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ELectric Ballroom, London, June 12th 2012

Tina Saul

tina saul

Download Festival is over again for another year and as the memories and hangovers start to fade, it's time to get back to reality and a life without bad weather and Metal. Well, for most people anyway, except the lucky few hundred fans who managed to grab a ticket for Megadeth's intimate show at Camden's Electric Ballroom. The weather is still rubbish and the Metal is most definitely here, so game on.

For anyone who's not been here before, it's a small venue suited for bands just building up their fan base, not one of the Big 4 who just played a blinding main stage set at the UK's biggest Metal festival. But that's the beauty of Download, there's always a band or two doing unexpected sets in the days before and after.

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As I dragged my weary ass into the venue, really wishing there had been a days respite after Metal Hammer's Golden Gods the night before, I soon perked up once I realised that I was going to see one of my favourite bands take to this tiny stage.

I was fully expecting them to open up and blow my tiredness straight up Camden High Street, but sadly that didn't happen. It wasn't Megadeth's fault, it was the lack of decent sound. The music was barely audible for these thrash kings and anytime Dave Mustaine spoke, all you could hear was some distant mumbling. And whoever was in charge of lighting should have realised that it wasn't a solo artist appearing, with the rest of the band shrouded in darkness for the duration.

However that wasn't going to stop me enjoying myself as the set was packed with classics, from albums new and old. Personal highlights for me were 'Symphony Of Destruction', 'Sweating Bullets' and 'Angry Again'. And of course it's always great fun to watch Metallers sing their best French for 'A Tout Le Monde'.

And just as we were getting into the swing of things, the impossible happened... they shut the bar... at 10.00pm and only an hour into the set. As everyone was still wondering how they were going to keep their croaky vocal chords lubricated, that was it, their set finished.

So with a ticket price of over £42 was it value for money? One side of me wants to say yes, as it was one of those gigs you had to be at, but the sensible side (yes I do have one) thought that it was a complete rip off for a set that was little over an hour.

I guess I'll just have to look forward to their headline set at Hellfest this weekend instead. And reminisce over my lovely chat with Dave Ellefson at Download Festival, speaking of which...




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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