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6th December 2013

alex milas

Metal Hammer Editor Alexander Milas, along with Sanctum Soho owner Mark Fuller and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood are jumping back in the saddle to join the Truants for their charity bike ride 2014.

This will be the group's fourth cycling adventure and they are aiming to complete their goal of 100 miles in three days across the wilds of Cambodia in the name of Children In Need. Any money donated will all go to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline - every bit helps, and all help is sincerely, genuinely appreciated.

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Alexander commentd: "A few years ago Rod Smallwood asked whether I had the guts to take on a ride through the desert for a good cause or three. It was the Truants Morocco ride to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins, and Childline. It gave me a cycling bug I just haven't been able to shake, and this January we'll be back at it to benefit kids facing cancer, kids who need a lifeline, and kids who can benefit from music therapy, and believe me the results are breathtaking."

This time we're hoping to bring the grand total of money earned over the years to over a million pounds, and we're asking for your help. The costs of my trip are covered with the generous support of my company TeamRock, so your donation will go straight to the charities who need it most. No amount is too small (or too large!) but if you've money to spare, I guarantee it'll be very gratefully received. Thanks very much!"

To donate to this magnificent cause, please click here.

If you can't support with a donation, you can still be a tremendous help to the group by helping spread the word, and every bit genuinely does help.

For more information on the Truants or the charities we're riding to benefit, please see the links below.

The Truants

Teenage Cancer Trust


Nordoff Robbins



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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