The 8th Breaking Bands Festival is taking place at their spiritual home of live music, the Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club, Bromsgrove just a 20 minute drive from Birmingham and Worcester.
This year the festival format changes once again and returns to the traditional 3 days of live music that was seen back in 2019 before the pandemic put a halt to things. As always, there is a free warm up party night for weekend ticket holders with a quiz, lots of fun & games and a rock disco to get everyone prepared for the weekend.
Friday to Sunday the bands will be back to back from 11am until 11.15pm with 10 minute gaps and a change of stage between them. Kicking off each day with local acoustic acts then the Marquee & Venue stages will open for full on electric bands throughout.
The special guest band this year is the very awesome Tygers Of Pan Tang whose music career spans an amazing 40+ years. The band will be on the Marquee Stage Saturday night.
Sunday night closing the festival will be the award nominees Blue Nation who were the voted back band by the fans that saw them perform at the festival in 2022.
With music spanning across rock, punk, metal, blues, ska, grunge, indie, industrial, funk, AOR and new wave of British heavy metal there really will be something to suit all tastes and of course the opportunity to discover your new favourite band. Our stage comperes this year are the one and only Mr Badaxe making his return to the festival and rock n roll funny man Pete K Mally making his second appearance at the event but first time as a stage host.
Today the festival has announced a new initiative to bring young people to the festival as they launch their student discount tickets.
Breaking Bands says: “All those in college and university can experience the festival 50% off the ticket price. We know things are tough financially for everyone and over the last month or so we’ve been asked about student discount tickets so we have decided to try it out now and will be promoting this to the colleges and uni’s in the Midlands (but the scheme is open nationwide) in the hope to get more of the younger people involved in our community festival event”
Get a student discount ticket: here
The theme for this year’s popular fancy dress is twisted fairy tales. So think Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin and then twist things up a bit and you’ll have a fantastic time and a chance to win prizes. It’s open for little ones and big ones too!
This year features a full band merch village with opportunities to meet the bands before and after their performances, get a photo and an autograph with tomorrow’s headliners and grab some merch from their stalls.
Camping is free for all weekend ticket holders and as always, the beer is cheaper than pub prices, the food will be top notch, there will be a fantastic range of trade stalls and a family festival vibe that is second to none.
This year’s festival merchandise also launches today with t-shirts, hoodies, bags, mugs, beer glasses and a whole host more goodies which can be ordered for delivery or collection at the festival. Grab gear: here
Breaking Bands Festival takes place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May (inclusive) with everyone going home on the Bank Holiday Monday for a well earned rest.
The times and days of all the bands can be found via the website but here is the full A to Z of bands playing:
FOR FANS OF: Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater
FOR FANS OF: Free, Cream, Rival Sons
FOR FANS OF: Foo fighters, Editors, Bloc Party
Call To The Faithful
FOR FANS OF: Royal Blood, IDLES, Rage Against The Machine
FOR FANS OF: Papa Roach, Fever 333, Linkin Park
Daxx & Roxane
FOR FANS OF: Mötley Crüe, Airbourne, The Darkness
FOR FANS OF: Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Deftones
FOR FANS OF: Paramore, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless
FOR FANS OF: System of a Down, Faith No More, Metallica
FOR FANS OF: Blondie, Sonic Youth, Hawkwind
FOR FANS OF: Metallica, Testament, Megadeth
FOR FANS OF: Guns And Roses, Whitesnake, Metallica
Life Of A Hero
FOR FANS OF: Black Stone Cherry, Stone Broken, Those Damn Crows
FOR FANS OF: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Jamiroquai
FOR FANS OF: Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, GBH
Old Glory & The Black Riviera
FOR FANS OF: Blackberry Smoke, Black Stone Cherry, The Black Crowes
FOR FANS OF: Clutch, Royal Thunder, Slipknot
FOR FANS OF: Iron Maiden, Savatage, Judas Priest
FOR FANS OF: Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iced Earth
FOR FANS OF: Epica, Nightwish, Unleash The Archers
FOR FANS OF: Iron Maiden, Saxon, Rainbow
FOR FANS OF: Rival Sons, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin
FOR FANS OF: My Chemical Romance, Sum 41, Underoath
FOR FANS OF: Iron Maiden, Sabaton, Dio
Shadows Of Violence
FOR FANS OF: Slipknot, Machine Head, Cancer Bats
FOR FANS OF: Septic Flesh, Rammstein, Konvent
FOR FANS OF: Def Leppard, Motley Crüe, Skid Row
FOR FANS OF: The Buzzcocks, NoFX, Electric 6
FOR FANS OF: Steel Panther, Whitesnake, AC/DC
FOR FANS OF: Down, Alice In Chains, Kyuss
FOR FANS OF: Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest
The Final Clause of Tacitus
FOR FANS OF: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine
FOR FANS OF: Ghost, Rob Zombie, Faith No More
*VERY SPECIAL GUESTS, SATURDAY HEADLINE*
Tygers Of Pan Tang
FOR FANS OF: Saxon, Diamond Head, Scorpions
FOR FANS OF: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Helloween
Walk In Coma
FOR FANS OF: Slipknot, Lamb of God, Architects
In addition to these 36 amazing bands there are two great acoustic acts to open each morning with members of Straight For The Sun opening Saturday and Sean Jeffery opening Sunday.
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