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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Ramblin Man 2017 – Saturday

First up after heading onto the festival site, it was a nice start but grey clouds were quickly approaching. The first band on for the day, in fact the only band on at that moment were rock and rollers The Nile Deltas. A great band to kick off day two …

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SOS Festival X – Prestwich 14-16 July 2017

2017 is the tenth year of SOS Festival, an annual affair organised by the team behind Rocksector Records. They showcase not only their own label acts but also some European bands that you might otherwise not get to see and they also give a platform to a whole host of …

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Ramblin Man 2017 – Friday

This year’s Ramblin Man festival saw the addition of a Friday bill. Rather than a full day it was just an afternoon/evening affair and fans were tempted in with the offer of a free beer. There was a good turnout even though not everyone was able to get down there …

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The Summertime Festival, Warrington Parr Hall

The Summertime Festival held at Warrington Parr Hall this year surpassed superlatives; with the exemplary line up, Joanne Shaw Taylor headlining ahead of The Stevie Nimmo Trio, Bad Touch and Xander & The Peace Pirates,  delivering performances that demonstrate each are at the tops of their individual games and bringing a …

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Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Day Three 2/7/17 Sunday.

It’s the final day of Tuska Open Air Metal Festival and the sun has finally broken through the clouds as we descend to the concrete arena one more time to go toe to toe with some of the finest metal acts on the planet.  The gates open quite late and there’s only …

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Metal 2 the Masses Bristol: The Grand Final, 02/07/17

So it all comes down to this. After six heats, two semi-finals, covers of ‘You Suffer?’, drummers dabbing mid-set and busts of Theresa May being destroyed, there’s one more hurdle for the six bands affectionately dubbed ‘The Best in the South West’. Tonight it’s all about going harder than ever …

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Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Day Two 1/7/17 Saturday.

We’re here a little earlier than yesterday for what is going to be coined Love Metal Saturday, as Tuska Open Air Metal Festival says farewell to local heroes HIM. The opening act today is Lik.  Saturday’s 1.45pm start is so relaxed that when they come on there’s next to nobody …

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Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Day One 30/6/17 Friday.

It’s the first day of Tuska 20 as Tuska Open Air Metal Festival celebrates twenty years of Pain in Helsinki.  It’s a midday start as the PlanetMosh team sets off to the Suvilahti district in Helsinki’s industrial zone.  Walking into the arena we’re joined by hordes of heavy metal brethren from …

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Dropkick Murphys – Rock city, Nottingham – 26th June 2017

Dropkick Murphys are known as a fantastic live band, so being the support act for their tour is something that could be a daunting prospect for many bands – it takes a great live band to open for the Dropkick Murphys and to go down well.  Happily tonight’s support is …

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Genting arena, Birmingham – 28th June 2017

Last year Ritchie Blackmore returned to playing rock music playing just three dates with Rainbow including one in the UK.  Now he’s back doing a UK tour including tonight’s show at the Genting arena. While he’s touring under the Rainbow name, the shows last year included a lot of Deep …

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CUT – The Star and Garter, Manchester: 25th June 2017

Sunday 25th June saw one of STP Records’ Sunday shows at the Star and Garter in Manchester. FACE UP! Syteria and CUT being the bands on today’s billing. These Sunday shows start at 5.30pm and are over by 9pm to give people chance to get home on a school night! …

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Evanescence – Hammersmith Apollo, London – 14th June 2017

First up were three-piece band Arcane roots.  They put in an energetic set and go down well with the audience despite being very different musically to Evanescence.  While they weren’t to my taste, their music having a Biffy Clyro sound is likely to see them getting very popular. I’ve been …

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Alter Bridge. Olympia Theatre, Dublin. 20/6/2017

Tuesday night’s show at the Olympia Theatre was the very first show Alter Bridge have ever played in Ireland.  The fact this show sold out and the band announced a return in October proves how long awaited their arrival to these shores has been, and just how popular they’ve become. …

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Fozzy – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 13th June 2017

Tonight’s gig at the Craufurd arms was sold out quickly after the show was announced several weeks ago.  Fresh from playing Download, Fozzy was here for a small intimate gig. Support tonight came from Walsall based Stone Broken, who, like Fozzy had played Download festival a few days ago.  They’d …

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Download 2017 – Sunday

Brutai had the job of opening the Dogtooth stage today.  Playing Download for the first time, they showed no sign of nerves and put in an excellent performance to get the day off to a great start.  They are always good live, but they’ve excelled themselves here at Download. It …

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Download 2017 – Saturday

Irish band Dead Label kicked off proceedings on the Dogtooth stage.  I last saw them at Bloodstock two years ago and was impressed by them then, and they’ve improved further in the last two years.  They look to be having a great time on stage and they’ve drawn a good …

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Download 2017 – Friday

After negotiating the queues and thorough security checks and finally making it into the arena, I headed straight over to stage 2, just in time to catch Blackwater Conspiracy.   I reviewed their new album recently and was blown away by how good it was, so I had high expectations for …

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Clutch – The Academy, Dublin. 15/6/2017.

After a days work, a bus that turned up late, an hour on the motorway and a sprint from the Quays I walked into The Academy literally two minutes before the funk of Chuck Brown’s ‘We Need Money’ heralded the arrival of Clutch onto stage.  The sold out crowd was in …

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Bearded Theory 2017 – Sunday

Goldblade are always fun to watch at Bearded Theory – their hyper-energetic frontman John Robb never stays on stage for long and predictably it’s not long before he jumps down and comes to the barrier to get up close with the fans as he sings.  He’s one of the best …

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Bearded Theory 2017 – Saturday

After enjoying Circus Insane yesterday I headed to the Convoy Cabaret tent early to catch their second show of the weekend.  Once again they packed the tent out.  As promised, this show was more insane and extreme than the previous day with highlights including a part of the act titled …

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