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  LES-FEST 3: DAY ONE
Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire
Friday 27th June 2014


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Les-Fest is Scotland's only annual Rock and Metal Festival which attracts a host of local talent and bands from across the UK.

Now in it's third year, this was the first time the event had been held in Wiston Lodge in South Lanarkshire but the new home of the festival suited it well and with fifty bands performing over three days, the organisers made sure that there was something for everyone no matter what age and musical preference.

Edinburgh based Disposable started off the three days of Rock and Metal in fine style as the clock stuck 11:00am. The band walked on stage to warm applause and bearing in mind the campsite had opened only a few hours earlier, many had stopped midway through erecting their tents to catch the band's set.

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The relatively young age of the band belies the power they have when performing and with the likes of 'Existence', a fast thrasher, their set list kept the crowd entertained. Drummer Liam Tucker seemed to be having fun atop the drum kit as he smiled away throughout the bands set whilst the head bangers in the audience crowded together at the crowd barrier.

'Addiction' had the crowd fully involved which delighted vocalist William Robertson before the band plough through 'Into The Water' (for which the band have recently shot a promo video for) had an influx of spectators coming into the main area giving the band their best reception of their short set.

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A short drum solo created some laughter from the band before 'Void' which, we're told, the band haven't performed live before. Taken from their forthcoming (as yet un-named album), is was certainly my favourite of their set. It's a good start to the festival and the band left the stage to great applause having certainly picked up a few new fans.

Disposable Set list:
Disposable
Existence
Addiction
Into The Water
Void
Now It Ends

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Disposable are:
William Robertson - Vocals/Bass Guitar
Andrew Anderson - Guitar
Jack Batcharj - Guitar
Liam Tucker - Drums

Disposable Online:
http://www.facebook.com/DisposableThrash


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Having seen (and enjoyed) a performance by What's The Damage?! In December 2013 as part of Les-Festive, I was keen to see how the band performed here and was pleased to say that this is one young band who are thoroughly entertaining. Although maybe not some festival goers cup of tea, the band delivered a performance they should be proud of.

Guitarist Gordon McVean really worked well on set opener 'Dreams of Tomorrow' but some of the crowd took a while to get used to what is an aggressive but great vocal performance from Samii Morton. 'Grace In Despair' has a faster pace with the McVean's guitar unfortunately lost in the mix for most of the song, but Morton more than makes up for it with another sterling performance.

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'Eradicate The Night' receives (what I believe is) it's second live airing ever, but you wouldn't think that as it's a well rehearsed performance. Guitarist Dominic Donaghy shares the vocals this time around which is a refreshing change from Mortons more hardcore vocal style and creates another nice counterpoint with Donaghys more softly sung vocals. The break also leaves Morton free to elicit a response from the ever growing audience.

The band clearly enjoyed themselves throughout their short set and this comes across in their performance, which is appreciated by the crowd who warmly applaud as the band take their bows and move towards the backstage area knowing they've left a good impression on those who caught their set.

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What's The Damage?! Set list:
Dreams of Tomorrow
Grace In Despair
Eradicate The Night
Shadows Will Crawl
Golden Silence
Overthrow

What's The Damage?! are:
Samii Morton - Lead Vocals
Dominic Donaghy - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Gordon McVean - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Gareth Dunion - Bass Guitar
Robert John McIndewar - Drums

What's The Damage?! Online:
http://www.facebook.com/WhatsTheDamageband


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Haerken seemed to be the talking point early in the festival (have a look at their fantastic website!) and so as the band's stage time approached, a sizeable crowd left the sunshine outside to get a good vantage point inside the main arena ready for the band.

A long intro of Gregorian chants announces the arrival of the band on stage resplendent in their medieval garb as they burst into 'Exordium' while the crowd show their appreciation with a rousing welcome.

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By the time the band perform 'King Herla', there is some synchronised head banging from the band which helps invigorate the crowd as bass player, Reverend Benjamin, takes over the lead vocal duties from Laird Logan.

'One To Defend, One To Defeat' slows the pace slightly but by now the crowd are loving the spectacle as camera phones are hoisted stage wards. Logan encourages the crowd to join in the shouts of "Hail!", and gets a good reaction from the audience who raise their fists skywards at the same time.

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Benjamin introduces the band in Ye Olde English to the crowds delight before 'The Eve of Bealltainn' has him taking centre stage as he windmills furiously to the frantic beat, much to the delight of those fans wedged against the barrier. Certainly my favourite of their set, this band have a lot to offer and I highly recommend you catch them live if they're playing near you.

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Haerken Set list:
Exordium
King Herla
One To Defend, One To Defeat
The Eve of Bealltainn
The Bannauc Burn

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Haerken are:
Laird Logan, the Scot - Guitar/Vocals
The Baron - Guitar
Reverend Benjamin, the Scribe - Bass Guitar
The Revenant Knight - Drums

Haerken Online:
http://www.haerken.com
http://www.facebook.com/Haerken


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Having caught Cambion live at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow supporting Beholder back in April I was keen to see them again but unbeknown to me, the band had swapped stage times with another band and it was only when I heard the bands intro music from outside the main arena that I was alerted to their on stage presence.

Described as a Tech-Metal band, this quartet are extremely talented and are steadily building their reputation as a solid live band.

'Virus Part 3' has front man Elliott Alderman-Broom producing the first of many great guitar solos, that is when he's not standing centre stage head banging away, and the track gives way to the slightly more up tempo 'Salem'.

Drummer Frank Dennis is the star of the show here as he pounds away on the complicated drum patterns as the rest of the band head bang in time.

My favourite of the band's thirty minute set is new song 'Heterodox' as Alderman-Broom jokes with the crowd that this may be their "first and last time to hear it!". The song itself is another technically excellent display with Alderman-Broom giving his most ferocious vocal performance whilst Dennis uses every drum and cymbal available to him.

If this new track is an indication of the direction the band are moving into, then any upcoming release from them will certainly be high on my priority list and I'm hoping the track remains in their live set for some time to come.

Cambion Set list:
Virus Part 3
Salem
Heterodox
Virus Part 4
Virus Part 5

Cambion are:
Elliott Alderman-Broom - Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals
Marc Randall - Guitar
Jonny Walker - Bass Guitar
Frank Dennis- Drums/Backing Vocals

Cambion Online:
http://www.facebook.com/CambionOfficial


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It's unusual for Scotland (and indeed the rest of the UK) to have such glorious weather and part of the appeal of the Les-Fests held so far is that the main stage is undercover in case of inclement weather.

However, as the sun continued to beat down outside, the festival goers possibly felt they were missing out on topping up their tans and so the main arena tent was conspicuously quiet as Martyr De Mona took to the stage.

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As any professional band do, of course, the band carried on and did their very best to get those audience members who witnessed their performance, the very best show that they could. Kicking off their set with 'Siege Mentality' which is a solid enough number, those in the main arena seem glad of the opportunity to catch the band live.

Vocalist Louis Hale has a good voice and drummer Ashley Leatherland does a good job holding down the beat at the back.

The set is mainly made up of tracks from the bands latest album, 'Imperia', which was released back in March 2014, and amongst the bands best songs of these was 'Kyo' which has some solid guitar from Ant Rickett who will only improve as the band's career goes from strength to strength. Certainly from their performance here, I'll be searching out a copy of their new album.

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Martyr De Mona Set list:
Siege Mentality
Influence & Persuasion
Am I Sorry
Imperia
Suffer Unto Me
Kyo
Lycanthropy

Martyr De Mona are:
Louis Hale - Vocals/Guitar
Ant Rickett - Guitar/Vocals
Joshua Wooldridge - Bass/Vocals
Ashley Leatherland - Drums

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Martyr De Mona Online:
http://www.martyrdemona.com
http://www.facebook.com/mdmband


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"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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