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Hard Rock Hell 2015, aptly titled ‘House of Horrors’, which is the 9th cycle of the winter music festival have announced heavy metal titans, Saxon back into their realm of mayhem thanks to popular demand from the HRH Fans. It will be 5 years since their last visit and this year’s set will be a 2 hour jaw dropper. With a mammoth back catalogue that stretches back to 1976.
Joining Saxon will be 80’s all-female NWOBHM Vets, Rock Goddess, who have recently enjoyed a positive resurgence and are looking forward to gracing the stage in front of the HRH faithful.
They will both be joined by another band who have been ordered in by popular demand, the unstoppable Black Spiders who are a particular favourite of mine and can currently be seen gracing stages all across the world.
HRH are renowned for plucking some gems out of far flung territories and the first one to be announced this year with a huge injection of Psychedelia are Swedish Heroes Skanska Mord. They will be joined by Swedish bretheren Riot Horse. Check out their track Medicine Man below.
Completing the first announcement are Outlaw Biker Rockers, Pig Iron who have just signed to sister label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings. These boys are well worth checking out if you are a fan of the almighty riff.
Hard Rock Hell 9: House of Horrors will be held in the usual location at Hafan y Mor Haven site in Phwellhi, Gwynedd, North Wales from the 12th to 15th November.
If you have not been before make sure you get down there this year as it is one of the highlights of my calendar. There is just something about a Rock and Metal festival at the ends of the earth, in the middle of winter on a holiday camp that creates a certvery unique festival experience. There is always great bands, great people and a whole lotta fun to be had.
Day Passes have now been released and can be booked @ www.hardrockhell.com/tickets
Turn on, Tune in, Rock out!
BLOODSTOCK 2014 has announced the addition of four more awesome metal bands to the main stage bill.
Crowbar, Obituary, Children of Bodom and Evil Scarecrow have been announced as the latest additions to the Bloodstock line-up. They will join headliners Down, Emperor and Megadeth who top what is shaping up to be a killer line up. The other bands announced to date are Floatsam and Jetsam, Decapitated and the mighty Saxon.
Each year Bloodstock further cements its reputation as a fan favourite. In complete contrast to Download, it nails its colours to the mask and provides fans with a dedicated Metal festival. I went for the first time last year and after having down Download a number of times, Sonisphere and way back in the past Reading and Leeds festivals, I was immediately taken by how small the festival was in comparison but this completely worked in its favour. There were no long walks between my tent and the arena which meant I could easily pop back to the tent for some grub and alcoholic libations without risking missing any of the bands I wanted to see. The smaller size of the arena also made it some much easier (and therefore much more likely) to move around between stages to see what was going on and I found myself doing this quite a lot which meant I discovered a number of bands that I may not have done at a larger festival. Some unexpected highlights included: Lifer, Xii Boar, Wanderbuyst, Grifter and Diesel King.
The other benefit of the smaller size was also that this meant the Twat to decent person ratio was much smaller and made for a much more relaxed and enjoyable festival. Within two minutes of getting my tent set up, I had a cup of rum and some food shoved into my hand by a friendly neighbour – you can’t ask for much better than that. It was also incredibly well organised and more than deserves its nomination for Best Medium Sized Festival in the UK Festival Awards.
Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on Bloodstock’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.