May Gigs
Zlatanera/Baleful Creed/Shrouded/Erosion – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 20 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 05:00

Zlatanera Belfast 2When this gig was first announced, it was billed as a “special show” – a mysterious description which sat for weeks on social media without any further explanation. Then a countdown started, and in the days beforehand it emerged that Zlatanera would be premiering their new video, for the song ‘Bad Case Of The Devil’ – featuring oul’ Nick himself and a cast of various rock ‘n’ roll reprobates and shot in this very same venue. Über Rock sent our top team along to see if the dark lord would make another appearance:

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CKY/Graveyard Johnnys – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 13 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:30

CKY Birmingham 1Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or at least that’s how the saying goes. With bands, absence can stoke the flames of passion, supercharging a band’s popularity to the point where they could be even bigger than they were in their glory days, or it can prove detrimental, with bands falling by the wayside due to lack of activity and a failure to capitalize on any previous momentum. Rich Hobson dives right in to the front of the stage to find out how CKY have trodden the former path:

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Danny Bryant – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 27 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 04:00

danny-bryant-10 34183640620 oBlues guitarist Danny Bryant recently undertook a short run of dates to promote his appropriately titled ‘Big’ live album: not only is he large in character, but it was recorded with an eight-piece backing band – which left one question for UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… just how was he gonna fit that many musicians onto the tiny stage of a converted church in Belfast? Click the link to find out:

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Vodun/Ten Foot Wizard/Shot Down Zed – Coventry, The Pheonix - 12 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 08 May 2017 05:00

vodum-1 34375676221 oVisually striking, and with a unique blend of musical styles that most definitely all their own, Vodun definitely are one of the most exciting bands around, especially when they play live. So, Rich Hobson needed no second invitation to fire up his trusty Über-mobile and head down the motorway to Coventry to catch this eclectic and exciting trio in action in a very intimate environment:

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Handmade Festival 2017 – Leicester, University - Saturday 29 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 06 May 2017 04:30

Handmade 2017 logoWhile it might not have been exactly sunny for the recent bank holiday weekend, there was still a prevailing sense of “start of the summer” as Rich Hobson and his beautiful lady hit the motorway from Wolverhampton to Leicester for a festival line-up stacked with some of the brightest names in British music right now. Click the link to check out what went down on the first day:

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Therapy? – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 26 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:00

 DSC5870Like most rock fans of a certain generation in his wee part of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Mark Ashby grew up with one band who stood head and shoulders above any other on the local scene in terms of their innovation and their readiness to experiment, take chances and push musical boundaries further than any of their predecessors or contemporaries (and, it could be argued, many who have tried to follow in their footsteps since). Would it be an experiment too far when a band renowned for their dramatic intensity, especially in their live shows, stripped everything back to such a basic, organic level? Click the link to join in the craic of a truly unique show:

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Happyness/Tandem Felix – Dublin, Whelan’s Bar - 21 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 01 May 2017 05:00

Happyness Dublin 1Our man Jonni D is a very happy chappy. It’s just the way he is. So, just imagine his delight when, having reviewed their latest album a while back, he got the offer to travel down to the Fair City of Dublin to share that happiness brought by a band of (almost) the same name. Click the link to find out what he made of the band live:

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TV Smith - Hamburg, Hafengeburtstag, Jolly Roger Stage - 8th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 03:00

IMG 6554When Uber Rock’s Colin Hunt was a youngster he had two idols, one was Phil Lynott, the other TV Smith. He’d never seen the latter in concert until recently so when he heard Tim would be returning to his adopted home of Hamburg to play an acoustic show as part of the city docks’ birthday celebrations he snapped up a ticker quick as a flash. Here our intrepid scribe relives a magical evening of live music.

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The Urban Voodoo Machine/Boss Caine - York, Fibbers - 29th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 03:00

UVMm86Want to know Uber Rock's Ben Hughes' favourite band on the UK live circuit right now? Look no further than The Urban Voodoo Machine. Our man was there like a rat up a red 'n' black shitpipe when the band returned to York for a righteous Sunday night rock 'n' roll riot.

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Adam Ant - Bristol, Colston Hall - 25th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 03:00

AA86rwFollowing last year's playing of debut album, 'Dirk Wears White Sox', in its entirety, Adam Ant upped the, erm, ante by giving the same treatment to chart-topping second album, 'Kings of the Wild Frontier'. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey wonders if you should ever trust a man with a white stripe on his face.....

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The Dead Reds/Kit Trigg - Lewes, The Lamb - 20th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Saturday, 04 June 2016 03:20

DR86lewesImagine The Black Crowes and Clutch merged and covering the Rolling Stones - that's how Uber Rock's Ross Welford hears The Dead Reds. Our man headed out to get slaughtered at The Lamb for the band's new album launch gig.....

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Black Spiders/Bigfoot/Grifter – Southampton, Joiners - 30 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 04:30

BlackSpiders 3  HRH DvS II Sheffield2016Living on the Isle of Wight has many good points – but, as Phil Cooper will tell you, travelling to and from gigs isn’t one of them, especially when said gigs run past the time of the last ferry home… nevertheless, it didn’t put our man off enjoying what he could of the Black Spiders’ recent farewell tour when it found its way to the south coast:

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Semi-Final 2 – Belfast, Voodoo – 5 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:00

OracleThe quest to find the hottest new bands to perform at this year’s Bloodstock festival is well and truly under way all over the British Isles, and beyond.  In some regions, the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition is entering its climactic stages.  Such is the case in Belfast, where Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were on hand to see which metal warriors would battle their way through to the grand finale and take a step further towards a coveted slot on the New Blood stage at Catton Park in August:

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Handmade Festival 2017 – Leicester, University - Sunday 30 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 06 May 2017 05:00

Handmade 2017 logoIf the Saturday of Handmade Festival 2017 taught our man Rich Hobson anything, it was that the UK has a burgeoning rock scene right now, brimming with acts that have plenty of radio appeal and more than a few great riffs to enjoy. Sunday, then, was that scene’s uglier, snottier punk cousin, the line-up stacked with some of the greatest racket inducing acts our nation can produce. Click the link to catch up on all the dirt that went down:

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Ghost/Zombi - Manchester Apollo – 31 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 06 May 2017 04:00

Ghost - Manchester 3Undoubtedly one of the biggest rising bands in the metal world right now, Ghost have recently finished their mammoth ‘Popestar’ European tour, which kicked off with a run of eight dates in the UK. With just over three months until they return, this time to headline the one and only Bloodstock festival, Rich Hobson recalls the majesty of their massive Manchester show and gives the uninitiated a flavour of what to expect later in the summer:

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Imelda May – Manchester, HMV – 26 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 05:00

Imelda May HMV 1Up until now renowned for her quiff-style haircut and rockabilly image, Irish singer Imelda May has recently undergone something of a transformation to someone more approaching a torch singer, as her deeply personal new album ‘Life, Love, Flesh, Blood’ reveals. Ahead of an extensive UK tour starting this very week, she played a series of low-key instore shows. Über Rock’s Lindsey Appleton wandered down to the last of them in Manchester, for what proved to be an ear and eye opening experience:

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Deadheads / BIEST - Hamburg, DE, Rock Café - 19th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 03:00

Deadheads thmbWith his favourite Hamburg venue about to be demolished Uber Rock’s Colin Hunt decided to pay one last visit to the Rock Café in the city’s Reeperbahn area. His gig of choice? Swedish garage rockers Deadheads supported by local metal act BIEST. Remember those reviews when you read about a band you’ve never heard of before and then immediately wanted to check them out? This is one of those….

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James Leg/The Magick Godmothers - York, The Fulford Arms - 30th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 17 June 2016 02:55

JamesLeg86Spend bank holidays doing DIY like some clichéd square on a television ad? Not Uber Rock's Ben Hughes, who's out a-rockin' and a-rollin' every night! He spent the last Bank Holiday Monday soaked in the garage rock 'n' roll juice of James Leg - read all about it here!

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L.A. Guns / Oliver/Dawson Saxon / Shyyne - May 29th - Bilston Robin 2 Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 03:00

L.A. Guns BadgeUber Rock's Ross Welford had heard that this latest incarnation of seminal cock rockers, L.A. Guns, was playing better than ever. That couldn't be true, surely? Intrigued, our man slapped on his PVC trousers and headed off to sunny Bilston to find out that his tip-off wasn't that far from the crazy truth.....

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Crowsaw: Cirque Du Crowsaw - Abertillery, The Dolls House - 20th May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 03:00

RobSo when is a gig really not just a gig? When it’s the recording of a live album perhaps? Uber Rock’s Rob Watkins was lucky enough to attend such a magical event recently when he visited The Dolls House to see the mighty Crowsaw perform their Cirque Du Crowsaw.... Confused? You won’t be when you hit the ‘Read more’ link.

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AC/DC - Prague, Praha, Letiště Letňany - 22nd May 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Janne Jarvis   
Friday, 03 June 2016 04:10

AcDC thmbThere’s been a lot said about Axl Rose replacing Brian Johnson in AC/DC for the remaining shows on the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour, and as that rock 'n' roll train rolls into the UK for shows in London and Manchester we thought it was time to give long-time fan Janne Jarvis the chance to add his voice to the debate. Here he relives a night spent on an airfield in Prague watching one of his favourite rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. Are you ready?

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