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30th January 2017

wildfrire festival

Wildfire Festival, Scotland's leading rock and Metal festival, today announces the second tranche of twenty bands that will be playing the June 2017 Event. With the first fourty bands now confirmed, Wildfire will be showcasing some of the best emerging UK rock talent in one place over three days.

With UK rock fans voicing concern in a YouGov poll over the rising cost of concert ticket prices for classic bands and the threat to the future of grass-roots venues Wildfire organisers believe 2017 needs to become the year when the rock community invests more time in tomorrow's bands.

The bill already draws on exciting new artists from England, Wales, Ireland and local bands from Scotland, who will enjoy main stage festival exposure. In addition, Wildfire 2017 also carries an exciting international flavour, with bands flying in from Australia, The US and Denmark to join the line up.

The twenty bands announced today include Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, Forever Still, Broken Witt Rebels, Skarlett Riot, Massive, Tequila Mockingbyrd, The Jokers, The King Lot, Dead Label, Skam, Vice, Making Monsters, Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters, Departed, Psychobabylon, RSJ, Anchor Lane, Tantrum, Derange and Chrome Molly.

The three-day festival, held in the grounds of the sumptuous Wiston Lodge country estate - a stone's throw from Glasgow and Edinburgh - has currently frozen prices for 2017 to ensure people of all walks of life can attend. Further, Wildfire extends its reputation as a great weekend break for the whole family with children's ticket prices fixed at just £1. Beyond giving children their first live concert experience, a range of music workshops are planned for children and teenagers that want to have their first experience of playing or learning an instrument with rock mentors.

Dave Ritchie, Founder and Director of Wildfire Festival told us:

"We all love the old bands but if we keep going to see them at festivals at the expense of backing today's young bands, there will not be rock music in twenty years time. What we are preparing for June 2017 is a massive sixty-band showcase of the best new talent in rock today. Nowhere else will music lovers be able to see 60 of the brightest and most critically acclaimed young bands in one place, over three days – and in a wonderful setting with a family friendly feel. Everyone that comes to Wildfire is doing their bit to give bright new bands a future.

"From Glasgow to Plymouth, Cardiff to Coventry, Norwich to Belfast – new rock bands are cropping up from all corners of the UK. They are inspired by the British rock tradition of Led Zep, Free and Queen. Furthermore these new bands are too great in number to ignore. There is a New Wave of British Classic Rock and it is sad that the mainstream rock world doesn't do more to put them centre stage. We are doing this in June – and together we will be making some noise and, in doing so, giving British rock music a future."

Conor Gaffney of emerging new Scottish band, Anchor Lane adds:

"In addition to putting Scotland back on the map as the engine room for new British rock bands, Wildfire Festival plays a crucial role in sponsoring grass roots talent on its doorstep. Getting a break at a festival is a big step for any new band and Wildfire founder Dave Ritchie invests considerable time visiting local venues to ensure every year there is a healthy crop of Scottish bands getting their festival debut at Wildfire.

"In a year when so many Scottish festivals have fallen away and when south of the border too many festivals seem to just go for the old big names, the importance of Wildfire to young bands and fans cannot be over-stated. And the great news for concert-goers is Wildfire doesn't hang one on or two headliners bringing the stage to life. At Wildfire it is endless great music twelve hours a day!"

The first twenty bands already announced are:

The Treatment
Wearing Scars
Bad Touch
The Texas Flood
Dirty Thrills
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics
Last Bullet
Eva Plays Dead
Gasoline Outlaws
The Bad Flowers
Those Damn Crows
Late Night Legacy
The Fallen State
Little Brother Eli
Skarlett Riot

Today's twenty band announcement:

Broken Witt Rebels
Dan Baird And Homemade Sin
Forever Still
Skarlett Riot
Tequila Mockingbird
The Jokers
The King Lot
Dead Label
Making Monsters
Anchor Lane
Chrome Molly

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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