Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Alice Cooper & Rick Wakeman headline brand new 'Stone Free Festival' at The O2,18 - 19 June 2016

Kilimanjaro Live and The O2 are proud to announce STONE FREE FESTIVAL, a major new festival for the UK bringing a wealth of artists and events together under one roof in June next year. Taking place at the world’s number one music and entertainment venue, The O2 in London, STONE FREE FESTIVAL will feature two 12-hour days of the very best in classic rock music and deliver a host of live performances spread over multiple stages, including many other must-visit events throughout the weekend.

Headlined by the legendary master of the macabre ALICE COOPER in a UK exclusive, and the titan of progressive rock RICK WAKEMAN in a WORLD exclusive performance of his flamboyant, 12-million-selling masterpiece ‘The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table’ for the first time since 1975, STONE FREE FESTIVAL marks the debut solo performances by both artists at The O2.

Says ALICE COOPER: “Coming to the UK is always like coming home for us, fans in the UK are always high energy, always there. Headlining the very first STONE FREE FESTIVAL at London’s The O2 in June next year is an example of why we feel so welcome. It will be my only performance in the UK next year, so that makes it even more special. And as always with my show you can expect the unexpected!"

Says RICK WAKEMAN: "After the success of the ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ shows last year, I’m over the moon to have the opportunity to perform ‘King Arthur’ for the first time since 1975 with an orchestra and choir. It’s going to be wonderful!"

Joining them in the main arena across the two days will be a full supporting cast of artists to be announced over the coming weeks including prog rock heroes Marillion, guitarist Steve Hackett and Southern rock riffers Blackberry Smoke. A diverse bill of artists from all areas of the classic rock world will also be performing throughout The O2.

Says Steve Hogarth, lead singer of MARILLION: “Marillion are delighted to be part of the very first STONE FREE FESTIVAL. To be playing the main arena at The O2 on the same bill as Rick Wakeman and Steve Hackett - two of rock’s outstanding and legendary instrumentalists - is a great honour. We looked up to and were inspired by these guys when we were kids, so to share such a big stage with them is fantastic. We promise our fans that this will be a weekend they’ll not want to miss. See you all in June!” 

Says Steve Hackett: “I'm thrilled to be part of the terrific Stone Free Festival... it's a great line-up and promises to be THE London Rock Event of next year!”

Utilising the full array of facilities at The O2, STONE FREE FESTIVAL is the perfect chance for rock fans to immerse themselves in the music they love in the very best environment. Featuring multiple stages, a huge variety of artists, special acoustic performances, Q&As with headline performers, cinema screenings at the STONE FREE picture show, a vinyl fair, specialist market stalls, classic album playbacks, Rock Royalty VIP packages, craft beers and street food alongside the established award-winning restaurants, this will be the biggest and best festival for classic rock fans, whilst keeping the feel of a specially curated event, created by and for lovers of quality rock music.

In keeping with the dedicated nature of the event, STONE FREE FESTIVAL is proud to be working in association with Classic Rock Magazine and Prog Magazine, the premiere worldwide music publications for the music aficionado.

With no chance of rain stopping play, no need to camp in a muddy field, state-of-the-art sound, great food and a whole host of transport options STONE FREE FESTIVAL sets the bench mark for a new type of rock festival in the UK – a weekend of Classic Rock that gives fans the chance to delve deep into their greatest passions, experience their favourite artists performing some of their most legendary works, discover brand new acts in a multitude of venues and browse the finest memorabilia all under one roof.

Day and Weekend and Rock Royalty tickets for
on general sale
Friday 20th November at 10am


Classic Rock Vinyl Fair
STONE FREE FESTIVAL will be inviting classic rock stallholders and specialists from around the country to take part in a trade fair at the event. This will be the perfect opportunity to discover long forgotten gems, pick up new releases by your favourite artists and seek out some bargains to fill out your collection with specialist record labels and vinyl pressing companies also in attendance. Further details will be announced online in the coming weeks. REMEMBER - RECORDS ARE FOR LIFE NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS! 

Rock N Roll Story Sessions
Mixing up the tried and tested Q and A format we will be hosting a number of intimate story telling sessions from a range of artists over the weekend, giving fans a chance to hear first hand, the defining moments of their idol’s careers with Q&As from the audience as well. More detail on who will be taking part and their chosen topics will be shared over the coming weeks.

Rock Royalty VIP Packages including Meet & Greets
Artist Meet & Greet tickets are available as part of the Rock Royalty VIP experience over the weekend that allows customers the opportunity to meet the headliners. There will be further signings and meet and greets happening across the weekend with timings and opportunities to follow.

Aftershow… Rock N’ Roll all Night
Brooklyn Bowl has seen many an aftershow party and this will be no exception. With a late license, DJ’s and other fun surprises, the STONE FREE FESTIVAL after party will keep everyone going until the early hours.

Eat, drink and be merry…
The STONE FREE FESTIVAL team know that one of the most enjoyable parts about a festival is the imbibing, so don’t fear – we will have craft beer, real ales and independent street food stalls making an appearance throughout the weekend.

STONE FREE FESTIVAL will host screenings at Cineworld within The O2, showing some of the classic films associated with the genre. To make this a special interactive event we are throwing open the programme to fans to tell us what long forgotten films or stone cold classics they want to see. Get involved on our socials and share your ideas and we will announce the programme in good time to get you excited before the festival.

Sing-a-Long-a-Air-Guitar is most definitely encouraged!!!

Here are some ideas to whet your appetite: 
Jean Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil (Official Trailer).
Including the rare and sublime footage from the original recording sessions of the Rolling Stones, ‘Sympathy For the Devil’, that captures the moment when some of the most familiar tunes known to rock were laid to tape.

Lynyrd Skynyrd live at Knebworth Fair 1976
That summer was hot, the hottest on record and Lynyrd Skynyrd were at the height of their power, a year before their tragic plane crash. At this, their last UK show on 21 August 1976, 370,000 people were present to see 10CC, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Harrison Band, The Rolling Stones and Todd Rundgren at this gigantic show. 

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon 
2013’s documentary by Mike Myers about Cooper's manager, Shep Gordon, and how in 1965 when Alice Cooper reportedly bit off a chicken’s head and drank its blood on stage. Gordon explains what really happened – and how he made the incident into great PR.