(((O))) Category: Live

Mayhem, Dragged Into Sunlight and Inconcessus Lex Lucis – Academy 2, Manchester

At any other show…(a lack of interaction between band and audience)…would almost certainly be a bad thing, but in this setting it just felt right. The bands played their sets and we were there to witness it, rather than take part.

Flashback Moments & Rhythm Deconstructed: Baba Yaga’s Hut presents Oxbow + SUMAC

Oxbow + SUMAC was just another example of a fucking brilliant show put on by fucking brilliant bands for a fucking brilliant promotion.

Desertfest London 2017 – Sunday Review

Andy Little continues his coverage of this year’s London Desertfest with his review of the final day, which includes Hark, Elephant Tree, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Sleep.

Tinariwen – Tramshed, Cardiff

Tinariwen is music to bask in, music that washes over the listener in warm tones.

Twelve Foot Ninja, Uneven Structure and Mask of Bees – Rebellion, Manchester

Twelve Foot Ninja, Uneven Structure and Mask of Bees descended upon Manchester, for a bonkers and captivating night of tech metal.

Slowdive and Japanese Breakfast – Danforth Musical Hall, Toronto

Undeterred by the dreadful weather that had been relentlessly pestering Torontonians for the past few days, fans of all ages eagerly waited to welcome Slowdive’s triumphant return to Toronto on the day of their comeback record release date.

HRH Prog V

HRH Prog V is a resounding success, with headliners Gong, Hawkwind and Wishbone Ash all turning in superlative sets.

Steve Hackett – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Martyn Coppack saw Steve Hackett on his Genesis Revisited tour. “Nearly three hours later, we have been taken on a journey with the Hackett being the thread that has bound us all together. It’s almost too much to take in at first and its only later as the energy drifts off, that you realise what an astonishing show you have just seen.”

Desertfest London 2017 – Saturday Review

Saturday’s Desertfest swings with with laid-back vibes among colossal distorted riffage.

Valerie June – Scala, London

Valerie June maybe encompassing age old genres but with her spirit, genuine warmth, positivity, and honesty, backed by a very fine band she shimmers, offering personal inner hope as bright as her two eye-catching sparkly costumes.

Desertfest London 2017 – Friday Review

As ever Desertfest was a blast, and I saw some great acts, but although it’s getting to be almost a cliche to say it now, the best thing about Desertfest is the atmosphere.

HITS FROM THE WRONG FESTIVAL: CHAD MURRAY & ANTHONY GIBNEY FIND THEMSELVES WITH A BUNCH OF CANS AND BANDS IN A SCOUSE WAREHOUSE

“I stepped out of Bo Ningen playing this huge, sprawling instrumental and walked round the building still listening; through the other side and it was still going, I got back through to the other side of the venue and there was like another three to five minutes of seemingly improvised chaos.” Chad Murray reports back from the first Wrong Fest in Liverpool.

Festival Review: Northern Discomfort Day 2 – Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen

It’s been a great time here in Copenhagen and though it is hard to find a festival that makes it worth the trip, we for sure hope that more people chose this event next year. The environment, the pricing, the acts and everything is perfectly fine about this festival. A great choice and hopefully the organisation can pull it off again to put it up.

Festival Review: Northern Discomfort Day 1 – Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen

A week after Roadburn and still hungry for that riff, so off to Copenhagen for the Northern Discomfort festival. The fest has its second edition this year at community house Ungdomshuset, which is a place for art and activism with a bunch of simple rules dealing with racism, sexism and all those other things that frankly make you an asshole.

Ritual Festival 2017

It looked an impressive bill before the show, and looking back I realise that I saw 13 great sets in one day… It took a good few days to properly get over this show, and I wasn’t even drinking.

Sonata Arctica, Striker and Thunderstone – Club Academy, Manchester

Finnish power metal veterans Sonata Arctica came to Manchester on the second UK leg of their Ninth Hour tour, bringing with them not only a strong selection of new and old material, but also a wealth of experience in how to please their crowds.

Dance To The Beat Of The Living Dead: Raw Power Festival Preview

Raw Power is on it’s way; if you’re missing it you better have a fucking good reason, otherwise you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but soon and for the rest of your life.

Festival Review: Roadburn Festival 2017

Our metal editor Sander van den Driesche went on his second Roadburn Festival pilgrimage. And he completely fell in love with the festival this time.

Desertfest London Preview: Sunday

Desertfest 2017 – Sunday’s line-up preview.

Desertfest London Preview: Saturday

The second day of this year’s edition features excellent line ups at each of the four venues in Camden, and indeed it was the first day of the weekend to sell out, which considering the strength of the rest of the bill is some going.

Dream Theater at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham

For the committed fan, this tour is a treat indeed; for those who want to find out what kind of alchemy has made ‘Images And Words’ – and the band that made it – so iconic and influential, it is nothing less than a masterclass in modern progressive rock.

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