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Raven – Boston Music Room, London – 5th September 2018

The autumn gig season of 2018 has already started and after a while, the NWOBHM fathers of Thrash Raven came for a show, on a Wednesday afternoon in north...

Rockwich 2018 – Lostock Club, Northwich, Sunday

Final Rockwich 2018  day and somehow event organisers Mik Matzen and Colesia Price have managed to squeeze thirteen bands into twelve hours! First up was Quiet The Thief at the...

Rockwich 2018 – Lostock Club, Northwich – Saturday

Another year and another fantastic Rockwich Festival returns courtesy of Prometheus Promotions! Two days of fantastic music starting with the Saturday night of acoustic soiree before the full on...

Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 – Sunday

Sunday is always a sad day when it's the last day of Bloodstock so it was the final journey from our hotel in Tamworth (getting too old to sleep...

Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 – Saturday

As the kids TV programme TISWAS used to say, Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile and with another packed day ahead at Bloodstock Open Air Festival, there was loads...

Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 – Friday

My annual deja vu quote of "Another year, another Bloodstock Open Air Festival" returns and 2018 saw a wealth of talent spread along four stages in the beautiful location...

Bloodstock open air festival 2018 – Thursday

Arriving at Bloodstock feels like coming home. I've been coming here for years (this is my tenth Bloodstock), and while the bands are the advertised attraction, it's also about...

The Dead Daisies and The Amorettes – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 27th July 2018

Tonight I headed out to The Picturedrome in Holmfirth as The Dead Daisies brought their Summer Tour 2018 to Yorkshire. The Dead Daisies aren't actually a group, as such,...

Iron Maiden – Genting arena, Birmingham – 7th August 2018

Iron Maiden's Legacy of the beast tour reached Birmingham tonight. It's fair to say fans were excited and ready to party with the bars nearby all full of Iron...

Review, Black Star Riders Heavy Fire Tour at Warehouse23, with support from The Howling...

Black Star Riders (BSR) turned up the heat, bringing their Heavy Fire tour to the city of Wakefield at venue, Warehouse23.  Approximately 900 rock fans sold out the show,...

The Levellers – The Stables, Milton Keynes – 21st July 2018

Tonight's support act was due to be Ginger Wildheart, but as he's currently dealing with some health issues he was replaced by Gaz Brookfield. While Ginger is a great...

North West Calling – O2 Ritz, Manchester: 30th June 2018

This year’s North West Calling, an annual event held at O2 Ritz Manchester, took place on the 30th June. I haven’t been to this prestigious event before, as I’ve...

Myles Kennedy – Stylus, Leeds University – 8th July 2018.

With an ambient lit stage, Leeds Stylus hosts a sold out show for Myles Kennedy in its 1000 capacity venue.  The crowd are packed in and are eager for...

Ramblin Man 2018 – Sunday

Sunday kicked off with more hot sunny weather (quite unusual for Ramblin Man – I think this was the first year where it’s been nice weather the whole weekend). The...

Ramblin Man 2018 – Saturday

Just inside the entrance to the arena was the Rising stage, and the first act on were Those Damn Crows. They’d pulled a large crowd and that wasn’t just...

Toledo Steel and Seven Sisters – Head of Steam, Newcastle – 23rd June 2018

The compass points to the North this weekend and the weather looks glorious for being that far up in the UK. Despite the unbearable heat and the show starting...

The Kris Barras band – Borderline, London – 20th June 2018

What a difference 3 months can make. Exactly three months before this show, Kris Barras played his album launch at Thousand island (upstairs at the Garage) in front of...

Thomas Wynn and the believers – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 27th June 2018

Tonight's gig suffered attendance-wise with it being mid-week and scorching hot sunny weather, meaning people preferred to stay outside rather than heading to a gig in a hot venue....

Hollywood vampires – Arena, Manchester – 17th June 2018

Tonight's gig was a great lineup. The Damned, The Darkness and the Hollywood Vampires. The Damned opened the night. Lets be honest, a band like the Damned as openers? That...

Stone Free Festival 2018 – Sunday

In contrast to the first rock n roll day of Stone Free, the second day was a more prog oriented affair of bands. Along with a wide set of...