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PARKWAY DRIVE \m/

Yes yes, the immense Parkway Drive will be here as part of their Unbreakable Tour! And as if that's not enough, they'll be joined by special guests Asking Alexandria! Tickets go on sale Weds 7th Sept, and you can set a handy reminder via http://bit.ly/2bJrSWc to make sure you don't miss out on tickets!

Check out the new vid for 'Devil's Calling' below:

 

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN!

The INCREDIBLE Dillinger Escape Plan will be here on January 21st next year, and it's a must-see gig before their hiatus!! Here's the news from Teamrock.com:

The New Jersey outfit recently announced they'll go on indefinite hiatus following the tour cycle for upcoming sixth album Dissociation, which is due out on October 14 via guitarist Ben Weinman’s Party Smasher Inc label.

Those dates were scheduled to finish in November when they complete a US tour. But now they’ve added 40 shows to their itinerary – and they're calling it their 'final' tour. The first date is planned for the Norwich Waterfront, UK, on January 18. The extensive run of dates will wrap up at the Brussels AB Ballroom, Belgium, on March 5.

They launched Limerent Death – first material from the follow-up to 2013’s One Of Us Is The Killer last month, with Weinman calling it one of his favourite The Dillinger Escape Plan tracks.

He added: “I feel that this song is one of the rare instances where all the members are feeling, and conveying, the same energy from start to end. A sharp focused dagger ploughing its way through thick heavy walls.”

TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDS 7TH SEPT! Set a reminder at http://bit.ly/2c1V9JB

FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS - BACK FOR MORE FUN!

Chuffed to announce that the Fun Lovin' Criminals will be here in March next year!! Here's the scoop:

The multi-platinum New York group celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album Come Find Yourself in 2016, and true to their hashtag #LoveYaBack, the Crims are feeling the love from the fans, so are doing it all again in February 2017 after a massive anniversary year, amplified by a summer full of headline festivals across Europe in celebration of a landmark album that inhabited the UK Album Charts for an amazing 100 weeks.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals burst onto the music scene in 1996, gate crashing the euphoric Brit-pop party with unforgettable finesse. Heralded for their generation defining blend of styles and effortless New York cool, FLC’s refreshing cocktail of rock n’ roll, funk, blues, soul, hip hop, jazz and latin, gave the Crims a unique timelessness that is still apparent three decades on.

Frontman turned Sony Award winning BBC radio broadcaster Huey Morgan explains; “FLC always bring a mucho grande style. In my half Irish, half Puerto Rican vernacular, this means we goin’ BIG. Of course we want everybody to come along for the ride, we wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for the fans. Bigger the party the better, so come join us!”

The Lower East side trio, consisting of founding partner Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser on bass, trumpet and samples and the groups longest-standing drummer Frank ‘The Rhythm Master’ Benbini, will be hitting the UK for a 12 date UK/IRE tour for, as the FLC song of the same name states; a Big Night Out.

Testament to the Crims critical and cultural importance, 2016 also marked the year that the worlds most esteemed lexicographers officially added the term ‘Scooby Snacks’ to the Oxford English Dictionary, citing the famous lyrics to the global FLC hit single of the same name in the new edition. So there you have it, smart people dig FLC, so y’all should too.

TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDS 7TH SEPT! Set a reminder: http://bit.ly/2c1RtYd

SLEAFORD MODS 2ND NIGHT

Nottingham's own wordsmiths Sleaford Mods are here for a huge sold out show on 3rd November, and now due to demand we've managed to get them in for a SECOND NIGHT on the 4th as well!

Tickets go on sale this Friday via http://bit.ly/2bTyv5P

FRANK TURNER IS BACK!

"It is with GREAT PLEASURE that I can finally announce some more tour dates for the UK.

I know, I know, it’s been a long while since we were on home turf. And last time we toured the UK we only played the major cities. So, as is becoming tradition, this time we are hitting some different places, taking the show around the country to see some different people. Of course I can’t ever please everyone, but this is an attempt to cover as much ground as I can this year.

Support comes from the amazing Felix Hagan & The Family, and the sublime Esme Patterson. Both hand-picked, both awesome, get down early to catch their sets."

- FRANK TURNER

Tickets on sale Friday 9am via http://bit.ly/2bOjIJR

You Me At ROCK CITY!

The rumours are true... young British icons You Me At Six are coming to Rock City for an intimate show later this year! Here's the official news:

"You Me At Six are set to release a new studio album that will confirm their status as one of the most important rock bands to emerge from the UK. The album, their fourth, was recorded in Nashville at Black Bird Studios with Grammy award winning producer Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, James Bay) and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers). It is set for release early next year, more news to follow.

To kick things off the band will play a bunch of underplay shows this autumn. Having gained a reputation as being one of the best live bands in the UK, with sold out tours that have seen them headline both Wembley Arena and the O2, this is a great opportunity to see them in the most intimate settings they have played in years.

You Me At Six have had a hugely successful career to date, selling over 600,000 albums globally. The band have had 3 Top 5 albums including a UK Number 1 on their last release: Cavalier Youth. They have also scored thirteen consecutive A-list singles on Radio 1. With anticipation building for their new album, it looks like 2017 is going to be another huge year for the band."

TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDS 24TH AUGUST VIA

http://bit.ly/2bbsnEY

VIP Simple Plan Package!!!

From the band:

A limited number of our Post-Game with Simple Plan Ticketless VIP Upgrade packages are available now for each of the Taking One For The Team EU Tour dates, giving you the chance to hang out backstage with Simple Plan after the show. 

To purchase this package you MUST have already purchased a ticket to attend the tour date. This is a ticketless package, an experience, not a ticket.

What does this Post-Game with Simple Plan include?

- Go backstage for aftershow pizza and refreshments.
- Meet and take selfies with Simple Plan.
- One Limited Edition Tour Screen Print, signed.
- One Post-Game Party Laminate.
- Group Photo (which we’ll email to you as well as post on Simple Plan’s Instagram!) will be taken.
- Early Entry into the venue.
- Early Access to merch.


To purchase the Post-Game with Simple Plan Ticketless Package:

Get them here: http://tickets.onelivemedia.com/events/22052 to purchase for UK dates.

Each package is 70 GBP (plus service fee) and gives access for one to the Post-Game with Simple Plan After Party at the venue. Packages are not transferable. When purchasing, please make sure to use the name of the person who will be attending so that there are no issues checking in. Each person entering the Post-Game after party needs to have a Post-Game with Simple Plan Ticketless package- packages can be purchased together if you are attending together, they do not need to be purchased separately. No additional guests. No parental escorts in the Post-Game with Simple Plan without their own package.

- if you cannot meet these requirements, please don't purchase a package. The Post-Game with Simple Plan will take place after the show. Purchasers will be sent an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 48 hours of their show date with information on attending our Post-Game with Simple Plan, including where and when to show up at the venue. Please make sure to provide a valid email address during your purchase so that you will have no issues receiving this information. All elements of this package will be fulfilled at the show.

To be clear- This package does NOT include a ticket to the show. You must have already purchased a ticket to attend the date in order to participate in the Post-Game with Simple Plan.

New Year... Stepping It Up A Gear!

Well, what a year last year was. Our 35th birthday celebrations truly went with a bang, with crowds at record levels throughout 2015! So many highlights to pick out, too many for this editor to put into a short blog without turning it into an essay!

Stereophonics and The Libertines playing to jam packed, sold out crowds is surely up there though, that goes without saying. But who could also forget Royal Blood, HIM, The Vaccines, The Wombats, New Model Army, the Charlatans, and many more. Oh, and did someone say TWO days of Frank Turner, as his self confessed 'favourite venue'?!

A huge shout out also to local talents Saint Raymond, who played back in February, and Ferocious Dog, who played just last month. They both sold out our Main Hall, the latter being the first independent unsigned act to ever do so. A huge mention also to hugely talented local act Indiana, who played to a packed crowd in her maiden show in the Main Hall. We salute you guys and girls, we are proud of the immense talent the local scene just keeps on delivering!

Speaking of local talent, who could forget Jamal Sterrett going viral and then global after performing an impromptu dance on our steps, followed by a performance infront of over 1000 people on stage at Tuned the following evening?!

2015 is gone... a fresh, but fading memory. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to each and every one of you incredible people who came to Rock City in 2015, it's you who make it special, and we couldn't do it without you.

In comes 2016. And you'd better believe that we are up for doing it all over again!!! If you think it will be difficult to top the year we had for our 35th birthday,  you'd better believe we are up to that challenge! Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks and months for some HUGE show announcements... already announced for 2016 are Twenty One Pilots, Daughter, The Ghost Inside, Bowling For Soup, Mayday Parade, Gabrielle Aplin, Jamie Lawson, Machine Head, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Grimes, Simple Plan, Wolf Alice, Sigma, The Wonder Stuff, Newton Faulkner, Hawkwind, The Bluetones, Father John Misty and MANY MORE!!! Check out our Gig Guide for more info.

So here's to another year of incredible live music and superb club nights from the UK's number 1 music venue. Drink, dance, enjoy, and be merry!

Nostalgia Overload!

Wow. What a week it's been. We've not stopped here at Rock City, our 35th Birthday celebrations went with a bang and we've got much more to come! Head on over to the Gig Guide and let us entertain you!

Seeing as though we are feeling nostalgic, here's a little piece of history for you.

Nirvana. 1991. 

Fun fact: Tickets were just £6!

The Ghost Inside: Statement

As you may well be aware, The Ghost Inside were involved in a horrific accident recently involving a truck and their bus. The drivers of both vehicles didn't pull through, and all of the band suffered serious injuries. From everyone here at Rock City, we wish them a speedy recovery.

Their show scheduled for Saturday 20th February 2016 at Rock City has been cancelled.

Here is a statement from the band:

 

Hi friends.

 

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Through the grace of our incredible host hotels and the community here in El Paso we were able to enjoy a great meal and have a couple hours of much needed relief away from the hospital. Our families that are here aren't used to being 'on the road' and although the circumstances couldn't be less ideal, this holiday will always be a special one for us, a genuine day of giving thanks for the gift of life we have been given. And while we are grateful for this gift, our hearts are heavy for the families of Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham who are mourning the loss of a husband, brother, son, and father. I can't begin to imagine the loss they felt with an empty chair at their dinner table. 

I want to share a little bit more with you about how things are going here. The truth is, there are a lot of very serious injuries. We are dealing with badly broken legs and ankles, cracked pelvises, and fractured vertebrae that require screws, plates, rods, and careful surgery to repair. Over the last week most of these procedures have been completed very successfully, but there are still a couple more to go, and most of the guys are still in the hospital. It is yet another blessing that we are in a place with so many remarkable doctors and surgeons to make this possible.

It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking. For now, we must put all shows on hold and focus only on our health. 

As a band, we've always taken pride in our ability to make friends in the music industry. Across genres and stereotypes we have forged the most amazing bonds with other musicians, and with those that simply appreciate music. Never in a million years would we have imagined ourselves in this position where all those friends across the years and across the miles would have come to our side before we even had the chance to ask for help. I'm a man of many words and I frankly cannot find them to describe how your collective generosity has kept our spirits afloat for the last ten days. There are far too many people to thank right now, and no contribution, whether thoughts, prayers, socks, shirts, $5 or $5000 has gone unnoticed. I hope that in due time we can truly show you our gratitude. In the meantime there have been a few heroes here that need to be named. Ryan Bingham, Stacey Cornett, Andrew Barquero, and Tim Irons have been our hands and feet. They have done everything that we cannot, including looking after our families. Our team behind the scenes, John Youngman, Mark Mercado, Dave Shapiro, and everyone at Epitaph records, has made sure that everyone that needs to be here, is here, and that their essential needs are taken care of. Chelsea Coffey at Hilton and the staff of the Hampton Inn and Courtyard Marriott, as well as the city of El Paso, have accommodated our families and made them feel as close to home as possible during this impossibly difficult time. Delta Airlines has graciously helped with our travel to and from all corners and coasts of the country. And also a man that rarely gets the credit he deserves, Kevin Lyman, has put his countless resources into play to ease the burdens upon us and our loved ones. 

Now, more than ever, The Ghost Inside is not just 5 guys on stage, but everyone across the planet that has shared a moment with us, however large or small. Thank you for standing with us when we cannot stand on our own. 

Limitless and Unbreakable,

TGI.