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1st August 2017

black star riders

Black Star Riders have been revealed as the final headliner for Hard Rock Hell XI as they join Dee Snider and Airbourne as co-headliners for what promises to be the biggest and best Hard Rock Hell festival to date.

Fresh from Saturday's Ramblin' Man Fair main stage set, BSR head to Wales on for a festival closing set on Saturday 11th November. Along with that, the organisers are also pleased to announce the addition of Waywards Sons (featuring former Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson) and The Graveltones – last seen laying waste to HRH Blues in Sheffield – to an already eclectic bill.

A total of fourty-three bands will play at Hard Rock Hell XI and a whole host of other bands have also been announced this week including Hard Rock Hell favourites Toseland, Swiss rockers Sideburn, Southern-tinged blues rockers Buffalo Summer, psych rockers Goldray and the descendants of Taint – Hark.

Also joining them will be Dead City Ruins, Bad Touch, Western Sand, The Blanko, The Brink, King Creature, Black Whiskey, Wicked Stone, Those Damn Crows, King Breaker, Kikamora, Blind River, Chasing Dragons, Bad Dog, Killit, and Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters.

These bands all join the previously announced stellar line-up which includes Reef, Lynch Mob, Y&T, Tyketto, Gun, Von Hertzen Brothers, Black Aces, Idlewar, Burnt Out Wreck, The New Roses, Syron Vanes, Killcode, Florence Black, Syteria, The Jokers, Fire Red Empress, The Kut and Louder Still. Previously-announced artists Femme Fatale have some of their guitarists playing out on another project, so they have moved out to HRH XII.

Based at the The Hafan y Môr Holiday Park outside the Welsh town of Pwllheli, Hard Rock Hell offers a range of bands split over the three days. The festival really has a 'something for everyone' feel about it and the fact it sells out every year has a lot to say about the venue, the entertainment and the organisation.

HRH XI will take place between Thursday 9th and Sunday 12th November 2017, amidst the beautiful landscape of North Wales. Once again the HRH community will come together for the ultimate mash-up of loud, live music and malarkey that makes up an HRH event, along with the quality accommodation you'd expect from Europe's leading residential festivals.

HRH XI has been sold out since last November, however, to be added to the waiting list for cancellations (or miracles!), ring Sam at HRH HQ on 0207 193 1307.

Hard Rock Hell Confirmed Line Up (in alphabetical order):
Bad Dog
Bad Touch
Black Aces
Black Star Riders
Black Whiskey
Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters
The Blanko
Blind River
Buffalo Summer
Burnt Out Wreck
Chasing Dragons
Dead City Ruins
Fire Red Empress
Florence Black
The Graveltones
The Jokers
King Breaker
King Creature
The Kut
Louder Still
Lynch Mob
The New Roses
Dee Snider
Those Damn Crows
Syron Vanes
Von Hertzen Brothers
Waywards Sons
Western Sand
Wicked Stone




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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