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Hammerfest 3 – 2011 (Festival)

Welcome to this the third instalment of the UK’s fastest growing rock and metal festival.

Thursday

Thursday night means one thing only rock party time!!!

The night kicks in the Vic with Dirty Rose.

Hailing from Glasgow, this up and coming three peace rock band kicks off the weekend in style. Opening track Sorrows End sets the scene for a great start to the night.

Next up we have local band Triaxis.

Having already seen them surprise everyone with one of the most memorable performances from the Unsigned Stage at Bloodstock in 2009 we already knew what to expect from them but they still managed to surprise us by being even better!!.

Highlight of the set easily the crowd pleasing cover of Iron Maiden’s The Wicker Man.

Then we move off to the Empire Stage cunningly named Fancy Dress Roma Attire….

First band to open up the Empire stage were London’s own Mordecai, with their classic sounds their set was guaranteed to win over fans old and new.

Following on are a group of NWOBHM bands showing the younger generation how to rock.

Jaguar are the first of these – their set is hampered by sound issues but it doesn’t stop the cheesey antics of front man Jamie Manton putting a smile on your face as they plough through their greatest hits (as well as almost coming a cropper with a pogo stick !) even throwing in a cover of “I will survive”!! ~ embrace the cheese.

Next up we have the mighty Battleaxe playing a solid, well versed set while whipping the crowd up into a frenzy.

Highlight of the set: Burn This Town

Set List:

Legion Unite
Power From the Universe
Shout It Out
Ready to Deliver
Dirty Rocker
Revolution
Battkedrum
Burn This Town

Finishing off for us was Elixir playing a mix of their older material and some tracks thrown in from last years All Hallows Eve release.

Another great set – hightlight: Son of Odin

Set List:

All Hallows Eve
The Pagan Queen
You’re Not Fooling Me
The Spell
The Star of Beshaan
Treachery
Son of Odin

And so ends Thursday for us but we left it with this in our mind – according to the general music press NWOBHM died years ago ??? ~ well these last three bands proved it is still as relevant and exciting now as it was back then.

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