Gig Reviews
Anvil - London, Islington, O2 Academy - 12th July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 25 July 2015 03:00

Anvil thmbCanadian power metal trio Anvil returned for a short run of UK shows just a few weeks back to bring to the end their mammoth worldwide tour in support of the ‘Hope In Hell’ album. Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland just had to be at London’s Islington, O2 Academy to sample the band in all their glory because after all Anvil Is Anvil.

The Heavy - Grillstock, Bristol, Lloyds Amphitheatre - 12th July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jason Palmer   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 04:00

The Heavy ThmbUber Rock returned to the annual Grillstock event in Bristol’s harbour side to once again sample various incinerated meats and red hot chillies all washed down with some ice cold beverages, but above all we were there to sample some mighty fine music. This year’s Sunday headliners being The Heavy we knew Jason Palmer was going to be in for a real good time. So hit the link and join him on his Grillstock adventure.

AC/DC - London, Wembley Stadium - 4th July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:00

ACDC AR 4Whilst the rest of URHQ were working our asses off at Slugfest 8 Jim Rowland was sunning himself down Wembley Way with an ex-postman turned friendly ticket tout for the day, and bizarrely, a member of Praying Mantis, getting ready to witness what could perhaps have been AC/DC’s last ever stadium show in London. Hit the link to find out if he had drink on us.

Slugfest 8 (Friday) - Abertillery, The Doll's House - 3rd July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 03:00

slugfest886Slugfest returned to Abertillery for its eighth instalment, promising the coolest bands, the best people and, worryingly, the rankest fish. Uber Rock's Gaz E was there to detail the opening night of Slugfest 8, the, erm, storm before another storm......

Butch Walker - London, The Borderline - 2nd July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ashley Pocock   
Thursday, 09 July 2015 03:00

butchlive86With Uber Rock's involvement in Slugfest 8 meaning that we were not to stray outside of Abertillery Rock City, we needed a ringer to guarantee us a review of one of Butch Walker's three shows in the UK. Step forward Ashley Pocock, who almost didn't see Walker at all... with all revealed at the click of a mouse.....

Primus - Brixton O2 Academy - 23rd June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Holly Lancaster   
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 03:00

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The first gig sixteen year old Holly Lancaster ever went to was Primus but as she was in her mother’s belly at the time she never really got to sample their awesomeness. That all changed a few weeks ago when the whole Lancaster family went to see the band performing their ‘Primus And The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble’ show at Brixton Academy. Welcome to the world of Uber Rock Holly

Hellfest 2015 (Day One) - Clisson, France - 19th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland (Nathan) & Johnny H (Mimsy)   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 03:00

Horns thmbTwo years ago after a storming Hellfest 2013, Uber Rock’s Johnny H declared that “never again” would he return. Two years later, the lure of Cock Sparrer, Venom, Backyard Babies, Grave Pleasures and a host of others proved too much and Hayward Luxury Tours (in association with Argon Events) was very much back in business once again with Jim Rowland along for the ride - ladies and gentlemen welcome to Hellfest 2015.

StormTree - Belfast, Black Box - 18th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 26 June 2015 02:00

stormtreelive86Uber Rock's Mark Ashby headed into Belfast's Cathedral Quarter for the official launch of 'Unchained', the new release from StormTree. With support from Shock Treatment 21 and The Acoustic Collective the chances of the night being memorable were high.....

Paul-Ronney Angel / Deadbeat Deluxe - Newport, Warehouse 54 - 12th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 03:00

PRA thmbThe last time The Urban Voodoo Machine played Wales they were stunned to the core by the passing of their brother Rob ‘The Kid’ Skipper, this time around with two shows lined up in Newport and Swansea it was guitarist Nick Marsh who was the new star in heaven. Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks was at the first of the two shows, this one a solo performance from Paul-Ronney Angel for what promised to be an emotional night of music.

Conan/Torpor/Khost - Brighton, Green Door Store - 10th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Friday, 19 June 2015 03:40

conanlivethumbAlways looking to surprise, Uber Rock's Page Seven Fella, Ross Welford, swapped the cock rock for some Conan as he headed to Brighton's Green Door Store for a heavy-duty night with the caveman battle doom of the Merseyside mob. Read on to see if he survived.....

Manic Street Preachers - Cardiff Castle - 5th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 03:00

manicscastle86Closing the 2015 leg of their tour in celebration of seminal third album, 'The Holy Bible', with a massive show at Cardiff Castle, Manic Street Preachers promised something of an event which, as Uber Rock's Gaz E witnessed, backfired somewhat courtesy of a crowd littered with fuckwits.....

Henry’s Funeral Shoe / The Lash / The Johnstown Flood - Panteg RFC, Borough Blues Festival - 4th July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 04:00

bbc logo fbSlugfest Saturday and Nev Brookes has gone AWOL for the afternoon’s proceedings. “Where is he?” I hear you ask. Is he stuck at home on social media raging about the fact that live music is in a dire state or is he in B&Q doing what all weekend warriors do best? Nah he’s in a rugby field watching three of South Wales’ finest new bands as part of the annual Borough Blues Festival. Respect brother Brooks, respect!

Slugfest 8 (Saturday & Sunday) - Abertillery, The Doll's House - 4th & 5th July 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H, Nev Brooks & Rob Watkins   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 03:00

slugfest886After the Friday to end all Fridays, Slugfest 8 ploughed on regardless into the Saturday and Sunday to end all Saturdays and Sundays, and there to capture all of the action from Uber Rock was Johnny H, Nev Brookes and (as usual bringing up the rear) Rob Watkins. Read on to relive the music, the mayhem, the beer, and of course who could forget the smelly fish?

Elvis Costello/Larkin Poe - Cardiff, St. David's Hall - 25th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Monday, 13 July 2015 04:00

EC86Uber Rock's Rob Watkins is used to watching the detectives... they're usually ransacking his flat looking for bootleg AOR albums and hardcore pornography. He took a night off from being a wrong 'un, though, and went to Cardiff to watch the legendary Elvis Costello. He wrote about it too! Have a look!

Motorhead/The Stranglers - Eden Sessions - Bodelva, Cornwall - 27th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 04:00

Motorhead thmbJust 24 hours after the kerfuffle surrounding Motorhead’s debut appearance at some festival going by the name of Glastonbury Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland was sampling the delights of Lemmy and Co for the second time in eight days in the all more tranquil surroundings of the Eden Project. Also on the bill for this one were The Stranglers, so what would our man make of it all? Hit the link and all will soon be revealed.

Hellfest 2015 (Day Two and Day Three) - Clisson, France - 20th and 21st June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland & Johnny H   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 03:00

Hellfest at Night thmbWith the sunshine unrelenting and not a single queue in sight the Uber Rock Hellfest weekend gets into full swing as we let Jim Rowland loose on the Saturday line up – which saw the likes of Scorpions, ZZ Top and Venom all playing whilst Johnny H thankfully remembered his best Hi-Tecs for the thrashtastic Sunday line up that boasted appearances by the likes of Exodus, Nuclear Assault and Cavalera Conspiracy. You are but a single mouse click away from joining them having some fun in the sun.

Hard 'n' Heavy Fest 8: Return of the Rock - Abertillery, The Doll's House - 19th/20th June Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E (with Elaine Niblett)   
Friday, 26 June 2015 03:00

HnH8gig86Returning for its eighth instalment, the Hard 'n' Heavy Fest hit The Doll's House in Abertillery Rock City for another two excellent days of righteous rock and molten metal. Uber Rock's Gaz E - with help from Elaine Niblett - was there to document another monumental event... emphasis on the mental.....

The Urban Voodoo Machine - Swansea, The Scene Club - 13th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:00

UVM 1Following up the previous night’s solo performance from Paul-Ronney Angel The Urban Voodoo Machine collective were once again out in force for a show to celebrate the life of recently departed guitarist Nick Marsh at Swansea’s The Scene Club. In attendance for this one and with his handkerchief at the ready was Uber Rock’s Dom Daley.

The Godfathers - Cardiff, The Globe - 11th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 03:00

GFsthmbBack on the road celebrating three decades of quality music The Godfathers opened up proceedings on their greatest hits tour at The Globe in Cardiff just a week or so ago. On hand to join the party was Uber Rock’s Johnny H and boy was he about to have a huge rock ‘n’ roll birthday surprise.

Graveyard Johnnys / Electric River / The Dukes Of Bordello / Morningside Lane - Bristol, The Louisiana - 5th June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 19 June 2015 03:00

GYJs thmbWith their ‘Dead Transmission’ album still fresh in the racks, Uber Rock sent Johnny H over the Severn Bridge to sample The Graveyard Johnnys in all their headlining punkabilly glory. Plus with an impressive undercard that also boasted sets by Electric River, The Dukes Of Bordello and Morningside Lane, where else would you rather be on a Friday night?

The Replacements/You Am I/Jesse Malin - London, Roundhouse - 2nd June 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 03:00

matslive86Anticipation was at a critical level as The Replacements headed to London's Roundhouse for what once seemed like simple pipe dreams for UK fans of the legendary band. Uber Rock's Dom Daley was there to catch Paul Westerberg and Co., ably supported by Jesse Malin and You Am I.....


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