News: Popular Poll results announced Sunday 18 December – top rock album, live and breakthough act 2016

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The results of Get Ready to ROCK!’s popular poll for ‘Best of 2016′ will be announced on Sunday 18 December at 22:00 GMT in a special show on the website’s dedicated radio station.

At the end of November the website published its annual list of reviewer selections for Top Album, Top Live Act and Breakthrough Act.

Melodic hard rockers Vega were placed Top Album, whilst Bad Company scooped the Live Act award.  The breakthrough act was named as blues rockers Red Butler.

As Reviews Editor Jason RItchie commented “The popular poll is a bit of fun before Christmas, but also reflects the wide ranging coverage at Get Ready to ROCK! in terms of reviews and radio.”

With less than 24 hours before the popular poll closes in the Top Album category Marillion and Blackberry Smoke are running neck and neck whilst in the Top Live Act category Black Stone Cherry and Thunder are strong contenders.

Breakthrough acts Stone Broken and Red Spektor have also received strong support.  The former band will be special guests of Glenn Hughes on tour in early 2017.

Readers and listeners can vote up to 23:59 GMT on 16 December 2016.

Says managing editor David Randall “This has been one of our most successful promotions with over 25,000 page views to date.  Our Best of 2016 always includes a healthy variety of choices and the earMUSIC label have kindly supplied a selection of 2016 albums for an optional Prize Draw.”

And Jason Ritchie adds: “If nothing else the reviewers list of albums and artists may inform reader and listener Christmas lists, either for gift ideas or to purchase and supplement their collection.”

Throughout December Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is featuring Best of selections throughout its playlists.

The Best of 2016



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



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