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L.A Guns – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 5th September 2018

First up tonight was Stone trigger from Dublin. They’re a great fit for the tour with their sleaze/hard rock sound. Despite being on quite early there’s already a good sized crowd before they start, and It got busier and busier as their set went on. It’s a sign of how …

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Raven – Boston Music Room, London – 5th September 2018

The autumn gig season of 2018 has already started and after a while, the NWOBHM fathers of Thrash Raven came for a show, on a Wednesday afternoon in north London. Support bands for them are the Thrash metallers from San Fransisco Hatchet and the punk-Motorhead-metallers Heavy Sentence. The Boston Music …

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Rockwich 2018 – Lostock Club, Northwich, Sunday

Final Rockwich 2018  day and somehow event organisers Mik Matzen and Colesia Price have managed to squeeze thirteen bands into twelve hours! First up was Quiet The Thief at the hangover worrying midday slot and no quarter was given as they dished up a heavy dollop of gritty heavy rock …

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Rockwich 2018 – Lostock Club, Northwich – Saturday

Another year and another fantastic Rockwich Festival returns courtesy of Prometheus Promotions! Two days of fantastic music starting with the Saturday night of acoustic soiree before the full on main event the next day. Local covers band Baxter made up of the very talented Paul Senior and Hayley Strangelove (but …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 – Sunday

Sunday is always a sad day when it’s the last day of Bloodstock so it was the final journey from our hotel in Tamworth (getting too old to sleep on the ground now) to just catch the start of the rain and opening Ronnie James Dio Stage band Monument. Fronted …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 – Saturday

As the kids TV programme TISWAS used to say, Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile and with another packed day ahead at Bloodstock Open Air Festival, there was loads to smile about! First up was The Brood laying waste to a full New Blood Stage with some full on grind. …

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 – Friday

My annual deja vu quote of “Another year, another Bloodstock Open Air Festival” returns and 2018 saw a wealth of talent spread along four stages in the beautiful location of Catton Hall. First band up at the eye rubbingly time of 10.30am on the New Blood Stage were Dumfries based …

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Bloodstock open air festival 2018 – Thursday

Arriving at Bloodstock feels like coming home. I’ve been coming here for years (this is my tenth Bloodstock), and while the bands are the advertised attraction, it’s also about meeting up with friends that you havent seen for a while (often since the last Bloodstock). Even before the bands start, …

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The Dead Daisies and The Amorettes – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 27th July 2018

Tonight I headed out to The Picturedrome in Holmfirth as The Dead Daisies brought their Summer Tour 2018 to Yorkshire. The Dead Daisies aren’t actually a group, as such, but a collective of musicians assembled, only five years ago, by David Lowy and Jon Stevens. The Antipodean Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller? As …

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Iron Maiden – Genting arena, Birmingham – 7th August 2018

Iron Maiden’s Legacy of the beast tour reached Birmingham tonight. It’s fair to say fans were excited and ready to party with the bars nearby all full of Iron Maiden fans for hours before the doors opened with some bars running out of Trooper. The ticketless entry seemed to work …

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Review, Black Star Riders Heavy Fire Tour at Warehouse23, with support from The Howling Tides

Black Star Riders (BSR) turned up the heat, bringing their Heavy Fire tour to the city of Wakefield at venue, Warehouse23.  Approximately 900 rock fans sold out the show, as they travelled far and wide to support one of the best British/American rock bands.  Black Star Riders feature former members …

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The Levellers – The Stables, Milton Keynes – 21st July 2018

Tonight’s support act was due to be Ginger Wildheart, but as he’s currently dealing with some health issues he was replaced by Gaz Brookfield. While Ginger is a great performer, this was clearly a popular substitution among Levellers fans. I’d heard plenty of good things about Gaz Brookfield from friends …

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North West Calling – O2 Ritz, Manchester: 30th June 2018

This year’s North West Calling, an annual event held at O2 Ritz Manchester, took place on the 30th June. I haven’t been to this prestigious event before, as I’ve always had other arrangements in place. I hadn’t actually intended to go but plans change, so the day before the gig …

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Myles Kennedy – Stylus, Leeds University – 8th July 2018.

With an ambient lit stage, Leeds Stylus hosts a sold out show for Myles Kennedy in its 1000 capacity venue.  The crowd are packed in and are eager for some entertainment, and whilst the fans endure the heat of the place some chants emerge from the back audience in reference …

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Ramblin Man 2018 – Sunday

Sunday kicked off with more hot sunny weather (quite unusual for Ramblin Man – I think this was the first year where it’s been nice weather the whole weekend). The first band I caught today was The Last Internationale, opening the main stage. They’re a band I didn’t know much …

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Ramblin Man 2018 – Saturday

Just inside the entrance to the arena was the Rising stage, and the first act on were Those Damn Crows. They’d pulled a large crowd and that wasn’t just because they were the only band on, or because being in a tent meant they attracted people seeking shade. No, they …

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The Kris Barras band – Borderline, London – 20th June 2018

What a difference 3 months can make. Exactly three months before this show, Kris Barras played his album launch at Thousand island (upstairs at the Garage) in front of a fairly small crowd. Since then he’s toured with Beth Hart and gained a load of fans in the process, and …

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Thomas Wynn and the believers – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 27th June 2018

Tonight’s gig suffered attendance-wise with it being mid-week and scorching hot sunny weather, meaning people preferred to stay outside rather than heading to a gig in a hot venue. It’s a real shame as anyone who didnt attend missed a great night. The night kicked off with Pat dam Smyth, …

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Hollywood vampires – Arena, Manchester – 17th June 2018

Tonight’s gig was a great lineup. The Damned, The Darkness and the Hollywood Vampires. The Damned opened the night. Lets be honest, a band like the Damned as openers? That seems crazy, but it’s testament to the strength of tonight’s bill. Personally as I prefer them musically to The Darkness …

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