Friday 23 July 2021
Ebbw Vale NP13 2ER
Steelhouse Festival is delighted to reveal that Europe will return as headliners for the first time since 2014, whilst the recently reformed Black Spiders will make a triumphant return trip to The Mountain having appeared at the very first Steelhouse 10 years ago. Alternative punk/grunge 4 piece, Hands Off Gretel and Cornish hard rockers King Creature make their SH debuts.
Europe frontman, Joey Tempest said, “We’ve really missed touring…I bet you’ve missed it too, hanging out with your friends and seeing your favourite bands. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce that Europe will be heading up that beautiful Welsh mountain once more to play at the wonderful Steelhouse Festival Sunday, 25th of July…See you there!”
Mikey Evans and Matt Rhead added, “So pleased to announce our Sunday headliners, Europe. They are a thoroughbred outfit, classic rock champions who haven’t just stood the test of time, they’ve evolved with it. They’ve continued to create quality output that’s every inch as good as those colossal hits that are not just known by rock fans or even lovers of music - they’re known by everyone”.
“Black Spiders’ reformation couldn’t have been better timed. When we first had the idea of holding a proper rock festival in a part of the world where it just didn’t happen, they stepped up and agreed to appear that very first year. A decade later they’re back to ‘eat thunder’ at our 10th birthday party…FUBS and thank you!”
“And finally make sure you get in early to catch King Creature on Friday and Hands Off Gretel who’ll be playing Saturday afternoon – two bands stylistically very different from each other but common in the fact they are ferocious live acts, high on energy and heavy on attitude”.
“And we’re not finished yet, the final three bands including SH Sunday night special guests will be announced in the new year”.
Metal legends, Anthrax had previously been announced as Steelhouse Saturday Night headliners along with special guests Therapy?
Glamping options are now over 90% sold out.
From the festival site, a remote farm that quite literally sits atop a mountain, you’re overlooking some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales. Not far is Marine Colliery, the deep mine that employed thousands in the area and finally closed in 1989. The nearby Ebbw Vale steelworks, which inspired the festival’s name, cast its last steel in 1978 and was finally wound down in 2002. It’s a common tale in these parts – heavy industry has been replaced by light, but the region still bears the scars of the UK’s slow industrial decline.
All of which makes the Steelhouse Festival one of the more unlikely and inspiring underdog stories of recent times. Saxon, Magnum, Europe, Black Star Riders and UFO have all graced the mountain top over the years. The valleys have always been heartland for rock, yet of the 5000-capacity crowd, just 40 per cent come from the local area. This self-styled ‘Welsh International Classic Rock Festival’ attracts people from across the UK and further afield – Finland, Japan, last year one huge Dee Snider fan flew in from Australia to watch him headline.
after the stage closes
we'll meet you in the beer tent for Rock DJ sets