Met­al­heads go for gold in Ger­many

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 03.08.2012 -

HEAVY Metal Olympics? That’s the un­of­fi­cial ti­tle of a Bat­tle of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion run­ning in Ger­many this week. Founded in 1990, the Wacken Open Air fes­ti­val has grown to be­come one of the big­gest heavy metal fes­ti­vals in the world, and the com­pe­ti­tion, which be­gan on Wed­nes­day and fin­ishes to­day, will see acts from 27 coun­tries com­pete for a gold metal – sorry, medal – ie a record­ing con­tract with mam­moth metal la­bel Nu­clear Blast. The “Metal Bat­tle” has been a fea­ture of the fes­ti­val since 2004. Ire­land is rep­re­sented this year by Dublin band Warpath, who beat off com­pe­ti­tion from 24 other Ir­ish metal bands to win a slot. The band, whose brand of metal is a hy­brid of death and hard­core, trav­elled to the town ofWacken to com­pete in their heat on Wed­nes­day night. The win­ner is due to be an­nounced to­day.

“It’s an hon­our to be rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land at some­thing so big,” said front­man Dar­ren Keogh. “For the type of mu­sic we play, this is the big­gest stage in the world and we re­ally want to make the most of the op­por­tu­nity.”

Two Door Cinema Club will play Dublin’s Academy on Septem­ber 7th in sup­port of their forth­com­ing sec­ond al­bum, Bea­con. Tick­ets are on sale from to­day.

Martha Wain­wright will re­lease her third stu­dio al­bum, Come Home to Mama, on Oc­to­ber 12th. Guests in­clude Sean Len­non, Nels Cline of Wilco and Jim White of The Dirty Three.

The Casa Bac­ardí area at Elec­tric Pic­nic will fea­ture DJ sets by Fran­cois K, Prins Thomas, Crazy P, Todd Terje and The 2 Bears.

Warpath: Wacken bound

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