Throughout the 80's and early 90's Monsters of Rock ruled the roost in terms of UK rock and metal festivals. The one day extravaganza drew thousands of fans from across the UK and Europe to celebrate in the very best music of the time. Download has since replaced the event on the festival calendar, but lets be honest, the corporate machine that is the newer three day festival has lost the edge and the atmosphere that the original event had.
It is because of this that a new festival has appeared on the scene this year. Stonedeaf Festival aims to reinvigorate the fan base and reproduce the atmosphere that we all enjoyed back in the day. One day, one stage, balls to the wall rock and roll. The spirit of the monster shall live on!
Heading to the Newark Showgrounds in Nottinghamshire at the end of August, the festival has named its stage after Fridnay Night Rock Show legend and former Mosters of Rock MC, the late Tommy Vance. Master of ceremonies for Stonedeaf will be Tommy's good friend and fellow Monsters of Rock MC Krusher.
However, it's the line up that really grabs our attention.
Headliners are the ever popular Skid Row, and what a splash they made at the old festival back in 94 and 95. Now heading to Stonedeaf as top billing act for 2018 and looking for a triumphant return to the UK. Joining them on the bill is Graham Bonnet who performed at the very first Donington festival back in 1981 with Richie Blackmore's Rainbow. Two great names draw from the lineups they are trying to encapsulate.
As well as these big ticket names the day's festivities will also include Wolfsbane, featuring former Iron Maiden front-man Blaze Bailey, Brit rockers The Quireboys and the notorious Canadian metal act Anvil. Plus special appearances from Massive Wagons, Chrome Molly, Hand of Dimes and Fallen Mafia.
With an incredibly strong line up for their first year and the low ticket price of just £50, this upstart festival promises to be the highlight of the summer. Whether your old enough to remember the great days at Monsters of Rock or not, this festival will no doubt capture the old school essence and spirit and introduce a new generation to the great one day festival summer tradition.