Steelhouse Festival 2013 unveils SAXON as its Saturday night headliner Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 February 2013 20:57

Planet Rock’s Steelhouse Festival returns this July for its third consecutive year and with its biggest line-up to date.


On the weekend of July 27-28th, the event will be headlined by UK metal legends SAXON and guitar great Michael Schenker (Temple Of ROCK & Lovedrive Reunion TOUR). This is a national exclusive forPlanet Rock’s Steelhouse Festival: this is the only UK festival date that these artists will play this year. Joining them on the bill are rising bands The Temperance Movement, Heaven’s Basement, Buffalo Summer and Fighting Wolves, with many more artists to be announced over coming weeks.


Saxon formed in 1976 in South Yorkshire and emerged as one of the defining groups of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), the scene that characterised metal into the 80s and encompasses other notable British acts Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Still led by original vocalist Biff Byford, Saxon have sold some 13 million albums worldwide, and their catalogue includes three of the genre’s most iconic titles: ‘Wheels Of Steel’, ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ and ‘Denim And Leather’. On the 4th of March they release their 20th album, ‘Sacrifice’.


Michael Schenker burst onto the international scene in 1972 as guitarist for major German rock act Scorpions, gained near-legendary status with seminal British metal outfit UFO, and his career continued with The Michael Schenker Group (MSG). This April he takes his Temple Of Rock on a 12-date UK tour and returns for his exclusive festival appearance at Planet Rock’s Steelhouse Festival in July, with a band featuring former Scorpions stars Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass). Together they’ll perform the very best of Schenker’s work with the Scorpions, UFO and MSG.


Once again, this family-friendly festival will be sited at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm near Ebbw Vale, nestling in the beautiful Welsh countryside of Gwent. Camping, free parking and other facilities available on site over the whole weekend, and children under 14 can enter free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Weekend Passes are available now, with an Early-Bird price of £50 for the first 500 tickets (£65 thereafter). Tickets can be bought at, or by calling 01495 370080 (national call rates apply).


This Welsh international classic rock festival continues to build on the grassroots success of previous years. While being a stronghold for rock and metal, this part of the country was rarely visited by major artists in the genre, so the organisers aimed to provide a high-quality, value-for-money music event in the area. The first Steelhouse Festival was held in 2011, with an even more successful follow-up last year. Over 5000 fans have attended the event to enjoy established rock bands including The Quireboys, Feeder and Reef and emerging acts such as Saint Jude, THE UNION and GENTLEMANS PISTOLS.


This year the festival is set to grow even bigger, with bona-fide legends Saxon and Michael Schenker topping the bill, more exciting bands to be announced, and now a partnership with PLANET ROCK, the UK’s leading classic rock radio station. Planet Rock DJs will compere the event on-stage, and the festival will be promoted on-air with advertising spots, offers of VIP Membership deals, competitions and a microsite:


 Saxon MSG copy


For tickets and updates on the bill:

Tel: 01495 370080