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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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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 walls and roof providing great acoustics for the seismic music the band create. Forget Marvels Fantastic Four, these are the real …

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Airbourne – O2 Ritz, Manchester: 26th November 2016

On a frosty winter’s day in Manchester, three bands from three different continents Europe, North America and Australia descended upon the O2 Ritz for a sell-out show. First up at 6:20 pm, and a little too early for many revellers, came ‘all girl garage group’ The Franklys, although they’re based …

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Reading Festival, 2016 – PlanetMosh Review

When one thinks of ‘PlanetMosh’, Reading Festival is not always the pinnacle event that may spring to mind – but surprisingly, Reading and Leeds have diversified more and more into our alternative subculture, making the idea of spending August bank holiday weekend in a field surrounded by citizens of the …

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Soilwork – Death Resonance

Death Resonance from Soilwork is a collection of tracks that probably should not work but does in a kind of strange way.  Two new offerings, Helsinki and Death Resonance, along with 13 rare, previously unreleased and remixed tracks gives us an opportunity to hear how the Soilwork sound has progressed over the years. Normally you may wonder as …

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Headless Kross – Belfast, Voodoo – 30 July 2016

For Glaswegian doom mongers Headless Kross, their annual trips to the island of Ireland have become something of a pilgrimage. This evening their latest visit is well-rewarded, as, despite the gig’s early hour, Voodoo’s intimate upstairs club is rammed almost to capacity with those who enjoy their rock at the …

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Rabid Bitch Of The North/Risen Prophecy – Belfast, Voodoo – 28 July 2016

The first leg of the ‘Rabies Is Rising’ tour, featuring Northern Ireland’s Rabid Bitch Of The North and Sunderland classic metallers Risen Prophecy, had battered its way through Scotland and the north of England at the beginning of the month. Now, as July prepares to fade into oblivion, the English …

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Steelhouse Festival – Hafod-y-Dafal, Ebbw Vale – 24 July 2016

The second day of Steelhouse dawned with an incessant mizzle in the air.  Not the sort of torrential downpour which had turned the mountain top site into a quagmire last year, but a constant enough drizzle to make itself known it was there, and at times annoying in its persistence. …

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Steelhouse Festival – Hafod-y-Dafal, Ebbw Vale – 23 July 2016

The weather can invariably play an important role in the enjoyment of a festival – just look at the experiences of many at this year’s Drownload!  The first day of last year’s Steelhouse had been preceded by one of torrential rain, meaning that the mountain top site was already a …

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The Dead Daisies – Limelight 1, Belfast – 21 July 2016

It’s not every day that you see history made, but tonight it happened.  While it may not have been a record-breaking number of appearances at the venue, The Dead Daisies bassist Marco Mendoza became the first artist to take to this hallowed stage on four separate occasions with four different …

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Tremonti – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 14 June 2016

Gigs staged in the shadow of a festival often can be hit and miss affairs.  And with a lot of the Northern Ireland metallians returning from D(r)ownload turning left virtually as soon as they docked and heading straight down the motorway to Dublin for Slayer and Anthrax, you could have …

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The Answer – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 3 June 2016

Time is relative.  For some, it passes slowly and as inexorably as the tides lap against a shore.  For others, it speeds past like a bullet from a gun, bearing down on its inevitable end.  For Northern Ireland’s hardest working hard rockers, The Answer, the past decade has been something …

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Corrosion Of Conformity – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 1 May 2016

The island of Ireland holds a special place in the collective hearts of the members of Corrosion Of Conformity.  Although the classic line up of Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin had got their act back together a few months previously, and played their first live show …

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Cradle Of Filth – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 14 March 2016

It’s a Monday night in Belfast and the legions are gathering, their faces painted black and white and their armour made of leather and/or PVC.  Which can mean only one thing:  Cradle Of Filth have returned to the city after a 15-year gap, on the final night of their latest …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli – 12 March 2016

Saturday morning at Camp Hard Rock Hell dawned crisp and bright, with the day going on to prove to be warmest of the weekend.  And so, as the sun made its first appearance, and after a morning of hanging around the press area waiting on bands not turning up for …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli – 11 March 2016

Thanks to a mizzle which had blown in from the Irish Sea overnight, the first full day at Camp Hard Rock Hell dawns damp underfoot, as the faithful thousands wake from their late slumbers and prepare for the entertainment coming their way across the three stages. Having travelled from about …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli – 10 March 2016

Despite its remote location – in the crook of north Wales’ Llŷn Peninsula, between Snowdonia and the Irish Sea – Hard Rock Hell is undoubtedly one of the UK’s favourite festivals, often booking out a year in advance… and even before a single band is announced!  That was evinced yet …

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The Quireboys – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 11 March 2016

On an unusually mild, bright early Spring evening in our wee neck of the woods off I set to what, according to the poster promises to be a great night of good old fashioned rock n roll.. As the lights go down, the opening band Massive Wagons take to the …

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The Cult – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 6 March 2016

It had been quite some time since yours truly last descended the steps into the hallowed Mandela Hall…  almost exactly 18 months in fact.  And, as I stood outside the chilly Sunday night air awaiting my photographer, I could not help but note the eclectic nature of the hundreds of …

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