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Great British Rock & Blues and Giants of Rock start a year of festivals plus new year offers
Two major events take place in January promoted by Butlins Live Music.
Giants of Rock in Minehead (26-29 January) features headiners Hawkwind, Uriah Heep and Magnum along with appearances from jazz fusion legend Larry Carlton and melodic rock stalwarts Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Fran Cosmo (Boston). An ‘introducing’ stage includes up and coming bands like Mohawk Radio and Departed.
In Skegness, the Great British Rock & Blues Festival was held 19-22 January and featured headliners Roger Chapman (Family) on the rock stage and Lucky Peterson on the blues stage. Other artists appearing included Nazareth, Atomic Rooster, Bernie Marsden and Stray (pictured). Two stages showcased upcoming and established blues/rock artists including Storm Warning, Ash Wilson and Troy Redfern.
Steve Hackett plus orchestra in October 2018
Progmeister Steve Hackett takes a 41-piece orchestra on the road in the UK this October, playing Genesis and solo material.
Saxon: new album and UK dates
Heavy metal legends Saxon release their latest studio album – ‘Thunderbolt’ – on 2 February via the Militia Guard label followed by UK tour dates as part of a European Tour.
Saxon will be joined by Diamond Head and Rock Goddess on the scheduled UK dates, with special guests Magnum on the Hull date only. Dates for Thunderbolt Tour Part 2 will be announced soon.
The album is available in several formats: CD (Digipack), 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold Sleeve, Special Edition Boxset, Tape Cassette and Digital Download.
Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1
Fri February 23 – UK, Cardiff University
Sat February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sun February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall
Tue February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013
Wed February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thu March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol
Fri March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
Sat March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof
Magnum – new album and tour
Melodic pomp rockers Magnum release their 20th studio album in January followed by a UK tour in February/March.
THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL, Skegness, Lincs 19-22 January
Featuring Roger Chapman/Family, Lucky Petersen, Nazareth and more.
GIANTS OF ROCK, Minehead, Somerset 26-29 January
Featuring HAWKWIND, URIAH HEEP, MAGNUM and more.
BEARDED THEORY, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 24-27 May
Featuring Robert Plant, Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more.
STONE FREE, O2 Arena, London 16-17 June
Featuring Scorpions, Yes (Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman), Megadeth and more.
RAMBLIN MAN FAIR, Maidstone, Kent 30 June-1 July
Featuring Halestorm, Sons Of Apollo, Blackberry Smoke, Fish, Mostly Autumn, Von Hertzen Brothers and more to be announced.
CORNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Oxfordshire 13-15 July
STEELHOUSE, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 27 -29 July
Featuring Black Star Riders, Stone Broken, King King, Dan Reed Network, Glenn Hughes and more to be announced.
>> News item (Glenn Hughes)
THE GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL, Calne, Lancs., 24-26 August
Featuring King King, Laurence Jones, Simon McBride, Connie Lush, My Baby, Kyla Brox and more to be announced.
AUSTIN GOLD 14 January – 18 February Best of 2017
KING KING 17-27 January Best of 2017
GIANTS OF ROCK 26-29 January
CURVED AIR 26 January-4 March
MAGNUM 20 February-12 March
DAN REED/DANNY VAUGHN (pictured) 20 February-31 March
STONE BROKEN/Jared James Nichols/The Bad Flowers 22 Feb – 7 March
SAXON 23-25 February
LEAVES’ EYES Across The Sea
April 2016 saw Finnish vocalist Elina Siirala succeed Liv Kristine at the helm of the Leaves’ Eyes longship. ‘Sign Of the Dragonhead’ is the band’s first album with their new singer (AFM Records), released 12 January.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Wanderlust
Black Country Communion have recently played two UK dates and the latest video has been released from the album ‘BCCIV’
Gig review (London, 4 January)
THE DARK ELEMENT My Sweet Mystery
The Dark Element is a collaboration between ex-Nightwish singer Anette Olzon and Sonata Arctica founder-member Jani Liimatainen.
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