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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.


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