We are just days away from the very first Newcastle leg of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition.
Metal 2 the Masses is an annual, regional, competition where the winner of each region goes on to play at Bloodstock Festival on their New Blood Stage.
This has proven to be a big opportunity for many bands, with bands such as Evile, Bloodshot Dawn and Saturnian signing major deals or going on world wide tours.
A total of 25 bands will pit their way through the rounds aiming to make it to the final and then on to Bloodstock.
The final takes place in The Cluny on June 17th, but before that, bands have to navigate some tricky heats and semi finals.
"Some of these groups are going to be really tough," enthuses Kev Morris, of RFTK Promotions, who are organising the events for this region, "But in being tough, it's going to be exciting as fans are sure to get a night of good quality bands - and bands are going to have to bring their A-Game to get through"
The first heat takes place at Trillians Rock Bar on Thursday, 25th February.
The bands for this round are Hellion Rising, Dogflesh, Black Nevada, Guilt City and Shard of Ruin.
Despite being local and unsigned bands, a lot of these bands have played headline shows at the Academy, Hellion Rising are one of many bands in this contest who made it to the national finals for Hard Rock Hell - so there's a lot of quality on offer.
|Shard of Ruin|
The nights will be a rapid fire of bands, for each of the heats the doors open at 7pm, with a first band hitting the stage at 7.15pm - each band doing 25 minutes and the two bands to progress being announced at 10.30pm. The 2 bands then go into Semi Finals to take place in May.
Bands will be scored by both a panal of judges and by crowd reactions - 50/50 for the heats, so anyone coming through the door really is helping the bands they like (or go on to like).
The price is being kept down to try to entice people down, Kev explains, "We wanted to keep it cheap, so managed to get it £3 for the heats, rising to just £5 for the final. The heats are on a Thursday night, we know there's a lot of choice for events in Newcastle at the moment - so keeping the price down to as low as feasible means people can have a great night out, see some favourite bands, be introduced to some bands that they don't know and have a great night, without breaking the bank"
Following on from the February 25th heat, there's a further 4 heats on March 31st, April 7th, 14th and 28th - all in Trillians - 2 bands from each going through to Semi Finals in May.
"There's some really good bands playing, we hope everyone enjoys it"
Links and Info
RFTK Promotions - www.rftkpromotions.co.uk
Bloodstock - www.bloodstock.uk.com
Hellion Rising - www.facebook.com/hellionrisingofficial
Dogflesh - dogsflesh.co.uk
Black Nevada - www.blacknevada.com
Guilt City - www.facebook.com/guiltcityband
Shard of Ruin - www.shardofruin.com
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