Music Live set to host Hellfire Fest

Music Live

has joined forces with independent rock and metal festival,


, this year meaning the fest will now take place from 6-8 November at Birmingham´s NEC, coinciding with Music Live.

Not only will you be able to enjoy the usual shenanigans of Music Live (great gear, guest stars and a host of live music), but stick around into the evening when Hellfire takes over. A total of four stages will host around 100 live performances throughout the weekend. The great news for you is that joint tickets for both events will be available at discounted rates.

The line-up is still under wraps but, to whet your appetite, last year's inaugural Hellfire Festival, held at the Islington Academy, boasted a line-up including Exodus, Overkill, Firewind, Breed 77, Sabbat and Warrior Soul.

Music Live show manager Jason Hunt said: “We´re delighted to welcome Hellfire on board in 2009. With metal the traditional material for 10th anniversary gifts, Hellfire is the perfect partner for our birthday celebrations.”

Also, in a unique and inspired twist, Music Live will play host to The Titans of Tribute, a live concert put together to recreate the 1988 Donington Monsters Of Rock festival. Back in 1988, the running order was Iron Maiden, Kiss, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Guns N´ Roses and Helloween. Check out

this blog

from Rhythm's sister magazine


to find out which fantastic tribute bands will be playing...

Chris Barnes

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