TWO MORE BANDS WILL PLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BULGARIA EXCLUSIVELY ON
SOFIA ROCKS 2012
AT THE INVITATION OF BALKAN ENTERTAINMENT
July 7 (Saturday) and July 8 (Sunday)
National Stadium Vasil Levski
SOFIA ROCKS is turning into the musical event of the year, gathering fans of different styles and trends in rock music, united by the joy of seeing live, for the first time, their favourite bands in Bulgaria, after many years of waiting!
Good news for the many Kaiser Chiefs fans in Bulgaria – the rock band from Leeds will play for the first time in Bulgaria on July 8, following the release of their last year’s revolutionary album - The Future Is Medieval. Kaiser Chiefs received many awards in the last 6 years, including three BRIT awards, Ivor Novello and many more. The band has sold over 6 Million records, being regarded as one of the best live acts along with Green Day, Foo Fighters and U2. Kaiser Chiefs have on their account many historical gigs in London, in their native Leeds and all around the world.
On July 7 (Saturday), on the first festival day, the heavy metal fans will have the pleasure to hear the pride of Belfast, SWEET SAVAGE, the band, regarded as one of the pioneers of the New Wave in British Heavy Metal, along with legends like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Motorhead and Def Leppard
After adding to their discography 3 highly successful studio albums, released during the second half of the past decade, Kaiser Chiefs decided to take a hazardous yet carefully considered move and enjoy a certain rest.
Since their last spectacular gigs at Wembley, London in 2009, the band members do not waste any time. During the three years of hiatus, Nick Hodgson and Simon Rix establish the label Chewing Gum Records, signing The Neats, and work on many other projects among which producing The Vaccines and composing songs for Dame Shirley Bassey, Mark Ronson and Duran Duran.
2011 is the turning point for Kaiser Chiefs. They significantly change the presentation of their music to the listeners and totally rearrange their way of working, in terms of both creativity and new album releasing.
The plans for a comeback emerge during a conversation between the vocalist Rick Wilson and his friend Oli Beel, while on vacation. Wilson’s idea is to avoid the senseless promo preceding the album release, which continues for months afterwards. He’d rather present the music to the audience instantly when ready, with no preliminary talks and warm-ups, so that the fans and music critics have the opportunity to listen and share their opinion. This is how The Future Is Medieval comes to life. Coincidentally, the proper qualification, of Wilson’s new vacation friend, becomes instrument in implementing this model and introducing some brand new methods during the project realization.
Meanwhile, Hodgson has established a studio in the basement of their label, where he creates songs for various artists, such as Tony Viskonti (the famous producer of David Bowie), Eton Jones and Owen Morris. This is the place where the basic sound of the alum is set and the band is able to work peacefully and more concentrated, having decided to not make a fuss in advance.
Released out of the blue on June 3, 2011, quite unexpected by the audience, The Future Is Medieval is bringing in the pure spontaneity and band’s excitement about making their music once again, paying homage to the different music influences the band has had during the years – a bit of new wave, a slight nod to David Bowie, a surprising turn to Pink Floyd, both musically and visually, and just a bunch of The Who to wrap up the mix that makes the record one of their best initial productions.
Their fourth album is simply a revolution in the music industry in general. On their official web site, the band provides the fans with the opportunity to listen to the twenty new songs and make their own version of The Future is Medieval, including 10 of them. Anyone who wants can show his own idea for album cover and upload it to the site for selling, thus gaining one pound sterling from each sale of his particular album version. The 20 songs, rather suitable for a double CD, are considered by fans more mature and better than anything the band has ever done, especially the listeners’ favourites Little Shocks, Out Of Focus, Back In December, If You Will Have Me and Man on Mars.
The result for the band, its fans and the wider range of people, being struck by Kaiser Chiefs’ music for a first time, is greater interest, which is additionally pumped up by the original idea for the release of The Future Is Medieval. Within 6 years, this is their fourth album in a row in Top 10 of world charts. As if they’ve never stopped, Kaiser Chiefs continue making spectacular concerts on stadiums and festivals all over Europe.
On July 7 (Saturday), on the first festival day, the heavy metal fans will have the pleasure to listen to the pride of Belfast, SWEET SAVAGE, the band, regarded as one of the pioneers of the New Wave in British Heavy Metal along with legends like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Motorhead and Def Leppard
Sweet Savage is the favourite metal band of heavy metal fans in Belfast, being regarded as one of the pioneers of the New Wave in British Heavy Metal, along with legends like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Motorhead and Def Leppard. Found in 1979, in Northern Ireland, the initial band line-up includes the former Dio and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell. From their beginning until now, the band has released three studio albums. Sweet Savage’s sound is influenced by Rolling Stones and Van Halen.
After a 2-year hiatus between 1982 and 1984, the band returns in the spotlight with a new line-up. The real return of Sweet Savage is in the 90s, when Metallica cover their song- Killing Time and add it as a bonus track to their single The Unforgiven. In May 201,
Sweet Savage release their newest studio album called Regeneration and start featuring on prestigious festivals across Europe. In Dublin they play with Iron Maiden and in Belfast they support Deep Purple. In 2011 the band takes part in one of the most acclaimed European rock festivals - Download Festival.
THE STAR LINEUP OF SOFIA ROCKS 2012 IS NOW AS FOLLOWS:
July 7 - SATURDAY
July 8 - SUNDAY
GUNS N’ ROSES
IGGY AND THE STOOGES
UGLY KID JOE
LOU GRAMM – THE VOICE OF FOREIGNER
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 are sold out and only standard price tickets are available.
Tickets are available through the Eventim network, including Germanos, Picadilly and Technomarket, OMV gas stations and Na Tumno stores.
Online tickets will be available at www.eventim.bg
Express ticket delivery within 2 hours, in Sofia, via BGMENU.COM
Stay tuned for more info about bands at Sofia Rocks 2012.