This year saw a new addition to the rock festival calendar and no-one – including the organisers – had any idea how well it was going to be received, let alone lauded all Summer long!
Call of the Wild Festival ran their proverbial flag up the pole and found it got well and truly saluted: a euphemism used by the legendary Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. An underlying theme in year one was to name the main stage the Kilmister Stage: a tribute to the man himself, who was always about overcoming adversity.
2020 sees that same homage and motif well and truly emblazoned across the stage with Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons now confirmed to headline Sunday night, featuring Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell alongside his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr.
Born at the legendary Wacken Festival in Germany, in August 2016, Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons have played many headline shows and festivals around Europe, where the band performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans in some of the largest stadiums in Europe! Their current album, The Age of Absurdity, is an 11-track powerful, rich in riffs release, full of the talent and energy you’d expect from a rocker of Phil Campbell’s pedigree, which will be coming to Call of the Wild in 2020.
Phil has recorded a special video message announcing that he and his band will be headlining on the Sunday which you can see here.
The Motörhead motif continues as The Kilmister Stage will proudly be sponsored by Road Crew. Road Crew is a beer that resulted from special collaboration between Cameron’s Brewery and Motörhead. Road Crew takes its name from the Motörhead fan favourite “(We Are) The Road Crew” on the classic Ace of Spades album. The song was penned as a tribute to the band’s dedicated team of roadies. Band members Mikkey Dee & Phil Campbell played key parts in the development of the beer.
Call of The Wild are also proud to announce MMH – The Home Of Rock Radio will be a sponsor of the festival. The organisers are delighted to welcome back Cloven Hoof Rum who will be sponsoring the newly-added second outdoor stage. Other sponsors the festival is proud to work with are: WDFD Records, Very Metal Art, and Warman Guitars.
The organisers firmly believe that the festival’s growth and longevity depends on listening to the fans and their plea was for “more metal and heavy bands”, so heeding that cry Call of the Wild Festival is proud to confirm Lawnmower Deth, Raging Speedhorn, Wolves Among Us and local band DLVRR, who are curated by BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire.
A huge chunk of New York City sleaze rock has been added to the bill with the punk overtones of Warrior Soul, Wildstreet, Motochrist, The Sweet Things and newly reformed iconic band The Throbs announcing their first UK show in decades.
As if that wasn’t enough sleaze rock, the organisers have snapped up Trench Dogs, who have been described as the hybrid child of Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D’Amour.
The classic rock vibe has been fleshed out with popular additions in the form of New Device, Wicked Stone, JOANovARC, Thirteen Stars, These Wicked Rivers, Crooked Shapes and Elevation Falls.
COTW are also proud to confirm Glen Matlock & the Tough Cookies. Glen is best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, although he had left the band while the album was being recorded. He later joined the Sex Pistols reformation to tour 2002 – 03 and 2007 – 08. In the band we have: Earl Slick, the lead guitar hero who played with David Bowie and John Lennon; Jim Lowe Grammy winning producer with the Stereophonics and Chris Musto who played with Dirt, Kim Wilde and the legend Johnny Thunders.
Other acts confirmed include Dig Lazarus; also Guts and Faith in Casinos – both curated by BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire.
With the festival already outselling last year’s numbers, it’s expected to bring in large numbers from across the UK and Europe. Tickets already sold to both USA and Canada confirm that the word has spread internationally.
Call of the Wild’s second cycle takes place between 29th-31st May 2020 at the Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA.
Tickets can be purchased here.