Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

The Levellers – Academy, Birmingham – 14th November 2014

The first act tonight was She Makes War, aka Laura Kidd.  She’s a solo artist that performs playing guitar and ukulele and singing.  She uses a technique where she sings a short section which is recorded using a foot pedal, and the recording is then played back on a loop, …

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Santa Cruz – Album Premiere and Acoustic Gig

Tucked behind Camden’s Electric Ballroom is a funky little venue called The Stillery, where the lovely folk at Spinefarm Records had invited Planet Mosh for the worldwide album premiere of Finnish band Santa Cruz’s second album, for which the band themselves only received the master copy four days earlier. The …

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Eluveitie – Bierkeller, Bristol, 16/11/14

Until very recently, the only time Iceland, Russia and Switzerland joined forces was to ensure the United Kingdom continued their miserable run of form in the Eurovision Song Contest; tonight is a different matter entirely. No politics, no international relations on the line, just a good old fashioned three band-bill on the …

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The Quireboys – Manchester Academy 3, 16th November 2014

For the fourth time this year I headed out to see The Quireboys, although the first time at this particular venue, this year. So far an acoustic show at  Sheffield Corporation, a full band show at The Picturedrome, Holmfirth and I was lucky enough to get tickets for one of their 30th …

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Rich Robinson, O2 ABC2 Glasgow, 18/11/14.

On Tuesday night in Glasgow Rich Robinson brought his solo show to the O2 ABC2.  Probably best known as guitarist and songwriter in the Black Crowes, Rich released his third solo album, The Ceaseless Sight earlier this year, and will release The Woodstock Sessions next month, a new album recorded …

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Blues Pills, Audio Glasgow, 16/11/14

Sunday night saw the long awaited visit to Glasgow of the band everyone seems to be talking about: Blues Pills. Having previously had to cancel two gigs in the city it was little wonder that the venue sold out. Having said that, Audio is tiny, hidden away under Central Station’s …

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Hard Rock Hell VIII – Pwllheli, Hafan Y Môr Holiday Park, 13/11/2014

Massive Wagons - Hard Rock Hell 2014

As the HRH masses once more descended upon a remote corner of north Wales for this year’s eighth instalment, the PlanetMosh team also assembled from several corners of the UK to brave the early winter weather, hard-as-concrete camp beds, dodgy heating and copious amounts of alcohol to report from the …

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Y&T – Belfast, Limelight 1, 12/11/2014

Y&T - Maverick - Limelight 1 BElfast - 12 Nov 2014

Sometimes it takes vision.  And a simple vision at that.  The vision of one clear-sighted, single-minded – some might say stubborn – individual.  And that vision is to do what you enjoy, and what you want to do, need to do, to fulfill that enjoyment, no matter what adversity, what …

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Entombed A.D. – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 13/11/2014

It’s a filthy evening in Dublin after the remnants of Satan’s Squall had blown through the streets during the day. It’s been a few years since Entombed AD played and tonight is a beast of a line up that is guaranteed to slay. First up are our very own Killface …

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Motörhead – NIA, Birmingham – 6th November 2014

Tonight’s bill was a very diverse one.  Supporting rock legends Motörhead were punk legends, The Damned, and German cowboy rock band The BossHoss. The BossHoss kicked things off early – on stage at 7.10, not long after the doors opened.  Despite the early start there was already a decent sized …

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Lacuna coil – Institute, Birmingham- 5th November 2014

The current Lacuna Coil tour can only be described as a “mixed” lineup. In the UK it is a co-headline tour with Motionless in white, with Devilment as support. The night kicked off with Devilment – the new band featuring Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth on vocals.  Sadly his …

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Billy Idol – Manchester, O2 Apollo – 10th November 2014

Hot on the heels of his first album release in over ten years. Billy Idol, King of the Punk Rock sneer graced three UK venues with his ‘King Rocker’ presence. I was lucky enough to catch him at Manchester, O2 Apollo on his last night in the UK before he …

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Orphaned Land – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 06/11/2014

This gig was part of Orphaned Land’s “Mabool 10th Anniversary Show” series and had support from Benighted Soul and Mylidian. Benighted Soul and Mylidian were tight and fun bands but didn’t do anything for me. So, I don’t really have an opinion on them either way. I was there to see …

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Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Dublin 10th Nov. 2014

SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

Despite the rubbish weather you could feel the excitement in the air, as fans queued up in the rain to see one of the most recognizable guitarists in the business. First up though, was Monster Truck who are everything you would want in an opening act. With their lively brand …

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MFVF 2014 – Sunday

Today was the final day of the festival, and a slightly shorter day than the Saturday, but with some great bands playing. Aria Flame were the first band of the day. An American band, they’re here today with several special guests.  Firstly Joop de Rooj who joined them on keyboards, …

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Deathstars – The Cathouse, Glasgow – 04/11/2014

It is a tendency that the best gigs in Glasgow keep happening during the week when most people are working. When the time for Deathstars to hit the town it was no different, however people where lining up outside The Cathouse on the first Tuesday evening in November. The Swedesare …

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Babymetal – O2 Academy Brixton, London, 08/11/14

It’s wet in London tonight – very wet. And whilst a number of the fans queuing outside Brixton Academy tonight have brought umbrellas it’s still cold and miserable, especially for this reviewer who managed to take a wrong turn on the way to the venue and ended up running through …

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Firefest (Day Three) – Nottingham, Rock City, 26/10/2014

Ted Poley - Danger Danger - Firefest 2014

With the clocks having gone back in the middle of the night to give us a much-needed extra hour in bed, the PM team arrived for the third and final day of the 11th and final (?) Firefest with not a great deal of anticipation, as Sunday’s bill, on paper …

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Damnation Festival 2014 – Leeds University Union – 01/11/2014

Lots of metal heads were waiting for this year’s Damnation festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Ten years and this year’s installment was totally sold out.  Leeds was full of black and camouflaged creatures, ready for what was supposed to be a really good event for sure. Loads of …

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Tesseract / Animals as Leaders – The Talking Heads, Southampton – 03/11/2014

Crammed as tight as canned sardines, people forgot about the cold and miserable weather outside. They intended to generate a lot of heat and energy at tonight’s sell-out show in Southampton’s 260 capacity venue ‘The Talking Heads’. The night kicked off to an impressive start as Navene Koperweis – the …

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