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SOTS Weekender 2016.

DIAMOND HEAD SET TO ROCK TELFORD.

Influential Black Country rock band DIAMOND HEAD have been announced as Sunday headliners for the Soldiers Off The Street Big Weekender festival next May.

Event poster

The event, which is being held over May Day weekend, will feature 25 of the very best of the Midlands rock and metal bands including The Whiskey Syndicate, who are re-uniting just for this event, Martyr De Mona, Voodoo Sioux, Daylight Robbery, Valous and Fury. Technical Manager at Twisted Ninja Promotions Event, Lee Wilson, himself ex-army, explains that over 300 bands applied for the chance to appear at the event, and it was a difficult job to whittle the number down to just 25.

Diamond Head

‘The quality of the bands applying has been outstanding, but even more amazing is that all of the bands, even Diamond Head, are giving their time for free; the venue are not charging, the sound technician is doing it for nothing, the sound equipment and drums are being supplied for free by SASS in Ironbridge, the printing is gratis….everyone has been so generous, and it’s all for such a good cause. Soldiers Off The Street is a charity that shouldn’t exist because our ex-military should not be allowed or left to suffer as they have, but as long as it does exist, we need to do what we can to help out where we can’.

The Soldiers Off The Street Big Weekender will be held at The Haygate, Wellington on April 29th and 30th, and May 1st 2016, weekend tickets available from wegottickets.com from October 1st.

S.O.T.S – Part 1

The Haygate Wellington 11th July 2015.

Today’s All Dayer at The Haygate in Wellington, comes courtesy of Andy Boden and Twisted Ninja Management and is held in full support of the notable cause that is fought daily, by the charity Soldiers Off The Street (S.O.T.S).

Compere for the day was Garry Foster, Radio Presenter from 101.8 WCR FM and 1pm saw Garry take to the stage to introduce F1-11, who had been tasked with getting today’s event underway. A heart felt dose of good ‘ole rock ‘n’ roll was the order of their set and I gotta hand it to these guys for clearly being 100% supportive of today’s cause.

F1-11

Our second band in today’s line up were WERM and time for the music to start and metal up!

Next up and ready to prowl were the Telford metallers, Wolff and for those that missed their set today, fear not as the band have a new EP ‘Lycanthropic Tendencies’ out – so do check it out cause it’s a good ‘un!

Wolff

Torous are one band that I will never tire of seeing and today’s set from them was yet again, a total smash!

Torous

With 4pm approaching, Guts For Glory had a fair sized audience to entertain and entertain The Haygate they did indeed.

Guts For Glory

Our penultimate band for this afternoons session were the West Midlands/ Shropshire based band Our World Below? and a great chance to see them before their UK tour kicks in this August, so do check out their Facebook page for more dates and details about that.

Our World Below

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Paraletica and I consider myself to have been pretty privileged to catch these guys live today as this set marked the last performance of the band ever, so good luck to the guys with all ventures new.

Paraletica

And here endeth the first part of my day with a wealth of great music still yet to come!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

S.O.T.S – Part 2

The Haygate Wellington 11th July 2015.

Today’s S.O.T.S All Dayer is already proving to be a bit of smash, with much praise and thanks deservedly going out to all the bands who have already played in support of this fund raising event for Soldiers Off The Streets and the fantastic work that they do.

And with many great bands and artists still yet to come, it was an absolute pleasure to see Adrien and Em from Cadence Noir take to the stage and filling The Haygate with their pretty impressive gothic folk rock.

Adrien and Em

There was also no holding back the F1-11’s either, who took to the stage for the second time today but this time with a slightly different line up and a new set of tunes much to the enjoyment of everyone.

Next up tonight were Fires That Divide and these guys were definitely hell bent on making their thirty minutes count with a rousing set of full throttle rock ‘n‘ roll.

Fires That Divide

And the great rock kept rolling, with huge appreciation going out to The Black Hounds for a cracking performance!

The Black Hounds

Stone Broken were up on stage next and there was no shortage of fans who came along tonight to see them. Do check this band out on Facebook – you won’t be disappointed.

Stone Broken

When it comes to compiling my fantasy gig line up, it would never be complete without Theia being on the bill so I was definitely doing the happy dance tonight!

Theia

It’s been a while since I last saw Captain Horizon but tonight from they were just as outstanding as ever, with ’Patch’ being a particularly fitting song to be included in this evenings set.

Captain Horizon

Midnight had come and gone when our event headliners Liberty Lies took to the stage and one things for sure, these guys certainly brought this great event to a storming end.

Today as a whole, has been fantastic to say the very least and it was so good to see such great support going out to Soldiers Off The Streets in recognition of all the great work that they do.

With the purpose of today being to raise as much money as possible to further aid their cause, the final tally stood a £1,000.00, so much kudos going out to the bands, Garry Foster, The Haygate and ultimately Andy Boden for bringing this all together and actually making a difference!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.