A new festival has just announced itself for next August (2018). Taglined as 'promoted by hard rock fans, for hard rock fans' and "seeking to recapture the spirit of the original Monsters Of Rock festival" Stonedeaf Festival will take places at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire on Saturday 25th August 2018, with camping available on the Friday and Saturday nights.
The main 'stellar' headliner is still to be announced - soon, they say - and claim 'is a name guaranteed to excite classic rock fans'. Linking back to that inaugural Monsters Of Rock in 1980 when Bonnet was frontman for Rainbow, Stonedeaf will have Graham Bonnet Band. Joining them will be Chrome Molly.
For newer acts there'll be Lancaster five-piece Massive Wagons, and Stonedeaf will be opened by the winner of a battle of the bands contest, details of which will be announced shortly.
Explaining the reasons why Stonedeaf needs to happen, the organisers say: “We’re a group of veteran rockers who spent every year waiting for that one magical day in the calendar: Monsters Of Rock. We shared our stories and that evolved into a feeling of loss, that Monsters Of Rock no longer existed. What happened to buying a festival ticket that didn’t involve having to take out a second mortgage? Having one stage, half-a-dozen good bands, crashing out back at your tent and talking to your mates about the day? Then packing up and going back to the real world on Sunday? Our aim is to take a mix of established and up-and-coming British bands with that classic rock sound. If you miss this as much as we do, you’ll love Stonedeaf."
Tickets are on sale, currently available at the early-bird price of £40 or £50 with camping. Full price will be £10 extra.
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'promoted by hard rock fans, for hard rock fans'