Steelhouse Festival – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:30

Living ten miles away, we decided not to leave so early; however; despite arriving at 2.45, it still took a further 90 minutes to get to the car park.


Although it was dry in the morning, the heavens did their usual.  The car park rapidly became a bog and camper vans were getting stuck in the gateway to the live-in field.  The joy of Steelhouse strikes early! Thank god we were glamping.  No tent to put up and VIP bar access! 


Despite this, the rain managed to virtually kill the opening set for Revival, the battle of the bands winners.  One of my friends watched it, as I was saving myself for Trucker Diablo and Hand of Dimes - and with coats and waterproofs already soaked through, sorry guys.  I have seen Revival locally when they won another BOB in Newport.


Trucker Diablo

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The guys from Trucker Diablo were here two years ago, so I was looking forward to it.  They didn't disappoint me or the wet crowd either.  They too were willing to get wet by playing on the runway and putting on a top rate show of full throttle rock and metal. Not even the torrential downpours dampened their enthusiasm to put on a show. Celtic brothers know the weather can be crap and just get on with it.


Then came Hand of Dimes.  I've been looking forward to this since it was announced after seeing them here last year.  After an hour and a bit of their set - which included my favourite of theirs, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, where Neville just opens his throats and pure gold comes out - and a Skin cover, I thought how do you top that…?


Hand Of Dimes with Bernie Marsden 1

 PHOTO CREDIT: © The Dark Queen/Über Rock.


Well top it they did when they introduced their special guest for the night, Bernie Marsden, to do an hour of his Whitesnake hits.  Then, when Bernie said “as a previous singer used to say, here's a song for you” - referring to a certain Mr Coverdale - and they did ‘Here I go Again’, it was absolutely sublime: when Neville hit and held the high note at the end for an absolutely impossible length of time, the crowd knew they'd been in the presence of a moment in time where, as Max Boyce used to say, “I was there”.


Immense.  Even the rain stopped for that moment.


View our full gallery of photographs from Steelhouse 2017 HERE.


The 2018 edition of Steelhouse has been confirmed for the weekend of Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July.


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