Gig Reviews
Diamond Head – Belfast, Voodoo – 23 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 26 September 2016 21:53

Diamond Head - Belfast - CoverNWOBHM legends Diamond Head last weekend fulfilled their promise to return to Belfast - much to the delight of longstanding fans such as our own Dark Queen and husband Mark Ashby, as well as many who weren't even wicked thoughts when the band first wrote and performed many of the classic tunes which filled their set.  Click the link to find out why our bossman found himself getting all hot and sweaty but at the same time feeling refreshed and revitalized...

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Black Peaks / Heck / Bad Sign / Exiles of Elysium – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms 13 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 03:00

Heck - CroppedLord Simmons sat atop his ivory tower surveying the landscape of Rock N Roll, peering down at the pinprick specks toiling the earth below. “Rock is dead,” said Simmons. Imagine then, Lord Simmons’ surprise when four flailing, wailing, noisy fuckers from Nottingham clambered up and laid waste to his throne room.  Uber Rock's Rich Hobson was there to witness the carnage...

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L7 / Treason Kings – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 10 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 03:20

L7-Ritz-1Our man Rich Hobson is often accused of being "stuck in the Nineties"... not that he's complaining, when he gets to relive his youth in the presence of the original Rriot Grrls, L7, on their recent return to the UK for the second time in just over a year.  But, was it just like it was three decades ago?  Click the link to find out what shapes our man threw at this one...

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Dirty Jane / Humm / Ocean State / Ghetto Theatre – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge – 22nd July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 17 September 2016 03:20

Dirty Jane - ThumbnailUber Rock's "gig-going fanatic" Rich Hobson awakens from his self-enforced "gigless hibernation" that was the summer festival season to cast his mind back to an evening of good old-fashioned rock 'n'f'n' roll thanks to this four band bill in the good old-fashioned rock 'n'f'n' roll pub... at least he didn't have to worry about having to endure "an overpriced pint of pigswill whilst standing in the rain" in order to enjoy this particular night on the town...

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John Monday/Dirty Deelux - Abertillery, Dolls House - 9th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 03:00

Dirty Deelux posterIf there's one man here at Uber Rock who lives, breathes (and occasionally farts) our philosophy of tracking down and supporting the best in underground talent it's Nev Brooks.  Which is why he spends most of his Friday nights stalking the clubs of south Wales doing just that.  Check out what he got up to, and what he discovered, on his latest adventure by clicking the link...

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Wonk Unit / Pizza Tramp / Trigger McPoopshute / The Guntys – Pontypool, Dragonffli – 2nd September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Neville Brooks   
Saturday, 10 September 2016 03:20

Wonk Unit Poster- CroppedFriday nite is party nite almost everywhere in the Uberverse, and not least in Pontypool, where, after proving that he most definitely has "a face for radio", our man with the party plan Neville Brooks dragged himself along to party central - aka The Dragonffli - for a triple header which he reckons could be a contender for his "gig of the year"...

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Airbourne / Trucker Diablo - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 24th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 01 September 2016 20:35

Airbourne-Belfast-ThumbnailBilly Idol once sang about it being “hot in the city tonight”… Well, not even Mr Broad could have predicted how hot it would have been when Aussie party rockers Airbourne stopped off in Ireland for a couple of one-off headline shows... braving the sweat-pit that the venue quickly became, our husband-and-wife team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were front and centre to report on the action as it went down in their local Belfast club...

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Kaz Hawkins - Belfast, Eastside Arts Festival - 18th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 03:00

KazHawkins2Homecoming gigs are always a bit special. But some are more special than others, as Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen found out when they mosied on up to the rather plush surroundings of a four-star hotel for the return of Belfast songstress Kaz Hawkins and her band to “where it all began”.  Click the link to find out why it was one of those memorable nights...

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Vektor - London, Camden Underworld - 18th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 03:40

vektorthmbAt Bloodstock just a few weekends ago Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland was raving about just one new(ish) band to anyone who would listen. That band was American thrashers Vektor, and our intrepid scribe then went to see just a few days later headlining the Camden Underworld. Here Jim explains why “Throg” really is the future.

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2016 - Derbyshire, Catton Park - 13th & 14th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Friday, 19 August 2016 03:00

Day 2 thmbFollowing an exhausting and exhilarating Friday packed full of fine ale and even finer bands Uber Rock’s Nick Russell dives headlong into his review of the Saturday and Sunday line ups at Bloodstock 2016 headlined by Mastodon and Slayer respectively. Question is, will he make it to the end? Hit the link to find out.

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The Dead Daisies - Hamburg, Hard Rock Café - 3rd August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 03:00

IMG 8001 thmbThe Dead Daisies have been wowing rock audiences around the globe these past few months in support of their just released third album ‘Make Some Noise’ Uber Rock’s Colin Hunt caught up with the band in an unfamiliar acoustic setting in Hamburg ahead of their recent Wacken appearance, not really sure of what he might be getting. A fun night out, by all accords and here’s his gig report to prove it.

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Raging Speedhorn / By Any Means / Dead Label – Belfast, Voodoo – 18th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 03:40

Raging Speedhorn - FingerIt takes a lot to keep a good Uber Rocker down... less than two weeks after undergoing major surgery, there was nothing going to prevent our head honcho Mark Ashby being present for the return of the mighty Raging Speedhorn to his native Belfast.  Did he survive?  Of course he did, or you wouldn't be able to click the link to find out what went on at this firestorm of a show...

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Sharks – Bedford, Esquires – 10th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 19 September 2016 03:20

Sharks - CroppedUber Rock's Martin Haslam may admit that he doesn't get to as many gigs as he'd like... but we're sure glad when he does, and especially when it's to catch up with a legendary act such as Sharks, on one of their rare live appearances...

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King Crimson – Ayslebury, Friars @ Waterside Theatre – 5th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 03:45

King Crimson - Radical Action artworkProg legends King Crimson last week played two rare sold-out shows in Aylsebury to packed houses of admiring fans and friends. With other media outlets bemoaning the lack of press passes and ban on photography, our very own Jim Rowland donned his finest multi-coloured cape - specially pressed for the occasion - and braved his fear of vertigo for an evening that certainly wasn't a rock 'n' roll show but was "an unmissable masterclass in progressive perfection"...

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Raging Speedhorn – Kettering, The Prince of Wales - 13th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 12 September 2016 03:00

Raging Speedhorn Kettering poster - trimmedAs rejuvenated Corby bruisers Raging Speedhorn prepare to head out on the road again - this time for their first trip to the Emerald Isle in more than ten years - Uber Rock's Nick Russell casts his mind back to the beginning of the summer, and recalls the impact of a one-off low-key pub gig which helped set them up nicely for their subsequent tour... Click the link to find out what was thrown down...

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The Crawling / Drakonis / Valpurga – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 3rd September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 03:20

TheCrawling-3Sept2016-ThumbnailSummer is officially over and darkness once again has descended upon the fair city of Belfast – at least temporarily, as our very own Mark Ashby checks out an unholy triple bill destined to send a chill down the spine of even the most hardened of metallians... check out what happened when our man ventured down his local for a few quiet bevies and a bit of "dark metal ritual"...

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Safire - Belfast, McHugh’s Bar - 19th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:00

Safire - ThumbnailFollowing on from casting his critical eye over the debut EP by Norn Iron's Safire - our new editor-in-chief Mark Ashby and his beautiful wife couldn't resist finding out what the tracks would sound like live, and so they dragged themselves along to one of Belfast's most historic pubs for said opus' official launch.  Click the link to find out went down in a rather smelly basement...

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Ming City Rockers / Naked Six / Eugene Gorgeous / Part Time Miserables - York, Fibbers - 18th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 04:00

ming86gigWant a band that sounds like The Hives meets The Buzzcocks on speed? Uber Rock's Ben Hughes thinks he's found that very thing in the form of the Ming City Rockers. Our man hit Fibbers in York to get the lowslung lowdown.....

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Sick Of It All - Bristol, The Fleece - 13th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Saturday, 20 August 2016 03:00

SOIA thmbSaturday the 13th August and it’s the first date of the UK leg of Sick Of It All’s 30th anniversary tour, a night which saw the NYHC legends hit The Fleece in Bristol full on. Uber Rock’s Johnny H was there celebrating an anniversary all of his own but not before he got pumped up ready for some hot mosh pit action. Hit the link to read his story of a most curious day indeed.

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Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2016 - Derbyshire, Catton Park - 12th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 18 August 2016 03:00

TS thmbAfter Steelhouse for the classic rockers and Rebellion for the punks it was time for the mother of all metal festivals last weekend, yup Bloodstock Open Air featuring the likes of Corrosion of Conformity, Venom and Twisted Sister playing their last ever UK show was finally a gig going reality. What a stellar line up, and this was only the first day too. On hand to review it all for Uber Rock, Nick Russell.

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Rebellion Festival 2016 - Blackpool, Winter Gardens - 6th & 7th August 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H & Dom Daley   
Saturday, 13 August 2016 03:00

Rebellion thmbFor the second part of Uber Rock’s coverage of Rebellion Festival 2016 Johnny H and Dom Daley continue to celebrate 40 years of punk and 20 years of Rebellion by watching more bands that is humanly possible. No other magazine covers Rebellion quite like Uber Rock. Hit the link then to relive a truly magical weekend.

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