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Baz Francis: The ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary – Part Three Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:30

Baz Francis coverOver recent months, Magic Eight Ball frontman Baz Francis has been regaling us with tales of his adventures into the furthest reaches of eastern Europe, the Middle East and north Africa, with his exclusive Über Rockin’ tour diary. This third and final (for now) instalment sees our audacious troubadour travelling to the land of the midnight sun, teaming up with his bandmates and revisiting a fondly remembered holiday destination:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Hobgoblin New Blood Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareOver the past two days, we’ve hopefully given you plenty of food for thought (and fuel for debate) with our Über Rockin’ guide to this year’s Bloodstock, which takes place in exactly four weekend’s time. On Friday, we guided you through the bill on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and yesterday we picked out our highlights from the main Ronnie James Dio stage… today, we turn our attention to the New Blood and the 12 bands that we think are most worth checking out:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Ronnie James Dio Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareIn exactly four weeks’ time, we’ll be slap bang in the middle of what many people regard as the only “true” heavy metal festival in this corner of the Überverse, Bloodstock. Like many festivals, it’s a combination of factors: checking out some of your favourite bands, catching up with some you’ve never seen (or perhaps even heard) before, and maybe ticking a few off your bucket list to boot. Yesterday, we provided our guide to some of the quality acts who will be hitting the Sophie stage; today, we turn our attention to the main arena and look at some of the bands the UR team will be hoping not to miss:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To... Ramblin’ Man Fair Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 05:00

Ramblin Man sigilWith the festival season well and truly in full swing, and virtually every empty field in the country being given over to celebrations of music in all its myriad and wonderful forms, Über Rock’s highly trained team of reviewing ninjas have already been hard at work, and are preparing for the next phase of hot ‘n’ sweaty rock ‘n’ roll action at the end of this month… With that in mind, we present our guide to the dozen “must see” bands at the Ramblin’ Man Fair:

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The Über Rockin’ Inside Story: SOS Festival Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 18 June 2017 04:30

SOS SquareThe tenth anniversary iteration of SOS Festival takes place in Prestwich (which is in north Manchester for those of you for whom geography isn’t a strongpoint) over the weekend of 14 – 16 July. Over the past decade, the festival has grown into one of the most eagerly anticipated celebrations of independent hard rock and metal. In advance of this year’s event, Über Rock asked organizers Lynne Hampson and Mark Appleton to give us the lowdown on what to expect next month:

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Baz Francis: ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 21 May 2017 04:30

Skopje gig poster 1st April 2017 Photo by Tom ODonoghueEver wondered what life is like on the road for a travelling troubadour? Well, wonder no more, as, writing exclusively for Uber Rock, the inimitable Baz Francis reveals what it is like to face up to new challenges and explore new frontiers as a solo artist. The first part of this exclusive tour diary sees him travelling the highways and by-ways from Macedonia to Helskinki:

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‘Mike & Jules - While We Still Have Time’ Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 May 2017 14:17

Mike and Jules PetersThis coming Monday (29 May), BBC One Wales is to screen a documentary following a year in the life of The Alarm frontman Mike Peters and his wife Jules.  It was a year during which saw both of them literally fighting the fights of their lives, against cancer.  Dom Daley was privileged to be in the audience at a special advance screening.  Click the link to find out more about what promises to be a very moving film, and Dom’s thoughts on both the programme and the people involved:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day Two (Saturday 10 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 improvementsSo, in exactly four weeks’ time, we’re gonna be into the second day of the first festival of the summer season, and everyone will have checked out all the bands that our Über expert Rich Hobson on the Friday, right? OK, maybe some of you thought otherwise, but here we have his personal guide to the must see acts on the various stages in what hopefully won’t be a mud-filled field in the east Midlands:

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From Monsters of Rock to Drownload… 36 years in the mud of Donington Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017It’s coming to that time of year… the summer festival season! And while most people are looking forward to what’s coming up – and, yes, we’ll be doing that in due course - Über Rock’s Nev Brooks casts a roving eye over his shoulder to the very beginning of the grand-daddy of them all, at least in the UK, as he looks back on his highlights of the festival that became Download as we know it today:

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Handmade Festival – The Handy Über Rock Guide (Part One) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:47

Handmade 2017 logoAs the May Bank Holiday draws near, Leicester is set to go off with Handmade Festival returning to the city for its fourth year. Pulling together a line-up culled from the very best British bands and artists currently on the circuit, the 2017 iteration of the festival has many a great act to get you in the summer spirit ahead of Festival Season. But, where to start? With a handy Über Rock guide, of course:

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The Return Of The Dead End Drive-In: ‘Danny Says: The Life & Times Of Danny Fields’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00


Danny Says artworkapproved small 2013Never heard of Danny Fields?  Where have you been hiding for the past 50 years or so?  From The Beatles to the Warhol scene through to The Ramones, Fields has been there, done that in terms of the New York and East Coast USA music scene, as this new movie documents in stunning and brutally honest detail.  Dom Daley broke out the popcorn and the vino to get all Mark Kermode on our collective asses:

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The Tragically Hip awarded the Order of Canada Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:00

The Order Of CanadaFollowing on from the announcement that frontman Gordon Downie - Canada's "patron saint of cool" - had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, The Tragically Hip took their final bow in front of a sold-out arena crowd in their hometown, as well as a national TV audience.  Subsequently, last month, the band were awarded their country's highest honour, in recognition of their contribution to the Canadian music scene, as our man in Toronto reports:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (The Sophie Lancaster Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareIn the latest of our Über Rockin’ guides to the festival season, we turn our attention to the gargantuan, heaving metallic monster that is the mighty Bloodstock, which takes place at Catton Park in south Derbyshire in exactly four weeks’ time. And we begin our guide to what we reckon are the “must see” acts of the weekend at the place where all the action both starts and finishes, the Sophie stage. Click the link to find out who our hit team of heavy metal ninjas reckon are the bands you shouldn’t miss:

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Baz Francis: ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 18 June 2017 05:00

Baz Trainwrecks artworkHaving already regaled us with tales of his (mis)adventures in Macedonia and Finland, in the second part of his tour diary, written exclusively for Über Rock, Baz Francis once again criss-crosses countries and continents as his travels take him from a remote corner of Turkey to the legendary pyramids of Giza. Click the link to share his stories from the road – and his thoughts on the untimely death of Chris Cornell:

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The BIG Über Rock Exclusive: Luke Appleton talks (and plays) Iced Earth, Absolva and more… Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 21 May 2017 07:15

Iced Earth - IncorruptibleHow’s this for an exclusive, you bad-ass bitches? Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton recently sat himself down in front of a camera and recorded a short film, just for Über Rock and you, all our lovely readers. In it, he talks about Iced Earth and their brand new album, ‘Incorruptible’. But, wait, there’s more… but, to find out what it is, you’ll have to click this link thing:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide To Camden Rocks (Saturday 3 June) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:30

Camden Rocks Cover Artapproved small 2013The traditional definition of a “festival” dictates that it is an event held over three or four days, sometimes longer, and usually in the back side of nowhere (so as not to annoy the neighbours). Now, Camden Rocks may last for only one day – but, in that period, they manage to cram in 250 performances across 25 different venues in the heart of dear old London town… Nev Brooks does his best to try and pick out the bands he’d be least gutted to miss in the military action that will be involved in trying to catch as music of the action as possible:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day Three (Sunday 11 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017There is no doubt about it: the third and final day of this year’s Download is going to be special, what with it seeing the last ever appearance on UK soil of the one band who have headlined this festival so often they could call it their own… and it’s going to be a crazy night all ‘round for farewells, as our man Richie Rich explains:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day One (Friday 9 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:45

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017In exactly a month's time, some 60,000-plus rockers and metallers will be gathering in a field in the east Midlands to pay homage to the music that they, and ergo, love,  and enjoying some seriously good (and probably some pretty dodgy) music, as the spectacle that is Download - hopefully without the added 'r' this year - officially kicks off the summer season.  As part of our build up to the biggest weekend on the UK rock scene, Rich Hobson presents his guide to who he reckons will be the "must see" acts on the first day:

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Handmade Festival – The Handy Über Rock Guide (Part Two) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:03

Handmade 2017 logoWith some of the hottest names in the UK lined up for Handmade Festival’s Saturday event, the question remained – how could you top that? By bringing out even more total belters, of course (including more than a few that have been raved about by yours truly in the past). Be it the socio-political outrage of IDLES or the crossover fury of God Damn, Über Rock has you covered with yet another list of must-sees for Handmade 2017:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Nicotine Pretty Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 05:30

Nicotine PrettyHere at Über Röck we pride ourselves on bringing you the hottest undiscovered bands on the underground scene. The bands who, in six months or so down the line, the rest of the media will be ranting about as the most shit hot “new” act on the circuit, while we sit back, smiling smugly and going “what did we tell you?”So, in that spirit, we’re proud to present the EXCLUSIVE premiers of the debut video for ‘Who's Gonna Save My Soul?’ by Nicotine Pretty, the new project from Ginge Knievil.

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DVD REVIEW: Michael Schenker – ‘Michael Schenker Fest Live’ (inakustik) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:30

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Pic high 2CDDVDLast August, guitar legend Michael Schenker reunited with singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley for a unique, one-off celebration of the 12 years that made up what many people regard as the golden era of MSG in its various forms. Fortunately, for anyone not lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 Japanese fans in attendance, this month the recording is released in all the usual formats. Mark Ashby slipped the little shiny disc of the DVD version into his battered old player for a trip down memory lane:

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