IF the idea of South Yorkshire men of noise The Black Spiders, vintage metallers Judas Priest and even more vintage prog-rockers Barclay James Harvest sharing a festival bill sounds unlikely how about checking it out for yourself.
High Voltage launched last year touted as an event “custom built by rock fans, for rock fans”.
Many thousands went, shook their wild mops and agreed. And it all unfolds again across three stages on July 23 and 24 in London’s Victoria Park.
Throw Queensryche, Thin Lizzy, rapid rising newcomers Rival Sons, Huddersfield thrashers Evile and Brighton battlers Furyon into the mix alongside Rob Halford’s men – they also play Doncaster Dome next Sunday – and it promises to be a slightly lively weekend.
And if you’ve not yet caught the mighty Black Spiders – unless you’ve already got tickets to their warm-up at The Leopard tonight you might struggle there – it’s arguably worth going to one of the most under-rated festival weekends of 2010 for Pete Spiby’s men alone, not least because the anthemic contents of their Sheffield/Doncaster band’s debut album Sons Of The North was good enough for Gene Simmons when they opened for KISS.
Prog rock fans will be drawn by John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest, the legendary band led by vocalist and guitarist Lee – who once played an open-air show in Berlin to an audience of 250,000.
Their appearance at High Voltage is their first UK show since the death of co-founding member Stuart ‘Woolly’ Wolstenholme in 2010.
Or you could check out something new, such as Finland’s top rock act. The Von Hertzen Brothers’ style has been described as “Foo Fighters playing Pink Floyd’s greatest hits”.
“High Voltage is the festival all true rock fans have been waiting for,” say promoters, who reckon to have built a festival unlike any other.
“First of all there’s the music: Amazing headliners and three unique stages specially curated to cater for different sides of the rock audience, and a brilliant supporting cast playing special sets.
“The facilities will be second to none: great food, proper beer, clean toilets and deluxe hospitality packages. This is somewhere you take the whole family.”
So why are we telling you all this?
Well, ordinarily tickets will cost you £99 for the weekend or £56.50 for the day (plus booking fee).
But in the spirit of Sheffield music’s participation as well as good old-fashioned generosity, organisers have plied Here & Now Towers with three pairs of tickets for the weekend gathering – on the proviso that we give them away to you.
So, if you would like to catch the above, as well as acts such as Skin – the Skunk Anansie singer performing band and solo material – Dream Theater, Michael Schenker Group, Manchester’s Amplifier, Californian post-metal act Neurosis, Ravens Creed, Scotland’s Attica Rage, Pallas, Curved Air, Primitai, a festival exclusive from Black Country Communion and more, then answer the following simple question...
What was the name of the late, great original frontman of Thin Lizzy? Simples.
Email your answer, along with a mobile contact number and your postal address, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on Monday, July 11.
Please note that three winners will be drawn randomly. The prize is for one pair of tickets for each winner and does not include travel or accommodation. No monetary alternative will be offered. Normal Sheffield Newspapers rules apply.
Good luck – and find out more about High Voltage and obtaining tickets at www.highvoltagefestival.com