+ Mob Rules + Degreed
Entry Requirements: 14+. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult
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Formed in 2006, Melodic Hard Rock act Eden's Curse have released five studio albums and a double live album on German heavyweight label AFM Records. In August 2017 they celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their debut album by releasing 'Revisited'' which includes a re-recording of the classic album and their first DVD - 'Live In Glasgow'. Initially formed as an internet studio project by Glasgow bassist Paul Logue, they have transformed into a fully fledged touring outfit during a decade together. They have managed to win over audiences wherever they have played, whilst collecting praise from luminary peers such as legendary Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and Prog Metal giants Dream Theater - who personally invited them to support them on their 2011 UK Tour. They have amassed great live experience having also toured the UK with Stratovarius, Firewind, Alestorm and headlined their own UK club tours in 2014 and 2016, supporting their last two studio releases 'Symphony Of Sin' and 'Cardinal' respectively. Eden's Curse have also appeared at major UK festivals such as Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell & Firefest. They have also gained international recognition with appearances at Rock Of Ages Festival (DE), PPM Fest (BE), Vasby Rock Festival (SE), Dokkem Open Air (NL), Melodic Rock Fest (USA), Melodic Rock Fest Scandinavia (SWE) & supporting German Power Metal icons Freedom Call on their German/Swiss tour in February 2017. The band will support Michael Schenker Fest on their UK Tour in November alongside appearances at Hard Rock Hell XII and Winter Storm festivals and have been confirmed for Planet Rock’s Winter’s End in 2019. They have collaborated on their albums with illustrious names such as James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Andi Deris (Helloween), Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes), Pamela Moore (Queensryche), Doogie White (Michael Schenker, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Hanell (TNT, Skid Row) & David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Almanac, Voodoo Circle, Adagio, TANK).
MOB RULES (GER)
There's a lot ahead for Mob Rules: In 2018 they celebrate the release of their ninth studio album, 2019 their 25th anniversary ... Sounds like outdated, dusty rock-geezers? Far from it! These guys are fresh like never before! “Straight, fastforward and powerful” describes the six Nordics, who sound younger than ever.
That's also what the audience feels at Mob Rules concerts, when they are being caught by a soundwave, that seems to come straight out of the cold, harsh North Sea, where Mob Rules have their roots. Here everything is going to be flooded with crystal clear and mighty sounds. Like splashing spray, they swirl through the room raw and powerfully, causing eardrums to vibrate and heads to bang. No one sits still, while Mob Rules perform. This specific energy grows through the music and rises above, to an emotional bond between the band and their audience, which the musicians highly appreciate. They maintain close contact to the public, their fans can rely on meeting the band at the merch booth after each and every single show. But it is not only this special closeness, what defines Mob Rules as an outstanding Live-Act: it is also the titanic performance of singer Klaus Dirks. Being the frontman he gives his best while bombarding the audience with his clear, outstanding voice. He dominates the show, unites the music with his performance – one can hardly believe this phenomenon to be an autodidact.
Klaus Dirks, who was co-founder of Mob Rules in 1994 in Wilhelmshaven, gathered five gifted musicians around himself, who sound perfectly in tune with each other on this new album. Latest addition is Sönke Janssen, who completes the band as second guitarist with his technical sophisticated and yet passionate play. In 2017 he got to share the stage with Axel Rudi Pell, who invited Mob Rules to support his tour. Lead guitarist and songwriter Sven Lüdke was Janssens guitar teacher for years and brought him into the band. That explains the high level of mutual trust between them, which lead to a melodic expressive und virtuous sound. Lüdke himself, being a band member since 2005, soon got to experience some of the bands highlights: a support tour with UFO through Germany and Scandinavia in 2007, and a concert in front of 25.000 people at Magic Circle Festival in 2007.
Shortly after Lüdke, Markus Brinkman joined, to enhance the band with his straightforward bass play. The love for his instrument is to be heard with every strike of the strings. Without frills he ensures the unique deep, strong feeling, which makes Mob Rules distinctive. Also drummer Nikolas Fritz is conductive to this. His well versed, passionate play makes Mob Rules drums bang, crack and explode, which they showed shortly after Fritz' entry into the band at the Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, UK. Being a graduate graphic artist, Fritz creates the special artworks for Mob Rules. Also Jan Christian Halfbrodt has a hand in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of Mob Rules, by building new fantastic worlds with his lyrics and as a keyboarder. Being a part of the band since 2011, he started the second journey to the USA of Mob Rules: In 2011 they played at Prog Power Festival in Atlanta.
This band constellation has got the lot: Two headliner tours followed in 2014 and 2016, as well as various festival appearances, a 20th anniversary fan-box, support for the release shows of Orden Ogan in 2017 and two studio albums. Especially their last album "Tales from Beyond" was praised by the critics saying that it blows some fresh wind, which gives a new lift to the band. With that energy they plunged into work, to produce this new album, which will convince anyone in August 2018 with its dynamics and innovative power.
“Modern rock just dosen’t get any better than this” – Andrew Hawnt, Powerplay Magazine. Degreed have shared the stage with greats like Europe, Turbonegro, Millencolin among others and they have been touring and gaining fans all over the world. In the fall of 2010 Degreed released their critically acclaimed debut album “Life, love, loss”. Having recorded the first album with producer Erik Lidbom, the band thought it made perfect sense to do the same on the second album “We Don’t Belong”. This time Erik also introduced the band to multiplatinum and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Bill Champlin (former singer of Chicago, songwriter for Earth, Wind and Fire etc.) who co-wrote two songs for the album. Bill Champlin also sings a verse on the song “In For The Ride”. “We Don’t Belong” was released on the 2nd of September 2013 and that same month it made “Album of the Month” in Powerplay Magazine. By the end of 2013 the album had received great reviews and also “Album of the Year” by Swedish rock site rocknytt.net. In 2014 the band opened for Dan Reed Network on their shows in Sweden followed by a European tour with Machinae Supremacy. Degreed’s third album “Dead But Not Forgotten” was released in 2015 and was well received by critics all over the world and the opening track and first video “The Scam” got featured in Classic Rock Magazine. In 2016 the band teamed up with Greenwall Management and Gain/Sony Music to reach new heights in their career and it’s a new, more powerful Degreed than ever before ready to take on the world. Degreed have just released their fourth album “degreed” and are ready to make history.