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26th March 2013

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TECH-FEST UK, Europe’s first ever progressive and technical metal outdoor festival, announces first bands. Following the huge success of the sell-out event in 2012, TECH-FEST UK is back on 11-15 July and is going outdoors!

As the first ever open-air progressive and technical metal festival in Europe, the four day event at The Plough events field in Peterborough will be the biggest coming together of many like minded bands and musicians, who crave heavy music that pushes sonic boundaries to the furthest extremes.

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The first bands to be announced represent some of the very best in the genre, as well as a legion of up and coming talent.

Swedish melodic death-metallers SCAR SYMMETRY headline the Friday night and promise to wow audiences with their intelligent riffs, technically astounding drumming and all out Brutality.

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Hailing from Chicago USA, Saturday night’s headliners VEIL OF MAYA are one of pioneering bands of the American tech-metal scene thanks to their high octane grooves and party vibes.

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Sunday will be closed by the UK’s own TesseracT, who return to the scene this year with their long awaited second album ‘Altered State’ and will close the event in mind-warping style.


The rest of the bill isn’t short of stars from the scene: early bird headliners MONUMENTS close the festivities on the Thursday night, and India’s SKYHARBOR play their first ever show exclusively and CHIMP SPANNER take a break from the studio to come out for the occasion. They are joined by HEART OF A COWARD, SYBREED, ALIASES, UNEVEN STRUCTURE (exclusive), THE ALGORITHM, DISPERSE, DESTINY POTATO, XERATH and CILCE, making this bill nothing short of exceptional.

The announcement is completed with some of the most exciting up and coming bands in the scene: NEOSIS, DYSCARNATE, SYQEM, NEXILVA, DREWSIF STARIN (D. S. M. E.), COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATORS, ERYN NON DAE, KARTIKEYA, ABOVE THE EARTH and JONCOFY.

In addition to the bands, beer and partying, there will also be workshops, Q&As and demonstrations with some of the top artists, as

well as instrument and gear manufacturers stalls and information; a mecca for the metal geek.

And in addition to all this awesomeness, everyone who purchases a ticket within the first month of sales will be entered into a prize draw to with an incredible Double Slit custom guitar!

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With at least another 20 bands to announce with some awesome surprises along the way, TECH FEST UK is set to be one of the most unique and exciting festivals of 2013.

Weekend tickets cost £59.99 (+£20 for camping) and are on sale now from



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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