2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the very first Hard Rock Hell. That festival was the start of something massive. Held at Butlins in Minehead, the built-in stages and indoor sleeping accommodation let them host a winter festival. Residential festivals have now spread throughout Europe.
So how are they celebrating 10 years of HRH? With a crushingly good line-up. Headlining we have rock legend and former Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider. He’s joining Airbourne, who have had rave reviews for their most recent album: Breakin’ Outta Hell. The final member of this rockingly good triumvirate are the Black Star Riders.
The headliners are just part of the 50 bands that are performing over three days at the festival. This year’s event takes place at Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli in North Wales. You can stay on-site, or visit for the day.
With so many acts to choose from, you may need to check out music reviews to decide where to spend your time. Try sites such as Overblown, which keep an eye on up and comers in the hard rock scene.
Previous reviews of HRH have been incredible and this year looks like it’s going to top them all, with a line-up of top notch bands. Reef, Lynch Mob, Tyketto, Y&T, Toseland, Gun, Von Hertzen Brothers are all playing in what promises to be a line-up that has something for all serious metalheads.
Of course, Pwllheli isn’t the most central location. There’s no denying that getting yourself to North Wales can be difficult, especially if you live at the other end of the UK. The nearest train station is in Pwllheli, about four miles from the venue. You’ll need to grab a taxi to get yourself the final stint (unless you fancy a walk).
How to keep yourself amused when you’re travelling all that distance? Well, that’s where smart phones come in handy. Create yourself a play list of bands from the line-up so you know what to expect. Alternatively kill time with an app, or log onto one of the many gaming sites available. You could even play a few games on bingosites.uk to get into the holiday camp vibe.
Although you might be tempted when you’re there to only see the headliners, make some time to check out some of the bands towards the end of the line-up too. Bands like Kikamora, Those Damn Crows and Black Whisky still know how to rock. This isn’t a festival that pads its line-up, every band on there has earned its place.
Music festivals don’t last if they don’t bring something unique to the mix. Hard Rock Hell may have started out with the unique idea of a residential festival but they’ve mastered it, and now offer a program for many difference niches of music.
HRH in 2017 promises to be an amazing year for rock and the festival itself. If you haven’t already, why not book your ticket and head on down to see what the fuss is all about.