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Bloodstock 2019 – Thursday

Once again I’m back at a place that feels like home – Catton Hall, or to be precise, Bloodstock festival. It’s my 11th year here and every year it just feels like it’s not been a year since I last left. The Thursday is always a fun night of catching …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2019 – Sunday.

Here we are for soggy Sunday! Sadly the last day of Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2019 where (most of) the bands delivered. First band up on the New Blood Stage at the eye rubbingly time of 10.30am were Leicester based tech metal crew Fractions. They created a swirling metal vortex …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2019 – Friday.

Music wise, 2019 was my favourite Bloodstock Open Air Festival I’ve attended in the last eleven years, weather wise it was the worst as mother nature tested the mettle of the metalheads but came out in second place to a packed out Catton Hall in Alrewas, Walton-On-Trent. First band of …

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Ramblin Man 2019 – Sunday

The first band of the day for me was Sweet Crisis, opening proceedings on the Blues stage. It’s only a quick visit before I had to head off to see another band, but what I heard sounded very good with a mix of classic and modern influences. Definitely a band …

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Ramblin Man 2019 – Saturday

For me, Saturday at Ramblin Man started with a quick trip to the VIP area to see Bad Touch doing an acoustic session for the VIP ticket holders. They’d got a big crowd and their short set sounded great. Over on the Prog stage, Israeli band Scardust were the first …

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SOS Festival Review 12-14 July 2019

SOS Festival delivered its biggest and best festival to date. Celebrating its 12th year, it took place at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich. Organised by Lynne Hampson and her great team. Lynne has succeeded in creating an amazing family-friendly rock/metal festival. This year SOS Festival delivered one of the best they’ve …

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Ramblin Man 2019 – Friday

The 2019 edition of Ramblin Man kicked off on Friday afternoon with Australian rockers The Lazys. I’d seen them a couple of months ago in a small venue and been impressed, so was looking forward to seeing them again. On the big Ramblin Man main stage they seemed just as …

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Massive Wagons – Chester Live Rooms – 13/07/2019

I’ve been to many Massive Wagons gigs over the years but this one with my eyes and ears saw them reach their full potential. Whether it comes from opening up recent stadium shows with Status Quo and Lynyrd Skynyrd above them, I’m not sure but this performance at the Live …

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Fahran – Album Release Party – Friday 5th July

What a gig to kick off the album release for Vapours by Fahran at Percy’s Cafe Bar, a little gem of a venue tucked away in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The venue was pretty much packed as they took to the stage following impressive opening sets from Hollow Illusion and Kamino. I’ve …

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KISS – Arena, Birmingham – 9th July 2019

KISS kicked off the UK leg of their farewell tour in Birmingham. For fans in the mood for some drinking before the gig there was good news (bad news for music lovers though). Instead of bringing a band along to open for them, KISS instead decided to bring an artist …

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Rammstein – Milton Keynes – Saturday 6th July 2019

I normally avoid arena and stadium gigs like the plague but if one band was going to change my mind, then it has to be Rammstein, especially as they are only doing one UK gig here in 2019. Tickets were bought last November and the last eight months have seemed …

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The Eagles – Arena, Birmingham – 28th June 2019

Tonight saw The Eagles in Birmingham. As they said when they took to the stage, there are no fireworks, just some guys with guitar playing. With no support act the band took to the stage at 8pm and promised two and a half hours of music. While they may not …

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+LIVE+ – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 30-06-19

When it comes to visiting the UK, Pennsylvania’s finest can be compared to a Solar Eclipse. Very rarely does it happen, but when it does, you have to be there to witness it. I can’t remember exactly when my favourite band of all time last visited these shores. Thirteen years …

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Download 2019 review

Friday Despite an early bus from Derby, the shuttle from the transport hub to the guest entrance resulted in a wait of an hour, so when I finally made it into the arena I’d missed the arrival of the Heavy Metal Truants after their cycle ride from London to raise …

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Sumo Cyco – Phase One Records – Liverpool – 13/06/2019

Anybody who knows about Sumo Cyco will know they are all about their fans. This was never more evident than when myself and my trusted wingman caught up with them at Phase One Records in Liverpool. After we’d had a chat (see Sty’s interview with them) we headed on inside …

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