April Gigs
Jizzy Pearl/Maverick – Ahoghill, The Diamond Rock Club – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:30

Jizzy Pearl - DRC 1Former Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl tonight completes a run of dates that has seen him criss-crossing the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll, while simultaneously marking the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Wasted In America’. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen mounted the trusty beer bus and headed into the hills of Northern Ireland to see if ‘Wasted In Ahoghill’ would perhaps have been a more apt title:

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Bigfoot/Everyday Heroes/Joe Kelly/Black Water Chemistry – Abertillery, The Dolls House – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:00

Bigfoot Dolls House 2The Dolls House in Abertillery is one of the Über Rock team’s favourite venues. And that is an opinion firmly shared by our newest recruit, David O’Neill, who reckons he’s never seen a bad gig there… Most recently he was to be found down the front for this four band bill, his report of which sees him breaking his UR reviewing virginity:

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Tigertailz/Last Great Dreamers - London, Underworld & Oxford, Bullingdon - 15th & 23rd April Print E-mail
Written by Dan Hayes   
Saturday, 04 June 2016 04:00

TTRW86liveUber Rock's Dan Hayes loves Tigertailz... or should that be, loved? Our man was having a crisis of faith regarding all things Welsh glam and it took two shows on the band's recent UK tour to make his mind up regarding the new Eurovision-hankering line-up. With uber-approved retro ponces Last Great Dreamers in support, this would surely make for eventful reading.....

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Diamond Head / Revival - Crumlin, The Patriot - 23rd April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Saturday, 07 May 2016 03:00

Brian DH thmbOut on the road promoting their critically acclaimed and Uber-approved self titled new album, NWOBHM stalwarts Diamond Head brought their show to The Patriot in Crumlin for what turned out to be a sold out show of musical might. On hand to check this one out for Uber Rock whilst dreaming of his permed hair days was Rob Watkins.

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Wilko Johnson - London, O2 Forum, Kentish Town - 23rd April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 06 May 2016 03:00

WilkothmbThe last time Uber Rock went along to see Wilko Johnson headlining a show he was playing his farewell tour. One medical miracle and three years later and here Martin Haslam gets to see his hero playing one of his biggest headline shows of his illustrious career. Hit the link then to experience the true ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, once again on a live stage...

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The Black Halos / Role Models / The Hip Priests - London, Camden, The Black Heart - 18th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 03:00

The Black Halos poster thmbLegendary Canadian glunk rockers The Black Halos reformed for a series of shows just last month, hitting the UK with Role Models and The Hip Priests in support for a very special one-off date at The Black Heart. How could we possibly miss this one, even if it was on a Monday night? Uber Rock’s Dom Daley gets all hot and sweaty as he relives a birthday party to end all birthday parties.

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The Bellrays - York, Fibbers - 15th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 29 April 2016 03:20

bellrayslive86Without a new album on the shelves in five years, it was somewhat surprising to see California's cult punk-rock-soul outfit The Bellrays announcing a headline tour of the UK. Surprising maybe, but not pretty much incredible, as detailed by Uber Rock's Ben Hughes.....

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Butcher Babies / Sumo Cyco - Cardiff, Globe - 14th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Lee Kendrick   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 03:40

Butcher Babies ThmbUber Rock’s Lee Kendrick loves 'Take It Like A Man', the latest album from Butcher Babies, so much so in fact it made his top ten albums of 2015. So what would he make of the band, and those same songs live? We sent him off to catch the Cardiff date on the band’s recent UK tour with Canadian rockers Sumo Cyco, but can you guess which band came out on top?

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Bad Sam / Seven Crowns / Pizzatramp / The New Black - Newport, Le Pub - 9th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 23 April 2016 03:45

Bad Sam thmbSaturday night, and with a veritable smorgasbord of great live music on offer in the Gwent valleys to help slake the thirst of Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks, our man decided to hit Le Pub in Newport for a four band bill that featured The New Black, everyone’s new fave band, Pizzatramp, Seven Crowns and headliners Bad Sam. Hit the link to find out what happened next.

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Death Of A Salesman / Drakonis / Heel Of Achilles - Belfast, Eglantine Inn - 7th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 04:00

Death Of A S thmbIf the day has a “y” in it then you’ll normally find Mark Ashby out somewhere watching a live band. On this particular Thursday night our Norn Iron man found himself in an area of Belfast seldom visited to catch some hardcore and black metal courtesy of Death Of A Salesman, Drakonis and Heel Of Achilles. Read on to find out what the night delivered.

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Christmas/ Meathook / TENPLUSONE / Trigger McPoopshute - Abertillery, The Dolls House - 2nd April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 15 April 2016 03:00

Christmas thmbGerman deathpunks Christmas returned to the UK for a series of four shows recently, the last of which took place in one of our favourite live venues, The Dolls House in Abertillery. The last time they played the same venue grown men danced naked, but would their return spark the same response? Uber Rock’s Johnny H is down the front for this one and ready for some 'Satanic Rock’. Hit the link to join him.

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Sonata Arctica/Thunderstone – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:30

Sonata Arctica - Belfast 1It was a helluva week for Belfast’s metallians, with no fewer than five massive gigs in just eight days threatening to break both our banks and our necks. We’ve already reported from the frontlines of both the Napalm Death and Armored Saints shows, but unfortunately were unable to make those by Crowbar and Grand Magus… however, our man with the plan, Marc Leach, did make it into the pit for the debut visit by Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica:

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The Breakdowns / The Black Bullets - Abertillery, The Dolls House - 30th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 03:00

Breakdowns thmbTucked away amongst an eclectic bill of live music, going out under their Fizzy Fest banner, it is the double pairing of Nottingham’s finest power pop provocateurs The Breakdowns and the UK’s best sleaze rock band The Black Bullets that has Uber Rock’s Johnny H hot footing it up the A467 for another wealth of live musical talent at The Dolls House. Hit the link to find out what those lucky enough to be at Fizzy Fest witnessed.

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Korpiklaani / Moonsorrow - Belfast, Limelight 2 - 23rd April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 06 May 2016 03:20

Tour thumbThe Finnish folk metal mafia hit the UK recently as Korpiklaani and Moonsorrow ploughed through nine shows, with each band showcasing their own peculiar twists on the tried and tested euro metal genre. Rivderdancing their way to the Limelight in Belfast for this one were Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby and his other half, The Dark Queen.

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Dirkschneider / Anvil - London, Islington O2 Academy - 19th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 05 May 2016 03:00

Udo 1Former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider hit the UK recently for a series of shows where he played a set of songs selected exclusively from his former band’s illustrious back catalogue, allegedly for the last time ever. Also on the bill for this jaunt were Canadian rockers Anvil, so you can probably imagine Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland was first in the queue when tickets were put on sale for the London show. Hit the link then to get your metal heart pumping for one last time….

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Beastmaker / Iron Void / Heavy Flames - Cardiff, The Moon Club - 13th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Williams   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 03:30

Beastmaker thmbVisiting the UK in support of their ‘Lusus Naturae’ debut, Rise Above Records hotshots Beastmaker hit the capital city of Wales on a Wednesday night and found The Full Moon full of clued-in punters gathered in their masses to dig their new breed… of doom metal. Uber Rock’s Andrew Williams picks up the story, and maybe a witch or two along the way too.

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Hawkwind - Cardiff, Tramshed - 14th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jonathon Kardasz   
Friday, 29 April 2016 03:00

hawklive86Touring in support of latest album, 'The Machine Stops', the legendary Hawkwind hit the stage of relatively-new Cardiff venue, the Tramshed, and Uber Rock's Jonathon Kardasz was on hand to document the (reefer) madness.....

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Roky Erickson - London, O2 Forum, Kentish Town - 13th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 03:20

Roky thmbIn the UK for a slot at the Stewart Lee curated ATP event in Prestatyn, the legendary Roky Erickson also found time to play a one off London date celebrating the music of his seminal 60s outfit the 13th Floor Elevators. Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland was lucky enough to get tickets for this most rare of UK appearances and boy was he glad he did.

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Overkill / Vader / One Machine - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 9th April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 03:00

Overkill thmbThirty six years. That’s how long Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby had waited to see New York thrash legends Overkill play his hometown of Belfast. That wait came to an end recently when the Wrecking Crew finally hit the Limelight with Vader and One Machine in tow as part of an extensive UK tour. Hit the ‘Read more’ link to do just that.

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Weezer / Dinosaur Pile-Up - Manchester, Academy - 3rd April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 03:00

Weezer thmbWith their ‘White Album’ still fresh in the racks Weezer descended on the UK for a duo of dates in Manchester and London. Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson was lucky enough to secure some tickets for the first show in Manchester and in the process secure a night full of colour-themed nerdy pop punk magic, oh and an awesome support set from Dinosaur Pile-Up too. Hit the link, then, to join him down the front.

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Jesus Chrüsler Supercar - Leeuwarden, NL, Schaaf City Theatre - 1st April 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:00

JCS thmbFor his latest gig report Uber Rock’s Colin Hunt travelled from Germany to Leeuwarden in the Netherlands to catch the Uber Rock Approved Jesus Chrüsler Supercar out on the road supporting their ’35 Supersonic’ record. Hit the link to find out what happened next....

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