Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

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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Aesthetic Perfection – Audio, Glasgow – 05/08/2015

Many bands love Glasgow. Aesthetic Perfection is no exception. Last year they were rocking The Classic Grand together with Faderhead, and they were back again, this year – to the Audio club. While people were slowly gathering in Audio, the first opening act, a local band called Advance started their …

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Monsters Of Rot V – Letterbreen, 01/08/2015

The dawning of August can mean only one thing in these parts – the annual celebration of all that is best about the Irish metal scene (and, on this occasion, that from slightly further afield) that is the latest instalment of the Monsters Of Rot one-day festival of madness, mayhem …

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Xerath – Belfast, Voodoo 02/08/2015

It had been a busy weekend for PM’s Northern Ireland team, having already caught 12 bands over the previous 48 hours, including our annual pilgrimage to the depths of Fermanagh countryside for the annual Monsters Of Rot extreme metal extravaganza.  But, the pace was showing no sign of relenting as …

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Blues Pills/RavenEye – Belfast, Limelight 2, 31/07/2015

It may be the last day of July, but already it is a typical Belfast “summer” evening – the temperature is plummeting into the lower reaches of single figures and the rain isn’t taking its time to belt it down as the PM team duck from the adjacent pub and …

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Steelhouse Festival – Ebbw Vale, 25-26 July 2015

Now in it’s fifth year, the Steelhouse Festival is one of the UK’s more remote festivals.  Although only four miles from the nearest town, Ebbw Vale, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm’s mountain top location means it is not the most accessible – especially in a weekend dominated, in both the build up to …

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Jason & The Scorchers – Manchester, 22nd July 2015

Jason & The Scorchers – Manchester Academy 3, 22nd July 2015 Jason & The Scorchers (JATS), from Nashville, Tennessee chose Manchester Academy to host the first gig on their short UK tour which ended with an appearance on the Outlaw Country stage at the Ramblin’ Man Fair in Maidstone, Kent yesterday. Formed …

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SOS Festival, Radcliffe, Manchester – DAY 3 SUN 19th JULY

First of all an apology and correction, if you have read yesterday’s review you will need to know that actually Garage Days are Austrian and Fireforce are Belgian so your man from Nick Hellefort was correct, they WERE “ze Germans”! After yesterday’s full metal onslaught I approached today with some …

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