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31st July 2017


WinterStorm Festival 2017, held in Troon, Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, have unveiled the remainder of the line-up for the classic rock weekend taking place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017 which includes The Quireboys, Rock Goddess, Syteria and from nowhere the first gig in thirty years for Glasgow rockers Heavy Pettin'.

Both Rock Goddess and Heavy Pettin' are playing their first gigs in Scotland for three decades and will be joined by Syteria, the side project of Girlschool guitarist Jackie Chambers. If that's not enough for you, the whole weekend will be signed off with a rocking and rolling WinterStorm closing set featuring the unique talents of Chris Glen (Sensational Alex Harvey Band/Michael Schenker Group) on bass guitar, vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow/Michael Schenkers Temple of Rock) and Gun drummer Paul McManus as well as a host of special guests.


WinterStorm Festival organiser Ian McCaig told us:

"We were really fortunate with our first year line-up and there was a quality right through both days and it's going to be difficult to follow but hopefully we can match it.

The announcement fills in the two day line-up which had already confirmed NWOBHM legends Praying Mantis and Tygers Of Pan Tang while guitar greats Bernie Torme from Gillan and Bernie Marsden will be appearing with their bands. Former Whitesnake guitarist Marsden's band will include Neil Murray on bass.

Ex-Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet will be live on stage on the Saturday night and the more melodic side of the weekend sees US rockers Tyketto and Dare appearing.

The weekend includes sixteen bands from across genres and, as well as the aforementioned acts, will introduce some superb up and coming stormbreakers such as Mason Hill, Stone Broken, Massive Wagons, Bigfoot and The King Lot, all of whom have already been confirmed.

WinterStorm has created a weekend of guitar riffs doon the watter with two days of seaside rock with a bit of AOR, a touch of Heavy Metal, a hint of the Blues and some of the best new and classic rock bands at Troon Concert Hall.

2017 has a very old school Reading Festival theme running through its veins with appearances by more than half a dozen groups and artistes who performed at that famous festival in the seventies and eighties.


As well as the main stage at Troon Concert Hall there's a 'Before The Storm Event' featuring Syteria and guests at Glasgow's Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday 23rd November and an After Show Party too, aimed at making the weekend an annual must do for rock music lovers of all ages.

The weekend is based in the compact Troon Concert Hall which sits right on the beach overlooking the Isle of Arran and its location is definitely part of the attraction. It only has a capacity of 600 but feels like a small indoor festival with food, bars, acoustic stage and bars and the friendly atmosphere of 2016 was one of the highlights.

Glasgow Rock DJ Tom Russell will serve as MC for the event and said:

"I think it's magnificent that a town like Troon is putting itself firmly on the rock map and if this event gets the support it'll be great not only for rock fans from all over the UK and beyond but also for local businesses and tourism.

"It'll be great fun to get down the coast again for the weekend, listen to some wonderful musicians and get that Ayrshire sea air, a stick of rock and an ice cream!"

WinterStorm will rock Troon on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017 and the dates are already set for next year's event. Online Ticket Sales, pricing and accommodation information are available from the official WinterStorm website at

MetalTalk recently interviewed Hamie of Heavy Pettin' about what went wrong, what happened during their silence and when is their next gig?


WinterStorm 2017 line-up (in alphabetical order):
Graham Bonnet
Chris Glen
Heavy Pettin'
The King Lot
Bernie Marsden
Mason Hill
Massive Wagons
Paul McManus
Praying Mantis
The Quireboys
Rock Goddess
Stone Broken
Bernie Torme
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Doogie White


judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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