7,000 head to Hafod-y-Dafal, Ebbw Vale, to rock out at the Steelhouse Festival 2013

Fightin' Wolves on stage

The crowd rocks out despite the rain

The Temperance Movement perform

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OVER 7,000 music fans turned out to Ebbw Vales' annual Steelhouse rock festival this weekend.

The third Welsh International Classic Rock Festival, which is the UK’s highest outdoor music festival saw thousands of fans turn out to the event which took place at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Cwm over two days.

The South Wales Argus was the official media partner for Planet Rock’s Steelhouse Festival 2013 on July 27 and 28, which saw headlining acts such as Saxon take to the stage.

Other acts included former Scorpions and UFO guitar hero, Michael Schenker, FM, Anvil, Magnum, Snakecharmer, The Temperance Movement and Fireroad.

Campers took to the site at 5pm on July 26 to see the two fantastic days of rock music.

Event organiser Matt Rhead, said: "It has been absolutely amazing.

"Over 7,000 people have turned out for the festival this year and the arena and the bar was full.

"The festival has been incredible-people have come from the north of England and from overseas, places such as Canada and Finland, just to see the band Saxon perform using an amazing chrome eagle as part of their 'Eagle Has Landed' set.

"This is the first time that they have used the Eagle on a UK stage in over 20 years so it is a great honour.

"People have said that the Steelhouse festival is better than some of the bigger festivals as the atmosphere is so family friendly and the location is great.

"This years festival has been incredible and we are already discussing the headline acts for next year."

For more information visit www.steelhousefestival.com

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8:06pm Sun 28 Jul 13

sharon1717 says...

It's been a fantastic month of live music in Blaenau gwent with Abertillery Blues Festival, Slugfest and Steelhouse Festival. The organisers of all three events should be very proud.

Can't wait till next July :)
It's been a fantastic month of live music in Blaenau gwent with Abertillery Blues Festival, Slugfest and Steelhouse Festival. The organisers of all three events should be very proud. Can't wait till next July :) sharon1717
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1:04pm Mon 29 Jul 13

k12345 says...

all well and good that it's bringing tourism etc to the valleys but really was there any need for it to be so loud that it could be heard right down in the dip of Blaina and Abertillery and well into the night....thank you for keeping me awake when I had to be in work by 5am this morning!!!! (through closed double glazing windows as well I could hear it) surely this event could have just gone on for Friday and Saturday night???
all well and good that it's bringing tourism etc to the valleys but really was there any need for it to be so loud that it could be heard right down in the dip of Blaina and Abertillery and well into the night....thank you for keeping me awake when I had to be in work by 5am this morning!!!! (through closed double glazing windows as well I could hear it) surely this event could have just gone on for Friday and Saturday night??? k12345
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1:51pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Ty du Exile says...

I had a fantastic day there yesterday. Michael Schenker was absolutely brilliant.

Sorry that it kept you awake kt12345 but it was enjoyed by thousands of people from all over the country.

Big thank you to the organisers for bringing quality bands to this part of Wales. Great job, roll on next year.
I had a fantastic day there yesterday. Michael Schenker was absolutely brilliant. Sorry that it kept you awake kt12345 but it was enjoyed by thousands of people from all over the country. Big thank you to the organisers for bringing quality bands to this part of Wales. Great job, roll on next year. Ty du Exile
  • Score: 14

5:19pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Gothika666 says...

A Fabulous weekend!!! Great Music, Great Site Not one single drop of rain dampened the spirits!! Sorry to have kept you awake but its great for the reputation of the Valleys!!!! Long Live Rock an Roll!!
A Fabulous weekend!!! Great Music, Great Site Not one single drop of rain dampened the spirits!! Sorry to have kept you awake but its great for the reputation of the Valleys!!!! Long Live Rock an Roll!! Gothika666
  • Score: 9

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