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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Epica – 013, Tilburg – 30th April 2014

Tonight was to be a special show from Epica – the launch party for their new album, The Quantum Enigma.  As with their other album launch gigs and special shows, this saw fans travelling from all over the world. Support came from Finnish band, Insomnium, a band who have toured …

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Clutch and Lionize – O2 ABC Glasgow, 7/5/2014.

@planetmosh reviews .@LionizeMusic and .@clutchofficial. Wednesday night saw the arrival of the Earth Rocker World Tour in Glasgow, and the sold out crowd at the 02 ABC were more than ready to let Clutch know it was about time.  Fans started queuing three hours before Clutch were due to take …

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The Robert Cray Band – Barbican Centre, London – 6th May 2014

First up tonight was a London singer-songwriter, Azadeh.  She performed solo, playing guitar and singing.  She’s got a lovely voice and the simple performance sounded great and went down well with the audience.  She played both electric and acoustic guitar and for one song ditched the guitar and played piano …

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IKillYa – Limelight 2, Belfast 03/05/2014


The last time New York’s IKillYa played Belfast, they nearly didn’t – as the venue they were scheduled to appear at closed just a few days before they were due to grace its stage. Fortunately, in the true spirit of metal camaraderie, another promoter stepped into the breach, a few …

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Anti-Nowhere League – 100 Club, London, 24th April 2014

I first saw the Anti-Nowhere League (ANL) by accident (or divine intervention) at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow back in March 2011. I had to go to Glasgow so had a look to see what was going on, saw ANL were playing, watched ‘So What’ on YouTube, decided it would be …

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Damaged Stock 2014 – 26th April 2014

Damaged stock 2014 @EvilScarecrowUK@Rock_City_Notts@epilepsyaction@emperor_chung@DamageScape@tentontabby@ObzidianMetal@Pandemik_666 Outside lurks daylight, in Rock citys basement however, it s dark and Riff Bastard have descended upon the stage to entertain the crowd hiding like vampires with a taste for metal, its time to awaken, it’s time to feed. Its Damaged Stock 2014 and all proceeds …

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Coldwar + Overoth + Killface – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge 26/04/2014

Coldwar Dublin 2014

It’s good to get out of the country now and again, and so it was that I gladly accepted an invitation to forsake my normal Saturday routine of a late afternoon of premier local metal followed by an evening of avoiding the local smiks back in Belfast to head south of …

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Kvelertak – The Cathouse, Glasgow – 22/04/2014

.@Kvelertak , @woundsband and @empressad show in Glasgow reviewed by @AnybodyBC for @Planetmosh Tuesday, the 22nd of May, the day just after the long Easter weekend, when everybody’s getting back to work and  still not feeling in the mood for the return to the grind. Oh well, Glaswegians had a …

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Scott Stapp and Voodoo Six, London, 23 April 2014

@Planetmosh reviews @ScottStapp and @VoodooSix show at the Electric Ballroom, London, April 2014.   Thoroughly encouraged by how good this gig was going to be I arrived at the Electric Ballroom full of expectation.  Having been the lead singer of Creed one of the ten most successful US bands of the 2000s, …

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Metalfest IV – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 21/04/2014

You know, I can think no better way of spending Easter Monday – for those of you not familiar with it, the end of a weekend of celebrations dedicated to the ancient Semitic goddess of love, war (aren’t they one and the same thing?), fertility and sex – than ensconced …

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Collibus (Album Party) – Satans Hollow, Manchester: 17th April 2014

To celebrate the release of their album The False Awakening in January Collibus held an album party at Satans Hollow, Manchester on the Thursday before Easter. Getting the party started were Vice, a four piece heavy metal band from Bury. Opening with Rise Up, Ishmail playing a six string bass …

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Within Temptation & Delain – Academy, Birmingham – 16th April 2014

The queue outside stretching round the block showed that tonight’s gig was either sold out or pretty damn close, and it’s not surprising really – tonight’s lineup sees Within Temptation paired with the best support they could have chosen – Delain. Delain have been rising in popularity rapidly in the …

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By Any Means – Limelight 1, Belfast 19/04/2014

By Any Means Gig Poster - Limelight April 2014

Birthdays and anniversaries are important milestones, often forgotten at peril (which probably partly explains why my ex-wife is just that!), and so Belfast hardcore heroes By Any Means decided to mark five years together with a suitably celebratory bash at the city’s most famous rock venue. Chosen to open proceedings …

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Beholder Weekend Warriors Tour, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

Beholder arrived in town as part of their Weekend Warriors tour recently with Cambion as their touring support band and with two local  bands also on the bill.  Just to make it an even better night one of the local support bands is 15 Times Dead featuring none other than PlanetMosh’s …

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Plainview – Upstairs at The Garage, London – 12/04/14

Plainview are a charismatically mental, tour hungry band who are new to the live music circuit with this being only their sixth ever gig (as a band). With their debut album already in the bag (literally in my case), they are out touring it in various locations across England and …

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The Wildhearts ‘ROCK’ Rock City + Support

@Planetmosh @TheWildhearts  @HeyHelloMusic @VHBROZ When I saw how big the que was outside of Rock City in Nottingham, I just knew straight away we were in for a good night! Getting there fairly early, I made my way into the venue and settled myself down. I’d found a great spot to see everything, …

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Status Quo – O2 Dublin – 12/04/2014

This wasn’t my first foray to a Status Quo concert. It was however my first time to see the ‘Frantic Four” line up that released the ‘real’ Quo albums (Hello, Dog of Two Head and Piledriver to name a few), that heralded heavy blues rock. No “whatever you want” or …

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DevilDriver – Limelight 1, Belfast 07/04/2014


.@PlanetMosh reviews DevilDriver, @BleedFromWithin and @Sylosis in Belfast On the only previous occasion on which DevilDriver played Belfast – a month short of eight years ago – the local Free Presbyterian intelligentsia (the Norn Iron equivalent of the US’ moral minority/religious right) picketed the outdoor festival which they were headlining: …

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