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The Hype Theory first grabbed my attention last June on a hot sunny day whilst floating down the River Thames on board the HMS Hammer enroute to the Metal Hammer Awards. The Essex rockers made a spirited entrance performing on the deck whilst passing the Tower Of London, enthralling me with a happy go lucky set full of innocent teenage fun.

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Since then the band have released their debut album 'Glory Days', an album full of pop punk infectious classics. Tonight The Hype Theory are playing a low key gig on a four band bill, but there's only one band I'm here for tonight and it's my first real chance to catch the band in full proper live action.

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Judging by the push to get down the front as the band made their entrance, it seemed that everyone else was here for the very same reason. Pint size singer Katy Jackson walks to the front monitor with a megaphone and reads out the opening lyrics to their second single, 'Kid At Heart', before the band blast into this catchy number and before I know it I'm becoming a youthful kiddie myself all over again.

With her black eye make up and jet black hair Katy Jackson looks like a young Cleopatra and whilst she dosn't need to be aware of an asp she does have a venomous grasp of holding the fan's attention with her arm held aloft and fingers outstretched for all to read her palm.

the hype theory

Guitarist Sean Bishop spends much of the time with his feet of the ground jumping up and down constantly to the powerful hooks. New boy Jack The Lad did a fine job on the bass.

'These Are The Times' and 'You're Going Home Alone' were neat little sing-along numbers and the band ended an all too brief set with their first single, the anthem 'We Will Be Singing'.

A great little set full of positive vibes. Believe the Hype!

Set List:

Kid At Heart
Rich And Famous
Hold Tight
He's Your Problem Now
These Are The Times
You're Going Home Alone
We Will Be Singing




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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