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  ROCK AIN'T DEAD AS HEAVY PETTIN' RETURN FOR SECOND WINTERSTORM FESTIVAL
31st July 2017



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WinterStorm Festival 2017, held in Troon, Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, have unveiled the remainder of the line-up for the classic rock weekend taking place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017 which includes The Quireboys, Rock Goddess, Syteria and from nowhere the first gig in thirty years for Glasgow rockers Heavy Pettin'.

Both Rock Goddess and Heavy Pettin' are playing their first gigs in Scotland for three decades and will be joined by Syteria, the side project of Girlschool guitarist Jackie Chambers. If that's not enough for you, the whole weekend will be signed off with a rocking and rolling WinterStorm closing set featuring the unique talents of Chris Glen (Sensational Alex Harvey Band/Michael Schenker Group) on bass guitar, vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow/Michael Schenkers Temple of Rock) and Gun drummer Paul McManus as well as a host of special guests.

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WinterStorm Festival organiser Ian McCaig told us:

"We were really fortunate with our first year line-up and there was a quality right through both days and it's going to be difficult to follow but hopefully we can match it.

The announcement fills in the two day line-up which had already confirmed NWOBHM legends Praying Mantis and Tygers Of Pan Tang while guitar greats Bernie Torme from Gillan and Bernie Marsden will be appearing with their bands. Former Whitesnake guitarist Marsden's band will include Neil Murray on bass.

Ex-Rainbow frontman Graham Bonnet will be live on stage on the Saturday night and the more melodic side of the weekend sees US rockers Tyketto and Dare appearing.

The weekend includes sixteen bands from across genres and, as well as the aforementioned acts, will introduce some superb up and coming stormbreakers such as Mason Hill, Stone Broken, Massive Wagons, Bigfoot and The King Lot, all of whom have already been confirmed.

WinterStorm has created a weekend of guitar riffs doon the watter with two days of seaside rock with a bit of AOR, a touch of Heavy Metal, a hint of the Blues and some of the best new and classic rock bands at Troon Concert Hall.

2017 has a very old school Reading Festival theme running through its veins with appearances by more than half a dozen groups and artistes who performed at that famous festival in the seventies and eighties.

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As well as the main stage at Troon Concert Hall there's a 'Before The Storm Event' featuring Syteria and guests at Glasgow's Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday 23rd November and an After Show Party too, aimed at making the weekend an annual must do for rock music lovers of all ages.

The weekend is based in the compact Troon Concert Hall which sits right on the beach overlooking the Isle of Arran and its location is definitely part of the attraction. It only has a capacity of 600 but feels like a small indoor festival with food, bars, acoustic stage and bars and the friendly atmosphere of 2016 was one of the highlights.

Glasgow Rock DJ Tom Russell will serve as MC for the event and said:

"I think it's magnificent that a town like Troon is putting itself firmly on the rock map and if this event gets the support it'll be great not only for rock fans from all over the UK and beyond but also for local businesses and tourism.

"It'll be great fun to get down the coast again for the weekend, listen to some wonderful musicians and get that Ayrshire sea air, a stick of rock and an ice cream!"

WinterStorm will rock Troon on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017 and the dates are already set for next year's event. Online Ticket Sales, pricing and accommodation information are available from the official WinterStorm website at winterstorm.co.uk.

MetalTalk recently interviewed Hamie of Heavy Pettin' about what went wrong, what happened during their silence and when is their next gig?



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WinterStorm 2017 line-up (in alphabetical order):
Bigfoot
Graham Bonnet
Dare
Chris Glen
Heavy Pettin'
The King Lot
Bernie Marsden
Mason Hill
Massive Wagons
Paul McManus
Praying Mantis
The Quireboys
Rock Goddess
Stone Broken
Syteria
Bernie Torme
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Tyketto
Doogie White

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