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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

AC/DC HAMMERSMITH LONDON 06/05/11 (GIG)

There aren’t many Rock bands in the world that can stage a World Premiere DVD launch with no promise of a live set and get away with it but not only do AC/DC do that but they still manage to command a 2000 strong crowd outside to cheer them into …

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Delain – Cathouse Glasgow – 01/05/2011 (Gig)

Female fronted Dutch symphonic rockers ‘Delain’ delivered a powerful performance Glasgows’ iconic venue, The Cathouse. Compared to Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil, Delain are one of the newest talents to emerge into the symphonic music scene and do well with the mixture of classical vocals contrasting with heavy guitar riffs …

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Rock For Funds – Ivory Blacks Glasgow – 01/05/2011 (Gig)

Rock For Funds was set up to raise much needed funds for Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. There were 2 different venues being used Pivo Pivo and Ivory Blacks. The main event featuring 12 bands was at Ivory Blacks hosted by Rock Radio’s Father Ted. For further information regarding the event …

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Ginger – Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff – 02/05/2011 (Gig)

Ginger Live At Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff Jackdaw 4  Jackdaw 4 is a pop rock but for this tour it’s only Willie Dowling and John Steel as it’s an acoustic tour. Saying that, due to both being full of the lurg, they have brought in Givvi Flynn for the …

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15 Times Dead – Ivory Blacks Glasgow – 30/04/2011 (Gig)

15 Times Dead along with Dirty Rose should have been supporting Blaze Bayley tonight however since Blaze postponed the tour both bands went ahead and arranged the gig instead of letting their fans down. The night started off with a local cover band Jamie Barnes and Cochise. Unfortunately we missed …

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Extreme Overload Part II – Milkwood Jam Swansea – 30/04/2011 (Gig)

Extreme Overload Part II This is only the second time I’ve been to this venue since it changed from an illegal all night drinking club (before they had 24 hour licences). It’s fairly small but it has a good PA system. They are usually known for their blues and open …

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Winterfylleth Live – The Liverpool Masque – 12/04/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Winterfylleth. Having the unenviable task of opening up tonight’s proceedings are Huddersfield based black metalers Sanhedrin. Fresh from the launch of their debut album Salvation Under Sin (available from their website), they set about playing a dark, symphonic inspired set which was well received by …

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Aeon – Brixton Mass – 25/04/2011 (Gig)

After chatting to the lads prior to their set and finding out Tommy, the vocalist had not long been to the doctor with some form of polyps on his vocal chords, that were causing him horrible pain, I wasnt expecting the best of performances. Luckily I was wrong. The guys …

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Putrefy – The Liverpool Masque – 06/04/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Putrefy Opening up the show are Xenophobic Misogynist. Whenever one man appears on stage on his own (minus a band) armed only with a guitar and an Ipod you cant help but wonder what the fcuk is going on…. It takes guts to do some …

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Michael Monroe – The Garage Glasgow -15/04/2011 (Gig)

I have never experienced Mr M live before so tonight I was looking forward to seeing him along with his current band members Wildhearts frontman Ginger, ex-New York Doll Steve Conte on guitar, former Hanoi Rocks bass player Sam Yaffa and drummer Karl Rosqvist. I had heard great reports from …

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Magnum – The Garage Glasgow – 13/04/2011 (Gig)

Magnum are currently touring to promote their new album “The Visitation“. I went to see them on the 2nd night of the tour and was happily surprised with just how great they performed live as I’m not the biggest Magnum fan however they won me over tonight! The support was …

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Saxon – ABC Glasgow – 14/04/2011 (Gig)

Just to be a bit different, reviews of Fury UK & Wolfsbane sets were done at the Manchester gig. They will be posted soon. I got to review the Scottish Saxon set. After a great set from Fury UK and a wickedly wild one from Wolfsbane. Wolfsbane had whipped the …

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Children of Bodom – ABC Glasgow – 03/04/2011 (Gig)

Finnish Metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM recently came to the shores of Glasgow as part of the Ugly World UK Tour with support from Machinae Supremacey, Ensiferum and Viking Gods AMON AMARTH…Oden hear my cry! The main support on the night came from Amon Amarth who are also touring a newly …

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Paradise Lost – HMV Forum – 01/04/2011 (Gig)

Draconian Times a defining album for Paradise Lost & one of my favourite albums. So when it was announced there was a one off UK date in London & Draconian Times been played in its entirety I knew that I would have to go. Ghost was the only support act …

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Hammerfest 3 – 2011 (Festival)

Welcome to this the third instalment of the UK’s fastest growing rock and metal festival. Thursday Thursday night means one thing only rock party time!!! The night kicks in the Vic with Dirty Rose. Hailing from Glasgow, this up and coming three peace rock band kicks off the weekend in …

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Yardbirds – M2TM – 27.03.2011 Heat Winners

Yardbirds Rock Club’s edition of Metal 2 The Masses First up was Aeonia, a Worksop based band. Obviously been around some time playing mythology based songs, The female fronted band play very well and the high notes sung strongly and accurately. Look out for Aeonia on the circuit. Next up …

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Cerebral Bore – The Purple Turtle – 27/03/2011 (Gig)

Where? – Sonic Obliteration Fest, Purple Turtle, Camden, London. Jesus christ WHAT? female? nooooooowaitouch! YES !moshmoshMOSH!  That was what my brain did when I encountered Cerebral Bore. You may already know what they are about.I didn’t. What can I say. The name makes you think ‘macho’, moshpit, throw beer, knock …

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Sonata Arctica Millennium Music Hall Cardiff 23/03/2011

Sonata Arctica Millennium Music Hall Cardiff 23/3/11 Support: Triosphere And Labyrinth This was my first time at this venue and it is a good one. The room has good sound and you can see the stage from just about anywhere. Triosphere Unfortunately due to problems with my pass I missed …

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Watain – The Liverpool Masque – 09/03/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Watain. Opening up the show are French black metalers Aosoth. Prior to tonight’s performance rumours were sweeping the internet like wildfire, saying that Aosoth had pulled out, that they had cancelled tonight’s show. They were wrong! Opening song Rebirth by Fire sets the scene for …

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M2TM – Yardbirds – Grimsby

Yes it is that time again where Yardbirds Rock Club once again plays host to another heat of Metal 2 the Masses. This time four bands battle it out vying to win a slot on a sacred stage at Bloodstock Open Air metal festival. When: Sunday, 27th March , 6pm …

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