A mixture of old classics and new bands met at this festival in Ebbw vale to entertain the rock fans of all ages in the valleys and it seemed they had all made the trek to the top of the mountain with the sole aim to rock out.
The band Fire road from Aberdare opened the festival after winning the online fan vote to perform at the festival and gave the crowd their first taster of the rock that was to come over the weekend. The first scheduled act came from another band from Aberdare Dead shed jokers, an up and coming talent in rock with the lead singer’s unique and talented voice energising the crowd.
Then the rain came and with it the legends of welsh rock that are Hands of Dime and they did not disappoint as they kept up the rock spirit at the festival with cries of “we're welsh we don't care about the rain”. Fighting wolves three parts Scottish and one part French were next picking up the tempo and winning over the crowd with their energy, by the end encores were asked for.
Temperance movement my personal favourite of the festival and others as their popularity was obvious with the crowd as almost all gathered around the stage in the rain. The band were no let down with their charismatic front man mesmerising the crowd and brought everything the crowd wanted from a rock band even the shaking of a tambourine. Anvil the big name band from America had spent the day at the festival singing T-shirts in the day and then kept on giving with their outstanding performance and gave the crowd what they were waiting for in the rain with the band playing old classics and new songs at the festival. FM then took to the stage and ramped up the noise as the sun light began to fade and the stages lights lit up the night.
The British rock band showed the crowd what rock and roll was and left them begging for more. The crowds thirst was then quenched with the headline act of the night that was of course Saxon, at the festival with their anticipated UK festival exclusive blew the crowd away and proved they were worth the wait in the pouring way to see their infamous rock, with their iconic silver eagle behind them on the stage becoming a treasured image for the fans to take away from night.
On the second day the crowds once again gathered in the field for another day of rock. Black bird being the band to get through on the vote a local band that awakened the crowd. First of the scheduled acts of the day, Skam, electrified the crowd and proved why they're beginning to be noticed in the Rock world ending their first year on tour on a high at the festival.
Trucker Diablo proved why they were at the festival playing in such esteemed rock company, their guitarist playing as if he was posed by the devil himself at times and with the Irish accent charming the crowd to join in with the singing of keep on rolling (the bands motto) the band kept on rocking.
The third band of the day, Vega played a lively set their music a mixture Muse and Lincoln Park was somehow not out of place at the festival. The band were eager to get the crowd involved as the day started to liven up with anticipation building for the days headline acts. The next band Heavens basement gave plenty of opportunities for head banging and when the heavens opened the band took the crowd into heavens basement (A bad pun I know) and carried on rocking. Snake Charmer then took to the stage the classic rock band thrilled the crowd with their music and had all singing to “here I go again” Nick moody then played his own brand of guitar playing which entranced the crowd.
The progressive rock band Magnum then took to the stage as night came and showed why they crowed were so excited to see them as the band played the songs they were known for and had all hands in the air doing the horns. The crowd had waited and now Shenker took to the stage to bring the festival to a close in a UK festival exclusive after UK tour the German showed his skill on the guitar and had the crowd rocking long into the night no better way could have been thought of to end this great welsh rock festival.
The festival was a success in many ways introducing fans to new and exciting bands while still satisfying the need for the classics. Steel house also united all generations in their love for rock and roll and may it continue to do so for many years to come.