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Skindred / Sonic Boom Six / Scare Tactics – O2 Academy, Liverpool – 15-12-18

There’s three things that I’ve fallen in love with during this latest Skindred tour. The venues, Skindred’s set-list and most importantly the exposure of new, raw talented bands. ‘I Saw The World Burn’ and ‘Mr.Shiraz’ are just two bands that have shone for me and tonight we had another. Scare Tactics …

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CKY / Sumo Cyco / Bullets And Octane – Live At O2 Academy 2, Liverpool – 08/12/18

Walking into a venue like the O2 Academy 2 in Liverpool for the very first time tonight made me realise just how lucky we are that certain bands feel the need to play these small, exclusive places in order to be close to their fans. This was definitely the case with …

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Seven More Days – Eleven, Stoke.

Seven More Days stunning debut album Little Dark Pleasures proved to be a big big pleasure when it was released this year. It oozed confidence with ten tracks of hard rock and they played eight from it at Eleven supporting the Scopyons. It was my first time seeing them and …

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Ward XVI – Sophie Lancaster Festival, Rebellion, Manchester


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After touring their debut album The Art Of Manipulation to death, Preston based nutters Ward XVI are taking a hiatus to write new material so this gig was to be their last show of 2018 but not even a disrupted train service full of annoying Manchester United fans and even …

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Sumo Cyco / Scars Of Remembrance / I Saw The World Burn – The Live Rooms, Wrexham – 29/11/18


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Previously known as ‘Central Station’, Wrexham’s Live rooms have seen some pretty decent bands over the years, and this was a mouth watering line-up starting with the superb ‘I Saw The World Burn’. I reviewed their recent support slot with Skindred and had nothing but praise for them, so I was really …

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Skindred – Live At Buckley Tivoli 15/11/18

When a band like Skindred come to town, and when I say ‘town’, I mean literally a five minute drive from my house, it’s an opportunity that would be criminal to miss. I had been looking forward to this one for a long time and had the pleasure of chatting …

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I Saw The World Burn – Buckley Tivoli – 15/11/18

Once in a while a band comes along that just picks you up by the scruff of your neck and carries you away with them on their journey. ‘I Saw The World Burn’ did just that on Thursday night at Buckley’s historic ‘Tivoli’ venue. My primary objectives that night was to …

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Pearl Jam UK – Buckley Tivoli – 10/11/18

I’ve never been one for tribute bands. They’ve never interested me. I used to detest even playing a cover song in one of the many bands I’ve been in over the years. It’s not for me. But I go through waves. I’ll get a crush on a band for a …

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Bad Touch – Eleven, Stoke-on-Trent – 8th November 2018

Another fantastic night at Eleven in Stoke as Bad Touch played their finest set I’ve seen from them over the last five years, supported by Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and Daxx & Roxane making it the best gig I’ve attended so far in 2018. Touring on the back …

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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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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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Monster Magnet – Gorilla, Manchester: 31st May 2018

Dave Wyndhorf - Monster Magnet

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 opening act iPendej0 took to the stage, they’re from Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, but their lyrics are Urban Spanish hence …

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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 had never even heard of the band Speaker First, that was until I got a press release through announcing their debut …

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Aussie Wrecking Crew Tour, The Eagle Inn, Salford – 13th October 2016

The Aussie Wrecking Crew Tour saw Massive, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Black Aces, three bands from the new wave of Australian rock ‘n’ roll heading out on a Eurpoean Tour starting in Berlin, Germany in September and travelling through Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands and today, the last day of this UK …

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StOp, sToP – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton: 1st October 2016

As the season saunters into autumn I found myself at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton for the second time in my life this time to see StOp, sToP a flamboyant three piece originally from Barcelona and Bulgaria and now based, not too far from Wolverhampton, in sunny (sometimes) Birmingham. Opening …

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Warrior Soul – The Barfly, Camden: 3rd June 2016

On the eve of Camden Rocks Festival 2016, Warrior Soul played a show at The Barfly, Camden with support from The Black Bullets and The Main Grains. Warrior Soul and The Main Grains also played Camden Rocks Festival but with 200 bands to see I decided it would make more …

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The Vintage Caravan – Ruby Lounge, Manchester: 27th October 2015

The Vintage Caravan were founded in Iceland in 2006 by singer Óskar Logi and former drummer Guðjón Reynisson, who were only 12 years old at the time. In 2012 they were joined by Alexander Örn on bass and released their second studio album Voyage in their home country, before it …

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Michael Monroe/Hardcore Superstar – Club Academy, Manchester, 12th October 2015

A veritable Smörgåsbord came to Manchester Club Academy last Monday. With Michael Monroe from Finland and his band, which brings together celebrated musicians who have played with such greats as Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Dogs D’Amour and Danzig, to name but a few. I was anticipating some top notch …

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The Quireboys Acoustic – Sheffield Corporation, 8th February 2014

I first saw The Quireboys at Manchester International II in the early nineties. I’ve seen them a couple of times since then, make that around twenty times! Manchester International II has now been demolished and a block of flats stand in it’s place. Since my first gig The Quireboys have …

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