Ginger Wildheart – Songs & Words – Manchester 09/05/2015


Way back in 1939 Winston Churchill described the Russians as being “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” I can’t help thinking this is also an apt description of Ginger Wildheart’s Songs and Words show.

It’s not a gig, It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s not theatre. It’s not literature. It’s not any of thoseWay back in 1939 Winston Churchill described the Russians as being “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” I can’t help thinking this is also an apt description of Ginger Wildheart‘s Songs and Words show. Ginger Wildheart – Manchester 2015 It’s not a gig, It’s not stand-up comedy. It’s not theatre. It’s not literature. It’s not any of those things but somehow it manages to be all of them at the same time. Occasionally it could even be described as a talking therapy session for Mr. Wildheart with the audience as (avid) listeners. It’s basically a story, the story of Ginger’s life in music between the formation of the Wildhearts in late 1989 and the completion of his 555% pledge campaign in 2012. Over the years there have been so many rumours, stories and lies that Ginger decided the best way to put the record straight was to go out and tell it like it was himself. Set in a shabby-chic, quirky, historic all-seated venue the stage is almost bare. Two acoustic guitars and two microphone stands wait to be used. There is one table to stage left belonging to Jase Edwards containing beer and a laptop and […]

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NLC/Rockin’ For The Children – The Maze, Nottingham: 2nd-3rd May 2015

The Fifth NLC/Rocking For The Children Festival took place at The Maze, Nottingham over May Day Bank Holiday Weekend 2015. This now annual event is organised by David Tonge (AKA Big D) and his family and friends with a lot of time and hard work going into the organising. Last year was my first time,David Tonge – AKA Big D The Fifth NLC/Rocking For The Children Festival took place at The Maze, Nottingham over May Day Bank Holiday Weekend 2015. This now annual event is organised by David Tonge (AKA Big D) and his family and friends with a lot of time and hard work going into the organising. Last year was my first time, and having enjoyed it tremendously, I immediately booked time off work and a hotel for this year’s event. It wasn’t all a smooth ride with bands breaking up along the way giving Big D the headache of finding replacements but on the weekend everything went smoothly. The Maze is a small venue about twenty minutes walk from the centre of Nottingham. There’s a pub at the front with a great range of ales, pictures on the wall of stars like Elvis Presley, Adam Ant and Debby Harry and beer barrels as tables. Then behind the pub is the venue and at the very rear a Beer Garden where you can go for a smoke or just to cool down after dancing to one of the many bands. Fundraising events like a tombola and cake sale were held in the pub for the […]

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Beth Hart – Barbican, London – 8th May 2015


The night opened with Irishman Miles Graham. He performs doing vocals and playing acoustic guitar, and has two musicians with him, one on the Cajon (a box shaped drum that the drummer sits on as he plays), and one on bass. His set is very good – a classic singer-songwriter style, and he talks toThe night opened with Irishman Miles Graham. He performs doing vocals and playing acoustic guitar, and has two musicians with him, one on the Cajon (a box shaped drum that the drummer sits on as he plays), and one on bass. His set is very good – a classic singer-songwriter style, and he talks to the audience a lot between songs, telling them about himself. For some of the songs the bassist puts the bass down and Miles hands him the guitar to play, leaving Miles to concentrate on vocals. It’s a great set that ends with a cover of the Hall & Oates song “Maneater”. Photo: John Bull – Rockrpix.com Beth Hart took to the stage to huge applause and immediately ran to the piano. She greeted the audience and said that she wanted to start things off quietly, so she sat down and performed the first song solo. What can I say other than WOW? Her voice is simply amazing, and she sings with a passionate bluesy voice as she plays – it’s absolutely spellbinding stuff and this is just the first song. After that the band joined her and kicked things up a notch. As the band […]

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Final – Belfast, Voodoo 08/05/2015


As, a few hundred yards away, Belfast joins the rest of the country in marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day, five of Northern Ireland’s finest groups of metallians have come together in a darkened city centre venue to see which of them will secure just as momentous – to them at least – aAs, a few hundred yards away, Belfast joins the rest of the country in marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day, five of Northern Ireland’s finest groups of metallians have come together in a darkened city centre venue to see which of them will secure just as momentous – to them at least – a victory as they gather to do battle in the final of the first ever Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held in this corner of the planet we call Mosh and earn themselves a coveted slot on the festival’s prestigious Hobgoblin New Blood Stage. It’s also a battle which, in the tradition of many conflicts of yore, also pitches brother against brother – both literally and metaphorically, as not only are Sinocence drummer Davy Cassa and Cursed Sun vocalist Jones siblings, but members of the Sins and Overoth (in the shape of guitarists Anto McCaughley and Andrew Pennington respectively) are usually found standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the Nights Watch (for those of you who don’t know, the TV epic ‘Game Of Thrones’ is filmed here in Northern Ireland). An appropriately decent crowd has gathered both stagefront and at the bar by the time the […]

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Semi-Final 2 – Belfast, Limelight 2 02/05/2015


And so, here we are again – at the business end of the first ever Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held here in Northern Ireland, and, over the course of the past nine weeks, the PlanetMosh team have counted every band in and every band out (to coin an old journalistic phrase).

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Turbowolf – Marble Factory, Bristol, 22/04/15


“The Fleece is a better venue but I felt this gig would be more fun.”

Jeffery Johns, affectionately known as Big Jeff, is in attendance tonight at the Marble Factory, having turned down the chance to see Russian Circles down the road at one of Bristol’s more established venues. Something of a legend in the local music scene,“The Fleece is a better venue but I felt this gig would be more fun.” Jeffery Johns, affectionately known as Big Jeff, is in attendance tonight at the Marble Factory, having turned down the chance to see Russian Circles down the road at one of Bristol’s more established venues. Something of a legend in the local music scene, the general consensus is that if he’s at the same gig as you then it’s going to be a good one. Let’s find out, shall we? A little off the beaten track and somewhat overshadowed by the drug-fuelled club nights held in sister room Motion, the Marble Factory has only been a venue for a number of months but it’s building a good reputation, with names like Uriah Heep, Therapy? and Delain playing there over the coming year. It benefits from great acoustics that opening act Hyena (8) take full advantage of; a four piece with great energy and a wicked grunge sound, the applause for them increases after every song, with Mental Home and Forget My Name being particular highlights. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a song called Dog Breath. Southampton’s Dolomite Minor (8) take things up a notch; for a band who only have two members they sound huge, again taking grunge elements […]

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Theory of a Deadman, O2 ABC Glasgow, 26/4/15


Sunday night was the third time I’d seen Theory of a Deadman, having previously seen them open for Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry, and I’ve always thought they were good but that the short time a support act gets held them back from showing how good they really are. So I was interested toSunday night was the third time I’d seen Theory of a Deadman, having previously seen them open for Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry, and I’ve always thought they were good but that the short time a support act gets held them back from showing how good they really are. So I was interested to see them headline and see if more time on stage made the difference. Beasts They’re supported on this tour by London based trio Beasts, who were out of their depth in what they said was the biggest show they’d ever played. I’m sure they’re trying hard to make the most of this opportunity but the general consensus from the crowd around me was that a bit less swagger and a bit more work is needed. Theory of a Deadman After what seemed to be the majority of people not enjoying the support the crowd was more than ready for the main act and the volume levels went through the roof as the band took to the stage. As it turned out playing a headline set really did give them the chance to show off their talents as they made their way through a set that included […]

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