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Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.

Amplified 2019 gutiar competition

In 2009 Lawnmower Deth appeared for the first time at Download Festival, 10 years later and they’re playing at Amplified Festival for the first time. Kevin “KEV” Papworth, legendary guitarist and former member of Amplified Alumi Acid Reign, as well as, the aforementioned Lawnmower Deth, donated a guitar to a member of …

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Beth Hart – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

In May this year, Beth Hart performed at the Royal Albert Hall in front of a capacity crowd. It was a superb show, lasting two hours and with Beth Hart in superb form. Now the show is being released on CD, Vinyl, DVD, BluRay and digital formats. For this review …

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Amplified festival 2019 announcement

After an arduous trip with cancelled shows due to unreleased visas, Ukraine’s JINJER gave arguably one of the strongest performances of the entire weekend here at Gloucestershire’s Amplified Festival. You guys wanted them back so here they are in 2019 headlining the Red Stripe Main Stage Friday July 19th …their FIRST EVER UK Festival Headline! With numerous line-up changes …

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Amaranthe – Helix

Amaranthe have just released their fifth album – Helix. When they first started it was a definite shock to many – a band daring to combine death metal with pop – think of it as Arch Enemy meets Abba. It’s an unlikely formula but as they’ve proved consistently over the …

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Jimmy eat world announce UK headline shows

Jimmy Eat World have announced they will play two headline shows as part of their 2019 UK tour. In addition to previously announced shows as special guests to Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Jimmy Eat World will also headline Nottingham Rock City on Wednesday 23rd January and Newcastle O2 …

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Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the blues alive at sea announces first mediterranean cruise

Following four successful Caribbean voyages—and a fifth sold out for early 2019—Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa, and Sixthman, in partnership with AEG Presents, are proud to present Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean, sailing August 16-21, 2019, from Barcelona, Spain to the idyllic ports of call of …

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Bad Wolves hit Diamond sales status in Europe for Zombie

US metal band Bad Wolves 2018 cover of The Cranberries’ hit single ‘Zombie’ has been awarded Diamond Status in Europe by IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) with over 200,000 sales in Europe. Taken from Bad Wolves Debut album ‘Disobey’, the break out rock album of 2018, ‘Zombie’ has been #1 …

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Download festival announce 2019 headliners

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event has announced Def Leppard, Slipknot, and Tool, as its 2019 headliners, plus SEVENTEEN of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, pop punk, hardcore and metal. The three-day festival takes place on 14 – 16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock …

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Bloodstock Announces 2019 Sunday Night Headliner

BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce their second headliner for 2019!  Closing out the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday 11th August will be German rock legends, SCORPIONS!   The band are excited to visit Catton Park for the very first time, telling us  “We are very happy and proud to …

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MaYaN interview, October 2018

Following the release of the band’s new album, Dhyana, and their album launch shows we asked Mark Jansen and Frank Schiphorst some questions.. Mark & Frank :) Thank you for the interview! Who does the song writing in MaYaN – are you the sole songwriters in MaYaN or are there …

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Glenn Hughes – Electric Ballroom, London – 15th October 2018

Tonight’s gig was relocated from Koko due to the venue closing for urgent structural repairs, and this meant the venue was rather crowded – and hotter than hell with at least one fan collapsing in the heat. First up tonight was Laurence Jones. Wearing a suit he looked far too …

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Seven Hells – Prologue

Leicester band Seven Hells formed in late 2016. They’ve been working hard since then and recently released their debut EP, Prologue, and have plans to release their debut album in 2019. They won the Leicester final of the Metal 2 the masses competition and as a result played Bloodstock festival …

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Erja Lyytinen releases new single ‘Another World’

To dovetail her upcoming UK tour that kicks off on Tuesday November 6th at London’s Borderline, European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen is pleased to announce the Friday 5th October release of her new single “Another World”. Self-released on Erja’s own label, Tuohi Records, it’s the second single, following “Without …

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Blackberry Smoke Bassist Goes Fishing For Orange Amplification Terror Bass

Strap on a life jacket and prepare for the angling trip of a lifetime as Richard Turner (Blackberry Smoke) hooks himself the biggest fish of all, the fabled Orange Amplification Terror Bass! This renowned bassist features in the latest ‘Lure & Savior’ adventure embarking on the dirty mission of catching …

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Anneke van Giersbergen launches live orchestral version of ‘Your Glorious Light Will Shine – Helsinki’

In May 2018, Anneke van Giersbergen performed two career-spanning concerts with orchestral arrangements together with Residentie Orkest The Hague. Now those special concerts will be available for all to hear when they are released as ‘Symphonized’, an 11-track live album due out on the 16th November 2018. Now she is …

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Liv Sin enters studio to begin work on second album

Swedish heavy metal band Liv Sin, featuring former Sister Sin vocalist Liv Jagrell, has entered the studio to record the follow up to their 2017 debut album ”Follow Me”. For the upcoming second album the Swedish quintet has chosen to record with producer Emil Nödtveidt (Deathstars) in Black Syndicate studio. …

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Anthrax – State of Euphoria (30th anniversary edition)

When you remember buying an album when it came out, being asked to review the 30th anniversary edition tends to make you feel old. Surely it can’t be 30 years since this classic album came out? Sadly it’s true, so lets have a look what’s involved in this anniversary edition. …

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Aonia – The Seven

It’s hard to believe, but “The seven” is actually the debut album from Aonia. The band have released EPs in the past (“Sunchaser” and “City of shadows”), dating back to 2011 and 2014, but until now have not released a full length album. It’s certainly a big year for them …

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JOANovARC release “Girls Wanna Rock” video

JOANovARC will release their new passionate, soulful and powerful self-titled album ‘JOANovARC’ through Pledge Music/ Holier Than Thou Records on Friday 15th February 2019. The first single “Girls Wanna Rock” will be released on Friday 19th October 2018. The new album follows JOANovARC’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Ride of Your …

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Bloodstock announce six bands as an early Halloween treat!

As Halloween creeps up, BLOODSTOCK has prepared an early treat and announced six new bands to join their previously announced Friday night headliner, SABATON on the 2019 bill at Catton Park. CHILDREN OF BODOM land a Friday spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage in a UK exclusive.  The …

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