It is with a great deal of sadness that we must announce that Tower City have
been forced to withdraw from the 2014 show. Tower City are a band that we had
desperately tried to persuade for many years to play for us , and having finally
agreed to play the Final Fling in 2014, the reality is that it was not possible
to deliver the show that we (Firefest), they (Tower City) and you (the fans)
deserve. Despite numerous conversations with all of the band members, it simply
was not to be. Please read the official statement from Tower City lead singer
and guitarist Larry Saltis outlining his reasons why he feels the band must
“This message may be a bit of a disappointment to you. But, it is more disappointing for me and the guys of Tower City. After careful consideration and with the utmost sincerity, I regret to inform you that Tower City will not be a part of FireFest 2014. The reason for this decision is based on the fact I am simply not able to perform the material vocally. The opportunity to perform at FireFest was not taken lightly and the original members were all excited and looking forward to the show. We were especially looking forward to seeing and performing for the true Tower City fans out there. However, the singer (me) is not fit to sing like he did 23 years ago. This is a harsh reality - but, it is the truth. I wish I had a more interesting reason for our withdrawal, but I don’t. The decision to withdraw from FireFest is on me. Therefore, I apologize for the inconvenience I may have caused you and all the people behind the scenes at FireFest 2014. . I also send my apologies to my bandmates (Heath, Tim and Scott) with all due respect. But, if Tower City was ever going to perform again, we were going to make sure that we could deliver the best show possible to the fans, to the entire FireFest faculty and, especially, to Kieran Dargan. We have always looked at performing “live” the same way – to sound better than the records even did. This may be a tall order, but, it is what the fans deserve and it is what the members of Tower City deserve. So, if I can’t sing the stuff, the show can’t go on. Thank you once again for your support and for including Tower City in your last festival. We are honored by your enthusiasm to have included us in the long list of acts. Mostly, we thank you for believing we could deliver a great show for you.”
Following the withdrawal of Tower City the search was on to find a suitable replacement act, a band that would not only aspire to the same high standards as Tower City in terms of performance, but a band that had an established pedigree of sublime song writing combined with glorious hooks and a dedicated place in history as the very first band EVER to take the stage at Donington back in 1980. Hands up all those among us that witnessed the beginning of the greatest rock festival in history – and especially those of us that saw an up and coming American band open the show that day – TOUCH. Led by Mark Mangold (American Tears, Drive She Said) and Doug Howard (Stun Leer, Todd Rungren, Edgar Winter), TOUCH established not only a place in history by being the first band ever to grace the stage at Donnington , but also their debut album gained special praise from Derek Oliver in his Wimp Wire all time Top 40, charting at number 28 and to this very day remains a genre classic with songs such as ‘Don’t You Know What Love Is, ‘Spirit’, ‘ Love Don’t Fail Me’, ‘Black Star’ and many more. Following a chance conversation with Mark Mangold, phone calls were made and both leaders of the band, Mark And Doug, were keen on performing for what they call “the most amazing audience in the world”. Original vocalist Craig Brooks has not been involved in the music business for many years so the search was on to find not only a suitable replacement but someone who could perhaps even raise the bar. Enter possibly one of the finest vocalists in the world of melodic hard rock and AOR - GORAN EDMAN (Glory, Yngwie Malmsteen, Street Talk, John Norum, Brazen Abbott). Goran Edman is one of the few vocalists in the world that could sing the telephone directory and hold an entire audience spellbound such is his unrivalled prowess as a singer. Also joining TOUCH is long time Firefest performer and all round good guy Tommy Denander who will be bringing his immense talent to bear on the already rich songbook created by TOUCH. (hey, did anyone see the guitar solo on Toto’s White Sister during the Legends set last year – wow!!). So sadly we lose a band that we were all looking forward to seeing, but equally we are delighted that TOUCH will now play for us on Sunday October 26th in the same slot.
Look forward to seeing you all at FIREFEST!
OCTOBER 24th, 25th and 26th 2014
Rock City, Nottingham U.K.
are priced as follows:
Full weekend ticket £160 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
*** ALL VIP TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT ***
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And sent to:
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THE ULTIMATE FIREFEST VIP PACKAGE
*** SOLD OUT ***
Something we have always been asked over the years is “Where are the bands staying?” to which we usually answer “Mansfield”. It has become apparent over the last number of years that a LOT of people like to hang out with bands and the crew – hey, why wouldn’t people want to do that? That sounds like a great party! And it always is.
For 2014 we are going to try and make it the best experience possible for many of you that travel from far and wide to rock with us at Firefest. We are going to offer you the chance to party with everyone during the 2014 show weekend: bands, crew and whoever else might show up – who knows? Well, we do but that would spoil the fun. The Ultimate VIP package is designed especially for you.
So what does it entail?
THE DATES: OCTOBER 24th, 25th, 26th 2014
THE HOTEL: includes 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the official festival hotel, the 4 star Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, including breakfast each morning. It entitles you access to the main bar which is off limits to everyone except residents, as well as all the facilities the hotel has to offer – and as the hotel will be fully occupied by Firefest there is absolutely no chance of either booking it for the same timeframe, or even getting in, as entry will be strictly for residents only. The hotel is superbly positioned with the centre of Nottingham just a short 5 minute walk away, and a mere 200 yards from Rock City – the ultimate in comfort and accessibility.
THE SHOW: The Ultimate VIP Package is designed to get you up close to the action, with your VIP ticket to all three days included. This will permit you access to the VIP area (the balcony) in Rock City where you never know who you might bump into. It does not entitle you to a personal meet and greet but it gives you the comfort of the spacious balcony and bars from which to gain a vantage point to watch the action on stage.
The Ultimate VIP Package combines your accommodation and your show tickets with VIP access into one, allowing you to experience Firefest on a level which will make the 2014 finale something to remember.
There are a strictly limited number of these packages available due to the amount of rooms available in the festival hotel; that number is 50
The hotel accommodation is provided on a bed and breakfast basis for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and all rooms are Double bedrooms only. That is one double bed per room which is primarily suited to couples – but if a couple of guys or girls don’t mind sharing, we don’t mind.
THERE ARE NO SINGLE BED OR TWIN BED ROOMS AVAILABLE
THE PRICE: for 2 people, one room for 3 nights, 2 VIP tickets to the shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is: £770
IF you require Thursday night as an additional night, we will be happy to discuss this with you and make the appropriate arrangements with you.
BOOKING: 50% deposit is required on booking (£385) and ALL balance payments are due by March 1st 2014. Deposits are NON REFUNDABLE and late payments (after March 1st 2014) will mean automatic cancellation of your booking. Please make a note of the date.
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Thanks – see you in Rocktober for the Final Fling !
Every now and again something will hit you like a bolt out of the blue. A chorus, a verse, a solo, or indeed an entire song that somehow manages to capture the absolute essence of something that you hold dear. A few months back, we were looking for something that would sum up exactly what FIREFEST was about. Not so much the fact that it is a festival but more about the people that attend FIREFEST and what it means to all of us that have had the pleasure of the FIREFEST ‘experience’. FIREFEST is unique, it’s unique to the point that it is a for the fans, by the fans show, very much a rarity in this day and age but more so because it has become a focal point for live AOR and melodic rock in the UK and beyond. It IS family, it’s about fans, friends, great bands, great music and great times. It’s a date in the diary every year. It’s where you can see the unexpected, experience the thrill of seeing some of your favourite acts live, it’s where you can see new bands, it’s where you can meet fellow fans from all over the world with over 30 countries internationally represented every year. It’s about dedication to the cause. It’s about being a part of FIREFEST. It’s a focal point, it is THE CHURCH OF ROCK AND ROLL.
During a chance conversation with our friends from the band IN FAITH, the entire meaning of FIREFEST was discussed. All of the guys had been to the show on numerous occasions and knew exactly what FIREFEST meant to so many people from all over the world. With this in mind they crafted a song dedicated not just to the festival but also about the people that attend the festival. That song is called THE CHURCH OF ROCK AND ROLL. It is specifically written about the entire FIREFEST experience, and the video for same features many of your smiling faces from over the first ten years of FIREFEST. CHURCH OF ROCK AND ROLL is the FIREFEST anthem. It’s loud and proud a melodic hard rock song, it’s a dyed in the wool, foot-stomping, fist in the air, sing it loud ass-kicker that askes DO YOU BELIEVE? And which way brother to the CHURCH OF ROCK AND ROLL? The answer is simple – FIREFEST!
Written and recorded by IN FAITH, and mixed and produced by Denis Ward (Pink Cream 69) FIREFEST are now making this song available for download as a part of our 10th anniversary celebrations. This song is available by download only and will not be available in any other format. But not only do you get the song, you also get the video that accompanies the song with all of your smiling faces from the past ten years of the festival. Treat this as YOUR personal memento and a testament to the staying power of melodic hard rock. This is the OFFICIAL FIREFEST INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM – yes, that is correct – this is the INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM that you can proudly say represents YOU, no matter what your nationality because FIREFEST is just that – an international gathering of fans and friends from all over the world and IN FAITH have now given you something not only to call your own, but something that represents who and what FIREFEST is about.
Downloading this song costs £1 and you get not only the track itself but also the video that accompanies it. Please click on the PREVIEW for a little taste of what’s in store
DOWNLOADS can be purchased HERE!
With almost 3000 Facebook members we hope that the VAST MAJORITY will avail of the opportunity, but not only that continue to display the type of belief in FIREFEST that you have done so outstandingly over the past 10 years. Play it Loud, play it even louder. It’s about ALL OF US, it’s about what all of us stand for – something that we are PROUD to call our own. We have always said FIREFEST is YOUR festival and now here is your opportunity to own your own International Anthem written about ALL OF US – grab a copy and be proud- well we already are, but now we have an opportunity to shout it from the rooftops – DO YOU BELIEVE????