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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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Solstafir – Audio, Glasgow – 30/10/2014

Autumn and winter are definitely seasons of great music events. Take the Solstafir tour, for example.  These Icelandic guys did not miss the chance to visit Scotland as well, so a Glasgow gig was a must. It was announced, that they would come here together with Spanish conquistadors Obsidian Kingdom …

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Metal Female Voices Fest 2014 – Saturday

Today was the first full day of the festival.  Having sorted out wristbands etc on the Friday, we were able to skip the queue at the box office and head straight into the venue on arrival. The first act of the day was Dutch band La Ventura.  I’d seen them …

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Damnation 2014 Festival Review by Aisha

It’s that time of year again. Leeds is swamped with figures in black heading towards Leeds University, ready for a night of music and mayhem, except this year we are also celebrating 10 years of Damnation. This years show is completely sold out and we look forward to a fantastically varied line …

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Vega @ The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

The guys of Vega descended on Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms last night (1/11/14) to a nearly packed venue for the first gig of their mini tour since releasing the new album ‘Stereo Messiah‘. Before the gig I had a brief moment to speak with brothers James and Tom Martin about various …

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Asia – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 2nd November 2014

Tonight’s show was advertised as having an early start – with the doors opening at 7pm, Asia were due on at 7.30.  Things went as planned and Asia came on at 7.30 and kicked the night off with two songs from their very first album before playing a track from …

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Black Stone Cherry – Wembley Arena – 01/11/14

On 26th June 2008, my first real taste of live music photography was shooting Def Leppard and Whitesnake at Wembley Arena with their support band which to that point I did not know called Black Stone Cherry. Jump ahead six and a half years of hard work and not only has …

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Cursed Sun – Belfast, Limelight 2, 01/11/2014

Cursed Sun header

Sometimes I feel like I live in Belfast’s most famous music venue rather than five minutes ’round the corner, given the amount of time I spend there… this was my something like my 26th or 27th gig here this year so far (a that’s not counting the amount of evenings spent …

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Orange Goblin + St Vitus – Belfast, Limelight 2, 31/10/2014

Orange Goblin & St Vitus - Limelight Belfast 31-10-2014

Halloween.  One of the most important nights of the year… the one when the veil between the worlds comes down… or when spidey dickheads get to cross-dress without fear of ridicule from their equally spidey dickhead mates and make even bigger drunken pricks of themselves than usual… or, in the …

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After the Burial / Monuments / Circles – 18/10/2014

Tonight’s show marked the first night in the UK of this monolithic tour. With After the Burial headlining the show, supported by Circles and Monuments; you know it’s going to be a night of pure, unrelenting energy and sauna rooms. It’s fair to say that, ‘The Joiners’, is one of Southampton’s …

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Firefest (Day Two) – Nottingham, Rock City, 25/10/2014

Firehouse - Firefest

The second day of Firefest’s Final Fling promised to be the strongest, in terms of the quality of the names on the line-up, and this was reflected in the fact that breakfast had barely settled in the stomachs of most of the some 1,800 who queued outside the venue to …

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Focus – Belfast, Empire Music Hall, 31/10/2014

Focus PR Photo

A little more than 40 years ago, a movement developed among classically trained musicians who also were fans of rock music which saw them experiment in merging the two disciplines, as well as throwing elements of jazz, folk and other musical forms into the mix:  the result was prog!  Over …

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