Metal Shock Finland’s Utilifest Project partners at Wildfire Festival have announced a winter showcase. Check out what festival director Dave Ritchie has to say:
Two of Metal Shock Finland‘s partners have also joined forces – Wildfire Festival, Scotland’s only rock and metal festival has today announced its support to charitable organisation RACPA UK on an ongoing basis. Founded in 2006 in response to the lack of support and understanding being offered to the victims of childhood sexual abuse, RACPA UK began as an awareness campaign to bring the issues into the public arena and break the silence surrounding the whole issue.
Festival Director Dave Ritchie, says “Since we started the event in 2012 (as Les-Fest) we have always made a point of supporting a chosen charity. Having previously supported national and household charities, we felt the time was right to offer support at grassroots level. RACPA do sterling work throughout the UK and can often be seen at music festivals dealing with, sadly, far to common issues. I hope that our support, which starts today and not just for the duration of the event is long lasting, as I know it can make a huge difference to peoples lives.”
RACPA UK offers a safe, informal and absolutely confidential haven for victims and survivors of childhood abuse. The volunteers offer comfort, understanding, support and therapy in a way that is best suited to the victims and available for as long as is needed. They also work with the families of victims to help them deal with their own feelings and by offering them support.
As well as working in the cyber world and on social media platforms, RACPA UK attend musical events, county fairs and markets with their mobile information units where they work directly with members of the public providing information and support. This also provides safe first contact for victims needing counselling and therapy, both of which is offered from professionally trained volunteers.
Carmen Mayes, founder of RACPA UK comments. “This has always been and will always remain a 100% voluntary organisation. We are funded by our own line of merchandise and mascots, The L’arpies, and by donations without which we simply would not be able to carry on. We would like to thank Wildfire Festival for the support.”
Together…we will make a difference for the children of today and tomorrow…and never allow yesterday’s children to be forgotten.
With a new name and new location, the Les-Fest organisers have launched a kickstarter campaign.
Keen to push the newly branded Wildfire Festival, the campaign is primarily aimed at investing in infrastructure, main bands and advertising projects. Launched only 2 days ago it has already superseded it’s initial target.
Wildfire organiser Dave Ritchie stated “I set an achievable target initially to help fund next years event in terms of better staging, sound and lights. But I am much more ambitious than that. With extra support I can add far better facilities for the fans, covered and chill out areas, seating, and a kids zone”
With an overall aim to raise up to £10000 pounds, it is crucial to get the word out to as many rock and metal fans as possible.
Dave continues “Every single pound will go into the event so every one counts, if I can raise enough we can put that into really strong headline acts, which in turn increases the attendance, which then boosts the audience for the new and upcoming bands and that is still very much what we are about. If every person out there that supports live music gives just £1.00 it would make a massive difference.”
With 3 years under their belt, there is no danger of the event not going ahead, but the extra funding can make this one of THE best rock and metal events in the north.
Pledges, no matter how small, can be made here.
For more info about the festival check here – www.facebook.com/WildFireFestivalUK
Metal Shock Finland’s Utilifest Project partners at LES-FEST 2014 have announced five more acts for this years festival.
Progressive Death Metallers, NEXILVA, have today been confirmed for a Friday Main Stage slot at this summers Les-Fest 3. Joining an already strong line up of Death, Tech and Black Metal this is another strong signing for the rapidly growing event. Monolithic Music Manager Simon Garrod stated
“We are proud to have Nexilva playing Les Fest this year; it is great to have one of our roster chosen.”
They will be joined by Birmingham based Death Metallers HAERKEN, female fronted rock band SIGNED IN CRIMSON, Alt Rockers CAPTAIN HORIZON and making a welcome return, but with her full band, the amazing Christie Connor-Vernal.
This announcement almost concludes the line up for Les-Fest 3 and festival director Dave Ritchie added:
“This is undoubtedly the strongest line up we have had yet and adds to the variety that we are already offering. Les-Fest 3 is going to be epic”
Tickets for the 3 day rock and metal event that also includes Bleed From Within, Savage Messiah and The Dirty Youth are available now and selling fast from http://www.les-fest.co.uk
Full confirmed line up as follows:
Bacchus Baracus, Bad Touch, Bleed From Within, Cambion, Crash Mansion, Cypher 16, Deadly Circus Fire, Defy All Reason, Demonic Resurrection, Disposable, Dog Tired, Exit State, Fallen Fate, Falling Red, Fireroad, Fury, Grifter, GutterGodz, Haerken, House of X, Incassum, Incinery, Inferno, Mask of Judas, Massive Wagons, Nexilva, Reign of Fury, Sa-da-KO, Savage Messiah, Signed in Crimson, Spill 16, Spirytus, Stormbringer, Skreamer, The Burning Crows, The Dirty Youth, Vantage Point, Voodoo Vegas, What’s The Damage?!, When Our Time Comes and the Wild Lies
Bad Touch, Black and White Boy, Captain Horizon, Christie Connor-Vernal, Curran, Exit State, Incassum, Inferno, Pat McManus Band, Static Rock and Steel Threads.
Metal Shock Finland’s Utilifest Project partners at Scotland’s LES-FEST are at it again with a further 6 acts confirmed for their 3rd annual festival to be held at larger venue, Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire.
First up and confirmed to headline the Cackblabbath.com stage on Sunday is Irish Power Trio led by former Mama’s Boys and Celtus guitarist/violinist,singer and songwriter PAT McMANUS & BAND.
Festival founder Dave Ritchie states, “I was always a big Mammas Boys and Pat fan, but this came out of the blue, when one of our associates in London confirmed his availability. It was an opportunity not to be missed so we grabbed it with both hands, simply put he is unmissable.”
Pat and the band will close the second stage on Sunday evening.
They will be joined on that stage by Glasgow based singer songwriter BLACK AND WHITE BOY, a breath of fresh air for the Glasgow music scene, mixing catchy, and free flowing melodies with well written vocals.
Switching to the Saturday Main Stage we can also announce London based WHEN OUR TIME COMES. Acknowledged as a Metal/Progressive/Hardcore act “This brings something a little different to the Saturday and reinforces our commitment to new exciting music” continues Dave.
Moving closer to home, the festival organisers can also confirm Edinburgh basedDOG TIRED, if you like a bit of Pantera, Down or Slayer, “These are the guys for you but they have a tough, relevant and very modern sound.”
They will be joined by Glasgow based WHAT’S THE DAMAGE?!
“This was a band that impressed us at one of last years showcase gigs, so really pleased to add them to the bill and to show our continued support for awesome, local, quality music.”
The final addition to this announcement is local band STATIC ROCK a group of lads that worked together and developed at a local music college. They will bring their own distinct mellow rock sound to the second stage. We may have a few more things to come yet too!!
Tickets available now and selling quickly from http://www.les-fest.co.uk
Full confirmed line up to date – Main Stage
Bacchus Baracus, Bad Touch, Bleed From Within, Cambion, Crash Mansion, Cypher 16, Deadly Circus Fire, Defy All Reason, Demonic Resurrection, Disposable, Dog Tired, Epsilon, Exit State, Fallen Fate, Falling Red, Fireroad, Fury, Grifter, GutterGodz, House of X, Incassum, Incinery, Inferno, Mask of Judas, Massive Wagons, Reign of Fury, Sa-da-KO, Savage Messiah, Spill 16, Spirytus, Stormbringer, Stormzone, Skreamer, The Burning Crows, The Dirty Youth, Vantage Point, Voodoo Vegas, What’s The Damage?!, When Our Time Comes and the Wild Lies
Bad Touch, Black and White Boy, Curran, Exit State, Incassum, Inferno, Pat McManus Band, Static Rock and Steel Threads.
Metal Shock Finland’s Utilifest Project partners at Scotland’s LES-FEST have revealed that as well as recently announcing the change of venue for Les-Fest 3, they have also confirmed a number of new acts for the event to be held at Wiston Lodge in June 2014.
Top British metal band SAVAGE MESSIAH has been confirmed as the headline act for Saturday 28th June, completing a very strong line up of metal based music for that day. They will be joined on the Saturday by HOUSE OF X, a new name perhaps to many but a band with an impeccable history.
Organiser Dave Ritchie beamed “Yeah we are absolutely delighted to add Savage Messiah to this years event. We try to pick bands that we believe can bring a captivating performance to the stage and genuinely please people and if you like your “metal” these guys will not disappoint, with a new album imminent, expect something special, from worthy headliners.”
But there is more Dave continues “We took onboard many comments made last year that the headline acts were on too late, so we are putting Savage Messiah on about 9.30 pm. However not everyone want an early night so we will finish the Saturday evening with House of X (For those that don’t know, this is a band made up of ex members of UFO).
“As musicians they may all have that excellent pedigree, but having heard their forthcoming album of all new tunes these guys are much more than a covers or tribute act. The new material is excellent, but of course what better way to close of the Saturday evening than with some UFO classics sprinkled within the set too.”
They will be joined over the weekend by Glasgow Progressive Metal band Epsilon, new British Metallers Stormbringer, highly regarded hard rockers Crash Mansion, and the “best kept secret in Rock’n’Roll, CURRAN.
“This continues our something for everyone policy with a broad range of rock and metal bands now confirmed from Death Metal right through to Classic Rock making Les-Fest 3 a must do music festival in the Summer of 2014”
Tickets available now from www.les-fest.co.uk
Full confirmed line up to date – Main Stage
Bacchus Baracus, Bad Touch, Black Belt Karate, Bleed From Within, Cambion, Crash Mansion, Cypher 16, Deadly Circus Fire, Defy All Reason, Demonic Resurrection, Disposable, Epsilon, Exit State, Fallen Fate, Falling Red, Fireroad, Fury, Grifter, GutterGodz, House of X, Incassum, Incinery, Inferno, Mask of Judas, Massive Wagons, Reign of Fury, Sa-da-KO, Savage Messiah, Spill 16, Spirytus, Stormbringer, Stormzone, Skreamer, The Burning Crows, The Dirty Youth, Vantage Point, Voodoo Vegas and the Wild Lies
Bad Touch, Curran, Exit State, Incassum, Inferno, Scott Cowie and Steel Threads.
Metal Shock Finland’s Utilifest Project partners at LES-FEST have announced that with 2 successful festivals already under its belt, the award winning Les-Fest is on the move.
Organiser Dave Ritchie said “Partly through circumstances and more through necessity we found it desirable to move venues for 2014. We believe we have found a magnificent place within the grounds of Wiston Lodge, Lanark”
Wiston Lodge is a former Victorian Hunting Lodge built in the 1850s. Located near Lanark in Scotland less than an hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Carlisle and only 10 minutes from the M74, motorway it is the ideal location.
Dave continues, “With the lodge and the grounds we have room for future expansion and we can offer a far greater festival experience, with improved camping, Tipi camping, wooden cabins and a boating lake amongst other things.”
However we also want people to be aware of their location and we know from previous festivals that everyone will respect the surroundings and buy into the philosophy of the new venue.
As a registered charity, Wiston Lodge is a place where guests are able to develop personal, social and work skills. A world where people have the opportunities and support they need to grow positive, sustainable futures.
Programmes are particularly tailored to children and young people, vulnerable adults, and to the staff of the organisations that support them
The staff at Wiston work hard to provide everyone with a friendly welcome and a safe, comfortable stay.
“This sits really well with the ethos of Les-Fest to support local needs, to build good community relationships and particularly now with our support for the Teenage Cancer Trust, to support youth based charities.”
Full details of the new location and venue are available now on the Les-Fest website here.
New band announcement imminent.