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Michael Foley

michael foley

rival sons

Best band - Rival Sons

This group are the most brilliant act I have heard for many years. Their music is exciting, intelligent and in Jay Buchanan Rival Sons have the most charismatic front man in rock since Freddie Mercury or Robert Plant. They have restored my faith in rock.

Best Album - Rival Sons: 'Head Down'

A perfect blend of excitement, great tunes and superb playing. An album that draws on influences from the past, yet sounds contemporary.

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Best single/EP

I have only bought one 7" this year, so it has to be The Civil Wars 'Billie Jean'. They make this Michael Jackson song their own on this moving version.

Best Gig - The Heather Findlay Band, Bilston 20/11/12

I was tempted to go for Rival Sons again, but I have waited so long to see Heather live since she went solo, and she did not disappoint. She writes moving songs, which she sings with heart and soul, and her band are top notch. She is charming too, he said, slightly infatuated...

Best Promo Video - Led Zeppelin 'Celebration Day'

I know it's not a promo, but it's Led Zep, and it's fantastic...

Most Annoying Moment

Steven Wilson is still making records.

Things to look forward to next year

World domination by Rival Sons. Fewer Steven Wilson records.

Best new/unsigned/underground or whatever band.

Stolen Earth. This Yorkshire based group deserve to be heard by a huge audience. They write great sounding melodic prog influenced rock, and in Heidi Widdop have a fantastically gifted singer.




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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