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22nd November 2013

In these days of dark and cold morning and evenings, everybody is looking for something to cheer them up, and thanks to those lovely people at Les-Fest, we've got a reason to smile – another six bands have just been announced.

With two stages and over fifty bands spread through three days there really is something for everyone at Les-Fest 2014. The twenty bands already confirmed to play the festival so far includes Skreamer, Falling Red, Demonic Resurrection, Revoker, Mask of Judas, Deadly Circus Fire, Screaming Eagles, Fireroad, Defy All Reason, Fallen Fate, and Fury and the Les-Fest organisers are understandably excited to announce the following bands are also confirmed to play in 2014:

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Based in Exeter, Cambion have been making a name for themselves in the Metal world since forming back in 2009 and the four piece are a welcome addition to the Les-Fest 2014 bill. Taking their influences from bands like Tesseract, Meshuggah and Gojira, they have shared the stages with major acts like Scar Symmetry, Sacred Mother tongue, Breed 77 and Les-Fest 2013 headline acts Evile, this band know how to deliver a killer performance and they look like a band not to be missed.

The band Spirytus may be unfamiliar at the moment, but this aggressive funk/groove Metal five piece from Nottingham know how to put on a show. They have been described in the past as a "full speed car crash between Faith No More and Korn, sprinkled with Rage Against the Machine and a few surprises in there for good measure" and their stage show promises to be as entertaining, aggressive, energetic and funky as their music.

If you take elements from Strapping Young Lad, Gojira, Alice in Chains and The Devin Townsend Project, what do you end up with Liverpudlian band, Sa-da-kO. Veterans of the Bloodstock stage, this band may mean something different to everyone but one thing everybody does agree with is that this unique band are sure to draw a crowd wherever they play, and after they performed well enough at Les-Fes North West earlier in the year, they have certainly earned their place on the Les-Fest 2014 bill.

Hailing from Nottingham hails are champions of Thrash metal, Incinery who were formed in 2009. Their first EP, 'Dawn Of War' followed by a second EP in March 2013, 'Nothing Left', demonstrates perfectly their fusion of 80s Thrash with brutality from modern metal styles to create a truly blistering and intense live show. Their Les-Fest set is not for the faint hearted, but if you but if you like your Metal hard and fast – this is a band you have to check out!

Heavy Metal comes from the Black Country, of course, and who better to represent the area at Les-Fest 2014 than West Midlands five piece band Hostile. Regulars on the UK live circuit, the band have toured with Lordi, Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly and Morbid Angel amongst others and still found time to record their debut album, 'Eve Of Destruction', which was produced by Judas Priest legend K.K. Downing. This is a classic Heavy Metal band in the making and Les-Fest will be only their third performance North of the border – so far!

The final band in this announcement is Manchester based Incassum who are as brutal as they are sublime. Transcending the pigeon holes and sub-genres of Heavy Metal, Incassum have taken their unique brand of extreme music all over the UK gig circuit, sharing bills with acts such as Blaze Bayley, Forever Never and Breed 77. After a number of lineup changes, Icassum continue to hone their craft and with an active gigging schedule, the Les-Fest organisers are delighted to have the band on the bill for Les-Fest 2013.

So there you have it – another six bands added to the twenty previously announced ones, all of whom are ready to rock the Clyde Valley from 27th – 29th June 2014. For those of you who still haven't decided if you're going, you'd better make that decision soon because tickets are selling very fast and with more bands still to be announced, it looks like Les-fest 2014 will sell out!

Don't forget that Les-Festive is being held at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December featuring Estrella, Massive Wagons, Seed Of Sorrow, Disposable, Spill Sixteen and Vantage Point and where the headliners for Les-Fest 2014 will be revealed live and exclusive to all those present on the Saturday night!

Les-Fest 2014
Valley International Park
Clyde Valley

Les-Fest 2014 Line Up (in alphabetical order):
Black Belt Karaoke
Cypher 16
Deadly Circus Fire
Defy All Reason
Demonic Resurrection
Falling Red
Fallen Fate
Mask of Judas
Mothers Ruin
Nightmare World
Reign of Fury
Screaming Eagles
Voodoo Vegas
Wild Lies

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Dave Ritchie/Fede Valls (Les-Fest co-bookers) on stage at Les-Fest 2013:

Seasoned Festival Goer Billy Dobson talks about Les-Fest:



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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