Gig Reviews
Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 13 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:30

Megadeth - Bloodstock 2017Following the announcement, the previous evening, of two of the three headliners for next year’s event (they’re Gojira and Nightwish, in case you’ve been asleep for the past eight days or so), excitement levels were understandably high when the Über Rock team arrived at Catton Hall for the third and final day of the 2017 iteration of Bloodstock. Click the link to find out if anything happened to change that mood:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 12 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:30

Kreator - Bloodstock 2017So, the Über Rock crüe survived the first day of last weekend’s Bloodstock festival reasonably intact… but, even a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast – and the fact that the sun was shining – could not prepare for them for the Saturday’s shenanigans, which included world record attempts and other assorted lunacy. With The Dark Queen ensconced front and centre in the various photopits, boss man Monk called on the assistance of our resident hobbit to get him through the day:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 11 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:00

Amon Amarth - Bloodstock 2017Located in a normally quiet and secluded corner of south Derbyshire, Catton Hall holds a special place in the hearts of many metallers, as once a year it explodes into life as 15,000-plus people descend upon for the annual extravaganza that is the mighty Bloodstock festival.  Among those making the annual pilgrimage were your trusty Über Rock team, who now deliver their verdict on what went down on the first full day:

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Everyday Heroes – Newbridge, The Rhyswg – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:00

Everyday Heroes EP launchLike everyone else on the Über Rock team, David O’Neill really doesn’t need an excuse to go out and enjoy a good live gig.  But, the fact that it’s the launch of a new EP from one of his favourite up-and-coming young bands is just that added little incentive to head down the pub and revel in a night of southern blues-tinged rock ‘n’f’n’ roll:

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Lionize/Skypilot – Belfast, Voodoo – 7 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Lionize - BelfastWhen Lionize take to the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock tomorrow evening, it will the last of a run of 12 dates across the UK and Ireland in support of their forthcoming sixth full-length studio album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, which is being released on 8 September. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the Maryland quartet when they pulled into Belfast this past Monday to make some noise on an otherwise relatively quiet night:

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Milk Teeth/Employed To Serve/Wallflower - Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 04:30

Milk Teeth - Glasgow - 1With the Über Rock team scattered to the winds during the last weekend in July, Allan Maxwell chose to remain a little closer to home, venturing no further than Glasgie’s legendary Wah Wah Hut for a rather noisesome triple billing of rock ‘n’ roll fury:

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Luke Appleton   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:00

Ramblin Man sigilSmall websites can often find their resources stretched to the limits when there are clashes such as two major festivals at opposite ends of the country on the same weekend.  But, it’s all about how you use those resources available to you at the time… and so Über Rock was delighted to take up the offer from our occasional guest contributor, Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton, to head down to the south eastern corner of England and soak up the atmosphere, and the live action, at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair.  In the first of our two part overview of the weekend, we offer his personal perspective on the bands and the festival as a whole:

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ZZ Top / The Red Devils – Dublin, 3Arena - 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:00

ZZ Top posterWhile half of Über Rock’s Belfast team were making their annual pilgirimage to the top of a mountain in south Wales, Marc Leach was also heading in a southerly direction – but just over the border to the fair city of Dublin, to tick another band off his bucket list, in the form of those good ol’ suvern boogie maestros ZZ Top.  Click the link to find out why our man wasn’t complaining of havin’ the blues at the end of the night:

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Prong/Spoil Engine – Belfast, Voodoo – 19 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:00

Tommy VictorTommy Victor is undoubtedly one of the hardest working men in heavy metal today. Since Prong reformed in 2012, they have released five albums and toured almost incessantly. Throw in the fact that he also slings his guitar in support of Glenn Danzig and you have to admit that his work ethic is pretty impressive and laudable. The UR team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with TV and his bandmates when they did their level best to destroy Belfast’s Voodoo club on the second night of their just-about-to-end run of dates in the UK and Ireland:

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Gogol Bordello- Cardiff, Tramshed – 3 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:30

Gogol Bordello livePlaying four gigs in 72 hours – three of them in three different countries – you would have thought gypsy punks Gogol Bordello would have nothing left by the time their bandwagon rolled into south Wales… but, nothing could have been further from the truth, as our man Neville Brooks reports:

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The Dickies – Camden, The Underworld – 7 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 04:30

Dickiesuk 2017One of the most vivid memories of Jim Rowland’s junior school playground was singing the Dickies’ version of ‘Banana Splits’ with hits mates when it was rocketing up the UK charts in 1979… Almost 40 years later, he finds himself doing it all over again, as the Californian punks celebrate four decades of seriously fun and seriously great rock ‘n’ roll:

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Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:00

Aaron Buchanan liveHaving caught Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics at Camden Rocks earlier in the summer, there was no way Nev Brookes was gonna miss their first ever Welsh headline appearance – especially as he reckons it is one of the last times they will play in such intimate surroundings… it was an evening which also clearly demonstrated the need to keep Cardiff’s music scene alive, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Blaze Bayley/Screaming Eagles - Banbridge, Linenfields Festival - 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:30

Blaze Bayley - BanbridgeNorthern Ireland’s newest festival, Linenfields, got off to an impressive start last weekend, attracting no less than Blaze Bayley to headline the opening night.  Down the front (quite literally) to record the action first had for your favourite website was our man Marc L, who headed down the motorway to stand in a field and revel in some heavy metal nostalgia… oh, and it didn’t rain!

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 11 August 2017 04:30

Ramblin Man sigilLast weekend, guest contributor Luke Appleton shared his thoughts on the recent Ramblin’ Man Fair. Today, in the second part of our massive retrospective, Ben Hughes presents his view on proceedings, and gives us a tiny insight into the life of a working journalist covering such a massive event:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 05:00

Steelhouse Festival generic imageHardly does one Steelhouse festival end than the Über Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen are already putting in place their travel fans for the next episode – that is, once they’ve dried out from this year’s adventures. Click the link as they recall what went down on the mountain, from technical problems to records being set to the effect of some performers on certain parts of the female anatomy, this time last week:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 29 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageGetting to this year’s Steelhouse proved to be one of the Über Rock team’s most gruelling adventures yet, as Murphy’s Law seemed to have applied itself to the outward leg of the trip from Belfast to Ebbw Vale and then on to the mountain top that is home to Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!).  When they got there, the field was already ankle deep in mud – but the prospect of some damn fine rock ‘n’ roll brightened their hearts, as you’ll find out on the other side of this link:

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Steelhouse Festival – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageIt was a case of Murphy’s Law in action for the Uber Rock management team as they travelled from Belfast to the Welsh valleys for the seventh iteration of Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!), with missed flights and cancelled trains conspiring to ensure they didn’t make it up the mountain for the first evening’s party… fortunately, David O’Neill already had his waterproofs at the ready and braved the monsoon-like conditions on top of the Steelhouse mountain:

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Kaz Hawkins (feat. Sam York) – Belfast Cathedral – 22 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen and Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:00

Kaz Hawkins - Belfast CathedralIt was always going to be an emotional night, as Belfast blues singer Kaz Hawkins prepared to lay her life story on the line and bare her soul in no less surroundings than Belfast Cathedral. Never one to shy away from using her experiences to try and help others, the songstress used the evening to raise funds for a local metal health charity, as well as awareness for its invaluable work… The Dark Queen, with a little help from her devoted hubby, gathered her camera, and her thoughts, to record what did indeed prove to be a very special occasion:

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Cursed Sun/Words That Burn/Munro – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 15 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:30

JonesBelfast’s historic Limelight club is virtually your Uber Rock Belfast team’s second home, and it had been too long since, for various reasons, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen had darkened it’s hallowed doorstep. But, did it feel good? Did it feel like they had never been away? Click the link to find out:

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Slugfest – Abertillery, Doll’s House – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

Slugfest squareIt’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first ever Slugfest was staged in the tiny Valleys pub that used to serve as Über Rock’s local (until we upped sticks and moved the site across the Irish Sea)!  But, here we are… ten years in, and it’s still going strong, if not getting stronger – which leaves the gigging machine that is Neville Brooks wondering where it goes from here:

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Blue Oyster Cult – Nottingham, Rock City – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:30

Blue Oyster Cult - GlasgowLike many fans, Jim Rowland spent many a year wondering if he would ever see one of his favourite bands play this here Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll ever again. But, over the past few years, the New York legends have become increasingly regular visitors to this corner of the Überverse, with the result that our man was able to catch them not once but twice within the space of less than a month. Click the link to find out what he made of his second close encounter of the Cultish kind:

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