System Of A Down, Korn, Deftones and Incubus to headline inaugural Sick New World Festival

System Of A Down, Korn, Deftones, Incubus and more acts have been announced to headline the inaugural Sick New World Festival in Las Vegas, US.

  • READ MORE: When We Were Young 2022 review – the nostalgic emo-fest reigns in a new age of pop-punk

The one-day event, which celebrates seasoned nu-metal, rock and industrial bands as well as newer acts, takes place on May 13, 2023 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in Nevada.

Joining the headliners are Papa Roach, Evanescence, Turnstile, Hoobastank, Coal Chamber, reunited Flyleaf with original singer Lacey Sturm, Ministry, Melvins and many more acts. Death Grips will also mark their first return to the live circuit since 2019.

Sisters Of Mercy, Filter, 100 Gecs, HEALTH, Machine Girl, Killing Joke, Cradle Of Filth, Body Count and She Wants Revenge are also on the line-up.

Those interested in attending can sign up a ticket pre-sale beginning this Friday (November 11) at 10am PT (6pm GMT) here. The general sale kicks off at 2pm PT (10pm GMT) on the website on the same day.

News of the nostalgia-marketed festival comes in the wake of the inaugural When We Were Young, which last month showcased veteran emo and pop-punk bands in Las Vegas.

NME‘s Maya Georgi wrote in a four-star review: “It takes a lot to live up to the hype and pull off what many thought was impossible, but as fans head back into the desert in their checkered vans with wide smiles across their faces, it’s safe to say the emo fest was not only a party for those desiring nostalgia but proof positive of a more inclusive post-punk future.

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Deftones Draft Turnstile, Phantogram for Dia De Los Deftones Fest

Following a two-year hiatus, Deftones’ Dia De Los Deftones festival will return Nov. 5 at Gallagher Square in San Diego’s Petco Park. Joining the band at the event are Turnstile, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Audrey Nuna, Destroy Boys, Provoker, and Cold Gawd.

“We’re hyped to be bringing back Dia de Los Deftones this year,” Deftones singer Chino Moreno said in a statement. “We take a ton of pride in curating it; it’s a chance for us to put forth and showcase some artists that we love and respect, and putting on an amazing day of music and culture for our fans. We’re excited to see everyone again out at Petco in November.”

This will be the first time Dia De Los Deftones without longtime bassist Sergio Vega, who left the band over a contract dispute in March and is currently playing with his original group Quicksand.

Tickets for Dia De Los Deftones go on sale at 10 am PST on Aug. 5. The local presale and VIP packages go on sale at 10 am PST on Aug. 3, and the Live Nation local/venue presale begins at 10 am PST on Aug. 4. All tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

The first two Dia De Los Deftones took place in 2018 and 2019 with lineups including Doja Cat, Chvrches, Future, and Gojira. The 2019 fest also took place at Petco Park.

Deftones’ latest release was their 2020 LP, Ohms, which received two Grammy nods this year.

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Mad Cool 2022: Foals on fanboying over Deftones and Dan Carey remixing their album

As they descended on Mad Cool Festival 2022 this week, Foals knew exactly what they needed to do to smash their closing 1am set. “These sets are always quite fun, because The Killers are the headliners and then we’re sort of doing the party set afterwards,” drummer Jack Bevan tells NME before they take to the stage. “The only sad thing about that is then when you finish, the whole festival finishes, and you don’t get to have that hour where you bask in the aftermath of your set. The doors are closed and everyone goes home.”

Guitarist Jimmy Smith agrees: “Yeah, then you come back to the backstage area and you’re like, ‘Guys!’ and there’s no one here. It’s just tumbleweed and cigarette butts. I also wish someone would move their fucking walkway out of the way [from the stage]. I think it’s either The Killers’ or Imagine Dragons’.” Bevan replies: “We’ll just use it. You’ll go up there!”

Unsurprisingly, Jimmy does not make use of the gangway during Foals’ set. But frontman Yannis Philippakis gladly obliges, while Bevan also makes the actually quite-long trip from his drum kit to the very edge of the walkway many a time, even nabbing a gifted shirt from a fan at one point.

Needless to say, Foals were the party that we needed in the early hours of Friday morning (July 8). Before their set, we had a chat with Jimmy and Jack about fanboying over Deftones and Radiohead, their historic set at Glastonbury 2022, thoughts on a new album, solo projects, and Dan Carey’s dub plans for their latest record ‘Life Is Yours‘.

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NME: Hello Foals! We just caught you watching Deftones. Did you enjoy their set?

Jack: “It was pretty great. It was the first time I’d seen them [live] in like, six years. I just met Abe [Cunningham] the drummer outside, and I’ve gone all shaky because he’s one of my biggest inspirations ever in drumming. He’s just the best, and he was really nice.”

Jimmy: “I was in a room with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood for the first time the other day. They played in London and I was too scared to talk to them. I was too tired to talk to them, actually. I was like, ‘I don’t want this to be the day that I talk to them’. There were lots of other people in the room, or it would have been pretty awkward.”

The last time we saw you was when you headlined The Other Stage at Glastonbury a few weeks ago. How was it for you?

Jack: “That was fun. There was something about that particular Glastonbury. Obviously we’d never headlined a stage at Glastonbury before, and it felt like one of the most important gigs – maybe the most important gig we’ve ever done. With it being the first Glastonbury in three years, and the first night at Glastonbury in three years, the excitement in the crowd all day was palpable. To end the show was pretty exciting, and we got pretty over-excited.”

Did you enjoy the rest of the weekend?

Jack: “We stayed late on the Friday until about 6am, because we had to go to Dublin for another show. Also, I don’t know if it’s my age but I’m really good for going in hard one night, then I really want to be tucked up in a comfy bed somewhere. I can’t do the three-day thing anymore.”

Jimmy: “I felt really sad to leave because the sun had just started catching all the flags. It was sunrise and I was thinking, ‘All my friends are in there’.”

Jack: “My last memory was just looking for any food stands open on my way out, and I found a burrito, but the wrap was made out of a Yorkshire pudding. I was delicious and sacrilicious!”

Foals at Mad Cool 2022 (Credit: Andy Ford for NME)
Foals at Mad Cool 2022 (Credit: Andy Ford for NME)

It felt like your new album ‘Life Is Yours’ was written for nights like that…

Jimmy: “When we were writing the album, we were like, ‘Wow, imagine this one in front of a festival crowd’. You always think of Glastonbury, so in some ways it was.”

Jack: “We haven’t done that many festivals since COVID. That was definitely the biggest at that point. Glastonbury is where the mind goes when you think about festivals. It felt celebratory.”

Has ‘Life Is Yours’ made you feel like more of a ‘party band’ on stage?

Jimmy: “I don’t know. It’s just one of the many avenues that we like to explore!”

Jack: “The set feels really exciting at the moment. It feels really nice having these lighter, dancier, poppy songs because we never had problems in the past with the end of the set. All of the heavier, more intense ones have always slotted in to make a really good end of set. It’s the first half of the set in the past where we haven’t had enough of those lighter, dancier songs. There were a few, like ‘Olympic Airways’ – Jimmy’s favourite song to play – where we played that at basically every show ever. Now we’ve got songs that we can poke out in between in those places.”

Foals at Mad Cool 2022 (Credit: Andy Ford for NME)

You released a remix collection during lockdown. Can this album be remixed if it’s already so ravey?

Jimmy: “Well, Dan Carey is remixing it! He’s doing a dub record.”

Jack: “It’s pretty nuts. It’s a proper dub record, so that’s pretty cool. There are some songs like ‘Wild Green’ that lend itself so well to that.”

That’s become a real fan favourite. When are you going to start playing ‘Wild Green’ live, you lazy, lazy men?

Jimmy: “Alright!”

Jack: “So up until the record came out, we were only playing a few songs from the album. I think it’s good to play one or two songs before they’ve been released, but because the record came out when it did, we only had about eight shows after that. We’re going to have a bit of a break and then we’re going to learn all of the new ones, and then we’ll start alternating them. For me, ‘Wild Green’ is going to be a new ‘Providence’-style live favourite – or at least I’d be sad if it wasn’t.”

Jimmy: “I think we need one more set of rehearsals and then we’ll be able to play the whole record.”

Do you think you’ll explore this dancey avenue even further on the next album?

Jack: “We’ve sort of been talking about it, but we don’t really know. Watch this space.”

Jimmy, we know you’ve got some solo material in the can that we’re going to hear soon, right?

Jimmy: “Yeah, definitely. Watch this space!”

Foals at Mad Cool 2022 (Credit: Andy Ford for NME)
Foals at Mad Cool 2022 (Credit: Andy Ford for NME)

Jack, would we ever hear a ‘Beaker’ solo record from you?

Jack: “Well, I’m actually building a studio in my new house, but it’s going to be the sort of record that I might never release.”

Jimmy: “Would it be too scary?”

Jack: “Yeah, it would be too scary! Really demonic moaning and growling!”

Jimmy: “Demonic electronica.”

Demonica? Foals, thank you very much. 

Check back here at NME for the latest news, interviews, photos and more from Mad Cool 2022.

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Deftones on new material: “There’s always a little something brewing”

Deftones’ Frank Delgado and Abe Cunningham spoke to NME backstage at Download Festival about the future of the band, the next generation of metal and 25 years of second album ‘Around The Fur’.

This weekend saw the Sacramento metal veterans play Donington Park for the fifth time – a number matched by glam-rock icons and headliners KISS. Unlike KISS though, Deftones have no plans to retire any time soon. Or, as drummer Cunningham puts it: “Fuck no! We just sat at home for three years. We’ve got tonnes of fire to keep doing this.”

In that spirit, Delgado said that the band were “still only scratching the surface” of their acclaimed 2020 album ‘Ohms’. “It feels like we’re only just getting started,” he said. “We open with a new one as well. (‘Genesis’) is a banger and we feel it deserves the attention. It’s us putting our dick on the fucking table, basically.”

The build-up to this run of shows hasn’t been entirely smooth. In March, long-term bassist Sergio Vega announced he was quitting the band, before going on to say it didn’t offer him “a sense of belonging”. Then, following a US headline tour, guitarist Stephen Carter announced he would be sitting out of this European tour. “With everything going on in the world, I’m just not ready to leave home and leave the country yet,” read a statement.

In spite of everything, Delgado did tell NME that the band were very much “enjoying themselves”. “It feels good to be back out, doing what we‘ve always done,” he added. It’s been a lot of fun and we’re all having a blast.”

Once their European tour ends in July, Deftones are heading home to “chill for a bit”, according to Cunningham. There are plans for the third annual Dia De Los Deftones festival to take place later this November in San Diego (“but maybe it will move around one day”) alongside talk of an Australian tour. “That’s it for the year basically so maybe we’ll try and jam on some new songs,” said Cunningham. “There’s always a little something brewing”.

While 2012’s ‘Koi No Yokan’ and 2016’s ‘Gore’ saw the band get experimental with synths, ‘Ohms’ was a return to the heavy fury of their earlier work. Do the band know what direction they want to head in next?

“The next one is going to be soft as hell,” replied Cunningham, joking. “Everyone’s going to weep uncontrollably for months. There’ll be a tissue shortage around the world. “No, for better or worse, there are never any rules or preconceived thought put into much of what we create. It’s mostly just jamming it out and seeing what happens.”

He went on: “When we get together and write, it’s 70 per cent about the hang. If that’s going well, shit comes out. When it’s no longer fun, that’s a problem. There have been times like that. It’s part of being around for a long, long time, so we try to keep it on the light side these days.”

Delgado added: “It’s about working through those things, which I think we’ve got really good at. We just want to get along, have fun and something usually comes out of that.”

Chino Moreno performing in Deftones in 2018 Credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic via Getty Images

Heavy music is having somewhat of a resurgence at the moment, with the likes of Code Orange, Spiritbox and Poppy breathing new life into old ideas. Rather than being scared of the new, Deftones embrace it.

“It’s always good when people are able to put their best foot forward and feel like they’re fitting in, without worrying about being part of a scene,” said Delgado. “Sometimes you need to be that thorn. We were always the thing that stuck out, because we were not the same.”

He continued: “Things go in phases, but one thing that I think I noticed is that so much music uses click tracks and backing tracks these days, so there’s so much perfection, which is a trip for me because there’s never been any of that with us.

“People are so used to seeing a perfect show, they expect things to sound exactly like the record but there’s something about a raw, visceral performance with tension that will always speak to some people. Others might say it sounds like shit but in a time when everything sounds and looks so perfect, I think some warts and all are important.”

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Deftones’ acclaimed second album ‘Around The Fur’. Not that the band have any plans to celebrate just yet – they didn’t even know about the milestone until NME told them.

“Making that album was the most amazing time,” said Cunningham. The band had signed a two-firm record deal, meaning they were guaranteed a second album regardless of how their debut did. “With that first record, we were able to see a tiny bit of the world and we came back that much more confident and comfortable. There was just this excitement that we got to do it again.

“I can’t listen to our first record, because we just sound like a young band. We still play those songs live and we enjoy them, but ‘Around The Fur’ just sounds so much better. That 25-year-old album is a very special record. I really like it, so I will definitely give it a piece of cake and a cheers but honestly, I’d rather work on some new tunes if we can.”

So what does the future of Deftones look like? “Hopefully onwards and upwards, replied Cunningham. “We’re happy as hell to be here right now. We’re super stoked to be able to do this and we’re really enjoying ourselves.”

Delgado then added: “We’re having fun and looking forward to the future, without it feeling like a burden on anyone.”

Deftones play an intimate show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish town before a summer of festivals including Mad Cool, HellFest and InMusic.

Meanwhile, frontman Chino Moreno is preparing to release a slew of more singles and a new album from his art-rock side-project ††† Crosses.

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Ex-DEFTONES Bassist SERGIO VEGA Says His Exit ‘Was Never About Money’: ‘It’s Purely About Belonging’

Former DEFTONES bassist Sergio Vega has opened up about his departure from the band.
The 51-year-old musician, who officially joined DEFTONES in 2009, confirmed his exit two months ago, just days after a new photo of the group without him emerged online on various digital service providers. At the t…

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DEFTONES have recruited Fred Sablan as their new touring bassist following the recent departure of Sergio Vega.

Sablan made his live debut with the DEFTONES Thursday night (April 14) at the opening concert of the band’s spring 2022 U.S. tour at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon.

Sablan is best known as the former bassist for MARILYN MANSON, having toured and recorded with the shock rocker between 2010 and 2014. He has also played bass for CHELSEA WOLFE and PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT, and is a member of the punk-rock supergroup HEAVENS BLADE alongside YOUTH CODE singer Sara Taylor, ROB ZOMBIE bassist Piggy D. (on guitar) and SUICIDE SILENCE drummer Alex Lopez.

Vega, who officially joined DEFTONES in 2009, confirmed his exit last month, just days after a new photo of the band without him emerged online on various digital service providers. At the time, the 51-year-old musician claimed that he had been led to believe he would eventually be brought in as a full-time member, but, in 12 years’ time, that never happened. “It was clear there was no opportunity for growth for me,” he said. Vega also thanked his former DEFTONES bandmates, adding that he wished he could have spoken to them in person. “I want you to know that I appreciate all the years we spent together: writing, performing, being taken into your worlds,” he said. “I learned a lot from each one of you, when you brought me in, you created a new sense of passion for music that I will always cherish and carry with me. You truly changed my life.”

Vega cut his teeth in the New York City hardcore scene in the late 1980s before going on to play in the influential post-hardcore trio QUICKSAND. QUICKSAND released two major-label albums (“Manic Compression” and “Slip”) before calling it a day. Soon after, Vega found himself filling in with the DEFTONES and eventually joined the band as the full-time replacement for Chi Cheng.

QUICKSAND reformed in 2012 and released a comeback album, “Interiors”, in 2017, ending the band’s 22-year interval between LPs. A follow-up effort, “Distant Populations”, arrived last August.

Chi died in April 2013 at the age of 42. He had been in a semi-comatose state for more than four years after being seriously injured in a car accident in November 2008. In addition to not recovering full consciousness, Cheng had been in and out of hospitals for various infections as his family has struggled with the mounting costs of care since he had lost his health insurance a few months after the accident.

Cheng required surgery after the car accident to remove part of his brain, but his recovery was strong enough that he was taken off life support seven months later.

Over the course of the last couple of years of his life, Cheng emerged from his coma for brief intervals. He was able to open his eyes and apparently could see and hear things going on around him but could not respond verbally.

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Former Deftones bassist Sergio Vega announces new project

After celebrating two GRAMMY nominations this weekend (see below), former Deftones bassist Sergio Vega – who announced last month that he parted ways with the group – has confirmed that he’s already busy working on new projects.

According to a press release, Sergio plans to work with multiple talented and acclaimed artists’ for this new venture, which is described as a writing / production project’. But music is on the cards, too, with the musician reportedly having a few other music-related projects in the works’.

There’s no other details just yet, but when we have them, we’ll let you know…

In a statement announcing his departure from Deftones, Sergio explained that he left early last year”, after issues surrounding his contract.

COVID was a breaking point for a lot of people,” he said in a video. And I started to question my place in the band, and the future that I wanted for my career. I really started to need something stable, because at that point, my contract with them was canceled. One day I got a call from the guys about an internal band situation, and they asked me if I was solid, and that I would have to fly out to LA to help work it out. Right away. I said, Of course, I was all in, and we can handle my situation later, but I can’t go back to my old contract.’ Our respective management had a conversation to discuss a new contract, and they offered me the same deal. At that point. It was clear there was no opportunity for growth for me. So I declined the offer. And then I call the guys immediately to see where the miscommunication was to resolve it. But there was no response.

A couple of days later, I received an email from their lawyer that their offer was withdrawn, and that they wished me the best. So I left the band in early last year, and since then, I’ve been focused on my band Quicksand, as well as working as a producer and writer for other artists and projects. And I’m mentioning this because there was some speculation about me selling my gear and quitting music altogether.

Out of respect for the people who have held tickets for this tour, the past couple of years and everyone who supports the band, I felt it important to bring some clarity to the situation. Lots of love and thanks to Deftones‘ amazing fanbase for always being engaged and supportive of the band through good times and bad.

I appreciate every single one of you. All my love to the fans that have become friends, the people that have supported my other projects. It brought me so much joy to see Deftones shirts at Quicksand shows land I will cherish this forever. Lastly, thanks so much to the Tones. I wish they had the chance to tell you this in person.

I want you to know that I appreciate all the years we spent together, writing performing being taken into your worlds. I learned a lot from each one of you, when you brought me in, you created a new sense of passion for music that I will always cherish and carry with me. You truly changed my life.”

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