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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 of Catton Hall. First band up at the eye rubbingly time of 10.30am on the New Blood Stage were Dumfries based …

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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 meeting up with friends that you havent seen for a while (often since the last Bloodstock). Even before the bands start, …

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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, but a collective of musicians assembled, only five years ago, by David Lowy and Jon Stevens. The Antipodean Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller? As …

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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 Maiden fans for hours before the doors opened with some bars running out of Trooper. The ticketless entry seemed to work …

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

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, as they travelled far and wide to support one of the best British/American rock bands.  Black Star Riders feature former members …

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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 performer, this was clearly a popular substitution among Levellers fans. I’d heard plenty of good things about Gaz Brookfield from friends …

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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 always had other arrangements in place. I hadn’t actually intended to go but plans change, so the day before the gig …

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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 some entertainment, and whilst the fans endure the heat of the place some chants emerge from the back audience in reference …

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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 first band I caught today was The Last Internationale, opening the main stage. They’re a band I didn’t know much …

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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 because they were the only band on, or because being in a tent meant they attracted people seeking shade. No, they …

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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 a fairly small crowd. Since then he’s toured with Beth Hart and gained a load of fans in the process, and …

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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. It’s a real shame as anyone who didnt attend missed a great night. The night kicked off with Pat dam Smyth, …

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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 seems crazy, but it’s testament to the strength of tonight’s bill. Personally as I prefer them musically to The Darkness …

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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 bands playing again in the Indigo, The Orange Amps Stage and All Bar One in the O2, with almost 12 hours …

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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 lush. For people who wanted to enjoy a whole day of live music, the O2 offered three different stages during the …

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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 it’s mainly an act as she staggers around and generally comes across like she’s off her head on drugs. She chokes …

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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 decided to stop and thoroughly search every vehicle entering the guest car park and that resulted in 2 mile queues causing …

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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 capacity Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. On this tour there is no support, just Roger Waters and his band doing two sets …

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

Takeaway Thieves

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 letters left for the Countdown conundrum! This Saturday lunchtime acoustic set recorded for a future CD release at the Waterloo Music …

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