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...

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...

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...

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...

RAMBLIN MAN 2018 Jul03

RAMBLIN MAN 2018

  Ramblin man 2018 Day 1 Set in the glorious surroundings of Maidstone’s Mote Park with its rolling Kent green land and huge oaks, this festival is set against a beautiful backdrop with 2 days of lovely sunshine without a raindrop forecast, what could be better !! ‘GUN’ were the first band on the list to check out and this enduring band from Glasgow although still releasing consistent albums, knew that it was the classics that the people want to hear, so with an allocated time slot of 45 minutes they pushed on with ‘Don’t Say its all Over’, ‘Better days’, ‘Word up’ and a thunderous version of ‘Steal your fire’. The band certainly have...

Buckcherry and Stone Broken bring the rock to the Limelight Jun16

Buckcherry and Stone...

Buckcherry and Stone Broken bring the rock to the Limelight On a chilled out but wonderfully warm Tuesday night in Belfast, rockers and rollers from all over gathered for one hell of a show in the Limelight. You know its going to be good when The Distortion Project run by the legendary James...

Along Adelaide and UPPA Northlane May31

Along Adelaide and U...

  Along Adelaide and UPPA Northlane On a hot, sunny busy evening you realise that you are going into a dark cavern. The thought crosses your mind why? And then it dawns on you it’s the Limelight 2 and Northlane, Australian metalcore band extraordinaire, are playing. And they were not...

Mason Hill @ King Tuts, Glasgow May30

Mason Hill @ King Tuts, Glasgow

Mason Hill @ King Tuts, Glasgow After a six month hiatus mason Hill bounce back with another landmark, their third sold out headline show on the trot. Is there nothing that can stop this band? Support tonight is from local lads Black King Cobra. This band have also been going from strength to strength but they were a bit apprehensive prior to the show as this was all about one of Glasgow’s most loved bands but the worries fell away as soon as they took to that stage and the massive cheers that were waiting for them. As always front man Callum Moran looked on in disbelief to the reaction from the crowd. One of this bands finer points is the...

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia May21

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia

Robert Cray Band: live in Adelaide, Australia When you peruse through someone’s vinyl collection there’s always an old favourite in there. When you come across Robert Cray’s 1986 album Strong Persuader, you know that this is a person worth knowing. This album was my introduction to the American guitarist and it’s an album that I play often. Sure, it wasn’t his first and there have been plenty after it, but the tone of both the vocal and the sublime guitar, was something that hooked me. Not only was the playing magical but we had a guitarist that took the blues and allowed jazz, soul and R&B flow through it. The vocal sung out crystal...

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