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1st March 2017

silja rock

Mighty British road warriors Saxon have been confirmed as Silja Rock 2017 headliners which takes place on May 12th for a full forty hours of live music between Stockholm and Helsinki.

Now if that sounds a little unusual, Silja Rock is like a rock festival but on a ship. As with any festival it has several stages featuring headlining acts and supports. The music is pretty much non-stop, a forty hour trip to Finland and back with at least twenty hours of it covered by some great rock acts and the rest of the time covered by DJ acts in three venues around the ship.

Also on the bill are The Answer, Massive Wagons and Allegiance Of Rock who boast Gus G, John Leven, Anders Johansson and Mats Leven. Skinny Molly, ArtNation, Bulletrain and more are also on the bill.

The journey begins officially when the boat leaves the dock at 4.45pm from Stockholm, Sweden.

Silja Rock organisers told us:

"What makes us the best rock boat on the waves? The selection of music, that's what. We carefully mix and match our acts so that all of our more than 2,500 guests on board will receive at least more than just a few acts that they can really absorb. Metal, Gothic Rock, Folk Rock, Glam Rock, Arena Rock, Rock Bacon and a little disco.

"This gives us a broad, happy, friendly, loving audience that goes beyond everything else on the Swedish live music scene. This is the 'secret sauce' that makes Silja Rock what it is today."

You can make your reservation by emailing

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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