FORMER-IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BLAZE BAYLEY TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE “SILICON MESSIAH” 15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT SOS FESTIVAL 2015. OTHER BANDS CONFIRMED INCLUDE NWOBHM HEROES AVENGER AS WELL AS BLACK WHISKEY, FRONTED BY FORMER-XENTRIX VOCALIST SIMON GORDON
SOS Festival, in Radcliffe, North Manchester, adds a third day to it’s 2015 schedule & proudly announces that former-Iron Maiden frontman BLAZE BAYLEY is to play an exclusive Silicon Messiah 15th Anniversary Show, headlining the Saturday night on the Dean Hocking Stage. Silicon Messiah is Blaze’s iconic first post-Maiden album including such fan favourites as Identity, Stare At The Sun, The Brave, the title track and more.
Also confirmed are the following…. AVENGER, BLACK WHISKEY, MOTHERLOAD, DIENO MORE, TEN BY TEN, as well as WIZZ ACOUSTIC from Belgium who will headline the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage on Saturday.
SOS is presented by independent record label Rocksector Records & 2015 will be the 8th such event. Previous headliners include I AM I, GUN, Black Spiders, Heavens Basement, Absolva and Beholder. The organisers seek to deliver a mixture of Rocksector Records bands, together with UK and international artists, also supporting the local Manchester rock and metal scene with a reasonable number of local bands. Most people seem to agree the recent 2014 event was the strongest yet.
In 2015, SOS Festival takes place on 17th – 19th July, and tickets which are already on-sale, represent outstanding value once again at £15 for a weekend and £10 for Saturday or Sunday single tickets. The additional Friday night is charged separately at £5 or for weekend ticket purchasers it’s included in the price.
NWOBHM heroes AVENGER have joined the Rocksector label just recently to soon release their first brand new material for many years, whilst London-based BLACK WHISKEY and MOTHERLOAD have similarly joined the label for new releases. BLACK WHISKEY includes frontman Simon Gordon who fans will recognise from his former bands XENTRIX and HELLFIGHTER. Meanwhile, DIE NO MORE are Cumbrian-based thrash metallers who are set to make real waves with a full length debut album on Rocksector which will help keep the Metallica/Testament/Megadeth fans happy.
WIZZ ACOUSTIC is from Belgium and well-known to SOS audiences. He will headline the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage on Saturday, whilst the excellent groove/grunge rockers TEN BY TEN are the first of our Manchester area bands to be confirmed.
The DEAN HOCKING STAGE is so-named after the late bassist of Rocksector band Nightvision – Dean’s young life was tragically cut short in a serious car crash on 27th December 2012 and he is forever honoured and remembered by SOS Festival audiences.
During the next few months a further 19 bands will ultimately be announced for the Dean Hocking Stage, whilst an additional 8 artists will be confirmed for the Metal Nation Radio Acoustic Stage.