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  JOIN THUNDER AND THE UNION ON THE CHILDLINE ROCKS USA BIKE RIDE
2nd May 2012

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Following on from their hugely successful US bike ride in 2011 Thunder members Danny Bowes and Ben Matthews, together with Luke Morley (Thunder and The Union) and Peter Shoulder (The Union) will return to the USA in July, with a load of fellow bikers for the second USA charity motorcycle ride -The Great British Invasion. Proceeds will go Childline Rocks, part of Childline and the NSPCC.

Thunder and The Union will probably play some acoustic performances for fun along the way, but they won't do a headline show as they did in 2011.

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As times are hard and everyone is tightening their budgets, Thunder and Union fans will not be asked for donations to sponsor the ride this year, although you can donate to Childline at any time.

There are some places on the ride still available for those who can raise the funds, so if you have a bike licence and you fancy spending a week on a Harley Davidson, riding through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and having a sing song around the camp fire every now and then with the guys, that is possible. So if you're interested in what we've told is "the ride of a lifetime," just click this link, read the blurb, get excited, then email the organisers.

  ChildLine Rocks is an independent committee originally set up to raise money for ChildLine –a service within 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 counsellors. 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, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people. 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 counselling service, supervised by a team of professional supervisors and managers. Every day ChildLine counsellors answer around 2,500 calls from children and young people looking for comfort, advice and protection.


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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