Ozzfest UK adds new stage and four bands

The legendary touring behemoth that is Ozzfest hits the UK with a one-off date at London’s O2 arena on September 18th 2010. Headliner Ozzy Osbourne will be accompanied on the main stage by some of the biggest names in metal, including Korn, Murderdolls, Steel Panther and Skindred. Now, Ozzfest can reveal a further four acts, who will play on the Jagermeister stage.

Headlining Ozzfest’s second stage will be northern gloom kings Paradise Lost. The gothic metal pioneers look forward to once again sharing a stage with Ozzy. Frontman Nick Holmes states:

“It’s a great privilege to play at Ozzfest in our home country. We were lucky enough to tour South America with Ozzy in the 90s. It was an amazing experience although I contracted salmonella poisoning from undercooked Fajitas and nearly died. Hopefully we will have more luck this time!”

Anyone familiar with Ozzfest will know it’s not just about bringing the biggest names in metal – nurturing new talent is just as important, which is why this year three of the UK’s hottest up and coming bands will join Paradise Lost on the Jager stage. Jettblack, Revoker and Black Spiders take the prestigious spots, and needless to say, all are very excited about the prospect.

Jamie Mathias, lead vocalist/guitarist with recent Roadrunner signings Revoker states:

“It feels amazing to be able to play this year’s Ozzfest, and be part of such a great line-up… Everything this year is going so great for the band and this is the perfect opportunity to show the UK what we’re made of. We’re currently in the studio recording our debut album so it’ll be good to get out there and play some of the tracks which will rip your heads off. Don’t miss this years Ozzfest!”

Pete “Spider” Spiby from Black Spiders – who were hand picked by Ozzy to support him at his recent Roundhouse show – concurs:

‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7….. It’s awesome to be asked to play at Ozzfest, an honour in fact. We’re still getting over how awesome it was to be chosen by Ozzy, to support him at the Roundhouse. He was on top form, incredibly friendly, funny as f@*k and really encouraging. He gave us some great advice and then showed us how it was done. It was an amazing show, he’s still the best. This gonna be one of the very best shows, certainly something for everyone to remember… Heavy Metal is still top of the class!!’

Jettblack drummer Matt Oliver states simply:
“We’re thoroughly excited to be added to the Ozzfest bill. It’s an honour to play alongside the Prince of Darkness and we’re looking forward to adding our own shade of black to an epic line-up”!

Although indoors, the UK leg of Ozzfest 2010 will have everything you expect from a festival, but without the temperamental English weather to contend with. Taking over the whole of the o2, Ozzfest will host a Village Of The Damned outside the main arena, to ensure this is so much more than a one day concert. Alternative clothing, wigs and accessories from the likes of Vortex, Hellwear, Kastaways, Rally Shack and Mosh T-Shirts will be available alongside jewellery, skull sticks, beads, bandanas and other apparel stocked by Oceania and Alchemy Gothic, with the world famous New Rock Boots plying their wears too. Silverhand Jewellery and Body Art Co will also be on site to pierce, paint and scar those who want a longer-lasting memento from Ozzfest.

If that’s not enough, there will be a variety of funfair rides, including dodgems, waltzers and more, plus a host of bars scattered around the site to quench your thirst, including the JAGERMEISTER truck.

After a day of music and mayhem, the truly dedicated are welcome to join the official aftershow celebrations. The Metal Hammer Ozzfest Meltdown will take place at the Indigo2, from 10.30pm – 2am. DJS from Metal Hammer will be blasting out hard rocking anthems to keep the post-fest party going, with KARAOKE for the budding performers amongst the crowd. What’s more, the party doesn’t have to end at the o2! There will be free Thames Clipper boats sailing to central London from the o2 for all those who attend the aftershow, with full bar and more loud rock being pumped out until they dock in central London. Tickets are available now from http://www.kililive.com, 0844 871 8803 and usual outlets.

The 2010 package will be the first UK Ozzfest show in over five years, and is also the first time the O2 features a general admission format on the lower bowl; GA ticket holders will be able to choose between watching the show from seats, or the specially enlarged standing area. Top level tickets will also be available offering the usual seating.


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