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  EXCLUSIVE: LES FEST MAKE HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDING SOME GREAT NAMES ADDED TO THE BILL
4th February 2013

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The organisers of Les Fest have just made a statement, which reads as follows:

"So we get to our fourth announcement for Les-Fest 2, Scotland's only Rock and Metal Festival and our first announcement of 2013. Both Fede and I have been working away trying to finalise the last few bands for the Main Stage and hopefully we have a few surprises.

"First up we have a rare treat for any Onslaught fans. This exclusive and only Scottish performance features Steve Grice, former drummer and founding member of the British thrash pioneers Onslaught, who has launched his project, The Sanity Days. In addition to Grice (who played on all Onslaught albums thus far), the band features former Onslaught guitarist Alan Jordan (2007s 'Killing Peace'), bassist Jase Stallard (1985s 'Power From Hell' and 1986s 'The Force'), and ex-Grim Reaper, Vocalist, Steve Grimmet, who fronted Onslaught for the best selling album 'In Search Of Sanity'. The Sanity Days will be together for a limited period only and this is your only opportunity to see them in Scotland.

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"Hot on their heals and completing our Friday night line up, are British Metallers Sworn Amongst, the foursome behind one of 2008s most ambitious Metal debuts And So It Begins, bring you their uncompromisingly fearsome follow-up, Severance. Driven by the band's unrelenting will to cause general mayhem, Severance brings the best of what was to be found on their previous release and turns up the heat tenfold.

"It was brought to our attention that we did not have many bands from Wales, so to help balance that and give the Festival a true UK wide feel we have added one of the most exciting and hardest working Welsh Heavy Metal bands, Triaxis. They will be out promoting their recently released and Metal Hammer, Terrorizer acclaimed album Rage and Retribution.

"Moving a bit further West we are also delighted to confirm, Shrewsbury based Death/Thrash Metallers, Arceye. Currently working on the follow up to their 2009 'The Divide Between Chaos & Order' and having already closed the day at Bloodstock, expect an intense and exciting set.

"Next in today's announcement we have Absolva, a Classic Metal band featuring twin lead guitars in the great British tradition. Formed in May 2012 by Chris Appleton and Martin McNee (Fury UK) and joined by Tom Atkinson (Vice) and Dan Bate (Point Bland Fury) having supported Saxon, Michael Schenker and Y&T you know you can expect a quality set.

"Moving a bit closer to home we would like to introduce you to Bonesaw. This Aberdeen based Death Metal band have supported the likes of Napalm Death and Sabbat so you should have some idea what to expect. They will bring some brutality to our Sunday line up.

"Following up on the huge success of Praying Mantis in 2012 we decided to look back at some of the classic 80s based bands loosely labelled under the NWOBHM banner, that are going through a resurgence. So for this year we are truly stoked to announce Scottish Progressive Metal power trio, Chasar! Having recently performed at Hard Rock Hell and being the only band to receive a 10 out of 10 review in Metal Hammer we can assure you of something special. We don't like comparisons but if you think of Rush, circa 2112 and 'Hemispheres' you will be in the right place. Don't miss them.

"Finally for the last main stage announcement for today we go off in a completely different direction to bring you My Extraordinary. Hailing from the North East of England and highly acclaimed in the music press. Kerrang! Magazine wrote: "The lads huge choral hooks and 30 Seconds to Mars like, melodies fuse effortlessly with gentle electronics and rocky dance beats. We could not put it better ourselves.

"Moving along to Stage 2 this is our first announcement from our Rock for Funds Charity Stage. As well as established artists it will also feature a number of acts from Motherwell College's award winning HND/HNC Music Course – more to follow.

"But first up for Stage 2 we are delighted to announce three piece Power-Folk band Steel Threads. They will perform a set blended from Rock, Folk and Acoustic music and having guitar, double bass and violin, it will be ideal if you want a break from the Metal Mayhem. Check them out!

"They will be joined by solo artist extraordinaire Mr Dave Arcari, a singer songwriter whose sounds owe as much to Trash Country, Punk and Rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta Blues. Having graced the stages of Glastonbury and many others throughout the world he is an internationally acclaimed artist.

"Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man..." SEASICK STEVE

"Finally for today's, announcement we bring you an artist that was very well received in 2012. Highly praised and an undoubted highlight of last year's second stage, we are really pleased to announce Christie Connor-Vernal. Armed with just her voice and an acoustic guitar, CCV and her blues-sprinkled tunes are a welcome return to Les-Fest 2.

Phew! That is it for announcement number 4 and all currently confirmed artist are listed here...

ABSOLVA, ACHREN, AFTERLIFE, ALTERED SKY, ARCEYE, ARTISFICTION, BABYLON FIRE, BISONGRASS, BONAFIDE,BONESAW, BULL-RIFF STAMPEDE, CHASAR, CHRISTIE CONNOR-VERNAL,DANA O'HARA, DAVE ARCARI, DERISION, DESCEND, ESTRELLA, EVILE, EXCELLENT CADAVER, FIRE IN THE EMPIRE, FIREBRAND SUPER ROCK, FURYON, JETTBLACK, KARYBDIS, MAD HATTER 2.0, MAIR, MASSIVE WAGONS, MERCURY UNDERGROUND, MONUMENT, MY EXTRAORDINARY, PEEPSHOW, PRIMITAI, RAVENFACE, SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA, SEVERENTH, SINOCENCE, SKAM, SKARLETT RIOT, STEEL THREADS, SWORN AMONGST, TERMINAL OATH, THE GODDAMN ELECTRIC, THE SANITY DAYS, TRIAXIS, VIRUS... PLUS MANY MORE TO COME!

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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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