July Gigs
Kaz Hawkins (feat. Sam York) – Belfast Cathedral – 22 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen and Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:00

Kaz Hawkins - Belfast CathedralIt was always going to be an emotional night, as Belfast blues singer Kaz Hawkins prepared to lay her life story on the line and bare her soul in no less surroundings than Belfast Cathedral. Never one to shy away from using her experiences to try and help others, the songstress used the evening to raise funds for a local metal health charity, as well as awareness for its invaluable work… The Dark Queen, with a little help from her devoted hubby, gathered her camera, and her thoughts, to record what did indeed prove to be a very special occasion:

Prong/Spoil Engine – Belfast, Voodoo – 19 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:00

Tommy VictorTommy Victor is undoubtedly one of the hardest working men in heavy metal today. Since Prong reformed in 2012, they have released five albums and toured almost incessantly. Throw in the fact that he also slings his guitar in support of Glenn Danzig and you have to admit that his work ethic is pretty impressive and laudable. The UR team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with TV and his bandmates when they did their level best to destroy Belfast’s Voodoo club on the second night of their just-about-to-end run of dates in the UK and Ireland:

Gogol Bordello- Cardiff, Tramshed – 3 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:30

Gogol Bordello livePlaying four gigs in 72 hours – three of them in three different countries – you would have thought gypsy punks Gogol Bordello would have nothing left by the time their bandwagon rolled into south Wales… but, nothing could have been further from the truth, as our man Neville Brooks reports:

The Dickies – Camden, The Underworld – 7 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 04:30

Dickiesuk 2017One of the most vivid memories of Jim Rowland’s junior school playground was singing the Dickies’ version of ‘Banana Splits’ with hits mates when it was rocketing up the UK charts in 1979… Almost 40 years later, he finds himself doing it all over again, as the Californian punks celebrate four decades of seriously fun and seriously great rock ‘n’ roll:

British Summer Time: Green Day/Rancid/The Living End/The Hives/The Damned/Bash & Pop/Jesse Malin – London, Hyde Park – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:00

Green Day BST header croppedDom Daley freely admits to not like big open air festival-type events, and therefore the prospect of trooping up to London to join 60,000 people standing in a park to watch Green Day put him in a bit of a quandary… but, then the supporting cast was announced – and, bang, his credit card got suitably battered. Click the link to find out why he’s glad he splashed the cash and left home at 5.30 am to enjoy a day of hot (literally) punk rock action:

Belfast City Blues Festival – 23/25 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 01 July 2017 04:30

Pat McManus Black BoxIt’s had its ups and downs, and faced its challenges – and overcome them – but the Belfast City Blues Festival has reached its ninth year. Although slightly scaled back for this edition, it nevertheless promised a feast of music from some very talented artists over the course of its three days, when it proved hard to ignore guitars and harmonicas blasting from every street corner… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen trawled the city’s bar to see what they could see and hear what they could hear:

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...

Blue Oyster Cult - London, O2 Forum, Kentish Town - 29th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 03:00

Poste thmbIt was all about anniversaries in London that hot and sweaty Friday night and whilst H Bombz was celebrating a Decade of Disdain across town Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland was luxuriating in forty years of ‘Agents Of Fortune’, the 1976 album from the legendary Blue Oyster Cult at a sold out show in Kentish Town. Hit the link to relive the magic of a very special night indeed.

Steelhouse Festival - Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm - 24th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey & Rob Watkins   
Saturday, 30 July 2016 03:00

steelhouse1686sundayThe Sunday of the sixth Steelhouse Festival reintroduced some familiar bands, and that slippery fucker we know as rain. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey, with added help from Rob Watkins, wasn't going to let a little precipitation stop him from fashioning harsh words about much-loved beat combos.....

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.....

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.....

Cursed Sun/Words That Burn/Munro – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 15 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:30

JonesBelfast’s historic Limelight club is virtually your Uber Rock Belfast team’s second home, and it had been too long since, for various reasons, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen had darkened it’s hallowed doorstep. But, did it feel good? Did it feel like they had never been away? Click the link to find out:

Slugfest – Abertillery, Doll’s House – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

Slugfest squareIt’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first ever Slugfest was staged in the tiny Valleys pub that used to serve as Über Rock’s local (until we upped sticks and moved the site across the Irish Sea)!  But, here we are… ten years in, and it’s still going strong, if not getting stronger – which leaves the gigging machine that is Neville Brooks wondering where it goes from here:

Blue Oyster Cult – Nottingham, Rock City – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:30

Blue Oyster Cult - GlasgowLike many fans, Jim Rowland spent many a year wondering if he would ever see one of his favourite bands play this here Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll ever again. But, over the past few years, the New York legends have become increasingly regular visitors to this corner of the Überverse, with the result that our man was able to catch them not once but twice within the space of less than a month. Click the link to find out what he made of his second close encounter of the Cultish kind:

‘Playing It Forward’: John Farnham/Jimmy Barnes/Noiseworks/Diesel – Melbourne, Hisense Arena – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:30

John Farnham Poster - CroppedThe ‘Voice Of Australia’, John Farnham, recently headlined a very special benefit show in Melbourne. The show was inspired by guitarist Stuart 'Chet' Fraser, and his battle against lung cancer, and despite only being announced three weeks beforehand, it demonstrated the generosity of Aussie music fans when it comes to looking after one of the talents who has entertained them for a generation. Über Rock’s Mel B was among the 10,000 people who crammed into the Hisense Arena for this one-off celebration:

The Godfathers – London, The Lexington – 24 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 01 July 2017 04:00

Godfathers BBBNThe prospect of seeing The Godfathers play not one but two sets – the first featuring the whole of their ‘Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’ album, the second a carefully-selected collection of their best tunes – was too much for Martin Haslam to resist, so he headed into the heart of London town to revel in the occasion… and, of course, report back for Über Rock:

The Hip Priests / Role Models / Flash House - London, Camden, The Black Heart - 29th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 03:20

THP thmbTen years, during which time the band in question has released three albums, fourteen singles and seen their very own dedicated set of followers become a Spasm Gang to be reckoned with, whilst above all achieving all this on their own terms. That band is of course The Hip Priests and Uber Rock’s Johnny H popped along to catch the first of two very special birthday shows, this one taking place in that there London. Hit the link to join him.

Brian James & Friends - London, The 100 Club - 6th July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Friday, 05 August 2016 03:00

james"Brian James & Friends still know three chords..." read the poster that advertised this special gig to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Damned's first gig at the legendary 100 Club in London. Uber Rock's Jo Hayes was there, writing for your reading pleasure.....

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.

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.

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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