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  BREAKING NEWS: BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, SWEET AND MORE ADDED TO STONE FREE FESTIVAL BILL
13th February 2017



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This year's Stone Free Festival again takes place at London's O2 with doors opening at midday on Saturday 17th June and just announced and playing a full headline set and closing the afternoon festivities at Indigo at The O2 will be the iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult.

Throughout their four-decade career, BÖC have garnered huge critical acclaim, in particular for the hit single '(Don't Fear) The Reaper' and other fan favourites including 'Godzilla' and 'Burning For You'. They will be returning to London after a triumphant sold-out show at London's Forum in summer 2016.

The band commented: "We're thrilled to be returning to London for a headline set as part of Stone Free at the O2 Indigo on June 17th as we celebrate 45 years of being 'ON TOUR FOREVER'."

In the main arena joining headliners Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will be legendary British glam rock giants Sweet, who during the 70s had thirteen Top 20 hits including 'Blockbuster', 'Hell Raiser', 'Fox On the Run' and the evergreen feel-good anthem 'The Ballroom Blitz'.

The band say: "It has been forty years since Sweet played shows together with Rainbow in the USA. We therefore look forward to reconnecting where we left off. Both bands have gone through changes but with guitarists Ritchie Blackmore and Andy Scott still performing on stage the legacy remains intact. Most importantly the music, especially the hits, are still very much part of rock history today."

Indigo at The O2 will be hosting a full afternoon of entertainment with Northern Ireland's The Answer, who have hit new heights with their most recent album 'Solas', and Scottish rockers Gun joining the aforementioned Blue Öyster Cult.

When the arena finishes on Saturday night, the excitement doesn't stop there. There will be an After Party with bad-ass bluegrass maestros Steve'n'Seagulls from Finland. Skillfully re-working some of Metal's finest moments into a new breed of country hoe-down guaranteed to shake you all night long.

One of the must-visit destinations at last year's event, the Speak Easy Lounge, is back to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of performances to be announced including comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol, who found fame in the Canadian comedy music trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, comedy club regular Rich Wilson, hailed by Time Out as "Highly entertaining" and a very special live recording of Stuart Goldsmith's Comedians' Comedian podcast featuring a big comedy name to be announced (previous guests include Tim Minchin, Bill Burr and Jimmy Carr).

The Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all Stone Free Festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue and will have performances throughout the afternoon providing a non-stop soundtrack to the variety of entertainment on offer.

Headlining will be the menacing Evil Blizzard who with four basses and a singing drummer will bring their dystopian madness to proceedings. Joining them will be the rock and soul infused Buck & Evans, Australian hell-raising rockers Massive, bullish Brit rockers Massive Wagons and the heavy metal stalwarts Death Valley Knights.

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 more live music to entertain fans as they eat, drink and get merry. Full Line-up to be announced.





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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