2014 festivals

Nummirock - Day Three, June 21st 2014, Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland

Nummirock is held over the crucial Finnish Juhannas holiday. Metalheads from all over head to the serene lakeside venue to set up camp and cry havoc for the long weekend. The last day of the festival swept in cold and damp, but that didn't deter the thousands from drinking and live music! It had our photographer hiding in the warmer drinking areas, but we've got live shots from Stone, Turisas, Turmion Kätilöt, W.A.S.P., Whispered, Suicide Silence and Tuoni!

Nummirock - Day Two, June 20th 2014, Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland

Nummirock is held over the crucial Finnish Juhannas holiday. Metalheads from all over head to the serene lakeside venue to set up camp and cry havoc for the long weekend. It's moshpits, metal and most importantly, it's Midsummer. The second day came in with sullen morning trips for hair of the dog, but we caught the brilliant live shows of (in performance order) Kuolemanlaakso, Medeia, Wolfheart, Mokoma, Mörbid Vomit, Stam1na, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth and Sacrilegious Impalement!

Wacken Celebrate 25 Years!! Part Three

"It was metal heaven, it was dirty and mean"

Throughout our expedition over the past few weeks unearthing the funniest, most bizarre and often foolish stories of our favourite bands playing Wacken Open Air over the years

Beermageddon: Final Acts and Stage Times Announced

weddings, magic, pole dancing... and a lot of metal.

The final line up for Beermageddon 2014 is now complete.

Nummirock - Day One, June 19th 2014, Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland

Nummirock is held over the crucial Finnish Juhannas holiday. Metalheads from all over head to the serene lakeside venue to set up camp and cry havoc for the long weekend. It's bugs, beer and bonfires. It's sauna with new friends, sauna with old friends and naked drunks wandering the campsites. It's moshpits, metal and most importantly, it's Midsummer. The opening evening was filled with Deals Death (SWE), Profane Omen (FIN), Speedtrap (FIN) and Kaunis Kuolematon (FIN).

Wacken Celebrate 25 Years: Part Two - "our dressing room was right near a truck that was pumping raw sewage out of the toilets"

"I just kept my head down and played my guitar, I did my part"

Wacken is fast approaching; there's  a mere 35 days to go to liftoff - however in the minds of the lucky few (100,000 odd) it is 35 days too long.

Sonisphere Finland, Helsinki, 28/05/14

Sonisphere was a day of A-list metal acts on the beach, and the locals didn't let the gloomy rain spoil their fun. Metallica played a By Request set to finish off a day of metal with fellow Big Four thrashers Slayer. Also on the bill were Danzig, Mastodon, Ghost and Gojira.

It’s late spring in Finland, but the weather this Wednesday decided to ignore that missive to instead deliver a cold day full of drizzle.

Sonisphere Finland 2014 - Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, 28/05/14

Battling a dreary spring day, we took out the telephoto lens to the massive beach stage for Sonisphere Finland 2014 to capture Mastodon, Ghost and Gojira in action.

Steelfest Open Air - Day Two, May 17th, Hyvinkää, Finland

Steelfest Open Air 2014 dragged it's hungover crowd out of bed for a second day of black, thrash and death metal in Hyvinkää, Finland. With coffee and Jaloviina, Steelfest woke the summer festival season and hauled it kicking and screaming back into the mosh pit for another year. Day Two was headlined by Primordial (IRL), Vader (POL) and Necrophobic (SWE)

Steelfest Open Air - Day One, May 16th, Hyvinkää, Finland

Steelfest Open Air 2014 launched with a barrage of black, thrash and death metal in Hyvinkää, Finland. Kicking the summer festival season awake and pouring the first glugs of cheap Finnish beer down it's throat, Steelfest showcases local and international acts heavy on the leather and spikes. Day One was headlined by Inquisition (USA), Deströyer 666 (AUS/NED) and Nifelheim (SWE)