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Some of our most famous rock and pop stars are associated with North Kensington and have lived, posed, played and died in the area.

So how fitting it is to be watching a film at the Portobello Pop Up Theatre at the heart of the Portobello Counter Culture scene watching Livin' Out Rock n' Roll about London's Babysitters and the Last of the Teenage Idols.

This is a rockumentary that perfectly encapsulates a time in the 80s when rock bands purposely chose to tart themselves up, and deliver hard rock with a self-conscious wit.

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The Babysitters were formed in the spring of 82 by a chance meeting in Carnaby Street which was also a local hang out for Hanoi Rocks and other such luminaries. Fed on a diet of various Dolls and Heartbreakers numbers the band established itself on the London music scene playing with Marionette, Hanoi Rocks and others at places like Dingwalls and The Marquee, resulting in a support on Hanoi Rocks' UK tour.

The film traces the development of the band, showcases their live appearances and highlights the ups and downs of their career. They had everything to play for with regular appearances in the music press such as Sounds, Melody Maker and Kerrang.

We hear about the hilarious antics of the band supporting Hawkwind on their UK tour including incidents involving effect pedals and stink bombs, manure on stage and other startling tales.

Among the interviewees are Buttz, Shuff, Vom Ritchie (Die Toten Hosen) and journalists Ben Marshall and David Stubbs. Charlie Harper, Captain Sensible and Mike Read also make cameo appearances. There is also a section on the London rock scene below the offices of Melody Maker.

The film aptly displays the impressive energy with which they pushed themselves, against impossible odds at times. It's heart-warming to see how they overcame adversity with such great sense of humour.

As is often the case with bands who burn so brightly in their early years the in-fighting and last minute line-up changes proved to be this band's final undoing.

Buttz talks about forming his new band, 'Last Of The Teenage Idols', releasing one album. Boo went on to play in T-Rextasy, Jimbo went off to America and did actually form a Babysitters 2 for a short time and Stick returned to civilian life.

We are left in no doubt at the end of the film that these four blokes on stage clearly had the time of their lives just by being themselves, laughing and enjoying the rock n' roll lifestyle with no external outside influences and expectations.

We share the roller coaster ride with them, and it's a real and genuine account of the lifestyle. Living Out Rock N' Roll is fun, entertaining and insightful.

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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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