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Steelhouse Festival - Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm - 22nd & 23rd July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins & Johnny H   
Friday, 29 July 2016 03:00

Steelhouse ThmbSteelhouse Festival returned last weekend for its sixth annual shindig perched on top of the Arael Mountain between Aberbeeg and Abertillery. Kicking things off this year were three young Welsh bands on the Friday “warm up” night whilst Brit rock stalwarts Thunder topped the Saturday bill. On site to cover all the action for Uber Rock were Rob Watkins and Johnny H.

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Supersuckers/Bree - Bristol, The Fleece - 20th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Thursday, 28 July 2016 03:00

SS86revJust over a year ago the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World, Supersuckers, cancelled a European tour as Eddie Spaghetti battled stage-3 throat cancer. Fast forward to July 2016 and the singer is cancer-free and back on UK stages. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey was in Bristol to see the first date of a short run of British shows.....

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The Ginger Wildheart Band / Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors / The Main Grains - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - 14th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 03:00

GWben86Yes, after reviewing the opening night of the latest UK tour from The Ginger Wildheart Band Uber Rock has done the unthinkable and prepared a second review from the very same tour. Why? For at least two very special reasons - let Ben Hughes explain.....

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Manic Street Preachers - Eden Sessions - St Austell - 9th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Phelps   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 03:00

MSPeden86The Eden Sessions are a series of summer concerts held in Cornwall's Eden Project. This year the likes of Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, and PJ Harvey have all graced the stage, but Uber Rock's Matt Phelps was there for the Manic Street Preachers!

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Slugfest 9 - Abertillery, The Dolls House - Sunday July 3rd, 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H & Gaz Tidey   
Saturday, 16 July 2016 03:00

AC98616The Sunday of Slugfest, dubbed Acoustic Slug, started out as a comedown day, the calm after the storm - now, it's a bona fide event in its own right. Uber Rock's Johnny H and Gaz Tidey were there to review... and attempt to sing?!

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Slugfest 9 - Abertillery, The Dolls House - Friday July 1st, 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Thursday, 14 July 2016 03:00

slugfriday86Returning for its ninth debauched time, Slugfest had an unlikely sporting rival on its opening Friday night at The Dolls House in Abertillery Rock City. Uber Rock's Johnny H started his weekend with a bang, in both punk rocking and footballing terms.....

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Vintage Trouble / Slydigs - Cardiff, Tramshed - 28th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 04:00

VT thmbThe last time Uber Rock’s Johnny H saw Vintage Trouble live they headlined a big top blues event in his home town of Abertillery. Four years on from that night and the rock ‘’n’ soul sensations have toured with the likes of The Who, AC/DC and Paloma Faith whilst also releasing their second album ‘1 Hopeful Rd.’ Looks like ole H-Bombz has got some catching up to do as he squeezes himself into a long since sold out Tramshed.

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C.W. Stoneking - Belfast, The Black Box - 25th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 03:40

CW Stoneking thmbAustralian blues maestro C.W. Stoneking recently returned to the city of Belfast to make an appearance that actually coincided, but wasn’t a part of the city’s annual blues festival. An odd set of circumstances indeed, and something which didn’t necessarily stop there either as Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby soon found out when spending two hours in the company of this ‘one of a kind’ performer.

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Stone Free Festival - London, The O2 - 18th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 03:00

Alice 300The inaugural Stone Free Festival at London’s O2 Arena kicked off in fine style with a line up boasting the true king of shock rock Alice Cooper along with the likes of Michael Monroe, Therapy? and a whole lot more besides. Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland made the trip down the Thames for this one.

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Magic Eight Ball/Ulysses/Digital Criminals - Abertillery, The Doll's House - 18th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 03:00

M886jUber Rock's Kickass Klub Nite returned with a most eclectic of line-ups that featured the replicant rock of Digital Criminals, the retro wares of Ulysses, and the hook-laden majesty of Magic Eight Ball. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey walked approximately eight hundred yards to attend a gig of the year contender.....

 

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Download Festival - Donington Park - 11th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson & Rob Watkins   
Thursday, 30 June 2016 03:00

Download thmbDay two of Download 2016 and with Black Sabbath headlining what is likely to be their final UK festival show Uber Rock’s mud-caked Rob Watkins was always going to be in attendance. Also at Donington Park was Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson, but he was up bright and early to watch the likes of Black Peaks, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and Turbowolf. Hit the link then to relive the beginning of The End!

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TredFest 2016 - Tredegar, The Red Lion - 16th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:40

Tredfest logthmboSandwiched in between the punktastic Slugfest and the mountainous monster of rock that is Steelhouse Festival Uber Rock’s Rob Watkins found himself at Tredfest 2016, a one day event headlined this year by the mighty Buffalo Summer. Hit the link then to join our man enjoying some of the finest music Wales has to offer.

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The Ginger Wildheart Band / Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors / Massive Wagons - Bristol, The Exchange - 12th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Thursday, 21 July 2016 03:00

gw86The Ginger Wildheart Band, featuring the returning Conny Bloom, opened their UK tour in intimate fashion on a Tuesday night in Bristol, with Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors, and Massive Wagons in tow. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey was there, and at the dawn of a real tour de force.....

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Vincent Flatts Final Drive / The Delray Rockets @ Abertillery Rock & Blues Festival 2016 - Abertillery, The Metropole - 9th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 03:20

Vincent Flatts thmbA week on from the carnage of Slugfest 9 Abertillery was home to a much more sedate 3 day event, the town’s annual Rock & Blues Festival. Uber Rock’s Johnny H popped along to the Saturday show to check out one band in particular, southern boogie rockers Vincent Flatts Final Drive. Our man, for once, arrived early and in the process got much more than bargained for. Hit the link to find out why.

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Slugfest 9 - Abertillery, The Dolls House - Saturday July 2nd, 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H & Gaz Tidey   
Friday, 15 July 2016 03:00

slugsat86Back to punk rock you like a hurricane - or leave you in an Alex "Hurricane" Higgins-style state, more like - the Saturday of Slugfest 9 arrived in a blur... and left in a bleeuugghhh! Uber Rock's Johnny H and Gaz Tidey were on the slug trail, handy jotters in hand.....

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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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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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Stone Free Festival - London, The O2 - 19th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Andy Rawll & Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 03:00

Rick 300With his head still throbbing after day one of the Stone Free Festival Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland asked Andy Rawll to step in and cover the Entrance Stage bands playing at the start of day two, the progmaster general finally making it on site to catch Steve Hackett, Marillion and headliner Rick Wakeman. Hit the link to join in with the air-fluting as our coverage of the Stone Free Festival concludes.

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The Stone Roses - Manchester, Etihad Stadium - 19th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jason Palmer   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 03:20

Stone Roses thmbTo many readers of Uber Rock The Stone Roses would probably be about as welcome in their record collection as a fart is in a sleeping bag, but to those of us who are clued in they were actually one of the most important UK guitar bands of the eighties/nineties. Uber Rock’s Jason Palmer finally got to see them live recently and also got to watch Public Enemy do their thang as a total bonus in the process. Result!

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Download Festival - Donington Park - 12th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson & Rob Watkins   
Friday, 01 July 2016 03:00

Download thmbIt’s the third and final day of Download 2016 and true to form Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson is onsite as early as he can be to catch the likes of Amon Amarth and Witchsorrow. Rob Watkins on the other hand is probably still asleep in his tent at this time as he rolls in for the big guns, Disturbed, Jane’s Addiction and of course headliners Iron Maiden. Question is, has it stopped raining yet?

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Download Festival - Donington Park - 10th June 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson & Rob Watkins   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:00

Download thmbIt’s June and that can mean only one thing, the UK festival season fully getting underway. For this year’s Download Uber Rock sent Rich Hobson off to spend 3 nights in a lovely warm hotel room whilst Rob Watkins went barking at the moon with the happy campers. Here’s their individual takes on the Rammstein headlined Friday line up. Yup it's June alright and here comes the rain, we love the rain!

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