It’s become a permanent fixture on the summer scene for any self-respecting fan of rock and metal in all its various guises – and the SOS Festival is back in 2012!

Legendary NWOBHM noiseniks Tygers Of Pan Tang will lead the charge on a bill featuring a slew of the UK’s rising stars. 

The first seven bands for next July’s bill have just been announced and, as ever with the SOS Festival, fans can look forward to a varied and eclectic bill.

Tygers Of Pan Tang, who will headline Saturday’s bill, are currently writing and recording a new album due for release on Rocksector Records in 2012. The album, with a working title of Ambush, will be the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Animal Instinct from 2008.

Exit State released their second album Black Veins this month after switching label to Rocksector Records and their innovative Check Out The Crazy video is just about to hit primetime viewing on Kerrang TV. This is a second video success for the band whose earlier clip Lost Beyond Belief, from debut album Death Of A Rockstar hit number one on Kerrang’s Most Requested Show last year.

Exit State are currently on tour in the UK, promoting the new album and, after supporting Voodoo Six, will play Hard Rock Hell V in North Wales alongside bill-toppers such as Ace Frehley, Therapy?, Magnum, Black Stone Cherry and more.

Max Pie hail from Belgium and bring a brand of Power Metal to the festival. Their sound, which is characterised by their aggressive, power, melodic and progressive elements, resulted in debut album Initial Process, and appeals to fans of bands such as Rhapsody, Kamelot & Symphony X.

Gone Til Winter are Manchester-based gothic female-fronted melodic metallers. Headed up by vocalist Talena, they released a single Hear Me and self-titled mini-album on Headroom Records and are currently planning a follow-up album in 2012. Rosie Smith, from Cradle Of Filth, has recently joined on keyboards.

Triaxis are from South Wales and should be well known to fans from both Bloodstock and Hammerfest festivals where the band have played headline-grabbing performances during the past couple of years. Their self-released album Key To The Kingdom won plaudits from Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and Zero Tolerance, and they further impressed on UK tour this year – including dates with Fury UK and Kobra & The Lotus.

Wizzard are Belgian traditional hard rock/metallers who played also for us at SOS in 2011 and won many fans in the process. Headed by vocalist Wizz, they bring a heavily NWOBHM-inspired sound which has been helping their growing reputation during the past two-three years.

Broken are relative newcomers on the UK scene. They’re Yorkshire based and are quickly earning a reputation for their infectious, kick-ass hard rock grooves delivered with a rock ‘n’ roll swagger – all helping the band develop a loyal following.

This is the fifth year for SOS Festival, a two-day indoor rock and metal event, featuring a mix of Rocksector Records artists, established acts, emerging bands from around the UK and abroad plus local favourites.

In 2011, the festival was headlined by Scottish rockers GUN and Rocksector band Fury UK – previous headliners have included Blaze Bayley, Black Spiders and Heaven’s Basement.

The event takes place at Radcliffe Civic, in Radcliffe, north Manchester. It runs a main stage and an acoustic stage, has an all-age policy and benefits from free parking, good local transport links and inexpensive hotels within easy reach. Tickets are at just £10 for single day tickets and £15 for two days and available from Ticketline or the Rocksector Records webstore.

More bands will be announced soon but for more information on the festival and the bands confirmed for 2012 so far please visit