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Steve Goldby
25th July 2011


High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll. Yes, yes, it was and the memories are becoming starker as the hangover fades into oblivion...

We're doing a huge spread on the High Voltage Festival and during the week we will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest bands who played this weekend, reviews of all the biggest gigs that went down and wonderous tales of epic proportions.

It was some weekend, that's for sure...

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Let's get the negative out of the way early. The sound was shockingly bad on both days. High Voltage takes place in a park in East London which is officially classed as a residential area and therefore sound restrictions apply. This means that the bands suffer from poor, poor sound quality.

However, this was still a great, great festival and there are so many extremely good memories which we will be documenting right here throughout the week.

The highlight for me musically was Black Country Communion on Sunday afternoon. They were absolutely captivating and a full review is on the way.

Judas Priest have been given a brand new lease of life after adding the magnificent Richie Faulkner to their ranks and Jethro Tull rolled back the years to deliver a totally epic set.

Ricky Warwick showed exactly why his Thin Lizzy boys have legendary status and long may they continue. Ricky will make sure of that.

Dream Theater were nothing short of amazing and Queensryche delivered a set of classics that reminded us all why they belong in the Metal hall of fame.

Thunder deserve a special mention for the sheer quality and exuberance of their latest 'farewell' gig. No need for any more goodbyes Luke. Just keep playing because you still have it and the world is a better place with your tunes as a soundtrack.

And the world is a better place because of Heavy Metal and possibly the highlight of the whole weekend was a 'secret' performance by one of the founding fathers. This was something that I thought I would never see but I was priveleged to catch a full set by the one and only Arthur Brown and his Crazy World.

I was priveleged to catch a full set by the one and only Arthur Brown and his Crazy World. Yes, really. I know I said that twice but I'm still having trouble believing it myself...

So stand by for some very serious High Voltage coverage throughout the week. You're gonna burn...

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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.

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