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13th August 2013

in it for ingrid

The Sweet featuring Andy Scott haven't played a London date since they performed at Camden Underworld in 2004 but they will be appearing at a very special charity event in September along with Weapon (UK) and Paddy Goes To Holyhead. can exclusively reveal the details of this performance and the great cause that it is in aid of. Read on...

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"In November 2011 our dear friend of thirty years, Ingrid Paasch, had an aneurysm on the right side of her brain. She is now paralysed down the left side of her body. Due to her paralysis, Ingrid is confined to a wheelchair and currently resides in a care home in Reading, ironically near the festival site she has graced on many occasions over the years!


"Since the stroke, Ingrid has worked hard on her rehabilitation and has regained her speech. However, to try getting the left side of her body working she needs specialist treatment - particularly on her arm and leg. The specialist physiotherapy she needs is not available on the NHS. So Ingrid has personally paid for this treatment from her savings, but the treatment has stopped due to diminishing funds.


"This is where we, her music biz friends, come in. A bunch of us have set up 'In It For Ingrid', a fund raising event, on Friday 13th September at The Rock Patch, Merton Manor Club, South Wimbledon with ALL proceeds going to help towards funding her treatment.

"The line-up on the night is The Sweet, Paddy Goes To Holyhead and special guests to be confirmed. Opening the show is NWOBHM band Weapon (UK).

the sweet
The Sweet 2013

"Several artists/bands have pledged merchandise/memorabilia, including former Rainbow/Ozzy and Uriah Heep bassist Bob Daisley, who is donating a signed copy of his new book 'For Facts Sake'.

"On behalf of all of us involved I urge you to support us in helping Ingrid get her life back.

"Thank you,

"Danny Hynes"

paddy goes to holyhead
Paddy Goes To Holyhead

Full details can be found at and you can visit the ticket line by clicking here. These tickets are bound to sell out quickly so make sure you don't miss out and get yours now.

Here's a video of the current Sweet line-up on German TV earlier this year.

weapon uk
Weapon (UK)



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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