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15 July 2014

Canadian band The Stanfields are excited to bring their maelstrom of rock 'n' roll, Celtic and bluegrass, back to the UK this July for a five-date tour.

Inciting mosh pits and still making Mom proud, the Canadian band attract fans of all classes and creeds that vocalist Jon Landry affectionately describes as "people who work hard and play hard, and are the most generous, down to earth and supportive people that one could ever hope to meet."

There are no glamorous motives - just five working class Canadians with an honest desire to entertain. "I think being a 'working class musician' is a great thing to aspire to," Jon muses. "To us, 'rock-star' is a dirty word that caters more to your ego than your quality of life."

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Formed in 2008 in Nova Scotia, The Stanfields have three full-length recording projects to their credit including 'Vanguard of the Young and Reckless' (2010), 'Death & Taxes' (2012) and an acoustic project, 'For King and Country', released in Canada on GroundSwell/Warner and in Europe on Rookie Records in 2013.

The Stanfields tour incessantly across Canada and Europe and have collected a handful of awards including 2013 Entertainer of the Year Awards from both Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association.

"We want people to leave our shows with a smile on their face and a ringing in their ears. One might argue that this is in direct opposition to our lyrical content, but I feel they are two sides of the same coin. It's okay to celebrate life even though there are many things you would like to see changed," says Jon.

The UK dates in July will include a pair of acoustic shows (London and Stroud). Following the UK shows, The Stanfields will move on to play festivals in Finland, Germany and Belgium this summer.

Friday 18th July - Chagstock, Devon
Saturday 19th July - Tolpuddle Martyrs, Devon
Sunday 20th July - Stag And Hounds, Bristol
Monday 21st July - The Islington, London
Tuesday 22nd July - The Prince Albert, Stroud



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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