Beyond The Black Festival‏

Enter 2012 in true rock n roll style at New Zealand’s first ever heavy metal & rock New Year’s Festival. For the first time in New Zealand’s rich musical history, the best local, national and international rock & metal acts will come together to celebrate New Year 2012 at New Zealand’s newest and heaviest festival – Beyond the Black.

Beyond The Black are psyched to announce the addition of a legendary New Zealand band, Head Like a Hole to their epic line up for New Zealand’s first rock and metal festival.

HEAD LIKE A HOLE • SHOTGUN ALLEY • IN DREAD RESPONSE • SINATE • INDICATOR DOGS • DECORTICA • WHOLE LOTTA LED • SUBTRACT • SONIC ALTAR • TAINTED • DEVILSKIN • DEPTHS • OF BLACKEST OCEANS • ADVOCATES • BULLETBELT • DRACO AERIUS •

Having completed a nationwide tour, risqué rockers Head Like a Hole have received nothing short of glowing reviews for their new album Blood Will Out. Debuting at number 8 in the New Zealand music charts and number 1 on New Zealand iTunes, it’s been their best selling album to date. They’ve just blown the cobwebs out of other New Zealand’s cities – with darker and heavier sounds than most other bands dare – and they’re saving the best for last, a stenchy New Year’s Eve show – Beyond the Black. With industry professionals claiming Head Like a Hole have produced their finest work to date in the 11 tracks of Blood Will Out, their live performance only takes these songs to new heights. Roaring guitars, pounding drums, brutal bass, all backing up Booga who prowls the stage like an unleashed beast – it’s a performance not to be missed! Saving their most brutal show for the end of the year, Head Like a Hole will be on their home turf of the Hutt City this New Year’s Eve and that’s something to celebrate. In the meantime, get your ears tuned to their singles Swagger of Thieves and Glory Glory, and once you have the whole album Blood Will Out in your hot little hands, you’ll want to listen to the album again and again.

Global rock stars Shotgun Alley have also confirmed their slot for December’s festival. Described as ‘the hottest rock band to make its mark on the Kiwi music industry’, Shotgun Alley successfully supported global rock sensation Alice Cooper on his 2009 Theatre of Death tour.

The collaboration of well established and up and coming artists make Beyond the Black the ultimate celebration of the rock and metal scene. With 2 studio albums behind them and a third on the way, and the recent completion of the European Funeral Nation tour, Sinate make for one of NZ’s biggest metal exports.

Beyond the Black are also privileged to announce Decortica as part of the 2011 line up. Quoted by Groove Guide as ‘one of NZ’s best kept musical secrets’, Decortica have just signed with EMI and are predicted to take the world by storm.

Beyond the Black has been specifically crafted to unite rock & metal fans in one place, for one night only. It’s the first of its kind in the whole of New Zealand. Beyond the Black co-founders Tamara Buckland and Jenny George have been shown encouragement and support from huge industry names such as “The Axeman” Paul Martin, who has expressed his keen support, “After a drought of metal new years eve festivals longer than living memory, it’s awesome that finally there will be a kick ass New Year’s Eve Festival catered to the rock and metal fraternity!”.

Co-founder Tamara Buckland says, “We want to bring together rock & metal fans from all over New Zealand and with the help of incredible bands and the support from such influential people in the business we aim to achieve this. It’s the start of something big!”

On Saturday 31st December 2011 through until New Years Day 2012, rock & metal fans alike are to unite at Trentham Racecourse, Upper Hutt, Wellington to rock into 2012, with the aid of 1 stage, 16 bands and 14 hours of solid rock & metal.

Overnight camping is encouraged and a campsite is available for only $10. Tickets start from just $30 and are on sale at various outlets all over New Zealand.

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