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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

The Eagles – Arena, Birmingham – 28th June 2019

Tonight saw The Eagles in Birmingham. As they said when they took to the stage, there are no fireworks, just some guys with guitar playing. With no support act the band took to the stage at 8pm and promised two and a half hours of music. While they may not …

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+LIVE+ – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 30-06-19

When it comes to visiting the UK, Pennsylvania’s finest can be compared to a Solar Eclipse. Very rarely does it happen, but when it does, you have to be there to witness it. I can’t remember exactly when my favourite band of all time last visited these shores. Thirteen years …

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Download 2019 review

Friday Despite an early bus from Derby, the shuttle from the transport hub to the guest entrance resulted in a wait of an hour, so when I finally made it into the arena I’d missed the arrival of the Heavy Metal Truants after their cycle ride from London to raise …

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Sumo Cyco – Phase One Records – Liverpool – 13/06/2019

Anybody who knows about Sumo Cyco will know they are all about their fans. This was never more evident than when myself and my trusted wingman caught up with them at Phase One Records in Liverpool. After we’d had a chat (see Sty’s interview with them) we headed on inside …

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Rockin the Blues – Forum, London – 4th June 2019

Last year’s Rockin the blues even was a great night, and this year promised to be even better. The bill featured Kris Barras, Walter Trout and Jonny Lang, with each getting their own set and the finale being a jam featuring all of them. The venue this year was The …

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Stereophonics – Venue Cymru, Llandudno 24/05/19

Venue Cymru in Llandudno has two areas. A Theatre and an event arena. I’ve visited the Theatre part here a couple of times. More recently just a few weeks ago to watch the hilarious ‘Benidorm‘  live show, but this is my first taste of a live gig here and indeed, …

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Twisted Illusion – Star And Garter, Manchester.

I had not planned to review this gig but being the last date on the tour and also no support bands meant that over two hours of music was promised by Twisted Illusion so it would be a shame to not document it. Notes were kept to a minimum so …

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Hollowstar – Star And Garter, Manchester.

Two gigs in two days for me at the Star And Garter, a new venue to me and very impressed with the acoustics, atmosphere and the bands they have playing there. Headliners Hollowstar were supported strongly by Florence Black and gig openers Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts who warmed a …

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Falling Eden – The Underground, Stoke.

Considering this was only the second Falling Eden gig, the first being way back in August 2018, they may have been nervous being first on a three band bill but any doubts were blown away as they tore into set opener ‘Falling Eden’. Their debut album Our Time Is Coming …

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THE WILDHEARTS ‘The Renaissance Tour’, Leeds Stylus, 11 May 2019

THE WILDHEARTS ‘The Renaissance Tour’ comes to Stylus, at Leeds Uni, with support from Towers of London and Massive Wagons. There are lots of smiling happy faces at Stylus in Leeds tonight and that’s just in the queue before the doors have opened to the venue. Fans are adorning t-shirts …

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RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day Two.

Ding ding! Round 1 of day 2 and first band of the day, London based District 13 gave us a highly entertaining nonet of songs considering they had been on the road since 4am. A dizzying array of musical dishes was served up for Sunday lunch as they kicked off …

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RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day One.

Festival organizer Martin Short has a change of name for his annual festival and venue for 2019 so the Badass Bash now became Rockforce Festival and it was certainly a force to be reckoned with as 16 bands, all playing for free shook the rafters of the Waterloo Music Bar …

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Battle Beast – The Dome, London – 30th April 2019

On previous headline shows, Battle Beast have either played the Underworld, or Borderline, so tonight’s show at the Dome is a definite step up. For the band it’s got a much better stage and lighting, and it’s a good venue for fans as it’s got plenty of space and everyone …

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Samantha Fish, The Stables, Milton Keynes – 8th May 2019

The last time Samantha Fish played Milton Keynes it was two years ago and it was a great night. People clearly remembered how good she is as tonight’s show is sold out. By the time the support act, Curse of Lono were due on, the place was completely full – …

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Hammerfest XI 2019 – Prestatyn, N.Wales

In it’s makeshift home of Presthaven Sands in Prestatyn, North Wales, Hammerfest has excelled yet again in delivering another stomper of a three day festival. The line-up alone was one of the tastiest I’ve seen. Having the likes of Overkill, Flotsam & Jetsam, and Paradise Lost performing on a caravan …

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Joe Bonamassa – Royal Albert Hall, London – 26th April 2019

Ten years ago Joe Bonamassa played the Royal Albert Hall for the first time and it clearly made a big impression on him as rather than playing a single night at a bigger venue such as the O2 arena or Wembley arena, he’s chosen to play three nights at the …

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Avantasia – Forum, London – 16th April 2019

Tonight’s show was an early start – 7.30pm on stage. That’s not so the band can have an early finish but because they play long sets – almost three and a half hours tonight. That’s a pretty impressive set length and is typical of Tobias Sammet’s whole approach to Avantasia …

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Cellar Darling – Jazz Cafe, London – 31st March 2019

First up tonight were Swiss band Appearance of Nothing. Due to train delays I arrived part of the way through their set. It’s good Prog metal with some great guitar riffs. Toward the end of their set they were joined on stage by Celar Darling’s Anna Murphy who added her …

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Some Time Today – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool – 13/04/18

This was a gig I had been looking forward to for a very long time. Lancashire Pop/Punk quartet ‘Some Time Today’ have been on my radar for almost a year after seeing the video for their debut single ‘Another Way’  on You tube. They are heavily influenced by the likes …

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