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...

Wayward Sons, Sheffield Academy 20th April 2018

On a  rare hot evening in April, what do you do? Yup, head off to a packed venue and check out the hype that is ‘Wayward Sons’  with  their...

Primordial – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 16th April 2018

When a tour contains two of the biggest band names in the metal scene, you know it’s going to be good. Primordial and Moonsorrow teamed up for the Heathens...

Testament – Koko, London – 4th April 2018

Tonight's gig was set to be a good one - not only were Testament headlining Koko, but they had Vader and Annihilator on the bill too, so it's no...

The Dead Daisies – Koko, London – 10th April 2018

First up tonight were The Amorettes. I've seen this all-female trio before and enjoyed their sets, but tonight was rather different - they've really lifted their performance a lot...

Black Aces and The Quireboys, The Picturedrome, 7th April 2018

Tonight, rock n roll was well and truly alive in the picturesque village of Holmfirth.  The Quireboys, currently touring their latest album ‘’White Trash Blues’’ have brought with them Australian rockers...

Epica – Rock city, Nottingham – 6th April 2018

Tonight's gig had an early start (normal for a Friday or saturday night at Rock city and many other venues these days), and with three bands on the bill...