Tag Archives: Wales

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: THUNDER – Caerphilly Castle, Wales, 14 July 2018

THUNDER - Caerphilly Castle, Wales, 14 July 2018

When someone mentions Thunder in Wales it is more often than not followed by a downpour, it is Wales after all.  However in the current hot weather boom there was no sign of the wet stuff, and thankfully this Thunder … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Saturday 10 March 2018 (Day 3)

Skid Row - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Saturday 10 March 2018

With Night Ranger polishing off Friday with such aplomb the omens were good for the Saturday, which on paper had a stronger line up. When arriving on site on Thursday I found out that The Quireboys were to stand in … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018 (Day 2)

Night Ranger - HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Friday 9 March 2018

Having given up the opportunity of the Thursday after-show party, a leisurely start to Friday was rewarded with Scottish rockers The King Lot.  They kicked off the main stage activity and, after a  successful Pledge campaign for their second album, … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, Thursday 8 March 2018 (Day 1)

Eclipse - HRH AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, Thursday 8 January 2018

In March 2016, Joe Lynn Turner chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio for an extensive career overview, in three parts.  Parts 2 and 3 are available via Mixcloud The annual four hour jaunt to one of my favourite festivals … 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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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, 12 March 2016 (Quiet Riot, Dan Reed Network)

Quiet Riot - HARD ROCK HELL AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, 12 March 2016

My first experience of any of the Hard Rock Hell festivals was HRH AOR in March last year, enjoying it so much I bought my own accommodation for this year’s event before any bands were announced.  You cannot imagine how … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, 10-11 March 2016 (Joe Lynn Turner, Tyketto)

HARD ROCK HELL AOR, Pwllheli, Wales, 10-13 March 2016

Thursday 10 March With a mass of indoor festivals throughout the year mainly at holiday camps out of season, Hard Rock Hell and it’s offshoots – AOR, Hammerfest,  Prog and  Blues – are fast becoming favourites, selling out in ridiculously … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL IX – Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Helloween -  HARD ROCK HELL IX - Hafan Y Mor, Pwlhelli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Thursday When the line-up was announced for this year’s 9th chapter of the Hard Rock Hell journey there were the usual naysayers but to be fair it’s the same for every festival… However one thing that topped everything was the … Continue reading

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Gig review – THE BLACKOUT – The Garage, Glasgow, 26 March 2015

 THE BLACKOUT – The Garage, Glasgow, 26 March 2015

The music business is a fickle world. A couple of years ago I had a chat pre-gig in Edinburgh with Gavin Butler about the band’s then new release, the album ‘Start The Party’, and the band’s upcoming festival dates at … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAMMERFEST VII – Pwllheli, Wales, 14 March 2015 (Day 3)

HAMMERFEST - Pwllheli, Wales, 14 March 2015 (Day 3)

Day 3 Despite two hard days of partying the wasted souls came out to play early today and made it for the first band on the Stoner stage.  At every festival you can usually find a new band that really … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAMMERFEST VII – Pwllheli, Wales, 13 March 2015 (Day 2)

Kamelot, HAMMERFEST - Pwllheli, Wales, 13 March 2015 (Day 2)

Day 2 Friday starts with a much drier morning with a bit of sun to burn those retinas open, also no doubt some massive hangovers as the over-indulgent among us get over their first night adrenaline/drinking sessions.  Theycan be no … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAMMERFEST VII – Pwllheli, Wales, 12 March 2015 (Day 1)

HAMMERFEST - Pwllheli, Wales, 12 March 2015 (Day 1)

So once again it’s time for the Pirate hordes to invade and take over the Hafan-Y-Mor site and by the amount of water falling out of the sky arriving on the Black Pearl wouldn’t have been out of place. This … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, 14 March 2015 (Day 2)

Nightranger - HRH AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, 14 March 2015 (Day 2)

Day 2 After a paltry 5 hours sleep and searching the little town of Criccieth for match sticks to keep my eyes open, and copious amounts of Pro Plus, I made my way back to the arenas where I like … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Wales, 13 March 2015 (Day 1)

Dare - HRH AOR - Pwllheli, Wales, 13 March 2015

After an early start and a four and a half hour drive, I arrived at Hard Rock Hell  and was immediately struck by how well organised the event was.  The site was immaculate and the staff were friendly and helpful. … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE BLACKOUT – King Tut’s, Glasgow, 5 November 2014

THE BLACKOUT – King Tut’s, Glasgow, 5 November 2014

I last saw The Blackout in action at this venue back at the start of the year. Since then the band have been through a lot of trials and tribulations ending with the band splitting from their record company and … Continue reading

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Gig review: HIGHWAY TO HELL – Classic Grand, Glasgow, 7 September 2014

HIGHWAY TO HELL – Classic Grand, Glasgow  - 7 September 2014

I am sure that everyone is aware of the Hard Rock Hell franchise which includes the Hard Rock Hell festival, Hammerfest and Hard Rock Hell AOR/ Prog/ Blues weekends. On top of these events for the last five years Chic, … Continue reading

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Album review: MAN – All’s Well That Ends Well

MAN – All

Esoteric [Release date 17.02.14] Man’s ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ is a splendid reminder that there was still some great music being made just before punk hit the rock scene like an unexpected sledgehammer. This album was supposed to be … Continue reading

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