Incubus – Live Review – Ulster Hall – Belfast Sep20

Incubus – Live Review – Ulster Hall – Belfast...

Summer is gone and it’s pissing down as I bomb down the motorway en route to the infamous venue that is The Ulster Hall in Belfast. Why pray tell, well I’m glad you asked. There’s a lil’ old band from Cali-forn-i-a in town called Incubus and they’re ready to rock! In tow Ecca Vandal, a South African born artist who fuses a wealth or worldly influences into an angst ridden, groove laden and hard hitting songs that pack a punch of a heavyweight. At first it seem like a curious combo but as the set grows her hefty weighted rhythms and ballsy swagger prove contagious. You cant take your eyes off the stage as she covers it end to end, thrashing...

Biffy Clyro go Unplugged Sep20

Biffy Clyro go Unplugged

Gig Review: Biffy Clyro go Unplugged in The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Biffy Clyro are no strangers to these shores, in fact they’ve regularly remarked that it’s almost a second home to them. And it usually feels like a sort of homecoming show when they play here. And this time was no different. In the wonderful surroundings of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, Biffy Clyro were delivering a slightly more intimate affair than their more recent shows here, from headlining shows at Belsonic, The SSE Arena and a support slot with Muse at T Vital. Those shows were full blown, electric, heavy gigs in support of their number one album Ellipsis. This time...

King King @ The Barrowland, Glasgow Sep20

King King @ The Barrowland, Glasgow

King King @ The Barrowland, It has been over a year since King King played in Glasgow. We have lost the beloved 02 ABC in that time, the venue where the band recorded their incredible live album. It is still doubtful this will ever return so the boys have already secured a little slice of history but they want more. Tonight they are support to some band that had a pretty big hit back in the 80s, a band I never really took too so after this set I made my way to another gig in the city…but I do wonder if post brexit Europe will be allowed back! I swear without knowing it if I saw a clip of a live King King show I would be able to tell...

Florence Black @ Broadcast, Glasgow Sep12

Florence Black @ Broadcast, Glasgow

  Florence Black @ Broadcast, Glasgow The bill for this show was perplexing, Florence Black just did not fit with the other bands and as I really did not enjoy the others I have decided tonight is going to be classed as FB first Glasgow headline show…I was only here to see them anyway. Of course they did not headline and that means they did not do a full set but my first taste of Florence Black was incredible. With three top class EPs under their belt I was expecting a lot but man did they blow me away. This band does southern music with a grudge. Picture Florence Black’s best mate was Southern music, and that best mate just...

Rose Tattoo @ SWG3, Glasgow Sep10

Rose Tattoo @ SWG3, Glasgow

  Rose Tattoo @ SWG3, Glasgow The Rock,n,Roll outlaws returned to Glasgow after a very lengthy absence, they packed out this relatively new venue and blew away a mostly elderly crowd. Girlschool are support for this small tour and they were a perfect addition as the bands have been treading the boards and playing the same venues for a long time. Unfortunately for me the ridiculously early start time meant I missed nearly all of their set. To be fair I am not sure that this was a bad thing as their sound was awful and my first taste of this venue was not great. Let me take you back a bit, Rose Tattoo started in 1976 with their debut...

HRH Sleaze O2 Arena Sheffield 2/09/18.  Day Two Sep07

HRH Sleaze O2 Arena Sheffield 2/09/18. Day Two

  HRH Sleaze O2 Arena Sheffield 2/09/18. Day Two My plan today was getting all my interviews done early so I could see more bands play. There were a few early acoustic sets in stage two again for the lucky VIP’s and press, the first to play were Falling Red. I had reviewed their brilliant album Lost Souls earlier in the year so knew what was to come, but I was interested to see how their style sounded acoustically, let me say it sounded pretty good to me and the medium crowd enjoyed what they did too, they were on the big stage later in the evening and I heard whispers in the crowd that they were looking forward to it. Next were...

Nathan James @ Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow Sep04

Nathan James @ Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow

  Nathan James @ Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow Shock City productions pulled another cracker out of the bag with the voice of Inglorious, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and War of the Worlds brought to Glasgow for an intimate Q & A and an acoustic set. Before we got to hear one of the most powerful voices in Rock today we got the no small matter of an acoustic set from one of Glasgow’s favourite bands Anchor Lane. This band have been ripping up the festival scene over the summer and jumped at the chance to go unplugged for this one. I was just as excited to see this set as I was the headliner as I have witnessed these boys many times but never...

Hard Rock Hell Sleaze O2 Sheffield 1st/2nd September 2018.  Day ONE Sep04

Hard Rock Hell Sleaze O2 Sheffield 1st/2nd Septemb...

  Hard Rock Hell Sleaze O2 Sheffield 1st/2nd August 2018. Day ONE After previously playing a special event for HRH on the Friday night and a small acoustic set to start today off on stage 2, you would have thought that these boys would have been exhausted. But this is the Idol Dead we are talking about and they don’t do tired, these five guys from Leeds have enough energy between them to power the national grid. Amassing a huge fan base called the Idol Army over their ten years together it looked like half of them were in the hall, it was rammed to the rafters and not surprising if you have ever seen them before: lead singer Polly...

Billy Talent Have Nothing To lose At The Limelight Aug23

Billy Talent Have No...

 Billy Talent Have Nothing To lose At The Limelight Posted onAugust 23, 2018AuthoradminLeave a comment A later than usual opening still saw a mass of people queuing up at the doors of the Limelight for a gig to remember with the one and only Billy Talent playing Belfast along with their...

Kasabian Are On Fire At Belfast’s Custom House Sqaure Aug21

Kasabian Are On Fire At Belfast’s Custom House Sqa...

Kasabian Are On Fire At Belfast’s Custom House Sqaure Review by Ivor Whitten, Happy Metal Geek Photography by Darren McVeigh, Metal Planet Music The Custom House Square slowly filled from 6pm when the gates opened and people of all sizes, ages, hues, styles and outlooks milled lazily in for one hell of a gig. Drink was drunk and food was eaten in the slow sunny evening in the middle of Belfast. This was a sold out concert and no wonder. None other than Kasabian were playing tonight and in support were the fantastic Aussies, DMA’s. And on they came. Technically, they are a three piece band but whilst on tour there are six of them. And that...

Leicester Rocks, Leicester Arena 18/08/18 Aug20

Leicester Rocks, Leicester Arena 18/08/18

Leicester Rocks, Leicester Arena 18/08/18 Welcome to Leicester Rocks, a brand-new indoor event put on by Solid Entertainments showcasing nine of the best talents in rock and blues at the moment. Starting off the proceedings were four lads from St Ives, Cambridgeshire: Joe Bonson lead vocals and bass, along with brother Jack on drums, and Phil Haines and Tom Collett guitars. Hollowstar formed only three years ago and these guys are setting the music world alight at the moment: they unleashed their six-track ep Some Things Matter just under a year ago and have never looked back. Planet Rock spotlighted them on the ones to watch and they have...

Iron Maiden are truly Aces High in Belfast SSE Aug05

Iron Maiden are truly Aces High in Belfast SSE

Gig review: Iron Maiden are truly Aces High in Belfast SSE It is a very special evening in Belfast and at the SSE Arena, as a capacity crowd await the sign of the doors opening so they may all troop into the Arena floor and take up their places in the seated areas. The excitement is really palpable as the friendly mass of gig goers begin to get restive. Tonight is no ordinary night at the SSE Arena. Tonight, Ed Force One has landed to deliver the full might of one of the greatest rock and metal bands in the world. Iron Maiden have come to Belfast. For so many people in Belfast and Northern Ireland this is truly an acknowledgement that...

Ministry remorselessly deliver metal Aug05

Ministry remorseless...

Gig Review: Ministry remorselessly deliver metal at an industrial level On a rather pleasant Monday night what better way to pass the evening than with friends, rockers, metallers, and Ministry with support from Chelsea Wolfe? And indeed the Limelight played host to such a gathering. The...

Sixfields Rock Festival, 21-22/07/18 Jul26

Sixfields Rock Festival, 21-22/07/18

  Sixfields Rock Festival, 21-22/07/18 Duston Mill Northampton Day One Now in its third year Sixfields Rock Festival started off as a one- day event: one stage and a small beer tent, last year it expanded to a three-day event three stages, camping and over forty bands including Girlschool and Stray. This year it was to be different again: one stage over two days. The main bands were to be playing in the afternoon and the evening was to be for the covers and tribute bands as the organisers found this is what the overall attitude was of the punters. Myself, I’m old school and love to see original bands and hear new things but I...

Myles Kennedy brings acoustic rock to a packed Limelight Jul23

Myles Kennedy brings acoustic rock to a packed Lim...

Gig Review: Myles Kennedy brings acoustic rock to a packed Limelight Posted onJuly 22, 2018AuthoradminLeave a comment Arriving in Belfast just two days after his erstwhile bandmate Mark Tremonti, Myles’ gig was going to be slightly different as it was a bit more unplugged than Mark’s. Yup, that’s right, Myles Kennedy was going to do this gig the old fashioned way(ish) and play an acoustic set. A bold move by Mr Kennedy. Inside the Limelight, what was immediately noticeable was the large crowd that had already gathered and that quite a few were already determined to be as close to the stage as possible. And the support act hadn’t even come...

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