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  BREAKING NEWS: AIRBOURNE CONFIRM NEW LINE-UP AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
18th April 2017



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Airbourne have sprung a surprise in the form of a line-up change.

Their longtime staunch mate Matt 'Harri' Harrison has now joined their ranks as guitarist as longstanding band member David Roads has decided to depart the world of rock'n'roll.

Harrison was been a part of the ever-growing Airbourne story across four studio albums and extensive global touring, helping to establish the band that was formed by brothers Joel and Ryan O'Keeffe in Warrnambool, Regional Victoria, Australia in 2003 and completed by bassist Justin Street.

A statement from the band reads:

"Roadsy has always loved rural Australia, his second passion being his family farm, and now he has decided to return to his roots to work alongside his father in the family business. We wish him well on his future endeavors.

"As the old saying goes, 'you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy'. We say, good on ya mate, well-played and good luck!

"Now to the future, and it's all guns blazing foot to the floor! In the coming months, we look forward to introducing you to our new Airbourne Brother, he's our long time staunch mate Harri 'The Riff Doctor' Harrison. Possessing a gifted rock'n'roll right hand motor he already fits in like a well-greased piston into a V8 and we are all pumped to be bringing his powerful locomotive-like rhythm with us to rock the summer festivals!

"Cheers and see ya soon rockers!"

David Harrison commented:

"Many thanks to all the fans. It has been an absolute pleasure rocking out with you guys over the years. It was great to be a part of this wild Airbourne ride! Cheers!"

The new Airbourne line-up will be unveiled this summer when the band return to European touring action for a run of selected headline and major festival appearances, including Rock Im Park/Rock Am Ring and Full Force in Germany, Download in the UK, Nova Rock in Austria, Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium, Copenhell in Denmark and Provinssirock in Finland.

The following headline dates are also confirmed with more to follow.

10th October: Olympia, Paris, France
13th October: Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
25th October: Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany
27th October: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
29th October: Barba Negra Music Club, Budapest, Hungary
31st October: Werk 2, Leipzig, Germany
2nd November: Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
4th November: Rathaussaal, Telf/Innsbruck, Austria
6th November: Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
7th November: Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
8th November: Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

Airbourne's latest single, 'It's All For Rock N' Roll', taken from the 'Breakin' Outta Hell' album, will be available as a special 12" vinyl release for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd.

This limited edition package will come complete with gatefold sleeve, bronze vinyl, plus fold-out poster, and is dedicated to Lemmy and Motörhead, as is the accompanying video which was released earlier this year and features Motörhead's legendary Bomber lighting rig.







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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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