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Johnny Main
17th November 2017

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MetalTalk favourites Cats In Space are delighted to be releasing a live recording, 'Cats Alive!', on 23rd February 2018. The record will be available as a CD, blue heavyweight vinyl and download.

The show was recorded at a particularly raucous night on the band's tour with Thunder earlier this year. As guitarist Greg Hart explains:

"This musical feast was recorded live in front of 4,000 nutty folk at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Listen for yourself, but we think we picked the right night to record."

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It's been a pretty amazing year so far for Cats In Space, who follow their own headline tour with two mega support slots before 2017 is out, the previously announced slot across the entire Deep Purple UK tour next month and as special guests to Status Quo which you can read more about below.

On top of that, their second album, 'Scarecrow', has been given rave reviews across the board, both home and abroad, with MetalTalk's Mark Taylor saying:

"I can safely say that Cats In Space will yet again top my album of the year list with 'Scarecrow' as they have proved yet again that rock music doesn't have to be filled with political rage or be fast and furious. It can be light and creamy but more essentially full of strong songs complete with melody and memorable tunes.

"The Cats are not here to preach, but to take you on a journey into astral bliss. Out of this world."

You can see the full review right here.

'Cats Alive!' captures just one fantastic night but in truth encapsulates everything that this band is about. Every live show and every single radio play brings them new fans – Cats In Space have a fine line in purr-suasion!

And on top of all that, just announced this morning, Friday 17th November, is that the band are about to set off on the road with rock legends Status Quo for their annual Winter tour.

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The Cats will be joining The Quo tour on Sunday 26th November at the O2 Apollo in Manchester before hitting eight other stops around the UK including Sheffield, Cardiff, Reading, Bournemouth, Glasgow and Newcastle before finishing up at London's Eventim Apollo on Thursday 8th December.

Speaking of the Status Quo support tour announcement, Greg Hart said:

"We are most thrilled to let you know that hot off the heels of our tour with Deep Purple, we'll be heading straight back out on the road with Status Quo! It's all go...

"The opportunity was too good to miss and we can't wait to finish what's been a truly extraordinary year with some of Britain's finest. Woo Hoo!"

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You can Cats In Space supporting Status Quo here:
Sunday 26th November: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Monday 27th November: City Hall, Sheffield
Wednesday 29th November: St David's Hall, Cardiff
Thursday 30th November: Hexagon, Reading
Saturday 2nd December: International Centre, Bournemouth
Sunday 3rd December: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 5th December: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Wednesday 6th December: City Hall, Newcastle
Thursday 8th December: Eventim Apollo, London

Tickets are available right here.

'Cat's Alive!' tracklist:
Too Many Gods
Only In Vegas
Last Man Standing
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Mr Heartache
Greatest Story Never Told
Five Minute Celebrity

Cats In Space are:
Paul Manzi – Vocals/Guitars
Greg Hart – Guitars/Vocals
Dean Howard – Guitars/Vocals
Jeff Brown – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Andy Stewart – Keyboards
Steevi Bacon – Drums

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Cats In Space live photos – © Main Stage Photography exclusively for 2017




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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