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What a difference a year makes. Although regularly packing out the 100 Club, when Saint Jude last played the Scala in London's Kings Cross in August 2010 there were no more than fifty people in attendance. Tonight the venue is sold out and with a bulging guest list we are so packed it is like standing in between Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks on the tube at the height of rush hour.

Sensibly, before squeezing my way through, I went back to the bar, ordered a bottle of wine and gradually made my way through to the side of the stage and overlooked the side wall adjacent to the smoking area where I remained for the evening peeping over the wall. I must have looked like Chad to those on the floor although I didn't get my marker pen out and write 'Taylor was here' (what a kilroy?)

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Saint Jude have undertaken a little four date tour of Blighty after winning many new fans around the country with plenty of festival appearances this year, including a shining performance in the sun at this year's High Voltage Festival.

And Classic Rock Magazine recently gave away the Saint Jude debut album 'Diary Of A Soul Fiend' to it's readers, raising the profile of the band to a high new level.

It's not just the music of Saint Jude that brings the punters in. Down the front is predominantly male, hoping to catch the eye of Lynne Jackaman, the Christmas cracker who has the voice of a rock 'n roll angel.

Since they last played here there have been a couple of new faces added to the band in new guitarist Ivor Simms and Joe Glossop, tinkling away on the Joanna. Both have firmly established themselves in the line-up.

The tour has paid some dividends with the band playing tighter than ever before with many cool hooks thrown in by the bearded Marcus Bonfanti.

'Little Queen' starts off the party and straight away Saint Jude are playing maximum rock 'n soul as if it's a brand new concept.

Many may say that their influences are from the other side of the pond but the band have a distinctive British sound. Before 'Leave A Light On' Lynne asks: "Is anyone seeing Saint Jude for the first time tonight?" After a loud response she playfully states: "So we have many Saint Jude virgins here tonight? We're gonna have some fun with you."

Lynne puts her heart and soul into the ballad 'Angel' and by the end you couldn't hear a pin drop from an audience captivated by this beautiful song.

New numbers 'Black Rum And White Lies' and 'Layhee' show plenty of promise for that all important second album with the former being a real grower. A rocking 'Soul On Fire' ended the main set that flew by all too quickly.

A great night to end what has been a busy year for the band. With new management behind them, there is no looking back for Saint Jude who have put 100% dedication into their art and those efforts are finally starting to pay off. It is time to raise the flag because Great Britain has a new rock band to be proud of.

Set list:

Little Queen
Garden Of Eden
Pleased To Meet You
Leave A Light On
Sweet Melody
Down And Out
In My Head
Black Rum And White Lies
Parallel Life
Soul On Fire

Southern Belles
I'm Losing You




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.

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