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Hard Rock Hell

Hard Rock Hell
Genreheavy metal, Hard/Heavy Rock, Rock
Location(s)Haven Holidays, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales
Years active2007 - present

Hard Rock Hell is a three day music festival currently held at Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, and up until 2011 at Pontin's Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales. Holding the festival in a holiday camp gives the organisers pre-built venues and stages and because of the on-site accommodation allows them to hold a multi day festival over winter/spring months when outdoor camping is not desirable. The first edition of the festival was held at Butlins Holiday Camp, Minehead, England but the festival relocated to its current location in 2008. The next edition of the festival will be held in November 2014.

Hard Rock Hell I : The Winter Ball

The first edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival was subtitled "The Winter Ball". Held at Butlins Holiday Camp, Minehead, England over Friday 9th and Saturday 10 November 2007. The headliners for the first edition of the festival were Cradle of Filth and Twisted Sister.[1]

Stage Three
Friday Saturday

Forever Never
Romeo Must Die
Gu Medicine
Zero Cipher
Sacred Mother Tongue

Beyond The Grave
4 bands in Battle of the Bands competition

Hard Rock Hell II : The Dragons Ball

The second edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival was subtitled "The Dragons Ball". Held at Pontin's Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales over Friday 5th and Saturday 6 December 2008, the headliners for the festival were Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society.[2]

Stage Two
Metal Hammer / Radio 1 Born Again / Porshamar
Friday Saturday

Cancer Bats
Johnny Truant
Ghost of a Thousand
The Plight
Black Hole

This is Menace
Outcry Fire
Tygers of Pan Tang
Praying Mantis
Pride Tiger
Spit Like This

Stage Three
Young Blood Clive Aid
Friday Saturday

Jett Black
Attica Rage
Heaven's Basement
Big Linda
Get Vegas

Warrior Soul
Pig Iron
Hecate Enthroned

Hard Rock Hell III : The Vikings Ball

The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival was subtitled "The Vikings Ball". Held at Pontin's Holiday Village, Prestatyn, Wales over Friday 4th and Saturday 5 December 2009 with a pre-event show on Thursday 3 December, the headliners for the festival were Monster Magnet and Queensrÿche.[3]

Hard Rock Hell IV

The 4th annual Hard Rock Well was held at Pontin's Holiday Village in Prestatyn, the line-up included Airbourne,9xDead, Helloween, UFO, Uriah Heep, Skid Row and MSG.

Hard Rock Hell V

The 5th edition of Hard Rock Hell was held at Pontins in Prestatyn, the theme was Village of the Damned, the line-up included Airbourne, Diamond Head, Enuff Z'Nuff, FM, Helloween, JettBlack, LA Guns, Lizzy Borden, MSG, Paul D'ianno, Pretty Boy Floyd, Saxon, Skid Row, Stratovarius, UFO and Uriah Heep.

Hard Rock Hell VI : A Fistful Of Rock

Hard Rock Hell VI took place on 29 November to 3 December 2012 at Hafan Y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6HJ.

Hard Rock Hell VII: Cirque Du Rock

Took place from 28 November to 1 December 2013 in Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales.

Hard Rock Hell VIII: HRH Helloween (sic)[4]

Returns to Haven Holidays, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16 November 2014.

The event completely sold out on 13/05/14.

W.A.S.P. return to HRH to headline the Friday night, and Blue Öyster Cult top the bill on Saturday, other acts announced include M.S.G., Y&T, Diamond Head, Bonafide, Electric Mary, Krokus, Vardis, Grifters, Heavy Metal Kids, and Carousel Vertigo. The latest additions are Big Elf, Truckfighters, Witchrider, Massive, Chemia, The Black Marbles, Thundermother, The Brew, Piston and Buffalo Summer. More bands will be announced in due course.

Hard Rock Hell X: HRH 10th Anniversary

Returned to Haven Holidays, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales from Thursday 10 November to Saturday 12 November 2016

Bands included Ugly Kid Joe . RATT . Living Colour . Hayseed Dixie . Last In Line. Graham Bonnet Band . . Phil Campbell's All Starr Band . Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts . Bonfire . Sweet Savage . The Vintage Caravan . Lionize . The Treatment . Massive . The Amorettes . Vodun . Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics . Hand Of Dimes . The Last Vegas . Dear Lord Hailmary .Tequila Mockingbyrd . Black Aces . 4Bitten . Joan of Arc . Syteria . The Mojo Sinners .Welcome Back Delta . Dorje . The Texas Flood . Chase The Ace . SKAM. Crowsaw . THEIA . DEPARTED. Soil.


Airbourne, Black Star Riders, Dee Snider, Idlewar, Y&T, Lynch Mob, The New Roses and Tyketto, along with home grown talent including Bad Touch, Gun, Buffalo Summer, Chasing Dragons and Wayward Sons rocked the masses at Hard Rock Hell XI, which was held at Camp HRH in Pwllheli, North Wales.

Saturday night headliners Black Star Riders describe themselves as "lifers in an industry less secure than a secret in a soap opera." Formed from recent members of Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders have been described as the next step in the evolution of the legendary band.

The Graveltones are a crowd-rousing 2 piece heavy blues/rock and roll band, influenced by great artists such as Captain Beefheart, John Lee Hooker and Queens of The Stone Age.

Wayward Sons were formed last year by Toby Jepson (former frontman of GUN and Little Angels). "I feel I have unfinished business," Toby explained, "stories still left to tell, points to make, noise to create; all of the above." HRH XI is proud to present this established artist's latest project.

Other acts joining the festival's super tasty line-up include HRH favourites Toseland, Swiss rockers Sideburn, the big bluesy Southern-tinged rock of Buffalo Summer, psych rockers Goldray, and the descendants of Taint: Hark and the powerful three piece from California IDLEWAR. Not to mention Dead City Ruins, Bad Touch, Western Sand, The Blanko, The Brink, King Creature, Black Whiskey, Wicked Stone, Those Damn Crows, King Breaker, Kikamora, Blind River, Chasing Dragons, Bad Dog, Killit, and Beth Blade & the Beautiful Disasters.

These great artists join the many awesome acts already announced for HRH XI: Dee Snider, Airbourne, Reef, Lynch Mob, Y&T, Tyketto, GUN, Von Hertzen Brothers, Black Aces, Burnt Out Wreck, The New Roses, Syron Vanes, Killcode, Florence Black, Syteria, The Jokers, Fire Red Empress, The Cut, and Louder Still. (N.B. Previously-announced artists Femme Fatale have some of their guitarists playing out on another project, so have moved to HRH XII.)

Thursday 9 November 2017 Friday 10 November 2017 Saturday 11 November 2017
Stage 1

Opening Ceremony -16:45 Ryders Creed - 17:00 - 17:45

Idlewar - 18:00 - 18:50

Killcode - 19:10 - 20:00

Black Aces - 20:20 - 21:20

Wayward Sons - 21:40 - 22:40

Dee Snider - 23:00 - 00:30

Bonga Wonga After Party - 00:30 - 01:30

Stage 1

Screening of the Airbourne documentary- 12:30 - 13:30

Goldray - 14:00 - 14:50

Syteria - 15:10 - 16:10

The Graveltones - 16:30 - 17:30

The New Roses - 17:50 - 18:50

Tyketto - 19:10 - 20:10

Y&T - 20:30 - 21:45

Airbourne - 22:05 - 00:05

Stage 1

Screening of '10 Years Of Hell' documentary- 12:00 - 13:15

Buffalo Summer - 13:40 - 14:25

Toseland - 15:10 - 16:00

Von Hertzen Brothers - 16:20 - 17:20

Gun - 17:40 - 18:40

Lynch Mob - 19:00 - 20:00

Reef - 20:20 - 21:45

Black Star Riders - 22:05 - 00:00

Stage 2

Those Damn Crows - 12:50 - 13:30

Kingbreaker - 13:50 - 14:35

The Jokers - 14:50 - 15:35

Fire Red Empress - 15:55 - 16:40

The Kut - 17:00 - 17:45

Florence Black - 18:00 - 18:45

Kikamora - 19:00 - 19:40

Sideburn - 20:00 - 20:45

Blind River - 21:00 - 21:45

Chasing Dragons - 22:00 - 22:40

Bad Dog - 23:00 - 23:50

Killit - 00:10 - 01:10

Bonga Wonga After Party - 00:15 - 01:30

Stage 2

Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters - 12:00 - 12:30

Western Sand - 12:45 - 13:30

Bad Touch - 13:45 - 14:30

Syron Vanes - 14:45 - 15:30

Burnt Out Wreck - 15:45 - 16:35

Hark - 16:45 - 17:30

Louder Still - 17:45 - 18:30

The Blanco - 18:45 - 19:30

The Brink - 19:45 - 20:30

King Creature - 20:45 - 21:30

Black Whiskey - 21:45 - 22:30

Wicked Stone - 22:45 - 23:45

Dead City Ruins - 00:00 - 01:00


  1. ^ "Hard Rock Hell". Archived from the original on 25 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Hard Rock Hell ii".
  3. ^ "Hard Rock Hell presents The Vikings Ball '09". Festivals. eFestivals. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Hard Rock Hell viii".

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