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  WORLD'S FIRST HEAVY METAL DEGREE LAUNCHED
11th May 2013

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Ever fancied studying the history of Iron Maiden? Or maybe the the mechanics of Yngwie Malmsteen's blistering solos? Well, you can now, as a college in Nottingham is now offering an accredited degree in Heavy Metal Performance.

No, really.

The two year foundation degree (which can be topped up to a full BA Hons) covers everything an aspiring rocker could want to know, from the history of key bands through to Heavy Metal's relationships with religion, philosophy and society. The second year of the course even involves going on tour and playing shows.

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However, education campaigners have universally decried the course suggesting that it could leave students at a disadvantage when it comes to post graduate employment.

"The problem is I don't think this will have credibility in the marketplace", said Chris McGovern of the Campaign For Real Education. "I'm not against Heavy Metal at all, I just don't think it will impress an employer to find a youngster has a degree in Heavy Metal. It could become a 'disqualification'."

Nottingham has a rich history in the Heavy Metal scene, from pretty much hosting the Download Festival to it's iconic Rock City venue, which a lot of bands see as a rite of passage to play. The course is being run by New College, Nottingham and was launched in a response to public demand.

Course lecturer Liam Maloy said: "You can study music at Oxford, Cambridge and in all cities all over the UK, but here in Nottingham we wanted to offer something special that reflects our city's culture and employment opportunities.

"Heavy Metal is an extremely technical genre of music and the study of its culture and context is a rising academic theme, so we're very excited to be at the forefront of its integration with education."

The course starts in September and has already attracted students. The tuition fees will be £5,750 a year.

If you want to find out more about this course, you can follow this link to the New College Nottingham website.





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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