January Gigs
Messugah/The Haunted - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 17 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:30

As editor-in chief, I’m going to be brutally honest here: our Marc Leach practically shit his boxers when I asked him did he want to review and shoot Swedish tech metal gods Meshuggah! Hell, it was like an outtake from ‘The Walking Dead’ at URHQ, as he practically bit my arm off… but, did they sate his bloodthirst for loads of widdly-widdly wankery? Well, their light show certainly did. As for the rest? Click the link to find out:

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Avenged Sevenfold/Disturbed/In Flames - Birmingham, Genting Arena - 13 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:48

A7X Disturbed Poster - Square“Metal is dead” is a phrase which is often bandied about, along with the question of who will step up to the mark to become the massive headliners of tomorrow, especially with 2017 seeing so many of the big name veteran acts allegedly taking their final bows… Well, don’t utter references to the genre’s pending demise too loudly around Rich Hobson: because, as he argues in this in depth review, some of the contenders for the crown of “metal kings of the future” might just have already started their coup and usurped the throne…

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The Crawling/Scimitar/Neamhní – Belfast, Voodoo – 6 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 04:00

The Crawling - Voodoo Belfast 3Things were getting seriously bad for Über Rock head honcho Mark Ashby. It had just been TOO long. The withdrawal symptoms were all there, for all to see: the hot sweats were getting worse and the shakes were extremely noticeable. It had been three weeks since his last fix and if he didn’t get another soon – very soon… imagine his relief then when our resident gigaholic got his first live hit of the new year. Click the link to find out if this evening of black metal, thrash and doomish deathliness satisfied his needs:

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RavenEye - Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club - 29th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Williams   
Friday, 12 February 2016 04:00

Raveneye thumbAfter a hugely successful slot at Brain Freeze 2015 blues power trio RavenEye returned to South Wales for a sold out show at the Fuel Rock Bar in Cardiff. Down the front for this one was Uber Rock’s Andrew Williams.

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The Hip Priests / The Franceens / Dedwardians - London, Nambucca - 29th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 03:00

NathanBack in London promoting their ‘Children Of The Execution’ single those doyens of sleazy fucked up garage punk The Hip Priests were all set to headline a storming Some Weird Sin club night that also boasted The Franceens plus the Dedwardians on the bill. Ready to get juiced up and loose at this one was Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland.

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Ocean Colour Scene / Cupids - Birmingham, The Irish Centre - 22nd January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 05 February 2016 03:00

OCS ThmbIt’s a staggering 20 years since Ocean Colour Scene released their excellent ‘Moseley Shoals’ album. To celebrate this anniversary the band announced a couple of initially low key shows to help kickstart a year full of special events. Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson (who was probably still in nappies first time around) was stage front and centre for the Birmingham show at Digbeth’s Irish Centre and here is his story regarding a very special night of music.

 

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Rabid Bitch Of The North - Belfast, Voodoo - 16th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:40

Rabid Bitch thmbJust 24 hours after witnessing punk rockers The Defects for the very first time, Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby was back in the more familiar surroundings of Belfast’s Voodoo for a three band bill headlined by the awesomely monikered Rabid Bitch Of The North. Hit the link then for bullet belts, studded wristbands, an over active dry ice machine and mucho quality metal.

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Alien Ant Farm / InMe - Birmingham, O2 Institute - 6th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 03:00

AAFthmbUber Rock’s Rich Hobson loves UK Alt. Rock stalwarts InMe, in fact he loves them so much he was prepared to buy a ticket to see them supporting Alien Ant Farm, a band he kind of remembered from his childhood due to a few hit videos on MTV, but knew very little of otherwise. Here our intrepid scribe gets to vent some spleen whilst in the process also has his eyes opened by a performance he really was not expecting. Hit the link to find out more.

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Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash - London, Tropic At Ruislip - 2nd January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 15 January 2016 04:00

MT thumbWe were running a book here at Uber Rock HQ on who would submit the first live review of 2016. Initially it looked like the gig machine known as Mark Ashby when up popped Jim Rowland with this gig just two days into the New Year. Ex Wishbone Ash bassist Martin Turner was playing his local and our intrepid scribe could see his prize ‘Written In The Stars’.

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Julian Cope - Cardiff, The Globe - 25th January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Talbot   
Friday, 13 February 2015 03:00

Cope 1Supporting his soon to be released ‘Trip Advizer - The Very Best Of Julian Cope 1999-2014’ album, the archdrude kicked off his recent jaunt around the UK in Cardiff with just an acoustic guitar to help him. Making his Uber Rock debut reviewing this one is Andrew Talbot a man who clearly knows all about the Floored Genius of the boy from Deri.

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Mark Lanegan Band/Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss - Bristol, O2 Academy - 27th January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 06 February 2015 03:00

MarkLaneganBandthmbOkay so we’ve effectively already done Mark Lanegan Band’s UK tour by covering their Belfast show just a few days ago, but by the time the tour reached Bristol the set up had taken a dramatic change, largely due to the band losing their bass player just a few days earlier to appendicitis. Uber Rock’s Johnny H gets ready to experience some baroque ‘n’ roll, but are you brave enough to join him?

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The Boys/The Vulz – London, 100 Club London – 6 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 04:30

It takes something pretty darn special to make Dom Daley spend ten hours in a car on a 400 mile round trip… but, then, there’s nothing really more special than a 40th anniversary gig, is there?  Our man headed to London Town’s famed 100 Club – one of the last of the city’s legendary rock n roll venues – to party the night away with one of his favourite bands, who put on a blinder of show, even if one member only had one wing… to find out what we mean, click on the link:

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Ginger's Birthday Bash - London, Kentish Town Forum - 17th December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 04:00

TEK-HH-171216-53Thirty quid for a gig ticket, £90 for a train down to London, £15 on Tubes, £18 for two double JD and cokes... seeing Ginger puke onstage mid song tonight ...priceless! Yes, Mr Wildheart wasn’t going to let the small manner of a dose of the lurgy get in the way of him hosting his annual Birthday Bash down Kentish Town way… just a week before Christmas, our man Ben Hughes made the trip from Yorkshire to our nation’s capital and his report now officially kicks off the new gig reviewing year here on Uber Rock:

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The Libertines - Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena - 26th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Williams   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 04:00

The Libertines thumbFollowing in the Chelsea-booted footprints of both Nick Russell and Nev Brooks Uber Rock’s Andrew Williams decided to go see The Libertines live in some enormodone in Cardiff just to find out ‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’. Hit the ‘Read more’ link to find out what happened next.

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Aiden/Ashestoangels/Never Found - Swansea, The Scene Club - 26th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 03:00

aiden86Seattle Godfathers of Grave, Aiden, returned to the U.K. for one last time in January to play their 'Nightmare Anatomy' album in its entirety on their "Last Sunrise" farewell tour. Uber Rock's Rob Watkins knows a little about graves and he got to share his knowledge with the kids who dig the New Grave.....

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The Monofones/The Franceens/The Magick Godmothers/Eugene Gorgeous - York, The Fulford Arms - 23rd January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:00

monolive86On a wet weekend night, Uber Rock's Ben Hughes braved the elements to venture to The Fulford Arms in York for the latest Behind The White Door gig, featuring The Monofones, The Franceens, The Magick Godmothers and more, and, boy, was he glad he did!

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The Defects - Belfast, Empire Music Hall -15th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 04:00

The Defects 1In the 38 or so years that The Defects have been flying the flag for Belfast punk high and proud Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby had never actually seen them live. That was until just a few days ago when he entered the legendary Empire Music Hall to witness the launch of the band’s all new album ’45 Minutes’. Hit the link to find out what he’d been missing all these years.

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Axegressor / Scimitar / Cursed Sun - Belfast, Voodoo - 7th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 16 January 2016 04:00

Axegressor 1Following the relative tranquillity of Christmas Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby needed to get back on the gig trail, and fast. Here he drops in on a thrash-tastic three band line up that any (in)sane metalhead would have given their spare bullet belt to have witnessed. Axegressor, Scimitar and Cursed Sun were providing the soundtrack to this musical Apocalypse and our Norn Iron man was on hand to capture all of the action.

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The Weeks/The Apache Relay/Hello Operator/Broken Skulls - York, The Duchess - 28th January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 13 February 2015 03:30

the weeksduchess86Mississippi mofos The Weeks and main tour support The Apache Relay rolled up at The Duchess in York with a couple of local bands in tow. Uber Rock's Ben Hughes was there too and, even though he felt that some of the bands could have done with a good wash, he couldn't help but be impressed.....

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Toby Jepson & Dave Kemp - Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club - 31st January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 03:00

Toby thmbOn a cold and snowy Saturday night in Northern Ireland there was only one place you would ever find Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby, and that is at the Diamond Rock Club. This time around he was there to catch Toby Jepson & Dave Kemp playing an intimate acoustic show, what our man could never have expected though was just how special a night it would turn out to be. Hit the link to find out why.

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Phil Lewis/Nitehawks - Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club - 24th January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 03:00

Phil Lewis thmbThe legend that is Phil Lewis returned to the UK for a set of solo dates recently that included a date at Uber Rock’s favourite venue in Northern Ireland, the Diamond Rock Club. Promising a show that covered the whole of his career on hand to review this one was Mark Ashby. Well that is if he can find his way to the venue first. It’s all aboard the beer bus for another night of fun.

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