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Ramblin Man 2017 – Sunday

First up opening the rising stage we were pleasantly introduced to KillIT; a rock band influenced by the greats such as Slash and Davey Rimmer. From start to finish they force fed the audience their high energy performance of which the audience loved. Their engagement with the crowd were incredible …

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UFO – Town Hall, Birmingham – 27th July 2017

Ahead of their performance at Ramblin Man Fair, UFO finally returned to Birmingham after a rather lengthy absence, one that was noted at the start of the show to be most of their career, so there was an eager appetite amongst the diehard fans ahead of the performance. Also scheduled …

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Ramblin Man 2017 – Saturday

First up after heading onto the festival site, it was a nice start but grey clouds were quickly approaching. The first band on for the day, in fact the only band on at that moment were rock and rollers The Nile Deltas. A great band to kick off day two …

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Jo Harman

There have been few rises more meteoric than that of blues star Jo Harman’s. Born and raised in Devon, Jo took time out to travel India following the sad passing of her father; partly to recover from the loss and partly to hone her music. Despite the sadness, it proved …

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Orestea – Interview

ORESTA chat about their background and talk about their new album ‘Element’s, out 22nd September.   What is the full band line-up, who plays what? Lisa Avon – Vocals, Lloyd Wilson – Guitar, Mike Quinn – Bass. And following the completion of the new album the band has welcomed Johno …

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SOS Festival X – Prestwich 14-16 July 2017

2017 is the tenth year of SOS Festival, an annual affair organised by the team behind Rocksector Records. They showcase not only their own label acts but also some European bands that you might otherwise not get to see and they also give a platform to a whole host of …

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Ramblin Man 2017 – Friday

This year’s Ramblin Man festival saw the addition of a Friday bill. Rather than a full day it was just an afternoon/evening affair and fans were tempted in with the offer of a free beer. There was a good turnout even though not everyone was able to get down there …

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ALL TIED UP – INTERVIEW

All Tied Up are making friends and picking up new fans. The Brit pop-punkers release their new EP  ‘Breaking Silence’, via Stack-in-a-box Records on Friday 22nd September. Before then, we had a sit-down with the guys…..     What is the full band line-up, who plays what? All Tied Up …

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has just turned 40; a mere pup in the great scheme of things but pedigree belies age. His latest album, Lay It On Down (Mascot) is the eighth to be released under the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band moniker and marks a new chapter in what is already …

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Zebedy get grilled

Angular riff beasts ZEBEDY are creating a stir for their twisted and engulfing sound. The band reboot their ‘Set The Pace’ EP on 15th Sept. Before then, we ask a few burning questions:   What is the full band line-up, who plays what?   Jonny H-S – Guitar and Vocals, …

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The Raven Age interview – Download 2017

I spoke to The Raven Age at Download 2017 to talk about their appearance there, and touring plus the current album., You played the second stage here at Download this year. Download is becoming quite familiar for you isnt it? Third year in a row. You started on the fourth …

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Mr Happy Chainsaw Interview

Having recently returned from an 8 year hiatus with new EP ‘It’s Not My Ball’ Kris from PlanetMosh caught up with punk-pop rockers Mr Happy Chainsaw.  Having just arranged their own successful EP launch show, I caught up with them to find out how it went and to discuss the …

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The Summertime Festival, Warrington Parr Hall

The Summertime Festival held at Warrington Parr Hall this year surpassed superlatives; with the exemplary line up, Joanne Shaw Taylor headlining ahead of The Stevie Nimmo Trio, Bad Touch and Xander & The Peace Pirates,  delivering performances that demonstrate each are at the tops of their individual games and bringing a …

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Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule interview

I recently spoke to Warren Haynes to discuss the new Gov’t Mule album, Revolution come, Revolution go. Very recently Gregg Allman died – a sad loss to the world of music. How did you get the news? Bert Holman, the Allman brothers manager called me when he heard about it. …

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TWISTED ILLUSION INTERVIEW

Twisted Illusion reveal their enticing double-album ‘Insight To The Mind Of A Million Faces’, on Friday 22nd September. In anticipation of the release, the progsters talk about their background and more:   What is the full band line-up, who plays what? The core line-up for most shows is Mark Wagstaff …

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Stevie Nimmo

Stevie Nimmo, winner of the 2016 Blues Awards Album of the Year with Sky Won’t Fall, has man flu. Yet despite this, the Glaswegian is every bit as upbeat and amiable as ever. Fresh from playing at Bospop in Holland, along with the likes of Black Star Riders, Beth Hart …

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Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Day Three 2/7/17 Sunday.

It’s the final day of Tuska Open Air Metal Festival and the sun has finally broken through the clouds as we descend to the concrete arena one more time to go toe to toe with some of the finest metal acts on the planet.  The gates open quite late and there’s only …

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Metal 2 the Masses Bristol: The Grand Final, 02/07/17

So it all comes down to this. After six heats, two semi-finals, covers of ‘You Suffer?’, drummers dabbing mid-set and busts of Theresa May being destroyed, there’s one more hurdle for the six bands affectionately dubbed ‘The Best in the South West’. Tonight it’s all about going harder than ever …

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Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Day Two 1/7/17 Saturday.

We’re here a little earlier than yesterday for what is going to be coined Love Metal Saturday, as Tuska Open Air Metal Festival says farewell to local heroes HIM. The opening act today is Lik.  Saturday’s 1.45pm start is so relaxed that when they come on there’s next to nobody …

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