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6th July 2017


There's just a mere five weekends to go until Bloodstock 2017 now and you may not know that Bloodstock's online 'click & collect' service allows you to pre-order your 2017 merchadise for on site collection. Festival attendees can snap up their swag now without fear of their size/design being already sold out on the day. Just pre-order anything with a 'click & collect' logo at and collect at the merch stall in the arena at any point over the weekend, knowing your item is guaranteed and paid for. You can pre-order until Monday 7th August.

Plus, if you want to win lots of Bloodstock goodies, plus a chance to meet bands, get your ticket upgraded, watch from the side of the stage, or just snap up some free tickets, you can win every week between now and the festival. There are lots of prizes to be won just by sharing your favourite Bloodstock YouTube video on your social media. Get all the info on how to enter right here.

As for bands, Bloodstock can now reveal that opening the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday will be hotly-tipped Danish rockers Forever Still. Signed to Nuclear Blast for the release of their debut album, 'Tied Down', get familiar with the video for epic single 'Scars' right here.

Bloodstock is also pleased to announce the return of the Jagermeister Stage. Grab your mates and some shots, and get ready to watch all these great bands.

Appearing on Friday, are groove-infused rockers Electric Mother who hail from the Viking isles of Orkney, Nottingham thrash'n'rollers Hung Daddy, underground groove thrashers Trendkill, the aptly-named Biggus Riffus, and Metal warriors Hanowar. Livening up Saturday are Spyderbyte (think AC/DC, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and Motörhead in a blender), thrash Metal Londoners Bangover, Brighton rockers Tales Of Autumn, unique Mancunian progsters Twisted Illusion and classic rock road dogs Departed, who count The Treatment's ex-guitarist amongst their ranks.

Sunday brings prog Metal sludgers Everest Queen from Stevenage, Edinburgh doomsters Atragon, the classic/blues rock sounds of Stoke's Silverchild and a ballsy blues riot from Manchester's Voodoo Blood. If there's any Jagermeister left, Bloodstock may yet add a couple more bands to the fray.

When the Metal finishes in the Hobgoblin New Blood tent each evening, a different set of howls take centre stage with Bloodstock's comedy bill. The laughs continue through the evening and wrap up before the headliners take to the main stage. Friday's gag-filled line up is compere'd by everyone's favourite Ginger Viking comic, Chris Brooker, and welcomes razor-sharp one-liner king Gary Delaney and the award-winning Queen of comic observation, Debra Jane Appleby.

Saturday evening's bill is compere'd by David Jordan who brings his hilarious, edgy musical approach to comedy, plus there's The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, one that has to be seen to be believed and leaves everyone crying with laughter. Also bringing the laughs is award-winning stand-up Quincy. You may recognise him from off the telly. On Sunday, Chris Brooker returns to compere once again and we welcome the dark and deliciously different jokes of Bethany Black and the maddest, silliest, stupidest pairing on the circuit, The Raymond And Mr Timpkins Revue.

Bloodstock 2017 headliners are Amon Amarth, Ghost and Megadeth and the bill also features Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Devilment, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell and Decapitated plus many, many more. Tickets are available right here.

And finally for now, Metal 2 The Masses Winners, Coventry's Devil's Playground are set to play the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air aa well as London winners Sentience and Wolverhampton winner Ashen Crown. All three bands will be playing the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival.

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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.


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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