Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

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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Power metal Quest Fest – Asylum, Birmingham – 28th September 2019

This was my first time at Power metal quest fest. The first year was at the Roadhouse venue which just isnt practical for people using public transport, the second year clashed with another gig, but finally I made it to one. Now being held at the Asylum venue it’s an …

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Paul Gilbert – Craufurd Arms, Milton keynes – 24th September 2019

Tonight the Craufurd arms have Mr Big guitarist, Paul Gilbert playing. It’s a big booking for a small venue but then the venue promoter seems to be very good at getting high profile gigs. Happily the booking looks to have paid off as ticket sales were good enough that the …

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Therapy? Brudenell Social Club Leeds, 23rd September 2019

Therapy?

Therapy? Review  At Brudenell Social Club Leeds, 23rd September 2019 Therapy? Are back to play two shows at the Brudenell Social club in Leeds today, with support from Rory Holl for the main evening set, and if you want to party in cities like Magaluf, you can visit the Magaluf …

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Crapfest 2019

Being born from a concept and dream by two Scouse lads, Crapfest introduced itself at Phase One Records in Liverpool, on a sunny late August Bank Holiday afternoon, in front of a packed house. And if anything came from this day alone, it is that Crapfest is here to stay. …

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Ayreon – 013, Tilburg – 13th September 2019

Two years ago Ayreon played their first ever show. While that may not sound exciting, it was for fans of Ayreon which had released their first album in 1995. The brain-child of Arjen Lucassen, the albums feature multiple singers and this coupled with his stage-fright meant fans (and Arjen himself) …

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Stonedeaf Festival Review – Newark showground 24 August 2019

Stonedeaf Festival 2019

Stonedeaf Festival, One day, One stage, One monster show From the minute the gates opened at Newark showground the already waiting crowd soon filled the empty arena;  while Twisted Sister’s  ‘Oh come all ye faithful’  blasted over the PA system to accompany their very short walk from the entrance. Paying …

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Duff McKagan – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 29th August 2019

First up tonight was Shooter Jennings and his band. Previously I’d only seen a few minutes of his set at Ramblin Man, so was looking forward to hearing more from him tonight. He plays guitar and keyboards, spending some songs sitting at the keyboard while for others he stands and …

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Rockwich Festival – 2019 (Sunday).

Another year and another sold out Rockwich Festival to review but this year we are at the Witton Albion Social Club, Northwich. It’s a very welcome change of venue and an acoustic evening of bands on Saturday preceded an electric day of thirteen bands in twelve hours today organized by …

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After The Burial – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester: 4th August 2019

Since I’ve started reviewing gigs for Planetmosh I’ve got to experience quite a few different clubs. Nothing however could have prepared me for what I was confronted with when I strolled up to Satan’s Hollow in Manchester to see After the Burial. A small side street entrance led me into …

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Bloodstock 2019 – Thursday

Once again I’m back at a place that feels like home – Catton Hall, or to be precise, Bloodstock festival. It’s my 11th year here and every year it just feels like it’s not been a year since I last left. The Thursday is always a fun night of catching …

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