||LES-FEST ANNOUNCES FIRST DOZEN BANDS FOR 2015 AND A NEW NAME
2 August 2014
The temperature is rising, and the Les-Fest 4 anticipation is spreading like Wildfire!
Already established with a formidable reputation, Scotland's premier rock and Metal festival is back for 2015 with a new name, and a promise that it's going to be bigger and better than ever.
Returning to the picturesque setting of Wiston Lodge in the Scottish Borders, Les-Fest, under its new guise of Wildfire, brings its trademark mix of established names and new blood for three days of the very best in loud music.
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The organisers are delighted to announce the first headliner for 2015 are genuine Heavy Metal legends Tygers of Pan Tang. Hailing from Whitley Bay, the band were formed in 1978 by guitarist Robb Weir and were associated with NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) acts like Iron Maiden, Saxon and Diamond Head.
Tygers Of Pan Tang
The band remained active until 1987 when they split up before reforming again in 1999 and they continue to record and perform to acclaim with their latest album, 'Ambush' being released in 2012. Currently active on the European Festival circuit, Tygers of Pan Tang are worthy first headliners to be announced for the festival.
The ultimate family friendly good-time festival also needs a proper party band - a band that has played just about every other UK festival but couldn't resist the draw of Wildfire's lakeside setting. Oh crikey! It's only Lawnmower Deth!
An English Thrash Metal band who parodied the genre, recording three-and-a-half albums in the process, they were initially active in the late 1980s before splitting up but to the delight of their fanbase, the band reformed in 2008.
Known for their covers of such songs as Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain', The Osmonds' 'Crazy Horses' and Kim Wilde's 'Kids in America', this is one band not to be missed!
Next up, a band cited as an influence by no less than Metallica front man James Hetfield! Scottish Heavy Metal legends Holocaust will be making their exclusive UK appearance at the festival - when they're on, the Wildfire office will be closed and you'll find everyone down the front.
Hailing from Edinburgh, the band were formed in 1977 by John Mortimer. One of Metals most influential and pioneering bands with Metallica covered their song 'The Small Hours' in 1987 and Gamma Ray covering the track 'Heavy Metal Mania' and 'Death or Glory'.
Adding Wildfire's first splash of international colour, the hotly tipped Lord Volture are making the trip across from Holland to grace the main stage. Anyone who caught their recent set at SOS Festival knows this is one band not to be missed.
In the tradition of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, the band had an explosive take-off in 2010 with the release of debut album 'Beast Of Thunder' (feat. Jeff Waters of Annihilator).
Since then the band have shared stages with the likes of Primal Fear, Firewind, Tim Ripper Owens, Blaze Bayley, Vicious Rumors, Steelwing, and numerous others while touring throughout Europe.
Adding to their first announcement, the organizers are delighted to announce another eight bands making their debut at the festival, including Tysondog. Recently signed to Rocksector Records, the band were originally formed in Newcastle during 1983 where they were signed to Neat Records on which their debut single 'Eat the Rich' was released the same year.
1984 saw the release of their first full-length album, 'Beware of the Dog,' which was produced by none other than Cronos of Venom who even performed backing vocals on the track "Demon". With a new album scheduled for 2015, it's shaping up to be an exciting year for the band.
Following the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'A Broken State of Bliss', The Mercy House are ready for their inaugural appearance at Wildfire as well as being ready to launch some new songs that have focused their collective ambition to a new level.
The Mercy House
From the beginning the band has raised eyebrows with a powerful live show that they have taken across the length and breadth of the UK as well as over into Europe. Their target is now to build on this reputation with more fierce shows and relentless touring to accompany the release of their follow up record.
The next band, Line Of Fire, were formed from the remnants of HeadHungLow in 2009 with a view of pulling all their combined influences into a unique sound. With a number of EPs released so far, the band have played a lot of live shows and are part of the Headbangers Balls tour featuring the very best in unsigned British Metal.
Line Of Fire
Line Of Fire are played the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Festival 2013, which the band says they were "chuffed to bits to have played at such an iconic festival" so let's hope they bring their enthusiasm to Wildfire in 2015.
Ronin are carving a niche with their unique sound, with their foundations firmly planted in rock alongside elements of alternative, blues and pop music. Ronin are both storytellers and soothsayers.
Formed in 2011, the band released their debut EP 'Hybris' to popular acclaim which was followed up by a heavy touring schedule. Highlights include supporting Canadian rockers Cherry Suede on their UK tour, sharing the stage with 80's stadium fillers Then Jerico on their 'Reprise' Tour in Birmingham and supporting musical legends (Ian Dury &) The Blockheads at the Robin2 in Bilston.
Hailing from Crawley/Croydon, trio Press to Meco describe themselves as Rock/Alternative. Their EP, 'Affinity' was released in May 2013 and since then they have performed around the country including a set at Download Festival 2014, opening the stage headlined by Rock legends Status Quo.
Press To Meco
Kaine were formed in 2009 and since then have played in excess of ninety live shows sharing the stage with the likes of Praying Mantis, Absolva and Monument.
The band released their second album, 'The Waystone' earlier in 2014 which harks back to the halcyon days of NWOBHM. Kaine are spearheading the revival of the movement, and their place at the Wildfire next year is richly deserved.
Coming down with the force of a wrecking ball, Silverjet are a three piece heavy Rock N' Roll band from Sheffield. Their own brand of high voltage, viscerally exciting and passionate bluesy hard rock has seen the band successfully supporting bands like The Quireboys, Bonafide, Hanoi Rocks and ex-Guns N' Roses axe man, Gilby Clarke.
Each gig is played with the same utter commitment and enthusiasm which makes their enjoyment of live shows infectious.
The final band in this initial announcement are The Idol Dead whose guitarist, KC Duggan, threatened to cry if the band weren't given a spot! Labeled as Leeds' finest Rock N' Roll miscreants, this quintet have songs catchier than ebola and melodies sweeter than sugar dipped in strawberries!
The Idol Dead
They released their first EP, 'Shooting Star' which was followed in 2010 by their first full length album, 'Die On My Feet Or Live On My Knees'. Their most recent album, 'Dark Little Hearts' was unleashed in 2012 via a very successful WeFund campaign.
So with twelve bands announced and plenty more surprises promised over the next few months, the festival is certainly living up to its label of 'Scotland's only Rock and Metal Festival'.
Les-Fest - Wildfire is being held from Friday 26th - Sunday 28th June 2015 at Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire which is easily accessible from the all directions, being less than an hour travel from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Carlisle.
Early bird tickets are on sale now from http://www.les-fest.co.uk
Les-Fest - Wildfire
Official Website: www.les-fest.co.uk http://www.wildfirerocks.co.uk
Tygers of Pan Tang: www.facebook.com/tygersofpantangofficial
Lawnmower Deth: www.facebook.com/pages/Lawnmower-Deth
Lord Volture: www.facebook.com/LordVolture
The Mercy House: www.facebook.com/themercyhouse
Line of Fire: www.facebook.com/lineoffire666
Press to Meco: www.facebook.com/Presstomecouk
The Idol Dead: www.facebook.com/theidoldead
All photography © the respective bands except:
Tysondog photo - © Hammerhead 2012
Press To Meco photo - © Alex Gregory Photography 2014
Kaine photo - © Sally Newhouse 2014
The Idol Dead photo - © Stuart Glossop Photography 2014