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Blacking Out The Sun With ERIK MARTENSSON From ECLIPSE

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“We are a very energetic band so we’ll probably start sweating 30 seconds in.”


Swedish rock outfit Eclipse are just one of a myriad of international rock/sleaze/glam metal bands about to descend on Australian shores for Glam Fest 2023.

Eclipse will be hitting the stage in Brisbane at The Zoo on January 25 alongside Faster Pussycat, Enuff Z Nuff, Wednesday 13, Tuff and Pretty Boy Floyd plus local supports before travelling through Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide for a run of shows highlighting the best purveyors of rock music the world has seen over the last three decades.

After the massive worldwide appeal of their most recent album Wired in 2021, Eclipse are riding a renewed wave of success, with frontman Erik Mattensson joining HEAVY to chat about the tour.

“I haven’t seen any of those bands live,” he almost apologised when asked about the rest of the line-up. “I’ve seen so many bands throughout the years, and we have played so many festivals, but we have never played the same festivals as these guys, so it’s going to be the first time for every band for me. I’ve never even met anyone! Usually, all bands know each other because they always meet at festivals and chat backstage, but none of these guys we have met before, so it’s gonna be super exciting. It’s fun that it’s Glam Fest as well, because we don’t consider ourselves glam. Have a look at me. I’m not glam at all (laughs). That’s gonna be exciting too.”

In the full interview, we talk more on the diversity of the line-up and how important that is in a festival such as this, what Eclipse has in store for Australian fans, how much time goes into their live set, the reception to Wired, the early days of Eclipse and where they fit in, his early vision for the band and how it has changed since and more.

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