Bands Papa Roach, Hatebreed, Therapy?, Sabaton and Boom are among the latest acts that confirmed their appearance at the “Rock the City” Festival July 1-3, producer and agent Marcel Avram told a press conference. He also made public his intention for this year’s “Rock the City” to include 4-5 concerts a day, with those by Prodigy and Therapy?, Friday, July 1, Mike and The Mechanics and Papa Roach, Saturday, July 2, and Judas Priest, Whitesnake and Hatebreed, Sunday, July 3rd, scheduled already.
Denise Sandulescu, general manager at D&D East Entertainment, the festival’s organizer, announced Romexpo, and not the Constitution Square, as originally intended, being the location for the event, given “it being better suited for entertainment purposes”. She also told Mediafax that the festival will have a budget in excess of EUR 1 M.
Lenti Chiriac, production manager D&D East Entertainment said that deals have been signed with three Romanian bands that, while very popular, are among the acts seldom seen on festival bills, and five more foreign bands will perform in the event. “Last year, we had Sonisphere, this year, they had second thoughts about participating, given their being the opening act for Iran Maiden, who played in Cluj last year,” Marcel Avram explained, who also referred to “Rock the City” overlapping the Emagic-organised B’festival time wise. “On the internet, it has been known since November that Judas Priest and Whitesnake are coming to Romania, July 3rd. Knowing that, you don’t bill Skunk Anansie, for example, who are to perform there, on the same day. (…) I won’t accuse anybody, yet, such things shouldn’t be done among colleagues,” a discontented Avram said.
Eventim official Valentin Vasiloiu announced festival tickets and passes will be sold at discount prices by April 15. As of April 5, tickets for the 2011 “Rock the City” Festival are available for purchase through the Eventim chain, online, at www.eventim.ro, and at partner stores.
California-based band Papa Roach, who sold over 10 M records worldwide and are best known for hits such as “Last resort”, “She Loves Me Not”, “Scars”, Forever” and “Lifeline”, put out their latest album – “Time for Annihilation” – on Aug. 31, 2010, from which they will perform a number of songs live at “Rock the City”. Founded in 1994, the band has so far released six studio albums and played on tours with bands including Slayer, Deftones, Entombed and Napalm Death.
Among the releases by Hatebreed, another band that confirmed their appearance at the festival, an eponymous album in 2009, “Supremacy” (2006) and “Perseverance” (2002). Therapy? Is an alternative rock band from Northern Ireland who have so far released 15 albums and numerous singles. The band sold 2 million records worldwide. Sabaton are a Swedish power metal band formed in 1999, whose songs are rooted in lyrical themes inspired by wars of the past. The band has so far launched seven albums, among them, “Coat of Arms”, released in 2010.