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  TONY MOTTRAM'S SHOT OF THE MONTH
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - ROCK IT UP!


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2014 has started very positively! It feels like it's gonna be good!

Maiden and Metallica at Sonisphere, Blackberry Smoke gigs in the UK, Frantic Four back on the road and the Toseland album due!! Just for starters!!

The 30th anniversary of Accept's 'Balls To The Wall' - how good did that Guitar Hero game turn out to be!

The photo of Wolf Hoffman was shot in Lyon France for a Sounds magazine cover when 'Balls To The Wall' was released and started a great few years of work with the band and manager Gabi, through some sad line up changes but still working with Udo during his solo career.

While re sorting my photo files some gems do just turn up at the bottom of boxes and envelopes. This Pete Way and nicely pasty Ozzy shot I remember shooting back stage at the Hammersmith Odeon. I think it was an Ozzy gig but I also remember shooting Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult with Ozzy the same night.

I wish Pete Way well. Him and Lemmy have hung in there rather well eh? The life style we led in the eighties... "hic"...

Then the Chrome Molly shot taken for Metal Hammer at their manager Paul Loadsby's apartment just happened to drop out of a file sheet the week after I bumped into the band supporting Toseland and last week I had to deliver the Toseland album photos to Steve Hawkins, vocals and design company owner. Small world. Coincidences?

New Year's resolution - ROCK IT UP!

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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