What Things Are You Certain To See At A Music Festival?

April 15th, 2013 by
Crowd at a music festival

What can you expect at a Music Festival?

For music lovers, there is nothing better during the summer months than heading to a daylong or weekend festival to see some of the biggest acts in the world.  While each festival is different, there are a number of similarities that they all share, things that you are guaranteed to see at each one that will give you memories for years to come, be they good or bad.

What are they?

Mud

Mud is perhaps more synonymous with festivals than even the music itself. Even if it is baking hot and the sun shines for two or three days, there is still the chance that you will end up covered in mud.

This element of festivals puts many people off going to them. It is also why those who attend such events get labelled as ‘hippies’ and other terms that are seen as derogatory, especially when you add in the urban legends about not washing for days at a time and wearing the same clothes from start to finish.

Fireworks Displays

If you attend a music festival this summer and don’t see a fireworks display, then you should be making sure you ask for your money back.

After all, you have stood on your feet for probably more than 12 hours, haven’t had a drink, and perhaps been thrown from pillar to post in the middle of the crowd, so even if you have seen a band you have been waiting to see for years, a fireworks display should be the least you expect.

Thankfully, most festival organisers want to end their events ‘with a bang,’ and you will often find that a spectacular fireworks demonstration follows the conclusion of a headline set.

Things Being Thrown

We hope that we do not have to expand on what the ‘things’ are, as if you have ever been to a festival you will probably already know what we’re alluding to.

The trouble with this is that you don’t see it coming most of the time, or that the people doing it cannot be ejected as there aren’t security guards standing at every interval in a crowd of tens of thousands.

Unfortunately, if it does happen, you just need to grin and bear it.

Horrible Facilities

Along with the mud, dirty toilet facilities are enough to put most people off, even if their favourite bands are playing at a particular festival.

Whether it is the shared facilities element or the fact that they just aren’t welcoming or well maintained at all, many people simply want to avoid them.

Music to Remember

It’d be unfair to talk about a festival and mention the mud, fireworks, and other elements without actually talking about the music.

Whether it is the band you always wanted to see live or a group you never heard of, you are certain to listen to and see performances that you will remember for a long time to come.

Deciding to Go

If the facilities are putting you off, just book a hotel near to the site, and you’ll have access to everything you need. Don’t let a little mud stop you from discovering the festival experience, as it is one almost unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

About The Author:

Stuart is an online content writer with a huge passion for music and festivals, so much so that after returning from various events he often seeks out fireworks for sale from an online retailer and tries to recreate his favourite festivals in his own garden.

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Is Music Really Dying?

April 11th, 2013 by
Is Music Really Going to Die?

Is Music Really Going to Die?

The following post is written by Special Guest Author: Mark of Soundista.com

The Death Of Music?

According to CNN Money, music sales between 1999 and 2009 were cut in half. The actual numbers were $14.6 billion in 1999, versus $6.3 billion in 2009. That steep decline is symptomatic of what some see as the end of the music industry as we know it. There is a question as to whether this is really a bad thing for artists, however.

Money and Music

The type of statistics referenced above are not hard to find. Digital sales, for instance, have cut into a huge chunk of CD sales and the entertainment industry blames piracy for losses of revenue on music sales, to some extent. Music is widely available for free on the Internet—sometimes legally, through streaming music stations and so forth—which means that people may be less motivated to buy a $20 CD to get the one track they like if they can hear it most any time they want.

Whether you view the way the music industry has changed as liberation of the art from the hands of the corporations that used to be so much more profitable at distributing it or an unbearable hardship on musicians, the fact remains the same: music isn’t worth what it used to be worth, at least to large companies. Sometimes, decline in one industry gives a rather skewed view of what’s actually going on.

More Music

Forbes reported in an article in 2012 that, in 2008, there were 106,000 new albums released compared to 38,000 in 2003. Quite simply, there’s been more music out there than there has in the past. Not all of it is coming from large record companies, however, as the tools required for recording and production have become less and less expensive and has more musicians have started releasing their albums on their own.

Live Still Rocks

The same Forbes article reports that, between 1999 and 2009, the sales of concert tickets in the US market was on a healthy upward trajectory. In fact, it was something beyond healthy. The sales went from $1.5 billion to $4.6 billion. Concerts have always been huge parts of how musicians make their livings and, going by these figures, things were three times as good in 2009 as they were in 1999, at least in terms of concert attendance.

Different is Not Dead

The music industry is much different than it used to be, that is for certain. In the past, musicians sent demos to every record company they thought would sign them. If one of the record companies showed an interest, the musician could rely on their support for marketing, promotion and so forth, but, without a label, it was very hard for independent artists to develop a presence on the market. Today, it’s as easy as opening up a Facebook page, uploading some MP3s to a distribution site and having a web page. These are all things that the average band could take care of in the space of a couple of days, rather than spending years playing in taverns, clubs and other venues, hoping that they got noticed.

The Forbes article also reported that the revenues for digital music players, advertising and in other categories has jumped up over the years.

The record companies may be faltering, but that does not mean a decline in music as an art form or, in fact, as a commercially viable art form. The industry itself has changed, however, and today that seems to mean that CDs may not be selling well, but more music is out there and bands still have ways to make money.

About The Author

Mark of Soundista.com offers tips and information on music production, download loops, download sound and more.

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Britney Spears Toxic Music Video. A Cover by Trollfest

March 25th, 2013 by
Trollfest

Trollfest do Britney Spears Cover of Toxic

Trollfest “True Norwegian Balkan metallers” have decided to go all out pop mad with this strangely infectious cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic. The video stars the band on a black curtain background with stumpy legs being puppeteered from behind them. It is certainly a strange sight to behold, but it certainly fits the mood of the cover songs silliness. Watching the drummers legs go double pedal mad is a big highlight for me. I literally LOL’d. The track is a promotional video for Trollfest’s upcoming 12-inch picture vinyl “A Decade Of Drekkadence”, which the band is releasing in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Check out the video below:

“A Decade Of Drekkadence” features 16 tracks which include a completely new song, three acoustic versions of Trollfest’s signature tracks recorded during a live Trollfest performance at Metalcamp in 2012. Three covers, two B-sides and Trollfest’s never previously released demo from 2004, a piece that will no doubt please many hardcore Trollfest fans. Each Picture disc includes information on how to go about obtaining an MP3 format version of the “A Decade Of Drekkadence” album. Obviously for those who only wish to own the records as a collectors item, and would rather listen to the music on modern technology. Admittedly you wouldn’t want to have to leave the house with a vinyl record player strapped to your backside. If you could even figure out how to build a portable battery pack for it.

Swedish cartoonist Jonas Darnell and designer Terje Johnsen, have gone all out for the designs of Trollfest’s new picture disc, which includes illustrations of various characters created by Darnell from the Trollfest’s album releases over the last 10 years. Making appearences are the iconic metal duck from the “Villanden” album and the hellhound from the track “Helvetes Hunden Garm” a big fan favourite at Trollfest’s live shows.

“A Decade Of Drekkadence” will appear in time for the band’s first North American tour in March, when they will hit the road with Enisferum, TYR, Heidvolk and Helsott for the Paganfest Mexican, American and Canadian tour.

“A Decade Of Drekkadence” track listing:

Side A

01. På Beruselsens Vinger (new song)
02. Gods Away On Business (TOM WAITS cover)
03. Toxic (BRITNEY SPEARS cover)
04. Drekkadag (DREKKAMERATENE cover)
05. Selvforherligende Vås (B-side from “En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral”recording)
06. Drekkaekspedisjon (B-side from “Brumlebassen”recording)

Side B

01. TrollfesT (På Veg Til Vorspiel) (Demo 2004)
02. Drekka Konkurransen! (Demo 2004)
03. Drekka Mer!!! (Demo 2004)
04. …Skogsfest… (Demo 2004)
05. Nachspiel In Ein Baum (Demo 2004)
06. Heimferd (Demo 2004)
07. Brakebein (acoustic re-recording)
08. Rundt Bålet (acoustic re-recording)
09. Karve (acoustic re-recording)
10. Gitarharding Bromleskandinav (song from the Brumlebassen teaser)

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The End of Mötley Crüe? Nikki Sixx speaks about Mötley Crüe’s demise.

March 10th, 2013 by
Motley Crue to go out with a band!

The final curtain for Motley Crue?

It’s the end of the world as we know it

It wouldn’t be an exaggerated claim to say that Mötley Crüe has for better or worse been one of the most influential/successful rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. That’s why we bring you the word straight from the horse’s mouth that Mötley Crüe are soon to be no more. According to sources at TheMusic.com.au an interview with Nikki Sixx, has revealed in detail, Mötley Crüe’s plans to go out with a bang.

Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe’s infamous bass player stated “I wanna finish our movie [The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band] and put out a new album,” Nikki brought up mention of a soundtrack in the works and “a farewell tour”. “We’ll be back in Australia and, ah, that’ll be it, I can honourably say, We did it our way and we’re never coming back.”

Nikki was extremely adamant about the band’s future spilt and farewell tour. He accentuated that the split will mark the end of the band’s 30 year career permanently and he has no interest in any sort of reunion later down the line. This will be the final nail in the coffin for Mötley Crüe.

Not gonna beat a dead horse

Nikki Sixx continued “It’s important that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head, and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet it’s a fucking shotgun blast.” The bassist continued to describe in graphic detail the execution of the four-legged farm-yard animal before saying, “It’s the only way I can look at myself in the mirror and do a farewell tour. That’s it. So when we take our final bow, it’s IT. I will cry. I cry thinking about it.” He expressed.

For more than 30 years, the hell hounds of Mötley Crüe have been creating musical chaos for their millions of fans around the globe, many of whom will certainly be saddened by the news of the final curtain coming to a close on such an illustrious career for these musical giants. In 2004 the original Mötley Crüe line-up reunited after a long line of line-up changes and an age of turbulence among the band members, upon announcing the Carnival Of Sins reunion tour in December of the same year.

Since then, the band released their ninth album [Saints Of Los Angeles] in 2008, backed by relentless touring including and their current co-headline tour with glam rock legends KISS.

There will be no sequel

Mr. Sixx went on to describe his feelings “So it’s very emotional and I just think it’s important that we finish what we started and then, you know, it will be whatever it will be. It could be beautiful. It could be a beautiful ending! [Like] When you go and see a great movie.”

Nikki concluded with the analogy “I’ll leave you with this: when you go and see a great fucking movie and it ends and you go, ‘Fuck!’ like, you walk out and you go, ‘That was amazing! That blew my mind!’ It’s not like, ‘That blew my mind and, um, maybe there’ll be a sequel to it’.”

So will this finally be it for the almighty Mötley Crüe? It seems that it is the case. Nikki at least seems to believe so. Who are we to argue with him? So our advise to any Mötley Crüe fans out there, if you haven’t seen them live, take this chance to do it, because it’s the last chance you’re ever going get. I can imagine that those tickets are going sell like hot cakes during a famine. So tell us: are you sad about the news that Mötley Crüe are soon to end their career? leave a comment down below and let us know your thoughts, good or bad.

Stay Awesome

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Randy Blythe Goes Free… All Hail Lamb of God! Acquitted of all charges.

March 5th, 2013 by
Lamb Of God Free

Lamb Of God

According to the website novinky.cz Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe is now free to go home to the USA after the Czech court acquitted him on all charges. We here at Soul Sanctuary are very happy to hear the news.

Randy Blythe was originally facing up to ten years in prison on Manslaughter charges. Prosecutors had asked for a five-year prison sentence later in the trial. The family of the victim was seeking 10 million Czech Koruna in damages. The charges were based on an incident where Blythe allegedly threw the fan (Daniel Nosek) from the stage, who later died from his injuries several days later after being admitted to hospital, claiming he felt unwell and later becoming unconscious. But video evidence of the concert in question, clearly showed that he was innocent of the accusations against him.

It seems that according to the article, the Court ruled (and rightly so, I might add) that Randy was innocent of the charges against his name. In the final argument before the decision was made, Randy expressed to the court: “I would like to thank the family of Daniel Nosek for not attacking me in the press and for their kind words to me in this court. I am very sorry for their loss. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If, ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. If I am to remain free, I will do my best to insure that conditions at this concert will not occur again with my band and other bands so that the fans will remain safe. I have searched for an answer to this situation. The only one I can find is that it was a tragic, horrible accident.”

Although the death of the fan is certainly a tragic incident, two wrongs do not make a right. Putting an innocent man in prison for a crime he did not commit, will not bring Daniel Nosek back and only serve to spread more hate in the world.

All hail Lamb of God! It’s great to have you back Randy!

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Andy James rocks it with “What Lies Beneath”

February 19th, 2013 by

Just stumbled across this little beauty on YouTube and felt I had to share. Andy James has been a big inspiration to our own guitarist Ed Stevens of late, and after hearing this I finally understand why. A beautiful masterpiece of guitar work. “EMG Pickups Presents Andy James – For some time, he has been widely regarded as one of the U.K’s rising stars in the realms of Shred & Metal guitar. Now, Andy James has undeniably earned himself a place among the very best in the world.” Says the video’s description, well I’m very inclined to agree on all counts. Not super fast playing or showy, just beautiful execution with real passion. What more can you ask from a piece of music?

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On The Radio with Captain Sib

February 10th, 2013 by

Captain Sib

“Haven’t you read the papers? Us neither.” Is the opening quote from this weeks Captain Sib radio show. If you’re not familiar with Captain Sib’s work, it’s fairly out of this world, quite literally. Although I’m not fully versed with the back story, the host of the show has what I can only guess is meant to be an alien co-host, who comes off somewhat delirious with his strange high pitched voice. The show is of course, not meant to be taken too seriously and is certainly good fun to listen to. So if you have a spare 60 minutes, give it a listen.

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