Rock in Rio 2021 Festivals in Lisbon and Brazil Are Canceled

Two more major festivals will sit out 2021, as Rock in Rio’s organizers have revealed that both the Brazil and Lisbon-based events will not take place this year.

Roberta Medina, Vice President of the Rock in Rio organization, issued a video message in which she spoke about the Lisbon edition of the festival.

“We worked very hard in the last 11 months in synergy with the authorities, with our partners to make sure that it would be a possibility to make the next June edition happen. But unfortunately we are still under a state of emergency and we can not foresee how an event with this dimension and under its original characteristics can take place in June, as we need to start the constructions now,” she explained. “So it is with heavy heart and immense sorrow that we have to communicate that we have made the decision to postpone again the 9th edition of Rock in Rio Lisboa with the new dates settled for the 18, 19, 25 and 26 of June 2022.”

All those who currently have tickets will still have those tickets remain valid for the 2022 edition. Details on the 2022 lineup and the festival’s City of Rock will be revealed soon.

Meanwhile, Rock in Rio president and founder Roberto Medina addressed the Brazilian edition of the festival, stating, “Rock in Rio mobilizes people inside and outside the City of Rock. We receive tourists from absolutely all Brazilian states, in addition to the Federal District, and also from more than 70 countries. There are 28,000 people working to bring celebration and joy to the 700,000 people who visit us. We will preserve lives at this point. In September 2022 we will be together again and ready for the best Rock In Rio ever, when we will celebrate peace and life.”

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Killswitch Engage, Underoath Confirmed for 2021 Furnace Fest

Festival season in the United States may actually go as planned this fall. Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath and more have just been announced for the 2021 Furnace Fest, which will take place Sept. 24-26 in Birmingham, Ala.

A number of bands from the cancelled 2020 Furnace Fest, including Converge, Every Time I Die, Knocked Loose and Andrew WK are confirmed for the 2021 event, which has been expanded into three full days of metalcore, hardcore, punk and scene music.

Fans who purchased tickets to the 2020 Furnace Fest will have their passes accepted at the 2021 event. If you prefer a refund, 2020 ticket holders can request their money back via [email protected] until April 2.

“We are more confident than ever that Furnace Fest will happen this September. Covid cases are trending down. We have access to three highly effective vaccines with others in development. Much larger events have either already happened (Super Bowl) or are scheduled for our same timeframe (Riot, Alabama Football, Louder than Life),” the fest writes via Facebook.

“In a worst-case scenario, we’ll be transparent with you about the possibility of any postponement. Ticket purchases will always be transferable, and you may now purchase ticket cancellation protection ($20.11 for 3-day passes) to guarantee your money back.”

“After not playing a show since 2019, it feels surreal to be announcing that we are headlining Furnace Fest later this year,” Underoath write. “September is a long time away but with advances in the vaccine rollout it feels like the festival will be able to ensure safety for you all, the bands and crews.”

“That said, if it is not safe, we will 100 percent address that as the year goes on. We want to protect the community and absolutely won’t be touring unless that’s ensured but we feel confident it’s finally time to get the ball rolling on getting back on stage to see your faces again.”

He Is Legend add, “Nineteen years ago we performed at Furnace Fest with many of these same bands. If this date happens, I can’t think of a better first show back. As we remain cautiously optimistic, we hope everybody does their part over the next 6.5 months to ensure the return of live music. We love you, we miss you, and we can’t wait for the day we see you again.”

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Download Festival 2021 Canceled, Headliners for 2022 Announced

For the second year in a row, the United Kingdom’s marquee Download Festival won’t be happening because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition of the rock and metal event was due to take place at England’s Donington Park from June 4-6 with Megadeth, Descendents and more.

The fest revealed the unfortunate news this week while giving concertgoers hope for next year — 2022’s Download Festival U.K. has already secured a trio of headliners in KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro. For 2020’s nixed Download, KISS, Maiden and System of a Down performed during a virtual event in its place. Download 2021 ticket holders can use their passes for 2022 or obtain a refund.

This year’s cancellation comes after the U.K. government last week provided a cautious roadmap for slowly easing the country’s coronavirus restrictions after a daunting period for COVID-19 transmission. But while the pandemic’s brunt in the U.K is hopefully in the rearview, a summer 2021 date for a large gathering such as Download Festival is still evidently a bit too soon.

“We can now confirm that Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year,” a March 1 statement from the concert’s organizers explained. “But we do have exciting news for 2022.”

The message continued, “We never gave up hope of bringing the festival back to Donington this June and had been working so hard behind the scenes to make that happen, but we now know it’s not possible. We’re heartbroken for everyone in the Download family, from artists to suppliers and of course our passionate Download fans.”

Download Festival U.K. will resume at Donington from June 10-12, 2022. Many more acts will be announced soon. General on-sale for tickets begins this Friday (March 5).

“We’ll be back … as strong as ever,” Download Festival promised in Monday’s statement. Get more information on the 2022 fest, tickets and 2021 ticket refunds at downloadfestival.co.uk.

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A Ranking of Every Ozzfest Lineup From Worst to Best

Ozzfest was a revelation when it debuted in 1996. What began as Sharon Osbourne’s revenge plot against Lollapalooza for rejecting her husband morphed into a massive annual roadshow, spawning countless circle pits, protests and riots across its 20-plus-year history. Ozzfest was a breeding ground for fresh talent, giving several metal superstars their break while also hosting historic performances from the genre’s titans.

While every Ozzfest had something to love, not every lineup was created equal. We’ve ranked every U.S. Ozzfest lineup from worst to best, so you can take a trip down memory lane or weep over missed opportunities.

Note: Marilyn Manson appeared on several Ozzfest lineups, some of which are ranked highly on this list. While his inclusion may have improved those lineups at the time, no mention of Manson in the context of this list is meant to overshadow or trivialize the myriad abuse allegations levied against him.

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Rock + Metal Virtual Performance Streaming Calendar

Updated Feb. 12

If you’re missing out on concerts and festivals because of cancelations over the coronavirus, you’re not alone. The live entertainment industry is taking a pretty big hit due to the illness, but musicians are coming together all over to put on streamable live performances for their fans in the meantime.

Dave Grohl and Billie Joe Armstrong have hosted concerts from their living rooms, where they play the classics everyone loves. Whether it’s an online festival in a game or a Facebook live, there’s something for all rock and metal fans alike. Some organizations and labels will be even be hosting a different artist every week.

We have compiled a list of virtual performances you can stream throughout the coming weeks while you continue to quarantine, and will update as more come up. Some will be recurring on a weekly basis, while others are one-time events. See them all below.

Enjoy, and stay safe!

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Korona Blues in Sorlandet with guests from Australia and the USA: Photos, Video

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September originally set up a program with guests from Australia and the USA in Fiona Boyes and Heather Crosse respectively in addition to good Norwegian names like Steinar Albrigtsen and Monika Nordli, Nave & The Ghost Collectors and Jolly Jumper & Big Moe and The Jimbo Jambo Band. It was not supposed to go that way, but it was a concert.

The coronavirus led to cancellations, and it was unclear for a while if there would be any blues at Brekstad at all this weekend. But the gang behind the festival did not give up so easily. They put on a replacement concert, a so-called corona concert, at BarRock in Brekstad on Saturday 26 September. This was a double concert with Mats Nerli and Jolly Jumper & Big Moe and The Jimbo Jambo Band. Only 70 tickets were displayed at the door, and there was table service and full focus on arranging an infection-free event. The nightclub BarRock has for many years collaborated with Ørland Bluesklubb and stood out once again with fast and friendly service.

Koronablues på Ørlandet

Koronablues på Ørlandet

Jolly Jumper & Big Moe and The Jimbo Jambo Band at BarRock.

Mats Nerli

Mats Nerli from Istad outside Molde started the evening at 20. Mats was well described in the previous edition of Bluesnews after he played at Skjærgårdsblues on Veiholmen outside Smøla this summer. Mats delivered the same concept at Brekstad. On the repertoire were his own songs in Norwegian language costume, tied together with good stories. He was very well received on Veiholmen, but the concept suited Intimate BarRock even better than at the large community center on Veiholmen where the festival was forced to hold the concert due to infection control. Mats captivated the audience for 90 minutes with a small warning early on that talking during the concert was not so popular on stage. And from then on the audience listened.

Mats Nerli (pictured above) solo differs from his band Nerli There which is an americana / rock band that mostly sings in English. Solo, he appears more in the direction of a singer / songwriter. Both melancholy and humor are prominent in lyrics and performance. He should be ready for a larger audience, even though he himself says he is a little unsure whether, for example, easterners will understand the Romsdal dialect. There should be absolutely nothing in the way of that, and organizers across the country can be sure that guests will appreciate both lyrics, songs and performances.

Jolly Jumper & Co

At 10 pm, the trip had come to Jolly Jumper & Big Moe and The Jimbo Jambo Band. The band hardly needs any further presentation, and especially not at Ørland Blues Festival where the duo Kjell Inge Brovoll and Jan Erik Moe have been involved every year since the beginning. It will be 21 years in a row! Daniel Røssing on piano and Arne Skognes on drums complement the duo perfectly. The band delivers sky-high quality in several blues genres, and it was a playful set of 90 minutes where, among other things, Pengegaloppen by Vidar Sandbeck was also served in a light blues format. The boys were not allowed to leave the stage until an extra number was given.

It was probably not the big audience visit that the organizer hoped for, but the artists still delivered a fantastic concert. Primus engine and sound engineer Syver Srøbka said after the concert that it was a pity that people do not show up when you try to arrange something in the local environment that in terms of quality absolutely meets goals and should be to your liking. He still wanted to thank the attendees and the artists who really delivered this evening.

In the neighboring village Råkvåg there was the same evening a blues concert with local Blue Aspic, but since there was so limited capacity in both places (in Råkvåg there was room for 50), it was not expected that this would create major problems for any of the organizers.

We wish the festival good luck with the planning of next year’s festival. And then the blues jam, one of Norway’s best jam sessions, is back as well. See you at Brekstad in September 2021.

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Primus engine in Ørland Blues Club, Syver Srøbka.

Primus motor i Ørland Bluesklubb, Syver Srøbka.

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Folks at The Little Blues Festival 2020: Video, Photos

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On the weekend of February 14 and 15, 2020, Dag Bergesen hosted the sixth edition of The Little Blues Festival at Madam Felle in Bergen.

Helga was a great success with sold out houses both evenings and audience records on the afternoon blues on Saturday. The program at the festival consisted of a varied selection of bands from different places in Western Norway.

Folksomt på Den lille bluesfestivalen
Vetrhus Bluesband fra Odda sørget for en stemningsfull avslutning av festivalen.

Friday was opened by Olav Undeland’s new project, Blåstål from Voss. The crew consisted of, among other things, a bass pool, which is rarely experienced today. He also brought his son, Anders Bauthus, for nine and a half years as a guest, who performed two songs with soul and groove. Anders could tell Bluesnews before the concert that music was his only interest and that he sang classical, opera, pop and blues.

Further on Friday, Gray Blue Strings played with blues ladies Kristin Bergsvik, Annlise Ringsby and Tone-Lise Jonassen. It swung like just that and the crowd was very pleased. Friday night ended with the band Between The Lines. They were formerly called the Blues Brass Collective and come from Nordhordaland. The band has a full blown line and delivers concerts with proper traction and rich soundscape.

Olav Undeland and his new project, Blastal. The son Anders (9 years) impressed with his guest appearance. (Photo: Trond Johnsen).

Saturday started with afternoon blues from 14:00. It was Bluezifer from Bergen who played a short hour before a wonderful jam ended the day concerts.

Saturday night started with Anita Nordheim Blues n ‘Groove Company from Høyanger. She treats her saxophones with soul and swing and the songs that pay tribute to various blues ladies such as Etta James, Coco Taylor and many others are given a great expression. The Robert Taylor Band from Haugesund was the next band out, and they gave us an hour of proper tricks. Last Saturday night was Vetrhus Bluesband from Odda, a group we have known for many years. The atmosphere was electric and a couple of the band members played from table to table around the room. It was a crazy atmospheric ending to the festival with several extras.

Overall, the weekend was successful in every way. There were sold-out concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights, and “all time high” on Saturday afternoon with 150 guests. Bergesen can confirm that next year’s festival is already underway, and we look forward to it.

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Above: Vetrhus Bluesband from Odda. Below: Anita Nordheim Blues n ‘Groove from Høyanger. (Pictures: Trond Johnsen).

Festivalgeneral Dag Bergesen.
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George Thorogood for the Notodden Blues Festival 2020: Video, Photos

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Rocker George Thorogood and his Destoyers are announced as one of the headliners for this year’s Notodden Festival. This will be his first visit to Norway after playing at the festival in 2015.

Other new names on the poster are Gumbo, Grits & Gravy with Guy Davis, Anne Harris and Marcella Simien as well as British duo Kyla Brox & Danny Blomeley.

George Thorogood til Notodden Blues Festival

George Thorogood & the Destroyers are set to top this year’s Rock Friday at Notodden on Friday, July 31st. Norwegian CC Cowboys were previously launched on the same day. The concert with George Thorogood & the Destroyers in 2015 in front of 6,000 people in a sold out Hovig’s Hangar still stands for many as a highlight of the Notodden festival.

After more than 8,000 concerts since its inception in 1975, 15 million records sold, of which 6 have sold to gold and 2 to platinum, George Thorogood & the Destroyers is still “Bad To The Bone”. George Thorogood & the Destroyer’s popularity did not disappear with the death of the physical record, but confirms its popularity with more than 72 million streams of “Bad To The Bone”, 20 million of “One Bourbone, One Scotch, One Beer” and 12 million of ” I Drink Alone ».

– George Thorogood’s popularity in our music segment is well illustrated by his nearly 1.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, which is almost twice as much as Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy and more than twice as much as Beth Hart. All of these are great audience favorites with us at Notodden. George Thorogood is miles ahead of these. It is clear that we are happy with this booking, ”says festival director Jostein Forsberg in a press statement.

Gumbo, Grits & Gravy for the first time

With the musicians Guy Davis, Anne Harris and Marcella Simien, this band comes to Norway for the first time. Gumbo, Grits & Gravy are referred to as a party by a band and their music offers a plethora of styles that are mixed together. These are music from the American southern states with acoustic blues, zydeco, cajun and americana as the main ingredients.

Gumbo, Grits & Gravy  (Foto: Joseph A. Rosen).

Kyla Brox

Kyla Brox won the European Blues Challenge 2019 and did two very strong concerts with her band at Teledølen during the festival last year. Now she is back in duo format with her husband Danny Blomeley. From her stay in Manchester, England, Brox is in the process of building a great career touring across Europe. She has been nominated for the UK Blues Awards in the Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year categories this year. As the daughter of British blues pioneer Victor Brox, she grew up with blues music to life. Kyla Brox & Danny Blomeley will be listening to Notodden’s Folk & Blues Stage this year.

Notodden Blues Festival 2020 will be held in the period July 30 – August 2.

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Hagan Blues Festival, announces that the business will be closed down: Photos, Video

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A long-standing and too many welcome live offer at Klevjerhagan in Sande is now history. Hagan Music Festival, formerly known as the Hagan Blues Festival, announces that the business will be closed down.

For 15 years, the enthusiasts of Hagan Bluesklubb together with Nordre Sande Idrettslag have organized the festival which has presented everything from local elements to big international names in rock, blues and pop.

En festival-æra på Hagan er over

En festival-æra på Hagan er over

A festival era at Hagan is over
Hagan Blues Festival 2012 with Earl Thomas on stage.

– It is with sadness, but no tears, that we have decided not to organize the Hagan Music Festival in 2020, says the festival management. – Arranging a cultural festival for all the inhabitants of the village in collaboration with Nordre Sande Idrettslag has been an absolutely wonderful experience for all of us who have participated. Everything has its time, and of course it also applies to organizing the festival. After almost 15 years of operation, it is now time that an entire generation has grown older. Several of those who have been organizing have been with us all these years. It is as with collective governments, it is a form of wear and tear, and it is not always easy to get enough new costs to take over.

History says it all started when the first artist agreement was written on a napkin on Svalbard almost 15 years ago. From a somewhat cautious start, the festival grew into a large event on the outdoor scene or in a large festival tent with 100 percent professional execution in all stages. Both artists and visitors can sign that when they came to Hagen, they always received a first class reception and reception.
It started with one concert day in 2007 with five Norwegian bands on stage. Among those who have visited Hagan over the years are Earl Thomas, Gráinne Duffy, Knut Reiersrud, Sven Zetterberg, Jonas Fjeld, Sugar Ray Norcia, Never The Bride, Vamp and Trang Birth.

Above: From the first festival in 2007. Below: Atmosphere in the sunshine in 2008 with JT Lauritsen & Buckshot Hunters on stage. (Photo: Rune Endal).

For the past 3-4 years, the festival has experienced audience failure, although a more “mainstream” profile has also been attempted. A unified board agreed to “give up while the game is good”, as they did not find the motivation needed to continue. The festival emphasizes that they clearly have all financial obligations, so this is only a settlement.

– Hagan Music Festival has always been based on the blues genre. It should only be missing when there is a blues club behind, says the festival spokesman. – It has never been a theme to move so far beyond this. But it goes without saying that the next generation will have a cultural event according to the template we have arranged for. The blues is just one of several genres that are down in a wave valley when it comes to audience interest on larger stages. After all, you see the big key festivals in the country. There are more and more “mainstream” artists who are the mainstays, even at genre-based festivals.

The festival states that they “add a dock” with their heads raised and a great pride to have contributed to a cultural epoch in the village’s history with a solid dose of live music, partying and a scene for many local artists to joke about.

It is part of the story that Hagan Bluesklubb has in no way plans to close down the business, on the contrary, the goal is to do more club events locally and to travel on musical experiences at home and abroad.

– Maybe we can bring out the glow and interest in live music and create a party among the inhabitants of the village again? Now it is up to the rural population to prove that they want a place to meet and to bring live music with them, it says.

The organizers of the Hagan Music Festival wish to thank everyone who has helped make this “journey” possible: sponsors, volunteers, suppliers, media, artists and the public. Everyone helped set a proper footprint for cultural activity and partying in the village!

JBN thanks all the fiery souls for many years of good music offerings at Hagan.

Above: Earl Thomas at Hagan in 2010. (Photo: Nina Hanssen). Below: Vamp in 2012. (Photo: Mona Johansen).

The board of the anniversary festival in 2016, top from v. Bjørn Martin Bamrud, Runi Todok, Christian Grimsrud, Ben Johan Næs and Astrid Engen. Bottom from v. Ove Nørgaard, Terje Bakke and Ragnar Sørensen.

Styret for jubileumsfestivalen i 2016, øverst fra v. Bjørn Martin Bamrud, Runi Todok, Christian Grimsrud, Ben Johan Næss og Astrid Engen. Nederst fra v. Ove Nørgaard, Terje Bakke og Ragnar Sørensen.

Styret for jubileumsfestivalen i 2016, øverst fra v. Bjørn Martin Bamrud, Runi Todok, Christian Grimsrud, Ben Johan Næss og Astrid Engen. Nederst fra v. Ove Nørgaard, Terje Bakke og Ragnar Sørensen.

The board of the anniversary festival in 2016, top from v. Bjørn Martin Bamrud, Runi Todok, Christian Grimsrud, Ben Johan Næs and Astrid Engen. Bottom from v. Ove Nørgaard, Terje Bakke and Ragnar Sørensen.

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