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  DRAGONFORCE FRONTMAN MARC HUDSON COMPLETES NEW ZEALAND TOUR IN A SLING AFTER NARROWLY AVOIDING SERIOUS INJURY
9th February 2017



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DragonForce frontman Marc Hudson narrowly escaped very serious injury last week after he jumped out of the band's van while it was moving during the band's current tour of Australian and New Zealand.

A report stated that on Tuesday 27th June, Hudson and his bandmates were preparing to leave Brisbane early in the morning for their flight to New Zealand. The crew were loading up the equipment outside the hotel into a van with a trailer which was parked on a steep hill at the top of a long road leading to an intersection.

With the equipment fully loaded and just a few suitcases to go, Marc went and sat at the back of the van first, with bassist Frédéric Leclercq and guitarist Sam Totman following close behind. After they set foot in the van, the brakes started squeaking and the van started rolling down the hill towards the intersection extremely quickly.

Sam and Fred, who were stood in the doorway, immediately stepped out, leaving Marc in the back seat with his seat belt on. The van with the trailer continued to accelerate down the hill.

Drummer Gee Anzalone tried to run after the van to put the handbrake on to no avail as it was going too fast, as did Marc, who was trying to get to it from the inside.

The van was headed for an intersection but was veering off to one side. Marc jumped out the side of the van a few seconds before it crashed into a tree and came to a complete stop. The van was said to be going at over 30 miles per hour when Marc jumped out.

He was treated at hospital for two potentially broken ribs, a sprained shoulder and various cuts and bruises.

Despite the severity of the singer's injuries, DragonForce did not cancel any shows on the tour and have since completed their dates down under with March performing in a sling. They head off to America later this week for a run of dates which carry on through until late July.



The UK tour takes place in October and joining them on the eleven headline shows will be Power Quest, who are set to release their new album 'The Sixth Dimension' on Friday October 13th.

Having shared members, with both members of DragonForce performing in Power Quest and vice versa, the two bands have a rich and colourful history that will make for an easy alliance on the road.

Says guitarist Sam Totman:

"Genuinely chuffed that my old mates from PQ are joining us on a full UK tour. We are so looking forward to great shows with them because we all go back a long way, and some light refreshment might ensue backstage also!"

These will be the first UK headline shows after the release of their brand new studio album, ‘Reaching Into Infinity’.

4th October: Glasgow - Garage
5th October: Newcastle - Riverside
6th October: York - Fibbers
7th October: Sheffield - Corporation
8th October: Manchester - Sound Control
11th October: Birmingham - O2 Academ
12th October: Cardiff - Globe
13th October: London - Electric Ballroom
14th October: Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
15th October: Tunbridge Wells - Forum
16th October: Dover - Booking Hall

Tickets for all dates are available right here.





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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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