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Arriving at the White Rabbit half an hour before doors open and taking my place in the already massive queue I fully expected it to be another one of those evenings where by the time I got inside the first act were on their final song. Fortunately this wasn't the case as Dan the owner had rolled up his proverbial sleeves and was working his way through the line collecting tickets and stamping hands ensuring that not only did we get in on time but no valuable pre-band drinking time was lost either.

This was an occasion that I was glad I got in on time, not only so that I could squeeze myself into a vantage point suitable for someone of limited stature in this already packed to capacity event but also to catch opening act, Idiom, an alternative Metal act from Exeter.

Right from their opening number their high energy performance had the crowd jumping and with quite a few of their own fans in the front row joining in with the choruses. Amongst the songs performed was their new single 'Brain Dead' which is available to download for free from their website.

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The crowd seemed to be reeling slightly from the energy and excitement when support act, Plymouth's own Huron, hit the stage and their enthusiasm seemed to wane briefly however by the time Huron were on their second number the crowd had found their second wind and their excitement and enthusiasm reached riotous levels.

The three newer members, Jim, Rohan and Rimmy have certainly found their 'stage feet' since the first time I saw them and add a real boost of energy and vitality to the performance.


The band performed the 'War Party' EP as well as tracks from their 'Mary Celeste' album to the delight of both the ever present Huron Army and pretty much the rest of the crowd.

The moment Skindred vocalist, the flamboyant Benji Webbe hit the stage the crowd went into turbo mode, the Ragga Punk Metal vibes spreading out like a ripples. The crowd eagerly and obediently obeying the request to see hands, hands which stayed up from start to finish.


'Rat Race' and 'Stand For Something' had the crowd bouncing; there was certainly a party atmosphere in the air. This was certainly a gig unlike anything I was used to, during the set Benji had three outfit changes, which from my vantage point seemed to happen miraculously, so unlike the one sweaty shirt per gig bands I am used to seeing.

The venue was packed beyond capacity and the fun fuelled, bouncing crowd put anyone with slightly large feet, like me, in a dangerous position. In between the tracks we were treated to mini versions of Skindred style covers including 'Blitzkrieg Bop' and McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmas Time' to name a couple.

I have to confess for the encore, the aptly named 'Warning', I scarpered to the safety of the back of the venue. This was scarier than any Death Metal Mosh Pit that I had ever been in the middle of... But what a party!!







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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