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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

Rainbow - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

For the second successive year the Stone Free festival took over the whole of the 02 complex for the day: targeted at a discerning classic rock audience not wishing to slum it in a muddy field, and drawing inspiration from … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY – Catton Park, Derbyshire, 25 – 28 May 2017

BEARDED THEORY - Catton Park, Derbyshire - 25 - 28 May 2017

BEARDED THEORY – TEN YEARS OF MUSIC, MAGIC AND MISCHIEF… Once a year the grounds of Catton Park in Derbyshire are transformed into one of the happiest places on earth.  If this conjures images of a saccharine sweet world of … Continue reading

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Gig review: JUST SAY YES/ARFM MELODIC ROCK FUNDRAISER – The Spot, Derby, 28 January 2017

VEGA - Melodic Rock Fundraiser - The Spot, Derby, 28 January 2017

From initially modest ambitions,  the ‘Just Say Yes’ fundraiser is rapidly establishing itself as a must on the festival calendar for melodic rock fans, sandwiched between Autumn’s Firefest and latterly Rockingham, and Spring’s HRH. I hugely enjoyed my first festival … Continue reading

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News: First big UK rock festivals of 2017 – GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES and GIANTS OF ROCK (January 2017)

STEVE HARLEY - Giants Of Rock, Minehead, Somerset, 29-31 January 2016

In his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 8 January, David Randall previewed the Butlins Big Weekends: The Great British Rock & Blues Festival and Giants Of Rock Two major rock events get 2017 underway in … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROCKINGHAM FESTIVAL – Nottingham Trent University Students Union, 21-23 October 2016

ROCKINGHAM FESTIVAL, Nottingham, 21-23 October 2016

Last year, a new festival, Rockingham, took on the unenviable mantle of filling the void left by Firefest, which for a decade had delighted melodic rock fans by bringing a series of cult melodic rock acts, many reforming after years … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

In this two-hour special Pete Feenstra plays some of those acts appearing at the 2016 Newark Blues Festival and some of the award-winners.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 13 September 2016. It’s one of those days in … Continue reading

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Gig review: CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, 28-31 July 2016

Blazing Fiddles - Cambridge Folk Festival, 28-31 July 2016

Yet again CFF has come up with an intriguing and eclectic mix of artists that pulls from many eras and styles of folk and world music, included in this are enough big names to entice people.  This helped to yet … Continue reading

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Gig review: WEYFEST- Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Surrey, 19-21 August 2016

Weyfest celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Rural Life Centre, a rustic setting that suits its ambience as one of the more laid back of festivals. Situated on the Surrey/Hampshire borders in what was once known as the stockbroker belt, … Continue reading

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News: WINTERSTORM – Troon rocks in November with FM, Ricky Warwick, Last In Line and more

Winterstorm - Troon, Scotland, November 2016

On Sunday 21 August, in his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall previewed the Winterstorm event playing tracks by some of the artists appearing including Tygers of Pan Tang and FM.  (20:09) Troon’s only real rock … Continue reading

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Gig review: EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 18 August 2016

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – Relache Festival, Bordeaux 18 Aug 2016

They came, they saw, they waited for the sun to go down and then they finally conquered! Eddie & The Hot Rods didn’t so much tear Bordeaux apart, as gently give it a poke in the ribs to remind a … Continue reading

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Gig review: MOONDANCE JAM – Walker, Minnesota, USA, 21-23 July 2016

CHICAGO - MOONDANCE JAM - July 2016

Considering the previous generation thought rock n roll was a passing fad, and given the pace of change in the industry, it is a substantial feat for any rock festival to reach a 25 year milestone. It is even more … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL – Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 24 July 2016 (Day 2)

The Darkness - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL - Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 24 July 2016

After the success of the previous day and coupled with great weather, arriving on site on the Sunday morning to damp and drizzly conditions soon brought us back down to earth with a bump. Sunday’s line up for myself was … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone, 24 July 2016 (Day 2)

Thunder - RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR - Mote Park, Maidstone, 24 July 2016

If the Day 2 line up was less immediately eye-catching and mouth-watering than Saturday, there was still so much to anticipate. I made straight for the Blues tent where a good crowd received Pat McManus enthusiastically. I’d been a fan … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Mote Park, Maidstone, 23 July 2016 (Day 1)

Whitesnake - RAMBLIN

This festival is now into its second year, having proved a hit in 2015 and was back with a bang this Summer, packing an eclectic bill of depth and quality across four stages and two days. Mote Park lies on … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, 10-12 June 2016

DOWNLOAD, 10-12 June 2016

My last visit to Donington was back in 1988 when – as ‘Monsters Of Rock’ – it also featured Megadeth and headlined by Iron Maiden. I never really embraced the three day event and with not enough bands of interest … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL Day 1 – 02 Arena, London, 18 June 2016

Alice Cooper - STONE FREE FESTIVAL DAY 1 - 02 Arena, London, 18 June 2016

Once upon a time, gigs took place indoors, or in football stadiums for the very largest acts, and festivals in a muddy field. While rock festival demographics have gradually got older, the havoc wreaked by the vagaries of the English … Continue reading

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Gig review: BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL – Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

BEARDED THEORY FESTIVAL - Catton Hall, Derbyshire, 26-29 May 2016

Bearded Theory  A field full of happiness… In May 2013, Bearded Theory festival captured a piece of my heart and has steadfastly refused to give it back since.  It’s impossible not to love this place and I’m not the only … Continue reading

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Gig review: SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL SOUTH – The Forum, Hatfield, 31 May 2016

Mallory Knox - The Slam Dunk Festival South, 31 May 2016

Photo by Ian Collins Bank Holiday Monday and the train from Kings Cross is packed full of alternative kids with more face metal and stretched-out earlobes than you can shake a stick at. Among them is the odd old person … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH PROG – Pwllheli, Wales, 17-19 March 2016

Arthur Brown - HRH Prog - Pwllheli, Wales, 17-20 March 2016

I remember the first time I attended the HRH Prog festival which was held at the ice cold Magna Centre in Rotherham; boy was it cold, even the artists had coats on whilst they performed! But it looks like we … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAMMERFEST – Pwllheli, Wales, 10-13 March 2016

HAMMERFALL -  Pwllheli, Wales, 10-13 March 2016

Hammerfest is hard, it’s loud, and it’s brutal and yet again it threatens apocalyptic damage on the peaceful site in Pwllheli. Now in its 8th reign yet again it is being hosted under the HRH United umbrella along with HRH … Continue reading

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