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Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
Sunday 30th June

Johnny Main: Photos by Carlan Braid

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With over sixty bands performing over the previous three nights, the organizers of Les-Fest needed a big crowd pleaser to headline the last night, and this is exactly what they got with Swedish hard rock four piece Bonafide, and the front of the main stage is absolutely packed as the band take to the stage before they proceed to play a set that you can't help but enjoy. I mean, who at Les-Fest doesn't like a solid set of classic rock numbers in the vein of AC/DC?

One of the redeeming features of watching Bonafide live is that they, by their own admission, don't really have a pre-arranged set list as such and just play as they feel - something which makes their shows a delight to witness. Kicking off their set with 'Doing The Pretty' (the debut single from their third full lenth album, 'Ultimate Rebel'), the band are just on fire throughout their set.

Making the most of the festival audience, and therefore the chance to make some new fans, they play a few numbers from their latest album including the solid riffs in 'Too Fired Up', and slower tempo of 'The Mess' which features a great guitar solo courtesy of Mikael Fässberg.

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However, it is the total madness of 'Rebel Machine' that really puts the band into the 'showmen' category with a truly electrifying performance. It's a fast and frantic number that gets the fists in the air and the head bangers down the front shaking the dandruff. When the guitar solo comes round, guitarist Pontus Snibb grabs his chance and takes an impromptu wander off stage and right into the heart of the crowd. The photographers in the pit separate to try and catch shots whilst Snibb stalks the crowd before ending up behind the bar - much to the amusement (or should that be bemusement) of the bar staff! Great rock n' roll moments like this are what makes gigs, and Snibb makes the most of this moment tonight.


One of my favourite numbers in the set was 'Night Time' which is set up beautifully by the solid back beat from drummer Niklas Matsson. He truly is the master of his kit and you almost feel sorry for him being stuck at the back but he absolutely shines at every given opportunity. 'Night Time' segues into another bit of band fun when they play an impromptu game of 'Guess The Song' with the audience - in this case it's 'Wheels Of Steel' by Saxon, a bit of 'Under Pressure' by Queen and the James Bond theme - touches like this only endear the band to the audience even more.


Alas with time against the, the band fire through some crowd pleasers in the shape of 'Can't Get Through' and 'Fill Your Head With Rock' before a blistering cover of the Ray Charles song 'I Don't Need No Doctor' which the band just make their own.

Les-Fest 2013 wanted to go out on a high and Bonafide delivered exactly what was required - a high octane display of rock n' roll, which only gives the headliners for 2014 a very difficult performance to follow.


You can see Bonafide live here:
Saturday 27th July – Hölje Rock, Olofström
Wednesday 31st July – Colwyn Bay Football Club, Colwyn Bay
Thursday 1st August – Railway Venue, Ipswich
Friday 2nd August – Cambridge Rock Festival, Cambridge
Saturday 3rd August – Rockviken Festival, Frövi
Friday 23rd August – Sollentuna Rock & Blues Festival, Sollentuna
Sunday 6th October – O2 Academy, Bristol (supporting The Quireboys)
Monday 7th October – O2 Academy, Oxford (supporting The Quireboys)
Wednesday 9th October – O2 Academy, Birmingham (supporting The Quireboys)
Thursday 10th October – O2 Academy, Sheffield (supporting The Quireboys)
Friday 11th October – The Garage, Glasgow (supporting The Quireboys)
Saturday 12th October – The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (supporting The Quireboys)
Monday 14th October – O2 Academy, Newcastle (supporting The Quireboys)
Tuesday 15th October – Club Acdemy, Manchester (supporting The Quireboys)
Thursday 17th October – 02 Islington Academy, London (supporting The Quireboys)
Friday 18th October – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth(supporting The Quireboys)
Saturday 2nd November – Gaswerk, Winterthur
Sunday 3rd November – Schuur, Luzern


Set List:
Doing the Pretty
Dirt Bound
Butter You Up
Too Fired Up
The Mess
Can't Get Through
Rebel Machine
Night Time
Loud Band
Fill Your Head With Rock
I Don't Need No Doctor


Bonafide are:
Pontus Snibb – Vocals/Guitar
Mikael Fässberg – Guitar
Martin Ekelund – Bass Guitar
Niklas Matsson – Drums


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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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