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28th November 2017

stone free festival

Stone Free Festival 2018 is happening on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June at The O2, London. Now in its third year, next year's exciting event is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Headlining the arena on the Saturday night in a UK live exclusive for 2018 are legendary German rockers Scorpions, who have to date sold more than 100 million records worldwide over the course of their 50-year career and have not played in London since 2007.

Joining them will be thrash titans Megadeth, led by Dave Mustaine, who will also be playing their only UK show of 2018.

Headlining the Sunday night will be prog-rock legends Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. This definitive Yes line-up first reunited for a tour in 2016 to rave reviews and has since performed sold-out shows across North America, the UK and Europe, Japan and Israel. This will also be a UK live exclusive performance for 2018.

The fourth legend to join the bill is former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson, composer and singer of many of the band's biggest hits including 'Dreamer', 'It's Raining Again', 'Breakfast In America' and 'The Logical Song', among many others.

Also playing on Sunday will be UK's Joanne Shaw Taylor who has released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base.

These five artists are just the first names to be announced, with a whole host of further musical greats and upcoming artists to be revealed over the coming weeks and months.

As well as performances from world class bands, all of the favourite extras will be returning to Stone Free Festival including the Speak Easy Lounge, Vinyl Fair, multiple stages taking over The O2, a fabulous Saturday Night After Show Party and Rock Royalty VIP packages.

Also returning this year will be the acoustic beer garden, featuring performances from some of the best upcoming acoustic and rock talent in the country, all curated by Richer Unsigned.

Speak Easy Lounge
One of the must-visit destinations at Stone Free Festival is the Speak Easy Lounge with its comedians, literary brainiacs, maniacs and much more. It is guaranteed to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of acts to be announced.

Multiple Stages
As with previous years, Stone Free Festival will have multiple stages across the arena making it more than just a gig. Throughout the afternoon, Indigo at The O2 will feature a whole array of acts and the Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue.

The Beer Garden
With no chance of rain stopping play, there will still be the chance to bask outside in London's summer sun. Outside the entrance to The O2 will be The Beer Garden with street food stalls and a busking stage where anyone with a bit of talent can get up and play.

Vinyl Record Fair
Free to the general public, VIP Record Fairs will be returning to Stone Free for the weekend. VIP Record Fairs produce more Vinyl Record Fairs than any other company in the world and at the Stone Free Festival they will present specially selected vinyl dealers from around the UK. You can browse through and buy vinyl from prog rock, punk rock and hard rock to glam rock, classic rock and 60s rock.

This upgrade includes:
• Access to the Rock Royalty VIP Lounge & Bar
• Premium arena ticket
• Priority access to official Stone Free events and stages
• Exclusive Stone Free VIP gift
• Access wristbands, VIP laminate & lanyard
• Access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge

Available to book as an individual day or full weekend package.

The package includes:
• Access to the Rock Royalty VIP Lounge & Bar
• Priority access to official Stone Free events and stages
• Premium arena ticket
• Exclusive Stone Free VIP gift
• Official Stone Free programme
• 3 Course, set menu Gaucho meal including welcome glass of Chandon, ½ bottle of wine per person and water for the table and 2 choices per course
• Access wristbands, VIP laminate & lanyard
• Access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge

You can find more details of these packages, as well as purchase Stone Free 2018 tickets 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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