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Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 22nd July 2016

Ian Sutherland

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It's taken a long time for Warren Haynes to play in Scotland. In a career spanning nearly four decades he finally made it this far north but not with The Allman Brothers Band or Gov't Mule but as a solo artist playing with his Ashes & Dust band. All that matters to those in attendance though is that the legend is here.

Wandering onto the stage and somehow managing to make tuning up sound like an orchestrated introduction Haynes and his five piece backing band ease gently into 'Is It Me Or You' from that 'Ashes & Dust' album.

The Americana vibe of the album and the bluegrass overtones are all present and accounted for with electric mandolin and banjo a big part of the sound as they would remain all night. The fiddle (or violin according to your preference) was there too, superbly played all night by Ross Holmes and kudos to him too for the nice kilt and cowboy boots ensemble outfit.

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It was a pretty full on sound from the band despite the bluegrass vibe and I actually moved a couple of times to find a better sound but the most important element was always the voice and even more importantly that fluid, melodic guitar sound from the man himself. Whether it was one of the tracks from the latest album or one of the multitude of songs packed into the set from throughout his storied career he could find a place within the setting of the song to let loose a fiery solo, many of which brought the crowd to their feet in appreciation.

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Never having seen the man live before I thought we might get some of the stories behind the songs but there wasn't much in the way of interaction with the crowd, just song after song of finely crafted musicianship. Due to my own prejudices I could have done without the drum solo though.

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Encore time brought us a near fifteen minute version of 'Jessica', the Allman Brothers Band instrumental famous in the UK as the theme tune to tv's 'Top Gear'. It was beautifully put together with a superb Band really in a groove together and full of that quality guitar playing that everyone really came to hear. The standing ovation was richly deserved and amazingly a two and a quarter hour set seemed too short. Warren Haynes may be a legend but he is one who still delivers the goods.

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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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