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john oakley

John is a Metal fan who's been around the London Metal scene since 1989.

"I've a passion for seeing bands in strange places around the world when I can... there's nothing better than being a Heavy Metal tourist!!

"As a rule I love my sleazy glam Metal and my traditional and power Metal... I'm equally at home rocking out at European Festivals or propping up the bar in the Rainbow Bar and Grill...

"Occasionally you might see me helping out the official Maiden tribute band "Hi On Maiden", by summoning up Eddie. You can follow my mad tweets @rockgodz if you're short of attention span."

19 September 2014: Wacken DVD 2013
26 August 2014: Hammerfall: '(r)Evolution'
6 August 2014: Amorettes Interview
6 August 2014: Steelhouse Festival: The Welsh International Classic Rock Festival
2 June 2014: Iron Maiden/Anthrax: Bilbao BEC Arena
22 May 2014: Doro: 'Powerful Passionate Favourites'
23 January 2014: Wacken 2012 DVD
13 November 2013: Skid Row/Ugly Kid Joe: Reading Sub 89
23 October 2013: Reckless Love: 'Spirit'
9 September 2013: Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2013
9 August 2013: Steelhouse Festival, Wales: Michael Schenker, Saxon, Snakecharmer And More...
27 June 2013: Sonisphere Madrid Festival Review
26 April 2013: Former Sabaton Members Return To Wage Civil War
18 April 2013: Helloween/Gamma Ray: Kentish Town Forum, London
4 April 2013: Steve Harris British Lion Live With 50 Shot Gallery
10 December 2012: Primitai/Monument: The Intrepid Fox, London
29 October 2012: Manowar: Jahnhunderthalle, Frankfurt
24 October 2012: Reckless Love: Sub89, Reading
2 August 2012: Steelhouse Festival: Near Ebbw Vale, Wales. UK's Highest Festival
7 February 2012: Edguy, Voodoo Six, Primitai: Islington Academy
29 December 2011: Stuka Squadron: 'Tales Of The Ost'
5 November 2011: Sin City Sinners: Las Vegas, Club Madrid Sunset Station



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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