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The Pat McManus Band – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 30 January 2016

Pat McManus gigs are always special.  So much so that many people go that extra little bit further to sit at the feet of the man affectionately known for a little more three decades now as ‘The Professor’ and bask in his talent.  On this occasion, your PlanetMosh team thought …

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Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland – Heat One Overview

It’s funny how little phrases stick with you… I remember spending many early Saturday evenings in my youth sat in front of my grandmother’s television, watching a bunch of grown men and women, who really should have known better, running round huge inflatable obstacle courses while other, invariably bigger, grown …

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Ramblin’ Man Fair adds more acts

Sebastian Bach, The Cadillac Three, Ginger Baker’s Airforce 3, Purson, The Kentucky Headhunters, Headspace, Inglorious and The Zombies are the latest acts to be confirmed for this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair. They join headliners Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry, as well as Thin Lizzy, Airbourne, Europe, Ginger Wildheart, The Graveltones, Procol …

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Lords Of Black show they’re ‘Everything You’re Not’

Lords Of Black have released a video for ‘Everything You’re Not’, the first song to be taken from their forthcoming new album, ‘II’. Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero will be fronting Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow on their forthcoming dates, which include a sold-out show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on 25 …

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Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland – Heat One Preview

The Northern Ireland leg of the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition – which, for those of you unfamiliar with the concept, offers an unsigned band the opportunity to play at Bloodstock – kicks into action this coming Saturday (30 January). The first gladiators to enter the arena that will …

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(the) Melvins to headline Temples festival

(the) Melvins are the first headline act to be confirmed for this year’s Temples Festival, which takes place at Motion in Bristol from 2 – 5 June. They will headline the Saturday night (4 June). They join a line up that already features Acid King, ACxDC, All Pigs Must Die, …

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Blues Pills among latest additions to Steelhouse Festival line up

Steelhouse Festival has added Blues Pills, Fastway and Hey! Hello! to this year’s line up. They join The Darkness, who headline the Sunday evening, Von Hertzen Brothers, Vega and Hand Of Dimes. Steelhouse takes place at Hafod-Y-Dafal, just outside Ebbw Vale, in south Wales on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 …

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Resurrection Kings – ‘Resurrection Kings’

Following his nigh on disastrous live return to the UK last October, with the complete shambles that was “Giuffria” at Rockingham this past October, former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy once more re-enters the rock ‘n’ roll arena with Resurrection Kings – a project that sees him teaming up with one …

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Nordic Union – ‘Nordic Union’

Nordic Union is a project which does exactly what its name suggests, bringing together two generations of the Scandinavian melodic hard rock scene – in the form of Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins and uber upstart workaholic Eric Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T/Age Sten Nilsen’s Ammunition). It’s a pairing brought together by Frontiers …

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Ricky Warwick – PlanetMosh Exclusive

Northern Ireland-born Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick certainly believes in keeping busy.  In 2015 he released no less than three PledgeMusic-funded solo albums, and toured virtually non-stop in support of BSR’s own second album, ‘The Killer Instinct’.  In between this, he also undertook a UK tour with band mate, …

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Wizz Wizzard release free single

Belgian classic metal band Wizz Wizzard have released a free single, Wonders Of The World’, taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Where The River Runs Cold’. ‘Wonders Of The World’ is a full metal version of a song originally released on the acoustic album ‘Restless’ by Chris Appleton (Absolva / …

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Blazefest VI tickets now on sale

Tickets are now available for Blazefest, the annual get together by the Northern Ireland rock and metal community to raise funds for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The sixth instalment of Blazefest, for which PlanetMosh once again is an official media partner takes place at the Empire Music …

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Ricky Warwick – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 2 January 2016

A little more than three months after he last graced this same stage – then accompanied by his Black Star Riders bandmate Damon Johnson – Ricky Warwick returned to one of his favourite haunts for this special New Year show.  In fact, Warwick had forsaken the somewhat sunnier climes of …

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The Answer – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 19 December 2015

Some people would go to any lengths for a great party… and, by this, I don’t just mean those of us who regularly board the Beer Bus for the regular trips to the best little rock club in the country:  no, I mean some of the determined folk who have …

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Bloodstock to hold M2TM video competition again in 2016

Bloodstock has confirmed that its sponsors, Hobgoblin, are once again hosting the ‘Metal 2 The Masses Video Upload’ competition for 2016, offering unsigned and DIY bands a chance to play on the festival’s hugely popular Newblood Stage. In addition to local M2TM heats across the British Isles (and beyond), bands can …

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The Darkness to headline Steelhouse Festival

The Darkness will headline the Steelhouse Festival on Sunday July 24. They are joined in the first tranche of bands to be confirmed by Von Hertzen Brothers and Hand Of Dimes.  Other acts will be announced over the coming weeks. However, fans will have to wait until February 20 for …

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Last In Line and Talisman to headline Frontiers Rock Festival

Last In Line and Talisman have been confirmed as the headliners for the third annual Frontiers Rock Festival, which takes place in Trezzo Sull’Adda, outside Milan, on April 23/24. Last In Line – featuring original Dio members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain, plus vocalist Andrew Freeman – follow …

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Fireland re-issue remastered debut album

Resurrected Northern Ireland power metal combo Fireland are to issue a new version of their self-titled debut album. Originally released in 2008, ‘Fireland’ has been remixed and remastered by band founder and guitarist Steve Moore, best known in more recent years for his work with Stormzone.  The new version of the album …

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Trucker Diablo – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock City – 12 December 2015

It’s two weeks before Christmas, and the dreaded party season is in full swing.  Bars in the centre of Belfast – in common with those in most towns and cities – are filled with what in these parts refer, rather disdainfully, to as “oncers”:  those people who only get out …

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Black Stone Cherry confirmed as second Ramblin’ Man Fair headliner

Black Stone Cherry have been confirmed as the second headliners for the Ramblin’ Man Fair, on Sunday 24 July.  Whitesnake have already been confirmed to headline the Saturday night. Also confirmed for the main stage on the Sunday are Aussie rockers Airbourne and power rock ‘n’ roll duo The Graveltones. …

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