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16th December 2016

steve harris british lion

Steve Harris British Lion will be playing the Ramblin' Man Fare Main Stage in 2017.

The festival organisers said: "The official side project of legendary Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris, British Lion introduces much more of a melodic hard rock dynamism to this most enduring of the icon's musical repertoire and showcases the sublime vocal talents of Richard Taylor to the rocking masses. British Lion, RMF salutes you!"

ZZ Top will be one of the Ramblin' Man Fare headliners in what is billed as a UK exclusive. The Ramblin' Man organisers said when ZZ Top were first announced:

"You've been waiting patiently and now without a further a do here are the first acts we can proudly announce for Ramblin' Man Fair 2017!!

"We are very excited that headlining the Main Stage and a UK festival exclusive, from the Lone Star state bringing that Texas boogie to Mote Park are none other than ZZ Top!

"Joining the 'Little Ol' Band' from Texas on the main stage will be Canada's very own favourite sons and award winning rock'n'rollers Monster Truck and the much admired young guitar slinger Jared James Nichols.

"Our Prog In The Park headliners are none other than Topeka's multi-platinum album selling wayward sons Kansas and joining them will be Britain's melodic rock icons Magnum.

"Probably the finest female blues rock singer and guitarist of our time, Joanne Shaw Taylor, will be headlining our Blues Stage, where we will have The Quireboys - This Is Rock And Roll performing an exclusive blues set and described as one the greatest blues men of our time we have Big Boy Bloater.

"Our final announcement, bringing a bit of runka, runka, three chords and a cloud of dust to the Outlaw Country Stage is none other than Dan Baird and Homemade Sin."

The third edition of Ramblin' Man Fair will take place on 29th and 30th July at Mote Park, Maidstone, the same venue as the previous two years and if you missed out on those great occasions then make sure you get ticketed up for 2017. Tickets will be on sale very soon and you can get yours at this link right here.

Our reporting team at MetalTalk fought off blazing sunshine, vicious hangovers and severe tinnitus to bring you the review of this year's extravaganza and you can read all about how Joel O'Keeffe opened that can of beer, plus much, much more from a truly rockin' and raucous weekend right here.

We speculated here that the 2017 headliners would be Aerosmith, Def Leppard, ZZ Top or Deep Purple.

Aerosmith can be ruled out as they are headlining Download while Purple could still be in the frame, despite headlining Hellfest (here) and also announcing a November 2017 UK tour (here).

Ozzy Osbourne could also be a contender as he will be resuming his solo career after the final Black Sabbath dates and Judas Priest could also take the second headlining slot.


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