Legends Of Rock 2024 / Sunday A Sensational Triumph

Recovering from a late-night Saturday of shenanigans, we headed into the Legends Of Rock Festival V Arena to feast on a rock breakfast of the Eagles, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Nirvana tributes.

Legends Of Rock Festival 2024 – Sunday

Words: Sara Harding and Gavin Archer 

Photography: Sally Newhouse

Legends Of Rock 2024: Thursday – Friday – Saturday – Sunday.

Soulweaver 

Then, it’s just a short run over to the V Lounge to see our first original band of the day. It was a welcome return to rockers Soulweaver, who treated us to a setlist of songs from the new album Liberty, plus some of their classics. 

Soulweaver - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Soulweaver – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

The venue was packed with fans excited to see the band, after an 8-year hiatus to make beautiful children, all chanting “Weaver, Weaver, Weaver.” 

Husband and wife team Goodge and M are joined by one of our favourite drummers, Kevin. Goodge delivers both vocally and on his guitar with great in-between-song banter. And M is a badass bassist with brilliant BVs. They take us through a lot of the new songs from Liberty, and they are a treat. So good that we all bought the CD. 

Soulweaver - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Soulweaver – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

This trio make more noise than any big band, sometimes soft and ballad-like, then hard and heavy. And as they finished with a couple of Weaver bangers, they were treated to a standing ovation from us all.  

Soulweaver - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Soulweaver – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Matt Pearce & The Mutiny

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mr Pearce since we were 19 years old when he was the shredder in Monterrey. It’s so wonderful to witness his meteoric rise to the top of the blues charts. 

Matt Pearce - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Matt Pearce – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

The band deliver a highly polished performance with sax appeal and groovy keys. The guys and gals play us some of the hits from the debut album, Gotta Get Home, with more anthems from The Soul Food Store. It’s as polished as Matt’s Golden Gibson guitar. A shining set. 

Moretallica - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Moretallica – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Over in the arena, there was a sell-out crowd all enjoying tribes to Metallica, Hendrix, ELO, Queen and Bon Jovi. 

Bon Giovi - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Bon Giovi – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Of course, the absolutely showstopping, big-lipped, snake-hipped tribute to Aerosmith, fronted by Canadian Danny Deane, has us all walking this way.

Aerosmith Rocks - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Aerosmith Rocks – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Bloody Grungers 

One of my highlights of the weekend is a band that plays the soundtrack of our lives – South Coast rockers, Bloody Grungers. A covers band who state they play the best of Kerrang and Scuzz TV anthems (ironic as I proudly produced all the telly shows on these iconic channels).

Bloody Grungers - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Bloody Grungers – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

This band attract younger fans into the V lounge for a dynamic trawl through the grunge/nu-Metal era. It was hit after hit as they tore through Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Korn and a song that has become the anthem for us Babes of Brentford… Let The Bodies Hit the Floor. 

Bloody Grungers - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Sara Harding moshing to Bloody Grungers – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

But what is brilliant about this band is that they make these songs their own as we delight to hear much-loved and much-missed tunes live and loud. Absolutely bloody brilliant. Standing ovations, sweaty, happy faces, bouncing dance floor and screams for “more’.”

Trucker Diablo

The penultimate band of the weekend on the V Lounge stage, Trucker Diablo crashed straight into their stadium rocker vibe ala the Almighty. 

Trucker Diablo - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Trucker Diablo – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Diablo look like they just left a biker rally to be here, with bandanas, denim waistcoats et al.

The by now wilting crowd, after a long but memorable weekend, suddenly got a second wind, and the dance floor was soon full of shite shirts and tutu-wearing rockers, having it like the event had just started all over. The Northern Irish rocker’s sound, although heavy, is also accessible with instant choruses. 

They have fun, easygoing personas, which make them very likeable. The band have been going since 2008 and have recorded five albums in that time. Their tribute to ’80s rock, Rock Kids Of The ’80s, from their most recent album, Tail End Of A Hurricane, was a particular highlight, as was following track Drive, from 2013’s Songs Of Iron.

Trucker Diablo - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Trucker Diablo – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

They also threw in a curveball with a short but pretty impressive part cover of the Ike & Tina Turner staple Proud Mary, which segwayed into Drink Beer, Destroy from 2010’s debut album The Devil Rhythm, which was a real old-school headbanger. 

The Other Side Of The City was more NWOBHM era sounding and reminded me of UFO in their prime, with a bit of singalong from the V Lounge included. The final song of the night, Juggernaut, the band’s debut single, was a fitting end to a memorable set. Definitely be catching these again when they come over to the UK.

The Karma Effect

And so it comes to this, the last band of the weekend on the V Lounge stage The Karma Effect. The first thing to notice is these guys look like real cool dudes with their shades and ’70s retro styling. This five-piece from London formed four years ago and released their self-titled debut album in 2022 to critical acclaim. Their second album, Promised Land, is due out on 3 May 2024.

Karma Effect - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
The Karma Effect – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Imagine the Black Crowes jamming with Rival Sons, and you get the picture of what these guys bring to the table and by god, do they do it well. Funky, sassy with attitude, frontman/guitarist Henry Gottelier sure can blast out a tune with his huge voice. Danny Bowes springs to mind. 

One of the singles from the upcoming album, See You Again, reminded me of the Quireboys, which is no bad thing. Title track of the upcoming album Promised Land has a funky groove and was pure Aerosmith. In fact, I could easily imagine Steven Tyler belting this out.

Talking of funky, next track The River, from their debut album, just enthuses sex appeal, and the ladies in the house lapped it up, as did one or two of the guys. Next up was Wild Honey, a whiskey-soaked blues rocker with oodles of Hammond organ.

Karma Effect - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
The Karma Effect – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Highlight of the set for me was Living It Up, again from the second album, which has been getting loads of airplay on Planet Rock, a real earworm of a track with a chorus that gets under your skin, but in a good way. The last song of a very impressive set, Testify, brought back memories of prime-time Black Crowes.

If you love early ’70s rock, there’s very little to not like about these guys. I loved ’em and will be seeing them again in the near future, 100%.

Fancy Dress - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Fancy Dress – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

Legends Of Rock becomes a way of life for four days, and I’ll miss everyone.

The fans and bands are so generous, raising over £5000 for St. Mungos, a very passionate charity of Legend’s legend Harry Smith, who fundraises tirelessly for the homeless.

Fancy Dress - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Fancy Dress – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

2024 was yet another sensational Legends Of Rock triumph, and next year is already selling out.

Make sure you book early and join us for the rock party of the year.

Fancy Dress - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Fancy Dress – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

All the MetalTalk Legends of Rock 2024 coverage can be read here.

You can relive Legends of Rock 2023 by visiting this link.

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Fancy Dress - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Fancy Dress – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Sara Harding drawing raffle - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Sara Harding drawing the raffle – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Genesis - Visible Touch - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Genesis – Visible Touch – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Genesis - Visible Touch - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Genesis – Visible Touch – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Voodoo Room - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Voodoo Room – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Aerosmith Rocks - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Aerosmith Rocks – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk
Aerosmith Rocks - Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024.
Aerosmith Rocks – Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth 2024. Photo: Sally Newhouse/MetalTalk

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