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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.

Download festival announces midfulness programme – Mind the dog

Download Festival, the world’s premiere rock event, has announced that a full mindfulness programme will be implemented in 2019 for the first time. Announced ahead of Mental Health Awareness week next month, the Mind The Dog initiative will run morning, afternoon, and evening sessions where rockers can share a fully …

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Line Up Announcement

CHEAP TRICK (Saturday Planet Rock Main Stage Special Guest) – Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famers are coming to Ramblin’ Man Fair. Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70’s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way …

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Avantasia – Forum, London – 16th April 2019

Tonight’s show was an early start – 7.30pm on stage. That’s not so the band can have an early finish but because they play long sets – almost three and a half hours tonight. That’s a pretty impressive set length and is typical of Tobias Sammet’s whole approach to Avantasia …

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Cellar Darling – Jazz Cafe, London – 31st March 2019

First up tonight were Swiss band Appearance of Nothing. Due to train delays I arrived part of the way through their set. It’s good Prog metal with some great guitar riffs. Toward the end of their set they were joined on stage by Celar Darling’s Anna Murphy who added her …

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Black Stone Cherry unveil emotional ‘My Last Breath’ video

BLACK STONE CHERRY today unveiled their brand new video for ‘My Last Breath’, taken from their current studio album, ‘Family Tree’, out now via Mascot Label Group.  Directed by Mike Rodway, the clip features both the band and their fans sharing their own emotive stories of what they’d personally use …

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Motionless In White announce new album and reveal two new tracks

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE have unveiled details of their new studio album, ‘Disguise’ which is set for release on 7th June (album art / track listing below).  Today the band has shared two new songs from the forthcoming LP, the title track ‘Disguise’ and ‘Brand New Numb,’ which are both available …

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Announce Grooverider Stage Headliner

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful fourth year in 2018, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2019! This year the festival will move back its traditional end of July slot on the 19th, 20thand 21stJuly. MONSTER MAGNET (Grooverider Stage Headliner) –Retro-rock visionaries Monster Magnet have become one of …

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Download Festival reveals Rockfit and the return of Yoga

Download Festival, the UK’s premier rock event has today announced a plethora of extracurricular and extra spectacular rock n’ roll activities and entertainment for fans in The Download Village. Alongside the world’s biggest rock bands; including headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool and the high-flying WWE NXT UK, fans will …

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Eight more bands added to Bloodstock 2019!

Bought your BLOODSTOCK 2019 ticket yet?  We’re more than half way there now; just 19 weekends remain ‘til you can be back with your metal brethren on the hallowed ground of Catton Park. But with more than 80 bands still to announce and a host of other goodies in store …

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Ramblin’ Man Fair Line Up Announcement

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful fourth year in 2018, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2019! This year the festival will move back its traditional end of July slot on the 19th, 20thand 21stJuly. THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (Saturday Main Stage) –Hailing from Scotland and coming off the …

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Machine Head announce 25th Anniversary Burn My Eyes tour

Hell has officially frozen over!!  It is with great excitement that MACHINE HEAD announce the first leg of their 25th Anniversary tour for the band’s classic debut, ‘Burn My Eyes’.  The dates kick off in Germany on October 5th in Freiburg, continue across Europe and the UK, wrapping in Dublin, …

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Snowy White and the white flames – The Situation

British guitarist Snowy White has been a member of Thin Lizzy, woked with Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), been a backing guitarist for Pink Floyd, has toured with Roger Waters as part of his band on “The Wall live” tour, and has been releasing albums regularly since the early 1980s. This …

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Erja Lyytinen and Chantel McGregor – The Stables, Milton Keynes – 20th March 2019

Tonight’s midweek gig featured two great female blues artists – Erja Lyytinen and Chantel McGregor. Both acts were down to play the same length set so it’s more a double-headline show than a normal headline and support show. It’s the only show the two artists are doing together – the …

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Jordan Rudess – Wired for madness

Jordan Rudess is the keyboard player in Dream Theater, a role he’s held for twenty years. He’s also a successful business man having formed a software company in 2010 to create new music tools to run on tablets and computers. Alongside this he’s also a busy solo artist with “Wired …

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Suzi Quatro – No control

To many of us, the name Suzi Quatro is likely to conjure up memories of her playing bass as she sang hits such as “Can the can” and “Devil gate drive” on Top of the Pops. It’s hard to believe that was the early 70s, and that her music career …

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The Lazys – House of Vans, London – 13th March 2019

Tonight saw me visiting a venue I’ve not been to before, the House of vans, which turns out to be in an arch under the railway a minutes walk from Waterloo station. The band that brought me here is Australian rock band The Lazys. I’d checked them out on Youtube …

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Megadeth – Warheads on foreheads

It’s been 34 years since the first Megadeth album came out – and I’m sure that fact will make a few people reading this feel old as like me they remember the release of it. In that time we’ve had 15 studio albums, five live releases and half a dozen …

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High Treason – Silver Bullets

Formed in the late 70s, High Treason released their debut single in 1980 and aside from a couple of tracks that appeared on a compilation album, that was their entire recording output despite the band touring until the late 80s. Many years later the Japanese band Gorgon covered one of …

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Robin Trower – Coming closer to the day

Robin Trower has had a long career so far – the 73 year old guitarist first found fame as a member of Procul Harum (he joined shortly after the release of “White shade of pale”, before starting to release music under his own name. He’s also worked with artists including …

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