BALKAN ENTERTAINMENT IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW ADDITION TO THE LINE-UP OF SOFIA ROCKS 2012
July 8, 2012 (Sunday)
National Stadium Vasil Levski
Masters of elegance, melodrama and symphonic excellence Within Temptation are not only among the most distinctive and charismatic acts on today’s metal scene, but also one of the most successful European metal bands worldwide.
They will be the splendid new addition to the line-up of the long awaited summer rock-weekend. They are one of the bands, which have bypassed the Bulgarian rock-scene ... till now. Now the audience of Sofia Rocks 2012 is ready to welcome them ... in the best possible way.
Sofia Rocks 2012 line up is getting updated with bands, whose fans crave to see live for a long time. Prepare for the pleasure of an elegant sympho-wave sweeping you off on July 8, 2012, in festival day two.
Within Temptation’s concert in Bulgaria is a part of their tour „The Unforgiving“, supporting their super successful album with the same title, released in March last year.
The Dutch band is formed in 1996 by the guitarist Robert Westerholt and its style gradually became symphonic metal. Few months later they release their debut album Enter. In November the same year, the band embarks on a two-week tour in Germany and Austria, followed by the release of their second album The Dance (1998). In 2000 Within Temptation release Mother Earth, which is highly successful and during the following festivals and concerts the band gains many new fans. Their biggest success comes with the release of the single Ice Queen. The Mother Earth record sells 350 000 copies, becoming platinum in Holland and gold in Belgium.
Within Temptation performed on numerous festivals in Benelux such as Ozzfest, Lowlands, Dinamo, Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop and Parkpop, as well as in Germany at Rock im Park, Bizzare and Summer Breeze. The band then toured France, playing sold-out gigs in Paris, Lyon, Bordo and Toulon. They released their third studio album on November 15, 2004, named The Silent Force, which became a big success in Europe. The first 2 weeks after its release, the album became gold in Germany and Holland. In February 2005 the band won the Edison award for best Dutch act.
In January 2007, Within Temptation released the first single off their new album The Heart of Everything. The song is called What Have You Done, and 2 weeks later is followed by a videoclip. 2008 marked the release of their first DVD Black Symphony, which established Within Temptation as one of the world’s leading rock bands.
The first single Faster, of their long-awaited new CD The Unforgiving, marks a serious change in musical direction, as well as in the visual messages spread to the fans. The Unforgiving is not just a musical album – it is a musical comics and a series of visual stories, told via the band’s videos. It is a jigsaw puzzle of the different parts of a dark and touching story about life and death, love and revenge, pain and forgiveness. Concept album, based on a comic book series written by one of the genre’s masters - Stephen O’Connell (“BloodRayne”/”Dark 48”) and illustrated by Romano Molenaar (”Witchblade”/”Darkness”/”X-Men”).
“The Unforgiving ” contains 12 songs and each song is dedicated to an individual character of the comic novel. “We did not want to create a traditional concept album, where you just figure out a story and write lyrics about it – stated Westerholt – We decided to do it as if we watch a movie or read a book. We always imagine that we are the characters of the story and what would we do in a certain situation. Now we have 12 songs which are the soundtrack to this story.”
In addition to the album and the comic book, within Temptation get inspired for yet another visual interpretation of the album: three music videos, to the songs Faster, Shot In The Dark and Sinéad. All of them start with a dramatic intro, exclusively created for the video presentations.
“The Unforgiving” is released by Virginia Records/Sony Music Еntertainment.
Within Temptation is:
Sharon den Adel: vocals
Robert Westerholt: guitars
Martijn Spierenburg: keyboards
Ruud Jolie: guitars
Jeroen van Veen: bass
Discography - albums:
Mother Earth (2001 Europe/ 2000 NL)
The Silent Force (2004)
The Heart Of Everything (2007)
Black Symphony – live – (2008)
An Acoustic Night At The Theatre – live – (2009)
The Unforgiving (2011)
THE STAR LINE-UP OF SOFIA ROCKS 2012 FESTIVAL NOW INCLUDES:
JULY 7 - SATURDAY
JULY 8 - SUNDAY
GUNS N’ ROSES
IGGY AND THE STOOGES
UGLY KID JOE
July 7 and 8, 2012 (Saturday and Sunday)
National Stadium Vasil Levski
The full ticket prices for the two-day festival will be from 60 to 120 BGN, depending on the category, as follows:
60 BGN – seated III category
70 BGN – seated II category
90 BGN – standing regular
100 BGN – seated I category
120 BGN – standing Front of stage
The promo tickets for all categories are sold out and only standard prices tickets could now be purchased.
Tickets are available in the Eventim network, including Germanos, Picadilly, Technomarket, OMV gas stations and Na Tumno stores
Online tickets will be available at www.eventim.bg
Info for more bands to appear on Sofia Rocks 2012 is coming soon.