All this week we’re focusing on the must-see bands at the 2017 Ramblin’ Man Fair and Saxon are top of the list.


Date: Friday July 29

Time: 8.15pm-10pm

Stage: Planet Rock Main Stage

Don’t miss: Wheels Of Steel  – One of the definitive NWOBHM anthems and still sends a shiver down the spine 37 years later.

Latest album: Battering Ram (2015)

Star Man: It’s difficult to look beyond the brash and brilliant Biff Byford – if ever a frontman belonged on the main stage of a rock and roll festival then Barnsley’s finest is that man. Steely vocals and great craic make for the complete package.

What we said: If the Barnsley collective never matched the massive commercial success that underpinned the longevity of NWOBHM peers Maiden and Leppard then it’s testimony to Byford’s ear for a bludgeoning anthem that the band’s new album is rammed full of songs more than the equal of former glories (Review of 2013 Sacrifice tour).