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Tina Saul

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There was an army marching around Kentish Town tonight, and what a mighty force they were. The streets littered with people wearing their very own uniform: black and white make up and four little letters on every t-shirt. That's right, the KISS army were here.

This was a special show in a tiny venue and the hottest ticket of the year (certainly in the hottest venue), even at the hefty price of £57. But as it was a charity gig, with proceeds going to Help For Heroes, so you could forgive that part.

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From behind the curtain, the announcement came: "You want the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world. KISS." And as the curtain dropped the unmistakable opening to 'Detroit Rock City' played, and everybody certainly got up and moved their feet.

This was quickly followed by the live debut of new track 'Hell or Hallelujah' from their forthcoming 'Monster' album. A bit odd to play it so early in the set, but it was easy enough to learn the lyrics and soon everyone was joining in. If this is an indication of what their 20th studio album has to offer, then I expect a good classic rock album, with no surprises and nothing ground breaking, but fun nonetheless.

After that came a sing-off, using the lights to direct each side of the venue, before your feet started stomping to the beat of 'Deuce'. Kiss are a world renowned band and put on spectacular arena and stadium shows, so to see them put that energy into a venue so small is outstanding, and they certainly bought along a heavy artillery of pyros for their 4th July celebrations.

The encore was perfect, consisting of 'Crazy Crazy Nights', 'Lick It Up' and climaxing with 'Rock And Roll All Nite' accompanied by so many confetti cannons that it felt like you were in a giant KISS snowglobe.

And as the house lights came up and we were all singing along to 'God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You', a few of us looked at the floor in front of the stage and noticed it looked like it had snowed so we did what any other self-respecting adults would: jumped in and start a spontaneous snowball type fight with it all.

We wanted the best, and whereas they might not be the most talented and technically genius band on the circuit, we got the best gig of the year for me. Quite simply because it was just so much fun and I can't stop smiling – two days on!


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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.


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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