Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Takeaway Thieves – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, June 16th 2018 (acoustic set)

Takeaway Thieves

You know when you see a band for the first time and you know they have the X factor? Well the Takeaway Thieves have the whole alphabet and enough letters left for the Countdown conundrum! This Saturday lunchtime acoustic set recorded for a future CD release at the Waterloo Music …

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Download 2018 – Friday

After some overnight rain, the forecast for the day (and indeed the entire weekend) was for dry weather. Knowing I’d be at Download festival though I had my waterproofs with me – after all, a dry Download seems too good to hope for, but that’s exactly what we got – …

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Monster Magnet – Gorilla, Manchester: 31st May 2018

Dave Wyndhorf - Monster Magnet

A very hot, very close day in Manchester led into a very hot and close evening at the sold out Gorilla when Monster Magnet came to play! Bang on time opening act iPendej0 took to the stage, they’re from Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, but their lyrics are Urban Spanish hence …

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FM – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 18th May 2018

Friday night in London, and there is nothing better to do than heading to enjoy two of the world’s greatest AOR bands, FM and Dare, joining forces to start their co-headlining tour across the UK. The first support one-man band, Toby Jepson, came on stage just after 7 in a …

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Sky Valley Mistress – Percy’s, Whitchurch, 25/05/2018

Jamming jamming jamming! Sky Valley Mistress jammed more than Hartley’s during their seventeen song marathon set at Percy’s last night. A little gem of a venue with corrugated iron walls and roof providing great acoustics for the seismic music the band create. Forget Marvels Fantastic Four, these are the real …

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Speaker First – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester: 8th May 2018

If you said Indonesian music to me my first thought would have been the Gamelan, it’s not a country I really associate with rock music. A fortnight ago I had never even heard of the band Speaker First, that was until I got a press release through announcing their debut …

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Leaves’ Eyes – The Dome, London – 28th April 2018

Almanac were up first. They’re slightly unusual in that while having one male vocalist and one female vocalist isn’t that strange these days, the way they work is. Rather than having separate vocal parts, with the male vocals doing one part and female vocals another part, for most of the …

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Beth Hart – Corn Exchange, Cambridge – 24th April 2018

Support on Beth hart’s current tour comes from The Kris Barras band. I’ve seen Kris Barras and his band play an electric set before, but tonight is my first time seeing them do an acoustic set (it’s also the first time they’ve done a tour playing acoustic sets). The venue …

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Wayward Sons, Sheffield Academy 20th April 2018

On a  rare hot evening in April, what do you do? Yup, head off to a packed venue and check out the hype that is ‘Wayward Sons’  with  their debut album Ghosts of yet to come! Now, normally you’d expect another rock band to warm up the crowd before the …

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Primordial – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 16th April 2018

When a tour contains two of the biggest band names in the metal scene, you know it’s going to be good. Primordial and Moonsorrow teamed up for the Heathens Crusade tour around Europe, and along with German new-borns Der Weg Einer Freiheit, visited the oddly sunny London on a Monday …

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Testament – Koko, London – 4th April 2018

Tonight’s gig was set to be a good one – not only were Testament headlining Koko, but they had Vader and Annihilator on the bill too, so it’s no surprise there was a long queue outside before doors opened. Vader are on very early but the security team have got …

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The Dead Daisies – Koko, London – 10th April 2018

First up tonight were The Amorettes. I’ve seen this all-female trio before and enjoyed their sets, but tonight was rather different – they’ve really lifted their performance a lot in the last year or two and as a result they’re far more impressive than they’ve ever been before. Musically they …

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Black Aces and The Quireboys, The Picturedrome, 7th April 2018

Tonight, rock n roll was well and truly alive in the picturesque village of Holmfirth.  The Quireboys, currently touring their latest album ‘’White Trash Blues’’ have brought with them Australian rockers Black Aces as their main support band and The Picturedrome was the host for the nights event! Ripping open their set …

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Epica – Rock city, Nottingham – 6th April 2018

Tonight’s gig had an early start (normal for a Friday or saturday night at Rock city and many other venues these days), and with three bands on the bill then Oceans of Slumber were due on stage just 15 minutes after doors opened. It soon became clear that things were …

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Cellar Darling – Boston music rooms, London – 5th April 2018

Tonight was Cellar Darling’s first London headline show, having previously only been here supporting Delain. The venue was a lot busier than I’d expected – if not sold out, it was certainly close to sold out, which is good news for a band with only one album and which only …

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Stiff Little Fingers – Forum, London – 23rd March 2018

Tonight’s gig is a great lineup – not only do we have the legendary Stiff Little Fingers, we have a great support act in the form of Ruts DC. Born out of the ashes of The Ruts, they split at the start of the 80s before reforming in 2007 and …

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The Kris Barras band – Thousand island, London – 20th March 2018

Tonight’s gig was at the Thousand Island venue. If you’re wondering where that is, the old name is far easier – “Upstairs at the garage”. Yes it’s the small room at the garage, that’s been done up with dozens of glitter balls hanging from the ceiling. Sadly they seem to …

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Sumo Cyco – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 15th March 2018

Tonight’s gig at the Craufurd arms is another visit from Canadian band Sumo Cyco. Support tonight comes from Uk band Skarlett riot. For this tour they’re without their usual bassist, Martin Shepherd so have got Tim Chambers from Sister Shotgun helping them out by taking his place till his return. …

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