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25th July 2012

cambridge rock festival

Here's the winners of our biggest exclusive MetalTalk competition yet. It's Cambridge Rock's tenth anniversary this year and they gave us a massive TEN tickets for each day and TEN tickets for the full festival.

We asked you: "Who is closing this year's festival and where do they come from?" The answer is The Animals from Newcastle, England and here are the lucky winners.


Helen Westby
Michael Lyons
Natasha Judge
Michael Stewart
Zoë Isaacson


Russell Griffin
Ian Maughan
John Linford
Carolyn Beddoe
Gavin Archer


Michelle French
Big Alice
Paul Kelley
Geoff Bridges
Melanie Fullford


John Whitfield
Nick Tedds
Dave Kitteridge
Marian Leonard
John Pinchin


Steve Hawes
Adrian Browne
Pam Dean
Dawn Inskip
Kevin Parker

Congratulations to all our winners. Your tickets are on the way to you.


2013 is a year for festivities and great music, both reliving some of the great bands that have played at this festival over the years and adding new bands to a fantastic line-up.

Magnum are one of this year's highlights at the festival. The talented artist Rodney Matthews who has designed 10 album covers for Magnum, will be there displaying his iconic work and signing prints.

Over 100 bands will be playing the festival over a four day period including Caravan, Mostly Autumn, The Quireboys, Praying Mantis, Deborah Bonham, Bonafide, Eddie and the Hotrods, Hazel O'Connor and Cregan and Co (playing the songbook of Rod Stewart). Finally the legendary Animals singing all their greatest hits will close the festival in style!

For those "Prog lovers", The Classic Rock Society has its own stage on Friday with Landmarq, LoreWeaver, Abel Ganz and Primitive Instinct.

Some much talked about bands include The Carnabys, who recently won the Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands 2013, Walkway, Attica Rage, The Temperance Movement, HeKz and not forgetting the fantastic Ben Poole.

The Blues Stage features old favourites like Buster James, the amazing Del Bronham, Roadhouse, and The Mustangs to name but a few.

The Acoustic Stage has some incredible acts playing including Robert Brown, Steve Rogers, Malcolm Bruce, Matt Stevens, Emma Black, Adrian Nation and many more brilliant artists.

This all takes place 1st-4th August at Haggis Farm Polo Club (CB23 7PZ) with on-site camping, just off the M11, junction 12, outside Barton, Cambridge. The festival is famous for having over 80 real ales. ciders and lagers! There are also great food stands and stalls selling clothing, jewellery, CD's, Vinyl and various arts and crafts.

Rain or shine, it does not matter as all three stages are in marquees, under cover!



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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