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  30th March 2010


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Leeds Festival organisers announced last night the line up for this year's festival and Guns 'n' Roses will be topping the bill.

Arcade Fire and Blink 182 will be headlining the Friday and Saturday and the Gunners will be the last band to play this year's three-day festival, which ends on Sunday 29th August.

Also, The Libertines, the band that launched Pete Doherty's career, are to reform to play Leeds and its sister event in Reading and this will be their only festival appearances.

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There has been lots of speculation concerning the reunion of The Libertines and this announcement brings all that to an end.

A decision has been made to try to make it easier for visitors to move between acts on different stages so a decision has been made to move the main stage slightly, though it will remain in the same area.

The event is billed as 'the world's greatest festival' by organisers, who clearly have never been to the more Metal orientated Download or Sonisphere. Tickets went on sale last night and most will have sold within 24 hours if last year's experience is repeated.

Festival director Melvin Benn said this year's line-up was "hard to believe".

Other big names for the weekend include pop star Dizzee Rascal, rock bands You Me at Six and Biffy Clyro, and alternative music acts Klaxons and Enter Shikari.

The festival will continue to support Martin House Children's Hospice in Leeds, which is launching a talent competition for schools, with the winners getting to play on the festival's emerging talent stage.

Over the next three years, it is hoped that contest will raise £100,000 for the charity.

Launching the event last night, Mr Benn revealed the hidden story behind the last appearance of Guns N' Roses at the Leeds Festival in 2002 when the event was still held at Temple Newsham.

"What most of you won't know is that I had the manager by the throat in my office because they didn't actually start their performance until their curfew had finished," he said.




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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