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Become A Rock Photographer At High Voltage

We're teaming up with High Voltage, Thin Lizzy and top rock photographer Nick Elliott to offer you an amazing opportunity to see what it's like to be a professional rock photographer at a major music festival.

We'll throw in two VIP tickets to High Voltage, the chance to photograph Thin Lizzy before their Main Stage slot (with a little tutelage from Nick), a chance to watch Lizzy's set from the photo pit where you'll get get the best possible view of the band in action (and obviously a chance to photograph them) PLUS you'll get a bundle of Thin Lizzy swag (including copies of Live At Hammersmith, Live At The Indigo2, a 2011 tour T-Shirt and a Lizzy baseball cap).

To win all you need to do is impress us with some evidence of your rock n roll life. We want you to send us your most ROCK N ROLL PHOTOGRAPH.

We're looking for anything that fits that particular bill - anything from an amazing photograph of a band in action to a picture of yourself doing something suitably "rock n roll" (smashing a guitar to pieces, air drumming on top of a mountain). If you think it's rock n roll then it qualifies and we'll leave the interpretation entirely up to you.

So to be in with a chance of winning this amazing opportunity then all you need to do is email your picture to us at PHOTOS@PLANETROCK.COM

We'll put the best pics online between 13-20 June, before narrowing down the competition to a shortlist of 10 and then one overall winner will be chosen by a committee from High Voltage and Planet Rock on 24 June and they will bag themselves this amazing opportunity to experience a whole side of a rock festival which most people will never get to see.

A couple of housekeeping rules:

  • No professionally taken photographs - if you were paid to take the photo it won't count
  • No Photoshopping your image - you as the superimposed frontman of Led Zeppelin simply won't cut it.
  • You MUST own the photograph or have permission to send it to us. Don't send in someone else's work or you'll be disqualified.
  • We will only accept digital copies of the photograph - don't post physical photos to us as we won't use them
  • Keep the photograph file size down below 6MB
  • Keep it clean - if it's too rude it'll entertain the office but it won't be included in the competition.
  • When you email the photograph to us, make sure to include your name and a contact number. If we can't get in touch with you you won't be able to collect your prize and it will go to the runner up.


JUDAS PRIEST and DREAM THEATER are to headline of 2011's HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL, each playing staggeringly exciting exclusive sets for British audiences.

Heavy metal icons JUDAS PRIEST headline the festival on Saturday 23 July where they will play their last EVER UK festival show, 31 years after they made their festival debut at a legendary Monsters Of Rock.

Prog-metal behemoths DREAM THEATER, meanwhile, top the bill on Sunday 24 July where they will perform a UK exclusive festival set, and give a UK debut to their brand new drummer, Mike Mangini.

SLASHfeaturing Myles Kennedywill alsobring their stunning live showto the Main Stage on Saturday 23 July, playing tracks from Slash's debut album and songs from Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver and Alter Bridge's back catalogue.

THUNDER will reunite for a special one-off gig at the festival following their split in 2009 - it will be a rare opportunity to see Danny, Luke and the guys back on the stage where they belong

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION and JETHRO TULL will also play UK festival exclusive sets at this year's High Voltage Festival, while MICHAEL SCHENKER will line up on the Main Stage.

SKIN and our favourite new band RIVAL SONS are on the Main Stage bill, while JOHN LEE'S BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST have been named as the headliner of the Prog Stage on Saturday 23 July. AMPLIFIER and VON HERTZEN BROTHERS also play the Prog Stage along with CARAVAN, PALLAS, SPOCK'S BEARD, MOSTLY AUTUMN and THE ENID

The Metal Hammer Stage will see headline sets from NEUROSIS and ELECTRIC WIZARD while other bands on the stage include EVILE, GRAND MAGUS, RAVENS CREED, PRIMITAI, ATTICA RAGE, BLACK SPIDERS, GENTLEMENS PISTOLS and FURYON.

Once again the festival will feature three specially curated stages to cater for fans of all genres of rock, and once again High Voltage will take place at VICTORIA PARK in London.

There are a variety of ticket options available, with standard weekend tickets costing just £99, day tickets costing £56.50 and a whole mix of VIP tickets costing £105 for day tickets and £199 for weekend tickets. There are also a number of hotel packages so that rock fans can design and build their own bespoke festival weekend.

And here's a little something else just for Planet Rock listeners.

Anyone that buys tickets for the festival through the link below will get a voucher for 10% off Planet Rock merchandise at our stand at the High Voltage Festival* next summer.


Following the success of last year's Real Ale tent, 2011 sees the very first High Voltage Beer Festival, where you'll find over 30 real ales and ciders from local brewers, and you'll be able to get a proper pint of Guinness too!

Set in the heart of the festival site, this area has been designed to please the real ale connoisseurs out there, the Beer Festival will have it's own area with traditional bench table seating in a marquee that will have one side open with seating inside and out, delicious gourmet food will be available



Festival goers will be able to see the EVEL KNIEVEL EXHIBITION on site.

The tour is set to inspire fans and families to "Dare to Dream�€� - Knievel was the daredevil who aspired to entertain and show nothing is out of your reach. Now parents and their children will get the chance to see his famous Harley Davidson Jump Bike which crashed in a jump over a tank of sharks, the X-2 Sky Cycle from the Twin Falls, ID - Snake River Canyon, the Wheelie Dragster Car, and of course the instantly recognisable blue and white leather suits (with the real scuffs from crashes) in the exhibit plus lots more !

Also on the "menu" so to speak is the fantastic ACE CAFE LONDON which will once again provide some respite from the hard rocking that festival patrons are sure to be doing.

When you need a break from the main stages to refuel, this will be the ideal area to sit, eat and drink whilst listening to great music in an environment brought to you by the Ace Café London team.