This weekend a new festival comes to town, in the form of the High Voltage festival at London’s Victoria Park and it promises to be quite special.
The two-day rockfest has been organised by rock fans with a view to standing out from the summer’s other big music events; there are no booking fees at High Voltage, three stages, a bar serving real ale, a wall of death, a classic car show, an air guitar competition…and, naturally, a stellar lineup.
So what of that lineup? Well, the main stage is headlined by ZZ Top on the Saturday and then by Emerson, Lake and Palmer on Sunday. For ELP, it will be their first show in 15 years, to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Perhaps the main event on the main stage, however, will be the last ever performance by Heaven and Hell – the Black Sabbath offshoot whose singer, the legendary Ronnie James Dio, sadly died in May.
This final H&H show will be a live tribute to Dio and will see surviving members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice joined on stage by Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande.
As well this one-off live tribute, there will also be a book of condolence for Ronnie and the Ronnie James Dio ‘Stand Up and Shout’ Cancer Fund will be the festival’s official charity. You can make a donation here.
In addition to the main stage are also metal and prog offerings. The metal version will be headlined by Black Label Society and Down, with sets from Saxon, Clutch and Opeth among others.
Meanwhile, the prog stage will feature headline slots for Transatlantic and Marillion, supported by performances from Dweezil Zappa, Uriah Heep and Magnum.
High Voltage looks set to be a highlight of the UK’s festival season – remember where you read it first!
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