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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Jared James Nichols – Black heart, London – 23rd June 2015

Tonight’s gig kicked off with a set from the Dave Hanson band.  They’re a four piece band from Leeds, fronted by Dave Hanson on vocals and lead guitar, and play music that is fairly laid back – a mix of blues and funk.  It’s very good but did feel a …

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Tuska Open Air Festival, Helsinki – Day 1 – Friday 26/06/2015

Back in 2004, I had the pleasure of visiting Finland on vacation. On the night I arrived in the Helsinki hostel, I noticed a larger than normal number of heavy metal fans arriving back after a show. I asked one what gig they were at. The answer.. DIO at TUSKA. …

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Eyehategod – Belfast, Limelight 2 24/06/2015

Ah well, here we are… it’s a Wednesday night here in Belfast and it’s officially the start of the week;  well, as far as Team PM is concerned anyway, with the prospect of six gigs over the course of the next five nights, starting with tonight’s long overdue return to …

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Die No More – Manchester Academy 3, 20th June 2015

Die No More a young four piece NWOBHM band from Cumbria formed in  2011, since then they have impressed people with their energetic live shows. They released self-financed, four track, début EP ‘Blueprint’ in 2013 which led to them being signed by Rocksector Records with whom they released their debut …

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Tuska Open Air Festival, Helsinki – Day 2 – Saturday 27/06/2015

It’s an earlier kick-off today at the Tuska Open Air Festival and even though the heavens opened and spilled their disapproval over Helsinki a few hours before the gates opened, it has cleared up and another pleasant day in the concrete cauldron is assured. First up, death metal “open-door supergroup” …

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And So I Watch You From Afar – Belfast, Mandela Hall, 20/06/2015

Summer is here and, as usual, Northern Ireland’s weather just doesn’t know what to do with itself, one minute it’s like being in the Bahamas, the next the Heaven’s open up.  This weekend in particular was a special one, with both Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice happening where thousands …

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Gasoline Outlaws – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 20/06/2015

It hardly seems like less than six months ago that the Gasoline Outlaws came roaring out of nowhere and propelled themselves on to the Northern Ireland rock scene with furious intent.  A series of increasingly impressive live shows later, the quartet have now released their debut album, the massive sounding …

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Lynne Jackaman, Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, Tuesday 16th June 2015

Tonight was the official launch party of ex St Jude singer, Lynne Jackaman’s new E.P ‘No Halo’, although it is not officially released until the 10th July. As well as performing the whole E.P she also debuted new material and performed with a full band. Despite the nerves being evident, …

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2015

HMS Hammer set sail for the 13th Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards from her mooring near Tower Bridge with over 400 lucky ticket winners, guests and Vip’s on board. As we started our nearly three hour journey with a quick blast of the horn, Tower Bridge opened up to allow …

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We Are Harlot, Cathouse Glasgow, 16/6/15

Fresh from their Best New Band win at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, We Are Harlot played a sold out gig at Glasgow’s Cathouse rock club on Tuesday night. There has been a huge buzz around this band, so I was more than keen to see what all the …

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Billy Idol – O2 Academy, Glasgow – 13/06/2015

Despite the doors opening an hour later than advertised, when Billy Idol finally hit the stage, all was forgiven, as he played a stunning two hour set. From the punk era of Generation X hits hit “Ready Steady Go” through to his current stuff like “Postcards From The Past” via …

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Tremonti – 02 ABC Glasgow, 15/6/15.

After reviewing the new Tremonti album Cauterize last week I was excited to get to the O2 ABC in Glasgow last night to see how the live show compared. The venue was quite full for a Monday night, but the crowd that showed up were nothing if not enthusiastic. From the …

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Nightwish cruise – 8th June 2015

Monday 8th June saw around a thousand Nightwish fans descend on the Finnish port city of Turku for the first ever Nightwish cruise. After checking in at the passenger terminal (in the case of some fans, many hours before boarding), fans waited for the ship to arrive for them to …

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Metal 2 the Masses London – The Purple Turtle – 07/06/2015

Where to start with this incredible evening! A huge turnout of support and 6 talented unsigned bands, showing just how alive and exciting the local music scene is right now. There is such a supportive vibe here at the iconic Purple Turtle tonight for the Metal 2 The Masses London …

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Metal 2 The Masses Final – The Box, Crewe, 31/05/2015

So after all the preliminary heats, quarter finals and semi finals, the Cheshire region of  the Metal 2 The Masses final attracted about three hundred metal heads at the Box in Crewe to watch Skeletal Damage, Headpress, Obey and Synapse battle it out for a place on the bill at …

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Jobseekers – Enniskillen, Charlie’s Bar 22/05/2015

This evening, Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen plays host to a cross border punk and rock assault, the likes that the town has not seen in quite some time, organised by Henchman Promotions, a local promotional company who are contributing to the continued growth of the Enniskillen music scene. Sense Deficiency …

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Temples Festival – Bristol, Motion 29-31/05/2015

Imagine the most ungodly hour possible for a self-respecting metallian to be crawling from their pit – and then move it back an hour or more… well, while most of our readers were most likely turning over for your second sleep, your reviewer was up and about in the wee …

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Wildfire festival 2015 preview

It barely seems almost a year ago since I attended Les-fest, now renamed Wildfire, an annual 3 day classic rock & metal festival situated in the picturesque setting of Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire in Scotland. Now in it’s 4th year it has gone from strength to strength and organiser Dave …

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Metal 2 the Masses Scottish Final, Glasgow, 29/5/15

Friday night was the final of the Scottish leg of Metal 2 the Masses, the prize a spot on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock Open Air festival. Six bands took the stage at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow city centre to battle it out under the watchful eye of M2TM …

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