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4 June 2014

2014 welcomes Metal-head comic Andrew O'Neill back to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his show Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal at the Pleasance Dome from 30 July - 25 August.

Think you know Metal? Did you know that Obituary run their own cat sanctuary? That 'Any Old Iron' by Harry Champion was officially the first heavy Metal record and that if you play Burzum records backwards there are hidden Christian messages?

If you don't know your Slayer from your Slipknot then don't worry, O'Neill's got something for everyone in his show. It's a Heavy Metal 101 for the uninitiated, and a celebration of the genre that die-hard Metalheads will love.

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Andrew O'Neill will teach you the difference between blackened-thrash and grindcore, how to survive in a moshpit and how to headbang like George Corpsegrinder Fisher at a Cannibal Corpse show all in his own style of inventive and off-beat comedy. He'll rock you with laughter just like how the Scorpions rocked you like a hurricane. (There are NO Scorpions references in the show.)

O'Neill has recently opened for Amanda Palmer from the Dresden Dolls, played at Torture Garden, hosted the Metal Hammer Golden Gods with Alice Cooper and the Bizarre Magazine Ball. He is also a regular on heavy Metal festival stages appearing at Download, Sonisphere, Bloodstock, Leeds and Reading festivals as well as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

His credits include TV shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Saxondale (BBC2) with Steve Coogan, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (BBC2) and 50 Years of Rock Excess (Channel 4) as well as appearing on radio shows such as the Musuem of Curiosity (Radio 4). He is also the author of fanzine FUCK STEAMPUNK, runs his own comedy night named A-Game and plays a Gibson SG in old school punk rock band The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.

"The funniest vegan transvestite comedian in the whole of time and space"
Neil Gaiman

Date: 30th July - 25th August 2014 (Not 11th August)
Show: Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal
Venue: Pleasance: Jack Dome
Address: Pleasance Dome, Potterow, EH8 9AL
Time: 10.45pm
Price: Previews: £6 Early Week: £7.50/£6.50 Mid Week: £8.50/£8.00 Weekend: £9.50/£8.50
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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.

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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