Thousands flock to valleys rock festival

Thousands flock to  valleys rock festival

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured is the main arena stage and crowds watching. (8395977)

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured in the main arena is Alyssa Adams 8 from Aberbargoed. (8395979)

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured in the main arena from left Stephen Hill, Tracey Hill, Steve Edwards, Sarah Edwards and Daniel Edwards all from Somerset. (8395981)

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured in the main arena is Steve Edwards from Somerset. (8395983)

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured in the main arena is Heather Johnson from Bristol. (8395961)

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured by the main stage is Dan Griffiths from Aberystwyth. (8395985)

The Steelhouse Festival in Aberbeeg. Pictured on stage are Band Tax The Heat. (8395992)

First published in News

ROCK fans from all over Europe descended on Blaenau Gwent at the weekend as the Steelhouse Festival returned for its fourth- successive year.

Bringing the best of classic rock to the heart of the valleys, the two-day festival saw thousands turn up to see the likes of The Answer, Electric Boys and The Graveltones take to the stage.

The Welsh international rock festival which took place at Hafod-y-Dafal Farm, near Ebbw Vale, saw more than six thousand fans turn up ready to rock over the weekend.

Predictions of stormy weather didn’t deter fans who flocked to the festival, some making 800 mile-round trips from places as far as Scotland to see their favourite bands headline.

But fans were in luck as the rain held off and they were able to enjoy headliners including Black Star Riders, who appeared at the festival fresh from their hugely successful tour in late 2013.

The band features Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza, together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth) who performed at the festival as part of their run of shows throughout July.

Festival co-founder Matt Rhead said the festival had been another success.

“It was magnificent,” he said.

“We have beat last year’s total in terms of the amount of fans turning out to the weekend.

“There was a packed house for Black Star Riders who were superb and it stayed warm and sunny.

“All of the artists commented on the location saying that it was an amazing place.

“The amount of local people that turned up has also increased year on year.

“The event attracts people from all over the UK, with people of all ages taking part- there is a real family element.

“The event is largely run by volunteers who give up their time for their love of rock music.”

For more information visit: steelhousefestival.co.uk

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3:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

taffygwent says...

Well done to the organisers the music could be heard travelling down the valley and sounded excellent
Well done to the organisers the music could be heard travelling down the valley and sounded excellent taffygwent
  • Score: 14

3:50pm Sun 20 Jul 14

golfer says...

Just a load of banging drums to me
Just a load of banging drums to me golfer
  • Score: -22

6:30pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Magor says...

Better than your X factor ****!
Better than your X factor ****! Magor
  • Score: 25

6:59pm Sun 20 Jul 14

endthelies says...

Magor wrote:
Better than your X factor ****!
definitely. I love it! Just a pity my legs won't let me stand up anymore or I'd be there.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Better than your X factor ****![/p][/quote]definitely. I love it! Just a pity my legs won't let me stand up anymore or I'd be there. endthelies
  • Score: 9

8:17pm Sun 20 Jul 14

russ angel says...

Pictured is the main arena stage and crowds watching,really?Is it me?
Pictured is the main arena stage and crowds watching,really?Is it me? russ angel
  • Score: -15

8:43pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Valley_00 says...

Rock on!
Rock on! Valley_00
  • Score: 12

8:07am Mon 21 Jul 14

Ty du Exile says...

I went yesterday. Some great bands and great music. I would like to say a big thank you to the organisers for their hard work and bringing this festival to our doorstep.
I went yesterday. Some great bands and great music. I would like to say a big thank you to the organisers for their hard work and bringing this festival to our doorstep. Ty du Exile
  • Score: 15

8:39am Mon 21 Jul 14

HaydnT2000 says...

We'll done to all
We'll done to all HaydnT2000
  • Score: 10

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