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13 April 2014

GuilFest organisers are delighted to announce that Sham 69, with their original line up, featuring the founding members of the band, legendary Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and Dave Tregunna, will be headlining The Vive Le Rock Punk Stage on Friday 18th July.

Sham 69 are quite simply one of the most famous punk bands of all time, producing a stream of hits during the golden era of punk including 'Hurry Up Harry', 'Angels with Dirty Faces' and 'If The Kids are United'.

As they originally hail from Hersham, this show will be one chance to see the band close to their home turf. A unique opportunity not to be missed!

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In addition Punk legends Buzzcocks will return to GuilFest to headline The Vive Le Rock Punk Stage on Saturday 19th July.

Famous for classic tracks 'Orgasm Addict', 'Harmony In My Head', and of course the punk anthem 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)', Buzzcocks have been cited as inspiration by a wide variety of acts including REM, Nirvana and Green Day and can quite rightly lay claim to being one of the most influential bands of the Punk era. Expect this band to tear the roof off The Vive Le Rock Stage.

Reggae Punk rockers Ruts D.C. are confirmed to headline The Vive Le Rock Punk Stage on Sunday 20th July. Reformed in 2008 after nearly 30 years, Ruts D.C. are best known for their highly regarded 1978 single 'In a Rut', an instant classic that received regular airplay on the late John Peel's legendary Radio 1 show, but have also had numerous UK top 40 hits including 'Babylon Burning', 'Something That I Said' and 'Staring at The Rudeboys'. Ruts D.C. are sure to close The Vive Le Rock stage in style.

In the coming weeks the GuilFest line up will continue to grow with over 200 live acts and DJs performing on 7 stages across the festival site, including the now legendary Big Cheese Rock Cave, The Acoustic Lounge and the two unsigned LiveClub stages.

Don't forget that it isn't just about the music at GuilFest! All over the site you can find excellent entertainment such as the brilliant Theatre Tent, featuring a wealth of diverse theatrical productions all weekend long. The Cosmic Comedy Tent also returns this year with a fabulous yet to be announced line up of some of the best comedians in the business.

For the night owls, Farmer Giles' Barn Dance, La Discothèque, The Funky End Dance Tent, and the brand new Spaced Inn will keep you revelling 'til the early hours. All this, as well as the massive 150ft beer tent, cocktail bars, food and drink from around the world, craft and clothes stalls, impromptu street theatre performances and much more besides!

Consistently nominated as the UK's Best Family Festival, GuilFest has, as you would expect, a fabulous Kidzone for your young ones to enjoy - featuring a brilliant children's theatre, face painting, fun rides, games, and costume making, culminating in a wonderful procession across the festival site on Sunday.

For visitors that want to experience GuilFest in style, for the first time ever in the festival's history a very limited number of VIP tickets will be available to the public - these will allow access to a backstage area with posh loos, and a special bar for exclusive aftershow parties. You never know who you might see around there!

Tickets are available now at special early bird prices from the website, or from Seetickets.



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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