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27th April 2017

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As we reported back in February, Woking Borough Council have announced the return of their 'Party In The Park' event which is to be held at Woking Park on Saturday 8th July 2017. This year is being re-branded 'Rockin' All Over The Park' as a tribute to one of the town's most famous sons, Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt, who died on 24th December 2016.

The event promises an exciting programme, packed with music, dance, art and entertainment that's guaranteed to take you back in time to the delights of the swinging sixties and psychedelic seventies.

The event will also honour another famous son of the town, Paul Weller of The Jam, and is expected to draw around 20,000 people.

A number of acts are scheduled to play including The Jam'd and King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys but the real coup for the event is the announcement that original Status Quo drummer John Coghlan will headline with his band, John Coghlan's Quo.

In homage to his former fellow bandmate, the group will take partygoers back in time, recreating an authentic 70s Quo Sound and playing classics including 'Backwater', 'Roll Over Lay Down', 'Rain', 'Caroline', 'A Year' and, of course, the ubiquitous 'Rockin' All Over The World'.

The Woking event is just one of the numerous shows being undertaken by the band who are also playing a host of dates across the UK and Europe including Graz, Vriezenveen, Limburg, Verviers, Kidlington, Gorleston, Abingdon, Southampton, Leamington Spa, Stoke on Trent, Mansfield and London.

The band are also on the bill for Rock Against Cancer – Concert At The Kings in All Cannings on Saturday 20th May and the second international Status Quo Convention which is being held at Butlins, Minehead on Sunday 15th October.

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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.


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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