Saturday 1st JUNE
22.00 – 22.50 GANG
From Fismes France, Bill Gang and the guys, have been playing classic heavy metal since 1990. They are heavily influenced by Maiden, Priest, Motorhead, Saxon, Lizzy, and Thin Lizzy. Every year they host a NWOBHM festival BRITISH STEEL, In their hometown. Bringing from the UK the best bands around. They will round off the first day of celebrations with the most mind-blowing set.
SUNDAY 2ND JUNE DOORS OPEN 13.00
13.00 – 13.40 CULLODEN
They bring youth, excitement, and their own band of classic heavy metal, all the way from The North East. Expect screams of Satan.
At the end of this set a magical moment when the Legend that is
Steve Grimmett from Grim Reaper
joins them for ‘See you in Hell!’
14.00 – 14.40 CHEMIKILL
A female fronted band, this Midland power house have been plying their
trade in classic metal since 1986.
Expect classic heavy metal played with power and passion!
This is a Mearfest first! Our first NWOBHM band to reform especially for Mearfest. This Essex based band formed back in the midst of time in 1980 when the world was truly monochrome, now resplendent in rich colour and light, they bring the metal into the new millennium.
Another Brilliant NWOBHM band who were absolutely stunning at Mearfest North last year, we are proud and excited to host them again. So powerful Ste Byatt plays barefoot, they certainly blew our socks off!
17.00-18.00 VICTORIUS EMPIRE
A combined set comprising of Victorius travelling all the way from Glasgow. This tremendous old school style band keeps the flame of true metal burning bright.
They join, firm Mearfest favourites SATANS EMPIRE who will be playing some brand-new material from their forthcoming new album, along with some older classics and a few new surprises. All hail the Empire!
18.30-19.30 WEAPON UK
Initially formed in 1980 and have toured extensively with Motorhead and many others. Having travelled from all corners of Europe to be with us. They bring power, melody and above all entertainment. Prepare for the set of a lifetime.
20.10 – 21.10 THUNDERSTICK
We are honoured to have the ex- Iron Maiden/Samson drummer and the new line up of Thunderstick with us at Mearfest this year. Barry Purkis is the true face of the NWOBHM, even though you never see it!! Expect theatre, expect passion, expect excitement, expect yours truly to be sacrificed LIVE ON STAGE!!!!! A visual and musical spectacle awaits us all.
LETS ROCK LETS PARTY LIKE IT’S 1979!
MEARFEST - SATURDAY 1ST JUNE 2019
13.00 DOORS OPEN
13.10 – 13.40 - D.O.H Denial of Humanity
Local Wycombe Band – Fast Furious (without the stunts!) Metal for the future.
14.00 – 14.40 MALLEUS – Andro Coulton (post WITCHFYNDE) NWOBHM project. With exclusive numbers from their new album, Your Nightmare Calls, along with a rendition of ‘Give em hell’ Perfect!
15.00 – 15.40 THE DEAD CAN WAIT
Mick Hare and Steve McLoughlin’s new band from local Reading, NWOBHM bands Iron Heart and After Dark, we are really looking forward to hearing this……
16.00 – 16.40 THE CLAN
Craig Mac and the lads are coming down from The Wirral, to bring their fun back into rock, expect references from T-Rex, The Sweet, Thin Lizzy, Quo, and Slade. Craig was in the NWOBHM band SINNER!
17.00 – 17.40 MANDORA
All the way from South Shields in the North East, this NWOBHM band come with their own health and safety gear, expect lights, sound, and thunder. Light the blue touch paper + Retire….BOOM!
18.00 – 18.40 BLACKMAYNE
Hailing from Kent, A furious melting of metal and punk straight from 1983. They are promoting their new and incredible album SPAT FROM HELL. Available on Flicknife records.
19.10 – 20.00 AIRFORCE
This London based band features Doug Sampson EX Iron Maiden. They are a full on traditional heavy metal force in their own right. They will be performing ‘HEROS’ as a tribute to our great friend Jeff Fuller.
20.30 – 21.30 QUARTZ
Quartz date back to 1974, when they were known as ‘Bandy Legs’ They changed their name to Quartz in 1977 and are one of the founders and most important bands of the whole NWOBHM movement. Having toured with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Rush, U.F.O, Saxon, and Gillian their reputation and legacy is EPIC.To have Quartz with us at Mearfest is just incredible. Let Satan serenade commence!
22.00 – 22.50 GANG
From Fismes France, Bill Gang and the guys, have been playing classic heavy metal since 1990. They are heavily influenced by Maiden, Priest, Motorhead, Saxon, Lizzy, and Thin Lizzy. Every year they host a NWOBHM festival BRITISH STEEL, In their home town. Bringing from the UK the best bands around. They will round off the first day of celebrations with the most mind-blowing set.
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has signed his book for Mearfest.
(Tim Perry Quartz thank you.)
It really doesn't get any better than this.
COME AND GRAB YOURSELF ONE OR MORE OF OUR GREAT PIECES OF HISTORY, FOR £1 A RAFFLE TICKET.......
EVERYONE'S A WINNER!
Don't forget Saturday 1st June, we will be judging our infamous
full metal jacket competition, get stitching folks!
Before a chord has been played or a drum has been struck I know with all my heart that this Mearfest is going to be incredible
Get yourself there. No excuses
Mearfest.org turning loss into legacy
Culloden are travelling all the way down from the North East to open our Mearfest show on the Sunday ( 2nd of June)
They are a great bunch of lads and they love the NWOBHM .
I've heard they do a cover of Grim Reaper's " See you in hell " to finish their set.
Well we have the legend that is Steve Grimmett with us, along with his lovely wife Amelia Grimmett on the Sunday as our very special guests
A short text later and we have something truly magical happening !
You don't want to miss this
so we will see every single one of you at 13.00 sharp Sunday Afternoon.
We will see you in Hell my Friends, See you in HELL !!!!
Thank you to Ian Coult.
Molly gets her debut at South Shields Park Run.
Go get your Molly shirt, where will she take you????????
HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY TO OUR RAINBOW MIRACLE
WHERE DOES THAT TIME GO?
If I had never woken up from our nightmare
If I had not bothered to go in search of finding our happily ever after, which I knew was somewhere
If I had just given up on myself and our marriage after losing your big sister Molly
You would not be here with us both now.
Doesn't bare thinking about....
HEY, its been awhile since we caught up with Molly shirts on her travels
Here is DAVE HARDING in Marmaris Turkey.
THANK YOU LOVELY DAVE!
Where will Molly show up next? Send in your photos.
It is with mutual sadness that we shan't be having SYZ play at Mearfest next month due to illness
Me and Mick Atkin have been friends for quite a while now and We wish that SYZ's band member makes a swift and full recovery.
Mick has also sent us all some amazing NWOBHM items for our gig
It's this love and dedication that has made Mearfest the wonderful occasion that it is.
Wishing all connected and a part of SYZ all the very best
Love and light
Brian and Claire Xx
Has anybody up there seen him
He walks with grace
Kind of face
Tomorrow his day
Tears will fall
But I’ll not say
He never saw our home
All hope was gone
Mind still echoes
Empty without his voice
Yet his spirit moves
Without a noise
A void unfilled
Miss him every day
Spine still chilled
When his name I say
With life abound
The children play
I still wonder
How he’d look today
I may still go under
As I think of his heartbeat
To this day
My favourite sound
Dedicated to all the Angels and those who grieve.
By Steve Ellis
IN TO THE BLUE
This could be seen as a shocking photo taken by Claire, but it's very important everyone knows why we host Mearfest.
It's not a conventional Rock festival in any way. Although we concentrate on the New wave of British Heavy Metal and celebrate that music and its legacy, fundamentally we exist to raise funds and awareness in stillborn, miscarriage and infant deaths.
Below is a photo I took of Claire, this was just before the nurses took Molly's body away for the final time. Her face says it all. No parent should ever have to go through this kind of pain.
Molly was born sleeping at 40 weeks
Born Still but Still Born
On Saturday 1st of June at there will be a special tribute to Jeff Fuller during
Airforce's set when they play the track 'Heroes'
Airforce feature Doug Sampson the iconic Ex Iron Maiden drummer,
who played on the Soundhouse tapes.
We are honoured that members of Jeff's family and close friends
will be with us on the day, we are family.
A DEMENTED SLEEP DEPRIVED MRS MEAR....
has finally worked out how to set up the cart thing in our online shop.
You can finally buy lots of items, in all sizes and colours, along with tickets for different days all at once.
Shipping costs are measured by weight, which has been tested in secret underground bunkers for the last 3 weeks to see if there are ANY online techno glitches. So far none.
Selected items in bright coloured bags have been dragged over to the post office and weighed to double check sterling correctness.
We are now almost professional.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Brian & Claire Mear pride themselves on putting on a good show. Photography is Claires passion, only the finest collection of images will be added here by the best photographers. We both hope you enjoy the show.