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23 April 2014

As the award winning Les-Fest (Scotland's only Rock and Metal Festival) moves into its third year, the organizers are celebrating this milestone by adding another five bands to an already eclectic bill.

Nexilva have just been confirmed as securing a slot on the Friday night main stage line up joining an already strong line up of Death, Tech and Black Metal bands and it's another strong signing for the rapidly growing Les-Fest event.

Nexilva themselves are a five piece progressive death metal band based in Sunderland who formed in 2009. Monolithic Music Manager Simon Garrod, who looks after the band, told us "We are proud to have Nexilva playing Les Fest this year - it is great to have one of our roster chosen"

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They will be joined by Birmingham based Death Metal trio Haerken who are eager to share their fables and to further inspire interest in the highly ornate Mediæval world as they continually look to push their crusade across Britain and beyond.

Female fronted Rock band Signed in Crimson have also been signed up to appear at this year's event. Led by the powerful voice of Micki Consiglio, the band were formed in January 2013 and their rock cover of Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' has already attracted in excess of 50,000 hits on the bands YouTube channel.

Four piece Alt Rockers Captain Horizon are the fourth band to be announced, and they will be bringing their unique blend of Alt, Prog and Classic Rock to an already diverse festival line up. The West Midlands based band draw on a wide range of influences, as they write and perform songs that don't really sound like anyone else's while at the same time, they are totally committed to creating something new with every song they write.

The final act to be announced is Les-Fest regular, Christie Connor-Vernal, who makes a very welcome return to the festival but this time with her full band. A regular on the Central Scotland music scene she is influenced by a wide range of artists from Aerosmith to Tom Waits, Guns N' Roses to T.Rex and from Hanoi Rocks to Zeppelin, while also embracing the Rock N' Roll attitude.

Les-Fest director Dave Ritchie said about the latest additions to the bill that "This is undoubtedly the strongest line up we have had yet and adds to the variety that we are already offering - Les-Fest 3 is going to be epic!"

Les-Fest is being held at Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire between Friday 27th - Sunday 29th June and tickets, which are selling fast, are currently available from the official Les-Fest website. The full confirmed line up for Les-Fest 3 can be seen below.

Les-Fest 2014 Main Stage Line Up (in alphabetical order):
Bacchus Baracus
Bad Touch
Bleed From Within
Crash Mansion
Cypher 16
Deadly Circus Fire
Defy All Reason
Demonic Resurrection
Dog Tired
Exit State
Fallen Fate
Falling Red
House of X
Mask of Judas
Massive Wagons
Reign of Fury
Savage Messiah
Signed in Crimson
Spill 16
The Burning Crows
The Dirty Youth
Vantage Point
Voodoo Vegas
What's The Damage?!
When Our Time Comes
The Wild Lies

Les-Fest 2014 Stage Line Up (in alphabetical order):
Bad Touch
Black and White Boy
Captain Horizon
Christie Connor-Vernal
Curran, Exit State
Pat McManus Band
Static Rock
Steel Threads.

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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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