Wings of Steel – Travel Tips to Metal Festivals

Metal Men and Metal Maidens, I have blogged about 20 European countries and about 50 awesome Metal Festivals in those 20 countries. However, some might be wondering how to get there, approximately how much money is required and all the little gritty details that most blogs tend to forget or ignore.
Well, I will be damned as an avid traveller! I have to plan my trips in advance and make sure that I have enough money to make sure that I can survive!
Cost Effective European airlines
An average flight with the airlines can cost between €80 – €500. So, do choose carefully. Keep the following tips in mind:
1)      Do fly mid-week because it is cheaper
2)      Do fly early in the morning or late in the evening for discount prices
3)      Don’t fly on Public Holidays because airfares are expensive
4)      Avoid booking a flight ticket less than two weeks in advance
5)      There are four main cost effective airlines in Europe mainly Easyjet, Ryanair, Germanwings, Airberlin  
If you are flying to Lithuania (Kilkim Zaibu Festival) Use Ryanair as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Bulgaria (Kavarna Festival) Use Wizzair or Easyjet as it is the cheap route.
If you are flying to Romania (BestFest, Artmania Festival) Use Blueair or Ryanair or Wizzair as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to the United Kingdom (Bloodstock Open Air, Damnation Festival, Download Festival, Hammerfest, Sonisphere Festival) Use Easyjet or Thomsonfly or Flybe as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Austria (Nova Rock Festival) Use NIKI airways as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Czech Republic (Brutal Assault Festival, Masters of Rock Festival) Use Smartwings as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Germany (Walpurgis Metal Days, Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring, Rock im Park) Use Airberlin or Condor or Tulfly as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to France (Hellfest, Raismesfest) Use Ryanair as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Netherlands (Dokkem Open Air, Elsrock, ProgPower Europe) Use Easyjet or Ryanair as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Italy (Gods of metal Festival, Heineken Jammin Festival) Use Meridianfly or Wind-Jet or Bluexpress as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Turkey (Unirock Festival) Use Anadolujet or Pegasus Airlines or Corendon as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Finland (Tuska, Jalometalli, Finnish Metal Expo) Use Blue1 airlines as it is a cheap route.
If you are flying to Norway/Sweden/Denmark (Norway Rock Festival, Inferno metal Festival, Hove Festival, Hole in the Sky, Metal Town Festival, Sweden Rock Festival, Kill Town Death Festival, Aalborg Festival, Day of Decay, Royal Metal Festival, Roskilde Festival) Use Cimber Sterling or Norwegian Air as it is a cheap route.
There are NO cheap flight routes to Portugal, Ukraine or Belgium.
Please check the official websites of the airlines to get best value for your money as well as do your research before landing on foreign soil.

Show Me The Metal United Kingdom!

And I saved the best for last … well sort of.

The United Kingdom

Heavy Metal Kingdom! 

Bloodstock Open Air

The Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal festival was established in 2005 to bring a wider choice of heavy metal bands to the UK and provide a venue for the best established and unsigned metal bands to perform in front of a large an enthusiastic audience of true metal heads.
Bloodstock Open Air features three days of diverse international heavy metal bands across three stages, a large selection of merchandise stalls, metal karaoke, campsite and a wide selection of food, bars and other refreshments.
The Bloodstock Open Air website offers full festival details, ticket information and purchasing, festival merchandise, metal news, competitions including Bloodstock Unsigned, forums, heavy metal galleries and tons more metal mayhem!

Damnation Festival

The Damnation Festival is a one day music festival currently held annually at Leeds University, Leeds. It will be taking place on the 5 November 2011. The line-up includes: Evile, Godflesh, Devin Townsend  Project, Ulver, God is an Astronaut and many more. There will be 3 stages and tickets have gone on sale.

Download Festival

The Download Festival is a three day rock music festival held annually at Donington Park, England (which hosted Monsters of Rock between 1980 and 1996, and 2002 Ozzfest). It usually takes place in June (although in 2003, the first day of the festival took place on the last day of May). The festival is owned and managed by Live Nation.
The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival,and appears on a wide range of material related to the festival, such as tickets, stage banners and merchandise.
On the 12 July 2011 it was confirmed via Twitter, Facebook and the Download Website that the festival will return in 2012 between the dates of 8-10 June. Limited Early Bird tickets were put on sale on the 15 July. It will mark the festival’s 10th anniversary.


Hammerfest the festival for metal fans run by the people put on Hard Rock Hell and Metal Hammer returns for its fourth year. Hammerfest will take place from Thurday 15th to Saturday 17th March 2012 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Prestatyn, North Wales. Some rumours of bands for 2012 include Skindred,  Anthrax, Paradise Lost, Chimaira, Lawnmower Death and Fury UK. Expect an astounding 50 bands over six arenas! Awesome-ness!

In the next post: How to get there? What to take where? Metal Festival Info at its best!

Thee Power of Metal Music Compels Me!

Men of Metal and Metal Maidens, I have been writing this Blog  in hopes that someday that I will travel to all these AWESOME Festivals. However, time and finances are a constraint!
For the past few months, I have been toying with an idea to fulfil my metal liquid dreams and those of others who are in a similar position to me.
What about creating a Metal Television Series?
A Head Bangers Ball meets Travel Channel concept.
Three Young Blood Metal Heads travelling to every European Metal Music Festival that takes place in a calendar year. They uncover 20 of Europe’s most luscious locations while travelling to 50 epic Metal Festivals. At the Metal Festivals they meet their Guitar Gods, Blood Thirsty Heroes, Wayward Souls and those who live, eat and breathe Metal music!™
Of course, this is no small project and could take a subsequent of time before a plan can be put into action. From sponsorships, television networks, publications and entertainment business woes; it might take years for this idea to be a reality.
Two guys and a girl with a metal face invite the viewer into a world of gorgeous women and hairy men also known as Metal music. The three Metal Heads journey through 20 European countries to 50 major Metal Festivals. They serve the wet dreams of the alternative fans by interviewing their beloved Metal manic musicians, experience what it actually takes to sleep outdoors in another country, taste the culture of Europe, and explore the stereotypes of Metal music genres. The key question: Do you folks like Metal?
However, what happens when a Band member is dared to swap his instruments for a live show or dared to eat an exotic meal? Could a meeting with a controversial Satanist be on the cards for the three Metal Heads? Who are the men behind the Corpse paint? What is Denmark most famous for and how is Finland known as the promised land of heavy Metal? Most importantly; do you folks like Metal? All shall be revealed on the Metal TV series.
Metal music is explored through the large growing and enigmatic festivals that take place all year round in Europe. There is a tendency to pigeonhole Metal Heads, so can that stereotype be broken by the key presenters or are they subjected to discrimination because of their choice of music? What are the similarities of a battle field and mosh [molesting and pushing] pit? Three Metal Heads explore what makes Metal music the crown-jewels of people’s lives and experience the grotesque beautiful through land marks, nature and travel.  
But what are YOUR thoughts – could something like this be in YOUR interest?