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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...

Stone Free Festival 2018 – Saturday

Gates are open for the third annual Stone Free Festival in the O2 and the line-up for the first day of the weekend in the main arena seems pure...

Download 2018 – Sunday

Starcrawler kicked the proceedings on second stage at Downoad off with a set where the attention was clearly focussed on their painfully thin singer Arrow de Wilde. I suspect...

Download 2018 – Saturday

Saturday didn’t start well for me. After getting the bus from Derby, it was time to get the shuttle bus round to the guest and media entrance. Sadly security...

Roger Waters – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam – 22nd June 2018

Roger Waters is currently on his “Us and them” tour which started last year and is now making it’s way through Europe including four nights here at the 17,000...
Takeaway Thieves

Takeaway Thieves – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, June 16th 2018 (acoustic set)

You know when you see a band for the first time and you know they have the X factor? Well the Takeaway Thieves have the whole alphabet and enough...

Download 2018 – Friday

After some overnight rain, the forecast for the day (and indeed the entire weekend) was for dry weather. Knowing I'd be at Download festival though I had my waterproofs...
Dave Wyndhorf - Monster Magnet

Monster Magnet – Gorilla, Manchester: 31st May 2018

A very hot, very close day in Manchester led into a very hot and close evening at the sold out Gorilla when Monster Magnet came to play! Bang on time...

FM – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 18th May 2018

Friday night in London, and there is nothing better to do than heading to enjoy two of the world’s greatest AOR bands, FM and Dare, joining forces to start...

Sky Valley Mistress – Percy’s, Whitchurch, 25/05/2018

Jamming jamming jamming! Sky Valley Mistress jammed more than Hartley's during their seventeen song marathon set at Percy's last night. A little gem of a venue with corrugated iron...

Danny Bryant – Islington academy 2, London – 9th May 2018

First up was Steve Hill - a one man blues rock act. He really has to be seen to be believed - he not only sings and plays guitar,...

Speaker First – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester: 8th May 2018

If you said Indonesian music to me my first thought would have been the Gamelan, it's not a country I really associate with rock music. A fortnight ago I...

Joe Satriani’s G3 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 30th April 2018

Tonight was the final night of the G3 tour which has played around 70 dates in the US and UK. It's a celebration of the electric guitar, so as...

Leaves’ Eyes – The Dome, London – 28th April 2018

Almanac were up first. They're slightly unusual in that while having one male vocalist and one female vocalist isn't that strange these days, the way they work is. Rather...

Beth Hart – Corn Exchange, Cambridge – 24th April 2018

Support on Beth hart's current tour comes from The Kris Barras band. I've seen Kris Barras and his band play an electric set before, but tonight is my first...