HRH V is less than a week away and we’ll be looking back at our favourite festival memories between now and then – starting with a red hot set from German melodic rock powerhouse Bonfire.


Bonfire’s visits to the UK are few and far between but the kick-ass band responsible for a slew of late 80s rock hits have lost none of their ability to entertain.

Sure, singer Claus Lessman’s toe-curling tale of towel ‘fluffs’ was cringeworthy in the extreme but this was always going to be more about the melodic rock par excellence than the mid-set banter.

Nailing Never Mind – one of a clutch of memorable anthems from 1987’s Fireworks album – it didn’t take Bonfire long to find their spark. Movie track Sword And Stone, from 1989’s Shotgun, provided a fist-pumping moment for the swelling metal masses but ballad Give It A Try was the AOR highlight.

Hit Sweet Obsession and Bang Down The Door wrapped things up for the Teutonic titans on a typically robust note. This was Bonfire’s night.

HRH II – Camp HRH, March 2014