A personal view from Andy Nathan
- now in its seventh year - takes place 30/31 October. It has
continued to fly the flag for melodic rock and has been instrumental in
several reformations with bands coming back together for the event
after an absence of some years.
event sees the return of Nelson - marking their first-ever UK
appearance. In addition there will be rare UK
appearances for George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and Jimi Jamison.
rock expert Andy Nathan has covered the event for us since 2005.
It's been twenty years since ex-Dokken guitar virtuoso George Lynch last
graced a UK stage. During that time he's explored new directions and in
2009 came full circle when he re-united with original Lynch Mob singer
Oni Logan to deliver the excellent 'Smoke & Mirrors' album. The band
have had great reviews since they hit the road last year so expect an
explosive set taken mostly from their latest opus and their classic
'Wicked Sensation' debut.
The UK melodic rockers led by Darren Wharton last graced a Firefest back
in 2005 at our inaugural show and have yet to play a UK date since
original guitarist Vinny Burns rejoined two years ago. Twenty-one years
have passed since their classic 'Out Of The Silence' debut was released
so it's a great honour for us to have the band base their set around
that popular record.
The enduring German hard rockers have been around in one guise or
another since the late 70's but really started to make waves on both
sides of the Atlantic with their classic 1987 album 'Fireworks'. With a
very special set to celebrate the album that gave Firefest's sister
magazine it's name, Claus Lessmann, Hans Ziller and co. will play the
'Fireworks' record in its entirety.
Another cult US hard rock band will grace our stage in the shape of
Bangalore Choir. Their 1992 debut album 'On Target' is well-respected
for its sublime mixture of melody and crunch, and led by ex-Accept
singer David Reece and guitarist Curtis Mitchell the band will play the
whole record. It'll be their first ever show in the UK and we're sure
they'll be made very welcome.
BEGGARS & THIEVES
Two years ago singer Louie Merlino and guitarist Ron Mancuso played a
short acoustic set at the Friday night meet & greet for Firefest V, so
we're delighted to welcome them back with a full band. They're currently
in the studio recording a new album so will have some new songs to play
alongside the highlights from their first three records.
After a break of four and a half years Sweden's Grand Illusion have
decided to give it another go. The original trio of Anders Rydholm,
Peter Sundell and Per Svensson are currently recording a new album with
some pretty high profile guests and with three strong releases already
under their belts they have a wealth of upbeat melodic rock songs to get
the party off to a good start.
SUNDAY 31 OCTOBER
Twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson caused a stir in 1990 when their first
single '(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection' reached the top of
the US charts. They would go on to create several high quality albums
throughout the 90's and are applying the finishing touches to a new
release called 'Lightning Strikes Twice' as we speak. Despite their rich
heritage this will be their first ever UK show and a great coup for the
There are few voices in melodic rock as distinctive as former Survivor,
Cobra and Target frontman Jimi Jamison's. The consummate performer will
at last grace a UK stage with a top class band that includes the amazing
Tommy Denander on guitar, so expect a great mix of songs from his solo
career (including a chunk of his recent well-received 'Crossroads
Moment' album) and a few Survivor classics.
No-one was more disappointed than we were when Denmark's finest had
their travel plans cancelled by the airline in the run-up to Firefest V.
Thankfully their schedule for 2010 has presented the opportunity to book
them again for a long overdue return to the UK. Ronnie Atkins, Ken
Hammer and Kenn Jackson, along with a new drummer and keyboard player,
have a quality back catalogue and we guarantee they'll rock your socks
Getting cult UK melodic rock band Strangeways to play at Firefest has
been a labour of love for festival organiser Kieran Dargan, so it's with
great pleasure that we can announce that he's finally gone and done it.
The bands 'Native Sons' and 'Walk In The Fire' discs are rightfully
regarded as genre classics, and with a new album already started, the
favoured line-up of Ian & Dave Stewart, Jim Drummond, David (Munch)
Moore and the great Terry Brock are back and ready to rock.
Norwegian trio Stage Dolls have proven over the years to be one of the
most consistent bands around, frequently re-inventing themselves with
new sounds and ideas. They've delivered great albums in each of the
three decades since they formed and will, no doubt, be one of the hits
of the festival. With a new album called 'Always' to promote, this is
yet another overdue return to these shores.
It's criminal that after over a decade of consistently good melodic rock
records the UK's own Newman is still one of our best kept secrets. Their
eighth album 'The Art Of Balance' continues their rich vein of form with
yet another collection of catchy, hard hitting songs and stellar
production, and with a great band behind him Steve Newman certainly
deserves a place on the main stage.
Swedish five-piece Grand Design came from out of nowhere last year to
deliver one of the surprise releases of the year, a traditional hard
rock album with multi-layered harmonies and intricate Def Leppard-influenced
arrangements. All they need now is live shows to take them to the next
level so we're thrilled that they've chosen Firefest to start their UK
Tickets & Prices
Saturday - £48.50 Sunday - £48.50 Postage at £1 extra per order Day of
Payment : via paypal to : firstname.lastname@example.org or by
Cheque/Postal Order/Bank Draft payable to
Bruce Mee C/O Fireworks Office and sent to:
10 Dunnock Close
Tickets will be mailed out within 21 days of order.
Firefest 2010 is an age 14 and over show.
personal view from Andy Nathan
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