Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Magnum- The Holmfirth Picturedrome-21 May 2016

Having seen Magnum more times than I care to remember, they never fail to hit the spot, and for tonight’s gig at, The Holmfirth Picturedrome, the crowd are packed in like sardines, the place is rammed, Magnum are back, stronger than ever, no doubt helped by Magnum’s latest and nineteenth …

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Snake Oil and Harmony Tour 2016 – Live Rooms Chester 20/5/2016

Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn are both pretty much household names in the rock community and had been ships passing in the night in performance terms until a couple of years ago. They knew of each other, they had met, but they weren’t friends and they hadn’t played together. This …

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The Treatment – Islington academy, London – 13th May 2016

Tonight’s show was the final date on The Treatment’s UK tour.  Supporting them tonight are The Amorettes, the Scottish trio who have been the support for the whole tour, and Airrace, playing a very rare show. First up were Airrace, a melodic rock band that released a couple of albums …

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D-A-D – Islington academy, London – 27th April 2016

I’d been looking forward to tonight’s gig as it was my first time seeing Danish band D-A-D – or to give them the name they had before the Disney  lawyers persuaded them of the error of their ways, Disneyland After Dark.  The last few times they’ve played the UK their …

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Desertfest 2016 – Saturday 30/4/16

Saturday marked the second day of the already brilliant Desertfest 2016. With beers flowing, and more punters in attendance than the day before, the Saturday lineup proved to be the more eclectic mix of the weekend. First in line on Saturday were Yorkshire’s BongCauldron [9]. Sounding like the bastard spawn …

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Desertfest 2016 – Friday 29/4/16

On Friday 29th April, stoner and doom fans from all stretches of the country descended on Camden, London, for the 5th installment of touring festival Desertfest. Several venues will be used over this 3-day event: The Black Heart, Underworld, Electric Ballroom and The Devonshire Arms, with Koko being used on the Sunday …

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NLC “Rockin’ For The Children” Festival – The Maze, Nottingham. Day 2 Sun 1st May 2016

Sunday dawned sunny but cold as we all trooped back up the hill for the second day of this fine little festival. The Spangle Corps kicked things off, a young band playing in a sort of punk/rap/rock crossover style. There was a lot of energy and jumping up and down, …

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NLC “Rockin’ For The Children” Festival – The Maze, Nottingham. Day 1 Sat 30th April 2016

Now into its  fifth year the Noize Level Critical Festival has undergone a change of name to “Rockin For The Children”; this is due to organiser David Tonge (aka Big D from the Noize Level Critical radio show) adding a second very worthy charity to raise awareness and funds for. …

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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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