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Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales 2-4 December 2010
2 December 2010
me hearties, it's that time of year as we enter the silly season and
there is no better place to be for fun and frolics than to be here at
the fourth Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn Pontins hoilday camp in
worried at first if the weekend would happen at all with news coming in
the week before that Pontins had entered administration, also there was
the problem of the blizzards of snow covering most of the country that
would prevent some fans and bands from attending at all.
It was to be
another action packed weekend with more band injuries, bands held at
airports, and enough booze downed to sink a windjammer.
9xDead on the Thursday and 15xDead on the Friday and that wasn't a body
count, just the name of a couple of bands who I... er...hic...didn't
journey from London was entirely hassle free and once we got to our
chalet it was time to toast ourselves to a successful journey by opening
up a bottle of red. In these artic conditions the camp resembles a
Russian gulag but the assortment of booze we brought along soon warmed
up the cockles.
night is party night and tonight has been billed as 'The Pirates of
Prestatyn' where many join in the fun dressing up in pirate fancy dress.
Shiver me timbers it's brass monkies outside so i slipped on my long
john silvers to venture out into the main hall to see if it's an eye
patch on last years opening night. It was great to see so many
beauties dressed up in their booty showing off their treasure chests....Oooohhh
back home in the snow and firing a blank were the Gypsy Pistoleros and
Dumpy's Rusty Nuts were frozen solid on the M4.
In the Queen
Vic, fresh from supporting Skink Anansie were the excellent
Virginmarys who were converting some new fans with their power trio
rock. Worth checking out.
Pirates Ball DJ Krusher Joule was hosting with some rocking sounds but
was told by security to turn it down for being too loud, but that fell
on deaf ears.
for it were Tigertailz who played a more varied set this time
around. The band sound a whole lot heavier with new boy Robin Guy
bashing his skin at the back. 'Dirty Needles' was pure metal and
'Love Bomb Baby' ensured the first sing-along of the weekend.
perfect beards for a night of piracy were the Gentlemans Pistols
who burnt off plenty of gunpowder. 'Sherman Tank ' being a
highlight. More people will get into this great band once the
second album finally gets released early next year.
Rage were playing one of their many sets at HRH this time being
billed as Attica Undercover playing a set of rock classic covers
including a dedication to Ronnie James Dio with good versions of 'Heaven
& Hell' and 'Holy Diver'.
perfectly honest nothing new was floating my boat tonight so it was time
to walk the plank (My photographer and partner in grime Noel 'Swash'
Buckley) back to our own Davy Jones locker for a few nightcaps and a
barrel of fun with our roomate for the weekend the leg end that is the
Beerman, a DJ from Top Rock Radio in Brummie land, sharing tales of rock
'n roll and helping him to finish of the rum.
I was well
and truly jolly rogered by the end of the night/morning. The skull and
crossbones were only flying at half mast.
Moonshayde Photography, except where indicated. With
thanks to Lynne.
Hard Rock Hell Part 2 (3 Dec)
Hard Rock Hell Part 3 (4 Dec)
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