Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Biffy Clyro – Belsonic Festival, Belfast – 25th June 2016

History was made over the past week as millions of people took to the polls to decide whether the United Kingdom would remain in the European Union.  With the votes counted and the results in it had been decided that we were to leave. Those who voted to remain were …

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Joe Bonamassa: A Tribute to the British Blues Explosion, The Cavern Club, Liverpool June 27th, 2016

Joe Bonamassa holding a free gig? At The Cavern Club, Liverpool? Seriously? Oh yes and, what’s more, not only was this a gig to honour three of the finest blues players of all time in Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, it was an event that is unlikely to …

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Genting arena, Birmingham – 25th June 2016

Tonight’s gig was a band I thought I’d never get to see – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.  It’s a long time since Ritchie Blackmore has played rock, so this mini-tour of three dates in Europe (none announced for anywhere else in the world so far) was a very rare chance to …

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Vintage Trouble – Forum, London- 22nd June 2016

First up tonight were the opening act, Slydigs. Vintage Trouble singer Ty Taylor came on stage to introduce them, then on they came.  Straight away you got the idea that they’re big fans of The Who and The Rolling Stones from the way they dress, and that impression was confirmed …

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King Diamond – Forum, London – 21st June 2016

Support tonight comes from New wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) band Angel Witch.  With a curtain blocking off most of the stage, Angel Witch were confined to a small area at the front of the stage.  Although they have just one original member left in the band (Kevin Heybourne), …

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Fields of the Nephilim – Forum, London – 20th June 2016

Tonight’s gig opened with a set from The men that will not be blamed for nothing.  I’d seen them at Download little more than a week earlier and enjoyed their set, so it was nice to get another chance to see them, and to see them with a longer set …

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Stone Free festival 2016 – Sunday

Today at Stone Free was all about Prog on the IndigO2 and arena stages.  Sadly travel problems meant I arrived late and missed the first bands on the entrance and IndigO2 stages (Broken Witt Rebels and Cats in space), and arrived in time to see Knifeworld who had been recommended …

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Stone Free festival 2016 – Saturday

This was the first day of the inaugural Stone Free festival.  Held at the O2 in London, it offers a big advantage over other festivals – the fact it’s indoors means the traditional British summer weather isn’t going to dampen spirits.  Of course there are equally big downsides – the …

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Jared James Nichols – The Rainbow, Birmingham – 21/06/2016

Tucked away in the depths of Birmingham’s Digbeth at The Rainbow, we embarked on a night of blues rock grooves. Local prog rock band Xilla were first to take to the stage, they had a tough job with only a small crowd to feed off. They play with a myriad …

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Download Festival 2016: Sunday 12th June

Battered, muddy, tired and weary, but the Download faithful are still up and about for the final day early. And guess what? Despite not being forecast until the evening, the rain starts before the bands. Joy of joys. That said, there’s a little group on the Dogtooth stage called The …

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Download Festival 2016 – Saturday 11th June

After yesterday, the sight of no rain and straw on the arena floor is much welcomed, and it’s definitely a more optimistic punter that takes their place in front of the Lemmy Stage. It certainly buoys Avatar (8) as well, who are going from strength to strength with every performance …

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Bring Me the Horizon, Belsonic, Belfast, 16/06/2016

Every year metallians watch for the Belsonic line-up announcement in the hope that one or two rock/metal acts might make it onto the bill, along with whatever generic chart bubblegum music that is currently trendy. This year was no exception, with a change of venue to the much larger outdoor location …

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Blackberry Smoke – O2 Academy, Liverpool – 19th June 2016

Blackberry Smoke embarked on their European tour earlier this month, which included a small string of headlining UK shows and a spot on the Stone Free Festival line-up, alongside Alice Cooper, The Darkness, Apocalyptica and Therapy?. Planetmosh were lucky enough to gain access to last weekend’s show at Liverpool O2 …

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Warrior Soul – The Barfly, Camden: 3rd June 2016

On the eve of Camden Rocks Festival 2016, Warrior Soul played a show at The Barfly, Camden with support from The Black Bullets and The Main Grains. Warrior Soul and The Main Grains also played Camden Rocks Festival but with 200 bands to see I decided it would make more …

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Dan Reed Network – 100 club, London – 15th June 2016

The opening act tonight is Scottish band The King Lot.  Sometimes they play a full electric set, but tonight they’re doing an acoustic set.  A three-piece, you have two guitarists and a drummer (tonight playing a cajon).  All three of them also do vocals, and when the three of them …

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Tremonti – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 14 June 2016

Gigs staged in the shadow of a festival often can be hit and miss affairs.  And with a lot of the Northern Ireland metallians returning from D(r)ownload turning left virtually as soon as they docked and heading straight down the motorway to Dublin for Slayer and Anthrax, you could have …

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Download festival 2016 – Lawnmower Deth

Not long before Sixx A.M were due to play, along with a few other photographers, I headed to the main stage where we were met by Lawmower Deth and their special guest – Kim Wilde.  We were then escorted onto the stage (to the puzzlement of the crowd) to get …

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Download Festival 2016 – Friday 10th June

Royal Republic (7) are the perfect Lemmy stage opening band for the weekend – fun, energetic and with a Volbeat-esque vibe to boot, they’re able to get things going in the best way possible. Finishing song Full Steam Space Machine is a particular highlight and the band look certain to …

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Camden Rocks Festival Review – 4th June 2016

Camden Rocks Festival took place on Saturday 4th June 2016. With 200 bands playing in 20 venues throughout Camden Town in North London. The venues are all within walking distance of Camden Town Tube Station. 2016 was the fifth event but my first, with so many bands to choose from …

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