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1865 Club, Southampton
13th April 2016

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After a long absence of fifteen years, former Uriah Heep songsmith Ken Hensley returned to his homeland to perform a special one-off date which attracted fans from all over the UK to make the worthwhile trip to the south of England.

Backed by local band Our Propaganda the show was split into three parts with the youngsters proving themselves with a compelling set of heavy rock, allowing the music to breathe.

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Ken Hensley came on alone for an acoustic set entwined with a hearty Q&A. Stories were told before the lighter numbers such as 'Free Me', 'Wise Man', new song 'September Magic' and the beautiful 'Rain' played on a lone keyboard.

Our Propaganda returned to join Hensley, who had now moved behind his trademark Hammond organ which had a monstrous sound. Storming into two Hensley solo tracks with the hard drive of 'Brown Eyed Boy' and 'Out Of My Control' the impact was immediate.

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Ken Hensley played a swashbuckling solo before the recognisable intro of 'Stealin', one of many Uriah Heep classics performed that were written by the genius.

Vocalist Jack Denton looked like a youthful David Bryon who owned the same confidence and playful swagger and gave new life to songs such as 'Circle Of Hands', the high harmonies of 'Sunrise' and the Metal attack of 'Easy Livin'.

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Ken Hensley proved his wizardry skills on the epic 'July Morning' before picking up the acoustic once again for a delightful 'Tales' and the mass singalong for the Euro hit 'Lady In Black' which also featured Hensley's brother Trevor on guitar.

'Gypsy' ended the evening with some soaring Hammond from Hensley. A truly magical evening that can't be repeated soon enough.

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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.

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