12th March 2020
Unfortunately due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus the Abyss festival has been postponed until the end of the year.
19th December 2019
New dates announced for 2020, see Live Dates.
10th November 2018
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Metal Assault’ Wurzburg, Germany on the 16th February 2019.
1st November 2018
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Head of Steam’, Newcasstle on the 26th January 2019.
19th June 2018
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Metalcova fest Xl' in Barcelona, Spain on the 10th November 2018.
19th November 2017
Saracen will be joining FlatKet Creed on stage at the ‘Ages of Metal’ birthday bash at the De Verlichte Geest, Roeselare, Belgium on the19th January 2018.
17th November 2017
Saracen will be joining Eliminator & Purple Hill Witch on stage at the Boston Music Room, London on the 13th January 2018.
23rd October 2017
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Courts of Chaos festival' in France on the 12th May 2018.
12th July 2017
Saracen will be joining Demon and Earthen Ritual on stage at the Snooty Fox Club on the 21st October.
Tickets are available from …www.wegottickets.com/event/410418
26th May 2017
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Up the Hammers XIII festival’ Athens, Greece on the 26th May 2018.
1st May 2017
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Keep it True XXI festival', Germany on the 28th April 2018.
3rd March 2017
Thanks to all for a great day at Brofest#5 we really enjoyed ourselves. A big thank you to the event organisers and technical staff who ran the event smoothly with a special mention to Stuart, Martin and especially the fans.
Take care and hope to see you all again soon.
15th December 2016
Saracen have started rehearsing in preparation to play Brofest#5 in the New Year and are hoping to play a few more dates towards the end of 2017.
5th January 2016
It is with regret that Saracen will no longer be playing the Brofest#4 Festival in February due to ill health. Saracen hope to make plans for the summer when Paul Bradder should be back to resume keyboard duties.
18th August 2015
Saracen plan to start rehearsals in October to play a few dates in the New Year.
20th September 2014
Simon, Paul, Steve, Tris, Paul and Rob at the launch of the new Saracen album ‘Redemption’ released through Escape Music. After a few beers and a listen to the album the conversation soon got round to getting back out on the road. It was decided that the band would start rehearsals in the New Year to prepare for some live dates next year. Hopefully to include some shows in Europe, so watch this space. Saracen would like to thank fans and friends for their support and hope they enjoy the new album ‘Redemption’. See you soon!
To order the new ‘Redemption’ album go to www.danra.co.uk/Merchandise
30th August 2014
New Saracen album to be released through Escape Music on the 19th September 2014. Paul Bradder and Steve Bettney challenged Rob Bendelow to write a 'back to our roots' Saracen album. 'Redemption' is the result. A collection of 'signature' epic tracks, interspersed with heavy rockers and one beautiful ballad. It also includes complete re-
Saracen have used the expert talents of Tommy Hansen of Jailhouse studios in Denmark, a man who is no stranger to rock music circles. His work is world famous and his expertise shines through on this exciting new album.
Rocamadour / Reacher / Give Me A Sign / Geraldine / Swords Of Damascus / Road To Yesterday / Crusader / Catch The Wave / More Than Missing You / Redemption (on the 6th day) / You & I / Let Me See Your Hands / Ready to Fly.
For more information visit www.escape-
To order go to www.danra.co.uk/Merchandise
The new Saracen album is well underway and most of the tracks have been recorded. Tommy Hansen (Circus Maximus, Jorn, Pagan's Mind, Helloween) has agreed to produce the album 'Redemption' due for release in the Summer.
15th January 2013
No plans have been made to play any live dates this year as the band are back in the studio recording a new album. This will be the coming together of the studio and live band members: Steve Bettney -
18th March 2012
A big thank you to all our friends and fans for their kind support at the Hammerfest IV festival. It's great to have Rob back on stage playing in the band as the last time Rob appeared live with Saracen was back in 2003 at the Bloodstock festival. We have no further dates planned for this year as we are recording a new album but we are hoping to play a couple of local dates in the New Year.
11th January 2012
Saracen have been confirmed to play 'HammerFest' pre party on the 15th March 2012. Hope to see you there.
22nd September 2011
New Saracen album to be released through Escape Music on the 23rd September.
Based on the life and times of the ultimate Hollywood icon – Marilyn Monroe. It tells of her roller coaster life, from young orphan to worldwide superstar…..and beyond.
Norma Jeane / Whither The Wind Blows / Hold On / Make This Body Work / Who Am I? / Love Like A Razorblade / Break The Spell / Not For Sure / Feel Like Going Home / Unfinished Life / Marilyn.
Steve Bettney: Vocals
Rob Bendelow: Guitar
Paul Bradder: Keyboards
Richard Bendelow: Bass, Vocals
Paul Gibson: Drums
To order go to www.danra.co.uk/Merchandise
7th August 2011
As a thank you to all friends and fans for your support the show at the County, Chesterfield will now take place on November 4th. Saracen will be playing a 1 hour set between 9.30 to 10.30PM and there is no admission charge. Hope to see you on the night.
4th May 2011
Keep It True Festival
The Keep It True XIV festival, Tauberfrankenhalle, Germany was a new experience for Saracen never having played outside the UK before and what an experience! The band was totally overwhelmed and humbled by the large turn out of fans to see the Heroes, Saints & Fools show. Words could not express how much it was a privilege to be a part of this festival. Firstly to the fans old and new,a heartfelt thank you for your support and kindness especially those we spoke to at the meet and greet. The compliments you gave and the gratitude you showed made this an experience we will always remember. A huge thanks to the event organisers; Oliver and the team, stage crew and all the technical staff for their support, help, coolness under pressure and an excellently organised festival. Many thanks to Marius for the photography. Hope to see you again soon.
Visit www.truemetal.org for a review of the festival.
To watch Saracen performing at the Keep It True festival Germany visit www.youtube.com
5th April 2011
British Steel Festival
Thanks to all for a great day. The support and kindness shown by the fans was amazing, meeting people who had travelled from as far as China to be at the festival. A big thank you to the event organisers and technical staff who ran the event smoothly with a special mention to all the guys in Elixir, especially Phil. Many thanks to John for all his hard work on the merchandise stall and photography.
Hope to see you all again soon.
Visit John's reviews and photography at www.johntuckeronline.com
7th March 2011
Thanks to all fans and friends who supported us at the The Diamond, once again we had a great night.All the best and take care.
10th January 2011
Saracen have been confirmed to play the 'British Steel Festival’ at the Underworld, Camden, London on the 2nd April 2011.
6th December 2010
Thanks to all the guys at Hard Rock Hell for your support, it was a pleasure to take part in the HRH IV festival, and a big thank you to all our friends and fans that have supported us again this year. In 2011 it will be the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Heroes. Saints and Fools' and we are hoping to play a series of gigs to commemorate the release.
8th September 2010
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Hard Rock Hell IV’ on the 4th December 2010.
1st May 2010
A big thanks to all fans and friends who supported our gig at the County, Chesterfield. Once again we had a great night. See you soon and take care.
23rd March 2010
Saracen have been confirmed to play at the 'Keep it True' festival', Germany on the 29th,30th April 2011.
15th January 2010
A huge thank you to Sian at Roomthirteen for her kind words on our appearance at the Hard rock Hell festival. To read the review and more about the festival visit www.roomthirteen.com
14th November 2009
Thanks to all who came to the Hilcote gig to raise funds for the club. It never ceases to amaze, how you keep turning out to support the band. Once again it was great to meet up with old family and friends and at the end of the evening an impromptu photo session occurred to reunite some of the Saracen family. Pictured below original founder members of Saracen Richard Lowe, Rob Bendelow and Steven Bettney (front left and back right) a later recruit Paul Bradder (back left) and the rest of the new line up Mark Chapple, Paul Highfield, Simon Roberts and Tris Alsbury.
3rd August 2009
A big thank you to all who came to the gig at the County, Chesterfield. We had a great night talking to Saracen fans about the good old days and were amazed how early some of you arrived (you know who you are). See you soon and take care.
22nd July 2009
Saracen have been confirmed to play the ‘Hard Rock Hell III’ on December 5th.