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The Pat McManus Band brought Cambridge Rock Festival to its feet in joyous celebration and then to its knees in respect as the powerhouse trio, led by the eternally energetic and charismatic guitarist and fiddle player, journeyed through hard rock and blues with a dash of acoustic, all seasoned with the most impeccable grooves.

I managed to catch Pat for a brief word after the set and he was charming and positively bursting with the kind of bright energy that only comes from being immersed in something you are born to do.

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That was an incredible, emotional tribute to both Rory Gallagher ('Return Of The G-Man') and Gary Moore ('Belfast Boy') in your set there.

"It comes from the folk tradition. I was very aware growing up, that for years there was an established tradition on paying homage to those that had gone before, their skills, their stories, and I wanted to keep this going, bring it forward into the rock world. It's about real emotions that move people so I'm paying tribute to people and music I love."

Will this carry on in the next album?

"Yes, in keeping with the traditional theme, I've got some Northern Irish pipes and proper Lambeg drums on the next album, all played by the authentic local musicians. It's sounding great so far, we are still in the recording process, which will hopefully be completed later this summer and it would be great to get it out in the autumn.

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"That's when you have to go through all the rigmarole with the record companies, which is necessary but isn't quite so much fun. When I was younger I was scared shitless with all the stuff going on around it, I can't imagine just starting out and having to get used to all that again."

Crowdfunding such as Kickstarter, is becoming more popular with artists who don't want to or are unable to go down the record company route.

"Yes, but I'm so doggedly independent I don't know if I could even do that! Hahaha! I need to pay the bills, and if I can do that then I'm happy. I don't really have a proper rock and roll lifestyle, I live in a little hamlet with my wife Sally, and sometimes when I come in at four or five in the morning, the neighbours just look out from behind their curtains and say 'oh it's just Pat coming home after more rock and roll'."

You gave us a masterclass in heavy rock guitar and performance earlier, how easy is it to keep up the standard every year?

"Well it's just that I love it. I love doing it all, love playing, love performing, and I want to keep doing it as long as I possibly can."




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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