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Tina Saul

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This week is a grim one in the music world, as we mourn the loss of one of the UK's most iconic brands. The public grief is evident on social platforms, but so are a lot of questions, with the most poignant one being: "When was the last time you went out and bought a physical CD at HMV?" Very good point you'd think but sadly it's a moot one. The world has changed and as a result so have we.

When I was fifteen I used to have a Saturday job at Wimpy on Walsall High Street where I'd spend hours serving up beefburgers and fish and chips and getting coated in grease for just £1.44 per hour. At the end of my shift I would walk straight to Sundown Records round the corner and chat to the guys in there about the latest releases and I'd spend most of the money I'd just earned in that shop.

But it was easy, I was a music fan and the only thing I was interested in spending my money on was music. I didn't need to buy the latest piece of technology or the coolest trainers, I just wanted to expand my ever burgeoning record collection. I have to admit to deserting Sundown Records though when Our Price opened as they were cheaper, although I stuck by Sundown for gig and festival tickets.

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The world today is very different. There are very few independent music stores left out there, iTunes lets you buy pretty much whatever you like whenever you like and supermarkets sell albums, games and DVDs as loss leaders, all in the name of convenience. And of course there are illegal downloads, which make it easy for you to get your hands on music for nothing, which is no different to cassette swapping in the playground. So I don't think blame should be centred on these things at all.

In my opinion there is one reason for the demise of HMV and most other conglomerates in the music business, and the hint is the word business. Music is a creative art and should be treated that way. It should be traded by people who have a passion for it and not treated as pawns in the corporate game. It shouldn't matter if people download it for free, it should be about people being able to hear it. And if you can make a living from it, bonus!

Now of course I'm not talking about the drivel that fills the mainstream airways and prime time TV these days, I'm talking about music that matters here. Rock and Metal will continue to be made and the fans will continue to buy it. Although it's sad that there won't be many places to go and browse physical releases anymore, there will still be a way for you to get it. And as technology continues to develop it will become even easier.

As much as I'd love to see HMV continue on our high street, I think their problems are too deep rooted, and it would take a huge investment to get it operating as a company designed for 2013. Let's not forgot one important fact as well; HMV has gone into administration, it has not closed down - yet. If the folks at Deloitte can do their job and find a new buyer or devise a restructure to save the jobs of over 4,000 people directly impacted, then it may not be the end for this longstanding high street giant and Nipper may well be set to live on.

Now of course, this is all just my opinion, so feel free to add your thoughts or share your record shop stories. I'm off to watch 'High Fidelity'.


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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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