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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

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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Ramblin Man Fair 2015 – Saturday

This was the first Ramblin man festival, and while it’s clearly similar to the old High Voltage festival, there are some big changes.  Firstly it’s not in London, but instead is in Maidstone.  It’s rare to find a big rock festival venturing away from London or the Midlands, but Maidstone …

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Gojira – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 27 August 2015

Seven hundred and thirty one.  That is exactly how many days it had been since Gojira last appeared in Belfast – when they completely wiped the stage with Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine at the annual Belsonic festival – and this much-anticipated return, one of two …

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Nervosa – Audio, Glasgow – 15/08/2015

Thrash metal gig,headlined by Brazilian trio, which you could easily call a thrash metal girl power. For the first time Nervosa invading Glasgow. To make it even more fun, four local thrash metal bands were invited to make this Glasgow thrashathon, as it was called. The idea of seeing these …

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Black Nevada-Make A Scene Festival on 15th August 2015

In my many years of loving music and attending concerts of all types of genres and artists, I have not yet seen a band with more  enthusiasm and stage presence then that of Black Nevada. The 5 piece band from North-East England played at Make A Scene Festival on 15th …

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Million Dollar Reload / Blackwater Conspiracy – Belfast, Empire Music Hall, 8 August 2015

Have you ever gone to gig where one band started the headline set and another finished it?  Well, that’s what happened – more or less – this past Saturday evening, when Million Dollar Reload played their last ever gig (coincidentally at one of their favourite venues), and midset transmogrified into …

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Donum Dei (‘Justice Fails’ EP launch) – Belfast, Limelight 2, August 15 2015

Formed in the mid-Ulster area in late 2011, upstarts Donum Dei have spent the intervening period ripping up stages across Northern Ireland and establishing themselves as perhaps the singularly most impressive young thrash act in this part of the world, going from copycat Metallica wannabes faster than some of their …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival – Saturday, 08/08/2015

After a hearty breakfast it was time to slap on the sun cream after being fried alive on the first day of Bloodstock and head off once more for more metal. First call of the day was not the beer tent but to the New Blood stage at the ungodly …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival – Sunday,9/8/2015

Sunday is always a bitter/sweet day at Bloodstock for me as on the plus side you have another day of metal but on the minus side when the day is over you have to wait another year for the next one. First band of the day on the Sophie Lancaster …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival – Friday, 7/8/2015

Another year another Bloodstock and 2015 was one of the best I have attended to say the least. All 4 stages threw up some incredible performances although 2 out of the 3 main stage headliners were below par for me. I headed off from my hotel in Tamworth early so …

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Waylander – Belfast, Limelight 08/08/2015

With most true-blooded Belfast metal fans away across the schuk for Bloodstock, there was a somewhat understandably disappointing turn out for this rare live invasion by Armagh pagans Waylander. Openers Whitby Bay seem something of an anomaly, it must be admitted.  Drummer/vocalist Patrick Moran looks like he would be more …

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