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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Corrosion Of Conformity – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 1 May 2016

The island of Ireland holds a special place in the collective hearts of the members of Corrosion Of Conformity.  Although the classic line up of Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin had got their act back together a few months previously, and played their first live show …

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NWOBHM night – Northwich Memorial Court, 30/04/2016

When event organisers Prometheus Promotions told me a few months ago that they were planning an evening of NWOBHM not far from me in Northwich, to say I was over the moon is an understatement as this genre of heavy metal has been in my blood since its formation. When …

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Butcher Babies, Talking Heads Southampton, 24/4/16

The gig kicked off with a slight hiccup as the Butcher Babies and Sumo Cyco were heading to Southampton from Birmingham leading them to travel through London whilst the marathon was in full swing.  Thankfully the guys and girl of Guilty as Charged were there to save the day and …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Semi Final C – 23/04/2016

On Saturday night, Dublin’s metal scene was rocked to its core. With almost 300 fans in attendance, the atmosphere was one full of support, camaraderie and wanton abandon. Vying for the last two places in the Metal 2 The Masses Ireland Final, the 6 bands knew that this semi was …

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Colin Blunstone – Sale Waterside Art’s Centre -19/04/2016

In an era when the music business eats ‘em up and spits them out, over 50 years in the rock’n’roll business is a remarkable achievement. His renaissance as an integral part of The Zombies has been well documented but what Blunstone proved to a packed house is that his solo …

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Korpiklaani & Moonsorrow – Islington academy, London – 20th April 2016

Tonight’s co-headline gig sees both bands getting good length sets.  First up are Pagan metal band, Moonsorrow.  They’ve got a dark, heavy, pagan sound that borders on black metal.  A glance at the setlist shows just 8 songs, so you might think that it was a short set, but nothing …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Semi-Finals A and B – Belfast, Voodoo – 15/16 April 2016

It could only happen in Northern Ireland… yes, only here could we actually have THREE semi-finals for this year’s instalment of the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, as the battle to earn a place at the UK’s premier heavy metal fest released its intense final stages.  But, such …

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Anvil – Buckley Tivoli, 16/04/2016

Sandwiched in between opening band I.C.O.N and headliners UDO, Anvil did what they do best and that was to entertain an appreciative crowd with their proto speed metal. Unfortunately they have only been allotted 45 minutes on these 6 UK dates after being allowed an hour previously on this tour …

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Last Great Dreamers – The Waterloo, Blackpool: 10th April 2016

Last Great Dreamers have been around since 1989, initially called Silver Hearts, they changed their name to Last Great Dreamers in 1993, were nominated for Best New Band at Kerrang MTV Awards in 1995, where they came runner up to Skunk Anansie before changing their name to Jet/Jet City and …

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Overkill + Vader + One Machine – Leeds, 7th April 2016

It’s not everyday a reviewer jumps at the chance to go to a gig after working from 6am-4pm, with the very same shift to do the next day, but jump I did when I got the opportunity to see Overkill in Leeds on the 7th April. After arriving a little …

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SIMO – Barfly, London – 7th April 2016

Delays in getting to the venue after work meant that I missed the opening act, and only caught part of the second act.  The second act was Fred Abbott, who was formerly lead guitarist and keyboard player in Noah And The Whale.  His set was excellent – great rock and …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Semi Final B – 09/04/2016

The Metal 2 The Masses Ireland juggernaut rumbled into Fibber Magees in Dublin on Saturday night for the second of three semi-finals to determine the second third of the Final line up. PlanetMosh was there again to check out what went down and see who would step up to the …

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Trivium – O2 Academy Leicester, 26/3/16.

As the chords of Iron Maiden’s epic ‘Run to the Hills’ play as an intro, the impending Easter bank holiday means one thing, no one’s holding back. With the O2 being located in student land and this being Trivium‘s first outing to Leicester, it all adds up to one hell …

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Broken Witt Rebels – Water Rats, London – 2nd April 2016

The new EP, “Georgia Pine” by midlands band Broken Witt Rebels is a stunningly good release, and tonight was my chance to check the band out live and see if they could be as good live as they are on record. I arrived in time to see part of the …

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Toseland – The Key Club, Leeds: 24th March 2016

I felt like I was reliving my youth as I headed towards The Merrion Centre in Leeds to The Key Club, although Leeds has changed a lot since those twenty odd years ago and I’d never known of the existence of The Key Club, which turned out to be a …

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Hammerfest 2016 Review – Saturday

And now we come to the third and final day of what had been an epic, epic festival. Hammerfest 2016 had been awesome so far and I personally was looking forward to the Saturday the most. I started the weekend most looking forward to Exodus, and they were to grace the stage …

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Sanguine – Club Academy, Manchester: 18th March 2016

It had been quite a pleasant day for mid March in Manchester when I headed to Club Academy to see Sanguine, our featured band for March (see here). This was to be the opening night of their UK tour supporting Mushroomhead and American Head Charge but after the latter had …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat Four – Belfast, Voodoo – 24 March 2016

To say that the fourth heat of the Northern Ireland leg of the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses was something of a curate’s egg of an evening is perhaps putting it mildly.  Only three bands ended up battling it out for the two places in the next round of the …

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Blazefest VI – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 19 March 2016

This past weekend, PlanetMosh once again was delighted to be associated with the wonderful event that is Blazefest, a fundraising bash inspired by a wonderful little boy who has, in his short life, succeeded in bringing together rockers and metallers on an annual basis to raise money for the work …

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