stone free STONE FREE FESTIVAL update

With this year’s Stone Free Festival at London’s O2 Areana just under a month away, more exciting additions to the line-up have been announced, in addition to the full running order for the weekend.

We’ve also been chatting to some of the bands who are playing the festival – watch out for our feature in the next few days. Meanwhile, as they say, FYI…

On Saturday STONE FREE FESTIVAL will be headlined by legendary German rockers Scorpions bringing their full production for their only UK show this year, with thrash titans Megadeth also giving their only UK performance of the year and sleazy Californian good-time rockers Buckcherry joining them in the main arena.

The Indigo at The O2 on Saturday features headliners Orange Goblin and Stone Broken – the latter one of the hardest working live bands in the country. Meanwhile the Orange Amps Stage on Saturday will have the likes of British hard-rock bands Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and and Daxx & Roxanne whilst Sundaywelcomes the thunderous Black Country natives The Bad Flowers and the dynamic soulful Scots The Rising Souls.

In the arena on Sunday, joining prog-rock royalty YES featuring ARW, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary will be former Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson, the hugely acclaimed Liverpool band Anathema and some hard blues rock from Joanne Shaw Taylor.

In Indigo at The O2 on Sunday, former Poison and The Winery Dogs guitar hero Richie Kotzen will be closing the stage, performing tracks from his prolific catalogue. Also appearing will be NYC 80’s hard-rockers Tyketto and The Wildhearts frontman Ginger Wildheart.
The Fullline up and stage times are as follwos:

SATURDAY   The O2 Arena

21.15 – Scorpions

19.30-20.45 – Megadeth

18.25-19.05 – Buckcherry

17.30 – Doors open

Indigo at The O2

22.30-close – Shot Through the Heart

17.15-18.00 – Orange Goblin

16.00-16.45 – Stone Broken

15.00-15.30 – Warrior Soul

14.00-14.30 – Triggerfinger

13.05-13.35 – The Picturebooks

12.15-12.45 – Pete Spiby & the Beat Alls

11.30 – Doors open

Orange Amps Stage 

16.45-17.15 – Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics

15.30-16.00 – Daxx & Roxanne

14.30-15.00 – Dirty Thrills

13.30-14.00 – Anchor Lane

12.45-13.15 – Killit

12.00-12.30 – Nitroville

All Bar One – The Speakeasy Lounge

16.40-17.00 – Tiffany Stevenson

16.15-16.35 – Abigoliah Schamaun

15.50-16.10 – Fin Taylor

15.30-15.45 – Garrett Millerick MC

14.00-15.30 – Lord Sinclair’s Klassic Rock Quiz

12.00 – Acoustic acts (to be announced)

11.30 – Doors open

Cinema 13:00 – Wayne’s World


The O2 Arena 

20.15 – YES ft. ARW

18.45-19.45 – Roger Hodgson of Supertramp

17.45-18.25 – Joanne Shaw Taylor

16.50-17.30 – Anathema

16.00 – Doors open

Indigo at The O2

16.00-16.45 – Richie Kotzen

14.45-15.30 – Tyketto

13.45-14.15 – Ginger Wildheart

12.50-13.20 – Jared James Nichols

12.00-12.30 – Godsticks

11.30 – Doors open

Orange Amps Stage 

15.30-16.15 – The Bad Flowers

14.15-14.45 – The Rising Souls

13.30-14.00 – Fire Red Empress

12.45-13.15 – Vambo

12.00-12.30 – StoneWire

All Bar One – The Speakeasy Lounge

10.30-close – Aftershow

16.40-17.00 – Glenn Wool

16.15-16.35 – Chris Betts

15.50-16.10 – Bec Hill

15.30-15.45 – Garrett Millerick MC

12.00 – Acoustic acts (to be announced)

11.30 – Doors open

Cinema 13.00 – Barbarella


As well as performances from world-class bands, all the festival extras will also be back this year including the beer garden, where the Orange Amps Stage will be your soundtrack to the afternoon. To gently ease us into each day, Richer Sounds will be providing some of the best upcoming acoustic acts in the country at The Speakeasy Lounge as well as Saturday’s Vinyl Fair, a fabulous Saturday Night After Show Party and Rock Royalty VIP packages.

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Feature by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive and his website is

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