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Knock Out Kaine – Wildside, The Salutation, Nottingham: 7th March 2015

Knock Out Kaine, a four piece Rock band from Lincoln, released their second album ‘Rise of the Electric Jester’ on 2nd March, with an album launch show in their hometown of Lincoln. The first night of their UK tour (see poster and any additional dates here) took place at The Salutation …

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Night ranger – Islington academy, London – 12th March 2015

Tonight’s gig was billed as An evening with Night Ranger, and is the first time they’ve been to the UK to do more than one show – as well as tonight’s gig they are also appearing at the HRH United festival in Pwllheli at the weekend.  Tonight’s gig has no …

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Kamelot – The Button Factory, Dublin – 12/03/2015

It’s the week before St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin and while the last vestiges of winter cling to shackles of the city centre streets the crowd gathered around the corner of the Button Factory seems impervious to the biting cold. Tonight sees the return of the Americo-pean power metal act …

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Trucker Diablo – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 07/03/2015

They say that a week is a long time in politics, but a year is an extremely long time in the music business.  Fans can lose interest in a band who have been quiet for any length of time, never mind a full 12 months:  after all, it could be …

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Rockmantic 3 (Day 2), The Brickyard, Carlisle – 14th February 2015

Valentine’s Day loomed bright but breezy in Carlisle and after a day opening all my cards, erm make that looking round Carlisle Cathedral, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, the market  every charity shop I passed and several fine cafés I’d built up an appetite for Rockmantic 3, Day 2. …

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Wednesday 13 – The Bowery District, Reading – 6th March 2015

Tonight’s gig kicked off with support act Snow White’s Poison Bite.  Even before they start to play, they seem like an obvious choice to support Wednesday 13 as they take to the stage with the faces painted as skulls, so they fit the night’s horror theme.  Once they start to …

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King King – Robin 2, Bilston – 6th March 2015

First up tonight was Laurence Jones, a very young (21 years old) blues guitarist.  I saw him support Joanne Shaw Taylor at her album launch last year and was impressed by his short acoustic set.  Tonight was a ful eletric set and he was accompanied by his producer, Roger Inniss …

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The Quireboys – Chester Live Rooms, 06/03/2015

I last saw the Quireboys in November last year which was a plugged in gig. It was a high energy show as always but their latest UK tour is an acoustic affair minus Dave Mc’ Cluskey on drums and Nick Mailing on bass guitar but the Live Rooms gig last …

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Halestorm, Barrowland Glasgow, 6/3/15

Friday night in Glasgow was miserable, wet, raining and freezing cold, but none of the almost 2000 people who turned up to see Halestorm even noticed with some of them already forming a queue when I arrived at 5pm, two hours before the doors opened.  I was there to interview …

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Hawkwind – O2 ABC, Glasgow – 4th March 2015

A sunny Wednesday in March sees me heading to Glasgow for my annual pilgrimage to witness Hawkwind playing in the O2 ABC, only this one was slightly more special as I was scheduled first to interview the band which can be heard here and also shoot them live. To say …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat 2 – Belfast, Limelight 2 07/03/2015

The second heat of the inaugural Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held in this little corner of the planet we call Mosh promised to be a diverse affair, reflecting the broad church of the local metal scene – and, so it proved to be! Openers Cavehill seem …

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The Cadillac Three, Cathouse Glasgow, 5/3/15.

Back in December when The Cadillac Three were last in the UK I was most upset when I didn’t get the chance to see them, so I was really excited when I got the chance to go along to the Cathouse in Glasgow on Thursday night to finally catch up …

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In this moment – Wulfrun hall, Wolverhampton – 4th March 2015

First up were Starset.  The centre of the stage was taken up by a large glass touchscreen with various audio controls that the singer used.  The band are very striking visually – apart from the singer the rest of the band were in black outfits that looked like lightweight versions …

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The Answer – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 06/03/2015

Hometown gigs, for any band – but especially those who have reached a certain international standing – are always a mixture of anticipation, excitement and nervousness for all concerned, for both the artist and their audience.  Especially more so when the band in question is premiering new material – most …

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Covenant – The Classic Grand, Glasgow – 03/03/2015

Some things come awaited but still unexpectedly. That was happened to me with the Covenant gig in The Classic Grand, Glasgow. With the last minute confirmation I managed to miss the first opening act – Advance but was lucky enough to catch Glaswegian synth pop band Analog Angel and Swedish …

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Fozzy – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 04/03/2015

Sometimes you walk into a gig not really knowing what to expect – and tonight was just one of those occasions.  Mainly because, if I’m honest, I’m not a big fan of bands which could be perceived as “superstar vehicles”, especially as many of them are just that – vanity …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Heat 4 summary & interviews

On Saturday last we roared into the second half of the six heats that would determine this year’s semi –finalists for the Irish chapter of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses franchise. So far this year I have been met with very varied styles of rock and metal and performances …

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