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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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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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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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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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David Duchovny Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester 19th February 2019

X-Files star David Duchovny brings the rock and roll on his Every Third Thought Tour, playing an impressive set that included covers by Blue Oyster Cult and The Velvet Underground. The name David Duchovny might be familiar if you were a fan of the American cult sci-fi show The X-Files …

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King King – Koko, London – 7th February 2019

Tonight’s gig was one I did not want to miss – not only are King King a great live band, but this tour is the final one with the band’s original bass player, Lindsay Coulson who has sadly decided to step down as the band’s growing popularity demands being away …

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Rival Sons O2 Academy Leeds – 4th February 2019

Canadian blues rockers Sheepdogs support Rival Sons during their extensive 26 date tour of the UK, Europe and USA. Sheepdogs Sounding Southern blues, you might mistake Sheepdogs for being wholeheartedly American but this pack originates from Saskatoon, Canada.  They gained themselves popularity by being one of the first unsigned bands …

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MaYaN – Dynamo, Eindhoven – 9th February 2019

Tonight’s support act for this special MaYaN show was Dutch My Propane. They released their new album, “Antidote” just over a week before the show, so this was basically an album launch show for them. Their songs are fairly long, especially when played live, so their 40 minute set consisted …

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Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls First Direct Arena, Leeds Sunday 27 January 2019

Jimmy Eat World and Grace Petrie join Frank Turner’s Be More Kind Tour at First Direct Arena Leeds Grace Petrie is a mighty fine folk singer from Leicester, she has written eight albums to date and tonight she feels very privileged to be asked to be part of Frank Turner’s Be …

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SKID ROW O2 Academy, Sheffield, Wednesday 23rd January 2019

The rock and roll bus rides into town tonight with not one but four great bands. Big guns Skid Row are joined by hard rock glamsters Backyard Babies, you could think this is a nostalgia trip of the 80s but keeping it fresh is Sweden’s’ H.E.A.T and UK band Vega, …

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Last Great Dreamers – The Corporation, Sheffield – 9th December 2018

Sunday night at The Corporation, Sheffield and Last Great Dreamers are putting on a Christmas show with special guests  Leeds own Boomville which features guitarist Mark Yates of Terrorvision fame.  And they’ve also brought along with them compere and comedian Pete K Mally. It’s not every day you have a compere …

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HRH Vikings – Academy, Sheffield – 1st & 2nd December 2018

This was the first HRH Vikings event. Like HRH Metal, CROWS and Sleaze, it’s held at an O2 Academy venue rather than a holiday camp. Despite being the first one, it’s proved popular with the place being busy right from the start of the first day. With headliners Turisas and …

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Crapsons / Uncle Peanut / Spam Javelin / Dilation – The Skerries, Bangor, North Wales – 30/12/18

I’ve always believed that it is vital to review and support up and coming talent whenever I can. Tonight at The Skerries in Bangor, North Wales I witnessed four solid reasons why I continue to do it. I also took the opportunity at this gig of chatting with Mike & Andy from …

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