News Updates
Bruce Dickinson to face up to Jeremy Paxman on ‘University Challenge’ Print E-mail
Friday, 15 December 2017 14:34

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is to face up to television ultimate inquisitor, Jeremy Paxman, when he appears on a special alumni edition of ‘University Challenge’.


Bruce Dickinson


He will represent his alma mater, Queen Mary College, London, alongside broadcaster Adrian Chiles, TV chef Ching He Huang and science writer Marcus Chown. 


They will face off against Cardiff University – whose team will include BBC World News presenter Laura Trevelyan and former cycling world champion Nicole Cooke, in the penultimate first round match, to be broadcast on BBC2 at 8.30pm on New Year’s Day.

VIDEO RELEASE: Table Scraps get sick of themselves on new single Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:01

Table Scraps have released a video for the song ‘Sick Of Me’, taken from their forthcoming new album, ‘Autonomy’, due for release via Zen Ten on 23 February.

Bassist and vocalist TJ explained the story behind the video:

“We wanted to shoot a video based around a horrible day at a fun fair, ending in fake puke that we would green screen over in post [production], and planned to shoot it the afternoon before a gig in Brighton. We ended up not managing to get down to the pier in time before the gig that day so had to shoot it the morning after partying all night.

“Needless to say, no acting was required and we actually *did* have the worst day at the pier thanks to being hung-over, tired, and Scott actually throwing up off the pier.”

Table Scraps play the following dates in 2018:

Friday 23 February – Sheffield, Food Hall

Wednesday 28 February – London, Shacklewell Arms

Thursday 1 March – Bournemouth, 60MPC

Friday 2 March – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

Saturday 3 March – Bristol, The Trap

ALBUM AND TOUR NEWS: Therion to release epic rock opera on eve of UK/Ireland tour Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:00

German symphonic metallers Therion are to release their truly epic new album, ‘Beloved Antichrist’, on 2 February via Nuclear Blast.


Therion Beloved Antichrist artwork


The album is a three-hour long rock opera, loosely inspired by Vladimir Soloviov’s ‘A Short Tale Of The Antichrist’, spread across three CDs and featuring 27 vocalists, each portraying one of the different characters in the story.


Therion kick off a European tour on 1 February, which lands in the UK the day after the album’s release, with dates as follows:


Saturday 3 – London, Islington Assembly Hall

Sunday 4 – Manchester, Rebellion

Tuesday 6 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Riverside

Wednesday 7 – Aberdeen, The Assembly

Thursday 8 – Glasgow, Audio

Friday 9 – Sheffield, Corporation

Saturday 10 – Belfast, Limelight 2

Sunday 11 – Dublin, Tivoli

Tuesday 13 – Bristol, Bierkeller

Wednesday 14 – Birmingham – O2 Institute


Support on all dates will come from Imperial Age, Null Positiv and Midnight Eternal. Tickets are on sale now from all usual outlets.

VIDEO RELEASE: Marmozets suffer 'Major System Error' Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:57

Marmozets have released a new single, 'Major System Error', from their forthcoming new album, 'Knowing What You Know Now', which is released on 26 Janaury via Roadrunner.



They support the album release with a run of dates in February:


Marmozets 2018 tour poster


Marmozets also play The Green Room at The Academy, Dublin, on Thursday 12 April, and The Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast on Friday 13 April.

TOUR NEWS: Skam to support RavenEye on Jan/Feb dates Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:41

Über Rock faves Skam are to support RavenEye on the blues-rockers' previously announced 'It's Not Over 'Til It's Nova' UK and Ireland tour this coming January and February.


Full dates are as follows:


 RavenEye Skam tour poster


Skam released their latest album, 'The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard' last month.

TOUR NEWS: Billy Idol confirms three June dates Print E-mail
Monday, 11 December 2017 22:54

Billy Idol has confirmed that he will play his first shows on British soil in four years next June.


The dates are:


Wednesday 20 June – Manchester, O2 Apollo

Thursday 21 June – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Saturday 23 June – London, O2 Academy Brixton


Tickets go on sale this Friday (15 December).

TOUR NEWS: The Damned add second London date at Koko Print E-mail
Monday, 11 December 2017 22:50

The Damned have added a second date at London’s Koko to their previously announced ‘Evil Spirits’ 2018 tour.


The full run of dates is now:


The Damned 2018 tour poster


The Damned also will release their first new album in ten years in 2018.

VIDEO RELEASE: At The Sun invite us to 'Walk On Over' Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 December 2017 14:03

At The Sun have just dropped a new single, 'Walk On Over':



 The track is taken from their debut EP, 'Breathe'.


At The Sun support Tarot Rats at The Green Door Store in Brighton on 15 December.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Handmade confirms first raft of bands for 2018 Print E-mail
Friday, 08 December 2017 15:34

The first tranche of band’s for next year’s iteration of Handmade Festival, which takes place in Leicester on 5 and 6 May, has been announced:


Handmade 2018 First Poster


Weekend tickets are on sale HERE.

ALBUM NEWS: Laurence Jones to tell ‘The Truth’ in March Print E-mail
Friday, 08 December 2017 12:41

Rising British blues-rock guitarist/singer Laurence Jones, will release his new album, ‘The Truth’, on 9 March.


Pre-orders are available HERE.

Jones will play a number of dates in the early part of 2018:


Laurence Jones tour header

VIDEO RELEASE: The Pearl Harts introduce ‘Lara' on new single Print E-mail
Friday, 08 December 2017 12:25

The Pearl Harts have released, ‘Lara’, the first single taken from their forthcoming debut album, which is due to follow early next year:



The duo – lead singer/guitarist Kirsty and drummer/vocalist Sara – say of the single:


“Lara represents the duality of women in the 21st Century, their traditional feminine side, for example, putting on make-up can directly encounter their harder side, for example, eating chips messily in a kebab shop, or running riot in the streets. Everyone is, or can be Lara, people should be able to relate to her, want to be her or see her as a friend of theirs already. She is cool, badass and fearless.”

ALBUM NEWS: Levellers to mark 30th anniversary with new acoustic collection Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:27

As part of their 30th anniversary celebrations next year, Brighton folk-punk band Levellers will be releasing a new retrospective compilation, ‘We The Collective’ on 9 March via their own label, On The Fiddle Recordings.


Levellers We The Collective


The album will feature new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles, including ‘Liberty’, ‘Hope Street’ and ‘One Way’, as well as two new songs, ‘Shame’ and ‘Drug Bust McGee’, all recorded at Abbey Road Studios with producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses).


Levellers will head out on a full acoustic tour in February and March, when they will be playing the new arrangements with guest musicians, starting at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival: 


Thursday 1 February – Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket (Celtic Connections Festival)

Friday 2 February – Wrexham, William Aston Hall

Saturday 3 February – Preston, Charter Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Sunday 4 February – London, Roundhouse (In The Round Festival)

Tuesday 13 March – Buxton, Opera House

Wednesday 14 March – Cheltenham, Town Hall

Thursday 15 March – Yeovil, Westlands

Friday 16 March – York, Barbican

Saturday 17 March – Milton Keynes, The Stables (SOLD OUT)

Sunday 18 March – Liverpool, Philhamonic

Tuesday 20 March – Basingstoke, The Anvil

Wednesday 21 March – Cambridge, Corn Exchange

Thursday 22 March – Leicester, De Montfort Hall

Friday 23 March – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion

Saturday 24 March – Winchester, Cathedral (SOLD OUT)


Support on the tour (except Glasgow and London) will come from Ginger Wildheart.

VIDEO RELEASE: Iced Earth raise their 'Black Flag' Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 22:25

US power metallers Iced Earth - who feature Über Rock contributor Luke Appleton and hit Europe's shores in early January - have released a video for the track 'Black Flag', taken from their latest album, 'Incorruptible', released earlier this year via Century Media:

TOUR NEWS: The Fallen State announce Spring dates Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:32

The Fallen State have announced a run of dates for next Spring:


The Fallen State tour poster


Tickets for all dates are available from all usual outlets.


The Fallen State also release a new single, ‘Nova’, featuring Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry, on 18 December.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirm four more main stage acts Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:00

In what may be seen by many as a surprise announcement, melodic rock "supergroup" Mr Big have been confirmed for a main stage appearance at next summer's Bloodstock festival.




They join crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies, US power metal giants Kamelot and the "Duke of Spook" Wednesday 13 in today's latest announcement.


Bloodstock takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 9 -12 August.  Get additional information, and tickets, over at


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