Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – Dirty Rockers, Dudley, Saturday 24 October 2020

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Rock lives, music lives but only if we support it – our small music venues are on there knees trying to survive and actually attending this gig, nearly broke this rock chick’s heart for a number of reasons….. I have … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARK MORRISS- Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, 3 October 2020

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Perhaps it wasn’t quite squarely in GRTR’s ballpark, but the last time bands with guitars dominated the charts, possibly forever, was when Britpop ruled. Led by the likes of Blur, Oasis and Pulp, the movement defined the sound and style … Continue reading

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Gig review: GARY FLETCHER AND NICK RITCHIE – Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, 2 October 2020

GARY FLETCHER AND NICK RITCHIE - Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, 2 October 2020

Of course it’s trivial compared to those who have lost loved ones or their own livelihoods, but one of the biggest effects of the Coronavirus pandemic has been cutting live music dead in its tracks. Having been to over 80 … Continue reading

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Gig review: COLLATERAL – Leo’s, The Red Lion, Gravesend, Friday 4 September 2020

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After months of musical isolation, what could be better than stumbling on a gig when you least expect it and then re-discovering a stellar band on the rise. They say momentum is everything in rock music, and Collateral aren’t about … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – The Victoria, Swindon, Thursday 27 August 2020

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So it’s Thursday 27 August and the wind down to a long weekend, what better way to get in the mood than to see live music – yes real, live, raw, rock in an amazing venue, the Victoria in Old … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOBY JEPSON – Online, Thursday April 23 2020

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In these strange and unsettling times one part of the music we love that has been hit hard is that of live music. Currently venues are closed and artists are off the road, many tours and gigs have been postponed … Continue reading

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Gig review: PAUL CARRACK – London Palladium, 14 March 2020

PAUL CARRACK- London Palladium, 14 March 2020

He may not be the household name his talent deserves, but after being a founder member of Ace, singing on some of Squeeze and Mike and the Mechanics best loved hits, and a respected session musician with a long list … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAKE BUGG – Cambridge Corn Exchange, 5 March 2020

A cold Thursday night at the start of March with the country gripped in panic bog roll and hand wash buying, cowering with the media wiped up fear of the Coronavirus. A 26-year-old young man from Nottingham steps out onto … Continue reading

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Gig review: KIEFER SUTHERLAND – The Junction, Cambridge, February 26 2020

Kiefer is now two albums into his country styled music redirection and four years on the road, a very tight band the question is does he cut it? The answer is yes, the type of country Americana that Kiefer peddles … Continue reading

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Gig review: JON BODEN – Cornerstone, Didcot, 5 March 2020

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Back at the Cornerstone, after a very enjoyable gig here back in November 2017, Jon Boden is out on a short solo tour to promote his latest album ‘The Rose In June’. Surrounded by three guitars, fiddle, concertina, an adapted … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROMEO’S DAUGHTER – Nells Jazz and Blues, West Kensington, London, 29 February 2020

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February 29th in a leap year is, by tradition, the one day where a woman can propose to a man. So there was a neat symmetry that a rare gigging opportunity on this day was for a band both named … Continue reading

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Gig review: MYKE GRAY featuring Kim Jennett – Camden Underworld, London, 23 February 2020

MYKE GRAY featuring Kim Jennett- Camden Underworld, London, 23 February 2020

I’ve been an admirer over the years of Myke Gray’s  very fluent, technically accomplished guitar playing style, particularly so as he has always been complemented by powerful, bluesy vocalists, be it in Jagged Edge, Skin or Red White and Blues. … Continue reading

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Gig review: JARED JAMES NICHOLS/COLLATERAL – Gibson Brands Studio, London, 24 February 2020

JARED JAMES NICHOLS/COLLATERAL- Gibson Brands Studio, London, 24 February 2020

One of the most common gripes on social media when bands announce tours is ‘why aren’t they playing anywhere near me?’. With Jared James Nichols and Collateral going on a nine date nationwide spring tour excuses will be thinner than … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK SABBATH 50TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYBACK – Number 10, Hackney, 11 February 2020

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Most of us listen to music while distracted by other things. Commute to work, at home or live venue. But what if there were no other distractions around you? Just you and the music, in the dark – would you … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 8 February 2020

Beth Hart has certainly established a large and loyal following in the UK, reward for the magnetic Californian’s intensive touring over here. Way back in 2008, on an early assignment for GRTR!,  I saw her at a tiny club, the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BILLY LOCKETT – O2 Academy 2, Oxford, 2 February 2020

We have ventured into the Academy a few times but have never been to the more compact upstairs Academy 2, which was the venue for Billy Lockett’s show. He’s certainly taking a big step and gamble by going out on … Continue reading

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Gig review: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, 30 January 2020

This was my first visit to the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and on arrival at the venue prior to the doors opening I was greeted with massive queues waiting to get into the sold out venue. Thankfully local boy and crack photographer Darren Griffiths was a … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 24-27 January 2020

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Another Cold January and another Giants Of Rock.  Enough to warm the cockles following a respectable respite after Christmas and New Year. This was our fourth Giants, although intrepid GRTR! reviewers have reported since the festival’s inception in 2014.  After … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREAT BRITISH ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL – Butlins, Skegness,17th to 20th January 2020

Skegness in early January is a bit of a strange place. Row upon row of empty caravans lie in wait for warmer weather and better times. When once again the sound of laughter and the smell of stale beer, cigarette … Continue reading

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Gig review: BERNIE MARSDEN/Deborah Bonham – Under the Bridge, London, 24 January 2020

BERNIE MARSDEN/Deborah Bonham- Under the Bridge, London, 24 January 2020

You might say it was a case of ‘Blues is the colour’ as Under the Bridge, located beneath the East Stand at Chelsea FC,  played host to one of London Blues Month’s highest-profile gigs. It lies squarely within the wealthiest … Continue reading

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