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8th August 2017


There was only one contender for MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week this week and it's Britain's best Heavy Metal festival.

The sound of the greatest music in the world will reverberate from a field in Derbyshire from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August as world class Metal permeates middle England.

Headlining Bloodstock this year are the mighty Amon Amarth on Friday night, Ghost on Saturday night and Megadeth on Sunday and before that, Battle Beast top an interesting five band bill on Thursday night on the Sophie Lancaster stage which also includes Wind Rose, Infernal Sea, Gurt and Ramage Inc..

Megadeth and Amon Amarth both put on outstanding performances at Wacken last weekend and you can see exactly what went down in Schleswig-Holstein with these two stellar acts here and here.

Among the many bands also appearing at Bloodstock 2017 are Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Devilment, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell and Decapitated plus many, many more. Some tickets are still available right here.

Arch Enemy's new album is just a couple of weeks away from release now and you should expect something rather special from a band who are on the form of their lives.

One of the Bloodstock mantras is to give new and up and coming bands a break and this year is no different with Metal 2 The Masses competition winners performing on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage including Raze The Void, K-Lacura, Raised By Owls, Embodiment, Hoofknuckle, Hundred Year Old Man, Switchblade City, Sentience, Netherhall, Battalions and Seething Akira.

Do yourself a favour and discover something new at Bloodstock this year and support the growth, development and future of Heavy Metal.

Each night after the bands finish on the Sophie stage, there's plenty of entertainment happening with DJs playing your favourite rock and Metal tracks into the early hours. There'll also be lots of fire as the Pyrohex ladies are on all three nights, and back by popular demand on Friday night is Metal Karaoke.

Bloodstock 2017 promises to be the best yet. It's the UK's best Metal festival with the best bands and the best fans.

Live on TotalRock at 4.00pm UK time Wednesday here, then here from 6.00pm.



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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