24 Apr 2017

Rainbow for Stone Free

Following the triumphant sold-out show at the Birmingham Genting Arena earlier this year, Kennedy Street and Kilimanjaro are pleased to announce Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will be returning to tour the UK in June 2017. The very special opening night will see them headlining the second annual Stone Free Festival at

10 Apr 2017

5 Bands Looking To Make A Big Entrance At Stone Free

1. Evil Blizzard Four bassists a singing drummer and a dancing pig dressed in sinister-looking rubber masks. Sounds like the sort of children’s TV concept that narrowly missed going into production in the early eighties. In actual fact it’s conceptual rock band Evil Blizzard who’s live spectacle is a unique

09 Apr 2017

Blue Oyster Cult, The Answer, Gun & Steve’n’Seagulls

Playing a full headline set and closing the afternoon festivities at Indigo at The O2 will be the iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult, who throughout their four-decade career have garnered huge critical acclaim, in particular for the hit single ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ & other fan favourites

26 Feb 2017

In Praise Of The Umlaut!

These days the umlaut is a heavy metal motif. But it wasn’t always so. While linguistic historians maintain that late-sixties German prog rockers Amon Düül were the first to adopt the diacritic mark, it’s undoubtedly Blue Öyster Cult that introducing it the world of mainstream rock. While sometimes credited to

13 Feb 2017


The O2 arena In the main arena joining headliners Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will be legendary British glam rock giants Sweet, who during the ‘70s had thirteen Top 20 hits including ‘Blockbuster’, ‘Hell Raiser’, ‘Fox On the Run’ and the evergreen feel-good anthem ‘The Ballroom Blitz’. The band say, “It has

13 Feb 2017

Comedy for the Speak Easy Lounge

One of the must-visit destinations at last year’s event, the Speak Easy Lounge, is back to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of performances to be announced including comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol, who found fame in the Canadian comedy music trio Corky and the Juice

09 Feb 2017

6 Things You May Not Know About Ritchie Blackmore

1. Monster Raving Loony Connection His first professional gig was with the former leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party Screaming Lord Sutch. 2. Airport Worker Ritchie once worked as an apprentice radio mechanic at Heathrow Airport, which might explain the next factoid. 3. UFO Believer Ritchie’s waiting for a

02 Feb 2017

7 Reasons We Need To Pay Homage To Blue Oyster Cult

They’re 45 years old this year and during that time Blue Oyster Cult have proved hugely influential in many spheres. Here are seven reasons to pay homage to the thinking heavy metal fan’s band of choice. 1. That Riff It’s one of the most recognisable riffs in rock history and

01 Feb 2017

Big Entrance Stage & Beer Garden

Big Entrance Stage The Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all Stone Free Festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue, and will have performances throughout the afternoon providing a non-stop soundtrack to the variety of entertainment on offer. Headlining will be the menacing Evil

01 Jan 2017

Stone Free 2016

A festival of classic rock for true rock fans with the odd piece of pantomime chaos and the occasional contemplative moment thrown in for good measure. This was Stone Free Festival 2016 and the blueprint for the event going forward. On day one Alice Cooper delivered his trademark visual carnival