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25 July 2014

SOS Festival, in Radcliffe, North Manchester, adds a third day to its 2015 schedule and proudly announces that former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley is to play an exclusive 'Silicon Messiah' 15th Anniversary Show, headlining the Saturday night on the Dean Hocking Stage (main).

'Silicon Messiah' is Blaze's iconic first post-Maiden album including such fan favourites as 'Identity', 'Stare At The Sun', 'The Brave', the title track and more.

Also confirmed are Avenger, Black Whiskey, Motherload, Die No More, Ten By Ten, as well as Wizz Acoustic from Belgium who will headline the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage on Saturday.

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SOS is an indoor event presented by independent record label Rocksector Records and 2015 will be the 8th such event.

Previous headliners include I Am I, Gun, Black Spiders, Heavens Basement, Absolva and Beholder. The organisers seek to deliver a mixture of Rocksector Records bands, together with UK and international artists, also supporting the Manchester rock and Metal scene with a reasonable number of local bands.

Most people seem to agree the recent 2014 event was the strongest yet.

In 2015, SOS Festival takes place on 17th - 19th July, and tickets which are already on-sale, represent outstanding value once again at Friday £5, Saturday £10, Sunday £10, or £15 for the full weekend.

NWOBHM heroes Avenger have joined the Rocksector label just recently to soon release their first brand new material for many years, whilst London-based Black Whiskey and Motherload have similarly joined the label for new releases.

Black Whiskey includes frontman Simon Gordon who fans will recognise from his former bands Xentrix and Hellfighter.

Meanwhile, Die No More are Cumbrian-based thrash Metallers who are set to make real waves with a full length debut album on Rocksector which will help keep the Metallica/Testament/Megadeth fans happy.

Wizz Acoustic is from Belgium and well-known to SOS audiences. He will headline the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage on Saturday, whilst the excellent groove/grunge rockers TEN BY TEN are the first of our Manchester area bands to be confirmed. The Dean Hocking Stage (main) is so-named after the late bassist of Rocksector band Nightvision - Dean's young life was tragically cut short in a serious car crash on 27th December 2012 and he is forever honoured and remembered by SOS Festival audiences.

During the next few months a further 19 bands will ultimately be announced for the Dean Hocking Stage, whilst an additional 8 artists will be confirmed for the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage.

SOS Festival send thanks to partners Powerplay, Get Your Rock Out and Metal Nation Radio for their kind help.

For more information please visit the official website at



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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