Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!

KING DIAMOND: Re-issues Now Available via Metal Blade

King Diamond Reissues

On June 15th, KING DIAMOND will release LP re-issues of the classic albums ‘Conspiracy’, ‘The Dark Sides’, and ‘The Eye’ via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be purchased now at: metalblade.com/kingdiamond “You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, …

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LIK Enters Official German Album Charts With Their New Album ‘Carnage’!


To everyone´s surprise, Stockholm Death Metallers LIK have just entered the official German album charts on position 78! Congrats on that! Comments LIK: “We all felt very humbled and happy when this news reached us. But most important is that this means one thing, death metal á la old school …

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REDEMPTION Reveals Details for New Album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’


On July 27th, REDEMPTION will release their seventh full-length album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day‘ – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). For a preview of ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day‘, the single ‘Little Men’ can be heard now at: metalblade.com/redemption – where the record can also be pre-ordered …

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Beechwood Announce New Album ‘Inside the Flesh Hotel’


NYC PSYCH/POP/GLAM BAND BEECHWOOD OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE NEW LP INSIDE THE FLESH HOTEL DUE OUT JUNE 8 ON ALIVE NATURALSOUND SHARE NEW SINGLES AT BANDSINTOWN & NEW NOISE MAGAZINE NYC psych/pop/glam band, Beechwood, have officially announced their new LP, Inside the Flesh Hotel, due out June 8th on Alive Naturalsound. The …

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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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Speaker First, Interview: 8th May 2018

Speaker First

Louise Swift chatted to Indonesian Rock Band, Speaker First, after their show at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester on 8th May! An introduction to the band, if you’ve not heard of them before find out a bit more here: – You can read our review of the gig here

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SLAYER Announce Their Final UK Tour


SLAYER ANNOUNCE FINAL UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2018 TOUR KICKS OFF IN DUBLIN ON 1ST NOVEMBER ​Having made some of the most brutally aggressive music ever created, being one of four bands that defined an entire musical genre and the band other heavy acts are measured against …

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Janet Gardner of Vixen Launches UK Mini Tour in May

Janet Gardner of Vixen

Janet Gardner, best known as the lead vocalist of the legendary all-female rock group Vixen, has just announced a string of UK dates in support of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut solo album. “It was definitely time for me to get back to the UK,” states Janet. “We’ve gotten a …

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Vambo To Release New Single ‘Why Why Why’ on 15th June


Vambo release their new single  ‘Why Why Why’ on 15th June, on Goliath Records a new rock label via Universal, to celebrate their inclusion on the Stone Free Festival on 17th June. Why Why Why musically is an ambitious, explosion of anthemic goodness, juxtaposed with some dark lyrics. Vambo‘s classy and original rock ‘n’ roll that will grip the …

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INDYA Release ‘Tha Final Line’ Music Video


UK Glam Rock/Metal band, INDYA, have released a new music video for ‘Tha Final Line‘ feat. Johnny Doom of Kerrang! Radio. The song is taken from the new album ‘Rebel Music‘, to be out in the summer of 2018 via HOLIER THAN THOU RECORDS. The video can be viewed here: The video was filmed in …

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Iron Maiden & Robinsons Brewery’s Trooper Beer celebrates its fifth birthday

Bruce Dickinson

TROOPER BEER, the award winning collaboration between Stockport-based ROBINSONS BREWERY and British music icons IRON MAIDEN, celebrates it’s 5th Birthday today, Wednesday 9th May 2018. Since its launch in 2013, the 4.7% ABV Premium British Beer has sold over 20 million pints, firmly establishing itself as a top 40 UK beer brand, whilst becoming a leading player …

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GIOELI-CASTRONOVO – ‘Set The World On Fire’ : Debut Album Out 13.07.18

Gioeli Castronovo

GIOELI-CASTRONOVO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE’ debut album out 13.07.18 via Frontiers CD / LP / digital ALBUM PRE-ORDER LINK http://radi.al/SetTheWorldOnFire VIDEO FOR ‘THROUGH’ Johnny Gioeli and Deen Castronovo first played together on the debut album by Hardline, ‘Double Eclipse’, which was released in 1992. A quarter of a century later, the two were reunited in Italy to commence work …

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The Amorettes – Born To Break

The Amorettes - Born to Break

Scottish three piece powerhouse, The Amorettes, released their fourth studio album Born To Break on 6th April 2018 via SPV/Steamhammer. Born To Break was produced by Luke Morley (Thunder) and recorded and mixed by Nick Brine. Talented front woman and guitarist Gill Montgomery penned all the lyrics, although she co-wrote Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll with Ricky …

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Brothers Osborne Announce November/December UK Headline Tour

Brothers Osborne


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Hightown Parade – New Single “Silhouette” Out On May 25th

Following the success of debut single release “Choose” in November 2017 (which spent 10 weeks on the Planet Rock playlist), Brighton based Hightown Parade are set to release follow up single “Silhouette”. Presenting the positive theme of self belief outweighing and counteracting self hate, “Silhouette” is 3 minutes of instantly …

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MC50 Announce ‘Kick Out The Jams’ UK Tour

MC50 Kick Out The Jams Tour 2018

MC50 Announce Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour Throughout Europe and United Kingdom All-Star Group Features MC5 Founder Wayne Kramer Joined by Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), dUg Pinnick (King’s X), Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla),  Don Was (Was Not Was) and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam) Today, Wayne Kramer, leader …

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67 Kung-Fu Eskimos – Return of the Magnificent 67 …. Back From Hells Igloo

Manchester based 67 Kung-Fu Eskimos’ latest EP  Return of the Magnificent 67 …. Back From Hells Igloo is the follow up to their debut EP Suitable for Microwaves which was released over twenty years ago, you can read about why it’s taken them so long to record their second offering here. …

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Alice In Chains Release New Single ‘The One You Know’

Alice in Chains

ALICE IN CHAINS (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall) have released ‘The One You Know’, their first new track in five years – click HERE to listen/purchase watch the Adam Mason -directed video: – ‘The One You Know’ is the first track from the band’s upcoming album …

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Lord Of The Lost Release Official Video for “On This Rock I Will Build My Church”

Lord Of The Lost

LORD OF THE LOST have just released the official video for their new song “On This Rock I Will Build My Church”. The song is taken from the new album THORNSTAR which will be published on August 3rd via Napalm Records. Class Grenayde comments on the song: “On This Rock …

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Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival – Sunday 14th October

Clitheroe Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival Sunday 14th October 2018 With a warm welcome at The Grand….. Corky Laing The legendary Mountain drummer, songwriter, singer, raconteur from Montreal Canada…Returns to the UK with his band on his “70th Birthday Celebration Tour” We are delighted that one of his seven shows is at this festival… Corky Laing – still gets a kick from rehearsing daily …

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