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5th May 2017


Legendary space-rockers Hawkwind treated a select audience to a performance of four acoustic numbers at London's newly refurbished Borderline on Thursday afternoon.

The private showcase was to launch Hawkwind's new album, 'Into The Woods', which is released today via Cherry Red Records and as the quality of the veteran psychedelic rockers' thirtieth opus was revealed, it became apparent that this could well be their biggest album to date.

It's almost half a century since Hawkwind formed and a sprightly and jovial Dave Brock rolled back the years and delighted those in attendance with two choice cuts from the past, a track from 'Into The Woods' and a throwback to his Ladbroke Grove busking days.


Talking of cuts, Dave was unable to strap on his guitar due to a recent hand injury which we are reliably informed will have fully healed in time for Hawkwind's forthcoming UK tour which includes a gig on Friday 26th May at The Roundhouse. Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons are the support band that night and as this is the venue where Motörhead played their first ever gig, supporting Dave Greenslade in July 1975, a poignant evening is in store.

Two tracks from 'Into The Woods' were aired via the venue's PA but as this was an afternoon showcase, there were volume restrictions to be observed but this in no way deflected the quality of the new material.

The album's title track has a very distinct rock'n'roll vibe while 'Space Ship Blues' is an upbeat number with a dancy vibe. Both numbers were sonically delightful and despite the low volume, hearing them for the first time through a proper venue PA was a real pleasure.

Delighted cheers greeted the band as they entered the stage and these turned to gasps of amazement as Hawkwind bestowed a wondrous acoustic versison of 'The Only Ones', from 1978s '25 Years On' album which was released under the name Hawklords for legal reasons, as there was a dispute over ownership of the name Hawkwind at the time.

This is not the only time a pretender has attempted to nik Dave Brock's legacy but as it will continue to do so, truth and fairness prevailed in this case.


Fourth and final track of the afternoon, 'Psi Power', was also from '25 Years On' while second number 'Mind Cut' appeared on double album 'Onward', Hawkwind's twenty-fifth studio album (twenty-seventh overall). 'Ascent' was the only song performed from 'Into The Woods' but you can expect more from the latest album when the band hit the road in six days and at Hellfest in France which begins on June 16th.

This was a great performance of four great songs but the most remarkable thing of all was that no amplification whatsoever was used. Hawkwind lead singer Dibs told us after the performance:

"Sometimes electricity gets in the way."

On this showing, it seems that little can possibly get in the way of Hawkwind's renaissance and continued progress. Don't be surprised to see them performing a full acoustic set at The Palladium or Royal Albert Hall in years to come.

In the meantime, tour dates beckon and you can be sure that a very large dose of the right stuff will most definitely be served up every night.


'Into The Woods' tracklist:
Into The Woods
Cottage In The Woods
The Woodpecker
Have You Seen Them
Space Ship Blues
The Wind
Vegan Lunch
Magic Scenes
Wood Nymph
Deep Cavern
Magic Mushroom


'Into The Woods' Tour 2017, support on all dates is Hawkwind Unplugged except London where Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons are supporting and Mello Festival where there will be no unplugged set.

Thursday 11th May: Princess Pavillion, Falmouth, Cornwell
Friday 12th May: The Pavillion, Weymouth, Dorset
Saturday 13th May: Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sussex
Sunday 14th May: Roadmenders, Northampton
Tuesday 16th May: The Institute, Birmingham
Wednesday 17th May: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Kent
Thursday 18th May: Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Glos
Friday 19th May: Dorking Halls, Dorking, Surrey
Saturday 20th May: Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, Hants
Sunday 21st May: Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk
Tuesday 23rd May: Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire
Wednesday 24th May: Bristol, Academy
Thursday 25th May: Norwich, UEA, Norwich, Norfolk
Friday 26th May: The Roundhouse, London
Saturday 27th May: Mello Festival, Thockmorton Airfield, Nr Evesham, Worcs
Monday 29th May: Jersey Opera House, Jersey, Channel Isles




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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