Live Reviews

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Takedown Festival 2015

It’s not scorching here at Southampton Uni today, but the rain is keeping off and the sun is just resting behind the clouds. Optimum festival weather. For regulars to the festival there’s a feeling of being reunited with an old friend. For newcomers, there’s almost awe at the intimacy this festival holds. Either way, everyone is eager to begin… (District ...

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Live Review: Wednesday 13, Think Tank, Newcastle

In the modern rock era, it is hard to find bands that still believe in the theatrical side of live performances. I can count on one hand how many bands deliver a true spectacle every time they play live: Slipknot, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Steel Panther and tonight’s act- Wednesday 13.  Incorporating the the visual with the sound, creating characters, making ...

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Live Review: Steel Panther, Academy, Newcastle

The story of Steel Panther is an unlikely one:  front-man Michael Starr has recorded lead vocals with LA Guns, backing vocals for AFI, and appeared in a movie with Mark Wahlberg. Yet this was years before Steel Panther even existed.  “Four years on, I can’t believe we’re still here” Starr confesses.  Who would think a comedic glam-metal band, whose lyrics ...

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Live Review: Europe & Black Star Riders, Academy, Newcastle

If you told me I’d be seeing live versions of ‘The Final Countdown’ and ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ performed by the original bands (well mostly) as well as one of the most exciting new rock bands in the country – I would have thought you were joking. Or talking about a festival of sorts.Alas this is a chilly ...

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Kerrang! Tour: Beartooth, Bury Tomorrow, Young guns, We Are In The Crowd, and Don Broco

This has been an unforgettable night! Five fantastic bands – it’s a mad mix of 2015’s hottest bands on the scene: Beartooth, Bury Tomorrow, Young guns, We Are In The Crowd and Don Broco. Beartooth are the first to play, kicking things into full swing. Though it’s a short set, they were a mega opener. When they played second track, ...

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Live Review: The Used, Decade, and Landscapes

Well it’s been a fantastic gig tonight with the awesome support acts, Decade and Landscapes. Prior to the tour I had seen a press statement from Decade frontman Alex Sears saying “I think every band currently on the UK circuit would agree that [The Used] are a massively influential band so to be able to tour with them is an ...

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Live Review: StoneWire / Skinny Molly – Robin 2, Bilston

It’s a bit unusual not to be writing, principally, about the headline band, but tonight was one of those occasions when the support band, StoneWire, took the review centre-stage. So, I’ll reverse the roles and first mention the headliners, Skinny Molly. For those who don’t know the band they play southern style rock and being fronted by Mike Estes, formerly ...

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Live Review: ANAAL NATHRAKH, London

There aren’t many bands who one could call truly monstrous in live performance but Annal Nathrakh certainly fit the bill. Headlining an evening of brutal black metal is no easy feat, although the Birmingham based outfit certainly gave everyone a lesson in bestial carnage on this night. Opening with ‘Acheronta Movebimus’ the crowd were sent into a frenzy and throughout ...

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Live Review: Hayseed Dixie, Academy 2, Newcastle

When you see most cover bands , or tribute bands, you know what you are going to get –  a good laugh, a bit of fun but you know it’s not the real thing. Hayseed Dixie on the other hand are a totally different experience. Imagine all your favourite rock songs played by four hillbillies, using banjos, mandolins and fiddles. ...

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Snakecharmer + Daylight Robbery @ The Robin 2

Rob Billingham reviews an AOR gig which didn’t disappoint… A real treat for lovers of melodic rock was in store for anyone braving the Arctic cold which had descended on Bilston this Friday evening. I’m glad to say that the cold was a deterrent as a very healthy crowd had come through the Robin 2 doors ready to enjoy the ...

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