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28 March 2014

Johnny Main

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Award winning festival Les-Fest (Scotlands only Rock and Metal festival) are pleased to announce another six bands for the festival which is being held at its new location, Wiston Lodge near Lanark at the end of June, including the Sunday headliner for the acoustic stage.

Irish Power Trio led by former Mama's Boys and Celtus guitarist/violinist and singer/songwriter Pat McManus and his Band are set to headline the acoustic stage on the Sunday night.

Les-Fest founder Dave Ritchie told us "I was always a big Mama's Boys and Pat fan, but this came out of the blue, when one of our associates in London confirmed his availability. It was an opportunity not to be missed so we grabbed it with both hands, simply put he is unmissable".

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They will be joined on that stage by Glasgow based singer songwriter Black and White Boy, a breath of fresh air for the Glasgow music scene. Black and White Boy is actually twenty nine year old Ayrshire native Andrew Nicol who, with a little from his friends, plays acoustic/folk/pop which is heavily influenced by the likes of Neil Finn, Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith.

Another addition to the second stage bill is local band Static Rock - a quintet who met at a music course in a local college, and have since attempted to merge their music tastes together and aim to portray a modern take on classic rock.

Moving towards the Saturday Main Stage the Les-Fest organisers are pleased to announce London based When Our Time Comes will also play the festival this year. Formed in 2011, the band are a new and exciting five piece Metal band that combine polyrhythmic grooves of a progressive nature with brutal breakdowns of the metal-core movement. "This brings something a little different to the Saturday and reinforces our commitment to new exciting music" commented Dave Ritchie.

Coming closer to home, the festival organisers have also confirmed that Edinburgh based Dog Tired will also make an appearance on the Main Stage. As Dave explains, "if you like a bit of Pantera, Down or Slayer (then) these are the guys for you! They have a tough, relevant and very modern sound".

The final band in this announcement are Glasgow based What's The Damage?! Commented Dave, "This was a band that impressed us at one of last years showcase gigs, so really pleased to add them to the bill and to show our continued support for awesome, local, quality music"

With nearly fifty bands booked and the new site looking to make Les-Fest bigger and better in it's third year, there's lots to look forward to so if you don't have your tickets, you'd better move fast. A very limited number of Day Tickets will be made available a few weeks prior to the event but the organisers recommend you buy a full weekend ticket or weekend with camping to avoid disappointment.

Tickets available now and selling quickly from

Full confirmed line up (to date):
Main Stage:

Bacchus Baracus
Bad Touch
Bleed From Within
Crash Mansion
Cypher 16
Deadly Circus Fire
Defy All Reason
Demonic Resurrection
Dog Tired
Exit State
Fallen Fate
Falling Red
House of X
Mask of Judas
Massive Wagons
Reign of Fury
Savage Messiah
Spill 16
The Burning Crows
The Dirty Youth
Vantage Point
Voodoo Vegas
What's The Damage?!
When Our Time Comes
The Wild Lies Stage
Bad Touch
Black and White Boy
Exit State
Pat McManus Band
Static Rock
Steel Threads

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Pat McManus photo (c) - Jacques Clerin



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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