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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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Some Time Today – Interview

I finally managed to catch up with Some Time Today after their gig at The Shipping Forecast in Liverpool on 13th April 2019. A band that I believe have so much potential. We talked about the band, the new EP, Beth Olive, future plans, and Finchy having to leave the …

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Oceans Apart – Interview

Emerging tunesmiths OCEANS APART are lighting up the scene with a sound that has already racked up favourable descriptors likening them to You Me At Six, Deaf Havana and Don Broco. The band have just released a new single, Talk Of The Town, which is backed by a stunning video. …

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Forever In Debt – Deaf Centre, Chester

This was my second visit to Chester’s Deaf Centre. I like the place. I like what Dan from ‘Restless Bear Promotions’ is trying to achieve. Tonight’s offering was Forever In Debt, supported by TV Face. I interviewed Craig Twigg prior to the gig which you can watch HERE, and he …

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Trident Waters – Interview

TRIDENT WATERS’ infectious groove and contagious riffery are sure to ignite. The Londoners will release their new EP, Hollywood To Vegas, on Friday 7th June. Prior to this, the trio have just dropped a brand new video for the single, Eva Lane. We asked the guys to introduce themselves: What …

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Higher Ground – Interview

We caught up with energetic Londoners , who have just released their brand new single, Stupid Thoughts – https://youtu.be/eWBnPgmOUSw . We asked the band a few probing questions:   What is the band full line up? Who plays what? Chloe Taylor – Lead Vocals; Jack Heayn – Guitar; Howard Martin …

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Obey album launch – The Underground, Stoke.

If Saturday night’s alright for fighting then surely Friday nights are alright for obeying as Stoke based metallers Obey unleashed their seismic new studio album Swallow The Sun at the well attended Underground in Stoke. A four band bill saw openers The Secret Elephant and Banzai Pipeline bring the noise …

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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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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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The Gallery – Interview

We had a chance to talk with THE GALLERY, who come at you with their own blend of Alternative Rock peppered with post-punk nihilism and a slew of razor-sharp hooks. The raucous young upstarts have just released their blistering new single, Pesticide, out now via Animal Farm. Watch the video …

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Grimm Up North Festival, Bury 2019 – Day Three

So the dreaded last day of a fantastic 3 days at Grimm Up North Festival 2019 comes far too soon as first band of the day Sellsword proved to be one of my most enjoyable sets of the weekend as the York based lunatics hammered out just four songs due …

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Grimm Up North Festival 2019, Bury – Day Two

Here we go again as a similar song once said. Curious weather in Bury before the first full day of Grimm Up North 2019 as we had rain, hail, snow and sunshine within an hour so that was a sign of a metal storm to come and it did with …

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Crapsons – Deaf Centre, Chester – 15/03/19

Chester’s Deaf Centre, which sits next door to the iconic Telford’s Warehouse, by way of Restless Bear Promotions, has become an up and coming venue for the popular underground scene. Tonight, it’s punk duo Crapsons opportunity to shine as they make their Chester debut. This was my first visit to …

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Grimm Up North Festival 2019, Bury – Day One.

Since the sheer delight of the first Grimm Up North Festival in 2017 we have had to wait just over a year for the sequel and what a weekend it was! 23 bands over 3 days giving their all to a room full of metal heads to say a big …

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