August Gigs
Tyla's Dogs D'Amour/Nicotine Pretty – Cardiff, Fuel – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:00

Tyla - Fuel 2It was pretty much of a no brainer for our resident punk ‘n’ roller, Double D… Tyla J Pallas with his current take on the Dogs D’Amour, backed by the Ginge Knievil-fronted Über faves Nicotine Pretty, in a packed and sweaty Fuel Rock Club in the heart of Cardiff city.  There was only one way this night was gonna go, wasn’t there?  Click the link to find out if our man managed to catch his breath long enough to sing along to some classic tuneage:

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Muse/Biffy Clyro/Nothing But Thieves/Fangclub - Belfast, Boucher Road Playing Fields - 23 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 05:00

Muse - Vital Belfast 3Sure, where else would any self-respecting rocker be on a rare sunlit Wednesday evening than standing in the middle of a field on the edge of a massive retail park preparing to watch two of the biggest bands these here Über islands have produced in many a long year?  Nowhere, right? Well, that’s where Marc Leach found himself earlier this week, as he grabbed himself a stagefront vantage point for the latest iteration of Belfast’s annual Vital fest:

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Rabid Bitch Of The North/Bad Boat/Just Me And The Devil – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 19 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:00

Rabid Bitch Of The NorthAlthough they’ve been infecting the Irish metal scene with their brand of NWOBHM-infused riffage for nigh on a decade now, the three guys who collectively refer to themselves as Rabid Bitch Of The North have only now got around to releasing their first ever studio album.  Über Rock’s head honcho donned his best dog collar, broke free from his kennel and headed down his local for a suitably hot and sweaty launch party:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 12 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:30

Kreator - Bloodstock 2017So, the Über Rock crüe survived the first day of last weekend’s Bloodstock festival reasonably intact… but, even a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast – and the fact that the sun was shining – could not prepare for them for the Saturday’s shenanigans, which included world record attempts and other assorted lunacy. With The Dark Queen ensconced front and centre in the various photopits, boss man Monk called on the assistance of our resident hobbit to get him through the day:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 11 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:00

Amon Amarth - Bloodstock 2017Located in a normally quiet and secluded corner of south Derbyshire, Catton Hall holds a special place in the hearts of many metallers, as once a year it explodes into life as 15,000-plus people descend upon for the annual extravaganza that is the mighty Bloodstock festival.  Among those making the annual pilgrimage were your trusty Über Rock team, who now deliver their verdict on what went down on the first full day:

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Everyday Heroes – Newbridge, The Rhyswg – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:00

Everyday Heroes EP launchLike everyone else on the Über Rock team, David O’Neill really doesn’t need an excuse to go out and enjoy a good live gig.  But, the fact that it’s the launch of a new EP from one of his favourite up-and-coming young bands is just that added little incentive to head down the pub and revel in a night of southern blues-tinged rock ‘n’f’n’ roll:

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Lionize/Skypilot – Belfast, Voodoo – 7 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Lionize - BelfastWhen Lionize take to the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock tomorrow evening, it will the last of a run of 12 dates across the UK and Ireland in support of their forthcoming sixth full-length studio album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, which is being released on 8 September. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the Maryland quartet when they pulled into Belfast this past Monday to make some noise on an otherwise relatively quiet night:

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Milk Teeth/Employed To Serve/Wallflower - Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 04:30

Milk Teeth - Glasgow - 1With the Über Rock team scattered to the winds during the last weekend in July, Allan Maxwell chose to remain a little closer to home, venturing no further than Glasgie’s legendary Wah Wah Hut for a rather noisesome triple billing of rock ‘n’ roll fury:

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Luke Appleton   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:00

Ramblin Man sigilSmall websites can often find their resources stretched to the limits when there are clashes such as two major festivals at opposite ends of the country on the same weekend.  But, it’s all about how you use those resources available to you at the time… and so Über Rock was delighted to take up the offer from our occasional guest contributor, Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton, to head down to the south eastern corner of England and soak up the atmosphere, and the live action, at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair.  In the first of our two part overview of the weekend, we offer his personal perspective on the bands and the festival as a whole:

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ZZ Top / The Red Devils – Dublin, 3Arena - 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:00

ZZ Top posterWhile half of Über Rock’s Belfast team were making their annual pilgirimage to the top of a mountain in south Wales, Marc Leach was also heading in a southerly direction – but just over the border to the fair city of Dublin, to tick another band off his bucket list, in the form of those good ol’ suvern boogie maestros ZZ Top.  Click the link to find out why our man wasn’t complaining of havin’ the blues at the end of the night:

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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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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors/Fort Hope – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 19 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:30

Ryan Hamilton - LeedsAnd it came to pass that a new face rode into town with a racing green Gretsch strapped to his back, a wide-brimmed hat shadowing his features and a heavy heart on his shoulders. His band, The Traitors, backing his every move and his every groove. Yep, Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors recently returned to Leeds – and our man Ben H joined members of the Wildhearts to catch all the action from one of rock ’n’f’n’ roll’s brightest stars:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 13 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:30

Megadeth - Bloodstock 2017Following the announcement, the previous evening, of two of the three headliners for next year’s event (they’re Gojira and Nightwish, in case you’ve been asleep for the past eight days or so), excitement levels were understandably high when the Über Rock team arrived at Catton Hall for the third and final day of the 2017 iteration of Bloodstock. Click the link to find out if anything happened to change that mood:

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Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:00

Aaron Buchanan liveHaving caught Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics at Camden Rocks earlier in the summer, there was no way Nev Brookes was gonna miss their first ever Welsh headline appearance – especially as he reckons it is one of the last times they will play in such intimate surroundings… it was an evening which also clearly demonstrated the need to keep Cardiff’s music scene alive, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Blaze Bayley/Screaming Eagles - Banbridge, Linenfields Festival - 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:30

Blaze Bayley - BanbridgeNorthern Ireland’s newest festival, Linenfields, got off to an impressive start last weekend, attracting no less than Blaze Bayley to headline the opening night.  Down the front (quite literally) to record the action first had for your favourite website was our man Marc L, who headed down the motorway to stand in a field and revel in some heavy metal nostalgia… oh, and it didn’t rain!

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 11 August 2017 04:30

Ramblin Man sigilLast weekend, guest contributor Luke Appleton shared his thoughts on the recent Ramblin’ Man Fair. Today, in the second part of our massive retrospective, Ben Hughes presents his view on proceedings, and gives us a tiny insight into the life of a working journalist covering such a massive event:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 05:00

Steelhouse Festival generic imageHardly does one Steelhouse festival end than the Über Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen are already putting in place their travel fans for the next episode – that is, once they’ve dried out from this year’s adventures. Click the link as they recall what went down on the mountain, from technical problems to records being set to the effect of some performers on certain parts of the female anatomy, this time last week:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 29 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageGetting to this year’s Steelhouse proved to be one of the Über Rock team’s most gruelling adventures yet, as Murphy’s Law seemed to have applied itself to the outward leg of the trip from Belfast to Ebbw Vale and then on to the mountain top that is home to Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!).  When they got there, the field was already ankle deep in mud – but the prospect of some damn fine rock ‘n’ roll brightened their hearts, as you’ll find out on the other side of this link:

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Steelhouse Festival – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageIt was a case of Murphy’s Law in action for the Uber Rock management team as they travelled from Belfast to the Welsh valleys for the seventh iteration of Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!), with missed flights and cancelled trains conspiring to ensure they didn’t make it up the mountain for the first evening’s party… fortunately, David O’Neill already had his waterproofs at the ready and braved the monsoon-like conditions on top of the Steelhouse mountain:

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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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