Gig Reviews
HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – 9 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:35

Spike 2For the first time this year, UR’s husband-and-wife team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen ventured across the Irish Sea to join thousands of like-minded rock ‘n’ roll fans for the second in this year’s series of themed Hard Rock Hell weekenders. It was a trip which, over the course of its duration, was not without its hiccups, as our unfolding coverage over the next few days will demonstrate. To start with, however, it’s Day One… well, where else would they begin?

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Black Star Riders/Gun/The Amorettes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 5 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 March 2017 04:30

Black Star Riders 4Hometown gigs are always special, especially for any artist who lives thousands of miles from the city where he was born, and so there can be no doubt that the one date Ricky Warwick looks forward to the most on tour schedules – be they those for BSR or his multiple other solo/side projects is his native Belfast… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were front and centre for a full day of rock ‘n’ roll action when the ‘Heavy Fire’ tour pulled into town:

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The Answer/Our Propaganda/Elixir – Southampton, The Engine Rooms - 2 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:00

The Answer Belfast 1Phil Cooper took himself into the middle of an industrial estate to check out the vibe at a venue which has been a regular stop off for an increasing number of bands: on this occasion, hard-working Northern Irish rock ‘n’ rollers The Answer were 'In This Town’ (sic) on the latest leg of their tour of the (almost) same name. Click the link to find out what our man made of every aspect of the gig:

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King King – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 25 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 04 March 2017 04:30

King King - Belfast 2It was one of those nightmare scenarios: two bands with an arguably similar target audience playing a few hundred yards apart from each other. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen, however, decided to pass on their annual appointment with The Answer and to take up one with Glasgow guitar maestro Alan Nimmo and his band instead:

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Eureka Machines/Baby Chaos/The Chris Catalyst Group/Fierce Ideas - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 18:00

Eureka Machines4Guitarist and all around workaholic Chris Catalyst recently celebrated his birthday by throwing a gig in his spiritual home, leaving our man Ben Hughes no choice but to don his most dapper gear and head down the club for a celebratory drink and a touch of raucous rock ‘n’f’n’ roll:

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HRH Metal – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 20 February 2017 19:53

Skindred 1 HRHMetal-2No strangers to the boutique music festival, the folks at Hard Rock Hell (HRH) have spent the past decade amassing an impressive portfolio of events throughout the calendar year to challenge the idea that festivals are just for the summer months. The latest addition to their roster of genre specific events is HRH Metal, staged in the “home” of heavy metal – Birmingham. The city also is home to our man Rich Hobson, so he popped along to see what goodies they had in store:

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The Godfathers – Islington, Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:30

Godfathers 2017 2If ever there was a band that refused to die, it’s The Godfathers. Having recently reviewed their magnificent new album, ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’, it was obvious that Martin Haslam just had to witness the soundtrack to his personal revolution live and in the flesh:

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Thunder – Manchester, HMV – 16 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Friday, 17 February 2017 19:28

Thunder - HMV Manchester - BenFollowing on the back of the release of their brilliant new album, ‘Rip It Up’, Thunder have been undertaking a series of instore performances at branches of HMV up and down the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Our very own weather girl, Lindsey Appleton tootled along to the one in Manchester to find the band a man down but nevertheless determined to reward their loyal fans with an intimate performance. Click the link to find out what candies they had in the shop:

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Taking Back Sunday/Frank Iero and The Patience – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:30

16736594 1966356476929028 1010789019 nTen years after they hit their commercial peak, Taking Back Sunday are back with their original line up with a new album and a new tour, the Über Kingdom leg of which kicked off in Belfast this past weekend. Our man Jonni D was front and centre to find out if this tidal wave of a live show would seeing them take back Saturday as the night for rockin’, or would it just wash over him like an ebbing tide?

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Trivium/SikTh/Shvpes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 12 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 13 February 2017 23:45

Trivium Belfast 3It had been eight long years since Trivium had last visited Belfast, and the fans here obviously were hungry for their long-overdue return… did Matt Heafy and his colleagues sate their appetite (for destruction) or were they left baying for more? Uber Rock sent new recruit Jonni D to find out:

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Saint Sapphire/Petty Youth/On Parole/The Bell Diver Spiders – Belfast, Voodoo – 3 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 04:30

Saint Sapphire - Voodoo 3It was all planned. A typically busy weekend for UR’s Belfast team… two days, two gigs, ten bands in all. Simples really? Well, it was until herself caught a dose of the dreaded lurgy… leaving Mark Ashby all on his lonesome to brave the cold, damp Friday night air in search of some new (and some not quite so new) musical experiences:

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The Pat McManus Band – Belfast, The Longfellow – 4 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 March 2017 04:00

33291535185 b4bee3006d oThree of the hardest working musicians in the Überverse, guitar genius Pat ‘The Professor’ McManus, Marty McDermott and Paul Falloon are currently out on the road for the umpteenth time, this time on their ‘Live Along The Highways’ European tour. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen ventured into the depths of east Belfast to catch the trio for another lesson in just how good blues-rock music can be when a master of the craft straps a guitar around his shoulders and opens up:

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Scott Sorry/The Role Models - York, The Fulford Arms - 19 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 04 March 2017 05:30

Scott Sorry MainWhen Ben Hughes wandered down his local for a bit of low-slung guitar action, he thought for one moment he was going to get more than he bargained for, with a veritable who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll rapscallions hanging around the bar… sadly for our man with a plan, it was not to be! But, what he did get was a night of hot rawkin’ action from two of the finest proponents of the art:

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Four Year Strong/ Versive/The Winter Passing/ Stairwells – Belfast, Oh Yeah Centre – 19 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 05:00

FYS Belfast 5Massachusetts’ pop-punkers Four Year Strong are currently celebrating the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough second album, ‘Rise or Die Trying’, by touring their asses off. Jonni D headed down into Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter to check out what went down when the band pulled into the city’s intimate Oh Yeah Centre on the last night of their most recent European trek:

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HRH Metal – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 12 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:30

HellCrowd 1 HRHMetalHaving survived his own particular brand of “ear-splitting mayhem” on the first day of the inaugural HRH Metal, Rich Hobson once again found himself down the front and in the pit for the second day. To read his report from the front line of the Über Kingdom’s newest metalfest, click ye olde link with your fist of steel:

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Skindred/Raging Speedhorn/RSJ - York, Fibbers - 8 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:00

Skindred York 3It had been five long years since Skindred played York – but that was then and this is now, and the ragga rockas made up for their extended absence when they pulled back into town again earlier this month. Our man Ben Hughes was front and centre to bring you this first-hand account of what went down:

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The Pineapple Thief – Islington, Assembly Hall – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:00

The Pineapple Thief posterAfter a bit of a hiatus from Über Rock duties, Jim Rowland is back in action, donning his finest cape and digging out his favourite wand from the bottom of the drawer to head down to what he reckons is one of the best venues in London for a prog-tastic evening of entertainment – and narry a tropical fruit was purloined in the process:

 

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Candlebox/ Jeff Angell’s Staticland/Pete RG/ – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 24 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:30

CandleboxIn the post-truth era of the late twenty-tens, and three decades after it threatened to kill off rock music, what is the definition of “grunge”? It was a question our man Rich Hobson found himself pondering when he caught up with second-wavers Candlebox when they returned to the Uber Kingdom a little while back… Did he get any answers? Click the link to find out:

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The Wildhearts/Massive Wagons/The Main Grains - Nottingham, Rock City - 27 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:00

16650096 10154753883692293 935285697 nBen Hughes ended 2016 by reviewing a Wildhearts show, so he may as well start this year the same way, eh! But this is one Wildhearts show with a difference. Following the cancellation of the Manchester date last year, due to a virus doing the rounds with the bands and crew, a rescheduled date was announced along with tonight's show at Rock City - a special one off performance of the classic 'Fishing For Luckies' album, played in its entirety:

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The Distortion Project – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 4 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 05:00

Two Tales Of Woe - Limelight 1It had been all so well planned. A typically busy weekend for UR’s owners… two days, two gigs, ten bands in all. But, then The Dark Queen caught a dose of the dreaded lurgy and, despite her most valiant of efforts, was forced to admit defeat and once again take to her bed, leaving Mark Ashby to soldier on and brave the pit alone at this, the latest fundraising effort in aid of Belfast’s premier heavy metal promoter:

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Bad Sam – Pontypool, Dragonfli – 3 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 04:00

badsam6bHe’s at it again… Nev Brooks is back on the road to rock ‘n’ roll paradise, heading back to one of his favourite haunts to issue a rallying call to support live music played by real live bands… are you brave enough to answer him in the affirmative? Click the link to find out all about his latest (mis)adventures in the Über Rockin’ cause:

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