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6th December 2017

hrh viking

Hard Rock Hell has expanded further with the latest addition to the already impressive festival roster being HRH Vikings, a two day, two arena adventure, taking place at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on 1st and 2nd December 2018.

HRH are even serving up their very own HRH Viking Ale and the line-up is impressive too and features five mind-blowing sub-genres of Metal: Battle, Nordic, Pagan, Black and Death. Expect the unexpected as HRH go all out to create a Metal Viking saga.

HRH main man Jonni Davis tells us:

"We've been threatening to do this for some time now. We just needed the right bands in cycle, and by all the Gods in Asgard we've nailed them high!"

The first announced headliner is Turisas: taking their name from an ancient Finnish God of war, Turisas will be bringing their rousing Battle Metal to HRH Vikings. Another headliner has yet to be announced.

Danish Folk Metal band Svartsot are well-suited to the Scandinavian heart of HRH Vikings. Ereb Altor are famed for their mix of Pagan and Black Metal, and are often compared with Bathory in their most epic and Pagan period, whilst Obscurity are a German melodic Death/Black Metal band, with strong Viking Metal influences.

Joining the above on the initially-announced line-up are Finsterforst, Waylander, Old Corpse Road, Haerken, Oakenshield, Ravenage Sellsword, Witan, PKA, Accursed Years, Blood Oath, Mordrake, Isarnos and Gymir.

Many more acts will be announced soon.



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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