Live Reviews

STONEDEAF FESTIVAL, Newark Showground, 24 August 2019

STONEDEAF FESTIVAL, Newark Showground, 24 August 2019

The Newark Showground features a good site to host bands, everyone’s friendly, the weather held and ‘Krusher’ Joule (a man who appears to be cryogenically frozen at the end of each year’s festival season) was on hand to introduce the bands. - Read More

SAXON, Portsmouth Guildhall, 20 October 2018

SAXON, Portsmouth Guildhall, 20 October 2018

How can you argue with a band that pulls off encores of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, ‘Heavy Metal Thunder’, ‘Wheels Of Steel’ and ‘Denim And Leather’? Answer? You can’t. - Read More

SAXON, Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, Great Hall, Cardiff, 23 February 2018

SAXON, Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, Great Hall, Cardiff, 23 February 2018

Saxon are of course consummate professionals but like a wounded bear are often more dangerous when they have a brand new album to promote and Cardiff saw them road-testing six cuts from their ‘Thunderbolt’ album for the first time. - Read More

BROFEST 2017

BROFEST 2017

For the fifth annual Brofest the format reverted to that of the original 2013 festival with one full day’s entertainment on the Saturday preceded by an evening’s worth of bands on the Friday night. - Read More

BROFEST 2016:Day Three

BROFEST 2016:Day Three

If Saturday started with a party, Sunday kicked off with a bang, as the reformed SATAN’S EMPIRE took Brofest by the scruff of its neck - Read More

BROFEST 2016:Day Two

BROFEST 2016:Day Two

To get people back in the mood, Saturday kicked off with the RODNEY SHADES BAND, an effervescent four-piece who put the party in party. - Read More

BROFEST 2016:Day One

BROFEST 2016:Day One

It’s February in Newcastle and so the boys are back in Toon once more for the fourth annual Brofest NWOBHM celebration. - Read More

Delain and The Gentle Storm, Marble Factory, Bristol, 22nd October 2015

Delain and The Gentle Storm, Marble Factory, Bristol, 22nd October 2015

The Gentle Storm hit the UK opening for Delain on what made for an extremely enjoyable evening. - Read More

WEATHER SYSTEMS - Ramblin’ Man Fair: Day Two

WEATHER SYSTEMS - Ramblin’ Man Fair: Day Two

Sunday morning saw the predicted rain fall and fall and keep on fallin’, as did the attendance: if 5,000 people turned up on Sunday I’d be surprised. Thank heavens then for Blues Pills. - Read More

WEATHER SYSTEMS - Ramblin’ Man Fair: Day One

WEATHER SYSTEMS - Ramblin’ Man Fair: Day One

First impressions spoke volumes. Scorpions and Greg Allman were never likely to sell the gig out and indeed that proved to be the case. - Read More