Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Evile, The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 25/09/2015

After two years of waiting UK thrashers Evile are back in Dublin to tour their new album “Skull” and lead a night of thrash in the Irish capital. The crowd was pumped throughout the night so let’s get to this. Opening support came from Scimitar. The lads from up north …

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Enslaved / Grand Magus, The Button Factory, Dublin – 26/09/2015

Going from Evile to Enslaved was a bit of a genre clash for me last weekend. However, the gig itself was a strange one. This wasn’t just an Enslaved gig but was a joint headline show with Grand Magus. This felt like two totally different shows off the bat and …

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Powerwolf – Islington academy, London – 9th September 2015

Tonight’s show had an early start – usually on a weekday that means the first band plays to an almost empty room, but tonight there was a large queue outside well before the doors opened. First up were Xandria, the German symphonic metal band now fronted by Dutch singer Dianne …

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WASP – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – 21st September 2015

The night kicked off with The Treatment.  Having last seen the band at their secret show in Milton Keynes which featured their new lineup although the new members hadn’t been announced at that stage.  I’d been impressed then so was looking forward to seeing how singer Mitchell Emms and Tao …

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Paradise Lost – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 September 2015

School night gigs in Belfast can be awkward buggers to predict, especially in terms of their attendance levels.  However, Paradise Lost, paying their first visit to the city in six years, manage to pull a reasonably healthy number of punters – if not quite enough to ease the promoter’s financial …

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Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 26 September 2015

There are rock stars.  And then there are rock stars.  There are those with an anally-retentive sense of their own self-generated importance, who are content to ride around in limos and play hundreds of miles from their nearest fans in fields as big as their egos.  And then there are those …

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Beholder – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 24 September 2015

Northern Ireland is currently gripped in the greatest financial scandal in its chequered history.  It is a scandal which already has practically crippled the economy south of the border, and brought down at least one government there.  It has politicians running for cover, and has resulted in the current well-publicized …

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Ugly Kid Joe – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – 18/09/2015

Supporting the main event tonight at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham iss an acoustic set from Richards/ Crane, a project between the Ugly Kid Joe front man and Lee Richards, formerly the guitarist for Godsmack. Up next Aussie rockers Hail Mary step things up a gear, unfortunately I got to …

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W.A.S.P. – Rock City, Nottingham – 19/09/2015

Brandishing a new line up of lead vocalist Mitch Emms and Tao Grey, The Treatment energetically open up the stage nicely. The newcomers have settled in well with Tao complimenting Tagore on guitar and Mitch calling upon his extensive performance skills to entertain the crowd. Fist pumping, mic stand swirling …

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Danko Jones, King Tuts Glasgow, 20/9/15

Everyone who knows anything about gig venues has heard of King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, the legendary Glasgow venue currently celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary.  I’ve photographed and reviewed gigs in most of the venues around Glasgow but up till now King Tuts had remained the one that got away.  I …

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W.A.S.P. – O2 Academy, Glasgow – 18/09/2015

W.A.S.P. is one of those legendary heavy metal bands that is on most metalheads’ must-see list. With 10 UK dates in their current tour they are really hard to miss this time around. They are presenting long awaited new album “Golgotha” and return to Glasgow for the first time since …

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Gunzo – Club Academy, Manchester: 13th September 2015

As the nights start drawing in and evenings are getting dark earlier we head into a busy season for gig goers. The thirteenth, unlucky for some and what would otherwise, have been a quiet Sunday night in September, brought Gunzo to Club Academy in Manchester. Gunzo, not to be confused …

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Redemption Festival 2015 – Warehouse 23, Wakefield

The first Redemption Festival was held on the 12th September 2015 at Warehouse 23 in Wakefield. Redemption Festival is a charity event to raise to raise money for Barnsley Hospice and Wakefield Hospice. With ten bands and a couple of comedians the event started just after 1pm with festival organiser …

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W.A.S.P, Manchester Ritz 14th September 2015

The Treatment is support on the current WASP tour, and this was my first time of catching them live since Mitchel Emms and Tao Grey joined. They are as energetic as ever and have a great good time feel about them, however not one track stood out for me, they …

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Stormzone – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 5 September 2015

Following a pair of warm-up festival shows in Spain – well, they certainly were “warm” – Stormzone returned to the colder climes of their native Belfast for this, the official launch of their most recent album, ‘Seven Sins‘.  They were also returning to a familiar venue, but one which has changed …

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Rockwich festival – Lostock, 30/08/2015

So how is the best way to spend a Bank Holiday Sunday? Watching mindless television or doing D.I.Y around the house? No! Get up early and head off to Rockwich and watch 15 bands play from midday until midnight for a measly £10! Apologies to the bands I missed whilst …

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Draconian – Boston Music Room, August 29th 2015

This was the sort of a gig that was not meant to be really. Draconian’s debut U.K. appearance was meant to have been some months previous but things happened and things did not happen, which resulted in this show being the replacement. The venue itself was ideal. If you have …

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Leeds Festival, Sunday 30th August.

Metallica headlined the Sunday night of this year’s Leeds Festival, and Planetmosh was there to witness the devastation. But first we had Babymetal and a whole host of other great bands to watch. So, first up were Babymetal, the all-female metal international megastars broke out of their native Japan last …

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Ramblin Man Fair 2015 – Sunday

After the lovely hot weather of Saturday at Ramblin’ Man, Sunday was not so nice – rain for most of the day with it being heavy for much of the afternoon.  An effect of this was clear on the main stage – instead of bands playing at the front of …

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