June 16, 2003

MassConcerts, the promoter of the hugely successful New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, has confirmed plans to expand the festival into new territories beginning with Asbury Park, N.J., in the fall of this year.

The New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest will be held at Asbury Park's Convention Hall complex on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15. The lineup will be announced in July.

"It was very clear that the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival had grown in popularity over the past five years and needed the opportunity to go to markets outside of our New England home base," said John Peters of MassConcerts. "We decided on New Jersey because of its strong metal music scene and its close proximity to New York. Convention Hall was the perfect fit because of its history of hosting great acts like PANTERA and SLAYER."

The New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest will follow the same format as the annual New England festival but on a larger scale, as allowed by the larger size of the New Jersey venue.

In just five years, the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival has become one of the nation's top heavy metal festivals. This year's show, held May 16 and 17 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., sold out a week in advance and was documented by Trustkill for a future DVD release. Rob Zombie was on site interviewing bands for an episode of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball", as was Juliya, host of MuchMusic USA's "Uranium".

Following is just a sampling of what media outlets have had to say about the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival: Revolver Magazine stated, "If you decide to go to only one fest this year, this should be it." CMJ says "...hands down, the best metal fest in the world." After this year's fest said "This may have been the best metal festival ever on US soil."

MassConcerts will work in conjunction with local promoter Concerts East on the New Jersey Metal And Hardcore Fest.

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