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  SAXON RELEASE STATEMENT REGARDING TOURING AND RECORDING PLANS FOR IMMEDIATE FUTURE
13th August 2012



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Saxon frontman Biff Byford has issued a statement regarding the band's year so far and their recording and touring plans for the immediate future and into next year.

You can read Biff's statement in full below.

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"Hi everybody!

"We have finally reached the point where we are all going on holiday and will hopefully be enjoying the well deserved time off!

"We've had a very successful year so far. The festivals and the shows with Judas Priest were a blast and the recent festival run with one of the all time band highlights at Wacken Open Air will never be forgotten! A great big thanks to our amazing crew who did a fantastic job - to say this in (correct) "Wacken" terms: the band was good but the crew were brilliant!

"The progress of the new album is quite far - just some final vocals and a few last bits and pieces are missing. Most likely, our mate Andy Sneap is going to mix the album.

"As we said on our press conference at Wacken, we are looking at a release date in February. Our touring plans for the upcoming world tour 2013, as we are setting them up right now, will kick of in the states with one of our highlights, the Monsters Of Rock Cruise (we have just confirmed this). This is very special for us as we have been a major part of the Monsters Of Rock history and we are proud to be still part of it today.

"After the cruise we will head down to South America where we will play cities that we haven't been to for ages, but also we'll go back to some of the great metal towns we played last year. We are planning to play Mexico as the last gig of the South & Middle American leg and then fly from there to New York to complete the American dates.

"Once again, we will be conquering the UK with some highlights; Our annual St. George's Day will be held for the first time in Manchester at the Ritz theatre!

"After the UK dates, we will do some more shows in continental Europe where we will hit the festival season. There is some talk about being part of the Full Metal Cruise but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

"The first festival show has been announced for 2013; We will headline the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. The really exciting thing about it is that we will take the 'Heavy Metal Thunder - Eagles Over Wacken' stage production with us - BIG stage set, moving drum riser, pyros, CO2 jets and, and, and... we will try to bring this stage production to as many festivals as possible next year to reach and please as many fans as possible!

"As always, it is our credo to make the best fans in world happy and we are so grateful and thankful for your support - Our Facebook site has now more than 60,000 supporters! You guys rock!!!

"After our short holiday we will be playing the Hamburg Metal Dayz in September 2012 which is powered by the Wacken Festival. The DVD production 'Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie' (which is a superb documentary about Saxon) will be finally released in autumn and will be available for everyone, everywhere. We will also offer the DVD on the official web shop and in the US online shop we recently launched via our website.

"In November 2012 we may go to India for the first time ever. We are in discussion and are awaiting news from our agent - we will keep you updated if we will be enjoying an original curry soon...:-)

"Once again, we thank you all for your support and we can't wait to see you somewhere soon!

"Keep the faith!!

"SAXON"


WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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