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Well what can I say? The guys at HRH have put together yet another cracking first day of the festival. Flames and sparks opened the proceedings with some scantily clad talented ladies showing off their circus skills.
The flames had warmed the crowd up and Ryders Creed kept them warm. A really strong performance from the 5-piece from the midlands and it was clear that they were loving playing to such a welcoming crowd, delighting in delivering tracks from their EP and some new songs. A great opening!
Idlewar crashed the party with a blistering set, James Blake’s vocal was bold and the band were their usual thunderous selves. The packed-out room loved these guys from Orange County.
Killcode brought their own brand of melodic rock to Wales. The 5 guys from New York gave a lesson in southern infused rock. Tom Morrissey has a melodic rock voice and the guitar riff ridden magic kept the crowd in the mood for more. A killer set!
Black Aces from Australia fronted by guitarist and vocalist Tyler Kinder, brought tracks from their album, ’Anywhere But Here’ to life. They have a very AC/DC Airbourne feel to their music and it was high energy and fast paced.
Wayward Sons have been touring with Inglorious over the last few months and this fairly new band formed in early 2016 and fronted by Toby Jepson showed how tight they had become following so many live shows. They performed many tracks off their debut album including the crowd pleaser ‘Until the End’ which went down a storm, the crowd seemed to know every word of the catchy chorus and hands and beers were held aloft in salutation to a great performance.
The headline act for this evening was the fabulously feisty Dee Snider. The guy is tireless; this was a frenzy of new songs and old! Dee is now 62 but he puts guys half his age to shame. His years of experience have made him a showman, even without all the makeup and big hair that was his persona in Twisted Sister, Dee Snider the solo artist still has buckets of charisma, talent and great new music but why do we love him, yes for those classic Twisted Sister tunes. Paying tribute to his mother who was seriously injured recently and still critically ill, Dee said he had to still come and play in Wales, which is what his mum would want. A man with a heart and a man with an awesomely strong voice. Well thank you Mr Snider, that was hugely enjoyable.
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