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Firefest 2011: Official press release


Firefest and Fireworks Magazine are pleased to announce that we’ve decided to repeat the same format as last years show. It will take place on October 21st, 22nd & 23rd, with three bands playing on the Friday night and seven bands each on the Saturday and Sunday. Yet again we think we’ve managed to put together an event with a great deal of variety which has strength right through the line-up, with many unexpected artists pledging to make their long-awaited return to live action or making their first ever visits to the UK.

We’re also pleased to announce that we now have the full support of a new sponsor: Classic Rock’s offshoot magazine Classic Rock Presents :AOR. The great new magazine will be helping us to promote the festival. Many thanks to Geoff Barton, Chris Ingham, Dave Ling and all the staff at Future Publishing for their very welcome support.


Venue and dates

Firefest will take place on Friday 21st October 2011 at the Trent University Students Union building in Nottingham, and on Saturday and Sunday 22nd & 23rd October 2011 at our regular venue of Rock City in Nottingham.


Friday 21st October (Top to bottom)


Even though we try to vary the line-up from one year to the next, it’s become a kind of tradition to ask back immediately any artist who makes a huge impression, and last year the general consensus was that the former Survivor singer Jimi Jamison made the biggest impression of all. With a band that will hopefully be the same as last year (availability permitting), Jimi and guitarist Tommy Denander will be playing more classics from the Survivor and Jimi Jamison back catalogue.



After his amazing performance last year with Strangeways we have great pleasure in welcoming Terry Brock back as a solo artist. With a backing band consisting of our good friends Adam Holland (guitar), Gerard Zappa (bass), Mike Morales (drums) and Craig Pullman (keys) from Valentine, Terry will be playing a set plucked from his solo career that will no doubt include a hefty slice of last year’s well-received ‘Diamond Blue’ album. Terry will be making his first solo appearance in the UK since 2001.



With their debut album picking up many outstanding reviews from around the globe it should come as no surprise to see young Swedish duo Houston on the bill. Proving that classic AOR can be written and played just as well by youngsters as established older artists, Hampus ‘Hank’ Erix and Freddie Allen will be bringing their touring band to kick off the party.

Saturday 22nd October (Top to bottom)


One of the most popular artists of the late 80s MTV boom, the US band have sold 10 million copies worldwide of their classic albums, including ‘Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich’, ‘Cherry Pie’ and ‘Dog Eat Dog’. With original members Joey Allen (guitars), Jerry Dixon (bass), Steven Sweet (drums) and Erik Turner (guitars), along with ex-Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason who’s been fronting the band since 2008, they’ll be making their first appearance on UK soil since their support slot to Dave Lee Roth in the early 90s.



The ex-Journey singer makes a welcome return to Firefest as a solo artist. Steve Augeri will have his established backing band of Adam Holland, Gerard Zappa, Mike Morales and Craig Pullman (all ex-Valentine) and will be playing plenty of Journey favourites along with a handful of songs from his soon to be released solo album. He’s sure to be a guaranteed crowd pleaser.



Another band who played last year, this time out the popular UK/US alliance Strangeways will be playing the whole of their ‘Walk In The Fire’ album along with other songs from ‘Native Sons’ that they didn’t play last time. Terry Brock, Ian Stewart, Jim Drummond and the guys enjoyed their time on stage so much last year that they can’t wait to come back and do it again.



The popular US singer/songwriter is making his first visit back to the UK as a solo artist since he played at the first Gods festival in 1993. He has a new album in the works with guitarist Tommy Denander, and Tommy will be assembling a top notch band to play a cross section of his impressive back catalogue. Also, with his first two mid-80s classic AOR albums (‘Race To Paradise’ and ‘Wired Up’) due for re-issue this year, what better time is there for him to make a welcome return?



We’re delighted to announce that LA melodic hard rock band Silent Rage will be joining us for their first UK show in many years. Jesse Damon (guitars/vocals), Mark Hawkins (guitars/vocals), E.J. Curse (bass/vocals) and Rodney Pino (drums) will be cherry picking the best songs from their four album career, and as many of the Firefest crew have seen them before we can guarantee that they’ll be one of the best and most professional bands of the weekend.



Currently causing a stir with their amazing debut album ‘Kiss Of Life’, Vega were a no brainer for this years festival. Consisting of ex-Kick/Eden vocalist Nick Workman, drummer Dan Chantry and songwriting brothers James and Tom Martin (who’ve written songs for recent albums by House Of Lords, Khymera, From The Inside, First Signal & Issa), Vega will bring their catchy modern slant on traditional AOR to our main stage.



US band Talon should be no strangers to anyone who’s attended Firefest and Gods festivals over the years. The classy hard rock band will again grace our main stage, this time fronted by new singer Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire), who joins Jim Kee (guitar), Phil Keller (bass), Kory Voxen (guitar) and John Parker (drums) to get things under way in Rock City.

Sunday 23rd October (Top to bottom)


It is with great pleasure that we can announce Unruly Child as our headliners on the Sunday night. The classic US band featuring Bruce Gowdy (guitars), Guy Allison (keys), Larry Antonino (bass), Jay Schellen (drums) and legendary vocalist Marcie Free, will be playing an ultra-rare show and certainly their first outside of the US. With a set that will be almost entirely taken from their legendary 1992 debut album and great 2010 comeback disc ‘Worlds Collide’, this will be their only European show this year.



The inclusion of the 80s Toronto-based hard rock band Coney Hatch is one that has everyone connected with Firefest extremely excited. Playing their first ever show in the UK, the reformed original line-up of Carl Dixon (vocals/guitar), Andy Curran (vocals/bass), Steve Shelski (lead guitar) and Dave ‘Thumper’ Ketchum (drums) will be playing a long overdue set taken from their three albums ‘Coney Hatch’, ‘Outa Hand’ and ‘Friction’.



The ever popular Nashville singer/songwriter Mitch Malloy will be making a return visit to our main stage after many requests to bring him back. The DVD of his 2008 Firefest set has proven to be one of our most popular and his regular visits to the UK over the years have kept his fan base growing. Mitch is currently recording his new album, which he says should be in the style of his classic debut, so it should be on sale at Firefest and he will be playing several songs from it as well as some from his 1992 album.



Perhaps one of our biggest surprises this time out, former Alice Cooper guitarist and renowned solo artist Kane Roberts hasn’t played live much in the last few years so we’re very honoured he agreed to do this show. With the guys from Talon as his backing band, Kane will be doing a set based mostly around songs from his popular 1991 solo album ‘Saints & Sinners’ along with one or two surprises. Kane also hopes to have an EP of new music available on the day.



One of the leading lights of the Scandi-AOR boom of the late 80s, the Swedish band gained cult status when their 1st self-titled album was released in 1988 (a different version was released the following year for the rest of Europe/US). They continued through several line-up changes, releasing albums up to 2005, but none had the same impact as the debut. The original line-up of Jim Jidhed (vocals), Tony Borg (guitar), Ken Sandin (bass), Jimmy Wandroph (keys) and Toby Tarrach (drums) will be playing their debut album in its entirety.



Having had their self-titled debut album favourably reviewed throughout the world media, we have the great pleasure of announcing White Widdow as the first Australian band ever to play at Firefest. Comprising of Enzo Almanzi (guitar), Trent Wilson (bass), Jim Nash (drums), Xavier Millis (keys) and regular Firefest attendee Jules Millis on vocals, White Widdow will be bringing their unashamedly 80s melodic rock to our main stage.



Probably an unknown quantity to most, US melodic rockers Farcry created quite a stir when they played at Melodicrockfest in Chicago a while ago and have been the subject of a campaign by some of our UK friends who saw them at the show. Having released their well-received debut album ‘High Gear’ in 2009, Mark Giovi (vocals), Pete Fry (guitar), John Leonardis (bass) and Chris Ryan (drums) will get things off to a great start on the Sunday.


Tickets & Prices

Ticket prices are as follows:

Friday - £25 (Stand alone show limited to 600 tickets – not included in the early bird special)

Saturday - £55 
Sunday - £55 
Postage at £1 extra per order 
Day of Show (Saturday and Sunday only!) £60

Early Bird Special

We will be selling 300 weekend tickets (Saturday and Sunday together) for £99, a saving of £11. If you're bringing a partner get in early and save £22! After the 300 tickets are gone prices for Saturday and Sunday will revert to £55 each, £110 for both days.

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Tickets will be mailed out within 21 days of order


A full list of other tickets agents will be made available shortly.


Other details

Firefest is sponsored by Classic Rock Presents:AOR, Blackstar Amplification, AOR Heaven, ARFM & Rock It Magazine.


Firefest 2011 is an age 14 and over show.


A press and guest list accreditation system will be implemented soon at our website – – could anyone wishing to apply please refrain from contacting any member of the Firefest team about accreditation at this time. Instructions will be given in a future update.


Check regularly for updates, as well as the official MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and ROCKTOPIA pages. The Rocktopia website will also contain hotel details and directions for those travelling into Nottingham.

All that’s left to say is thank you for your continued support and we hope the line-up and ticket prices are to your liking.

See you all in October – the Firefest team.

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