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Free Blues Festival in Worcestershire 18-21 July

In this hour special for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio Pete Feenstra previews some of the artists appearing at this year’s Upton Blues Festival, including Big Boy Bloater, Kyla Brox, Wily Bo Walker, Rainbreakers and Danny Bryant.  For reviews/interviews of many of the festival artists, check out our album/gig reviews and Mixcloud page.

Wille And The Bandits - Giants of Rock, Minehead, January 2017

Artists such as Danny Bryant, Wille And The Bandits (pictured), Elles Bailey and Rainbreakers – all familiar to GRTR! readers and listeners – will perform at a free festival in July.

Upton Blues Festival has grown from a small event in 2002 based in a couple of pubs to a fully fledged festival with two main outside stages, an acoustic stage in the local church and eleven pub venues plus a boat venue.

Situated in the picturesque Worcestershire riverside town this free festival features over 150 free shows over four days. A camp site with full facilities is nearby.

Amongst the many artists appearing are Big Boy Bloater & The Limits, Troy Redfern, Wily Bo Walker and Kyla Brox. Click or tap poster image to enlarge.

Official website

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THE KORGIS featuring James Warren - Bristol Folk House, 27 April 2019

The Korgis return for Cardiff gig – 20 July

Pop rock royalty The Korgis play a rare gig at The Globe, Cardiff on Saturday 20 July.  The band – fronted by original member James Warren – are best known for their 1979 international hit ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’ and feature both Korgis songs and those from James Warren’s solo albums.

Gig review (Bristol, April 2019)
Venue website

Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet/Alcatrazz dates in September

Graham Bonnet returns to the UK with his band in September playing the music of Alcatrazz, plus Rainbow, MSG and Graham Bonnet solo.  The band includes original Alcatrazz keyboard player Jimmy Waldo together with guitarist Joe Stump, bass player Beth-Ami Heavenstone and drummer Mark Benquechea.

Sep 19 – London: Underworld
Sep 20 – Skegness: Suncastle
Sep 21 – Buckley: Tivoli
Sep 22 – Swansea: Sin City
Sep 23 – Stoke: Eleven
Sep 25 – Belfast: Limelight
Sep 26 – Dublin: Button Factory
Sep 28 – Bradford: Nightrain
Sep 29 – Edinburgh: Bannerman’s
Sep 30 – Blackpool: Waterloo Music Bar
Oct 1 – Bilston: Robin 2
Oct 2 – Portsmouth: Guild Hall

Gig review/interview (August 2018)
Album review (Live In Tokyo 2017)

KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) - The Tivoli, Buckley, 1 March 2019

Kingdom of Madness play more dates this summer

The band formed by one-time Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway play several festival dates during the summer.

The band includes former Magnum keyboards player Richard Bailey, drummer Micky Barker who joined Magnum for the ‘On A Storyteller’s Night tour in May 1985 and remained with them until their split in 1995. Guitarist Laurence Archer, a long term associate of Stanway, stepped in for Tony Clarkin briefly on tour in 1984.

Completing the line-up is Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) , vocalist Chris Ousey (Heartland, Snakecharmer) and Mo Birch who has provided backing vocals on previous Magnum albums and tours.

Sat JULY 13th
Alfreton, Carnfield Hall, Rock and Bike Festival
Thu JULY 25th
Cambridge Rock Festival, Barton, Cambridge
Sat AUG 3rd
Faversham, A New Day Festival
Fri OCT 4th
Troon, South Beach Sessions
Sat OCT 5th
Kinross, Backstage at the Green Hotel
Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Gig review /interview (March 2019)

Blues Caravan 2019

Blues Caravan rolls in to UK this September

Blues Caravan 2019 hits the UK for four dates in September, with Ina Forsman, Ally Venable and Katarina Pejak.

As part of an extensive European tour promoted by Ruf Records these artists will be showcasing their latest albums.

The Blues Caravan concept started in 2005 and amongst the artists who have already contributed to this annual blues rock pilgrimage are Samantha Fish, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Mike Zito.

Blues Caravan 2019

Finland-born Ina Forsman previously toured with the Blues Caravan in 2016, this time she’ll be promoting her current album ‘Been Meaning To Tell You’.  From Texas, Ally Venable released her album ‘Texas Honey’ and mixes blues and hard rock vibes whilst Serbian guitarist/singer Katarina Pejak provides – in her own words – “a blend of blues, country, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll wrapped in a piano-driven sound.”

Wednesday 11th September – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Thursday 12th September -  The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Friday 13th September – The Iron Road, Pershore
Saturday 14th September – Hartlepool United Supporters Club

Album review (Ally Venable)
Album review (Ina Forsman)

MARTIN BARRE - Floral Pavilion, Wirral, 2 June 2019

Martin Barre summer festival dates

Martin Barre returns to Europe for a series of summer festival shows starting on Sunday 2 June with the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain in Wirral.  Martin also appears at A New Day Festival and Cropredy in August.

The long-serving Jethro Tull guitarist will be celebrating 50 Years of Jethro Tull with a special set including special guests Clive Bunker and Dee Palmer.

2 August 2019 Faversham, Kent. UK Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull A New Day Festival
4 August 2019 Villersexel, FRANCE Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull  Rock Au Chateau Festival
10 August 2019 Cropredy, UK Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival
24 August 2019 Shrewsbury, UK Celebrates 50 Years of Jethro Tull Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Listen in to the Martin Barre archive interview special, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 2 June, 22:00 GMT, repeated Monday 3 June, 22:00 GMT

Gig review (Int. Guitar Festival, Wirral, 2 June)

Sin’Dogs UK dates

In this exclusive edit Zal chats about Sin’Dogs and festival plans in 2019.  The full interview is broadcast on Sunday 17 March at 18:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (4:28)

Full interview

ZAL CLEMINSON - Giants Of Rock 2019

Legendary guitarist with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB), Zal Cleminson plays UK dates from 30 March including several festivals.

In the late 1970s/early 1980s he worked with Nazareth and as a session player touring with Elkie Brooks, Bonnie Tyler and Midge Ure.

Cleminson continued to tour as SAHB in the early-2000′s but then retired from music until 2017 when he formed Sin’Dogs.

The album ‘Volume 1′ was released in 2018. Joe Geesin, reviewing for GRTR!, wrote: “It’s loud, it’s heavy, and over the grinding powerful rhythms there’s some fantastic guitar work.”

The band’s summer festival appearances include Sweden Rock and Cropredy.

Photo: David Randall/GRTR!

Album review
Gig review (Giants Of Rock, January 2019)

FRI 5TH: LONDON, 100 Club Century House, 100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London W1D 1LL 7.30pm  https://www.wegottickets.com/100club/event/459360
FRI 2ND A NEW DAY FESTIVAL (Faversham, Kent)
SAT 10th; CROPREDY – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention
SAT 17TH: WEYFEST (Farnham)
SUN 1st: BURY ST EDMUNDS, Blues/Rock Festival

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In this preview, bands featured in the SOS Festival (12-14 July) include Massive and Quireboys.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 14 April 2019. (14:57)

BEARDED THEORY'S SPRING GATHERING – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 23 - 26 May 2019

Bearded Theory (23-26 May) >> Review
“Welcome aboard the Bearded Theory time machine, where four days last five minutes.”
Camden Rocks (1-2 June) >> Review
“…surely this is the Edinburgh Festival of rock music”
Download (14-15 July) >> Review
“Def Leppard remain masters of the  immaculately choreographed show and unlike contemporaries Bon Jovi, have retained just enough of a rock edge for Download to continue to successfully book them as one of the select group of headline worthy acts.”
Cornbury (5-7 July) >> Review
“Cornbury got the little things spot on, be it loos that still have toilet paper on a Sunday or the fact the two main stages have no overlap (bar Sunday’s headliners), so you can maximise your music and get a few healthy steps in between walking to and from the stages.”
Ramblin Man Fair (19-21 July)
Rewind Scotland (19-21 July)
Steelhouse Festival (26-28 July)
Stonedeaf (24 August)

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Gigs to go to

Caravan - HRH PROG VI - Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017


KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) 13 July – 5 October
UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL, Upton On Severn, Worcs.
(Danny Bryant, Wille & The Bandits, Rainmakers etc) 18-21 July
CROBOT 20-28 July
CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 25-28 July (Don Airey, FM, Caravan (pictured), Atomic Rooster etc)
A NEW DAY FESTIVAL 2-4 August (Martin Barre, Focus
, Glenn Hughes, Wilko Johnson etc.)
BIGFOOT 6-28 September
BLUES CARAVAN 2019  11-14 September (Ina Forsman, Ally Venable, Katarina Pejak)
KINGS X 17-29 September
ALCATRAZZ (Graham Bonnet) 19 September – 1 October
WISHBONE ASH 12 October – 16 November
ROYAL REPUBLIC 18 – 31 October

Check out our full listings!

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Danny Beardsley’s debut solo album – Blood From A Stone – is released 20 September.

Danny was guitarist with Derbyshire metallers Isolysis, then formed the semi-prog Emperor Chung before creating an instrumental trio – The Parallax Method – with long-time drummer friend Dave Wright.  ‘This Fool’ is an early single from the new album.

Album review


CROBOT release their latest album – Motherbrain – via Mascot on 23 August.

The Pennsyvania quartet will be on tour in the UK in July including two main festivals.

Album review

MIND KEY Alien In Wonderland

‘Aliens In Wonderland’ marks the return of Italian prog metallers Mind Key.

The band were originally formed in 1999 with their debut album released in 2004. The latest release (Frontiers, 12 July) is the second with vocalist Aurelio Fierro.

Album review

Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting.  “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.

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