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Festival News Round-Up: Masters of Rock, Northern Symphony, MFVF

Today's news round-up is a mini festival special. Take a look and prepare your wallets, you may want to go to some of these...

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NIGHTWISH TOP STELLAR LINE-UP FOR MASTERS OF ROCK (CZ)


In the first of next year's festival announcements for Nightwish, the band are set to headline the Czech Republic's Masters of Rock festival, which takes place on the 9th-12th July 2015.

This festival frequently features a lot of symphonic metal bands, and this year is no exception. Although the line-up is not yet fully announced, it already includes such great bands as Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Delain, Xandria and Septicflesh.

For full info and tickets, check the Masters of Rock website.

Elsewhere in Nightwish news, the band have been hard at work this week recording orchestra and choir for their upcoming album with music maestro Pip Williams - and were even joined by drummer Jukka, who is taking a backseat for the moment while he suffers from severe insomnia.


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HEADLINER ANNOUNCED FOR THE UK'S FIRST SYMPHONIC METAL FEST


New festival Northern Symphony has announced UK band Winter in Eden as its headliners. The event, to be held at the recently refurbished Venue in Selby, North Yorkshire on Saturday 4th April 2015, is the first of its kind in the UK. It aims to feature a wide range of bands from across the genre - more to be announced.

The band's new album, Court of Conscience (produced by Within Temptation's Ruud Jolie) came out on Monday. Check out the video for the single With Intent below.


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NEW SONGS FROM MFVF SPECIAL ACT + LEAVES' EYES STAGING PEEK


The Sirens (a team-up between genre pioneers Kari Ruesl├ątten, Anneke Van Giersbergen and Liv Kristine) have released two songs ahead of their special Metal Female Voices Fest (Belgium) performance next week.

The first, Sisters of the Earth, is quite an upbeat melodic metal feminist anthem, while Embracing The Seasons is a softer, nature themed piano ballad. I think their voices make a beautiful combination - do you agree?

The group's UK show has recently changed venue to The Garage.

Have a listen to the songs below.

  


Liv Kristine has been busy lately - she's also been recording the first music video for her solo album Vervain, and has been preparing for Leaves' Eyes huge 10th anniversary show Hymns of A Decade, headlining the Saturday at MFVF. The band posted the photo below, a sneak peek at some of the epic staging that will be featured.


Special t-shirt designs will be available for The Sirens, Liv and Leaves' Eyes (a unique design that proclaims you were there for the anniversary).

In case you missed it, MFVF will be taking a break next year (2015) - read all about it here.
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And that's all for today. Just a reminder - I will be away next weekend reporting from MFVF. Follow my Twitter for updates. Any big news from elsewhere will be featured the week after!

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