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The Warrior 2013 Tour
Falmouth Pavilions

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You couldn't ask for a more picturesque venue than The Pavilions, with its colonnade and sub-tropical plantings, particularly on such a perfect summer evening but more important are the excellent acoustics of the auditorium, a fact that must influence British Psychedelic Space Rock Icons Hawkwind's decision to return, in recent years, to the venue on an almost annual basis.

They are a band that has stood the test of time, clocking up an impressive forty-four years and what always makes an impression on me whenever I get the chance to see them perform live is the consistently high standard of performance, every element is always executed with flawless precision.

On this occasion there was, for whatever reason, no formal support act but, as has happened before, Tim Blake stepped up to the support slot, announcing during his brief but well received set that "I am not supposed to be the support act you know!" However this didn't stop him from successfully managing to rouse the aging audience, particularly with his solo version of 'Spirit Of The Age' which had most people singing along.

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It's a good job that Tim has more energy than most people half his age because it was only a short interval between the end of his set and the start of Hawkwind's set.

Opening with 'Masters Of The Universe' followed by 'Steppenwolf' much to the delight of this mature yet lively audience before performing the entire 1975 'Warriors On The Edge Of Time' album in sequence and in its entirety, coinciding with the long awaited re-release of this iconic album.


The dancers, who are almost always present at Hawkwind gigs made regular appearances during many of the tracks to add interest, I didn't think these two were quite as good as previous ones but the important aspect was the quality of the bands performance which was, as always, excellent.

The main part of the set closed to 'Hashish', with riotous cries for the band's return.

Returning for a three track encore, after a brief consultation as to what had been decided as the second track, they delighted the anticipating audience with a second track from the 'Astounding Sounds...' album, 'Reefer Madness', before closing with a tribute to former band mate Lemmy, with 'Motorhead', played with a laid back groove that was so typically Hawkwind.


The real surprise at this point and I still can't believe what I saw, there was actually a bit of a pit starting to form during this number!

Old Rockers... What are they like!!




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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.


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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