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SA rockers, Starseed confirmed to play Download Festival and tour the UK with Senser in June

‘A stunning collection of 12 humungous rock tracks!’ Kerrang! Magazine

“For fans of Live, Our Lady Peace, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden – Peace Machine has plenty to savour” Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden and BBC 6Music

“They are a really big gutsy kinda rock ‘n roll band. Huge soaring vocals, big chunky guitars. Sounds like a punch in the face. I like it!” Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio

“a great new British band…really, REALLY good stuff…Look out for the album (Peace Machine)…Get it if you can… Believe me, they’re hotly tipped for 2010!” Ian Camfield, XFM

Ian Camfield of XFM nailed it when he said that Starseed are hotly tipped for 2010. It’s only June, and SA melodic rockers, Starseed have been invited to play at Download Festival 2010 and have also been asked to support rock stalwarts, Senser on their upcoming O2 Academy Tour of the UK.

This year has started with a huge bang for us,” exhorts drummer Andrew Spence. “The wheels are in motion and we’re ready to make sure the next decade belongs to Starseed!”

Their inclusion in this year’s Download Festival catapults Starseed into a whole new league. Donington Park in the United Kingdom, host to not only the world famous Download but also the former Monsters Of Rock and Ozzfest, has been a pinnacle in the rock industry worldwide for over three decades of all things rock and metal. With each year having it’s own brand and unique flavour, 2010 is no different! Around the globe the Download 2010 line-up is hailed as the best yet, with artists including AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots and now…Starseed! At the same time as South Africa celebrates the opening ceremony of the World Cup Football, Starseed keep the SA flag flying internationally by playing the Jagermeister stage on Friday 11 June as the only SA act billed for this world renowned event this year. Adding to their list of UK festivals for 2010, Starseed will also be playing London Tattoo Convention and at Hard Rock Hell IV.

Having also previously played alongside Rage Against The Machine and confirmed for the Download bill this year, the UK rock regulars, Senser have eagerly invited Starseed to support them on their 02 Academy Tour of the UK starting in London on 19 June.

All of this recent success is owed to Starseed’s UK tour in March and the hard work and dedication following the self-release of their second studio album “Peace Machine” in the UK at the end of last year. It is this album and tour which caught the attention of the festival organizers hook, line and sinker.

Peace Machine not only caught the attention of the festival organizers but also of the rock venues and DJ’s across the UK. ACP Promotions, a reputable music marketing/research company owned by Andy Copping, recently selected Starseed to take part in a comprehensive research project. Sending over 200 albums to rock venue DJs around the country who then had to feedback on audience response and personal opinion. The results showed that 100% of these rock club DJ’s and 89% of their audiences voted tracks off Peace Machine to be excellent. “This is a really encouraging response to the Starseed mail-out… and I would say this puts Starseed way above average of the other bands I work with,” said Andy Copping.

Shining brightly indeed, Starseed is living up to their title track off the new album “Peace Machine”. After “Shine’s” success on XFM, BBC6, Planet Rock, Total Rock, Rock Radio and others in the UK it bounced into No.1 spot on Tuks FM’s SA Chart and No.2 on their International Chart after being released in SA in April 2010. MK89 will be premiering Shine’s video on Kraakvars on Wednesday 16 June between 20h00-20h30. This video can also be watched on Scuzz and Lava TV.

With a sound that takes in the epic, melodic rock tendencies of the resurgent grunge scene, Pearl Jam to Alice In Chain, all the way through to the intelligent aggression and energy of hard rock regulars like Cancer Bats, Soil and Alexisonfire. Starseed offer up a sound as dynamically post-millennial as you could wish for.

UK Tour Dates:

11 Jun – Download Festival, Derby
19 Jun – O2 Academy2 Islington with Senser
20 Jun – O2 Academy2 Bristol with Senser
21 Jun – O2 Academy2 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with Senser
22 Jun – O2 ABC Glasgow, Scotland with Senser

02 Jul – Hobo’s, Bridgend, Wales
10 Jul – The Well (formerly Joseph’s Well), Leeds
18 Jul – Barfly, Cardiff, Wales
07 Aug – Purple Turtle, London
25 Sep – London Tattoo Convention, Tobacco Dock

03 Dec – Hard Rock Hell IV, Prestatyn Sands, Wales

Peace Machine is available in selected stores around South Africa and all major download platforms thanks to Starseed’s recent signing with Electromode.

Starseed consists of: Russell Spence – Vocals, Guitars | Peter Wicker – Guitar | Gerald Gill – Guitar, Vocals | Andrew Spence – Drums, Vocals

‘Packed with growling, anthemic mosh-alongs, this album is proof that real men wear plaid!’ Total Guitar
‘.sounding truly gargantuan. This machine is unstoppable.’ Big Cheese
‘.soulful vocals, crunching guitars and savage drumming’ Rock Sound

“A winning combination of a perfect hard rock and soulful voice confronted by riffs resembling the work of Queens Of The Stone Age and Alice In Chains. We’ve finally found a band that can really compete with the big boys.” BBC Introducing | | |

For interviews/reviews or more info contact: Hazel Hoole | +44 (0) 7989 308 224

Hazel Hoole
Living It Live Limited
Tel: +44 (0)7989 308 224


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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