Amped chats to Saxon frontman Biff Byford

This weekend Ebbw Vale was once again host to the UK’s hottest new rock gathering the Steelhouse Festival. The event now in it’s 3rd year and supported by Planet Rock attracted another stellar line up of hard rock and metal talent featuring the likes of hotly tipped blues rock upstarts The Temperance Movement, Amped favourites Heaven’s Basement and the mighty Saxon.

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Amped Interview on GTFM

On Monday night Showcase Wales broadcast an interview with Amped on GTFM, conducted by Adam Perkins, the interview runs for 30 minutes and can be heard on our brand new Soundcloud account.

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… And The Award Goes To

2012 is here so the voting has closed and the results have been counted. Here are the winners of the Amped Awards 2011.


Best Album

Exit International – Black Junk (49% of the vote)

Best Single

The Dirty Youth – Fight (33% of the vote)

Best Unsigned Band

Buried in Alaska (44% of the vote)

Best Live Band

Exit International (44% of the vote)

Best  Event 2011

Merthyr Rock (61% 0f the vote)


Band of the Year 2011

Exit International (45% of the vote)

Amped Icon

This year the Amped Icon award goes to the Manic Street Preachers.

21 years since their debut single Motown Junk; 10 studio albums and 38 singles later they’ve released a greatest hits followed by a sell out show at the 02 arena.They are without doubt the most prolific band to come out of Wales and arguably the last great British rock n roll band.

Amped Awards 2011 – The Nominees

The Amped Awards are back! So get voting on a painstakingly chosen shortlist of the best Welsh talent.

Who wins? You decide!

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‘Death Of A Polaroid’ launched at Waterstones Cardiff

Waterstones, The Hayes, Cardiff. The scene for the launch of the first of two books by Manic Street Preachers bass player and mouthpiece, Nicky Wire.

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Tim Ellis is Guitar Maker to the Stars

South Wales Echo – 18/09/11

Tim Ellis - Photograph Courtesy of Wales Online

A QUIET corner of Dinas Powys is home to the rather louder business of Tim Ellis.
He’s the man who makes guitars for the stars, more chiefly rock ‘n’ roll stars.

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On Set with Saxon Part 2: The Making of ‘Call to Arms’

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Day 3

As I opened my eyes I spotted the alarm clock on the other side of the room, 7:51 it read on the illuminated crimson display. I had overslept! Leaping out of bed I threw on my clothes for the day which I had luckily laid out the night before. Staggering through the corridor with my biker jacket on I looked through the drawing room’s large window into the restaurant, a few of the crew were sat down the for breakfast, so I swiftly joined them.

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