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20th July 2017


There are just three weeks to go until the Metal hoards descend on Catton Park for a weekend of Heavy merriment and the Bloodstock line-up is now complete.

Joining the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday are hotly tipped five-piece Venom Prison. Check out the latest video from the Welsh death Metallers, 'Perpetrator Emasculation', taken from their Prosthetic Records debut, 'Animus'.

Regrettably, there are two switches as Mantar have had to withdraw from their Saturday slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage and they are replaced by Red Run who hail from the Saxon county of Notts. Don't miss this Folk Metal collection of cut-throat pirates, epic Vikings and bloodthirsty warriors.

Also Scarab will no longer be able to appear so UK thrash heroes, Xentrix will make a welcome return, debuting their new singer who they met at Bloodstock last year. They play the Saturday evening Sophie Stage spot.

The final batch of bands from this year's Metal 2 The Masses competition are as follows.

Performing on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage Friday will be Hitchin victors Raze The Void with their brand of prog meets melo-death, Oxford Metal champions K-Lacura and tech riffers Embodiment who won in Bristol.

Saturday welcomes Yorkshire Metalheads Hoofknuckle, who took first prize in Selby, and Lincolnshire tog dogs Hundred Year Old Man. Rounding things out on Sunday are Northants hard rockers Switchblade City, London tech progsters Sentience, Birmingham alternative prog victors Netherhall and electro rockers Seething Akira, who grabbed the top spot in Bournemouth.

Also joining the fun on Sunday are Hobgoblin upload winners, Battalions who are bringing the sludge and grind from their hometown of Hull.

Bloodstock has also managed to squeeze one more band on to the Jagermeister stage on Sunday. If you like old school thrash, be sure to head over to catch Kettering headbangers Unitra.

Each night after the bands finish on the Sophie stage, there's plenty of entertainment happening with DJs playing your favourite rock and Metal tracks into the early hours. There'll also be lots of fire as the Pyrohex ladies are on all three nights, and back by popular demand on Friday night is Metal Karaoke.

If you happened to snap up VIP Serpents Lair tickets, there's a number of exclusive sets for you in the VIP bar. Friday it's everyone's favourite Star Wars-themed outfit, Darth Elvis & The Imperials, Saturday sees slots from UK stoner rockers Steak and doom/punk/blues duo Noisepicker, while Sunday will feature classic rock and Metal covers squad, Black Shot Rose.

Bloodstock 2017 headliners are Amon Amarth, Ghost and Megadeth and the bill also features Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Devilment, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell and Decapitated plus many, many more. Tickets are available right here.

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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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