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12th August 2011


Greek melodic rockers Firewind have announced their UK and European tour dates in September, with their new album, 'Days Of Defiance', following on 25th October.

The band recently lost drummer Mark Cross to Tank (amongst other bands), but have replaced him with Michael Ehre (pictured far right), who's drummed for Uli Jon Roth and Metalium, amongst others.

Meanwhile, Firewind are happy to share top shredder Gus G with Ozzy Osbourne. Before the tour dates were announced, Gus talked about his mindblowing work schedule, and assured Firewind fans that he is still very much a part of the Greek rockers:

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"At the moment I live in Los Angeles and Thessaloniki. When I play with Ozzy I'm fully committed to him, and when there is a break I will go out with Firewind. I promise to all the fans, Firewind will definitely go on tour pretty soon."

True to his word, the tour dates have now been announced, as follows:

9th September - Southampton, Talking Head
10th September - Manchester, Moho
11th September - Glasgow, Cathouse
12th September - Reading, Sub 89
14th September - Zoetermeer, Holland, Boerderij
15th September - Den Bosch, Holland, W2
16th September - Kerkrade, Holland, Rock Temple
17th September - Vosselaar, Belgium, Biebob
18th September - Cologne, Germany, Underground
19th September - Aschaffenburg, GER - Colos Saal
20th September - Hamburg, Germany, Knust
22nd September - Vienna, Austria, Szene
23rd September - San Dona Di Piave, Italy, Revolver Club
24th September - Pisa, Italy, Borderline
26th September - Paris, France, Le Nouveau Casino



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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