Live Reviews

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

BROFEST 2015: Day Three – Sunday 1 March

BROFEST 2015: Day Three – Sunday 1 March

Excitement was running high now. BLACK ROSE are always, always good value for money. - Read More

BROFEST 2015: Day Two – Saturday 28 February

BROFEST 2015: Day Two – Saturday 28 February

At midday WARBASTARD announced their arrival by blasting through their set with little fuss but plenty of thrash. - Read More

BROFEST 2015: Day One – Friday evening 27 February 2015

BROFEST 2015: Day One – Friday evening 27 February 2015

Following in the illustrious footsteps of 2013’s Black Rose and Toledo Steel last year, Brofest 2015 was kicked-started by MANDORA, an energetic five-piece from South Shields. - Read More

Delain, O2 Brimingham, 16th April 2014

Delain, O2 Brimingham, 16th April 2014

It’s been a long and exciting road for singer Charlotte Wessels and keyboard player Martijn Westerholt. - Read More

British Steel Festival - Camden Underworld, London, 31st March 2012

British Steel Festival - Camden Underworld, London, 31st March 2012

Now in its sixth year, for the first time the annual NWOBHM pilgrimage to the Camden Underworld wasn’t headlined by a well-known name from the early Eighties. - Read More

Progpower Europe - JC Sjiwa, Baarlo, The Netherlands, 3rd October – 5th October 2008

Progpower Europe - JC Sjiwa, Baarlo, The Netherlands, 3rd October – 5th October 2008

As hard to believe as it is, 2008 saw the tenth annual ProgPower festival in Baarlo, the gig that has given rise to sister festivals in America and Denmark as well as the ill-fated UK shows. - Read More

Voices in the Night - Metal Female Voices Fest V, Oktoberhallen, Wieze, 19th and 20th October 2007

Voices in the Night - Metal Female Voices Fest V, Oktoberhallen, Wieze, 19th and 20th October 2007

There’d been a couple of changes to the MFVF set-up since I was last here. This time around, instead of two side-by-side stages there was just one massive stage, built to accommodate Leaves’ Eyes dramatic Viking longship which stretched across its full width. - Read More