|Tyketto - a highlight for me|
|Bigfoot delivered a set full of power and melody|
Twin guitar duo Mick McCullagh and Sam Millar work so well together, delivering shredding riffs and tasteful solos. It was just a shame that as the guys were settling into the groove of their final song, The Fear, an unexpected pyrotechnic set the fire alarm off, causing the building to be evacuated. However the staff and crew dealt with the situation brilliantly, and everyone was soon back inside. Check out my interview with Mick and Sam.
Next up for me was Stone Broken. I had heard great things about these guys, and they've had an amazing year, so I was looking forward to seeing them live for the first time.
|Stone Broken got a great reaction from the WinterStorm audience|
Due to interviewing commitments, I did not manage to catch all of Bernie Marsden's set, but I did get in just in time to hear the Whitesnake classics, with the legendary Neil Murray on bass!
|Bernie Marsden, back onstage with Neil Murray|
The band I was most excited to see was Tyketto. I have been a fan for ages, but saw them for the first time 3 years ago at the Steelhouse Festival and they blew me away.
|Danny Vaughn was in fine form at WinterStorm|
The band were in brilliant form, and Danny Vaughn's vocals were astonishing as always! Guitarist, Chris Green did a marvellous job playing those wonderfully melodic guitar parts you hear on the original recordings. Check out my interview with Danny here.
Bringing the night to a close was Heavy Pettin' (reformed especially for the event) who's brief set went down a treat with the crowd. Day 1 - a big success!
|Massive Wagons explode on to the stage at WinterStorm|
Another of my Winterstorm favourites had to be the brilliant Mason Hill. This young Scottish band made waves when they appeared at the festival last year. They returned with a new record deal in the bag, more confidence, and a big following.
|Mason Hill showed confidence and class|
|Dare delivered some of the best songs of the weekend|
I had a great chat with Darren and Vinny right after their set. Watch it to hear what the band has planned for next year.
|The Quireboys brought their party to Troon|
Bringing the festival to a close was the supergroup lineup of Chris Glen, Doogie White, Paul McManus and friends (including James Bird from Mason Hill for two of the songs) playing a mixture of tracks from each of their back catalogues. Everyone enjoyed the set, but the real surprise came when Jools and Tommy from GUN appeared, to perform Better Days and Word Up. A fabulous end to a brilliant weekend.
|This was the only time organiser, Ian McCaig sat down all weekend!|
That's two years now that the brilliant WinterStorm and all of it's visitors have invaded Troon. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it and can't wait for next year. Get the dates in your diary; Nov 23 & 24 2018. Tickets and line up info coming soon!