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liz medhurst

My first gig was Diamond Head in 1980 and later that year I spent the school sports day hiding and drawing a picture of Saxon's 'Wheels Of Steel' logo on my orange kagoule. That was the first clue that rock music was the way forward, and by the end of that summer I was hooked, and Rainbow's 'Down To Earth' and Whitesnake's 'Ready And Willing' albums were glued to my turntable.

Classic Rock and NWOBHM have a special place in my heart to this day and I will never say no to a good down and dirty piece of blues rock at any time. However I like a very wide range of genres and styles - no discrimination or labelling here, if it entertains me it's all good!

I did throw up when watching a video of Devildriver once, but that's a story for another day...

27th December 2016: Liz Medhurst's Best Of 2016
10th December 2016: Marillion: Challenging And Engaging And Still With An Edge
28th November 2016: Last In Line Drive It Straight Through The Heart On Dream Billing With Inglorious
22nd November 2016: Sorcery Abounds As Opeth Provide Deliverance At Wembley
30th October 2016: No Sinner Have No Regrets At The Borderline
22nd September 2016: Marillion Embrace The Fear Factor With New Album
8th September 2016: This Is No Ordinary Iron Maiden Book
26th August 2016: Orphaned Land and Amaseffer Offer A Chance Of Redemption By Taking No Prisoners Of The Past
22nd August 2016: Heart, Joan Jett And Cheap Trick Kick It Out In Dallas Three For All
8th July 2016: Joe Bonamassa Makes Worlds Collide In Greenwich Where It Was Time For A Spectacular Explosion Of Blues
21st June 2016: Alice Cooper Seems Like He's Eighteen Again While Rick Wakeman Puts On A Wizard Of A Performance At Stone Free
14th June 2016: Inglorious: Download Festival, Castle Donington And Interview With Nathan James
12th June 2016: Iron Maiden: Download Festival, Castle Donington
11th June 2016: Black Sabbath: Download Festival, Castle Donington
2nd June 2016: Jeff Lynne's ELO: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th May 2016: Magnum: Islington Assembly Hall, London
11th April 2016: Pearl Handled Revolver: 'If The Devil Cast His Net'
7th April 2016: Interview With Martina Edoff
5th April 2016: The Enid – Robert John Godfrey's Final Official UK Performance: Cadogan Hall, London
17th February 2016: Last In Line: 'Heavy Crown'
10th February 2016: The Winery Dogs/Inglorious: O2 Forum, London
14th January 2016: The Temperance Movement: 'White Bear'
7th January 2016: Inglorious: 'Inglorious'
29th December 2015: Best Of 2015
5th November 2015: The Enid: The Stables, Milton Keynes
1st November 2015: Heavy Metal Kids: Merton Manor Club, London
21st October 2015: Interview with Steve Hackett On 'Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975 - 1983' and more
12th October 2015: Martin Turner: 'Written In The Stars'
29th September 2015: The Graveltones/Kill It Kid, Scala, London
18th September 2015: Ian Danter: 'Second Time Around'
8th September 2015: Praying Mantis: 'Legacy' Album Launch, The Borderline, London
23rd June 2015: Spike's Free House: The Borderline, London
5th June 2015: The Graveltones: 'Love Lies Dying'
1st June 2015: FM: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
10th April 2015: Lordi: Sub89, Reading
31st March 2015: Yarmageddon Part 4: Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
9th February 2015: Knock Out Kaine: 'The Rise Of The Electric Jester'
8th February 2015: Black Whiskey: 'Heavy Train'
27th January 2015: The Enid – The Bridge Show: The Court Theatre, Tring
21st January 2015: Stray/Pearl Handled Revolver: The Borderline, London
29th December 2014: Best Of 2014
16th December 2014: Marillion: The Forum, Kentish Town, London
11th November 2014: Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions Live: Royal Albert Hall
31st October 2014: Legends Of Rock – The Originals: Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
15th October 2014: Stonewire: 'When The Crow Flies'
3rd September 2014: The Graveltones: Interview And Gig Review, Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
28th August 2014: Winter In Eden: 'Court Of Conscience'
19th August 2014: Cambridge Rock Festival 2014: Haggis Farm Polo Club, Cambridge
14th August 2014: Pearl Handled Revolver: Interview And Gig Review, Cambridge Rock Festival 2014
22nd July 2014: Blues Pills: 'Blues Pills'
18th July 2014: Sonisphere 2014: Iron Maiden/Metallica/Alice In Chains/Slayer/Alestorm And Many More
4th July 2014: Black Sabbath/Soundgarden/Faith No More/Motorhead: British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London
2 June 2014: Camden Rocks: Saturday 31st May 2014
1 May 2014: Curved Air: Interview With Sonja Kristina With Track By Track Commentary Of New Album 'North Star'
24 March 2014: Legends Of Rock: Yarmageddon Part 3, Great Yarmouth
16 March 2014: The Pat McManus Band Live Review And Interview: Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth
4 March 2014: The Evolution Of Friars 1969-2014: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury
4 February 2014: Savatage: 'Streets: A Rock Opera' Narrated Version Plus The Video Collection (CD+DVD)
1 October 2013: Joan Jett And The Blackhearts: 'Unvarnished'
19 September 2013: Promethium: 'Origins'
30 August 2013: Brett Walker: 'Straight Jacket Vacation'
12 August 2013: Interview With Phil Campbell, The Temperance Movement
12 August 2013: Cambridge Rock Festival 2013
12 August 2013: Interview with Pat McManus: Cambridge Rock Festival
9 August 2013: Interview with Carl Sentance: Cambridge Rock Festival
29 July 2013: The Legendary Pink Dots: 'The Gethsemane Option'
24 May 2013: Orchid: 'The Mouths Of Madness'
22 May 2013: Fair Warning: 'Sundancer'
24 March 2013: Tribute To... Legends of Rock: Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth



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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