Brace yourselves for another sledgehammer announcement as Wildfire Festival 2016 is pulling out all the stops to bring the cream of rock and metal heritage to Scotland next year.
Guaranteed to cause a commotion, New York heavy metal/speed metal legends Riot (aka Riot V) will batter Wildfire’s main stage with a UK exclusive performance and a more accomplished and respected 80’s true metal act you’d be hard pressed to find. With a career stretching back to the late 70’s, Riot’s current incarnation – their fifth, hence the ‘V’ suffix – caused quite the stir with their universally acclaimed album Unleash The Fire just two years ago. This restless breed are only just getting started!
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal faithful are spoilt with the confirmed addition of the 100mph blitzkrieg that is Vardis. These NWOBHM luminaries join the already announced Spartan Warrior, Soldier and The Deep as the NWOBHM renaissance continues apace.
The monstrously heavy Gormathon are set to vanquish Scottish shores when they bring their melodic death metal all the way from Sweden while the ‘heavy’ quota is maintained by Scotland’s own Excellent Cadaver, prog metal mavericks Turbyne and the ingenious barreling rhythms of Vice.
Wildfire also welcomes UK modern metallic rockers Forever Never. A band who originally made tsunami sized waves in the 00’s, their recent reformation is sure to warrant a similar ground-shaking response when they hit Scotland in 2016!
Hard rock lovers are well catered for with the cacophonous convoy of Massive Wagons rolling through Wiston Lodge and the ever-welcome touch of Bad Touch, the majesterial melody of The King Lot, the whiskey-ravaged sleaze of Hell’s Addiction, the hard-edged classic rock of One Last Run, the atmospheric artistry of Crowsaw and the hypnotic dark riffs of Broken Chords adding further class to proceedings.
For those who love their thrash, Wildfire have bought back the coruscating carnage of Solitary while Wretched Soul – a band who’ve been laying waste to UK venues in 2015 with their terrifying brand of death/thrash -make their first appearance alongside melodic thrashers Immension .
Two undisputed highlights from 2015’s second stage return to Scotland in the formidable shape of up and coming classic thrashers Die No More and proud purveyors of Southern rock boogie Thirteen Stars. Missed ’em last time? This is your chance to make amends!
Also confirmed are anthemic alt-rockers Banshee, riff-worshippers Nest Of Vipers, vanguards of vintage hard rock Orangefall and the pop/punk perfection of Altered Sky.
Wildfire Festival – Scotland’s only 3 day rock and metal festival – is looking to celebrate its 5th anniversary in considerable style and these latest additions confirm that ‘bigger and better’ is the only way to go!
The now well established and highly acclaimed event returns to the stunning grounds of Wiston Lodge on 24-26 June and will play host to over 60 acts over 3 stages.
Here’s Wildfire Festival 2016’s full line up to date:
All Consumed, Altered Sky, Apriori, Avenford, Bad Touch, The Broken Chords, Chasing Dragons, Colour of Noise, Crowsaw, The Deep, Die No More, Excellent Cadaver, Forever Never, Gormathon, Halo Tora, Hellbound Hearts, Hell’s Addiction, Immersion, The King Lot, Life On Standby, Mad Hatter 2.0, Massive Wagons, Maverick, Nest Of Vipers, One Last Run, Orangefall, Riot (V), RSJ, Screaming Eagles, Serpentine, Sinocence, Sky Valley Mistress, Soldier, Solitary, Spartan Warrior, Stone Broken, Thirteen Stars, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Turbyne, Vardis, Vice, Winter Storm and Wretched Soul.
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