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4th June 2012

machine head are sticking our necks on the line again and putting the mortgage on Californian Metallers Machine Head being the as yet unnamed this headliner of the Bloodstock Festival in the UK on Saturday 11th August in a three day festival that will also feature Friday's headliners Behemoth and Alice Cooper who will close the event on the Sunday.

For many months now the Bloodstock Festival has been teasing rock fans that the Saturday headliner will be officially announced at 6.00pm on 6th June which has kept Metal fans worldwide guessing as who it could be. The rumour mill has been running into overdrive with Slayer being the fans' favourite choice (it's International Slayer Day on 6th June), but as they're away on tour in the States at the time this was not to be.

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Here at we have been doing our homework and guessed a month ago it could only realistically be Machine Head as they finish their European Tour a day before at the Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic. On the official Bloodstock Festival Facebook page this weekend they have been giving clues, with the last one totally giving the game away.

The clues were: "The band are currently on their fourth line-up (Official)" - Bit of a head scratcher as nine members have been involved in the history of Machine Head but note the 'Official' tag.

"Their first UK appearance was in 1994" - The band toured throughout Europe in 1994 in support of their debut album 'Burn My Eyes' supporting Slayer and ending the tour with their own headline gig at the London Astoria.

"They have released seven studio albums and sold over 2.4 million" - This fact totally gives the game away and this figure can easily be found on Wikipedia.

This will be the first time Machine Head have played a headline appearance at a festival in the UK. So why has it been kept a secret, I hear you all cry?

Well, Machine Head are also playing the Download Festival on Friday 8th June and with most major festivals, bands are under contract not to play other festivals in the same country, at least not before, and that is why Machine Head cannot be officially announced until just two days before Download Festival as to not affect sales at Download.

As Download Festival is almost as good as sold out (only a few day tickets are left for the Friday and Sunday), the cat can now be let out of the bag.

Tickets for Bloodstock Festival (also featuring the magnificent I AM I and Pythia) can be purchased by clicking here



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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