, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Sevendust, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, and many more will joined the aforementioned acts on the bill.

Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are currently on sale on the music festival’s website here.

Welcome to Rockville 2018 will return to its home of Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida during the weekend of April 27-29, 2018. Last month, festival organizers revealed that 2018 would mark the first year that the music festival would expand from two days to three. For now, the daily lineup, with the exception of one unknown act, can be seen below.

Welcome to Rockville unveil daily set times


With less than two weeks until the sixth annual Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville unleashes a slew of bands on Jacksonville, festival organizers have unveiled the complete lineup for the weekend-long event. On Thursday (April 14), organizers revealed when each of the previously announced artists will hit the stage during the two-day event.  The previously announced lineup will feature performances from rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie, Disturbed (who return after a four-year hiatus and a hit record), Jacksonville natives Shinedown, fellow Florida-based band A Day to Remember, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me the Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Bullet for My Valentine, Lamb of God, and many more.

The newly unveiled set times for Welcome to Rockville can be seen below.


Saturday, April 30

Monster Energy Righty Stage
9:55 PM – Shinedown
6:55 PM – Bring Me The Horizon
5:25 PM – Pennywise
4:05 PM – Bullet For My Valentine
2:55 PM – Trivium
1:45 PM – Wilson
11:40 AM – Big Jesus

Monster Energy Lefty Stage
8:50 PM – Disturbed
6:10 PM – Sixx:A.M.
4:40 PM – Hellyeah
3:30 PM – Asking Alexandria
2:20 PM – Red Sun Rising
1:10 PM – Monster Truck

Metropolitan Stage
7:45 PM – 3 Doors Down
6:10 PM – Collective Soul
4:40 PM – Pop Evil
3:30 PM – Candlebox
2:20 PM – Filter
1:10 PM – Lacey Sturm

River Stage
5:25 PM – Escape The Fate
4:05 PM – Crown The Empire
2:55 PM – Enter Shikari
1:45 PM – Miss May I
12:35 PM – Cane Hill

Sunday, May 1

Monster Energy Righty Stage
8:55 PM – Rob Zombie
5:55 PM – A Day To Remember
4:25 PM – Cypress Hill
3:05 PM – P.O.D.
1:55 PM – Sick Puppies
12:45 PM – From Ashes To New

Monster Energy Lefty Stage
7:50 PM – ZZ Top
5:05 PM – Megadeth
3:40 PM – Sevendust
2:30 PM – Yelawolf
1:20 PM – Texas Hippie Coalition
12:10 PM – The Glorious Sons

Metropolitan Stage
6:45 PM – Five Finger Death Punch
5:05 PM – Lamb Of God
3:40 PM – Ghost
2:30 PM – We Came As Romans
1:20 PM – Memphis May Fire
12:10 PM – Avatar

River Stage
4:25 PM – Anthrax
3:05 PM – Clutch
1:55 PM – Parkway Drive
12:45 PM – Issues
11:35 AM – Beartooth

Welcome to Rockville will return to its home of Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Doors for the event will open at 11 am on both days. General admission and VIP tickets are still available on the festival’s website.

Welcome to Rockville kicks off the “World’s Loudest Month” festival series which includes sister festival Monster Energy Fort Rock as well as Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Northern Invasion, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, and more.

Chicago Open Air Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup

Last week, it was announced that Rammstein’s only United States show would be happening at the inaugural Chicago Open Air music festival this July. Now, festival organizers have unveiled the complete list of other artists that will be joining the Germany-based band at the festival’s first ever incarnation. On Tuesday (Feb. 16), over 40 bands were added to the lineup including acts like Slipknot, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Bullet for My Valentine, and Chicago’s own Disturbed.

“It is long overdue that one of the greatest rock cities in the world has a festival of its own,” write Disturbed in a press release. “We are honored and excited to be one of the headliners at the inaugural Open Air festival in our hometown of Chicago.”

In addition to those who will be performing at the weekend-long event, organizers also unveiled the daily lineups for each of the three days. As a precaution, do not assume that the order of the daily lineup is when each band is actually scheduled to perform. According to the festival’s website, the official performance times will be announced two weeks before the festival kicks off. Until then, check out the daily lineups below and begin to plan accordingly.

Friday, July 15: Rammstein, Chevelle, Ministry, Of Mice & Men, Meshuggah, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Carcass, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire

Saturday, July 16: Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Pop Evil, Gojira, Deafheaven, The Devil Wears Prada, Helmet, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak

Sunday, July 17: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, BABYMETAL, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion of Conformity, letlive., All That Remains, We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer & the Regulators, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome

The inaugural Chicago Open Air festival will take place during the weekend of July 15-17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. General admission tickets and VIP passes are currently available for purchase on the festival’s website. In addition to a lot of great bands, the festival will also host a craft beer village and gourmet man food. The beer village will offer national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages while the gourmet man food will include selections from some of Chicago’s best eats.

Bullet For My Valentine Release Video for “Worthless”

Bullet For My Valentine are currently in the middle of their much-anticipated North American tour, so what better time than the present to release a brand new music video. On Tuesday (Feb. 9), the Wales-based band did just that when they released the music video for their latest single “Worthless.” Unlike their previously released videos like “You Want a Battle (Here’s a War)” which were more on the dark and theatrical side, “Worthless” primarily features the band performing in a darkly lit room.

“The video itself is very direct, there’s no narrative at all. We wanted to keep it super simple and as we went really deep in narrative on ‘Battle’ and ‘Venom’ we thought it would be nice to keep it more performance based,” said frontman Matt Tuck. “The song itself has become one of our favorites from ‘Venom’ and from all the comments we get from you guys we know it’s one of yours too. Enjoy.” Check out the music video for “Worthless” below.

“Worthless” is featured on the band’s sixth studio album, Venom. In support of Venom, the band is currently on the road for their “The British Invasion Tour.” Asking Alexandria and While She Sleeps are supporting the Welsh band throughout the complete trek. Upcoming tour dates for “The British Invasion Tour” can be seen here.

In addition to the current tour, the band will also play several upcoming rock-centric music festivals in the spring including Jacksonville’s Welcome to Rockville, Ft. Myer’s Fort Rock, and Oklahoma’s Rocklahoma.