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4th April 2017


After a long break from any live performances due to the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudziński on February 21st 2016, Riverside have just successfully completed their return to the stage with two very special sold-out tribute shows in their hometown of Warsaw, Poland in front of more than 4,000 people.

The band have checked in with the following comment:

"Two amazing, cathartic, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind evenings with a one-of-a-kind audience. Now we know. We are definitely moving on.

"And our tour in April and May will also be cathartic and unforgettable – the opening of the new chapter."

Next month Riverside will embark on a European tour dubbed 'Towards The Blue Horizon', consisting of the following dates:

20th April: Olsztyn (Poland) - Nowy Andegrant
21st April: Gdańsk (Poland) - Stary Maneż
22nd April: Poznań (Poland) - B17
23rd April: Wrocław (Poland) - A2
26th April: Wałbrzych (Poland) - Stara Kopalnia
27th April: Katowice (Poland) - Mega Club
28th April: Bielsko Biała (Poland) - Rude Boy
29th April: Bydgoszcz (Poland) - MCK
5th May: Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
6th May: Worpswede (Germany) - Music Hall
7th May: Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
9th May: Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
10th May: Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
12th May: Lyon (France) - MJC Ô Totem
13th May: Barcelona (Spain) - Salamandra 1
14th May: Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barcelo
16th May: Bordeaux (France) - Krakatoa
17th May: Paris (France) - Divan du Monde
19th May: Edinburgh (UK) - Liquid Room
20th May: Bristol (UK) – Marble Factory
21st May: Leamington Spa (UK) - Assembly
22nd May: London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
24th May: Maastricht, (The Netherlands) - Muziekgieterij
25th May: Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) - De Boerderij
26th May: Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
27th May: Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
28th May: Cologne (Germany) - Die Kantine
30th May: Kraków (Poland) – Łaźnia

Last October Riverside released a complementary instrumental album entitled 'Eye Of The Soundscape', including thirteen experimental and highly atmospheric compositions, which showcase Riverside's ambient electronic side.

'Eye Of The Soundscape' compiles all the special instrumental Riverside racks previously used as bonus material for the 'Shrine Of New Generation Slaves' and 'Love, Fear And The Time Machine' albums, alongside rare cuts as well as four new songs, 'Where The River Flows', 'Shine', 'Sleepwalkers' and 'Eye Of The Soundscape', into a massive playing time of over one hundred minutes.




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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