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London O2 Arena
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th June 2016

stone free festival

Anyone who had to endure three days of mud and rain at last weekend's Drownload Festival will fully agree with MetalTalk that our Gig Of The Week just has to be the Stone Free Festival which is held across two days, indoors and under shelter at London's most prestigious venue.

Your car won't get stuck in mud, your clothes will be dry and the O2 Arena is easily accessible by public transport. If you fancy a bit of sightseeing in the morning you can even get a Thames Clipper boat to the venue from Westminster Pier, dropping you right outside the O2 at North Greenwich Pier.

What's more, the whole of the O2 Arena will be open and it is full of many restaurants and bars. Fancy that! Going to a festival and having a sit down meal with your loved one or even catching the Euro football with your mates in one of the bars.

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You will be greeted with live music as soon as you enter the O2 Arena with many exciting up and coming acts on the Entrance Stage. There's more live music in the Indigo At The O2 as well as the main arena which is headlined on the Saturday by Alice Cooper in his only UK show of 2016.

Joining Alice in the main arena on the Saturday will be flamboyant rockers The Darkness plus Apocalyptica and Blackberry Smoke. Rick Wakeman headlines on Sunday night where he will be performing his 'Myth And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table'.

Sunday promises to be a prog fest dream with Marillion and Steve Hackett also performing in the main arena plus a special performance of Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' album by a symphonic orchestra which may well include some very special guests!

Here's the full line-up and stage times. There's also a record fair and beer garden for those who want to enjoy a bit of sunshine and a crafty fag.

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Readers of MetalTalk should know what to expect from the artists on the main arena stage, Therapy?, Michael Monroe and Wilko Johnson, but we fully recommend you to get there early and to check out the following on the Entrance Stage and inside at the Indigo At The O2 venue.

Jared James Nichols
Saturday -Indigo 12.20pm
The power blues guitarist kicked Zakk Wylde's butt every night review of the London gig here) on his very recent UK tour and expect him to kick yours when he opens the Indigo venue.

Saturday - Indigo 1.10pm
Former Saint Jude vocalist Lynne Jackaman goes solo. Hear some funky soulful blues from the girl with the stunning voice and looks to match.

The Virginmary's
Saturday - Indigo 2pm
A power trio from Macclesfield who add a real gritty crunch to indie rocking sounds; they bite.

Cats In Space
Sunday - Indigo 12.20pm
After the horror and gore of Alice Cooper from the previous night, the wonderfully named Cats In Space are the purrfect band to open up the proceedings for the Sunday with an enlightened lush of seventies influenced harmonies.

Sunday - Indigo 1.10pm
You'll soon be fully awake when psychedelic prog poppers Knifeworld hit the stage. Expect the unexpected.

Colour Of Noise
Sunday - The Entrance Stage 3.15pm

A new band put together by former Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson and featuring Furyon's Matt Mitchell on vocals. Cool licks and grooves with plenty of swagger.

In fact check as many bands out as humanely possible because both the Entrance Stage and the Indigo At The O2 are a complete melting pot of talent over the weekend which will perfectly set you up in the right mood for when the main arena opens up later in the afternoon.

Congratulations to both David R and Scott W who both won themselves a pair of tickets to the Stone Free Festival in our competition on MetalTalk.


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