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11th June 2014

red dragon cartel

Red Dragon Cartel's tour manager, John Brown, called the MetalTalk offices this morning and has informed us that the gig the band were due to play this week at Buckley has been salvaged and will definitely go ahead as planned.

The band, showcasing the talents of former Ozzy guitarist Jake E Lee, have also added a bonus show in Manchester at Satans Hollow, Princes Street, Manchester tomorrow night, Thursday 12th June and will play Buckley on Friday night, 13th June.

Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events which we will elaborate on below.

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The band's scheduled appearance on the main stage at Download Festival on Sunday 15th June will also go ahead as planned.

Jake E Lee told MetalTalk this morning: "It's been over 20 years since I've played in England. I've missed it. Enjoying being able to play for my fans. Please don't throw piss at me in Donington."

The band were at the centre of a firestorm last Sunday night when their Wolverhampton gig was cancelled. A statement was issued by the co-promoter, Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management who had booked the band for the UK tour, stating that the gig was cancelled "due to a serious visa irregularity with his tour party".

This "irregularity" concerned Jake's girlfriend who was in the country on a tourist visa having paid her own way to be at the shows. We are reliably informed that in no way did she carry out any work whatsoever and was not there in any professional capacity, nor will she be for the remainder of her stay in the UK.

The dispute apparently arose due to a personal argument between Jake's girlfriend and Denise Dale at RDC's O2 Academy Islington, London performance which became heated and personal.

The band have re-organised the Manchester and Buckley concerts themselves and will make no money at all from them. This is pure goodwill to the fans who had been let down by any UK cancellations.

The band played London and Nottingham on the 6th and 7th and you can see a clip from the London show right here where it is clear Jake E Lee has lost none of his trademark spark.

Red Dragon Cartel's eponymous album is out now on Frontiers Records



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.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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