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High Voltage The Review (Victoria Park Saturday & Sunday 23rd 24th July)

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High Voltage The Review (Victoria Park Saturday & Sunday 23rd 24th July)

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Mizzle

Back in the good old days of rock and roll, one thing was for sure, and that was that Monsters of Rock was the festival to be at. These days, there are so many rock festivals, it’s quite possible to be one at every other weekend. What High Voltage delivers is the feel and personal touch of the heady days of MOR.

There’s something for everyone and whilst the Metal Hammer stage didn’t have the line-up of the previous year, there was still enough to either reminisce to, or quite simply jump around to, in the glorious London sunshine. Michael Schenker delivered an assured, strong performance, showing no signs of recent personal problems, one of the surprise packages from my own view point, and he finished by rocking the crowd like a hurricane.

With spirits high, it was Thin Lizzy’s turn to keep the party going, led by Ricky Warwick. It was predictable to know what was coming next, a back catalogue of classics such as Whiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak and Dancing in the Moonlight.  Okay, it’s not the original line-up, but it’s a bunch of superb musicians there to keep the spirit and music alive of Messrs Lynott & Moore… and why not!

If that back catalogue of classics wasn’t enough, it was time for Slash to whip up a frenzy of rock classics ranging from his own solo material to G’N’R classics such as Sweet Child o’ Mine, Nightrain and Paradise City.   Received with rapturous applause and delivered with a sterling vocal performance by Myles Kennedy, of Alter Bridge, this was an undoubted stand-out performance of the festival.

As daylight faded into the ether, the impending anticipation of Saturday’s headliners Judas Priest was tangible.  Walking on stage in usual leather attire, Rob Halford and crew knew exactly how to deliver a finale of fist-in-the air-metal.

In fact, it was four decades’ worth of material: Breaking the Law, Turbo Lover, Hellbent for Leather and the superb Nostradamus sent everybody home with exactly what they wanted – the end to a great first day’s party!

Sunday had an interesting prog line-up. First up, the Enid, with one of the sets of the weekend.  Their sound is huge, the music is both dramatic and delightful, and how they got only half an hour’s set and an opening spot is beyond me, especially with substandard performances from the likes of Curved Air and Spock’s Beard.

Jethro Tull has always been a personal favourite of mine, as quintessentially English as a cup of tea. It was a good, assured performance, Ian Anderson lacks the vocal range of yesteryear, but you can forgive them for that when you get the likes of Aqualung, which has everybody on their toes, and a memorable moment to come with the superb guitar maestro Joe Bonamassa joining the band on stage to bring down the curtain down with Locomotive Breath.

Back on the main stage, Thunder are no fools when delivering festival crowd pleasers, and it’s easy to forget the size of their back catalogue. There’s enough to keep everyone entertained, with classics such as When Love Walked, Backstreet Symphony and Dirty Love – possibly the best crowd reaction of the weekend.

And so to Sunday’s headline act: Dream Theater. Not everyone’s cup of tea, including mine, but there were plenty who do like them, and there’s no doubting their credentials as musicians. It was maybe a strange choice to close, but this was a nonetheless jubilant and sun-filled festival at Victoria Park  8/10.

Review By Chris Knight

Veteran Rocker Slash Announced as Special Guest at High Voltage Festival

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Veteran Rocker Slash Announced as Special Guest at High Voltage Festival

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Mizzle

The UK’s new prestige rock festival, High Voltage, has confirmed an exclusive performance from one of the greatest guitar players of all time- Slash.

The festival takes place at Victoria Park in London on July 23rd and 24th and promises to deliver a unique weekend for rock fans of all ages, with some of the biggest names in rock set to perform.

2011 will also see the inaugural High Voltage Beer Festival. The Beer Festival with have its own area with traditional bench table seating in a marquee that will have one side open with seating inside and outside.

Slash-better known as the infamous guitarist from iconic rock band Guns n’ roses, who dominated the charts during the 80’s and 90’s, will treat festival goers to a set to remember.

The year’s festival will also see exclusive performances from headliners Judas Priest and Dream Theater as well as special guest Thin Lizzy.

Tickets are priced at £99 (for weekend tickets) and £56.50 (for day tickets) – subject to booking fee. VIP tickets will be available at £105.00 for the day, £199.00 for the weekend – subject to booking fee. There will also be various VIP and hotel packages available, at varying price levels to suit.

In addition this year the organiser’s of the festival are pleased to announce the introduction of a deposit scheme so that festival goers can spread the cost of their ticket over two payments.

For more information on tickets and how to obtain them as well as the deposit scheme, log onto www.highvoltagefestival.com.

High Voltage 2011 to host rock legends Thin Lizzy

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High Voltage 2011 to host rock legends Thin Lizzy

Posted on 07 April 2011 by Neil Paterson

After the success of the UK’s prestige rock festival last year, High Voltage is back for 2011 with Thin Lizzy taking to the stage with a brand-new line-up.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Thin Lizzy’s iconic frontman Phil Lynott, and has also witnessed the passing of former guitarist Gary Moore. Thin Lizzy’s return has received widespread acclaim from press and the public alike. To take you back to the Lynott-led era is guitarist Scott Gorham, drumming sensation Brian Downey and on the keys is Darren Wharton. Joining the band onstage is Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, and former Whitesnake bassist Marco Mendoza. Scott Gorham proudly commented: “Phil wrote so many classic songs, and people still love hearing them. And playing them with this band is an incredible experience.”

Headlining High Voltage this year is Judas Priest and Dream Theatre who are guaranteed to tear the place apart. Victoria Park will also host exclusive performances from Black Country Communion, Jethro Tull, Queensryche, Thunder, Neal Morse and Spock’s Beard as well as sets from Michael Schenker group, John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest, Skin, Rival Sons, Amplifier, Von Hertzen Brothers, Caravan, The Enid, Pallas, Saint Jude, Anathema, Curved Air, Mostly Autumn, Neurosis, Electric Wizard, Evile, Grand Magus, Raven’s Creed, Primitai, Attica Rage, Black Spiders Gentlemens Pistols and Furyon, will more acts to be announced.

The weekend will see the inaugural High Voltage Beer Festival. An epic marquee with its own traditional bench table seating is the perfect place to get the ultimate refreshing beverage. The beer festival will also stage for a selection of acoustic, folk, blue grass, country and blues music from bands selected by GetMeOnStage.com. With top brewers including Wynchwood, Dark Star and Fuller’s to name but a few providing the beer, this is sure to be a weekend to remember.

The event is on July 23rd and 24th, 2011 and weekend tickets start at just £99.

This is the UK’s only festival that’s built by rock fans, for rock fans so log online at www.highvoltagefestival.com to find out more.