We are incredibly excited to be able to announce that Wayward Sons – starring the recipient of the HRH Legend 2019 Award Toby Jepson – will be our Special Guests at HRH NWOCR in January 2021. Toby was initially best known for his time with the hugely successful Little Angels in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, before taking some time to try his hand at acting – as well as writing and producing music – before returning with a vengeance to front the re-formed Fastway. The last decade has seen him feature in a brief Little Angels reunion (including a triumphant appearance at Download in 2012), star in the all-star Dio tribute band Dio’s Disciples, before founding the amazing Wayward Sons in 2017.
The band have since released two critically acclaimed albums – 2017’s Ghosts of Yet To Come and 2019’s The Truth Aint What it Used To Be. Plans are afoot for album number 3 – we can’t wait!
Our lifestyles are forged in rock, our world is changing and through changes in culture emerges new talent, new music and new scenes. Legends are great and hold a special place in all our lives, but it’s the fresh bands who will spearhead the future. This new exciting scene, typified by bands appearing on the New Wave of Classic Rock Facebook group and Hard Rock Hell Radio, needs to be brought to visibility and amplified on every platform worldwide to create a unique circle of talent which will forge the future in this new modern style n sound of classic rock.
HRH are taking that leap of faith and bringing the cream of NWOCR bands together for one incredible weekend where they are the headliners within their own right. We want to kickstart 2021 with a new positive framework that’s all about the music and more importantly all about the fans. HRH NWOCR will be a 2-day, 2-arena affair with nothing but NWOCR artists. The event will take place on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th January 2021 @ the 02 Academy Leicester where we call upon everyone to come and support the next generation. The event itself will be broadcast live on Hard Rock Hell Radio worldwide as it happens and we will be inviting all bands to get involved in an Amazon Rockumentary which will be getting shot over the weekend which will have one sole purpose – to amplify the scene worldwide and bring it all to visibility.
If you are as passionate as the bands and true NWOCR fans, and want to support putting the scene where it should be, then this is it – get involved, feel the community, enjoy the music and let’s protect the future of music together.
We are stoked to announce some of the top names in the genre – spearheading the future of rock at HRH NWOCR.
Ask the new wave of rock fans which band are leading the way for the new breed of classic rock – and you’ll hear the same name crop up over and over again – Massive Wagons. Piloted by one of the most charismatic frontmen in rock, Baz Mills, the 5-piece from Lancaster have kicked off their second decade as a band with a bang – their brand new album “House of Noise” is due out in July, and the latest single is, as everyone kinda expected, a stunning rock’n’roll earworm!
Although slow starters – they took until their 6th year as a band to release debut album “Half Way Home” to stunning reviews – Bad Touch have been making up for it ever since and have just released their 4th album in just 5 years. “Kiss The Sky” is a masterclass in heavy swaggering blues-rock and firmly places the band in the leading pack of the NWOCR movement. Having toured with the likes of The Quireboys, Skid Row, and FM the lads are one of the most active on the live circuit and are sure to shake the O2 Academy Leicester to its very core.
Success may have been a long time coming – but ozzies Massive are reaping the rewards for 8 years of recording and touring at full-throttle. Brad and the lads see the UK as their second home and love nothing more than filling our ears with hard-hitting rock’n’roll. They cemented their reputation by being hand-picked by The Quireboys as support for their 30th “A Bit of What You Fancy” 30th Anniversary UK Tour for 2021. Checkout this cracker from Massive’s latest album “Rebuild Destroy.
At the heavier end of the NWOCR spectrum, South Wales’ finest Florence Black have honed their original classic round sound into a power-house depth-charge no better showcased than on their collaboration with Skindred’s Benji Webbe with 2017’s Gunshot. With a reputation for incendiary live sets that take the alternative sensibilities of the grunge era and marry them with a no-nonsense heavy rock attack that leaves you in no doubt that this 3-piece take no prisoners, we can’t wait for them to take to the main stage on Saturday at HRH NWOCR.
Now a finely-tuned 4-piece, Ryders Creed have been at the forefront of the NWOCR ever since their triumph in HRH’s Highway to Hell in 2017 catapulted them to a wider audience – their reputation as a superb live band already sealed in their formative years. Now 2 albums into their recording career, the lads from Staffordshire are looking forward to showcasing “Lost Souls” released earlier this year on the road – and where better than on the main stage at the very first HRH NWOCR.
Leicester based SKAM will play with home advantage as one of the local contingent of bands at HRH NWOCR. The hard rock trio have cemented their place at the top table of the new wave of UK rock bands with 3 incredible studio albums to date plus stunning appearances at Wildfire, Steelhouse, Ramblin’ Man and of course our very own Hard Rock Hell. Their 3rd album “The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard” is a masterpiece of conceptual hard rock that shows all other bands how to present and deliver a rock album – rightly being held in high esteem by outlets such as Planet Rock Radio and Classic Rock Magazine.
Another of the local brotherhood of bands to take to the main stage in January will be Hell’s Addiction. 10 years into their career, they describe themselves as “the bastard child of an illicit three-way between Skid Row, early Guns N’Roses and AC/DC” – which any fan will tell you is hard to argue with. However, the band are much more than that – live they exude confidence professionalism and talent – but it’s on their latest recordings that their upward trajectory will be accelerated into orbit. Latest EP V1.0 is simply mind-blowing, and we can’t wait to hear what the lads have in store for 2021.
Cambridgeshire based Hollowstar are the relative newcomers here, only being 5 years and one album into their short but explosive career. Their self-titled debut long-player from 2019 caught the imagination and ears of the NWOCR community and has set the band up to hit heights that might even surpass the bigger names of the scene. Fronted by the effervescent Joe Bonson, the guys take to the main stage on Sunday at the O2 Academy in Leicester for one of their biggest appearances yet.
Headlining the second stage each day are Ethyrfield and Trident Waters, and we are extremely proud to be able to bring you The City Kids – a modern take on punk ‘n’ roll from members of The Main Grains, Warrior Soul, Falling Red and Tigertailz.
Also appearing at HRH NWOCR are Matt Mitchell and The Coldhearts, Empyre, Gorilla Riot, Molly Karloff, DeVience, Liberty Lies, Dig Lazarus, Blind River, Twister, Thirteen Stars, Old Glory and The Black Riviera, Weston Rd, Cloverhill, Lonely Dakota and last but not least Fires of Freya.
Early bird tickets are on sale at the unbelievable rate of only 25 GBP per person with no booking fee for the whole weekend where we will see 30 bands giving it their all. 2-day hotel packages are also available at killer rates for both Classic packages and Royalty if you fancy the extras of an upstairs seated balcony, private bar, security and toilets as well as access into the private HRH NWOCR Unplugged sessions.
It’s all there for any way you like and to suit everyone’s pocket – so book online at www.hrhnwocr.com or call Jess on 0207 193 1164.