Mention music hotspots of the North West to anyone and they’ll immediately think of Manchester or Liverpool, but it would seem that Lancashire can hold its own in the genres of Rock and Metal.
Take two local bands: Massive Wagons, purveyors of traditional rock who are making waves nationwide with their arena-filling potential and All Consumed, responsible for forging what could be said is the most pulverising noise ever witnessed in their home town of Preston.
Two bands that may seem poles apart, musically, yet both have secured a slot on the stages of this years Bloodstock, which is one of the UK’s largest open air rock/metal festivals featuring such heavyweight acts as Megadeth, Down, Emperor, Saxon and Biohazzard.
All Consumed co-founder and bassist, Joe, said of the event: “We are immensely grateful to have been added to the bill at Bloodstock.
“For several months now we have been been competing in the Metal to the Masses Bloodstock competition, held at Blitz nightclub.
“We were up against stiff competition, as Preston has a strong crop of bands right now such as Nihilism Incarnate, Sinpathetic and Deathtrip and on the night any one of these bands could have won the prize.
“We knew that as one of the newer bands in the competition we had a tough fight on our hands. When our name was announced as the winner and the crowd went wild, it was a fantastic feeling.
“We really can’t wait to hit the stage at Bloodstock. It will give us exposure to a wider audience and will hopefully lead to other opportunities.”
Bloodstock runs from August 7 - 10 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
Massive Wagons release their 2nd album ‘Fight the System’ digitally on July 14 and physically on August 04 and have several live dates coming up.
Massive Wagons - July
25 - Blitz, Preston
26 - Festwich, Prestwich
26 - Satan’s Hollow, Manchester
All Consumed - July
13 - Cesspit, Sheffield
19 - Gullivers, Manchester
27 - Adelphi, Preston