Welcome to this the third instalment of the UKâ€™s fastest growing rock and metal festival.
Thursday night means one thing only rock party time!!!
The night kicks in the Vic with Dirty Rose.
Hailing from Glasgow, this up and coming three peace rock band kicks off the weekend in style. Opening track Sorrows End sets the scene for a great start to the night.
Next up we have local band Triaxis.
Having already seen them surprise everyone with one of the most memorable performances from the Unsigned Stage at Bloodstock in 2009 we already knew what to expect from them but they still managed to surprise us by being even better!!.
Highlight of the set easily the crowd pleasing cover of Iron Maidenâ€™s The Wicker Man.
Then we move off to the Empire Stage cunningly named Fancy Dress Roma Attireâ€¦.
First band to open up the Empire stage were Londonâ€™s own Mordecai, with their classic sounds their set was guaranteed to win over fans old and new.
Following on are a group of NWOBHM bands showing the younger generation how to rock.
Jaguar are the first of these â€“ their set is hampered by sound issues but it doesnâ€™t stop the cheesey antics of front man Jamie Manton putting a smile on your face as they plough through their greatest hits (as well as almost coming a cropper with a pogo stick !) even throwing in a cover of â€œI will surviveâ€!! ~ embrace the cheese.
Next up we have the mighty Battleaxe playing a solid, well versed set while whipping the crowd up into a frenzy.
Highlight of the set: Burn This Town
Power From the Universe
Shout It Out
Ready to Deliver
Burn This Town
Finishing off for us was Elixir playing a mix of their older material and some tracks thrown in from last years All Hallows Eve release.
Another great set â€“ hightlight: Son of Odin
All Hallows Eve
The Pagan Queen
Youâ€™re Not Fooling Me
The Star of Beshaan
Son of Odin
And so ends Thursday for us but we left it with this in our mind â€“ according to the general music press NWOBHM died years ago ??? ~ well these last three bands proved it is still as relevant and exciting now as it was back then.[flagallery gid=65 name=”hammerfest 3 – thursday”]