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Festival Review: Steelhouse Festival 2023

As we trekked up the mountain top of Ebbw Vale, we were ready for an electrifying experience at the Steelhouse Festival 2023. We had our tent and camping gear in tow, determined to enjoy every single act that would grace the one-stage festival. Our excitement was palpable as we caught our first glimpse of the stage.

Although camping proved challenging as we were constantly battered by rainstorms and strong winds all weekend, it didn’t dampen our spirits as we soaked in the incredible performances from the Friday bands. We were particularly blown away by Kris Barras Band who took to the stage and set it alight with their killer riffs and fiery energy. Elegant Weapons also left us spellbound with their high-octane sound, bringing a different flavour to the heavy-metal scene.

Despite the lack of VIP areas used by us personally, the media sources were content to stay put and enjoy the performances on the screens. However, the friendly festival staff made up for any inconvenience as they worked tirelessly to ensure we were comfortable.

As for food, we found the variety of food outlets expensive but nonetheless scrumptious. We didn’t let the cost hold us back as we savoured every bite and let the delicious cuisine add to our experience.

With a diverse line-up spread out over three days, we were spoiled for choice. Headlined by Black Stone Cherry on Sunday, Airbourne on Saturday, and Kris Barras Band on Friday, we enjoyed stellar performances from Blues Pills, Florence Black, The Vintage Caravan, and more. We were amazed by the incredible talent and diversity of music genres represented on that one stage.

We even managed to snag some signatures at the signing tent, with thanks to Planet Rock radio station, one of the event’s partners. Overall, despite the weather and expenses, we had an unforgettable experience at the Steelhouse Festival 2023, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year.

Photos by Angela Meech


Mark Dean

I'm a 40+ music fan. Fond mostly of rock and metal - my staple musical food delights. Originally from Northern Ireland, I am now based in the UK-Manchester. I have a hectic musical existence with regular shows and interviews. Been writing freelance for five years now with several international websites. Passionate about what I do, I have been fortunate already to interview many of my all-time musical heroes. My music passion was first created by seeing Status Quo at the tender age of 15. While I still am passionate about my rock and metal, I have found that with age my taste has diversified so that now I am actually dipping into different musical genres and styles for the first time.

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