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1st March 2017

tony mottram

Recently I was again contacted by acclaimed author, writer and bassist Ian Glasper. I had contributed photographs for his UK Punk scene books 'Burning Britain' and 'The Day The Country Died', published by Cherry Red.

Ian is now working on his fifth book, 'Contract In Blood', a history of UK Thrash scheduled for publishing at the end of 2017/beginning of 2018.

Ian visited me and was looking through my archive of images of Xentrix, Sabbat, Sacrilege Acid Reign etc and it was extremely sad when he informed me of the sad news regards Steve Grimmett while on tour with a revamped Grim Reaper.

I first met Steve in Birmingham on a Kerrang photo assignment shooting both Grim Reaper and Shy. I then met Steve when I shot a new version of Onslaught with Steve after Sy Keeler had left.

I had done a lot of Onslaught photography, on location, live, photo studio and during recording in Milton Keynes at Pete Winkelman's Manor Studios. During that period of time I was rather well know for 'hairing around' in my Renagade Jeep.

That vehicle was a perfect photographers set of wheels - loud, flash, 4x4, go anywhere.

When I did the location shoot when Steve Grimmett joined Onslaught, the Jeep came fully into its own, off road and a platform to run my portable flash lighting from. This shoot has always been memorable as a fun shoot, overlooking Bristol and I lost/left behind some important cables to charge the equipment from the Jeep. Doh!

I look forward to seeing Ian's book when completed, but most of all, wishing Steve Grimmett a speedy recovery and all the best and seeing him back in the saddle, up on stage doing what he has always been known for. ROCK ON!!

tony mottram

tony mottram

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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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