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We Lost The Sea tour

We Lost The Sea – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

The night gave us three genres so far apart, but with a shared spirit that tied the show together and presented it with passion to an appreciative crowd. The afterglow will last for a few days yet.


Marillion – The Academy, Manchester

Following on from the raving review of Marillion’s new album, Steve Fallows went to see the band live in Manchester. “Easily one of the best live performances I have seen, and even some of the diehard fans I saw on social media in the days afterwards were saying the same thing.”


Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage and Cane Hill – The Academy, Manchester

There is a lot to be admired about Bullet For My Valentine and the fans they have, but I feel that shows like this will do little to win any new fans over to their cause.


Bob Drake with The Nature Centre & Libbertine Vale at The Dark Horse, Moseley

Tonight is surely testament of unrestrained, unseen borders been finally breached.


The Skatalites

A magnificent celebration of not just a band, but the scene they they helped create and mould into the worldwide stage it now has, from the tiny Kingston studios where they first played.


The Orb

The Orb’s risk-taking approach to live performance surely loses the band fans from time to time. This evening, it’s safe to say that the band have converted more curious onlookers than they’ve disappointed fans favouring a more conservative strategy.


The Men That Would Not Be Blamed For Nothing

An unusual combination of style and subject matter, great musicians who don’t take things too seriously, making for a highly entertaining show.


Marissa Nadler, Mary Lattimore, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London

Marissa Nadler and band bring beautiful melancholy to London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.


Crippled Black Phoenix with Devil’s Trade and Publicist UK at The Dome

Crippled Black Phoenix know how to put on an excellent show, and they’re as powerful and relevant as ever.


Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith Strip Jazz Naked

Wunderkind Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith take the stage for a bare, abstract jazz set.


Radioactive Rats Live at The Sumac Centre, Nottingham And Interview

I have been extremely excited by what I’ve seen and heard of Radioactive Rats online for a few months but up till the start of December hadn’t been able to see them live so when I saw they were playing the legendary Sumac Centre in Nottingham it seemed like an ideal opportunity.


Airbourne and Crobot – Electric Ballroom, London

An enjoyable no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll live band, and ideally assembled for any potential all-day drinking, hard rock festival.


Santa’s Gauze (Crust-mass Special) – The Unicorn, London

There were no more than 50 in the room, but we witnessed something special.


The Skull and Kings Destroy – The Lounge, London

One half of doom metal pioneers Trouble, The Skull, successfully continue the legacy of classic sounding big riffing old school doom at the Lounge in London.


Black Mountain and Mass Datura – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London

Stolen equipment doesn’t deter Black Mountain to deliver an impressive stoner psych rock masterclass at Tufnell Park’s The Dome in London.


Damnation Festival 2016

Bruce Cowie reports back from another successful Damnation Festival in Leeds. Which includes a few words by Sander van den Driesche as well.



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