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Steve Goldby
25th July 2011


High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll. Yes, yes, it was and the memories are becoming starker as the hangover fades into oblivion...

We're doing a huge spread on the High Voltage Festival and during the week we will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest bands who played this weekend, reviews of all the biggest gigs that went down and wonderous tales of epic proportions.

It was some weekend, that's for sure...

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Let's get the negative out of the way early. The sound was shockingly bad on both days. High Voltage takes place in a park in East London which is officially classed as a residential area and therefore sound restrictions apply. This means that the bands suffer from poor, poor sound quality.

However, this was still a great, great festival and there are so many extremely good memories which we will be documenting right here throughout the week.

The highlight for me musically was Black Country Communion on Sunday afternoon. They were absolutely captivating and a full review is on the way.

Judas Priest have been given a brand new lease of life after adding the magnificent Richie Faulkner to their ranks and Jethro Tull rolled back the years to deliver a totally epic set.

Ricky Warwick showed exactly why his Thin Lizzy boys have legendary status and long may they continue. Ricky will make sure of that.

Dream Theater were nothing short of amazing and Queensryche delivered a set of classics that reminded us all why they belong in the Metal hall of fame.

Thunder deserve a special mention for the sheer quality and exuberance of their latest 'farewell' gig. No need for any more goodbyes Luke. Just keep playing because you still have it and the world is a better place with your tunes as a soundtrack.

And the world is a better place because of Heavy Metal and possibly the highlight of the whole weekend was a 'secret' performance by one of the founding fathers. This was something that I thought I would never see but I was priveleged to catch a full set by the one and only Arthur Brown and his Crazy World.

I was priveleged to catch a full set by the one and only Arthur Brown and his Crazy World. Yes, really. I know I said that twice but I'm still having trouble believing it myself...

So stand by for some very serious High Voltage coverage throughout the week. You're gonna burn...

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