Wolverhampton Slade Rooms to host British heavy metal festival

Wolverhampton Slade Rooms is set to host a five-band festival featuring an all-original bill of rock bands from the 1980s New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era.

Wolverhampton-based Stampede
Wolverhampton-based Stampede

The Denim and Leather Festival, on Saturday, September 29, will feature Stampede, Praying Mantis, Weapon, Gaskin and special guests Agincourt.

The whole event will be compared by legendary hard rock DJ Krusher Joule.

Stampede  reformed in 2009, following the re-release of  the band’s entire back catalogue from 27 years earlier.  The band is now Wolverhampton-based and in the past has toured with Whitesnake, Gary Moore and Saxon. More recently, they have recorded a new album, A Sudden Impulse and have also toured with American rockers Y&T.

Praying Mantis, who date back to the late 70s have simply never stopped gigging and recording, and made their name touring with Iron Maiden, and along with Stampede  played Reading Festival in 1982.

Weapon, who made their mark touring with Motorhead are currently in the process of recording a brand new album.

Likewise, Gaskin, formed in the 1980s by guitarist Paul Gaskin, recorded several albums and performed widely both in Europe and the UK.  Paul has also recently made the decision to reform, with a new album planned for imminent release.

Agincourt, are the only band on the bill who are not from the original New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. They are a newer band who were invited as special guests because their style and sound is deemed to be authentic to the movement.

Tickets are available from Midland Box Office or on the door if still available. Doors open at 4pm and the event runs until 11pm.

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