Tag Archives: live review

Acid Reign – Central Live Music Venue – Wrexham.

30 years ago Acid Reign played a gig in Wrexham. I lived less than a mile from the venue, was a massive fan and had money in my pocket. And yet I didn’t go. I’m not sure why not. Maybe I thought I’d catch them next time. As Homer (of …

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Crapfest 2021: Event Review

Well Crapfest! Once I’d finished embarrassing myself by walking into the wrong place, we entered EBGB's. I’d been told it was a sell out but wasn’t expecting the opening band to be playing to a packed basement. Ok no one had started actually jumping up and down but the vibe was definitely starting to build.

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Live at the O2 Academy, Brixton [Virtual Live Show Review with Melody VR]

Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of a live concert; the sweat-drenched walls, the chest-rattling bass lines and the ear-deafening screams of the crowd, but the recent Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes show, hosted exclusively on the Melody VR app (via smartphones and VR headsets), brought a truly immersive experience right …

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British Lion – Chester Liverooms: 17th December 2019

As a lifelong Maiden fan I’ve always wanted to meet any of the guys but also aware that I may be a bit star struck if I ever did. I, therefore, was filled with both excitement and trepidation when I was approved to review Steve Harris’s British Lion. They had …

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The Agonist, Academy 2, Manchester – 3rd December 2019

When I reviewed The Agonists new album Orphans earlier in the year I was totally blown away. The song writing was thoughtful and thought provoking, the vocals ranged from angelic to demonic and the complex musicianship kept me going back to listen to each song over and over again. I …

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Periphery – O2 Ritz Manchester – 14th November 2019

Periphery

Periphery are, what I would call, a snowball band. Let me explain, formed in 2005 they have got bigger and bigger until one day they bowled me over (imagine arms and legs flailing as a giant ball of snow rolls down a hill). Joking aside, I first heard Periphery on …

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Static-X – Manchester Ritz – 3rd October 2019

Unfortunately, as I live over the border in Wales there was no way I could get from work to Manchester for Dope’s opening set. My apology’s guys catch you next time. Now, there are good supporting bands. Sometimes there are great bands. Then occasionally you get a band who, not only …

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Rammstein – Milton Keynes – Saturday 6th July 2019

I normally avoid arena and stadium gigs like the plague but if one band was going to change my mind, then it has to be Rammstein, especially as they are only doing one UK gig here in 2019. Tickets were bought last November and the last eight months have seemed …

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Sumo Cyco – Phase One Records – Liverpool – 13/06/2019

Anybody who knows about Sumo Cyco will know they are all about their fans. This was never more evident than when myself and my trusted wingman caught up with them at Phase One Records in Liverpool. After we’d had a chat (see Sty’s interview with them) we headed on inside …

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Twisted Illusion – Star And Garter, Manchester.

I had not planned to review this gig but being the last date on the tour and also no support bands meant that over two hours of music was promised by Twisted Illusion so it would be a shame to not document it. Notes were kept to a minimum so …

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Hollowstar – Star And Garter, Manchester.

Two gigs in two days for me at the Star And Garter, a new venue to me and very impressed with the acoustics, atmosphere and the bands they have playing there. Headliners Hollowstar were supported strongly by Florence Black and gig openers Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts who warmed a …

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Falling Eden – The Underground, Stoke.

Considering this was only the second Falling Eden gig, the first being way back in August 2018, they may have been nervous being first on a three band bill but any doubts were blown away as they tore into set opener ‘Falling Eden’. Their debut album Our Time Is Coming …

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RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day Two.

Ding ding! Round 1 of day 2 and first band of the day, London based District 13 gave us a highly entertaining nonet of songs considering they had been on the road since 4am. A dizzying array of musical dishes was served up for Sunday lunch as they kicked off …

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RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day One.

Festival organizer Martin Short has a change of name for his annual festival and venue for 2019 so the Badass Bash now became Rockforce Festival and it was certainly a force to be reckoned with as 16 bands, all playing for free shook the rafters of the Waterloo Music Bar …

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Rival Sons O2 Academy Leeds – 4th February 2019

Canadian blues rockers Sheepdogs support Rival Sons during their extensive 26 date tour of the UK, Europe and USA. Sheepdogs Sounding Southern blues, you might mistake Sheepdogs for being wholeheartedly American but this pack originates from Saskatoon, Canada.  They gained themselves popularity by being one of the first unsigned bands …

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Last Great Dreamers – The Corporation, Sheffield – 9th December 2018

Sunday night at The Corporation, Sheffield and Last Great Dreamers are putting on a Christmas show with special guests  Leeds own Boomville which features guitarist Mark Yates of Terrorvision fame.  And they’ve also brought along with them compere and comedian Pete K Mally. It’s not every day you have a compere …

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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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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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Airbourne – O2 Ritz, Manchester: 26th November 2016

On a frosty winter’s day in Manchester, three bands from three different continents Europe, North America and Australia descended upon the O2 Ritz for a sell-out show. First up at 6:20 pm, and a little too early for many revellers, came ‘all girl garage group’ The Franklys, although they’re based …

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