The Hard Rock Hell crew are getting ready to once again pack up their bags and dust off their passports for warmer climes as the annual HRH Road Trip returns to sunny San Antonio.
With the unpredictable nature of British summertime weather, a five-day hard rock festival located on the Balearic Island of Ibiza doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. You can leave those wellies at home, put your tent away, and comfortably enjoy the diverse bill of entertainment on display without worrying about having to dredge through muddy fields or being washed away by the rain.
As the White Isle awakens from its annual winter hibernation, flocks of revellers will arrive at the party capital of the world as HRH takes over San Antonio’s hotels, bars, and legendary night spots. The event itself once again offers a comprehensive bill of both established and emerging talent whilst encompassing acts that represent many of HRH festival’s different brands. There will also be the chance to take part in Ibiza traditions such as the customary HRH bike ride, pool and boat parties, or take the opportunity to experience the island’s world-famous sunsets with an early evening boat trip.
When Axl Rose penned the lyrics to “Paradise City”, he could well have been thinking about a location not too dissimilar to San Antonio. At the heart of Ibiza’s Rock n Roll paradise is one of the island’s most beloved super clubs “Eden”. Much like last year, HRH Road Trip will once again be taking over the famed night club and its many different rooms for the duration of the event. Nestled away between San Antonio Bay and the world-famous nightlife of San Antonio town, the 5,000 capacity club is the perfect spot to host an event such as HRH RTX.
Described by one festival punter last year as being like ‘Download with a pool’ HRH RTX will bring with it in tow several music filled days and plenty of sun, sea and San Miguel. Last year’s formidable line-up featured the likes of Massive Wagons, Graham Bonnet, Those Damn Crows, Tequila Mockingbird, JoanOvArc, Eclipse and Turisas, to name but a few. Once more this year’s week-long event features one of HRH Road Trip’s best line-ups to date and a healthy mix of rock, blues, metal, stoner and prog that will keep the party going until the wee hours during four music-filled club nights.
Band: Bernie Marsden
Date: Wednesday 8th May
Following his impressive HRH Ibiza appearance in 2017 guitar legend Bernie Marsden will be making a welcome return to the White Isle this summer.
As a recording artist with a long and successful career spanning back to the early 70s, Bernie has worked with a who’s who of the rock and blues world. Marsden’s previous groups include the likes of Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Alaska, and M3. This giving the legendary axeman a vast songbook to choose from during his set at HRH RTX.
The beauty of seeing Bernie Marsden perform live is that he is not just a gifted performer and guitarist but also a great storyteller. And for those that are interested in hearing more of Bernie’s tales he has recently released a new book in the shape of Where’s My Guitar?: On the Tourbus with the Snakeman.
If Marsden’s headline set at HRH Blues in Sheffield last year is anything to go by you can expect a set rich in Whitesnake classics and peppered with a healthy dose of the blues.
Band: Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons
Date: Thursday 9th May
Having spent thirty-two years as lead guitarist in one of the loudest bands on the planet Phil Campbell requires no introduction. This time around the Motorhead axeman will be bringing his colourfully titled latest project Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons to Ibiza once again.
The band itself is somewhat of a family affair in the respect that it features Phil’s three sons on drums, bass and guitar along. Vocalist Neil Starr rounds out the band’s stellar lineup.
In their short history, the Sons have already toured with the likes of Guns N Roses, Saxon, Airbourne as well as becoming firm HRH favourites during their appearances at our previous events. The group will also be joining Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators on all UK and select EU dates of their 2019 ‘Living The Dream’ tour.
You can expect to hear tracks from the band’s 2017 debut album The Age of Absurdity, along with choice cuts from Phil’s time with Motorhead. This set will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the week for the HRH “Road Crew”.
Date: Friday 10th May
Fresh from their appearance at last year’s HRH Prog VII, Friday night headliners Hawkwind will be descending onto the White Isle on board their “Silver Machine” (which in this instance may well take the form of an EasyJet flight).
The veteran space rockers once featured rock god Lemmy Kilmister within their ranks until they parted ways in 1975. The current incarnation of the group still features their founding singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock at the helm. Likewise, Hawkwinds seasoned line-up also includes drummer Richard Chadwick who celebrated their 30th anniversary with the group last year.
Hawkwind recently released their impressive 31st studio album, ‘Road to Utopia’. For the band’s ambitious latest offering they reimagined many of their classic compositions and gave them a new lease of life by reworking them with acoustic arrangements utilising string and brass accompaniment.
The band’s forthcoming Ibiza appearance will be part of their landmark 50th-anniversary tour.
Band: Orange Goblin
Date: Saturday 11th May
Things will get heavy on Saturday night as Orange Goblin close out the metal fuelled proceedings at Eden.
Orange Goblin has graced the stages of Europes most prestigious rock festivals including appearances at Download, Bloodstock, Ozzfest, and Wacken Open Air as well as hitting the road with the likes of doom/metal heavyweights such as Corrosion of Conformity, Down and Saint Vitus.
Last year the band released their eagerly anticipated ninth studio album The Wolf Bites Back. This being an album which sees the British quartet at the peak of their powers whilst simultaneously refusing to buckle to current musical trends.
Throughout their career spanning in excess of 20 years, Orange Goblin has gone on to achieve a reputation as being one of the most thunderous and entertaining bands on the planet.
In addition, HRH RTX will feature appearances from the ‘Saviours of British Metal’ Raging Speedhorn, NWOCR favourites Gin Annie, blues/rock outfits Henry’s Funeral Shoe, Everyday Heroes and Pearl Handed Revolver, pirate metallers Red Rum, Cumbrian heavy rockers Falling Red, sludge and doom merchants Desert Storm and OHHMS, and Italian thrash metallers Arthemis. And if that is not enough of a diverse musical lineup for you, Footprints in the Custard will be bringing their distinctive brand of comedy metal to well and truly get the party started.
Once again this year a dedicated HRH unplugged event will take place on Sunday 12th May. If last years stripped back acoustic sessions at the Zoo Project is anything to go by it will be a highlight of the week for sure.
Whilst this beautiful sun-kissed Spanish island has always been known as clubbers paradise by the dance music fraternity this summer it’s fair to say that Ibiza will most certainly rock!