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31st October 2012

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Total Rock, the UK's leading online rock and Metal radio station is to become Bloodstock Radio on 1st December 2012.

Announcing this pioneering collaboration between two of the leading lights of the UK's rock and Metal scene, Paul Gregory, Bloodstock Festival Director, said: "What an exciting development for Bloodstock and its fans. The best Metal festival in the country is now the best rock and Metal radio station in the country as well! At Bloodstock HQ we are really excited about the possibilities this joint venture offers and, I am sure, it will develop even further."

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Total Rock Programme Controller Tony Wilson added: "The provision of a year-round festival radio station is a ground-breaking move, and one that sees both Total Rock and Bloodstock continue their track records of innovation and support for rock and Metal music. Our award-winning roster of Total Rock DJs will be joined by many of the voices already well known to the BOA community to serve up an unrivalled feast of Metal and rock. We shall also continue to provide our up-to-the-minute news service and daily newsletter under the Bloodstock banner."

Kobra And The Lotus interviewed by Hayley Leggs of TotalRock at Bloodstock 2012

Building a radio station around the award winning and fast-rising Bloodstock festival will strengthen the links between the festival and its existing fan community as well as spreading the gospel of metal to countless others in the UK and across the globe. Bloodstock Radio will also be heavily involved in promoting Metal 2 The Masses, the Festival's annual series of club shows offering unsigned bands to the chance to compete for a place on the bill at Bloodstock Open Air and other European festivals.

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Total Rock's Emma Barnett interviewing Barney from Napalm Death at Bloodstock 2012

Bloodstock Festival was established in 2001 as an indoor event and Bloodstock Open Air replaced this in 2005. The festival celebrated its most successful event to-date this year, with headline appearances from rock legend Alice Cooper, Machine Head and Behemoth. The 2013 festival, which runs from August 8th-11th promises great things with performances already locked in from Anthrax, King Diamond, Accept, Firewind, and Fozzy. Further additions to the bill, including two more headliners are to be announced in due course.

Bloodstock organizers Vicky and Rachael with 2012 headliner, Alice Cooper.

Total Rock was launched in 2000 by Radio 1 Friday Rock Show creator Tony Wilson, the legendary 'Voice Of Metal' Tommy Vance, and the ultimate Metal guru, journalist and author Malcolm Dome. A dozen years later, Total Rock continues to defy the dead hand of corporatisation by exposing the world to brand new bands and keeping the flag flying for the very best of rock and Metal's ear-bleeding heritage.



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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