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  STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES UNIQUE ONE-OFF LONDON SHOW AND SINGLE IN AID OF CHILDLINE ROCKS
17th February 2012

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Steve Hackett And The Electric Band will be performing a special, unique one-off show - Past And Present – at the Islington Assembly Hall, London on Sunday 20th May 2012 in aid of Childline Rocks.

To coincide with the event, they will release a double A-side digital single, 'Til These Eyes', coupled with 'Enter The Night' (Radio Mix) on 21st May (20th on iTunes); part of the sales revenue from the single will also go to the charity.

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Steve says: "My Past And Present show at the Islington Assembly on 20th May celebrates both my early time with Genesis, along with my first album and then jumps forward to my most recent albums. With both the delicacy of acoustic and the explosion of the electric experience, it's a Janus show that looks both backwards and forwards and links the early days to the present, with an eye to the future...

"With support for the charity Childline and the influence of JM Barrie's Peter Pan story in my single 'Enter The Night', we visit the realm of lost children. There's a sad story behind this magical child of eternal youth, because Barrie's brother had died as a young boy, remaining young in spirit forever but unable to grow up and live a full life. Barrie gave proceeds of the book Peter Pan to charity to help children and to save young lives, and we also hope to make a difference with our support of Childline."

Hackett's recent UK shows were reviewed enthusiastically: "mesmerizing", "spine-tingling power and majesty", "a bravura performance extending well over two hours", are just a few of the words used to describe the dazzling shows. Timeless classics from both Genesis and Hackett's solo catalogue will be performed on the night by Steve and his talented band, featuring Lee Pomeroy on bass (Take That) as well as regular band members Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums and vocals), Rob Townsend (Various saxes, flute, whistle and vocals) and Amanda Lehmann (guitar and vocals).

ChildLine Rocks is an independent committee originally set up to raise money for Childline-twinned with the NSPCC-through live music. The first ChildLine Rocks event was held at London's indigO2 in March 2008; the line-up included Roger Daltrey, Lulu, Marillion, Thunder, Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and The Zombies. The event, which was compered by legendary DJ, Whispering Bob Harris, raised over 100,000 which paid for 40 new volunteer ChildLine counselors. The CLR committee is chaired by Malcolm Bluemel, the owner of Planet Rock Radio and includes Classic Rock and Yamaha amongst others.

ChildLine is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger. Trained volunteer counsellors comfort, advise and protect children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn. Almost 1300 volunteers provide a counseling service, supervised by a team of professional supervisors and managers. Every day ChildLine counselors answer around 2,500 calls from children and young people looking for comfort, advice and protection.

Tickets to see Steve Hackett at Islington Assembly Hall and help Childline are available by clicking here or here.


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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