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10th October 2013

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Pink Cigar are the most exciting young band to emerge from the current crop of UK rock n' roll talent.

Hailing from the infamous streets of Ladbroke Grove in the west side of London, the bluesy-glam-punk-rock n roll quartet have spent the last couple of years honing their musical chops and earning their dues playing live, thundering through the capital's rock scene and breaking down the walls of every venue they grace, bringing an intensity and energy that just can't be bought and needs to be experienced.

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Having earned a reputation for the fiercest live show in the capital, word started spreading around the UK when Pink Cigar toured with the reformed Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster prior to releasing a debut self-titled EP in 2012. A roadblocked showcase for it at Camden hotspot The Hawley Arms saw them take the venue by storm and garner a clutch of rave reviews:

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A single entitled 'Blues To Bed' followed later in the year (replete with a mayhem causing video shot in their own backyard of Portobello Road) before the band holed up in the studio to record their debut album. The opening salvo from this highly anticipated release was the louche rock groove of 'Lady Killer', released as a single in the summer of 2013.

A video for the song can be viewed here:

The album, entitled 'We're Gonna Get You Out Of Here', is released on the Sawn Off label on 4th November.

Pink Cigar is: Sharkie Cottrell (vocals), Edd Whyte (guitar), Sam Rutland (bass), Sid Mayall (drums)

"High energised rock which contains the phlegm of Iggy Pop & The Stooges, New York Dolls, Faster Pussycat or even The Dogs D’Amour" METALTALK

"Think what it must have been like to witness the Hollywood Brats live back in '72, smear that image with a little bit of Generation XXX spunk and you have a band ready to change the face of music as we know it" ÜBER ROCK

"The quartet's charisma and devilish swagger is backed by equally adept musicianship in the shape of effortlessly slick grooves and full-throttle punk rock" BIG CHEESE



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.

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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