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Glaston – Bury Festival. 10th Anniversary. Monday 28th August 2017
By Jovi Hacker , 13 years for Metal Ashes of Phoenix
We were blessed with a sunny day for the 10th Anniversary of Glaston- Bury Festival. There were 130 bands playing in venues all across Bury Town Centre, which included 3 outside stages. There was the Peel Stage, that featured all the tribute bands – that always pulls in the crowd; ‘T’ other Stage, which had 9 bands performing; and, then there was my favourite stage – “The Rock Fairy Original Stage”, which was in memory of Sophie Lancaster and featured local bands from in and around the Bury area. We have a lot of talent!!!. There was a lot to take in and it is impossible to see all 130 bands, so I decided to concentrate mainly on The Rock Fairy Stage. (However I did manage to sneak to the Peel Stage to watch one tribute band!)
After a few technical issues (generator not working) , the first band finally took to the stage. This was a band from Bolton and Bury called “Sittin’ Pretty”. I hadn’t heard of them before, but they were my find of the festival!. I would describe them as a 4-piece blues/rock band made up of 4 young men that are extremely talented. They played their own songs which included 24/7 and Take My Shoes. The lead singer was extremely expressional and owned the stage. You could see that he really enjoyed being up there and he had an amazing voice. This was an excellent start to the festival. I would recommend you check these guys out, they could go places.
I then decided to have a wonder across to the Peel Stage to watch a tribute band from Liverpool called “Stone Temple Pirates”. You can call me biased, but I wanted to see them as the Bass player used to play for one on my favourite bands that played the festival last year , but, unfortunately they split up earlier this year. I really wanted to go and see his new adventure!!!. There had also been technical issues on this stage and they were running over an hour behind. Because of this bands had to cut their sets shorter so they could catch up during the day. This did not affect the performances during the day. Stone Temple Pirates played 8 of the greatest hits of Stone Temple Pilots. The lead singer occasionally coming off stage to interact with the audience. They started off with “Crackerman”, where the lead singer used a mega phone. Brilliant start and they continued with other hits such as Plush, Sex Type Thing and finishing off with Slither. They had a good crowd who really seemed to enjoy them. If you are a Stone Temple Pilots fan, then I would recommend you going to see these guys.
I then ventured back to the Rock Fairy Stage. Whilst en route I did manage to listen to the music blaring out in the other venues. I peeped in and could see that they were all full and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. It was a great atmosphere and was very child friendly. Lots of family’s enjoying themselves.
Next up was one of my favourite bands, “Twisted Illusion”, whom I have had the pleasure of watching on several occasions and they have come along way since they played at the 101 bar at last years festival. They have recently performed at Bloodstock. Twisted Illusion, until recently, were a 3 piece Prog band fronted by the very funny and talented Matt Jones, Mark Wagstaff playing the Bass and a stand in drummer Philip Shacklady, as their normal drummer was unavailable. Philip has perfomed with them before and also features on their latest double album. He is not a bad stand in!!!!
Matt as ever, interacted with the crowd and their performance was faultless like always. They played some of their original songs such as “Hatred is a Virtue”, “Online and In Line”, and “Apocalyse #LOL”. They also did a cover of Tenacious D’s hit “Tribute”. This went down well with the audience, and of course Matt’s rendition of “Stairway to KFC!”. At one point they were joined on stage by a couple of young kids with their cut out guitars. Was cute to see and showed that their music can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
After going for a bite to eat, I then went back to The Rock Fairy Stage to watch
another band I had not heard of before called “Novustory”. They were a 3-piece female fronted band that unusually had no bass player. Despite this, there music still sounded good. I would describe them as an Indie Rock band. Whether this is true or not I’m unsure, but I was told that all 3 members were born on 29th February 1996!!. I really enjoyed their set which included their song “Going Home”. This is another band that I’m going to put on my ’must go and watch again’ list.
It was now time for the ‘old timers’ to take to the stage. Troyen were on next and were first formed in 1980, well before I was even thought of!. They are a NWOBHM band that reformed in 2014 after a 32 year break. Well these guys can rock!. Their set included their track “Future Friend”, which features on their new EP “Storm Child”.
It was not long after this that I went home absolutely exhausted! I really enjoyed the bands that I saw and wished I could have seen more of them. It’s a great festival and for only £7 for the whole day, it’s a bargain. It’s definitely family friendly and if you enjoy music, well it’s a must!. Lots of facilities in the area and easy to get to as it’s near the Metro Link and bus station and of course the car parks are free!
I can’t wait to see whats on offer next year.
- ACCEPT – FAST AS A SHARK
- DEVIN TOWNSEND – KINGDOM
- SPARANZA – DAMNATION
- CRIPPER – INTO THE FIRE
- VINTERSORG – JOKELVAKTAREN
- REIGN OF FURY – FAUSTIAN MASTERY
- TRIAXIS – DYING SUN
- DIO – PUSH
- FAITH NO MORE – EPIC
- FURY – A TALE OF SILVER
- DAKESIS – THE SACRIFICE
- AMON AMARTH – WARRIORS OF THE NORTH
- THE WAKE – SHIP OF HOPE
- PARADISE LOST – FEARLESS
- WARCALL – MASS EXTINCTION
- HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – CALIFORNIA DREAMING
- SKARLETT RIOT – BREAK
- SORCERER – SIRENS
- AMETHYST – FROM THE FIRE
- HEDRA – WAR CHILD
- AUDREY HORNE – BLAZE OF ASHES
- HELLOWEEN – A TALE THAT WASN’T RIGHT
- ROUGH GRIND – FACE THE MUSIC
- DEVILFIRE – SHE’S LIKE FIRE
- HOWLING GIANT – THE PIONEER
- END OF GREEN – DARK SIDE OF THE SUN
- ABSOLVA – ECLIPSE
- TRIAXIS – AUTUMN HOURGLASS
- SEPULTURA – ARISE
- KREATOR – PEOPLE OF THE LIE
- MASTODON – BLOOD AND THUNDER
- ORDEN OGAN – GUNMAN
- SKEIN – BOUND
- DELAIN – WE ARE THE OTHERS
- BURIED REALM – ASPHYXIATION’S LULLABY
- SATYRICON = DEEP CALLETH UPON DEEP
- ENSIFERUM – WAY OF THE WARRIOR
- SORCERER – DISCIPLES OF THE DARK
- IMPAVIDUS – HEAVEN’S GATE
- VENOM INC. – DEIN FLEISCH
- ALESTORM – DRINK
- SPARANZA – VINDICATION
- ABSOLVA – RISE AGAIN
- KING PARROT – DIE BEFORE YOU DIE
- MUNICIPAL WASTE – BREATHE GREASE
- BABYLON FIRE – I STILL REMEMBER
- WRETCHED SOUL – VERONICA
- EVERYDAY HEROES – STORM
- BROKEN JAW – CONSTANT IGNORANCE
- PROTOSEQUENCE – SHEPHERD
- STRING VILLAINS – BLACK WALTZ
- DEVOLVER – A LIFE LOST
- ANTARKTIS – SVALBARD
- REKOMA – TRIAL
- ACT OF DEFIANCE – M.I.A.
- CRIMFALL – MOTHER OF UNBELIEVERS
- EWIGKEIT – COLD SOULS
- TRIVIUM – THE SIN AND THE SENTENCE
- EVERYDAY HEROES – THE RIVER
- MOTORHEAD – ACE OF SPADES
- KREATOR – HAIL TO THE HORDES
- MESHIAAK – THE MASK OF ALL MISERY
- VINTERSORG – JOKELVAKTAREN
- IMPAVIDUS – LIES
- ABSOLVA – LIFE ON THE EDGE
- TESTAMENT – OVER THE WALL
- JUDAS PRIEST – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING
- SAXON – STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (live)
- CYDEMIND – WHAT REMAINS
- UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – APEX
- TED NUGENT – STRANGLEHOLD (something old)
- DEIFIED – IRON BIRD (something new)
- PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – SWEET LEAF (something borrowed – Black Sabbath cover)
- MOTORHEAD – LOST WOMAN BLUES (something blue)
- VOIVOD – TRIBAL CONVICTIONS
- VENOM – WARHEAD
- ABSOLVA – RISE AGAIN
- ADRENALINE MOB – CHASING DRAGONS
- QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH
- DIO – STAND UP AND SHOUT
- IRON MAIDEN – THE SHERIFF OF HUDDERSFIELD
- MARYTREE – DUCK AND COVER
- HELL’S ADDICTION – BROKEN
- HAMEREX – THE DARK TOWER
- MR. SHIRAZ – STEP UP
- KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – YOU DON’T KNOW
- MUTANK – P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S.
- REIGN OF FURY – DEATH BE THY SHEPHERD
- MOTORHEAD – THE CHASE IS BETTER THAN THE CATCH (Blast from the past -1980)
- WHITESNAKE – FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING (Blast from the past – 1980)
- 8KIDS – BLITZSCHLAG
- GRAVIL – DETONATE
- SEVEN KINGDOMS – UNDYING
- UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – TEN THOUSAND AGAINST ONE
- TWISTED ILLUSION – NOBODY’S CHILD
- MARYTREE – WHATEVER
- RISE OF DISSENSION – MEND
- TRIAXIS – ZERO HOUR
- GUN – WORD UP (Blast from the past – 1994)
- PANTERA – I’M BROKEN (Blast from the past – 1994)
- CELESTIAL RUIN – SENSE OF EXILE
- MR. SHIRAZ – YOU’RE MY TYPE
- WARBRINGER – WHEN THE GUNS FELL SILENT
- ALESTORM – TO THE END OF THE WORLD
- A HIGHER DEMISE – ENTROPY
- CREATURE – BORED
- KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – GOTHAM
- ABSOLVA – HARSH REALITY
- SAPATA – STYX
- WOODHAWK – A NEW HOPE
- WARRANT – DEVIL DANCER
- SNAKECHARMER – I’LL TAKE YOU AS YOU ARE
- MARTYR DEFILED – CARPE NOCTUM (ft. Pierre Pelbu of Knuckledust)
- POST PULSE – THE GATES
- DIVINITY – THE DEAD SPEAK FROM BEYOND
- NUCLEAR OATH – RAZOR BLADE REGRETS
- TRUCKER DIABLO – DRINK BEER, DESTROY
- TRIAXIS – STAND YOUR GROUND (Angel)
- STONE SOUR – SONG #3
- FAITH NO MORE – EPIC
- SOUND OF ORIGIN – SEEDS OF THE PAST
- NICOMO – BEYOND HORIZON
- DEMISE OF THE CROWN – DON’T WORRY
- KARKAOS – KOLOSSOS
- FOZZY – JUDAS
You have just played at Hammerfest in Wales. How did it go for you guys? I believe you had to stop your set for a bit due to an incident.
Yes, it went well…in the end. A guy in the crowd hit his head. We heard he was epileptic and he might have been fitting after that, so there was a fair bit of concern for him. We decided to break off while he was tended to, as his welfare was obviously the primary concern and we wanted to clear the way for the medical people etc.
That aside, I might be wrong, but It seemed like most people were there for the more traditional metal stuff. So the raucous reaction for us was definitely a pleasant surprise. We were also playing with a fill-in bass player, Jesper Liverod (ex-Nasum) while Shane was unavoidably busy with another band, so you’re hoping that it’ll all come together well. And it did all go swimmingly in the end.
You are a band that are known for breaking records or being the first band to do something. You are also known for the shortest ever song recorded, and the first band to perform in South Africa. Have you got any more record breaking plans for the future?
These don’t tend to be pre-calculated things. They just kind of happen. Apart from ‘ethical’ objections, when you’re a band who is very open to stuff, you tend to find the unlikeliest things land in your lap sometimes. We like to be adventurous – we find just doing the same things all the time to be a bit pedestrian and the offbeat things help to keep up the enthusiasm. Similarly with making the actual music, we have little desire to be just a cut and paste band.
Napalm Death were first formed in the 1980’s, however, none of you are original members. Even so, although there has been quite a few changes over the years, this present line up has been together for quite sometime. What is the secret to your success at sustaining the same line up?
We are realists and know that we need to tough it out together when needed. And after all these years of managing to keep ourselves together as a unit, we know to respect each other’s differing traits and ways of doing things. This is essential when you are going to be living in assorted steel boxes on wheels for weeks on end with the same people. Napalm Death is an incredibly important part of all our lives. None of us, I don’t think, would be prepared to give up on it easily at this point.
You must have played in some amazing venue’s over the years. What has been your favourite?
Hard to recall overall, but I do remember playing in a small hill fort in France where the back of the stage gave way to a fifty-foot cliff dropping into the sea. One overzealous stage move in the wrong direction and you’d be in the drink! We were also the first band to (independently) play in the Soviet Union and headlining two nights at a national ice hockey stadium was quite bizarre and surreal – especially back in 1991 and in the largely undiscovered Soviet Union.
Is there a country that is your favourite to perform in?
In terms of approaching gigs, we go to it 100% – every gig like it’s the last – no matter where we are. I do love Japan though. It’s kind of a second home for me as my girlfriend lives there and also Napalm has a big network of friends there in the music scene. Korea, a very short hop away, is also quite an interesting place to play given the depressingly tense situation north and south. Both Japan and Korea also have wonderful natural environments outside the big cities.
When you’re in a band travelling around, you may as well try to get out and about where you can – not many people have the privilege to do so in life, so I certainly don’t take it for granted.
What has been your hardest time in the band, and how did it come out on the right side?
The nineties was a testing period, as this kind of music lost its appeal a little bit. Touring was pretty challenging in terms of getting people out to gigs and inevitably it maybe rubbed off on the band a bit. I was actually ejected from the band for a little while over a few things, but it all got sorted in the end. Generally, you just have to plough through things and if you’ve tried your utmost to make the music forthright and the gigs intense, then you can’t say you didn’t give it your best shot. We’re pretty resilient as bands go and, as I said previously, we don’t give up easily.
Even though I’m 12 years of age, I have already experienced how cut throat the music business can be. Have you ever been a victim of this or witnessed anything?
We always tried our best to move outside of the accepted big music industry. Consequently, we didn’t really end up in any situations where we were knocked down by it, as we always decided what we wanted to do first and foremost. At the end of the day, when you’re told by some big mover that a situation might be good for you when you feel deeply uncomfortable about it, well, that’s not particularly inspiring. The only times we really got caught out was on stupidly signing bad contracts, or being sold into situations where we had no control because the person we put our trust in decided to cash in without paying us that much heed.
Barney, had you always wanted to be a singer in a band or did you have any other careers in mind? Maybe Politics?
I never planned to be singing in any band. At all. Ever. It really just kind of happened after a series of circumstances. I never viewed it as a career either because when you start to think of your band like that I believe you start to make pedestrian choices. My opinion.
Back in the real world, I was actually an engineer in the car industry beforehand. In future, I’d quite like to be a Soviet era historian – that’s a period of history that fascinates me. Or an evolutionary biologist because that area of science is just…everything. I’m asked pretty frequently about getting into mainstream politics, but the system as it is would probably not let me achieve my goals of pure social justice or equality. So for now I’ll jostle for change around the edges. Ha!
You’re last album was in 2015. Any plans for a new one in the near future?
We have ideas for music and lyrics, but no fully formed music as yet. We’ll start to work a lot more seriously on it in a couple of months or so.
Could you come to my school and play there? They could do with some more windows !!
We’re more likely to break windows with the violent noise than give you more of them. But yeah, maybe I’ll at least drop in for a friendly chat sometime.