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Graspop and Sweden Rock announce 2015 line-ups

Posted in Festival News, Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by Tickets There

10686728_10152508908419077_2140990077237567170_nOh it’s getting serious now folks, First Download and Hellfest and now Graspop and Sweden Rock have unleashed the beasts for next year’s festivities. Both have fairly enticing attractions so the pressure is now on for decision making.

10686728_10152508908419077_2140990077237567170_nGraspop: 19,20,21 JUNE 15
Graspop is coming out mighty strong this year. As one of Europe’s most scared festivals, the chances of a good line-up are always pretty decent and 2015 will be no different. They’ve managed to capture most of the mouth watering touring line-up’s this year.

KISS, Slipknot and Scorpions will headline the event with serious support coming from Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Exodus, KoRn, Body Count, In Flames, Lamb of God, Cradle of Filth, Arch Enemy, Cannibal Corpse, PRIMORDIAL and many, many more. Full line-up details and ticket info available here.

CA65FA5ECB43A44ASweden Rock Festival: 3,4,5,6 JUNE 15
One thing – Headliners are the best I’ve seen yet. Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Judas Priest and …ahem, ToTo will headline this four day extravaganza. That’s not all though.

Five Finger Death Punch, Backyard Babies, Opeth, Meshuggah, Hammerfall, D-A-D, Airbourne, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, H.E.A.T., The Quireboys, Exciter, Delan and again, lots more. Sweden Rock have confirmed they still have roughly 50 more bands to be announced so keep an eye on their official site for details as they unfold.

So, what are folks thinking so far?


Download 2015: Day 1 and 2 confirmed. 3rd leaked?

Posted in Festival News, Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2014 by Tickets There

Well festival season is off to an early start this year. Yesterday the mighty Hellfest released info on over 120 bands that are set to perform at next year’s event and this week Download have been teasing out the first two days of next year’s event with the third and final day set to be confirmed tomorrow, Nov. 19th.

So far, Download have confirmed Slipknot, Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch and Black Stone Cherry will be the major names for Day one of the festival (June 12th 2015) followed by MUSE, Faith No More, A Day to Remember and Marilyn Manson on Saturday the 13th of June.

In a TBC post, it seems Gene Simmons, legendary bassist and singer with KISS, Gene Simmons, may have ‘accidently’ leaked the Day 03 line-up. According to his pretty genuine looking poster, the bands set to appear are KISS themselves, Motley Crue, Slash and Enter Shikari. However this hasn’t been confirmed and all will be revealed tomorrow morning at 08:00 am so stay tuned to the official website.

Over a hundred or so more bands will be announced over the coming months. Basic weekend tickets (3 nights camping) will set you back about £205. Check Ticketmaster for more options and prices. They go on sale this Thursday, Nov. 20th.


Posted in Festival News, Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by Tickets There

1496370_10152465534622536_5074085481015798646_o Hellfest have announced over 120 of the bands that are set to appear on next year’s bill which will take place between the 19th and 21st of June 2015 in Clisson, France. Headlining the event will be Slipknot, Scorpions and Faith No More. with Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Slash, Motorhead, Alice Copper, Marilyn Manson, Venom, Cannibal Corpse, Anthrax, Exodus, Mayhem and many, many more also on the  bill. This is the major portion of the festival with 30 more additions expected over the next few months.

Along with the line-up announcement, tickets for Hellfest X or Hellfest 15 are now on sale priced E150. Click this link to purchase. This is epic and tickets are likely to go quickly so get on it!

Line-up: Scorpions, Faith No More, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Slash, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, KoRn, Limpbizkit, Nightwish, Marilyn Manson, Airbourne, Billy Idol, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, In Flames, Lamb of God, Killing Joke, Ace Frehley, The Quireboys, The Answer, Life of Agony, Hollywood Undead, Godsmack, Armored Saint, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Hirax, The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Iron Regan, Beastmilk, Eths, No Return, Stickty Boys, Breakout Venom, Children of Bodom, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Satiricon, At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, In Extremo, Bloodbath, Cradle of Filth, Triptykon, Mayhem, Finntroll, Samel, Obituary, Ensiferum, Arkona, Dying Fetus, Skyforger, Alestorm, Skinless, Craft….and so many more!


Posted in Gig Listing, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2014 by Tickets There


That’s right folks, just one day left before Hellfest officially announce the line-up for HELLFEST X or HELLFEST 2015. Several names have been tipped including SLASH, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, RAMMSTEIN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MOTLEY CRÜE, MAYHEM, TESTAMENT, NAPALM DEATH but none are 100%. Just one day and we’ll know all.

Also tickets will be going on sale tomorrow, Nov 17th. Only three day tickets will be on sale at first with single day tickets going on sale at a later date. Also capacity will e reduced next year to make things a little more comfortable so beware there will be less tickets available.

With that said, let’s roll on the excitement!

HELLFEST X announcement in SIX days

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2014 by Tickets There


The tenth instalment of everyone’s favourite heavy metal festival is set to be announced in six days time. Fans (me) have been panicked that this year’s usual September announcement had been delayed but organizers have now confirmed they will not announce a small portion of the bill this side of Christmas, but instead will announce the entire program for HELLFEST X.

Last year Hellfest IX displayed one of the greatest line-ups in heavy metal history so there’s a lot to live up to. Rumours on possible bands have been circulating since this years festival ended and they’ve only gotten more intense with announcements that Metallica, KISS, AC/DC, Slipknot, Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and many, many more are all touring Europe this summer.Who will land on the mighty Hellfest bill? Keep your eyes peeled to next Monday for the official unveiling.

..or you could be lazy and just wait for us to tell you. I mean, it’s not like the official Hellfest page needs to the views to keep them in business. Yes, watch Tickets There and nothing else. In fact, forget the internet. Set up a Facebook/twitter account – subscribe to tickets there and never again worry about other pages.


Review: Hellfest 2014 June 20th – 22nd (Clisson, France)

Reminder: Judas Priest ‘Redeemer of Souls’ Listening Party – TONIGHT

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2014 by Tickets There

10337722_10152356843893965_4909218453002605802_nFor those that have been living in a cave for the past few months, JUDAS PRIEST have a new album hitting our shelves tomorrow and to celebrate, the Priest are hosting exclusive listening parties around the UK and Ireland and Dublin’s turn is tonight! At 10:00pm, The Rock Bar At Bruxelles will play the first official public airing of it and there’ll be prizes, free merch and HMV are even coming down to sell the first physical copies of the record. Get excited, you have my permission.

Redeemer of Souls is the Priest’s first album since 2008’s Nostradamus and the first not feature founding guitarist, K.K. Downing. Fear not though, the Priest seem to have only gotten stronger over the past few years. The album is absolutely mind blowingly brilliant. It’ll compete with Sabbath’s 13 for classic metal release of the decade and put Priest back on top of everyone’s agenda. Anyway, here’s the official blurb. More details can be found on the official Facebook Event Page.








Judas Priest Announce Irish Redeemer of Souls Listening Party

Posted in Music, New Music, News with tags , , , on June 25, 2014 by Tickets There

10337722_10152356843893965_4909218453002605802_nYes! We haven’t been forgotten by the mighty PRIEST! To celebrate the release of their new album, Redeemer of Souls, the metal gods have announced a listening party in Bruxelles bar on Friday, July 11th. No word on how you apply or anything so it may just be a turn up and hope for a spot job. More on that when and if we have it. otherwise – see ye there for a pint (time unknown).


To celebrate the release of Redeemer of Souls we’re throwing album launch parties at venues across the UK and Ireland. This will be your opportunity to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on July 14th and will feature exclusive merchandise giveaways, your favourite local DJs and a selection of the band’s favourite tunes.

Monday 7th July – Manchester – Sound Control
Tuesday 8th July – Birmingham – Scruffy Murphy’s
Wednesday 9th July – Plymouth – White Rabbit
Thursday 10th July – Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
Friday 11th July – Dublin – Bruxelles
Saturday 12th July – Liverpool – Krazyhouse
Sunday 13th July – London – Intrepid Fox

‘Redeemer Of Souls’ is available for pre-order now: See More

JUDAS PRIEST – March of the Damned

Posted in Music, New Music, News with tags , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Tickets There

10325776_10152382509087435_7408559449680967478_nJudas Priest are spoiling us silly these days. They’ve gone and released a new single from their forthcoming album, Redeemer of Souls, which is due in shops this July.

The single is titled ‘March of the Damned’ and it’s a solid tune performed in classic Priest style. A little restrained for my liking so far, but definitely growing on me and another positive nod for the quality of the new LP. Bring on THE PRIEST!


JUDAS PRIEST: Redeemer of Souls Artwork & Release Date

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , on May 16, 2014 by Tickets There

July 14th (UK) and 15th (US) 2014 is confirmed for Redeemer of Souls’ release. Can I hear a FUCK YES?


Judas Priest Release New Song

Posted in Music, New Music, News, Single Review with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by Tickets There

10255072_10152314542173965_2088666024310493212_oJUDAS PRIEST ARE BACK!

‘Redeemer of Souls’ is the first new Priest track since 2008’s Nostradamus! Can you believe it’s been that long? Since then they’ve announced their retirement, parted company with legendary guitarist, K. K. Downing, hired Richie Faulkner to replace him and rebuked the retirement announcement. Us Ireland folks were lucky to catch them back in 2009 when they played an epic show here with Megadeth and Testament providing support. Now, we finally have the Priest back on form.

Redeemer of Souls is the title track from their forthcoming seventeenth studio album. It’s a pretty classic slice of good old fashioned studs ‘n’ leather metal. Halford sounds great, the guys sound great – ALL HAIL PRIEST! Call that a review? Yes I do. Never mind my opinion, give it a listen as see what you think.

Stereo Nasty Release Full Demo

Posted in Music, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by Tickets There


Tickets There did not put in the work for this one, but the excellent Irish Metal Archive did and fair dues – what a savage band.

Based in Kildare and Carlow, the group are influenced by the likes of Judas Priest, W.A.S.P. Ozzy and a whole plethora of classic eighties icons and they’ve found a way to harness that sound and deliver some fresh, riff heavy metal. I’ve just given their debut EP a spin on the recommendation of IMA and wow – savage stuff.

Check out the band’s Bandcamp Page now and try them out. Three great tunes and definitely a band worth getting very excited about…well, once they hire a bass player.


Posted in Music, Music Video with tags , , , on October 16, 2012 by Tickets There

Tuesdays suck, listen to Testament, Exodus, and Judas Priestinstead!

*yes, I will always include Painkiller because it’s so damn awesome!

Hellfire()Sounds Review: Exzeltic (Ground Zero EP)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Tickets There

After seeing these guys on Saturday night at the Wacken Metal battle semi-finals, we’re confident there’s a future for thrash metal in Ireland. Taking their influence from Megadeth, ‘Kill Em All’ era Metallica (when they were actually thrash, like) and the Priest (Judas, not the other kind), the band play fast, heavy metal with riffs, solos and glass cutting vocals. Their second EP, Ground Zero, came out last year and it’s about time you heard it. Welcome to EXZELTIC

Kicking off with ‘Devastator’, the EP launches into raw thrash, under produced but sounding great. The solos are killer, the lyrics are brutal and the singing, well the singing unfortunately falls into the production problem but that doesn’t last and dramatically improves on the second track – ‘Infinity Crisis’..but first you need to get past the monster solo on Devastator, incredible stuff.

Infinity Crisis kicks off with some pounding drumming before the dual lead guitars launch the song to its feet. The riff is catchy as hell, classic crunchy riffs. Singing dramatically improves and the solos agghh. It’s hard to find an Irish band that have a grasp of this style, but Exzeltic have it by the bucket load and these recordings still pale in comparison to their live performance. Another ranging battle of riffs and major soloing later – you have one hell a tune to get through. Raging rampage of carnage, if nothing else.

The EP closes out with a head banging ballad of world ending proportions. Now of course when we say ballad for thrash metal, we do of course mean a clean guitar intro and then open the void and jump. ‘Agent of Chaos’ is one of those frighteningly fast metal anthems that could fire itself onto any decent thrash record and still kick the other tunes asses. This is the moment on the EP where everything falls into place to deliver a 100% bonafide piece of classic music…except that one bit at 04:15, drop that tiny little guitar thing and all is well.

If you like your trash or just like all metal, Exzeltic are the band to check out as soon as you can. Normally Tickets There doesn’t do this, but we’ve included all three of their tunes below because we firmly believe this is one of the most exciting old-skool bands in Ireland at the moment…that we’ve heard.

Judas Priest Announce Final 2011 World Tour

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by Tickets There

A sad day for metal but a great day for metal fans world wide as the mighty Judas Priest have announced their 2011 world tour will be their last (the good part being the fact that we all get to see Judas Priest next year on a massive tour which is guaranteed to be chock full of the bands greatest hits).

(Message posted on the Official Judas Priest Website): After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

The tour is set to kick off in Europe with 8 dates announced so far (see below). No massive streach of the imagination to figure the blank spaces in July and August will be flushed out with some American dates…but we’ll wait and see.

Jun. 09 – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 11 – Sauna Open Air, Finland
Jun. 17 – Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 19 – Hellfest, Nantes, France
Jun. 22 – Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
Jun. 25 – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
Jul. 23 – High Voltage Festival, London, UK
Aug. 05 – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany

Will the Priest return to Ireland? Who cares, this will be a tour worth travelling to see. Stay tuned for more dates as they’re announced.

The Greatest Heavy Metal Song of All Time?

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , on January 12, 2010 by Tickets There

We’ve probably blogged and talked more about this track than any other Heavy Metal song….and we still are. Quality never dies and when the Priest cometh, though should know to kneel.

Sunday Night Metal!!!

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by Tickets There

Damn it, HOLY DIVER folks!, Just cant avoid the unholy onslaught of late night metal. Gnash teeth, smash furniture of listen to Ronnie James Dio!! That’s your monster right there. Meant to be a little bastard but you’d still share a beer with the man. SABBATH!!!! Sabbath knows no Diver, Ozzy speaks no rath but Dio, bastard fucking created it.

Anyways, can’t put the Diver on, had it the other day. Lets find something else to wake up that Sunday night dread!!

Ok, got one. It;s not metal, but trust me. This is the good stuff/

Tickets There doesn’t like Anthrax!! So we’re not gonna post any!!!

Friday Day Night Metal!!!!!

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , , on October 17, 2009 by Tickets There

Quality Metal Vids for ya!!!

Megadeth – Endgame (Review)

Posted in Album Review, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by Tickets There


It’s late, I’m still in pretty bad shape from a furious session on Saturday and not eating right all week but the allure of Megadeths new album, End Game just sting there on their MySpace is far too tempting to leave alone so Tickets There is going to attempt a very, very, very hastily written review of what some people are calling Dave Mustaine’s best album in almost two decades.

Ok, we’ll do this MySpace Review style. Things kick off with Dialectic Chaos, which I actually heard the other night and all I can say is FUCKING BRILLIANT!. Two minutes of chaotic riffs, riveting, powerful solo’s and intense drums. There are no lyrics, it needs no lyrics. This song is pure fucking metal to the core and an incredible strong intro, especially for a modern Megadeth album. This Day We Fight! is next and it wastes little time starting it’s aggressive mission to send the memory of Death Magnetic into it’s grave. Dave’s voice sounds harder and grittier than normal and it swells in sporadic, plunging solos. This is a track that will send mosh puts around the world into a haze of maddened frenzy’s and ensure no fan will be able to touch there neck for weeks after a gig. 44 Minutes is next and it starts off a little tamer than the previous numbers. A police radio scrambles in over machine gun like riffs. The bass stands out like a tourist in a mosque and the Deth take a stab at delivering one of those slower numbers they’ve tried more recently. Not really as piercing or as powerful as the previous two but not bad all the same. The drums and bass make up for the songs slightly mundane structure…and the solo is pretty fucking rockin’!. When the final chorus comes in you find the whole song growing on you a little bit more. Seems to fall together and become interesting. Another savage solo and the respect increases.

1,320 is next and it kicks off with a Judas Priest style bike revving before the guitar and drums kick in, in classic Megadeth, Punk styled fury. This is thrash metal for those of you who haven’t heard it, notice the difference? The riff is fast, Dave belts out angry forceful lyrics with a vengeance as the instruments break away together to allow some incredible shredding from Dave and…what ever the new guitarist is called. Not bad to say the least. Two and a half minutes in, the guitars explode in a duelling battle that, in the words of Dylan Moranwould melt your face”. This is the kind of thing that causes tinnitus when you hear it live. The true sound of energy filled, unyielding talent that strives to out do itself with every note. Bite the Hand has the least number of plays so I’m a little weary but it starts of pretty well. The drums style keeps changing and it’s brilliant. Another full on metal track with sneering, guitars but much deeper, crunchy, bellowing riffs. Dave sings about the current economy (please note Dave has always done this, it’s not just a fad) as the band that spill their guts to keep up with him. I cannot get over the amount of solo’s on this album. Isn’t this the band that release Risk and Cryptic Writings a few years ago? Cause there’s no signs of those albums left. Don’t know why it’s the least played, it fucking rocks. Bodies jumps in straight away and crunchy bass makes a welcome return. Maybe it’s always been there and I just need decent headphones. This isn’t a bad number but possibly best described as an album track….so far, I’m only a minute in. It’s defiantly not one of their future classics but it’s decent. Great solo at the end but I wont say I wasn’t waiting for the albums title track before the end.

Endgame has the traits of a true metal blitz in the making. Not bad. Gets better and better as it continues. Pretty savage riffs, Dave’s lyrics awkwardly fall together but only hang on loosely before breaking again. Unlike Peace Sells, which was clever, Endgames lyrics sound very forced. Maybe Dave really isn’t that angry anymore? Nah, no-one happy person can play like that. Ah, not bad but I need to be in bed in 15/20 mins so lets check out The Hardest Part of Letting Go. Hmmm, acoustic guitars, violins and Chellos. Ah, this is where Cryptic Writings got to, I knew it must be around somewhere. It’s not terrible or anything but no something Megadeth need to keep in their repertoire. They already have A Tour Le Monde and that’s enough for any band. Oh Wait, two minutes in there’s an apocalyptic kind of knock on the head. Good, galloping riffs appear from no where as the lead pushed it’s self further and further into the spotlight. There’s even a few duelling moments. Tickets There is once again turned around.

The album first single, Head Crusher is next and the third last track of the album. I don’t know if any of you out there know what a Head Crusher was but its all there’s in the name really. They used this nasty little device during the Spanish Inquisitions and it could be made to last for hours, days and even weeks. The first thing that would happen is your jaws would crush together, shattering your teeth inside your skull. Then you eye sockets would buckle and they would literally pop out. Some of the devices had little metal plates, resembling small ice cream scoops to catch the eyes as they popped out. Then it got painful. May not sound as horrendously violent as the public sawings that they used to do or treatment from the Spanish tickler but pretty shocking to say the least. Oh the song, sorry. The song is FUCKING AWESOME!! NUFF SAID. Second last track How The Story Ends is thankfully not another ballad. It’s not my favourite, possibly the one I like least, though it has some of the best machine gun styled drum and guitars interaction on the whole record. Final song, The Right to Go Insane is thankfully heavy one. No soppy ballad to send us to bed, just another kick in the skull from Mustaine. Chorus sounds kind of grungy in it’s delivery but it works, works pretty well in fact. Some nice, distance between the chords in the bridge that adds some tension as you wait for everything to tear back. This is a very respectable Megadeth track and a welcome return finally to a fairly impressive album.

So, that’s it. Honestly, I was expecting more but I thought the same thing about Death Magnetic when I first heard that so you can be sure Tickets There is going to give it another few drillings before making our final decision. Might sound alot better when our minds aren’t clouded with the worry of how late we’re staying up, getting spellings correct while writing so quickly and all that nonsense. It still lacks Dave’s full on aggression though. The rage and bitterness that inspired and drove so much of the bands earlier work seems a little distant and forced on Endgame. It’s still more appealing than The System Has Failed and United Abominations but is doesn’t quite deliver the classics we know from albums like Rust In Peace, Countdown to Extinction or Peace Sells. Still well worth a go.

This Just In…!!!

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by Tickets There

I’m still hooked on PAINKILLLLEERRRR!!!!!

If you don’t like that, how about a little Testament \m/

Also, word on the street (Blabbermouth) is METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX might be playing together on a full tour!!

Nothings confirmed and how likely is that? but apparently Kerry King heard Lars is talking to folks about getting it together. Oh yes!!



Posted in Music with tags , , on September 2, 2009 by Tickets There

I feel the Priest are about to bite back into my MP3 rotation and to celebrate, Tickets There decided a little PAINKILLERRRR!!!!! Is needed. Enjoy!