Category Archives: GIG REVIEWS

Gig review: VEGA – Camden Underworld, London, 7 July 2018

VEGA - Camden Underworld, London, 7 July 2018

Vega are certainly putting in the hard yards to capitalise on their excellent new album ‘Only Human’ with arguably the UK’s leading contemporary melodic rock band playing an extensive tour, culminating in this London date. While they have yet to … Continue reading

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Gig review: CORNBURY FESTIVAL – The Great Tew Estate, Oxfordhire, 14 July, 2018

CORNBURY FESTIVAL - July, 2018

After 14 years and appearances by some of the world’s biggest names in music the Cornbury Music Festival held its ‘last ever’ showcase of music and performances in July last year. However, barely three months after many fans asked for it … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 2, Mote Park, Maidstone, 1 July 2018

The Cult - RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR - Day 2, Mote Park, Maidstone, 1 July 2018

The fourth renewal of this Classic, Southern, Blues and Prog festival had been brought forward by a month or so. It had also struggled to capture the imagination of many with its low-key roster. Bands like Bad Company and Poison … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL – Day 2 – 02 Arena, London, 17 June 2018

Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman - STONE FREE FESTIVAL- DAY 2 - 02 Arena, London, 17 June 2018

If day one of Stone Free exhibited classic rock at its heaviest and loudest, the Sunday – at least in the main O2 Arena- had a more progressive and thoughtful bent to it. However the Orange Amps stage was still … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL – Day 1 – O2, London, 16 June 2018

The Scorpions - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, O2, London, 16 June 2018

Photo: Andy Nathan The Stone Free festival once again took over the O2 in London for a weekend of metal, prog and some of the best live whistling ever heard! Andy Nathan and Dave Atkinson were there to capture all … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL – Donington Park, 8-10 June 2018

It was 30 years ago that I attended Donington for the first time for a Monsters of Rock festival (as it then was) that was summed up by the contemporary Kerrang! headline ‘The Triumph and the Tragedy’. A record crowd … Continue reading

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Gig review: VOLBEAT – ABC, Glasgow, 6 June 2018

VOLBEAT – ABC, Glasgow, 6 June 2018

There can’t be many bands who have their own personal busker, but walking down Sauchiehall Street towards tonight’s venue I could hear the strains of an acoustic guitar and someone blasting out a decent version of ‘Lola Montez’. Apparently the enterprising gentleman had been there most of the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRYAN ADAMS – SSE Arena, Wembley, London, 30 May 2018

BRYAN ADAMS- SSE Arena, Wembley, London, 30 May 2018

When Bryan Adams released his ‘Ultimate’ album last year, I wondered wearily whether the world really needed yet another compilation to add to his catalogue, as there surely can be few potential fans left unaware of the best known elements … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY, Catton Park, Derbyshire, 24-27 May 2018

BEARDED THEORY 24-27 May 2018

Thursday 24 May Thursday morning and the weekend was finally here.  Bearded Theory was finally here.  So, giddy as a kitten in a box of tinsel we loaded up and hit the road. The sun shone brighter as we drew … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE SHARPEEZ – Half Moon, Putney, 30 May 2018

THE SHARPEEZ – Half Moon, Putney, 30 May 2018

British rhythm and blues is alive and well in the capable hands of The Sharpeez. They set the bar high for a genre of music that was almost rendered extinct by American rebranding of the genre as contemporary urban music. … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN BAIRD AND HOMEMADE SIN/Austin Gold – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 21 May 2018

DAN BAIRD AND HOMEMADE SIN – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 21 May 2018

Dan Baird And Homemade Sin remain a glorious anomaly in the contemporary rock scene.  They are a southern rock band with one foot in Nashville and one foot in kick-ass rock and roll, all tied together by a lyrical twist. … Continue reading

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Gig review: JACK BRUCE: SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE – Tribute Concert Screening – The Curzon, London, 14 May 2018

JACK BRUCE: SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE

Introduced by Scottish DJ Edith Bowman who later anchors a Q&A session, the Kyla Simone Bruce directed ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ is an aptly titled film. It represents the triumph of the collective spirit over potential adversity, as the musicians … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOREIGNER – Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

FOREIGNER - Manchester Apollo, 12 May 2018

The bets were on.  Would Mick Jones appear at this first UK date of a massive 40th anniversary world tour?  The omens weren’t good as four songs in the band played one of the massive “hits” (and somewhat ridiculous without … Continue reading

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Gig review: BETH HART – Royal Albert Hall, London 4 May 2018

BETH HART – Royal Albert Hall, London 4 May 2018

Tonight Beth Hart reaffirms her qualities as a great singer, a passionate performer and an unfettered spirit. She draws on every sinew of her professionalism to conquer the unforgiving spaces of the Royal Albert Hall and the claustrophobic presence of … Continue reading

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Gig review: JAMES GRANT & The Hallelujah String Quartet – The Met, Bury, 5 May 2018

JAMES GRANT & The Hallelujah String Quartet - The Met, Bury, 5 May 2018

Whether it is a folk club in Biddulph (2007) or an art gallery in Liverpool (2011),  you can see James Grant in any number of small venues but the bigger stages seem to be reserved for his homeland. It was … Continue reading

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Gig review: BABAJACK – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, 2 May 2018

BABAJACK – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton, 2 May 2018

On Tuesday 8 May on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio at 21:00 GMT Pete Feenstra chats to Babajack More information And suddenly they are back. Tribal roots and contemporary blues stylists Babajack return with a significant line-up change, with multi-instrumentalist … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINEBARROW – South Hill Park, Bracknell, 3 May 2018

South Hill Park is a lovely venue on the outskirts of Bracknell and tonight’s gig was in the cellar bar, perfect for a folk gig. Before Ninebarrow we had Edward Naismith who performed a short set and his vocals and … Continue reading

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Gig review: JESUS JONES – Sub 89, Reading, 29 April 2018

A decent turn out for a Sunday night to see Jesus Jones who have been playing a few UK dates in support of their excellent new album ‘Passages’. First up were three piece Beautiful Mechanica who mixed synths/programming with a … Continue reading

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Gig review: ESP 2.0 – Half Moon, Putney, London, 17 April 2018

ESP 2.0 – Half Moon, Putney, London, 17 April 2018

My first trip to the Half Moon for a good few years and although the pub at the front had had a sharp makeover, it was good to see that the venue through the swing doors had not changed at … Continue reading

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Gig review: G3 2018 – JOE SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI, ULI JON ROTH – Manchester Apollo, 27 April 2018

G3 2018 - JOE SATRIANI, JOHN PETRUCCI, ULI JON ROTH - Manchester Apollo, 27 April 2018

There was a moment in this latest iteration of the global guitar circus that it all fell into place. Two-and-a-half hours in, during a stellar version of ‘Super Funky Badass’ Joe Satriani underlined why we worship our guitar heroes. The … Continue reading

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