Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

No Sinner – Borderline, London – 25th October 2016

Tonight’s support came from Sheffield based Bang Bang Romeo.  They’re fronted by Anastasia Walker, a singer with a nice powerful voice which suits their vintage rock sound.  It’s a good set and goes down well with the crowd, getting the night off to a good start. Next it was time …

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Aussie Wrecking Crew Tour, The Eagle Inn, Salford – 13th October 2016

The Aussie Wrecking Crew Tour saw Massive, Tequila Mockingbyrd and Black Aces, three bands from the new wave of Australian rock ‘n’ roll heading out on a Eurpoean Tour starting in Berlin, Germany in September and travelling through Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands and today, the last day of this UK …

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Status Quo – The SSE Arena, Belfast – 28th October 2016

In music history there were not too many bands that could get away with wearing double denim. 90s Irish pop group B*witched count as one but no one was able to rock the look more than British rock legends Status Quo. The Quo boys have always been highly regarded and respected …

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Anvil – Rebellion Bar, Manchester, October 21st 2016.

Now this is the perfect example of how to show respect to your fans! A planned interview with lead vocalist Lips and drummer Robb Reiner from Canadian metallers Anvil resulted in me just talking to Robb Reiner as Lips’ voice was barely a croak and he was worried about doing …

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – Chester Live Rooms, 21st October 2016

Anticipation ahead of seeing Joanne Shaw Taylor was understandably high.  Having seen her in  the support slot for Joe Bonamassa earlier in the year and, also, on Later … With Jools Holland recently, Shaw Taylor certainly has established herself as an artist of sublime skills. Then add to the mix …

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Bowling For Soup, The Academy, Dublin. 17/10/2016

Four years after their last visit to Dublin Bowling For Soup have had a farewell tour, a reunion, and now have a brand new album ‘Drunk Dynasty’ under their collective belts. The question is are they still as relevant and irreverent as ever? The sold out venue (first time to …

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Feeder, Belfast Limelight, 17/10/16

Feeder return to the live stage in support of new album, All Bright Electric. After a four year hiatus expectations are high, as evidenced by the lines of fans around the block. This is an old school touring schedule, release and tour the album as soon as possible. Early shows at …

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Barb Wire Dolls – Camden Assembly, London – 12th October 2016

On their last few UK tours, I’ve missed seeing Barb Wire Dolls as their gigs have always clashed with something, so I was looking forward to my first time seeing them.  Sadly it appeared I was in a minority – I walked into the venue to find it almost empty, …

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The Birthday Massacre – The Fleece, Bristol, 03/10/16

The nights are drawing in, the temperature is dropping and somewhere in an animated world a gothic city is preparing to sing ‘This is Halloween’ all over again. Curiously, this is the first show at the Fleece in a good number of months where the audience are queuing round the …

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StOp, sToP – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton: 1st October 2016

As the season saunters into autumn I found myself at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton for the second time in my life this time to see StOp, sToP a flamboyant three piece originally from Barcelona and Bulgaria and now based, not too far from Wolverhampton, in sunny (sometimes) Birmingham. Opening …

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Robin Trower Plus Special Guests, The Steve Nimmo Trio at The Chester Live Rooms

Outstanding is an often overused term. When used to describe former Procul Harum guitarist Robin Trower however, there is hardly an adjective more fitting on this evidence. Yet this isn’t a night owned solely by Trower and his superb backing band of Richard Watts on bass and vocals and Christopher …

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Attica Rage – Rebellion Rock Bar, Manchester 01/10/16

A Saturday night out in Manchester was something I hadn’t experienced for quite a while, so I was looking forward to this, the third show of the current tour by Glasgow’s Attica Rage. I really enjoy the Rebellion Rock Bar as a venue, it seems to be able to maintain …

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Orange Goblin – Sub 89, Reading, 30/09/2016

The night began with local heroes and solid groove meisters Morass of Molasses (7). Regrettably, there weren’t many in attendance at the time, but that didn’t show on the faces of the seasoned musicians on stage. A tad sloppy at times and playing songs that are more or less well …

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Feed the Rhino – Exchange, Bristol, 20/09/2016

Sometimes it can’t be helped – bands just have an off day. If someone tells you they’ve never played a bad show in their life then they’re lying on a level akin to politicians. At times the performance is sloppy and disjointed, at others it boils down to outside influences like a …

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Cats In Space – Manchester Academy 23/09/2016

Cats In Space – a new name to me so I really wasn’t sure what to expect to see. I was thinking probably a bunch of old hippies playing Hawkwind-inspired trippy psychadelia, but as you will see I couldn’t have been more wrong! The evening turned out to be a …

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July Talk – Sound Control, Manchester – Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Earlier this month, Canadian Alt-Rockers July Talk embarked on a small UK Tour in support of their latest album, Touch. Their UK dates were limited to Glasgow, Manchester and a sold-out show in London. Planetmosh were lucky enough to catch July Talk and supporting act, BlackWaters, at Manchester’s Sound Control. …

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Rockwich Festival – Lostock Club,Northwich, 28/08/2016

Another year and another fantastic Rockwich Festival. For a measly £15 we got fifteen bands kicking out the jams from midday till midnight. As AC/DC once sang, “Aye aye oh, shake your foundations” which is what opening band Red Spektor certainly did. The Stoke based power trio hit their time …

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Queensrÿche, The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton. August 26, 2016

Queensrÿche are a band with history. Since launching their brand of symphonic metal in 1983 with their self-titled EP, over a dozen studio albums have followed along with scores of gold and platinum records to their names as well as much publicised line-up changes. So, with so much water under …

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