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Ian Sutherland

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs alongside the citys official International Festival, has grown over the years to become the worlds largest arts festival. Every year in August the population of the city doubles and thousands of performers descend on Scotlands capital.

The range of content on offer is seemingly inexhaustible, from kids shows to circus acts, comedy to classical theatre, political discussions to folk singing, it's all there. However this year, among the more than 3000 shows you can see, there is as usual a lack of Metal, one culture that seems to be missed out most of the time.

So the task of flying the flag for the Metal community at this years festival was left in the unusual but very capable hands of The Lounge Kittens, three ladies from Southampton who have been causing a very colourful stir everywhere they've been recently.

Exploiting the crossover potential of their chosen set up of three smooth voices, a piano and a love of rock and Metal cover songs mixed with an irreverent and occasionally bawdy sense of humour, they have put together a show for the Fringe called 'Everybody Hates The Lounge Kittens'. This consists of them playing a few of their best known songs while illustrating them with comments made on the internet about them and their videos.

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Anyone who has ever looked at the comments below any of their YouTube videos will be aware that there are many poisonous and deluded individuals out there, so it is to the Kittens' credit that they have the confidence, the thick skins and the humour to take this bile and use it to their advantage.

You always get the impression when you see these three women together that they are having the time of their lives and so it seems tonight. Not all of the comedy set up around the internet comments works perfectly but they are so happy to send themselves up while at the same time excoriating the authors of this nonsense that it simply doesn't matter.

Whether doing a show like this or a straight music gig there is a sense of sheer joy from the stage which is just impossible to resist and if you're not singing along, you are smiling or laughing.

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Musically tonight we got a few of their better known covers, such as the brilliantly arranged versions of Limp Bizkit's 'Rollin'' and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. They may play it for laughs but there is some real musical talent here too and as someone who loves to hear great singing there is a huge amount to enjoy from all three ladies, individually and in their simply superb harmonies.

Predictably some of the most critical attacks they have had online were in response to their cover of Slipknot's 'Duality'. Personally I think it's really interesting to hear any Slipknot song brought down to basics and done in a way so you can actually hear the lyrics. Of course the hardcore "maggots" fanbase don't agree and there were so many threats and insults that blue haired Timia (the shocking pink one is Zan and the piano playing redhead Jenny) got to illustrate them using her love of graphs and pie charts.

These lovely, brilliant ladies are having the last laugh, being ever more successful, playing with people like Limp Bizkit and Status Quo and tonight they delighted in sticking a literal and metaphorical finger up at their detractors and finishing with another Slipknot number 'Wait And Bleed'.

They even make the comment: "Three whiny bitches and a keyboard" on their advertising posters. There is no resisting this trio. They are The Lounge Kittens and you will be purring along with them sometime soon.

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The Lounge Kittens are at the Edinburgh Fringe daily until August 13th. They will be playing dates in October in the UK with a full music show in support of their forthcoming album 'Sequins & C-Bombs'.




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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