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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Paradise Lost – HMV Forum – 01/04/2011 (Gig)

Draconian Times a defining album for Paradise Lost & one of my favourite albums. So when it was announced there was a one off UK date in London & Draconian Times been played in its entirety I knew that I would have to go. Ghost was the only support act …

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Hammerfest 3 – 2011 (Festival)

Welcome to this the third instalment of the UK’s fastest growing rock and metal festival. Thursday Thursday night means one thing only rock party time!!! The night kicks in the Vic with Dirty Rose. Hailing from Glasgow, this up and coming three peace rock band kicks off the weekend in …

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Yardbirds – M2TM – 27.03.2011 Heat Winners

Yardbirds Rock Club’s edition of Metal 2 The Masses First up was Aeonia, a Worksop based band. Obviously been around some time playing mythology based songs, The female fronted band play very well and the high notes sung strongly and accurately. Look out for Aeonia on the circuit. Next up …

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Cerebral Bore – The Purple Turtle – 27/03/2011 (Gig)

Where? – Sonic Obliteration Fest, Purple Turtle, Camden, London. Jesus christ WHAT? female? nooooooowaitouch! YES !moshmoshMOSH!  That was what my brain did when I encountered Cerebral Bore. You may already know what they are about.I didn’t. What can I say. The name makes you think ‘macho’, moshpit, throw beer, knock …

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Sonata Arctica Millennium Music Hall Cardiff 23/03/2011

Sonata Arctica Millennium Music Hall Cardiff 23/3/11 Support: Triosphere And Labyrinth This was my first time at this venue and it is a good one. The room has good sound and you can see the stage from just about anywhere. Triosphere Unfortunately due to problems with my pass I missed …

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Watain – The Liverpool Masque – 09/03/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Watain. Opening up the show are French black metalers Aosoth. Prior to tonight’s performance rumours were sweeping the internet like wildfire, saying that Aosoth had pulled out, that they had cancelled tonight’s show. They were wrong! Opening song Rebirth by Fire sets the scene for …

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M2TM – Yardbirds – Grimsby

Yes it is that time again where Yardbirds Rock Club once again plays host to another heat of Metal 2 the Masses. This time four bands battle it out vying to win a slot on a sacred stage at Bloodstock Open Air metal festival. When: Sunday, 27th March , 6pm …

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Rob Zombie – Manchester Apollo – 17/02/2011 (Gig)

This show had a lot to live up to. 12 long years had passed since Rob Zombie had toured the UK, Having presold all tickets to the original venue, the Academy 1, the show was moved to the much bigger venue, the Apollo, and this also sold out in record …

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Fury UK – Yardbirds – Grimsby

Fury UK embarking on their Headline Tour 2011 are playing at The Yardbirds Club with support from Illuminatus When: 13 February · 19:30 – 23:00 Where:  Yardbirds, Church Street, Grimsby, DN32 7DD more information @ Yardbirds

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Godsized – Yardbirds

Godsized warm up gig at the infamous Yardbirds before they start upon a crusade of an European tour supporting Black Label Society, also on the bill GENTLEMEN OF DISTORTED SOUND featuring Gareth Nugent (relation of Ted) and local boys SIGNATURE 67 When: 20 January · 20:00 – 23:00 Where:  Yardbirds, Church …

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Bloodstock Open Air 10th Anniversary – 2010 (Festival)

So, the 10th edition of the self proclaimed “UK number 1 metal festival” – Bloodstock has been and gone but not forgotten… Mainly due to the torrential rain that we early birds suffered with whilst trying to put up our tents but hey, that’s character building. Thanks to the rain, …

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Festival Comparison Chart

  2009 2009 2010 2009   BLOODSTOCK GRASPOP HAMMERFEST HELLFIRE Festival type Outdoor Outdoor Indoor Indoor Weekend Ticket price £100 €130 £130 £55 Day Ticket price N/A €60 N/A £25 Location Derby (UK) Dessel (BE) Prestatyn (UK) UK Duration (days) 3 3 3 2 Festival size Medium Large Small Very …

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Bloodstock Open Air – 2009 (Festival)

FESTIVAL FACILITIES & TIPS FOOD & DRINK – For a smallish festival there was quite a variety of food on offer including last years full inedible english breakfast, which apparently (taking the word of the customers) had improved from last year, as they removed the bouncy egg from the menu. …

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Graspop Metal Meeting – 2009 (Festival)

FESTIVAL FACILITIES & TIPS FOOD & DRINK – We all know how festivals whack the prices of food and drinks up for their maximal profits but this year’s prices were ridiculous! You weren’t only ripped off but you also had to buy tokens before hand. Not to mention the stupid …

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