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Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.

Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

When you hear the name Dropkick Murphys, you think loud, Celtic punk / rock and roll party music and as always there’s plenty of that, but there’s a more thoughtful side to the band too.  They established the Claddagh fund in 2009 – a charity to help support addiction recovery …

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Love Zombies – Water Rats, London – 7th December 2016

This was a busy night for gigs in London – there were 4 in total I wanted to be at, but sadly its not possible to attend them all, but due to the different stage times I was able to attend a gig in soho before racing across London to …

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Children of Bodom announce ‘20 Years Down & Dirty’ UK tour dates

Children Of Bodom’s prodigious debut album ‘Something Wild’ was released 20 years ago and thus the mighty Hatecrew were born. Finland’s melodic death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic set-list. For an entire month, Children Of Bodom will bring their reaper sound …

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Tom Petty to play only European date for 2017 at BST

British Summer Time festival, held in London’s Hyde Park announced today that Tom Petty will headline the Saturday night.  The show will be his only European date in 2017.  Supporting him will be Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks, as well as The Lumineers, with more bands still to be announced. …

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Battle Beast announce UK tour

Finnish heavy metallers BATTLE BEAST have just announced their first ever full UK headline tour for next March, following the release of their anticipated new album ‘Bringer Of Pain’ which will be released via Nuclear Blast on February 17th. Bassist and vocalist Eero Sipilä commented: “United Kingdom – the holy land …

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Dream Theater announce UK leg of monumental European tour

Roadrunner Records’ group Dream Theater have announced details of the U.K. leg of their monumental European headline tour. The trek, which gets underway January 30th in Rome, visits the U.K. between April 18th-23rd, 2017, and will see the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone gold-certified album, “Images & Words”. Each performance …

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Alice Cooper announces UK headline tour for 2017

Let’s face it, 2016 has not been the best of years – turmoil, conflict, rock star deaths, only one Alice Cooper UK show….. So 2017 is already looking up – more Alice, more of the time, in more of the UK with more gore, more fun and more I’m Eighteen, …

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Dropkick Murphys interview, November 2016

I spoke Tim Brennan, guitarist with Dropkick Murphys to talk about their new album – 11 short stories of pain & glory. You’ve got a new album coming out in January, “11 short stories of pain & glory”.  It’s the first album you’ve recorded outside Boston.  What made you decide …

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Ronnie Baker Brooks announces release of ‘Times Have Changed’

Ronnie Baker Brooks, 49, was born in Chicago, and started playing guitar around age six. At 19, he joined his father, Lonnie Brooks who by then had influenced some of the most well-known bluesman of our history: Jimmy Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, and Junior Wells. For 12 years …

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Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch confirm March/April 2017 UK Tour

Birmingham’s award winning 4-piece, Broken Witt Rebels will be touring with Norfolk’s Southern rock band Bad Touch – two of the most exciting new prospects in the UK blues rock music scene embark on a co-headline 13-date UK tour in March and April 2017. Tickets for the tour, priced £14, …

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King King announce April/May 2017 UK tour

King King are pleased to announce a raft of new UK tour dates in April and May 2017. The tour kicks off on Thursday 20th April at The Cube in Corby, Northants. All tickets are priced £20, are on sale on Monday 12th December from www.thegigcartel.com and the 24 Hour …

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Delain – Paradiso, Amsterdam – 10th December 2016

Tonight’s show was a special show from Delain to mark 10 years as a band.  The setting for the show was the beautiful and legendary Paradiso venue in the heart of Amsterdam.  An old church it’s a great venue with two balconies and raised areas near the bar which mean …

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Evil Scarecrow added to the Wacken lineup

Evil Scarecrow have been added to the bill at Wacken Festival for 2017, joining such luminaries as Amon Amarth, Kreator, Trivium, Lacuna Coil, Paradise Lost, Candlemass, Orange Goblin, Europe, Marilyn Manson and many more. Wacken is one of the most renown metal festivals in the world and annually sees a pilgrimage from …

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Black Stone Cherry – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 5th December 2016

Tonight was my first time at Shepherds Bush Empire since it recently reopened following its year-long closure for major repairs.  The occasion was Black Stone Cherry doing a special tour. Rather than having a support act they chose to play two sets, one acoustic and one electric, which sounded like …

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Delain interview – November 2016

I spoke to Charlotte Wessels and Martijn Westerholt from Delain a few hours before they played their headline show at London’s Koko venue. Your latest album, Moonbathers, came out in August.  How has the reaction been from the fans? Martijn: Really bad, nobody liked it.. Charlotte: They said to go …

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Kentucky Headhunters – On Safari

Kentucky headhunters are a band that has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years, first as “Itchy brother” before splitting then reuniting with a new name – The headhunters.  Finding another band with that name led to a quick change to Kentucky headhunters, and thats what …

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Lamb of God – The Duke

Lamb of God’s new EP isn’t just a typical “keep the fans happy till we write a new album” type of EP release, but instead is part of a charity campaign to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The choice of charity is linked to the title track – The …

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The Charm The Fury sign with Nuclear Blast

Amsterdam based metalband THE CHARM THE FURY have signed a record deal with the world’s biggest heavy metal label Nuclear Blast. As the follow-up to their debut album, A Shade Of My Former Self, the band will release a new album in March 2017 through the established rock and metal independent. Be sure …

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KROKUS announce new studio album ‘BIG ROCKS’

Switzerland’s legendary hard rock act KROKUS are back with a brand new studio album – ‘BIG ROCKS’ is penned for a January 27th 2017 release via Century Media Records. On ‘BIG ROCKS’ KROKUS are paying tribute to bands and artists like Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, Steppenwolf, Neil Young, Bob …

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TRIVIUM release ‘Lake Of Fire’

TRIVIUM have shared ‘Lake of Fire’, the third and final instant grat track from their forthcoming reissue of Ember To Inferno, out December 2 via Cooking Vinyl. Listen to “Lake of Fire” here. “‘The Red Album’ is the best recorded version of the absolute earliest Trivium there is,” said singer and guitarist Matt Heafy. “‘Thrust’ was the very first Trivium …

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