Stonedead 2022 Opening Poll Winner Announced

Now in its 5th year Stonedead is an outdoor, one day, one stage, monster of a festival where rock music reigns eternal. We place the rock fan experience at its core. The festival is organised by volunteers and created for music fans, Stonedead is a festival experience not to be missed. Stonedead is carrying on its solid tradition of bringing both well-known and new rock bands to Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.

Michael Schenker will be celebrating 50 years in the business, 40 of which as a solo musician, meaning The Michael Schenker Group will be playing a special 50th Anniversary Show and will take Newark by storm! With his iconic black and white Dean Flying V and what can only be described as a supergroup surrounding him, they will bring us a headline show to remember. Over his extensive career, Schenker is well known for his time in The Scorpions and UFO before forming The Michael Schenker Group in 1979. Post the iteration of Michael Schenker Fest with two albums in 2018 and 2019, MSG re-formed in 2020 bringing their latest album ‘Immortal’ to our attention early in 2021, even featuring a track by the name of ‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind‘ with Schenker himself stating it to be his 50th anniversary celebration song as it holds much meaning, being his very first musical composition at the age of 15.

With The Wildhearts classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny still holding strong, this creatively brilliant band who helped change the landscape of British rock through the 90s are showing no sign of slowing down. Currently on tour showcasing their brand-new album released earlier this month, ‘21st Century Love Songs‘, The Wildhearts and their incendiary shows have cemented their reputation and legacy as one of the best bands the UK has ever produced. On speaking of their new album, Ginger Wildheart himself exclaimed “This is where I become a fan of the band, when we ditch the rule book and just follow our instinct. Sarcastic, fun, angry, proud, experimental and belligerent… this is the sound of the band in their natural habitat. This time we’re in control.” With over 30 years behind them, several top 20 singles and a top 10 album, The Wildhearts are ready and raring to go with their collection of British hard rock – so get ready for them to rock your socks off!

Named after guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, the Dutch-American outfit Vandenberg will be rolling in to Newark like a Freight Train. Formed in the early 80s, producing three albums with Atlantic Records, Vandenberg saw success with their first single ‘Burning Heart‘ and toured the US with Ozzy and KISS and a subsequent independent tour. They later disbanded, with Vandenberg taking a stint with Whitesnake later in the decade. The band briefly reunited in 2004, but later reformed in 2020 with an all-new line up featuring Ronnie Romero on lead vocals, releasing their first studio album in 35 years. Fast forward to 2021 and the announcement of new lead singer Mats Leven with his powerhouse vocals, and the word of new material, has rippled excitement through the hard rock genre and we cannot wait to welcome them to Stonedead!

Formed in 2013, Stone Broken from the West Midlands bring a show packed with anthemic guitar and inspiring lyrics, drawn from their own desires to live life to the fullest and unapologetically, providing a soundtrack to precious moments for many with their music. With influences from Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and Alter Bridge, their sound is modern with a classic rock undertone. With two albums under their belt, ‘All In Time‘ and ‘Ain’t Always Easy‘ the band has quickly risen in popularity and have a huge fan base in the Broken Army, which continues to grow.

After welcoming back Kenny Leckremo on vocals H.E.A.T will bring their adrenaline fuelled melodic rock to Stonedead. The Swedish Rockers dug deep with their self-produced heavier sounding 6th album ‘H.E.A.T II‘, released to critical acclaim, bringing powerful high-octane vocals and a huge sound. The album has gained plaudits worldwide, returning to a heavier style and cementing their place in the Melodic Rock genre.

English rockers The Treatment formed in 2008 with a powerful blend of guitars, catchy choruses, with strong vocals. They have supported Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Slash. In 2019 the band took on a radically different style and released ‘Luck Of The Draw’. The band will be bringing the party and their loud fresh sound will resonate with Stonedead fans, especially for those who have had them on the wish list for quite some time.

Tygers Of Pan Tang originally from Whitley Bay fully capture the raw spirit of classic NWOBHM. Tygers Of Pan Tang bring their full swagger with galloping riffs, squealing guitars and a solid base for our pleasure and enjoyment.

Thundermother this Swedish high voltage band have one aim rock’n’roll world domination. Bringing a mix of blues, punk, heavy metal which all weave together to bring the Thundermother rock’n’roll experience. Think AC/DC, Motörhead with fresh modern rock with a 70’s groove.

The Opening Poll 2022 winner is These Wicked Rivers. Established in 2014 and hailing from Derby they draw their influences from Black Stone Cherry and Clutch. The band have made quite an impact since their inception with their own brand of blues-infused modern rock, rapidly picking up plaudits for their spectacular live performances using their ‘Grandma’s Living Room’ stage set. Their debut album Eden went down a storm and with more music planned. The production team were very impressed and are sure that These Wicked Rivers will kick start STONEDEAD 2022 off with a bang.

Stonedead‘s stellar line-up continue to excite both classic and new rock fans in providing a unique one day, one stage festival where the music is loud, the beer and food are priced competitively, and you can camp / park 5 minutes from the level ground arena. We have a dedicated covered wellbeing area with seating and sun cream! We allow alcohol to be brought into the arena – 4 cans of ready mixed spirits or beer / cider / wine.

With all Earlybird tickets sold out in a matter of days, don’t miss the chance to see this steller line-up!

Tickets are available: Here

Arena only (no Friday access) Camping Friday to Sunday
Adults: £50 Adults: £60
Children: £35 

• all children under 4 are free

• U14 years must be accompanied by an adult


Children: £40
4 pack Family: (2 x Adult and 2 x U14): £160 4 pack Family: (2 x Adult and 2 x U14): £180
4 pack Adults: £175 4 pack Adult: £215
Disabled: £50 

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Disabled: £60 

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Car parking: free Campervan / Caravan: £15 per vehicle 

camping passes required per person

Staying off site? Want to come to the Friday night or want to upgrade to include camping: £15 for individuals or for a party ticket

Saturday 27th August, Newark Showground