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17th May 2012


Two of the UK's most rapidly rising progressive/melodic hard rock acts Touchstone and The Reasoning have announced that they are to join forces for a co-headline tour of Europe this autumn.

The ten-date 'Adventures In The City' tour unites the two bands as The Reasoning prepare their new studio album 'Adventures In Neverland' for September 2012, and Touchstone celebrate the release of their back catalogue and new album 'The City Sleeps', which entered the UK rock charts at No.36 on its release at the end of 2011.

It will also mark an important year for the bands, having both recently signed new record deals, Touchstone with German label SPV/Steamhammer and The Reasoning with Cherry Red's dynamic front-line label Esoteric Antenna.

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Both Touchstone and The Reasoning have enjoyed a busy and successful eighteen months after each being asked to open the inaugural High Voltage Festival in London's Victoria Park playing alongside legendary acts such as ELP, ZZ Top and Black Label Society. This year alone, both bands' respective front women Kim Seviour and Rachel Cohen have been awarded plaudits for being amongst the top ten female vocalists of 2011 by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine and the Classic Rock Society readers and critics.

The two bands are excited to be heading out on the road together for what will be their biggest headline tour yet:

"It's been nearly half a decade since the last time we shared a stage with The Reasoning," explains Touchstone guitarist Adam Hodgson. "Getting to play out in Europe properly as well as in the UK with some great friends will be amazing."

The Reasoning's bassist Matt Cohen comments: "Touchstone and The Reasoning have developed so much as artists over the years so the versions you see today are lean, mean rocking machines with more fire and drive than ever before. We are going to bring you one hell of a gig experience! The New Avengers of Prog are coming to a city near you in 2012 so join the adventure!"

UK show tickets on sale from Wednesday 16th May.


27-09-12 Poppodium W2 Den Bosch NL
28-09-12 Poppodium Nieuwe Nor Heerlen NL
29-09-12 Dru Cultuurfabriek Ulft NL
30-09-12 Bergkeller Reichenbach Ger
01-10-12 Logo Hamburg Ger
12-10-12 The Garage London UK
13-10-12 TBC
14-10-12 The Globe Cardiff UK
15-10-12 The Robin 2 Bilston UK
16-10-12 The Duchess York 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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