Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June at The O2 London.
Brand New Additions To The Bill.
PINK FLOYD’S – Wish You Were Here Syphonic Live Plus:
THERAPY? / MICHAEL MONROE HAKEN / THE LOUNGE KITTENS / JACKAMAN / MESSENGER / JARED JAMES NICHOLS.
Playing alongside headliners:
ALICE COOPER / RICK WAKEMAN / THE DARKNESS / MARILLION / STEVE HACKETT / BLACKBERRY SMOKE and many more.
Kilimanjaro Live and The O2 are proud to reveal the next wave of acts joining this year’s inaugural STONE FREE FESTIVAL.
Joining Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman, The Darkness, Marillion, Steve Hackett and Blackberry Smoke on the Main Stage at The O2 Arena comes Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live, to be performed on Sunday 19th June.
Released just last week by Decca, Wish You Were Here Symphonic is the first orchestral reworking of Pink Floyd’s classic album, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the original. The performance at The O2 will include the 25-piece London Orion Orchestra who perform on the album, and will be providing the orchestral backing later that evening for Rick Wakeman’s hugely anticipated performance of ‘The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table’. Performing the album in full – along with a selection of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits – the show will feature conductor Peter Scholes and Frank Dunnery on guitar, known for his work with both It Bites and his long-time collaboration with Robert Plant.
You can listen to their beautiful version of ‘Welcome To The Machine’.
STONE FREE FESTIVAL also features a huge host of artists performing across other stages within The O2 complex. Northern Irish alt-rock three-piece Therapy? lead the way on Saturday 18th June. Since their 1992 major label debut Nurse featuring their first Top 40 hit ‘Teethgrinder’, and their 1993 breakthrough album Troublegum which included the hit singles ‘Screamager’, ‘Die Laughing’ and ‘Nowhere’, the band have become a British rock institution.
Performing both classics and brand new songs from their 14th studio album Disquiet, the bruisingly melodic punk/metal trio will be headlining the Daytime Second Stage within The O2 complex. Typically confrontational, challenging, vengeful and venomous, Disquiet is a visceral and utterly compelling document of a confident band operating at the peak of their powers and makes this a not-to-be missed set.
Also appearing that day will be Finnish multi-instrumentalist, former Hanoi Rocks frontman and revered rock ‘n’ roll icon Michael Monroe who will be bringing his eclectic and high-energy stage show to The O2. With a band featuring bassist Sami Yaffa, drummer Karl Rockfist and guitarists Dregen and Steve Conte, it’s no wonder that their kick-ass rock’n’roll evokes the riotous legacy of their previous bands, having performed variously in the New York Dolls, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Danzig and The Backyard Babies amongst many others.
Fast-rising blues guitar hero Jared James Nichols will be providing a more blues-inspired experience. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist’s current album Old Glory & The Wild Revival channels blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock ‘n’ roll. It’s raw, raucous and righteously real and will be a blistering experience live.
Bringing a feminine glamour to proceedings will be stunning soul-rock songstress – and ex-lead singer of the acclaimed rock band Saint Jude – Jackaman, who released her highly acclaimed No Halo EP last year, and British trio The Lounge Kittens, whose harmony-driven, lounge-style versions of rock and metal classics have graced the stages of Sonisphere, Download and Glastonbury as well as providing one of the most talked-about support acts of recent years when they performed with bad boys of metal Steel Panther on their European arena tour.
Sunday 19th June will feature London-based progressive, psychedelic rockers Messenger, who have recently announced their signing to InsideOutMusic. Their labelmates and fellow progressive rock band, Haken, who PROG magazine have described as “One of the brightest young bands in the progressive sphere right now”, are also revealed today as joining the bill.
As previously announced STONE FREE FESTIVAL will be headlined on Saturday 18th June by the legendary master of the macabre ALICE COOPER in a UK exclusive, and on Sunday 19th June by the titan of progressive rock RICK WAKEMAN in a WORLD exclusive performance of his flamboyant, 12-million-selling masterpiece ‘The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table’ for the first time since 1975. The STONE FREE FESTIVAL marks the debut solo performances by both artists at The O2.
Further artists on the main stage include flamboyant rockers The Darkness, prog rock heroes Marillion, guitarist Steve Hackett and Southern rock riffers Blackberry Smoke. A diverse bill of artists from all areas of the classic rock world will also be performing throughout The O2.
Full lineup and scheduling for the Stone Free Festival below:
The Main Stage
The main stage will include Alice Cooper on the Saturday night in his only UK performance of 2016, and Rick Wakeman on the Sunday in a world exclusive performance of his flamboyant, 12-million-selling masterpiece ‘The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table’ for the first time since 1975.
21:15 – Alice Cooper
19:45 – The Darkness
18:30 – Apocalyptica
17:30 – Blackberry Smoke
Arena Doors 16:30
20:50 – Rick Wakeman
19:20 – Marillion
18:15 – Steve Hackett
17:10 – Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live
Arena Doors 16:30
Indigo at The O2
Stone Free Festival will feature performances throughout the afternoon at Indigo at The O2 and when the arena finishes on Saturday night, the excitement doesn’t stop there! There will be an after party with AC/DC UK, guaranteed to shake you all night long. And if that isn’t enough, there will be a DJ set from ‘Thunderdome’. Having likely not been to sleep since Thursday and powered entirely on the vitamins available in double bourbons, expect them to bring enough dirty rock’n’roll to make Indigo at The O2 tear itself a new emergency exit.
16:15 – Therapy?
15:00 – Michael Monroe
14:00 – The Virginmary’s
13:10 – Jackaman
12:20 – Jared James Nichols
23.15 – AC/DC UK
22.30 – Thunderdome DJ set
16:00 – Wilko Johnson
15:00 – Haken
14:00 – Messenger
13:10 – Knifeworld
12:20 – Cats In Space
Speak Easy Lounge
Bringing more than music to the weekend’s festivities, the Speak Easy Lounge will be hosting a string of spoken word performances and specially curated events across the weekend.
16:30 – Comedy with Jared Christmas, John Hastings, Glenn Wool & Nick Helm
16:00 – David Quantick ’52 First Impressions’
15:30 – Alice Cooper in conversation (ALICE M&G CUSTOMERS ONLY)
14:00 – Lord Sincair’s ‘Sick Things’ Quiz
13:00 – The Darkness ‘Permission To Land’ album playback
16:30 – Sir Henry At Rawlinsons End Recreated by Michael Livesley
15:30 – Roger Dean unveiling artwork for Myths And Legends with Rick Wakeman
13:40 – Dead Funny feat. Robin Ince, Dannielle Ward & Michael Legge
13.00 – Beer & Music Matching with Pete Brown
The Entrance Stage
For all Stone Free Festival goers, as you enter the main entrance to The O2 complex the stage will be there to welcome you with a bang and will have performances throughout the afternoon as your soundtrack to the entertainment.
16:30 – The Lounge Kittens
15:30 – Dorje
14:30 – Vodun
13:30 – The RPMs
12:30 – Jack Francis
16:15 – Xander and The Peace Pirates
15:15 – Colour Of Noise
14:15 – Vambo
13:15 – Bad Touch
12:30 – Broken Witt Rebels
The Beer Garden
With no chance of rain stopping play, there will still be the chance to bask outside in London’s summer sun. Just beside the entrance to The O2 will be The Beer Garden with street food stalls and more live music to entertain fans as they eat, drink and get merry.
Rock Royalty VIP Packages including Meet & Greets
Artist Meet & Greet tickets are available as part of the Rock Royalty VIP experience over the weekend that allows customers the opportunity to meet the headliners. The Meet & Greet with Alice Cooper is now SOLD OUT but there is still the chance to meet Rick Wakeman on Sunday. You can see all details of VIP packages here.
The Stone Free Cinema
Cineworld at The O2, the Stone Free Cinema will be screening two cult classics. John Carpenters ‘Prince Of Darkness’, which sees Alice Cooper lead an army of zombies in the supernatural horror will be shown on Saturday, followed by John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ on Sunday, the definitive King Arthur movie and warm up to Rick Wakeman’s Myths and Legends… performance.
John Carpenter’s ‘Prince Of Darkness’
John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’
Classic Rock Vinyl Fair
Free to the general public, VIP Record Fairs will host the inaugural Stone Free Festival record fair on Saturday 18th June. VIP Record Fairs produce more Vinyl Record Fairs than any other company in the world! At the Stone Free Festival they will present specially selected vinyl dealers from around the UK. You can browse and buy vinyl from Prog Rock, Punk Rock and Hard Rock to Glam Rock, Classic Rock and 60s rock. On Sunday 19th there will be various vinyl dealers and market stalls for you to meet some great sellers and maybe pick up a bargain? REMEMBER – RECORDS ARE FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!
VIP Vinyl Fair
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00