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Bush Hall, London

Judith Fisher

judith fisher

The chance to watch multiple platinum selling British grunge rockers Bush playing a tiny 350 capacity venue in their home town was an opportunity I wasn't going to miss, so it was off down to the rather gorgeous Bush Hall to see this enigmatic band make their return after a far too long absence.


With a couple of line-up changes in place - Chris Traynor and Corey Blitz now joining the mainstays of Gavin Rossdale and Robin Goodridge, their long overdue return was to a house absolutely packed to the rafters. The whole place was buzzing with expectation during the wait for them to hit the stage and having hustled my way down to the front (not hard in this tiny place) I was in a fabulous position to watch them bounce onto stage, back as loud, feisty and brilliant as ever!

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There are a couple of things that immediately struck me - firstly that they're much heavier live than on record, and secondly the insane amount of energy that Rossdale has throughout the whole gig. Very tanned and athletic, (and yes girls, he is still extremely easy on the eyes!), he keeps up an unrelenting bounce that would destroy a man many years his junior.

Playing new tracks from the new album 'Sea Of Memories' alongside their classic tracks 'Everything Zen', 'Swallowed', 'Chemicals Between Us', 'Glycerine' and many more, they riffed, rocked, soared and stomped their way through a fabulous set, proving beyond any doubt that they are still one of Britain's finest exports.

It was quite fun to see one of Switzerland's finest there too. Roger Federer and wife were spotted mingling afterwards with the band and Gwen Stefani, looking stunning in short shorts and eye poppingly vertiginous heels.

This was an absolutely amazing gig. Having never seen them play live before I was completely blown away by just how superb they were and it's one that I'll never forget. Truly one of those nights to smile because you can say "I was there".

Utterly fabulous.



Land Of The Living
All My Life
I Believe In You
Chemicals Between Us
Sound Of Winter
Everything Zen
Heart Of The Matter
People That We Love
Be Still My Love
Little Things

Come Together, Glycerine, Comedown.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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