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10th December 2012

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Space rock pioneers Hawkwind have lost their former longtime guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton. The influential axe-man passed away on Thursday (December 6th) at the age of 61 after a two-year fight against cancer.

Langton lent his talents to Hawkwind's 1970 self-titled debut album, which is widely revered as an essential piece of rock history. The album is considered as one of the first, if not the very first 'space rock' release, which paved the way for acts such as Kyuss, Muse and the Flaming Lips.

Langton left Hawkwind, which would later feature Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister as a member, shortly after the debut album dropped. However, Langton reunited with the band in 1979, remaining with Hawkwind until 1988. After his second exit from the group, Langton would make occasional guest appearances with Hawkwind, even rejoining the band again for a brief period of time from 2001-2002.

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Hawkwind released a statement after learning that Langton has passed away from cancer:

"It is with immense sadness that we have to let you know our great friend of many years and fellow musician Huw Lloyd Langton passed away peacefully last night. Huw had been bravely fighting cancer for a couple of years, but was determined not to let the battle affect his day to day life. He continued to play his guitar, laugh, joke and share the great love he had in his heart, with all who knew him.

"As he wished, he was at home when the time came, with his ever strong and loving wife Marion at his side. Huw was one of the great guitarists with an individual style and character. He is gone but never forgotten by any of us. He will live on in our music and in our hearts. We will update you all with details of funeral and remembrance plans as and when we have them.

Hawkwind also lost former bassist John Harrison this year. John died on May 26th after a seven-year battle with Huntington's disease.

The band have today announced that Huw's funeral will take place in Dorset on Thursday and fans are welcome to attend as long as they let the band know in advance.

The band say: "Huw's funeral will take place at 12 noon on Thursday, December 20 at St Mary's Church, Church Hill, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton DT10 2LR.

"All are welcome – however, if you intend to be there, please email us at as soon as possible, so we can have an idea of the numbers and can arrange a suitable venue for the reception."

Meanwhile, Langton's label Cleopatra Records say they'll continue with plans to release a box-set collection, due out in January.

They report: "Huw's Rare And Unreleased Anthology will now be an amazing posthumous tribute to his work, including never-before-heard solo acoustic recordings of song later recorded by Hawkwind, along with tracks from Huw's solo band.

"So long, Huw. May your journey from space-rock originator into an explorer of the great unknown be as interesting for you as your time on Earth was for us."

Founding Hawkwind bandmate Nik Turner adds: "He was a lovely guy and a great, great guitarist. I'm really sad that he's gone. Everybody who knew Huw liked him – he touched a great many people with his playing. I will miss him."



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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