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...

LIVE REVIEW: Heat four of Northern Ireland’s Metal2TheMasses packs Limelight Mar08

LIVE REVIEW: Heat four of Northern Ireland’s...

LIVE REVIEW: Heat four of Northern Ireland’s Metal2TheMasses packs Limelight EACH week of this year’s Metal2TheMasses has seen growing numbers attending, and the response from the crowd has been impressive – reacting to what they see on stage. With voting split 50/50 between the judges and the audience sometime the acts that brings enough friends and family along can sway the matter, but on other occasions the sheer level of performance is such that everyone is brought along. And, sometimes stage experience can make a difference… Rookies Gozer The Traveller opened the Heat with a set of tracks that verged from stoner...

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...

Blaze Bailey/ Damaj @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow Mar08

Blaze Bailey/ Damaj @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

  Blaze Bailey/ Damaj @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow Almost a year to the day Blaze Bailey returns to Glasgow to promote his latest album and number two in the Trilogy. Having been at last years gig I am pleased to say there are far more punters here tonight and as his fans can get a bit crazy I was expecting a rowdy night…and I was not disappointed. It is all a bit Deja vu tonight as main support comes from local lads Damaj. I honestly do not know why I am surprised by these guys every single time I see them. I should know by now they consistently push the bar every single gig but tonight there was a huge difference. It has been a...

Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia. Mar06

Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia.

Live Review – Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia. Reviewed by Craig Grant: What a night we have lined up tonight with Twelve Foot Ninja touring the colossal, ‘Outlier’ album on the Sick Tour. The ticket says doors at 8pm but we find out that the Ninjas won’t be on stage until 10:45pm. This leads to the bars being chocka and bodies everywhere. Luckily we have a few bands to get things going, but warming up is not too much of an issue as it’s a hot and sticky night in Adelaide. Back to the bar again to hydrate. First up we have Colibrium and this is a first for me as I haven’t come across the band before. They released their first album...

Warrior Soul/ Anchor Lane @ The Bungalow, Paisley Feb27

Warrior Soul/ Anchor Lane @ The Bungalow, Paisley

  Warrior Soul/ Anchor Lane @ The Bungalow, Paisley The original angry man of metal returns to the UK and plays a more intimate show just outside Glasgow. Having been a fan from the very beginning I was looking forward to this one. Before I go on to talk about either band tonight I have to comment on the venue. This was my first visit to The Bungalow in Paisley and with just a 10 minute journey from Glasgow it will not be the last. Just a short walk from the train station it is still secluded enough to have the volume shaking the walls. They have a great back line and for the size of the place and some brilliant lighting. I would...

HRH METAL BIRMINGHAM Feb13

HRH METAL BIRMINGHAM

Today finds me in Birmingham,  to cover one day of the inaugural HRH Metal, being held at The O2 Academy just by the city centre.  It’s a cold dank day which actually transfers from the outside in as far as the temperature is concerned.  Once inside The O2, I’m met with high spirits and everyone up for a good time. It’s nearly a pity this didn’t start yesterday,  such is the spirit of the place. For HRHM,  all three rooms have been made available, so we have a main stage of course,  Room 2 called… Room 2. and then the third room subtitled “The Best of Brum,” dedicated to the local bands here....

LIVE REVIEW: Heat One of Metal2TheMasses kicks off the battle for a Bloodstock slot Feb12

LIVE REVIEW: Heat One of Metal2TheMasses kicks off...

LIVE REVIEW: Heat One of Metal2TheMasses kicks off the battle for a Bloodstock slot YOU know when Metal2TheMasses is underway when ‘real’ adults appear in Limelight2. Not, that everyone who normally attends isn’t above the statutory admittance age – it’s just that these are responsible adults. Also known as parents of band members. Seeing these responsible adults gives one a sense of assurance that their offspring’s efforts to learn a new guitar line, drum fill of bass run, not to mention shipping them to rehearsals has been worth the effort to see their sprogs enter into the fray for a cherished spot at...

The Brew/ Albany Down @ Nice ‘N’ Sleazeys Glasgow Feb09

The Brew/ Albany Dow...

  The Brew/ Albany Down @ Nice ‘N’ Sleazeys Glasgow Sometimes us Photographers and reviewers actually get nights off, yes we like to chill out, not stress about getting the perfect shot and having to remember each and every memorable part of a show( this is another way of saying get...

DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’S TOUR Feb06

DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’S TOUR

  BIRMINGHAM, UK – MAMA ROUX DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’S TOUR ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By: Weblizar Doyle @ Glasgow,Audio Doyle @ Audio, Glasgow Misfits monster Doyle hits the Uk for his first ever solo tour over here so as you can imagine there was a huge amount of interest and some really annoying fans. Before we got to the legend himself we had Manchester based band The Dead X111 and boy did they put in a storming set. I have caught this band live a few times in this city and they never fail to provide anything less than a top class show. The boys are doing the full UK tour so if you get...

Glenn Hughes/ Stone Broken @ The Garage Glasgow Jan29

Glenn Hughes/ Stone Broken @ The Garage Glasgow

Glenn Hughes/ Stone Broken @ The Garage Glasgow It is a huge night in Glasgow for gigs, there are 4 top class acts playing with probably the biggest the farewell from Black Sabbath. That was always going to hit numbers tonight especially as this was the rescheduled gig from last year. Tonight was a matter of allegiances for me, I have done many Sabbath gigs and I was one of those idiots who went to the last farewell tour. No, this was an easy choice, Glenn always performs at the top of his game and with a support as good as Stone Broken there was no question where I would end up. Are there still people out there who do not know how fucking...

Nashville Pussy The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes Jan28

Nashville Pussy The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes

So tonight I’m photographing at The Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes. Is actually a decent sized pub quite a few punters in already so looks as though the gig is going to be quite substantial? I’m really looking forward to tonight. First up we have Long John and The Killer Blues Collective, followed by followed by Desert Storm, and ending the night in from The US, the headliner act, the aptly named Nashville Pussy who I’m really quite looking forward to hearing. It’s my first night down at Crauford arms and it looks as though it might become a regular as I have such a good lineup including the Lioness Amy Winehouse...

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