Headliner of the festival: Girlschool !
With this we have announced all bands and this means we have a 100% NWOBHM edition!
Update poster coming soon.
Girlschool are a British rock band that formed in the new wave of British heavy metal scene in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries Motörhead. They are the longest running all-female rock band, still active after more than 35 years.Formed from a school band called Painted Lady, Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of ‘punk-tinged metal’ and a few singles, but lost their momentum in the following years.
In the 1990s and 2000s, they focused on shows and tours and did few studio albums. During their career, Girlschool travelled the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining with or supporting important hard rock and heavy metal bands. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are an inspiration for many female rock musicians.Despite frequent changes of line-up, original members Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams and Denise Dufort are still in the band. The only original member no longer in the band, lead guitarist and singer Kelly Johnson, died of cancer in 2007
Girlschool released their 13th studio album GUILTY AS SIN on the 13th November 2015 produced and recorded by Chris Tsangerides at his Ecology Room studio in Kent and remastered by Tim Hamill at Sonic One Studios in Llangennech, Wales.
November/December 2015 saw Girlschool go on tour in Europe with Saxon on Motorhead’s 40th Anniversary tour. The tour was meant to hit the UK in January 2016 with more European gigs to follow but sadly Lemmy passed away at his home in Los Angeles on the 28th December 2015
Stampede was formed in 1981: a cult hard rock outfit which exploded onto the British rock scene, signing to Polydor Records and immediately receiving favourable press attention.
Song writing duo Reuben and Laurence Archer had already made inroads into the music scene prior to STAMPEDE around 1979, with previous music projects Lautrec, Lionheart and Wild Horses, completing touring with the likes of Saxon, Whitesnake and Def Leppard and appearing at prestigious venues such as London’s Marquee.
After keyboardist Alan Nelson moved on, Stampede played the 1982 Reading Festival with what then became the definitive four-piece line-up: Reuben Archer (vocals), Laurence Archer (guitar), Colin Bond (bass) and Eddie Parsons (drums). The Reading and Mildenhall Festival sets from that year were recorded on The Rolling Stones mobile studio, the result of which was the first Stampede album released by Polydor; the Official Live Bootleg.
The band completed a residency at the Marquee at this time, as well as two tours with Gary Moore,. Although live the band preferred the tighter feel without keyboards, Magnum’s Mark Stanway was brought in on keys later on for the recording of their first studio album Hurricane Town (1983).
Polydor also released a 4 track EP; Days of Wine And Roses, a single of the same name, and a further 2 singles; The Other Side, and Photographs., which received considerable airplay on BBC Radio, Capital Radio and across Europe and Japan. Stampede also appeared on many compilation albums between 1981 and 1983.
The band continued to tour, completing a residency in Portugal. Other notable appearances included live sessions for the BBC Tommy Vance Friday Rock Show, Fluff Freeman’s Capital Radio Rock Show, BBC In Concert, and several TV slots.
Prior to The band’s Reading appearance, Reuben broke his leg badly and soon quit the music business to form his design company, whilst Laurence went on to join Phil Lynott in his new band Grand Slam, and later UFO to record High Stakes and Dangerous Men and UFO: Live in Japan. Bassist Colin Bond went on to work with Meat Loaf and Bernie Torme, and also formed his widely acclaimed tribute band, Beach Boys Inc.
Just as the long hot summer of 1976 had given birth to Punk, the long, cold winter of 1979 spawned the now legendary, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), a movement of such magnitude that it is still being talked about more than twenty years later. Hard rocking, fast, loud, aggressive, NWOBHM captured the imagination of those disillusioned with disco, put-off by punk and nonplussed by the emerging New-Romantics. It also brought forth: Demon.
Formed during the first wave of NWOBHM by lyricist/vocalist Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner, with Paul Riley on bass, Clive Cook on guitar and John Wright on drums, the Midlands quintet hooked up with Clay Records supremo, Mike Stone, in 1980, to release their first single, ‘Liar’. Issued on blood-red vinyl, in a limited edition run of just 5000 copies, Liar marked the beginning of an incredible story spanning two decades – and counting.
Riot V (Usa) who recently played at Swedenrock festival, 70.000Tons of Metal, Rockfest Barcelona & headlined Keep It True festival, are finally coming to Belgium On friday 25th of august
Cloven Hoof, a fantastic NWOBHM band from Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, that was active from 1979 to 1990, and again from around 2000 onwards. The band was associated with the new wave of British heavy metal movement, alongside bands such as Iron Maiden, Saxon and Diamond Head.
Opening act: swedish band Air Raid who was formed in 2009 by Andreas Johansson and Johan Karlsson. After several line-up changes they eventually found bass player Robin Utbult and later, drummer David Hermansson and singer Michael Rinakakis.
Sad news for all the Diamond Head fans, because they’re forced to cancel their tour due an unforseen illness.
Diamond Head’s official post:
To all promoters and DH fans!
The band wishes to express its deepest regret that due to an unforeseen illness it cannot fulfill its current touring obligations. It is with much sadness that we have to cancel the upcoming shows. We hope that you will understand that this was not a decision we made lightly.
We are currently rescheduling as soon as possible, thank you for understanding.
With this we were searching for a new headliner, but as everyone knows 2 weeks before the festival this is not an easy task!
We contacted a lot of bands but just a few could make it!!
As result that the NWOBHM band GRIM REAPER (Uk) will replace Diamond head and will now CO-headline the festival together with Quartz!
As result both bands will play a bit longer!
I hope everyone is happy with this decision and understands this difficult unforeseen circumstance!
NWOBHM Band Tytan: Formed by ex-Angelwitch bassman Kev ‘Skidz’ Riddles in the early 80’s, Tytan emerging from the NWOBHM scene with the album “Rough Justice”.
The Band Re-formed in 2012 to play Keep It True and since then, saw various gigs across the Uk & Europe….now the follow up to Rough Justice is under construction…the “Justice Served” album…new tracks feature in current sets.
Catch Tytan across Uk, France, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Greece & Germany this year…\m/