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25th January 2012

the popes

The Popes return with their new album in March 2012 – the follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed 'Outlaw Heaven'. 'New Church' is the band's strongest album to date - from punked up blitzkreig of opener 'Storming Heaven' to the rousing Celtic tones of 'How Many Bullets', from the feelgood anthem that is 'Alice' to the Bond theme-esque vibe of the brooding 'In A Broken Dream'.

The album also features a stunning guest slot from Howard Marks on 'Throw Down Your Aces'. The album was produced by The Popes.

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The band are an established live draw. March 2012 will see them on a full UK tour as main support to The Stranglers with festivals and further dates to follow later in the year.

Shane MacGowan formed The Popes to record his album 'The Snake' in 1994 after leaving The Pogues. The band released two studio albums and a live album with Shane but have gone onto record a further three albums with Paul (Mad Dog) McGuiness taking charge of lead vocals. 'New Church' is the band's fourth album.

The current line up of The Popes are Paul (Mad Dog) McGuinness - Guitar and Vocals, Charlie Hoskyns - Guitars and Backing Vocals, Will Morrison - Drums and Backing Vocals, Dave Allen – Fiddle and Backing Vocals, Jim McAllister – Bass and Backing Vocals and Whiskey Mick – Mandolin and Backing Vocals.

Full UK dates (with The Stranglers) – all March 2012:

Thursday 1st Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 2nd Dunfermline Alhambra
Saturday 3rd Glasgow O2 Academy
Monday 5th Liverpool O2 Academy
Tuesday 6th Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 8th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Friday 9th London Roundhouse
Saturday 10th Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday 11th Exeter Phoenix (headline)
Monday 12th Oxford O2 Academy
Tuesday 13th Portsmouth Pyramid
Wednesday 14th Bedford Esquires (headline)
Thursday 15th Lincoln Engine Shed
Friday 16th Brighton Dome
Saturday 17th Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 19th Leamington Spa Assembly
Tuesday 20th Guildford G Live
Wednesday 21st York The Duchess (headline)
Thursday 22nd Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 23rd Sheffield O2 Academy
Saturday 24th Manchester Academy

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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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