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Gary Numan – Kulturfabrik, Esch-Sur-Alzette

Numan knows how to put on a good spectacle and has made sure even the modest likes of Luxemburg’s Kulturfabrik was ready to accommodate a show worthy of his stature.

Rews • Sick Joy •The Cruel Knives – The Lexington, London

Rews were just as personable and charming as ever and hit us with a high-octane set that was a perfect demonstration of why people are starting to take notice of them.

Venom Inc • Suffocation • Nervosa • Aeternam – Fiddlers, Bristol

This tour, which was declared The Bloodstained Earth tour, featured three generations of metal bands hitting the road and doing what they do best.

Desertfest London 2018 – Sunday Preview

If you like stoner and psych and plan on still being alive in May then why the hell wouldn’t you go?

Sólstafir • Myrkur • Arstiđir – Heaven, London

I tend to have two attitudes towards gigs: either over-hyping massively . . . or being disinterested in a gig . . . and it turning out to be one of the absolute best gigs of the year. Sólstafir . . . at Heaven falls very much into the latter category.

Amenra • Boris • Jo Quail – Heaven, London

It’s wildly powerful. Halfway through, evidence appears to suggest that someone farted near me. . . they probably had no choice. The noise must be bothering the trains above, vibrating them off their rails.

The Best Label in The World: 20 Years of Rocket Recordings

This is the label that brought you Teeth of The Sea, Pigs x7, Hey Colossus, Goat and Gnod. Not to mention Gnoomes and a litany of other great bands. For those who may not know all of these bands, allow me to introduce you to The Best Label in The World: Rocket Recordings via its spectacular roster of insanely brilliant bands.

Nils Frahm – Barbican Hall, London

For all of his eclecticism and experimentation, it is Nils’ ability to play the piano with virtuosity and a sincere emotion that glues everything together.

Stone Broken • Jared James Nichols • The Bad Flowers – Islington Assembly Hall, London

“They hit us hard with ‘Heartbeat Away’ and, prowling the stage like caged animals, took no time at all in encouraging and engaging the crowd”

Conjurer – The Flapper & Firkin, Birmingham

Conjurer pay their tributes to the Flapper with an eviscerating display of strength

Enslaved • Wolves In The Throne Room • Myrkur – The Decibel Magazine Tour, Toronto

The Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Enslaved returns to Toronto!

Evil Blizzard – The Underworld, London

Evil Blizzard combine sonic adventurism, song-writing craft and surrealist theatrics to brilliant effect for a night of first class entertainment at Camden’s Underworld.

Black Moth • Grave Lines – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Make no mistake, this Black Moth has done its time flitting around the candle. From now on, the candle is coming to them. . . only it’s not a candle any more – it’s a bloody great beacon.

Desertfest London 2018 – Saturday Preview

There’s much to savour in Desertfest London’s Saturday line-ups. . .

8 Years of Chaos (Chaos Theory All-Dayer) – The Brewhouse, Hackney

8 Years of Chaos. Eight years of Kunal Singhal let loose and running wild over London, putting on bands and taking names. Eight years of what has to be the most RPG music promotion in the world. Eight years of good gigs, good people and good times and eight years of “new music for open minds”.

RM HUBBERT – Leith Depot, Edinburgh

It’s Independent Venue Week, y’know . . . So, let’s go to Leith Depot for a gig. It’s a venue, it’s independent, and RM Hubbert is playing. . .



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