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11th July 2013

nwobhm manorfest

Rock Patch Productions will be putting on a special one day NWOBHM Festival called the Manorfest at the Merton Manor Club, South Wimbledon, London on Saturday 17th August. The bill will feature Weapon UK, Tytan, Soldier, Dream Overkill and Rogue Male.

Doors open at midday with the action starting at 2pm until midnight. Tickets are priced at £20 and can be purchased from here.

The Merton Manor Club has working men's club prices which means beer is priced at a very friendly £2.50 a pint with a bottle of wine around £6. A BBQ will also be held around the back for those who will get peckish on the day and feel the need to soak up some beer. The venue is situated near the South Wimbledon tube line or a ten minute walk from Wimbledon station. Here is what you can expect to hear on the day.

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Weapon infamously supported Motorhead on their 'Aces Up Your Sleeves' Tour when Motorhead recorded the legendary 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith' album. Weapon released the double A-Side single 'It's A Mad Mad World'/'Set The Stage Alight' in 1980 and are a favourite of Metallica's Lars Ulrich and are said to have inspired Metallica to write 'Hit The Lights'.

Even James Hetfield has been wearing a patch logo of the band on his denim jacket on the recent Metallica live shows. Weapon still features original players Danny Hynes and Jeff Summers. The band are about to release a new album very soon.

Tytan were formed in 1981 by former Angel Witch bass player Kevin Riddles. Although critically applauded the band folded before the release of their debut album 'Rough Justice' which got released posthumously in 1985. The band specially reunited for the Keep It True Festival in Germany last year are are currently making a brand new album. Along with Riddles, Tytan still feature original members Steve Gibbs and Steve Mann.

Formed by guitarist Ian Alan Dick who still soldiers on today, Northampton's Soldier rose to prominence on the NWOBHM scene in 1982 with the release of the classic single 'Sheralee' which was released on the Heavy Metal Records label where the band are still home on to this day having released their last album 'Sins Of The Warrior' on the label in 2005.

Dream Overkill originally started life simply known as Overkill and were featured in the early pages of Kerrang! Magazines Armed & Ready section. The band existed between 1979-83 and only released one single, 'Elemental' with 'On My Own' on the flip side. 1000 copies were pressed up and this is now a collector's item. Overkill played the Reading Festival in 1982.

Fast forward to 2009 and the band dreamed of finally making that elusive debut album. The name change to Dream Overkill is to avoid confusion with the American thrash band of the same name.

Rogue Male need no introduction. Born out of the apocalyptic meltdown of the NWOBHM haze, Rogue Male were to vinyl what Mad Max was to the cinema screens. In 1985 they burst onto our TV screens with a performance on ECT performing tracks from their 'First Visit' debut album.

Rusty Metal with a punk attitude, Rogue Male were heading for world domination before record execs pressed the destruction button and the band soon imploded after the second album.

Jim Lyttle has reformed the band along with John Fraser Binnie and are so terrifying, no one knows what to make of them. Not for the faint hearted, don't be surprised if Rogue Male blow all the valves at the Manor.



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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