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Stereophonics – Venue Cymru, Llandudno 24/05/19

Venue Cymru in Llandudno has two areas. A Theatre and an event arena. I’ve visited the Theatre part here a couple of times. More recently just a few weeks ago to watch the hilarious ‘Benidorm‘  live show, but this is my first taste of a live gig here and indeed, …

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Twisted Illusion – Star And Garter, Manchester.

I had not planned to review this gig but being the last date on the tour and also no support bands meant that over two hours of music was promised by Twisted Illusion so it would be a shame to not document it. Notes were kept to a minimum so …

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Hollowstar – Star And Garter, Manchester.

Two gigs in two days for me at the Star And Garter, a new venue to me and very impressed with the acoustics, atmosphere and the bands they have playing there. Headliners Hollowstar were supported strongly by Florence Black and gig openers Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts who warmed a …

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Falling Eden – The Underground, Stoke.

Considering this was only the second Falling Eden gig, the first being way back in August 2018, they may have been nervous being first on a three band bill but any doubts were blown away as they tore into set opener ‘Falling Eden’. Their debut album Our Time Is Coming …

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THE WILDHEARTS ‘The Renaissance Tour’, Leeds Stylus, 11 May 2019

THE WILDHEARTS ‘The Renaissance Tour’ comes to Stylus, at Leeds Uni, with support from Towers of London and Massive Wagons. There are lots of smiling happy faces at Stylus in Leeds tonight and that’s just in the queue before the doors have opened to the venue. Fans are adorning t-shirts …

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RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day Two.

Ding ding! Round 1 of day 2 and first band of the day, London based District 13 gave us a highly entertaining nonet of songs considering they had been on the road since 4am. A dizzying array of musical dishes was served up for Sunday lunch as they kicked off …

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RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day One.

Festival organizer Martin Short has a change of name for his annual festival and venue for 2019 so the Badass Bash now became Rockforce Festival and it was certainly a force to be reckoned with as 16 bands, all playing for free shook the rafters of the Waterloo Music Bar …

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Battle Beast – The Dome, London – 30th April 2019

On previous headline shows, Battle Beast have either played the Underworld, or Borderline, so tonight’s show at the Dome is a definite step up. For the band it’s got a much better stage and lighting, and it’s a good venue for fans as it’s got plenty of space and everyone …

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Samantha Fish, The Stables, Milton Keynes – 8th May 2019

The last time Samantha Fish played Milton Keynes it was two years ago and it was a great night. People clearly remembered how good she is as tonight’s show is sold out. By the time the support act, Curse of Lono were due on, the place was completely full – …

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Hammerfest XI 2019 – Prestatyn, N.Wales

In it’s makeshift home of Presthaven Sands in Prestatyn, North Wales, Hammerfest has excelled yet again in delivering another stomper of a three day festival. The line-up alone was one of the tastiest I’ve seen. Having the likes of Overkill, Flotsam & Jetsam, and Paradise Lost performing on a caravan …

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Joe Bonamassa – Royal Albert Hall, London – 26th April 2019

Ten years ago Joe Bonamassa played the Royal Albert Hall for the first time and it clearly made a big impression on him as rather than playing a single night at a bigger venue such as the O2 arena or Wembley arena, he’s chosen to play three nights at the …

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Avantasia – Forum, London – 16th April 2019

Tonight’s show was an early start – 7.30pm on stage. That’s not so the band can have an early finish but because they play long sets – almost three and a half hours tonight. That’s a pretty impressive set length and is typical of Tobias Sammet’s whole approach to Avantasia …

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Cellar Darling – Jazz Cafe, London – 31st March 2019

First up tonight were Swiss band Appearance of Nothing. Due to train delays I arrived part of the way through their set. It’s good Prog metal with some great guitar riffs. Toward the end of their set they were joined on stage by Celar Darling’s Anna Murphy who added her …

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Some Time Today – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool – 13/04/18

This was a gig I had been looking forward to for a very long time. Lancashire Pop/Punk quartet ‘Some Time Today’ have been on my radar for almost a year after seeing the video for their debut single ‘Another Way’  on You tube. They are heavily influenced by the likes …

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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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MAN WITH A MISSION (MWAM) Chasing the Horizon Tour at Manchester Academy 3, February 27th, 2019

Playing only two UK shows on their ‘Chasing the Horizon Tour’ Planetmosh went to Manchester to catch the latest craze. Kicking bands like Slipknot and Babymetal up the arse!  Man with a Mission are the new masters of gimmickry who adorn Wolf-heads for their stage wear.  Taking you on a …

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Erja Lyytinen and Chantel McGregor – The Stables, Milton Keynes – 20th March 2019

Tonight’s midweek gig featured two great female blues artists – Erja Lyytinen and Chantel McGregor. Both acts were down to play the same length set so it’s more a double-headline show than a normal headline and support show. It’s the only show the two artists are doing together – the …

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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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