What could be better than roasting in a tin-can furnace of fun, packed with your blistering hot and sweatiest friends… at the end of the warmest week of the year, to watch fifteen fiery bands enslaved, just like you, in a hellish Welsh bara-oven… to overcome and prevail in fifty-degree heat…

Hot, hot, hot? But what a ride! Jacinta Jaye of Tequila Mockingbyrd. Photo Credit: @neilmach 2018 ©

Hot, hot, hot? Oh yeah. Then some. But what a ride!

We went to the fantastic SEVEN SINS FESTIVAL in sunny Swansea, Wales this weekend to see some really powerful and fiercely talented rock ‘n’ metal acts.

The suffocating heat and the ever-fuming swelter made it a weekend to remember…

Knock Out Kaine were a no-show and, due to various unforeseen circumstances, the venue had changed + event shortened  [wishing you the very best, Mark Christansen.]

Anthem-makers Ryders Creed – Photo Credit: @neilmach 2018 ©

So we went to Hangar 18 [formerly “The Scene”] on Saturday where we enjoyed some young and promising local heroes of alternative rock such as: REVIVAL plus the exciting glam rockers Cancel The Transmission and the slightly more seasoned local warriors: Pearler. VOID announced they were about to change their band-name and introduced the audience to two new members.

Hot from a fab Ramblin’ Man appearance were Those Damn Crows who were, of course, sensational. Dead Man’s Whiskey were ramblers too…

And the hoodlum motorcycle anthem-makers RYDERS CREED made us smile and sway along, fanning ourselves madly with the paper-plate fans we were given…

Other impressive acts included Oxford’s unnecessarily talented riff-makers Hell’s Gazelles and we particularly enjoyed the classic rock sounds of Northamptonshire Burnt Out Wreck whose name was very apt [it’s just how we felt…] and we reckon those boys have an aggregate age of about 200. But what a sound!

Sister Shotgun’s Chloe Ozwell looked raunchy… Photo Credit: @neilmach 2018 ©

Sister Shotgun’s Chloe Ozwell looked raunchy in the tiniest shorts we’d ever seen… though the crowd reduced and withered by the time Tequila Mockingbird came to stage. But the Australian trio put on a fierce and determined act and managed to give us the best of their effervescent punk rock attitude. Our favorite classic hard rockers The Jokers were this year’s festival headliners, and of course, they didn’t let us down.

Many thanks to Matt Jones and all the wonderful people at the Hangar 18 Concert Hall for making us feel welcome and for presenting such an incredible festival.

Yes, we roasted like a leg of mutton — but we were happy…

Words & Pictures: @neilmach 2018 ©


Burnt Out Wreck Image: @neilmach 2018 ©
Tequila Mockingbyrd Photo Credit: @neilmach 2018 ©

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