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Oxford O2 Academy
Photos by The Mullet



Having missed the London show, I travelled up from London to Oxford on a Sunday night for what proved to be a real Bank Holiday sorcher for more reasons than one.

Redline were onstage as I entered the Academy and were doing a fine job of warming up the Metalheads with their modern day twist on traditional Metal.

Having the Quireboys on board for this tour was a masterstroke. Variety is the spice of life and whilst Saxon are the meat and potatoes on this package it's the Quireboys who supply the brandy sauce to make sure everyone gets a good filling of pure rock 'n roll. What the two bands do have in common is that both are proud of their British heritage and neither gives a fook what anyone else thinks as long as you and themselves are having a good time.

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Hobbling onstage Spike, who had his foot in plaster, twirled his mic stand above his head and states: "This is rock 'n roll", as the Quireboys delved into a keg of mouth watering whiskey drenched numbers aimed to please. New numbers the rocking 'Too Much Of A Good Thing' and rag time touch of 'Mother Mary' bode well for the next album, whilst 'Hey You' and '7 O'Clock' are guaranteed to get any party started. Spike waltzed off stage to get the rest of himself plastered.


With new album 'Sacrifice' Saxon prove they are still hungry and relevant. Whilst most vintage bands stick to the same old tried and tested set Saxon are wise enough to vary their set on every tour to include much new material and the old classics but also tracks from their less than below par albums reminding the fans that each album still holds a forgotten gem. (Take note UFO.)

New songs 'Guardians Of The Tomb', 'Night Of The Wolf' and 'Stand Up And Fight' are delivered with conviction while 'Rock 'N Roll Gypsy' and 'Iron Wheels', complete with acoustic intro, age well like a vintage wine.


Biff claims that when Saxon played Oxford back in the 80s they got fined £1,500 for the seats that the fans ripped out, jokingly saying that "no one can leave until they've refunded the money."

But Saxon were worth every penny tonight with a mammoth two hour set. It's text book Metal with 'Dallas 1pm', '(747) Strangers In The Night' and set closer 'Wheels Of Steel'.

With a colossal encore of heads down 'Strong Arm Of The Law', Denim 'N Leather' and a roaring 'Princes Of The Night' , even the young female bar staff could only admiringly look on and be converted.

It was Saxon that set the spirit free.


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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.

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