The Distortion Project in association with Route One Booking proudly presents debut Northern and Southern Irish shows for London Heavy Rock outfit Blind River, supported on this tour by Doagh’s very own big grooving riffmasters Skypilot! Featuring members of Hangnail, End of Level Boss, Godsized, The Earls Of Mars and Pig Iron, Blind River have bought together the experience and expertise gained from hard work and determination, to give birth to this foot-stomping, fist-raising, rock n roll experience. Full details below!
Friday 15th April 2022:
Voodoo Belfast – 8pm. Support from Conjuring Fate
Ticket link (£10): https://www.wegottickets.com/event/517014
Facebook Event Page: Blind River + Skypilot + Conjuring Fate. Friday 15th April 2022. Voodoo Belfast
Saturday 16th April
Whelan’s‘s (Upstairs) – 8pm. Support from Scathed
Tickets (€10) – On sale soon.
Event Page: Blind River + Skypilot + Scathed. Saturday 16th April 2022. Whelan’s Dublin
Doom metal titans Conan will make their triumphant return to Belfast next year. They’ll play Voodoo Belfast on Sunday 22nd May 2022 with a stellar supporting cast that includes Slomatics, Grief Eater and Elder Druid. Doors 7pm and tickets (£15) will be on sale this Thursday 20th May at 10am from www.ticketmaster.ie and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the previous show will be refunded.
Ticket link: Conan – Belfast
The Distortion Project proudly presents the launch show for the cracking new album from Puresonic Outcasts on Saturday 7th August 2021 in the Limelight Belfast 2. Entitled “Reflections on This Present Condition”, the release contains 6 tracks and is available to pre-order on both CD and vinyl from the 14th May, as well as all the streaming / download sites. Support comes from Haint and So Much For The Sun. Tickets are on sale now from www.wegottickets.com.
Ticket link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/515520
++ANNOUNCEMENT – Bloodstock Festival METAL 2 THE MASSES NORTHERN IRELAND. GRAND FINAL DETAILS
The Distortion Project proudly presents a special one-off grand final show for this year’s Bloodstock Festival Metal 2 the Masses grand final. 8 bands will play in an effort to secure a coveted slot on the New Blood stage in August at Bloodstock 2021.The winner will be decided by a panel of 3 judges and their decision must be unanimous. The 8 bands that had made it through to the semi-finals in 2020 before the pandemic hit will play together in one mega-gig final. I’m hoping to expand the prizes as in previous years too, so stand by for more info on that.
Join us for the potentially the first heavy metal gig of 2021 and lets fill the place! Details below.Metal 2 the Masses NI – The Grand Final.
Ticket link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/514720
The Distortion Project proudly presents the album launch show for “Project Genesis, the new album by Symphonic Power metal crew Ravenlight. Saturday 11th September, Limelight Belfast 2, Doors 5pm. Tickets (£6.00) are on sale now from www.wegottickets.com Support comes from Delusional Silence and The Crux. Get this in your diary folks – it will rule! Possibly the first DP local Limelight show in over 18 months!
Ticket link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/514658
You can buy “Project Genesis”, including various digital downloads and physical copies from here – https://linktr.ee/Ravenlight
Norwegian punky stoners Bokassa will make their Belfast debut on Sunday 17th October in Voodoo Belfast. Tickets are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.ie and all Ticketmaster outlets province-wide. Support comes from Florence Black. Doors 7pm. Snap them up!
Norwegian power trio Bokassa fuse riffs and groove from stoner metal with catchy punk rock into their self proclaimed gritty stoner punk. Bokassa has played some of Norways biggest festivals (Øya, Stavern, Pstereo, Malakoff etc.) and toured all over Europe and Norway. In 2019 they were handpicked by Lars Ulrich to support Metallica alongside Ghost on their summer stadium tour all over Europe, UK and Russia. The legendary drummer hailed them as “his favourite new band” and described them as “Insanely fucking cool” after hearing the trios first album Divide & Conquer.
Their ferocious debut album was also hailed by critics all over the world and made it on to several of 2017s «Best of» lists. Metal Hammer UK called the album one of the best debuts of 2017 and included it in their Top 100 albums of the same year. Their sophomore album Crimson Riders was released in 2019 to critically acclaim from respected magazines such as Kerrang, Metal Hammer UK, Slam Magazine and Distorted Sound, to name a few. In addition to two full lengths, the rocking trio has also released several EPs, including 2020s digital EP «Live At The BBC» from their BBC Radio 1 live session at the legendary Maida Vale studio in London.
In the words of Kerrang´s Sam Law: “It’s not southern-fried licks or black-eyed breakdowns that set this lot apart. It’s a zero-bullshit mindset that sees everything inauthentic, non-essential and not nailed down cast to the wind. True grit, see, is tough to fake». In 2020 the band was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy as «Breakthrough of the year» and in december the band announced they’d signed a worldwide deal with renowned rock & metal label Napalm Records for a future third album!
Buy tickets HERE
The Distortion Project proudly presents the launch show for the brand new Acid Age album, Semper Pessimus . Containing 10 blistering tracks of war thrash jazz, the album was released on the 21st March on CD and all streaming / download platforms. Purchase at https://acidage.bandcamp.com/ . Details below
E-Tickets (£6.00) available from www.wegottickets.com.
Ticket link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/514063
Pirate metal kingpins Alestorm come to Limelight Belfast 1, on December 4th 2021. Very special guests will be Gloryhammer with ÆTHER REALM opening proceedings. Tickets on sale Thurs. 1st April @ 10am from www.ticketmaster.ie and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Avast, ye landlubbers! From the deepest darkest depths of the Caribbean comes Alestorm, a drunken band of pirates on an epic quest to drink your beer, steal your rum, and be the greatest damn band that ever did sail the seven seas!
From humble beginnings playing shows to farm animals in a field somewhere in Eastern Scotland, Alestorm have evolved into an international party machine hellbent on conquering album charts and festival stages throughout the world, with their infectious brand of ‘Pirate Metal’ and their dashing good looks.
Somehow they’ve managed to convince hundreds of thousands of people from New Zealand to Argentina to Lithuania and everywhere in between (except Paraguay), that it’s cool to wear a pirate hat and sing stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing ships. So prepare your spleens, because Alestorm are coming to kick ass and chew gum. And they’re all out of ass.
Also, they have a giant inflatable duck. Does your band have a giant inflatable duck? No. I didn’t think so.
** Bloodstock Festival Metal 2 the Masses 2021 – Update**I’m delighted to announce this exciting one-off event that will enable one band to play the New Blood stage at the 2021 Bloodstock Festival. Obviously this year it’s impossible to run the competition in the normal way. This show, along with 20 other regions in the UK gives us the chance to send the pick of the bunch on the day to play in front of the enthusiastic Bloodstock crowd. I’ll be announcing the full line-up and other details very shortly, but in the meantime stick SATURDAY 10th JULY 2021 at Voodoo Belfast in your diaries because if this show can go ahead it’ll be the first DP gig in over a year!
I realise that a lot has to go right between now and July for this to happen (and indeed Bloodstock itself). Given that our roadmap out of lockdown isn’t driven by dates I think its fair to say that it is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take before things return to some kind of normal in Northern Ireland. To that end, I’m aware that this might not be able to happen even though other regions in the UK may be able to host their events due to the almost-certainly slower pace we’ll move at. However, I would rather make plans, prepare and be ready should an event be able to take place only to have to cancel, rather than do nothing only to find that I could have hosted the gig. Prepare and hope for the best – prepare and plan for the worst. If this goes our way we’ll be in a room full of killer bands on a hot summers day with beers and the company of folks we haven’t seen in ages. Imagine how awesome that will be. ++Please note – line-up is full.++