Live Reviews

Download 2019: The Highlights – Saturday – SlipKnot, Halestorm, Skindred, and more

So here we are the ‘middle’ day of DL19: For some the best day, the show-stealer. Yet, for some, this is a stepping stone to the grand finale. Last night we came for Def Leppard, but the real headliner was Mud (apologies for that awful joke). Tonight, SlipKnot close the festival, yet there’s still a Puddle Of Mudd (again, sorry). ...

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The Picturebooks

The Picturebooks stop the Hands of Time

It feels like only yesterday The Picturebooks were in town rocking the huge Brixton Academy in support of Clutch. Here they are yet again under their own steam, headlining the Underworld in support of their current release, The Hands of Time. It felt a little touch and go as to whether the gig would go ahead with Fynn Grabke falling ...

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I Am Morbid

Morbidfest at The Underworld

For all the reasons you possibly could have to skip out of work early and head to the Capital, Morbidfest is just it. Sitting in just before the awesome Desertfest takes over Camden, it is a night of the almighty heaviness from the dark side. The troubling fight of being first on to extremely early doors sees its largest challenge ...

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Samantha Fish Live: 11th May 2109, O2 Academy, Birmingham.

Curse of Lono produce music for driving alone at night down long country roads. Not depressing, more melancholy and thoughtful. Its roots driven, with a dash of the blues though more dark folk with an 80s pop quality also somewhere in its foundation. Picture Echo & The Bunny Men meets The Waterboys with Richard Thompson filling in on guitar. A ...

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Ana Popović & Ben Poole: Sunday 5th May 2019, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

The Deaf Institute is small but full this Bank Holiday Sunday and it’s an early start too. A guitar squeals out as fingers race furiously along its fretboard prior to the gutsy stroking of chords as Ben Poole tells us he can’t ‘Take It No More’. Heartbreak and life’s weariness are sighed out in whisper down the mic, add his ...

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John Lodge

Moody Blues bassman John Lodge brought his 10,000 Light Years band to London for a rare solo gig

In the almost baronial splendour of Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, Moody Blues bassman John Lodge brought his 10,000 Light Years band to London for a rare solo gig in the capital. The Moodies have always been a class act so it was only fitting he chose to perform with his band in similar surroundings. He’d already done a short solo ...

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The Slow Readers Club

The Slow Readers Club play Reading

Manchester alt-rockers The Slow Readers Club have gone from strength to strength in their 10+ year career, through playing a litany of festivals including Isle of Wight and last year’s Victorious, and releasing their first UK top 20 hit album Build a Tower. Showing no sign of stopping, they take on the country with a headlining tour, supported by the ...

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VULTURE INDUSTRIES

Four Different Shades Of Norwegian Darkness – Dominanz, Madder Mortem, Helheim & Vulture Industries Lay Waste To Bergen

Last night was something quite special in that four rather unique bands convened in Bergen and laid siege to the cool and dimly lit venue that is Kvarteret in Bergen, Norway. While legendary viking metallers Helheim and the progressive outfit that is Matter Mortem have been around for what seems like ages, the hugely experimental Vulture Industries burst into the ...

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In Flames

In Flames, Norma Jean, Light The Torch at Manchester o2 Ritz

Before the first band came on the venue was packed with fans and the atmosphere was infectious. We were in for a night of mosh pits, crowd surfers and head banging, as In Flames, Norma Jean and Light The Torch took over the O2 Ritz in Manchester. The lights dimmed and the crowd were screaming, everyone’s on their feet including the upper floor ...

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The Xcerts

The Xcerts at The Garage, London

With a supporting tour, a headlining tour, and dates in between, The Xcerts have not only kept themselves busy, but everyone else involved, including the fans. Tonight, they’re headlining tour reaches The Garage in London, and it’s obvious that the dedicated fans have gathered. But no fan looks alike. These days, it’s rare to see the older and younger generation ...

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