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Tickets: Download Festival 2016

23rd October 2015 | Music

Are you ready for this, rockers?

Download Festival will be returning to the spiritual home of rock, Donington Park (Leicestershire) on 10 - 12 June 2016 - and it's going to be better than ever!

One of Britain's most popular music festivals, Download has been home to some of the biggest names in rock and metal - including Metallica, Slayer, Muse, Motorhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, KISS, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Guns N' Roses and many many more.

In 2016, though, it's all about headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden as they grace the stage in front of the 110,000+ Download Festival attendees.

And we have your ticket inside...

Tickets for Download Festival go on sale on FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER at 9AM (UK TIME).

To buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

Have a rockin' time!

Partnership with TicketMaster

22nd October 2015 | Music

Everybody has their moment. The first time the lights shut off, the crowd roared and the guitar riff sounded. You looked up to the stage and screamed with excitement.

Here you are. Here they are.

It’s your first time seeing that person you love, that musician you adore, that actor you aspire to be like. As you clench your firsts and get ready – the first note is heard. And you’re never the same again.

Live events are what make us who we are; they are events which shape our futures. There’s one brand who has been at the forefront of live events since 1976. They are the ones who put you in that seat and give you that ticket to ride.

W!ZARD Radio Media is proud to announce it’s new, multi-year partnership with TicketMaster – the world’s premier ticket selling and distribution brand.

W!ZARD Radio Media and TicketMaster are launching a five-phase partnership – Phase 1 (Affiliation) and Phase 2 (Integration) will be launching on Friday 23rd October 2015.

As part of the first two phases, both brands will be working together to deliver brand messages, ticketing opportunities and more – with W!ZARD Radio Media being able to offer unique ticketing opportunities through-out it’s programming, online and on social media with TicketMaster.

W!ZARD Radio Media and TicketMaster will also be launching a new, co-branded ticketing destination exclusively for W!ZARD Radio Media, powered by TicketMaster.

Phase 3 is expected for launch later this year, with Phases 4 and 5 launching in 2016.

Because every event starts with a ticket.

Review: John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

21st October 2015 | Music

It’s not every day that a bearded Icelander, who blends silky chamber pop with desperately uncool electronica, scales the upper reaches of the charts. But John Grant has done just that, sitting comfortably at No. 5 as I write, with his third solo album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’.

If anybody’s wondering, the album’s title combines the Icelandic phrase for middle age and the Turkish word for nightmare. Forbidding stuff, but you’d never have guessed at such glum subject matter if you’d given the album a casual listen. The shoo-wopping and cheesy synths of lead single ‘Disappointing’ and the warm acoustic pop of ‘Down Here’ and ‘Global Warming’ are a far cry from the titular middle-aged nightmare.

The lyrics are also consistently hilarious, delivered in downbeat, conversational style akin to Courtney Barnett. In ‘You & Him’, Grant unleashes a catalogue of over-the-top abuse, culminating with ‘you and Hitler ought to get together’. He goes one better on the melodic title track, grudgingly putting his own issues into perspective by admitting ‘there are children who have cancer/ and all bets are off/ because I can’t compete with that’. Nevertheless, he’d still rather ‘lose his arm inside of a corn thresher’.

The music is, for the most part, just as fun as the lyrics, although ‘Disappointing’ and the title track narrowly escape becoming inoffensive easy listening. The combination of lush strings and synths that sound like they’ve been stolen from a John Carpenter film actually works surprisingly well.

The record leaps between genres with gay abandon: meaty guitars spice up the chorus of ‘Guess How I Know’; the ridiculous chorus of ‘You & Him’ flirts with the idea of pop punk; and ‘Voodoo Doll’ tries to make minimalistic funk out of chicken soup and corduroy jumpsuits.