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Oh Sees and The Peacers – Manchester Academy

The sparse set and synchronised beats, along with the energy on show kept your eyes and attention firmly on the band, and you can’t help but see how much they put into every second of the performance.

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.

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