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26th July 2017

dad charity event

The line-up for the event featuring Eric Bell, founding member of Thin Lizzy, at London's The Lounge in Archway on Sunday September 3rd 2017 has changed.

GypsyHeart are now not playing and have been repaced by the one and only Bernie Marsden, former Whitesnake guitarist, who will play a solo set.

Members of the audience on the night will have the chance of winning a fabulous prize of spending a day with Eric and attending a private champagne launch party for his new album with accommodation for two included, worth over £850.

Eric is holding a private champagne launch for his new album and you and a friend will have the chance to spend the day with him and be the first to listen to the newly mastered tracks. Eric will be picking up his guitar during the day for an intimate showcase. Accommodation for two is also included.

There will also be three other raffle prizes on the night so keep a look out for more announcements soon.

As well as Bernie Marsden, Eric will be supported on stage by and a blues jam starring Henry Rogers, Chris Clark and Heather Leoni with more names to be announced soon.

The show kicks off at 6.00pm with live music till 10.30pm, plus a late bar and DJs till midnight.

The first fifty Standard and Super tickets bought from come with a free raffle ticket - so get yours today.

The evening is presented by TotalRock Radio & Drums And Disabilities and Eric's band will be supported by GypsyHeart, as well as a very special blues-jam featuring Henry Rogers, Christopher Clark from Hunter & The Bear and Heather Leoni.

It's all in aid of the D.A.D. Program and it's outstanding work and kicks off at 6.00pm with live music untill 10.00pm. There's a raffle, late bar and DJs untill midnight.

Drums And Disabilities is a non-profit organization that pioneered the Healing Art of Drum Therapy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Administration and the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner helped celebrate and launch D.A.D. throughout New Jersey and New York City in 2004.

The organistaion was founded by drum Virtuoso Pat Gesualdo, who is also the founder and CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History.

Psychologists, doctors, law enforcement agencies, neuroscientists, special needs therapists, child protection service agencies, teachers and United States Governmental agencies use D.A.D.'s pioneering drum therapy techniques in schools, hospitals, military bases, health facilities and community centres in over fifteen countries.

The 3rd September event is sponsored by, Sabian, K-Town Studios and Mighty Music. Tickets are available right here.

Get involved with the Facebook event right here.




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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