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brian boyle

Ever since my brother came home with AC/DC's 'Powerage' album, hard rock and Heavy Metal have been a lifelong addiction.

My first gig was in the summer of 87 where I attended the opening night of Def Leppard's Hysteria tour in my native Dublin. I don't think there's any greater experience than a full on live rock gig so to have the chance to write about rock and Metal and share my opinions with other enthusiasts is the best thing in the world to me.


Hosed down and re-issued on vinyl and neatly tucked into a snazzy box...

28th December 2016: Brian Boyle's Best Of 2016
12th December 2016: Solider Down But Magnum Battle On And Reign Supreme In Dublin
22nd September 2016: The Cream Of Finnish Metal Join Forces And Take A Triumphant Melodic Rock Path
10th September 2016: Tempt's Titanic Debut Is A Runaway Success
22nd August 2016: The Cadillac Three Have Made The South Rise Again
1st August 2016: Blues Pills Majestically Up Their Game And Strike Gold Again
23rd July 2016: The Dead Daisies And Inglorious Bloom In Dublin On A Night Of Sumptuous Hard Rock
14th July 2016: Joe Lynn Turner Is Still Glistening With Best In Sunstorm Series Yet
3rd June 2016: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Croke Park, Dublin
31st May 2016: Jim Breuer And The Loud And Rowdy: 'Songs From The Garage'
19th May 2016: The Burning Crows/Stone Trigger: Fibber Magee's, Dublin
4th May 2016: Corrosion Of Conformity: The Button Factory, Dublin
5th April 2016: Doro: 'Love's Gone To Hell'
29th March 2016: Dust Bowl Jokies: 'Dust Bowl Jokies'
8th February 2016: Monster Truck: 'Sittin' Heavy'
28th January 2016: Magnum: 'Sacred Blood, Divine Lies'
28th November 2015: Joanne Shaw Taylor: Whelans, Dublin
17th October 2015: Stone Trigger: 'Black Venom'
23rd September 2015: W.A.S.P./The Treatment: The Academy, Dublin
3rd September 2015: C.O.P: 'State Of Rock'
13th August 2015: Ian Toomey: 'Ascension'
10th August 2015: Lynch Mob: 'Rebel'
4th August 2015: Screaming Eagles: 'Stand Up And Be Counted'
13th July 2015: Dragonforce: 'In The Line Of Fire... Larger Than Live'
29th June 2015: Black Stone Cherry/The Fallen State: The Academy, Dublin
22nd June 2015: Corrosion Of Conformity/Two Tales Of Woe: The Academy, Dublin
16th June 2015: Gus G: 'Brand New Revolution'
1st June 2015: Nashville Pussy: 'Ten Years Of Pussy'
21st May 2015: Full Devil Jacket: 'Valley Of Bones'
14th May 2015: Doomsday Outlaw: 'Black River'
11th May 2015: Triaxis: 'Zero Hour'



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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