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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





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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