Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Anvil – Buckley Tivoli, 06/03/2020

I’ve been to many Anvil gigs since 1982, playing at festivals, support slots and as headliners. There has never been a bad one, some stand out more than others and another addition to the latter is the Buckley Tivoli gig last night. A pre gig interview with frontman Steve ‘Lips’ …

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Sabaton – Wembley arena, London – 8th February 2020

Tonight saw Sabaton play their only UK gig on their current tour, at a sold-out Wembley arena. On this tour they’ve got two excellent support acts in the form of Amaranthe and Apocalyptica. First up was Amaranthe. I first saw them play 9 years ago and while they were impressive …

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3teeth live at the Key Club in Leeds on 04.02.2020

3teeth

3teeth and PIG live at the Key Club in Leeds on 04.02.2020 The Key Club is a long-standing Leeds venue that is basically a large dark dingy cellar.  The large crowd tonight looks like a sea of black, packed with an army of industrial metallers and goths.  The audience has …

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Raging Speedhorn – Chester Live Rooms – 30/01/20

Tonight’s venue is Chester’s live rooms, which claims to be one of the north wests premier live venues. I’m afraid I have to take that claim with a huge pinch of salt. The sound is atrocious, barely able to hear the vocals in all the bands this evening and the …

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Tarja – Obecní Dum – Smetana Hall, Prague – 21st January 2020

Ahead of her tour to promote the new album, Tarja Turunen made time to do two special shows. The first was at Obecní Dum – Smetana Hall in Prague, a beautiful historic venue. The second show, two days later was in Bucharest and was performed in the round with the …

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Monster Magnet Powertrip Tour Leeds Uni Stylus 23 January 2020

Monster Magnet

Monster Magnet Powertrip A CelebrationTour at Leeds Uni Stylus 23 January 2020 with support from Those Damn Crows.   Legendary rockers Monster Magnet   ‘Powertrip A Celebration’ Tour arrived in town today to celebrate the 21st birthday of the album Powertrip, released in June 1998.  Monster Magnet lead by space lord …

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Thy Art Is Murder – Manchester Academy 2 – 26/01/20

There’s always been a stigma when it comes to Sunday concerts. Especially one on a bitter night in January. A month notorious for everyone being broke due to last months events. However you wouldn’t think it was such a night, as the sold out venue was packing in metalheads of …

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Sonata Arctica – Electric Ballroom, London – 11th December 2019

Tonight involved plenty of options for music fans including the Gun/Dan Reed Network/FM triple bill gig, but I opted instead for Sonata Arctica. This gig also three bands on the bill with support from Edge of Paradise and Temple Balls.   First up was Temple Balls – an odd name …

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British Lion – Chester Liverooms: 17th December 2019

As a lifelong Maiden fan I’ve always wanted to meet any of the guys but also aware that I may be a bit star struck if I ever did. I, therefore, was filled with both excitement and trepidation when I was approved to review Steve Harris’s British Lion. They had …

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Skid Row at Warehouse 23, Wakefield, 30 November

Skid Row

Skid Row, The Quireboys, Hollowstar and Matt Mitchell ascend to Wakefield’s biggest venue Warehouse 23 for an unforgettable night. 100’s of eager rock fans queued patiently from the door entrance of Warehouse 23, lining up almost around the block for tonight’s ‘Sold Out’ show . Joining Skid Row for their  …

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Anneke van Giersbergen & Kamerata zuid – Theaters Tilburg – 6th December 2019

Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen celebrated her 25th anniversary in music with two special shows last month. Most singers would probably have a few weeks off after something like that but Anneke van Giersbergen is already back on tour, this time with an orchestra. Over the years Anneke has released …

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Sacred Reich – Rebellion, Manchester – 28/11/19

Rebellion in Manchester is a fantastic little venue that catches some great bands and tonight is a prime example. Sacred Reich are touring their new album “awakening”, and have stopped off in rainy Manchester to remind us all how good they really are. I arrived a little late and missed …

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The Wildhearts – The Tivoli, Buckley.

Wildhearts

When is a gig not a gig? When it’s an event and I can honestly say that every Wildhearts gig I’ve been to since the early 90’s has been an event as they are a rare breed of band who have never let me down. I’ve always wondered how they …

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Periphery – O2 Ritz Manchester – 14th November 2019

Periphery

Periphery are, what I would call, a snowball band. Let me explain, formed in 2005 they have got bigger and bigger until one day they bowled me over (imagine arms and legs flailing as a giant ball of snow rolls down a hill). Joking aside, I first heard Periphery on …

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D-A-D Review Academy 3, Manchester: 20th November 2019

D-A-D

D-A-D and Hangarvain Review at Academy 3, Manchester, 20th November 2019 There was a chill in the air as I headed into Manchester to see D-A-D, the Great Danes formerly known as Disneyland After Dark, before changing their name to avoid legal action from Mickey Mouse creator Disney. Read a …

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Gloryhammer & Powerwolf – 013, Tilburg – 10th November 2019

Powerwolf tour poster

In June 2013 a brand new band played their first gig anywhere at the Little Devil – a tiny bar in Tilburg that holds barely more than 100 people. That band was Gloryhammer and tonight saw them make a triumphant return to Tilburg (their first gig here since that first …

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