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Now at 71 years of age it seems that many light years have passed since Nik Turner spent some time in Hawkwind during their commercial peak from 1970-76. Whilst Dave Brock is the captain of the mothership Hawkwind he remains the only original member on board. After a couple of reunions between the two, it's now clear that Brock and Turner are both on different planets. Nik Turner has many ships to fly through the stratosphere and tonight is my first sighting of Space Ritual.

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The Borderline is packed out and the stage is crowded. Two drummers battle it out at the back, one time Hawkwind members guitarist Mike Slattery and keyboardist Thomas Crimble are at either end with an assortment of other musicians fighting for space with invited guests and the visual dancing antics of Miss Angel. Nik Turner stands firmly with his saxophone and flute and talks the lyrics rather than sing in an endearing manner that soon engages you into a cosmic world of mental reality.

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Space Ritual play a free form jazz fusion backed by hypnotic analogue synths that is almost punk rock in it's spirit. It's no wonder that Captain Sensible took the Hawks to his heart.

It didn't take long to be absored into the music which was throbbing through my brain and body. The title track from Space Ritual's album 'Otherworld' has a dub reggae feel with a slow heavy bass line. A song that was banned from Radio 1 at the time, 'Urban Guerilla', sounds so much better when performed live taking on a new leash of life.

Miss Angel wore golden wings and looked like a magical eagle swooping down on the Borderline to great visual effect on 'Children Of The Sun'. Nik Turner plays the madman on the thought provoking 'Sonic Attack' with the line of "Think only of yourselves".

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'Orgone Accumulator' saw guests Suzi Owen on the trombone and Bev Chrome on the trumpet blowing away, Turner encouraging the girls to do as they liked whenever they saw fit. The song went on for over fifteen glorious minutes with the girls fighting for breath at the end. Those in the audience were busy shaking to the rhythms whilst Miss Angel, now dressed in a sexy little red number, had to dance on the drinks table to the left of the stage.

With time running short Rania Bailey played some delightful flute on 'Brainstorm' with by now at least ten people on the stage.

I was blown away tonight. I boldly went to where no man has gone before. Space Ritual proved they really are the masters of the universe.

Set list

Born To Go
Watching The Grass Grow
Ritual Of The Ravaged Earth
Urban Guerilla
Children Of The Sun
Sonic Attack
Seven And Seven Is
Reefer Madness
Orgone Accumulator
Walking Backwards




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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