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20 March 2014

The Steelhouse Festival returns with a vengeance on Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th for another spectacular outdoor line up of rock 'n' roll in the breathtaking countryside at the mountain-top location of Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.

This year's festival, which looks set to attract over 10,000 rock fans follows 2013's critically acclaimed line-up headlined by SAXON and former SCORPIONS/UFO guitar player MICHAEL SCHENKER.

Saturday July 19th is headlined by BLACK STAR RIDERS with support from THE GRAVELTONES, TAX THE HEAT, BUFFALO SUMMER and BLACK WOLF. Sunday July 20th is headlined by the Swedish rockers EUROPE, plus THE ANSWER, former Whitesnake guitarist BERNIE MARSDEN, HEAVEN & EARTHand BUCK & EVANS.

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"Steelhouse is a a well-run, old school festival with a brilliant, friendly vibe, sets of reasonable duration and no annoying stage clashes. Should you get the chance to attend in 2014, grab it with both hands." - Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine.

Steelhouse is the only classic rock festival to feature two exclusive UK headline performances from Europe and the remaining members of Thin Lizzy, under their new moniker BLACK STAR RIDERS. With combined record sales of over 30 million albums and incredible live performances, Steelhouse 2014 promises to be the most prestigious music event in South Wales.

Swedish superstars EUROPE, best known for their multiplatinum selling album, The Final Countdown which spawned the single of the same name that went on to reach number one in the charts in 25 countries including the UK - have enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity. Their last two albums Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones have received huge critical and commercial success.


Europe'S lead singer Joey Tempest, explains, "After playing in Wales back in 2012 we were reminded of what a great rock 'n' roll country this is. When we got the offer to play the Steelhouse we tried our hardest to make it happen. We've heard only great things about this Festival and we're coming over to do some real damage!"

Black Star Riders, featuring legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, will bring songs from their award-winning debut album All Hell Breaks Loose, along with Thin Lizzy classics including: The Boys Are Back In Town and Jailbreak, to the spectacular mountain top location in Blaenau Gwent.

Black Star Riders

"We're very excited about bringing Black Star Riders to the Steelhouse Festival in Wales" says Scott Gorham. "Steelhouse is our only UK festival appearance this year and I am stoked that we will be seeing our Welsh fans!"

"What a cool festival to headline" says Black Star Riders' frontman, Rick Warwick. "As a band with Celtic roots, it's always great to play; and turn it up loud through the Valleys in Wales."

Steelhouse is fast becoming one of the most exciting annual outdoor festivals in the UK that specialises in the crème de la crème of classic rock.

"We're on our way to establish an internationally recognised music event in the heart of the Welsh valleys," says Steelhouse Festival organiser, Matt Rhead. "While the headline artists get bigger and bigger each year, we'll continue to showcase the best up-and-coming talent alongside them. We've already confirmed Swansea based rising stars BUFFALO SUMMER, Bristol boys TAX THE HEAT and Gwent's finest BUCK & EVANS fresh from their show with SLASH in America. The combination of new acts and established bands is something that we are very proud of."

Many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets can be booked from the official festival website:

Day Tickets £40, Weekend Tickets £65. Children 14 and under FREE (accompanied by an adult 18+).



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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