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Peter Ellis

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Another year, another Download festival... Even though I wasn't performing this year, which always sucks of course, I can still say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I must also admit that most of my weekend was spent backstage instead of watching bands. Unfortunately networking for Monument kept me from watching all the bands I wanted to watch but the ones I did manage to watch really made up for it!

Uriah Heep, featuring their new bassist Dave Rimmer, who also happens to be Monument's original bassist, gave an amazing performance and seeing Davey up there with a band I have been a fan of since I was a kid was an amazing feeling! It gave me a similar feeling to watching Judas Priest with Richie Faulkner, there's something really cool and fresh about it when you are there to witness it live.

Next I have to mention Rise To Remain. The guys opened the main stage on Friday and after watching the band closely since their very early days, it was a proud moment watching them perform at this level and totally holding their own!

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I have also had the pleasure of watching Voodoo Six in the company of Mr Mark Taylor and Mr Dave Ling. Excellent set from these veterans of British rock n' roll who are currently on tour with Iron Maiden in Europe.

Slipknot were amazing as always but I must admit that by this point I have come to terms with the fact that I will never 'get' this band so I have simply stopped trying to and just try to appreciate it for what it is.

Iron Maiden, what can I say... they had an actual bloody WW2 Spitfire flying over our heads at tree level just before opening their set!! For a moment there I felt like I was 15 again... unmatched performance, unmatched showmanship and songs, quite simply, the best band in Heavy Metal history. End of.

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The backstage area was the same as usual, a few tents for bands and guests to chill and have some refreshments, bands, people from magazines and management companies, booking agents, PR people all enjoying the festivities, talking business, doing interviews, or simply getting hammered!

I could write about 'famous' people who I saw, spoke to and hung out with but name-dropping is lame and should be punishable by ten years in a Turkish prison.

Well, there you have it, my Download 2013 experience! Let's hope that Monument will play it next year and add some much needed true British Metal to the line up!




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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