Bigfoot @ Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow Apr18

Bigfoot @ Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow

  Bigfoot @ Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow Shock City Productions do it again, 3 cracking bands for a tenner meant that in a busy night for gigs in Glasgow this was definitely the best value for your money by a long shot. The night kicked off with local boys Anchor Lane who are probably the busiest band in Glasgow at the moment. They have been racking up the home town gigs and unlike the first time I saw them live they are now well known to the regular gig goers present tonight. Each gig sees this already tight unit impress me more and their confidence is growing in leaps and bounds. They burst into “ Twenty Sixteen” which is one of the...

Review – Sleepmakeswaves  The Gov, Adelaide Apr13

Review – Sleepmakeswaves The Gov, Adelaide

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Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate @ Audio, Glasgow Apr05

Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate @ Audio, Glasgow

  Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate @ Audio, Glasgow It has been a while since Jizzy Pearl has played Glasgow due to all manner of reasons with tonight’s bass player stealing them away to Edinburgh every tour(no hard feelings, honest…grrrrr). For that reason alone this one was pencilled in my diary as soon as it was confirmed. It has been far too long since I have seen the Stoopdist band(man) in the world, yes, I have been looking forward to this one. It seems that the venue tonight is a time machine, Love/Hate go way back in my history but the support is a little slice of KOK(sorry, I just could not resist that one). Knock Out Kaine were...

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room @ Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow Apr01

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room @ Cottiers Thea...

    Sari Schorr & The Engine Room @ Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow Cottiers Theatre had the privilege of being the first venue in Scotland to host the blues queen Sari Schorr and like a hurricane this force of nature blew us away. Before we got around to this amazing singer and her seriously talented band we had local lads Catfish Blues set the blues mood in style. They are a no frills, down to earth and serious blues band. Their set is full of all original songs and they go from lazy swaggering on the likes of “ Bright Lights, Big City”, a song that oozes soul to the likes of “Broken Down and Beat” which sounds like early Led Zep...

BAD TOUCH BWR EVENT Mar31

BAD TOUCH BWR EVENT

  Roadstars tour with Bad Touch/Broken Witt Rebels @ 02 ABC, Glasgow Roadstars have done it again with this brilliant co headliner of Bad Touch and Broken Witt Rebels. These are two of the best upcoming band in the UK and putting them together was a slice of genius and sheer joy for those who attended. The openers tonight were Bad Touch which ties in perfectly for me as I have only ever seen them open proceedings in the past, it is kind of a comfortable place for me to see them. Support or not I have seen them give headliners a serious run for their money every time. The one good thing about tonight is no matter where they were playing...

Mike Tramp @ Audio, Glasgow Mar21

Mike Tramp @ Audio, Glasgow

Mike Tramp @ Audio, Glasgow It has been two years since I last saw Mike play due to the gig in Glasgow last year being cancelled at the last minute. The last time I saw him it was just around the corner in The Classic Grand and I saw just Mike, an acoustic guitar and some funny stories about lycra. To say I was looking forward to a full electric set is an understatement. When you go and see Mike live you always know you are in for a good show but tonight I think I may have seen the best performance I have witnessed from him in a long line of gigs and a number of bands going all the way back to 1991. That is not down to just Mike as the...

Devilskin @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow Mar21

Devilskin @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow

  Devilskin @ The Classic Grand, Glasgow Scotland has had to wait a long time for this one, as the rest of the UK enjoyed the bands last tour Glasgow only managed to see about 4 songs due to vocalist Jennie being seriously ill and having to leave the stage in Glasgow and cancel the show in Edinburgh. It was a tough one for me but when you saw the look on the bands face those nights you knew just how gutted they were and they brought that frustration with them and delivered an unbelievable show that left most of the punters speechless. If tonight was about anything it was about energy and not just the headliners as every band on this...

Stevie Nimmo @ Cottiers 10/3/17 Mar20

Stevie Nimmo @ Cottiers 10/3/17

  Stevie Nimmo Trio @ Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow The hometown boy returns as part of his Sky Won’t Fall tour and he brings a blues double bill to the beautiful Cottiers Theatre, an old church that has to be one of the most impressive venues in Glasgow. Tonight was about a few firsts for me, the venue for one which is absolutely stunning(check out the photos). Glasgow is fit to bursting with music halls and as much as places like The Hydro, SECC and The Armadillo have their places gimme an old venue any day of the week. My favourite place in the whole world was The old lady herself in The Glasgow Apollo, she was steeped in history and as...

Live Review: Dead Letter Circus @ UniBar, Adelaide, Australia. Mar16

Live Review: Dead Letter Circus @ UniBar, Adelaide...

  Live Review: Dead Letter Circus @ UniBar, Adelaide, Australia. Review – Craig Grant. Parking in Adelaide is horrendous as we have the Festival, the Fringe and, the celebration of world music, WomAdelaide, all on at the same time. I get to my old stomping ground at the UniBar all set for the tenth anniversary celebration for Dead Letter Circus. The UniBar is a unique venue, looking largely like a tunnel with the band at one end and the mixing desk over the horizon at the other end. The stage always reminds me of the one from Blues Brother, just minus the chicken mesh. Along one length of the room is the bar with the other side being a...

Devilskin @ Think Tank, Newcastle Mar16

Devilskin @ Think Tank, Newcastle

  Devilskin @ Think Tank, Newcastle The venue: When I got to Think Tank I was outside locked doors at 6.30pm and I could hear them doing the final sound checks. I am not sure who it was but the chords and words were “There I was completely wasted out of work and down’. I thought to myself, is that really Judas Priest inside? It was a bloody good impression if it wasn’t. It is the 1st time I have been to Think Tank, Newcastle and it is a nice compact venue, I would call it an up close and personal venue…..ok, small The stage only has 6 spotlights which vary between white, blue and red. As a photographer I was hoping for more white but...

Empyre at The Wheatsheaf, High St Oxford. Mar14

Empyre at The Wheatsheaf, High St Oxford.

I’d arrived very early so went for a walk around Oxford. On my return Empyre were already on stage doing a sound-check with Joel. Once that had finished I overheard a rule of The Wheatsheaf, “No Children.” I guessed that a performer had turned up with kids and been refused entry. That came on top of a cancellation – the first in a very very long time for the venue which immediately reduced the running order from four, to two artists. Bugger. On the bill were Ras Brother John, Quarter Melon, Empyre and Juniper Nights. Now, I guessed that Ras Brother John had the admission trouble. I had looked forward to hearing his performance as he is...

Bonafide/ Tequila Mockingbyrd @ 02, ABC, Glasgow Mar14

Bonafide/ Tequila Mockingbyrd @ 02, ABC, Glasgow

  Bonafide/ Tequila Mockingbyrd @ 02, ABC, Glasgow Sweedish rockers Bonafide stroll into Glasgow on the first date of their Flames tour and I have a horrible confession to make…the guys have been at this for over 10 years and I have never seen them live, I know, I hold my head in shame but if you want to know the thoughts of this virgin read on. Before we get to the headline act there is no small matter of the Aussie refugees in Tequila Mockingbryd. After leaving Oz and settling in the UK things definitely seem to be on the up for these girls. I caught them last year on the incredible Aussie Wrecking Crew tour and they instantly...

Live Review: Midge Ure – @ Adelaide, Australia Mar11

Live Review: Midge Ure – @ Adelaide, Austral...

  Live Review: Midge Ure – @ Adelaide, Australia Review: Craig Grant – Last time we saw Midge in town he had a full band in tow and played the thick electronic sound that he is known for with his time with both Ultravox and Visage. This time he has the India Electric Co with him as both the support act and his support band. This tour by Midge is called, ‘Something from Everything’, and is to showcase a song from each of Midge’s fourteen albums. This obviously excludes the plethora of material released from Midge’s website as well as his brief time with Thin Lizzy, but more about that later. The India Electric Co are two blokes...

LIVE REVIEW: Black Star Riders rock Belfast with storming set of BSR songs Mar08

LIVE REVIEW: Black Star Riders rock Belfast with s...

LIVE REVIEW: Black Star Riders rock Belfast with storming set of BSR songs   THE Black Star Riders have emerged on the other side – the side of living in the shadow of Thin Lizzy: perhaps last year’s festival tour did it. But when BSR landed in Belfast it was more than a homecoming gig for Ricky Warwick, it was when the Riders emerged as a real force in their own right a band whose tunes were known to most of the crowd in a packed Limelight1 on Sunday night (5th March) in the city. Before the main attraction two familiar acts had the Ormeau Avenue not just warmed up, but ready, to coin a phrase, to rock. The power trio of The...

Mason Hill/ Massive Wagons @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Mar08

Mason Hill/ Massive Wagons @ The Cathouse, Glasgow

Mason Hill/ Massive Wagons @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Welcome to the big time Mason Hill. A hometown headline show that sold out over a month ago. The Cathouse is steeped in rock and metal history in this town. Last year it celebrated its 25th Anniversary and tonight Mason Hill wrote themselves into this legends history books themselves. I have seen all number of bands in this and the previous Cathouse’s venue, large and small and you just need to look at the band names on the steps as you enter to know that some of the biggest bands on the planet at one stage in their career have played this place. Two of those bands in Anthrax and Black...

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