So the main camping festival season comes to an end over the August bank holiday and people are already planning their 2018 events. Breaking Bands are pleased to announce a super 7 additions to the already exciting line-up for the 4th edition of the award winning festival.

Firstly, bringing the party core to the festival, from Leeds is a band that have fun playing their unique brand of infectious rap metal. We are excited to announce Pulverise to the line-up. For fans of Skindred, Sumo Cyco and Stuck Mojo you are guaranteed to be always moving from start to finish of their set.


Next up, a 3 piece stoner/doom band from Nottingham getting booked up for everything at the moment and really making a name for themselves across the music world. After 3 years of fans asking, we finally have Witch Tripper playing Breaking Bands Festival. For fans of Clutch, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, there is plenty of groove to come from this trio!


We’ve already had the fan favourite band Wicked Stone confirmed to return as voted for by this years fans of the festival. We are now adding a festival crew vote as well. The small team work tirelessly all weekend from 10am until 2am and not a single complaint from them. It’s rare to see such dedication to the job, but its paid off as they won ‘Best Stage Crew’ at the Obscure Chaos-Zine Awards.

So with that, the crew unanimously voted back Vain Galen based on not just the quality of the band but their all round professionalism over the weekend. Their willingness to help out. The nothing is too much trouble attitude and the crew wanted repay this with an invite back. Who are we to say no? Vain Galen are a 3 piece hard rock band from London for fans of Therapy?, Helmet and Tool. With passion, energy and raw emotion, these guys had the crowd bouncing this year on stage 3 and they are set to do it again next year on the main stage.


Known for being a stand out live band at many festivals they have played and boasting support slots for bands such as Saxon, Queensryche, Anvil, Skindred, Sepultura and many others, this next band is a must see at Breaking Bands Festival 2018. Bringing us some old skool thrash, from Portsmouth is Dendera. For fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Megadeth, Dendera will be ready to make some noise to impress the masses.


So that just leaves us with Saturday night… a trio of awesome bands combining hard rock, sleaze and a smidge of glam too! Dedicating Saturday night to the quite well known and well loved Stevi Rox as he starts his 50th Birthday celebrations we introduce the ‘sleazy-trash-glam-punk-classic-rocknroll’ party!

So to begin the trio we introduce to you Psychobabylon, a 5 piece hard rock/punk band from Leeds. Describing themselves as a 10 legged rock n roll machine who will take your senses on a rock rollercoaster ride, these guys are energetic and ready to bring the party game! For fans of 3 Colours Red, Backyard Babies and Alice in Chains.


Part 2 of the party brings the return of the sleaze and glam of Nottingham’s finest, New Generation Superstars. The band appeared on the acoustic stage in the first year of the festival back in 2015 but the guys have been attending the festival ever since as fans of the music. For those who haven’t managed to see this award winning band over the past 10 years, you will be in for a treat as they sub-headline Saturday evening. For fans of The Wildhearts, Social Distortion and Backyard Babies.


And to end this announcement with our Saturday headline band, we bring one of the best Scottish bands to the festival. Having tried and failed for many logistical reasons the past few years, we have finally got pen to paper and proudly announce Estrella will be bringing their full on energetic music awash with melody, riffs, thunderous beats & anthemic choruses – a fresh new rock sound for today! With influences ranging from Def Leppard, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi you can be rest assured that Saturday night will end on one hell of a party!


It’s not too late to apply to play the festival if you are a band in the UK. Go to the website and fill in an application but hurry as applications will be closing in September.

Glamping is now on sale with fully furnished complate glamping tents available for less than £200 for the weekend. For glamping booking and for weekend tickets, go to


Wicked Stone, the Hard Rock band hailing from Kent, UK have today released a brand new video for the track ‘One Time‘, taken from their upcoming album ‘Ain’t No Rest‘.

Having made a name for themselves with energetic live performances, including appearances at last year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and this year’s Fibrofest, the band will be launching their new album on Saturday 7th October at Folkestone Quarterhouse. A free copy of the album with every ticket.

It’s also been announced that the band have been added to what is already an exciting bill, for Hard Rock Hell XI held Thursday 9th and Sunday 12th Nov 2017, in Pwllheli, North Wales.


Joe Hawx – Vocals
Ryan Stageman- Guitar
James Forrister – Lead Guitar
Olly Smith- Drums
James Amos- Bass

Official Website



With less than 300 days to go until Breaking Bands Festival 2018, the team are in full swing with the preparations. Over 800 bands have now applied for the 40 places on offer making it the most difficult of years to be part of the bill with a 1 in 20 chance of getting the nod to play.

Having already announced special guest Chris Slade of AC/DC to close out next years festival over 25% of the tickets have already been snapped up by returning festival goers as well as some new faces. Now to add another 9 bands to the list. The organisers have gone with a different approach for the festival line-up to most festival traditions of putting up big name bands to entice ticket sales. Breaking Bands Festival is not about that, its about discovering your new favourite band and with that needs to come some relatively unknown bands along with a few festival favourites.

Kicking off the announcement with the 2017 most popular band as voted for by this years ticket holders. Each year we ask the fans for the best performance of the weekend barring the headliners and this year they have voted heavily for one of the bands that 99% of the festival had never seen before. We welcome back for 2018… Wicked Stone. Blending their hard hitting riffs with blistering solos and powerful/melodic vocals, Wicked Stone are a five-piece Hard Rock / Metal band influenced by bands such as Guns n Roses, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry and many more. We look forward to Wicked Stone returning as the sub headline band to Chris Slade on Sunday evening.

We have two bands returning by invite next year but reversing their roles as Empyre change from acoustic to electric and Dakesis go the other way and become Dakoustic! Both bands really impressed and we felt it would be wrong not to give them a second shot at the festival in a different role. Dakesis are a power metal band from Birmingham who opened this years festival in style and are for fans of Symphony X, Nightwish and Kamelot whilst Empyre are a good old British rock band with influences ranging from the sound of Seattle in the 90s, and dirty blues rock. These boys are for fans of Royal Blood, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters. We look forward to both of them returning.

While we are on the subject of the acoustic stage, we will also be welcoming a new band to the festival in the shape of Tarot Rats, a 5 piece band from Kent. Drawing from a spectrum of influences which include Led Zepp, Sabbath, the Beatles, David Bowie, Guns n’Roses and many, many more, Tarot Rats provide a colourful mosaic of musical variety.

Each year we invite one band from outside the UK to come over and represent the rest of the world and giving them a chance to break the UK music scene. From Lisbon in Portugal we have invited an extremely exciting and talented rock band called The Royal Blasphemy. A fantastic band for fans of Motorhead, Drowning Pool and Korn.

We always look for something not in the mainstream at rock and metal events and as BBFest is not genre specific Spawn Of Psychosis fit in perfect for their debut at the event. For fans of Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Ministry, SoP bring an exciting industrial metal element to the table that follows on from Seething Akira’s appearance in 2017. Hailing from Maidstone in Kent their music is a mix of old school, heavy riffs, synthesized drums and samples but with a vocal style more reminiscent of old punk bands. Definitely one of the bands not to be missed.

And now for a Friday night trio announcement. Something we do not usually do is announce the days bands are playing at such an early stage but for this triple header it was needed. Firstly, a band from Preston although quite easily could be from the Psych unit is Ward XVI. Recently confirmed to play Bloodstock Open Air after winning one of the Metal 2 The Masses competitions, this band bring a whole new spin on punk n roll and will definitely have you begging for more. In their own words they say… “With nothing but a steel barrier to separate you, would you dare come face to face with the UK’s most deadly psychopaths? They may look harmless and their music may be brilliant but I assure you these are dangerous criminals and will stop at nothing to get what they want.

To follow on and our Friday night sub-headliners we introduce to you a fun ska-punk band known as Skaciety. This is a young band but with a mass of experience on the stage having played Bearded Theory, Rebellion and Boomtown festivals. With sounds of Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger you know you will be on the dance floor from start to finish with these guys!

To end the first night on a high, we felt we needed something high octane with much crowd participation. A band the organisers know well, have seen many times and have always wanted on the bill in the past! Finally we can announce our Friday night headliners as Red Rum from Nottingham. This is a band of cut-throat pirates, epic vikings and blood-thirsty warriors! An intense six-piece folk metal band that combines a deadly mix of ultra low tuned 7 and 8 string guitars and beautiful mandolin and keyboard melodies, not to mention the epically powerful vocals. Red Rum have been added on the latest announcement for this years Bloodstock Festival too. Here’s a video of their full performance from 2015 to give you a full taster of what our Friday headliners are all about:

*video shot by LetsRockMN

Remember, tickets are on sale now from the website, via our free app and on Eventbrite prices at £40 for the full weekend including camping. Kids tickets are just £1 (under 14’s). Limited campervan space available to book but be quick as that sells out fast!

Check out the bands here:

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Skaciety –

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Wicked Stone –

Empyre –

The Royal Blasphemy –

Spawn Of Psychosis –

Dakesis –

Tarot Rats –