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negative approach

It's always a positive start if you arrive at a venue and there is a healthy sized queue waiting to get in so by the time the first band, London based hardcore punk trio, Blasted hit the stage at the Underworld in Camden there was a reasonable sized but sedate crowd gathered at the front of it.

They proceeded to pay an absolute blinder of a set, including songs from their newly recorded cassette, my only minor issue was that the sound was a little distorted, no fault of the band, who I thought achieved great things particularly considering this was only their fourth show since their formation earlier this summer and I think the audience, judging by their enlivened attitude, by the time the set was over, agreed also.

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Whatever the minor sound issue was, it had been dealt with by the time the second band, hardcore thrash quartet S.S.S., from Liverpool, hit the stage. They played an energetic set which absolutely blew me away.

Vocalist Foxy had an excellent stage presence and commanded both stage and audience with his witty retorts and banter.

Musically their performance was excellent, particularly the vocal delivery, as they performed a selection of songs from their three albums, including 'Damaged Goods', 'Power Down' and a track dedicated to a local skate shop called 'Ride The Best, Fuck The Rest' to an ever expanding and considerably more animated crowd.

The third support act, Punch, a female fronted, five piece American punk band, didn't make a massive impact on me. I felt the vocals let the performance down slightly, however they were very well received by the audience and successfully prepared the crown for the headlining act.

By the time veteran Detroit hardcore punks Negative Approach hit the stage the room was in full party mode, with stage diving and crowd surfing being an almost compulsory activity. They played a mixed set from across their broad history and when they reached 'Tied Down' and the short, sharp 'Lost Cause', the pit was an absolute frenzy also there were so many people now on the stage it was hard to tell who was in the band.

John Brannon was an imposing presence on the stage and an excellent vocal performance. Topping off this set was an excellent cover of Sham 69's 'Borstal Breakout'.

They may have been around the block a few times but clearly Negative Approach still have a lot to offer musically and are a huge inspiration to the new generation of punks.




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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