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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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The Drones – Westgate 23, Heckmondwike: 25th October 2019

The Drones – gig review by Louise Swift and Alex English at Westgate 23, Heckmondwike It was a miserable, wet night in West Yorkshire when two of the PlanetMosh team, Alex (A) and Louise (L) descended on Westgate 23 in Heckwondwike to see Manchester punk band The Drones. Formed way …

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Rebellion Bar, Manchester.

Been looking forward to this gig for quite some time and my expectations were fulfilled many times over. Through sheer hard work in the studio and onstage, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons are now showing their potential as they played a seventeen song set of raw power, supported mightily …

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Beyond the black – The Dome, London – 31st October 2019

Tonight’s show was originally due to be at the smaller Boston music rooms but good ticket sales led to it being updated. This is Beyond the black’s first headline tour and it’s clearly been successful with many shows in Europe selling out despite playing much bigger venues than in the …

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Life Of Agony – Club Academy, Manchester – 26/10/19

Tonight was a special night within the hallowed basement of Manchester’s Club Academy. One of America’s most underrated bands would grace this stage but not before we were treated to some great support acts. As tonight had a 10pm curfew with the doors opening at 6pm, we unfortunately missed the …

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The Wildhearts Review at Picturedrome, Holmfirth

The Wildhearts

The Wildhearts and Janus Stark at the Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 10th October 2019 With the recent release of the mini-album Diagnosis, The Wildhearts embark on their Renaissance Men Tour Part II, bringing with them special guests Janus Stark. With a decent-sized crowd and a nice buzzing atmosphere in the Picturedrome pre-show. …

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Static-X – Manchester Ritz – 3rd October 2019

Unfortunately, as I live over the border in Wales there was no way I could get from work to Manchester for Dope’s opening set. My apology’s guys catch you next time. Now, there are good supporting bands. Sometimes there are great bands. Then occasionally you get a band who, not only …

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Epica – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht – 5th October 2019

To mark 10 years since the release of the “Design your universe” album, Epica have reissued the album with an extra bonus disc and are also doing a mini tour – just three dates in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, France) plus shows in Russia and Israel and then due to fan …

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Bigfoot (final show) – Rebellion, Manchester, 28/09/2019

So a week after we said farewell to a band I really thought would make it, there are still a lot of mixed emotions flying around my head from their two hour gig at Rebellion in Manchester. From seeing them first at the SOS Festival in 2014 they have come …

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