News: GIANTS OF ROCK – Skid Row, Roger Chapman, and many more head for Minehead (25-28 January 2019)

David Randall previews two bands appearing at the Butlins Big Weekends in January.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 30 December. (11:17)

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Martin Barre - Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2015

2019′s Giants Of Rock takes place at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset, 25-28 January.

Amongst the bands appearing at the event, in its fifth consecutive year, Skid Row, Roger Chapman’s Family & Friends, and Sweet.

As usual there is an excellent variety of bands covering various genres.  From hard rock/metal (Skid Row, U.D.O. Oliver Dawson Saxon), blues rock (Martin Barre (pictured), Eric Bell, Rob Tognoni), melodic rock (FM, H.E.A.T., Dare, Vega) to prog (Focus, Atomic Rooster).

An “introducing” stage features new and upcoming bands who fight for a chance to appear on the main stage the following year.  This year’s winners included Departed and Black Whiskey.

Prices start at £125 per person, based on four people sharing Silver Self-Catering accommodation.

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Festival Poster

Gig review (Giants Of Rock, 2018)


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Power Plays w/c 16 September (Mon-Fri)

BLOCK BUSTER Losing Gravity (Frontiers)
WATCH ME BREATHE Don’t Think I Haven’t Thought About It (The Label Group/INGrooves)
FIRES OF FREYA Take A Bow (indie)
BLACK STAR RIDERS Underneath The Afterglow (Nuclear Blast)
STOMPIN’ HEAT Shiny Curly Red Hair (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 16 September (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 THE DEFIANTS Zokusho (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 CORELEONI II (AFM Records)
14:00-16:00 TONY McLOUGHLIN True Native (Fuego)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

BAD COMPANY Company Of Strangers (1995)



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