Tag Archives: South Wales

Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 3 – 29 July 2018

Black Star Riders - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 3 - 29 July 2018

There was a tentative start to Sunday as the dreadful weather continued with what can only be described as monsoon rains decided to throw in some 40mph gusts for good measure. The organisers opened the arena early so those in … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 2 – 28 July 2018

Aaron Buchanan - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 2 - 28 July 2018

When the weather is already a little inclement, you’re tempting fate slightly when the first band of the day play their tracks “Hurricane” and “Thunder Child”, but that’s exactly what The Bad Flowers did. If the rain hadn’t woke everybody … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 1 – 27 July 2018

Phil Campbell - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 1 - 27 July 2018

Even if you have never been to Steelhouse Festival, you may have heard tell of the road up the top of the mountain that is home to the highest festival in the UK. I can assure you, all these stories … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017 (Part Two)

British Lion - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 30 July 2017

Mud and music – what more can a hardened rock fan ask for?  Sunshine? Well it was in short supply again today.  Cars had been marooned in the muddy field but it wasn’t going to deter the faithful… The Texas … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28-29 July 2017 (Part One)

Trucker Diablo - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL, Ebbw Vale, 28 July 2017

The annual pilgrimage climbing the mountain in the valleys of South Wales seems to have come around far quicker this year than any other, and the reliable Welsh weather played a major part in some issues regarding camping and parking.  … Continue reading

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Album review: 25 YARD SCREAMER – Keep Sending Signals

25 YARD SCREAMER - Keep Sending Signals

White Knight [Release date 07.10.16] We first came across 25YS in 2007 when they released their ‘classic’ second album ‘Cassandra’.  This gained many plaudits and a highlight of the year for the band was an appearance on the GRTR! Rising … 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: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL – Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23 July 2016 (Day 1)

STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL - Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23 July 2016

As a founding fan from the very first event where a couple of hundred people showed, I have been fortunate to see Steelhouse grow year on year.  Along with many others I heard the rumours almost every year that Thunder … Continue reading

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Gig review: PLANET ROCKSTOCK – Trecco Bay, South Wales, 4-6 December 2015

FM - Planet Rockstock - Trecco Bay, South Wales, 4 December 2015

Friday 4 December This is the third year for the Planet Rock annual festival and the second year at Porthcawl. I thought last year’s line-up would take some beating and, although thinking 2015 was a weak bill by comparison, I … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 2 – Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 26 July 2015

Dee Snider - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 2 - Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 26 July 2015

Photo: Simon Dunkerley What a difference twelve hours can make, from beautiful blue skies to masses of mud, the lovely Welsh rain has made an appearance but, no matter, the show goes on. Skam had the unenviable task of starting … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 1 – Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 25 July 2015

STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 1 - Ebbw Vale, S.Wales, 25 July 2015

Steelhouse is celebrating its fifth anniversary and I am proud to say I was there at the inaugral event on a cold and rainy windswept mountain … not a lot has changed weatherwise since then. In fairness to the Steelhouse … Continue reading

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Gig review: PLANET ROCKSTOCK – Porthcawl, 5 December 2014 (Day 1: California Breed, Joanne Shaw Taylor)

PLANET ROCKSTOCK - Porthcawl, 5 December 2014

Planet Rockstock is one of a number of festivals springing up all over the country during off seasons in the holiday parks and I think it is safe to say that these will continue to grow in the future. Porthcawl … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: DEAD CITY SOULS, CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM

DEAD CITY SOULS – Dead City Souls

DEAD CITY SOULS –Dead City Souls EP Self Release  [Release date 10.11.14] Dead City Souls release their debut, self titled CD in November, they bill it as a mini album but surely that is an EP? Containing seven tracks, one … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews : WHEN WE WERE WOLVES, TEN PERCENTER, ASA, SHAFT OF STEEL

WHEN WE WERE WOLVES – Heartless

WHEN WE WERE WOLVES – Heartless EP Self Release  [Release date 22.09.14] When We Were Wolves are a post hardcore fivesome from South Wales. They formed in 2011 and Heartless is their second EP. Later this year they will be … Continue reading

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News: Europe frontman JOEY TEMPEST interview and STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL preview

Europe - Steelhouse Festival, 19-20 July 2014

Highlights of our Steelhouse Festival promo including Joey Tempest of Europe interview, first broadcast on 6 July 2014  (29:21).  The full version can be heard on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Monday 7 July and Friday 11 July, 22:00 GMT. … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL – Ebbw Vale, 27 July 2013

Steelhouse Festival, 27 July 2013

High up in the hills, at Hafod-Y-Dafal farm in South Wales, the third annual Steelhouse Festival is now an established Rock and Metal weekender. Tickets were modestly priced at £65 all weekend or £40 a day, including adult and family … Continue reading

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