October Gigs
Wednesday 13/Courtesans – Manchester, Club Academy – 26 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:40

Wednesday 13 Glasgow October 2017It’s Hallowe’en, mofos, and what better company in which to spend the spookiest night of the year than that of the master of macabre and the king of horror punk himself? OK, we know the gig was a few nights back, but what better time to share our man with the frequent traveller card’s thoughts on the freakshow that was Wednesday 13’s return to the shores of the Über Kingdom of r’n’freakin’r? Click the link… if you dare:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:20

Kix Rockingham 2017As anyone who read the recent Über Rock guide to the third iteration of the Rockingham festival will know, it once again promised to be a mixed bag of established, and favoured, acts, some new (and not so new) artists to check out – and at least one headliner who many were doubtful would actually deliver the goods… But that’s a story for the next instalment of our three-part review, which starts where it really should, at the beginning and a rather pleasant Friday evening in the centre of Nottingham:

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Neck Deep – Glasgow, O2 Academy – 8 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:00

Neck Deep GlasgowHot on the heels of Neck Deep's most recent album release, ‘The Peace And The Panic’, the band were back in Glasgow for what was set to be a killer show. Down the front reporting for Über Rock was young Hannah Reid… you can find out what went down on the other side of this here link:

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Reel Big Fish/Anti-Flag/Mad Caddies/Sweet Little Machine - Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour – Glasgow, O2 Academy - 19 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:40

Reel Big Fish GlasgowSome of the best-known ska and punk bands recently graced Glasgow’s O2 Academy stage as Fireball Whiskey brought their yearly alcohol-fuelled party tour around the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Reel Big Fish headlined the tour, with support from Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Fireball’s ‘Hottest Band of 2017’, Sweet Little Machine. Allan Maxwell was down the front for Über Rock:

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Gary Numan/Jayce Lewis – Manchester, O2 Academy – 13 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:00

Gary NumanIt’s a rainy Friday evening in deepest, darkest Manchester, and our man DJ Astrocreep once again racking up his frequent traveller miles for his third gig in as many nights – this time, to see a man renowned for his dark music. Click the link as our man reports from the front row of a gig which he swears just sees its deliverer getting better and better with age:

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Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs – Manchester, Rebellion – 12 October Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 27 October 2017 04:40

Windhand tour flyerRarely anymore does the prospect of a female fronted psychedelic doom band garner anything but interest from our resident stoner, so the prospect of seeing such a band up close and personal was high on his to-do list. And so he set off on another trip over to Manchester to do just that – and to see if they could beat off some pretty stiff competition on the city’s live circuit:

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Midnite City – Nottingham, Tap N Tumbler – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:40

Rob Wylde Midnite CityThree o’clock on a Friday afternoon may seem a bloody stupid time to stage a standalone gig, but when you think about it was a stroke of genius on the part of Midnite City; after all, the third iteration of Rockingham was due to open its doors less than two hours later, the official festival hotel was just across the street and a helluva lot of rockers would be looking for a drink or three beforehand… So, yeah, how could it fail? Find out the result on the other side of this link:

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The Picturebooks - Sheffield, Corporation - 16 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Monday, 23 October 2017 04:40

Picturebooks SheffieldIt’s Sunday and so it should be a day of rest... but there is no rest for rock’n’ roll, especially not in Steel City, as our hard-working Sheffield team found out when they ventured down town and into one of their favourite haunts, to check out the second appearance in as many weeks by a duo making a big noise:

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The Darkness/MindRIOTmt – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 15 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Sunday, 22 October 2017 04:20

The Darkness BelfastEver get one of those bands whom you love but they seem to have a knack of playing your hometown whenever you’re elsewhere? That has been Marc Leach’s experience of The Darkness, until t’other weekend when the stars aligned and he finally got the opportunity to catch up with the previously elusive Hawkins brothers and co… find out how he got on by clicking the old-fashioned link thing:

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DragonForce/Power Quest – Manchester, Sound Control – 8 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 21 October 2017 04:00

DragonForce HermanWe’ve got a double dose of power metal goodness for you today here on Über Rock, thanks to those maniacs in DragonForce. We sent DJ Astrocreep along to catch the Manchester leg of their recent tour, where he managed to grab a chat with vocalist Marc Hudson… You can read that elsewhere today, but first here are his thoughts on the sell-out show:

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Belphegor/Enthroned/NervoChaos – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 12 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:40

Belphegor BelfastEarlier this week, the island of Ireland was battered by some of the worst storms in living memory… but, what had gone largely unnoticed by the weather forecasters was the black metal firestorm that had been unleashed in its capital cities the previous week, as Austrian overlords Belphegor brought their ‘Totenritual’ tour to the Emerald Isle, leaving it barren and desolate in their wake.  Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were among the survivors of this triple headed holocaust:

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Lagerstein/Red Rum/Sellsword – Sheffield, The Corporation - 4 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:20

Lagerstein SheffieldSure what else would you be doing on a wet Wednesday night in Steel City than straightening your eye patch, slanting your tricorn and warming your cockles with a healthy dose of rum? Not much, to be honest! Which is exactly what Geno D did the other week when Aussie buccaneers Lagerstein tied their galleon up on the shores of the River Don. Click the link to find out why it has taken so long for him to recover:

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Seether – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 16 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:40

Seether Glasgow 2017There’s a storm force in effect – and it’s not just for the return of Seether to the shores of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll!  With the remnants of a threatened hurricane battering Manchester, DJ Astrocreep braved the conditions and used more of his frequent traveller miles to head back into the city centre and report from the frontline:

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Placebo/Husky Loops – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena - 14 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:20

Placebo tour posterPlacebo seem to be celebrating a full 20 years in the public face with a never-ending tour. Perhaps (?) showing his age, Nev Brooks actually remembers those early days, interviews with Brian Molko front page of the NME and Sounds, as well David Bowie talking about bands like Placebo as the new guard of British rock, helping shape the musical underground. They had attitude, image and a sound like nothing out there at the time. Do they still? Click the link to find out:

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The Kentucky Headhunters/Bad Touch/Hazel – Sheffield, The Corporation – 5 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Friday, 27 October 2017 20:23

Kentucky Headhunters SheffieldYou know, URHQ is convinced that Geno D has a permanent residency at Steel City’s most prolific venue, as he seems to spend most of his time in there, checking out bands and shit… This time around, he was travelling backwards and forwards through 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll history as he once again took refuge in the music and attending a masterclass in how it should be performed:

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Supersuckers/Hellion Rising – Manchester, Ruby Lounge – 11 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:40

Supersuckers flyerDJ Astrocreep is up and down the railway line between Liverpool and Manchester these days that he really should be given shares in the train company. For the first of three such trips on successive nights, he braved the rain of a cold October night to sample a live dose of rock ‘n’ roll veterans Supersuckers, who proved that, despite a poor audience turnout, the show always goes on:

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Henri Herbert And The Fury – Bedford, Esquires, 7 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:20

Henri Herbert flyer croppedIf, like us, you love The Jim Jones Revue/Righteous Mind, then Henri Herbert will need no introduction. And, you will love his band, The Fury, because, as Martin Haslam elucidates on the other side of the link the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. So, click the same to find out why the man in the rather cool hat reckons why he’s the most stunning pianist he’s witnessed live:

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The Urban Voodoo Machine – Bedford, Esquires - 13 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Sunday, 22 October 2017 04:40

UVM Flyer CroppedDespite having to overcome their own fair degree of adversity in recent years, The Urban Voodoo Machine have regrouped and soldiered on, and recently returned to Martin Haslam’s neighbourhood haunt for the fifth successive year. So, what else was there for our man to do but don his finest trilby and brave the unluckiest night of the year for some bourbon soaked gypsy blues, bop and stroll?

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Akercocke – Sheffield, The Corporation - 14 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Bona Bonmeister and Geno D   
Saturday, 21 October 2017 05:00

Akercocke tour posterÜber Rock’s Sheffield team swear that they don’t live in the city’s Corporation venue. Just like our Belfast team swear they don’t live in their local venue – NOT! OK, now and again they go back to their real homes, but only to type up their reviews before heading back to their spiritual habitats… on this occasion, our Steel City crüe are crossing over to the dark side of the heavy metal spectrum as they look back on the recent opening of Akercocke's 'Inner Sanctum':

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Trucker Diablo/Gasoline Outlaws – Belfast, Bar Sub – 14 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:15

Trucker DiabloIt surely is the mark of the standing of a band, the reputation they have sweated blood to establish and the standing they have worked hard to gain on the scene when a promoter pro-actively tracks them down and offers them a gig – but, not just any old gig, but one of those landmark moments in any band’s career… the official launch of a new album. It’s a rare occasion, but that is the story behind tonight’s little shindig in the basement of the local university’s Students’ Union building… Let UR’s second-in-command elaborate on the other side of this link:

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Andrew O’Neill – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms - 9 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:20

Andrew ONeill tour poster - croppedHave you ever noticed that Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray is the spitting image of comedienne Helen Lederer? No!  Well, they could have been separated at birth!  That was one of pearls of wisdom which educated Martin Haslam when he sat down for stand up Andrew O’Neill’s ‘A History Of Heavy Metal’ show. To find out what more he learned, click the link:

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