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19th February 2013

sos festival

SOS Festival line-up complete, with former members of AC/DC, UFO and Michael Schenker Group included. Original singer and founder member of AC/DC, Dave Evans, heads up day one of SOS Festival 2013.

Day two is headed up by Manchester-based Babylon Fire who released their acclaimed "Dark Horizons" album on Rocksector Records in November. The line-up also includes X-UFO, the band featuring former UFO members Laurence Archer, Danny Peyronel and Clive Edwards as well as Rocky Newton formerly of Michael Schenker Group.

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Now in its' sixth year this 2 day indoor celebration of rock and metal takes place on 20th-21st July and boasts a unique combination of time-served stalwarts, a showcase for Rocksector Records artists as well as other emerging talent from the UK and abroad, alongside a decent measure of quality bands from the Manchester area where the event is held.

SOS has a packed programme involving 22 bands on the main stage which is now re-named the Dean Hocking Stage in memory of the recently deceased bass player of Rocksector band Nightvision who was killed in a motor accident in December, aged 23. The festival's second stage is for acoustic sessions which have proved extremely popular since inception and is headed up on day one by power-folk trio Steel Threads and on day two by Greek rockers 4Bitten who are shortly to embark on an extensive UK and European tour as special guests with UFO.

The event builds also on its' strong reputation as a family-friendly festival with all ages welcome, embracing its' aforementioned mix of seasoned veterans rubbing shoulders with young emerging talent. Other bands welcomed to SOS this year include Exit State, Triaxis and Bull Riff Stampede, each of which has made its' mark with album releases and previous festival appearances across the UK.

"We aim to improve SOS each year and following the successes of the past two years this is quite a challenge." Says festival director, Mark Appleton, "however, with the line-up we've assembled, we're confident we've taken another stride forward, with a range of artists with something for every fan of rock and metal, at thoroughly affordable prices"

Further details and ticket arrangements are available at the festival's website.


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