By DJ Monk

Steelhouse Festival has announced the full bill for its opening night, on Friday 26 July.

Taking inspiration from the impending Six Nations tournament, the opening exchanges at Steelhouse 2019 will take place on ‘Four Nations Friday’. Each band will take to the stage representing their own proud nation.

Playing with the benefit of home advantage, Those Damn Crows will carry the hopes of all Welsh rock fans. Kicking it down the throat of the opposition and getting the games underway is Northern Ireland’s Blackwater Conspiracy. Scotland’s charge for the line comes from The Rising Souls whilst English hearts and Grand Slam dreams lie with headliners, Massive Wagons. Whose set will be hailed as the greatest? There’s only one way to find out (well, after Ireland slaughter everyone else at the rugby again this year!).

Poster for Friday night of Steelhouse 2019

Friday night is the Steelhouse’s “free” evening for weekend and day ticket buyers. That’s an offer that cannot be matched – not least when you realise that the full price for the whole Steelhouse weekend costs the same as just 80 minutes of international rugby… three days of blood, guts and passion for under 100 quid.

Promoters Mikey Evans and Max Rhead told Über Rock: “Wales – it’s a rugby-mad nation and we’re no exception to that rule. If there’s any opportunity to for us to make a connection between the great game and the Festival, well, you can rely on us to do that! So, in the week before the greatest rugby competition in the world gets under way we are passionately proud to announce four great British bands each representing their home nation. This is the cream of new UK music going head-to-head at Steelhouse 2019 – who will be crowned champions on Four Nations Friday! Nothing will be left on that stage… Crouch, bind, set… Let’s Ruck ‘n’ Roll!”

Steelhouse takes place at Hafod-y-Dafal farm, outside Ebbw Vale, from Friday 26 July – Sunday 28 July. Other acts confirmed over the weekend are The Temperance Movement, Living Colour, Gun, Danko Jones, Crobot, Tax The Heat, The Amorettes and Ryders Creed. Tickets are available HERE.