Stone Free Festival Full Weekend Details Revealed

Stone Free Festival reveals full weekend details, exclusive events & new additions to the bill

at The O2, London



Alice Cooper in conversation with writer David Quantick

The legendary Roger Dean in conversation with Rick Wakeman

The Darkness hosting exclusive Permission To Land album playback and discussing their rollercoaster career

Plus BAFTA nominated comedian Nick Helm leading a line up of comedy and rock’n’roll themed entertainment

Festivities kick off at midday each day

May 19th, London:
With one month to go until this year’s inaugural STONE FREE FESTIVAL, Kilimanjaro Live and The O2 are proud to reveal the full details of the weekend’s extravaganza.Main Stage Arena
With a stunning line-up in the arena, Stone Free will be headlined by 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.

Alice Cooper
The Darkness
Blackberry Smoke
Rick Wakeman
Steve Hackett
Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here Symphonic Live

The arena opens at 4:30pm on Saturday and 4:00pm on Sunday

Indigo at The O2

Stone Free Festival will feature performances throughout the afternoon at Indigo at The O2, including performances on the Saturday from Northern Irish alt-rock heroes Therapy? and former Hanoi Rocks frontman and revered rock ‘n’ roll icon Michael Monroe.

Sunday will feature London-based progressive, psychedelic rockers Messenger, who have recently announced their signing to InsideOutMusic and 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”.

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.

Michael Monroe
The Virginmary’s
Jared James Nichols
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, featuring the passionate and charismatic Jared Christmas as Master of Ceremonies. With his ride of laughs and gasps and an edge of anger which manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives, this is not to be missed!Performances include BAFTA nominated stand up comedian Nick Helm who recently sold-out the Kentish Town Forum and regularly appears on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and his own show ‘Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment’.

Also for VIP ticket holders (King For A Day / King For A Weekend), the tried and tested Q&A format will be mixed up a little with freelance journalist, writer and critic David Quantick interviewing Alice Cooper in a very special and no doubt highly entertaining chat, giving fans a chance to hear first hand the stories from their idol. David will also be doing a live version of his Radio 4 Show ‘First Impressions’.

Stone Free Festival ticket holders will also be able to attend the very special event ‘Roger Dean in conversation with Rick Wakeman’. This is a chance to watch the legendary artist, designer and visionary responsible for many of the famous Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep album covers talk with Rick Wakeman about the creative process between visual and audio artists as they are both working on the new album cover for the re-recording of The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table.

Ticket holders will also be able to see The Darkness in an exclusive playback of their iconic debut album Permission to Land, with the band discussing the rollercoaster ride of that album and their career.

Other performances include acclaimed comedian and festival favourite John Hastings and performer Michael Livesley with his reenactment of Vivian Stanshall’s ‘Sir Henry at Rawlinson End’, and ‘Beer and Music Matching’ with British writer Pete Brown who has won the ‘beer writer of the year’ award and knows that “the right tune and the right beer together can enhance each other…”

The ATP festival quizmaster general Lord Sinclair, will be bringing his ‘Sick Things’ Solid Rock Quiz to test all the rock aficionados. Leading photographer and graphic artist Carl Glover will also be giving a talk about his artwork for the Marillion albums Marbles, Radiation and Somewhere Else.

Jarred Christmas (MC)
Alice Cooper in conversation
The Darkness ‘Permission To Land’
Nick Helm

John Hastings

Rick Wakeman in conversation
Pete Brown ‘Beer and Music Matching’
Michael Livesley
Carl Glover: Marillion’s artwork
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.
The Lounge Kittens
The RPMs
Xander and The Peace Pirates
Colour Of Noise
Bad Touch
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.

Saturday 1pm
John Carpenter’s ‘Prince Of Darkness’
Sunday 1pm
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!

Day and Weekend and Rock Royalty tickets for
STONE FREE FESTIVAL are on sale now /
For further information please contact Wilful Publicity / / / 020 8281 0989

STONE FREE FESTIVAL is a major new festival for the UK bringing a wealth of artists and events together under one roof in June next year. Taking place at the world’s number one music and entertainment venue, The O2 in London, STONE FREE FESTIVAL will feature two 12-hour days of the very best in classic rock music and deliver a host of live performances spread over multiple stages, including many other must-visit events throughout the weekend.

Utilising the full array of facilities at The O2, STONE FREE FESTIVAL is the perfect chance for rock fans to immerse themselves in the music they love in the very best environment.

In keeping with the dedicated nature of the event, STONE FREE FESTIVAL is proud to be working in association with Classic Rock Magazine and Prog Magazine, the premiere worldwide music publications for the music aficionado.

With no chance of rain stopping play, no need to camp in a muddy field, state-of-the-art sound, great food and a whole host of transport options STONE FREE FESTIVAL sets the bench mark for a new type of rock festival in the UK – a weekend of Classic Rock that gives fans the chance to delve deep into their greatest passions, experience their favourite artists performing some of their most legendary works, discover brand new acts in a multitude of venues and browse the finest memorabilia all under one roof.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!