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29th June 2017


Hawkwind are celebrating a big victory today after seeing off the challenge to their name by former member Nik Turner.

Turner filed an application in the USA some time ago in order to gain use of the Hawkwind name for his own solo project and a hearing took place at Silicon Valley USPTO, California back in April.

Both sides, applicant Nik Turner, represented by Evan Cohen of Manifesto Records and opposer Dave Brock, Hawkwind founder, leader and only constant member in the band's almost half a century existence, represented by first year associate Jodi Benassi of McDermott Will Emery were given thirty minutes to present their cases with Turner playing heavily on his "Hawkwind isn't famous" view, which as any discerning rock fan knows is utterly ludicrous.

The hearing took place in front of around fourty people in a room that could have accommodated about a hundred. Most appeared to be law students with their professors. Neither Dave Brock or Nik Turner were present and the panel consisted of Deputy Chief Judge Susan Richey, Judge Lorelei Ritchie and Judge Francine Gorowitz.

The panel apparently asked tough questions of both parties before retiring to consider their decision which they made pubilc yesterday.

Common sense has prevailed and Hawkwind have made the following statement:

"We are really happy to let everyone know, that a decision has finally been reached in the USA by the TTAB regarding Hawkwind and Nicholas Turner. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found in Hawkwind's favour and has just issued an order which sustained our opposition.

"Nik Turner CANNOT use the name Hawkwind!

"It's been over three hard years, which has drained our energies and resources... we are so glad its over and the correct verdict has finally been reached.

"The members of Hawkwind would like to thank you all for your support in what has been a very stressful few years! Hopefully we can now put all this behind us and get on with other more creative and positive stuff!

"We will comment further when the news has finally sunk in... but for now, we are off to celebrate! Please raise a glass, (or whatever), to the good ship Hawkwind! Long may she sail!!"




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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