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16th June 2017

kaleb mckane

From Wildhearts to Black Heart – Kaleb McKane and his rhythm section of ginger ninjas get ready to light-up Camden's favourite rock venue on the longest day of the year, Wednesday 21st June 2017.

In the wake of a series of electrifying performances at renowned London venues such as the Half Moon in Putney, the Bull's Head in Barnes and the legendary Scotch of St James in Mayfair, summer solstice sees virtuoso singer-guitarist Kaleb McKane in the black heart of Camden for his latest headline show.

Bolstered by the studio patronage of erstwhile Spider Woody Woodmansey in 2016, this year saw the formation of a new power trio, featuring Toshi and Denzil from Ginger Wildheart's band and the release of McKane's debut single, 'Talk To God', accompanied by a highly memorable video that garnered over 10,000 online views in only a matter of days.

With a voice that combines the range of Jeff Buckley, the feel of Glenn Hughes and the artfulness of David Bowie and a guitar style that combines the melodic sensibility of Mick Ronson and the technique of Ritchie Kotzen, it's on stage that McKane's talent is truly unleashed. With an eclectic setlist of original songs and unique interpretations of songs that influenced his musical development, as MetalTalk previously commented, this promises to be a very special "ballsy and bloody brilliant" evening.

kaleb mckane

MetalTalk had a quick catch-up with Kaleb this week to find out more about the man, his muse and the music:

So how does Kaleb McKane describe Kaleb McKane?

"First and foremost, I consider myself to be a rock solo artist."

You have a very distinctive voice – when did you discover you could sing like that?

"I've sung for years and my voice has always sounded similar, but it's constantly improving. I'm training it properly and write with it in mind."

Your guitar style appears to favour melody and tone to speed and technique?

"I'm influenced by guitarists from across a wide musical spectrum and appreciate both the fast and the slow players; I think that can be heard in my playing."

What's your preferred approach to songwriting?

"Most often it's harmony, melody and then lyrics. But not always."

Your first single created quite a buzz; how do you intend to follow that?

"With new music that's bigger and better in every way."

What can we expect from your gig at Our Black Heart?

"I'm performing better than ever and have a great band with me - it should be a good gig."

So what next for Kaleb and what would you like to achieve by the end of the year?

"My primary focus is my creativity and the music I produce. I will be very satisfied if, by the end of the year, I've been back in the studio recording music that I'm proud of."





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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