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  BREAKING NEWS: BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, SWEET AND MORE ADDED TO STONE FREE FESTIVAL BILL
13th February 2017



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This year's Stone Free Festival again takes place at London's O2 with doors opening at midday on Saturday 17th June and just announced and playing a full headline set and closing the afternoon festivities at Indigo at The O2 will be the iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult.

Throughout their four-decade career, BÖC have garnered huge critical acclaim, in particular for the hit single '(Don't Fear) The Reaper' and other fan favourites including 'Godzilla' and 'Burning For You'. They will be returning to London after a triumphant sold-out show at London's Forum in summer 2016.

The band commented: "We're thrilled to be returning to London for a headline set as part of Stone Free at the O2 Indigo on June 17th as we celebrate 45 years of being 'ON TOUR FOREVER'."

In the main arena joining headliners Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow will be legendary British glam rock giants Sweet, who during the 70s had thirteen Top 20 hits including 'Blockbuster', 'Hell Raiser', 'Fox On the Run' and the evergreen feel-good anthem 'The Ballroom Blitz'.

The band say: "It has been forty years since Sweet played shows together with Rainbow in the USA. We therefore look forward to reconnecting where we left off. Both bands have gone through changes but with guitarists Ritchie Blackmore and Andy Scott still performing on stage the legacy remains intact. Most importantly the music, especially the hits, are still very much part of rock history today."

Indigo at The O2 will be hosting a full afternoon of entertainment with Northern Ireland's The Answer, who have hit new heights with their most recent album 'Solas', and Scottish rockers Gun joining the aforementioned Blue Öyster Cult.

When the arena finishes on Saturday night, the excitement doesn't stop there. There will be an After Party with bad-ass bluegrass maestros Steve'n'Seagulls from Finland. Skillfully re-working some of Metal's finest moments into a new breed of country hoe-down guaranteed to shake you all night long.

One of the must-visit destinations at last year's event, the Speak Easy Lounge, is back to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of performances to be announced including comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol, who found fame in the Canadian comedy music trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, comedy club regular Rich Wilson, hailed by Time Out as "Highly entertaining" and a very special live recording of Stuart Goldsmith's Comedians' Comedian podcast featuring a big comedy name to be announced (previous guests include Tim Minchin, Bill Burr and Jimmy Carr).

The Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all Stone Free Festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue and will have performances throughout the afternoon providing a non-stop soundtrack to the variety of entertainment on offer.

Headlining will be the menacing Evil Blizzard who with four basses and a singing drummer will bring their dystopian madness to proceedings. Joining them will be the rock and soul infused Buck & Evans, Australian hell-raising rockers Massive, bullish Brit rockers Massive Wagons and the heavy metal stalwarts Death Valley Knights.

With no chance of rain stopping play, there will still be the chance to bask outside in London's summer sun. Outside the entrance to the O2 will be The Beer Garden with street food stalls and more live music to entertain fans as they eat, drink and get merry. Full Line-up to be announced.









MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is stricylt 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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