Machine Head, The Roundhouse, London

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Marmozets, Academy, Oxford

Friday, May 11, 2018

Late call to attend this one. Kristina was already going and something changed with the set times meaning she’d need to leave the gig early to catch her train, instead I said i’d drive up and grab a ticket on the door.

I arrived during the support act Black Peaks, the venue was incredibly hot so I headed straight to the bar to grab a pint of coke, unfortunately this was the bar on the opposite side of the venue to Kristina, eventually I made my way over to her.

Black Peaks seemed OK, they were a 10000% improvement on the previous support band Marmozets had, thats for sure.

Marmozets as you’d expect played to their normal tempo and had the crowd singing along. It won’t be long before they step up to the next tier of venues in the UK.

Britrock Must Be Destroyed, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I was only really fussed about catching The Wildhearts and Reef, therefore I didn’t bother with either Terrorvision or Dodgy, instead and due to the really early start I opted to watch Chelsea v Liverpool, The Mighty Reds lost 1-0 as they were still hung over from making it to the Champions League final.

This was the first time I’d ever seen The Wildhearts from memory, having caught a number of Ginger Wildheart shows in the past I was expecting good things, and to be honest I saw enough to make the entrance fee and travel to Hammersmith worth it.

Next up were Reef, I was looking forward to seeing them again as I’d seen 3 of the StringerBessant gigs a few years back and they were fantastic.

I’d moved to the front row for them and was a little shocked to see 2 additional microphones. These turned out to be for backing singers, who thankfully seem to dance more than they sang, as I thought they were pretty terrible and added nothing to the experience.

Reef started with Higher Vibrations, it didn’t sound good at all. Gary didn’t seem to have his normal vocal range. They then tore into Place Your Hands which was totally unexpected at this time of the evening. Again It was really poor attempt compared to the previous times I’ve seen Reef over the years. Something didn’t seem right. I header further back in the venue in case it was the position I was. Pretty sure it wasn’t as the sound seemed OK, the vocals just didn’t seem right to me.

I stayed for the 3rd song and then decided that if Place Your Hands was that bad it was never going to improve, enough was enough and I left, it was far from a walk out but I wasn’t the only one.

Ugly Kid Joe, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Friday, April 20, 2018

Evanescence, Royal Festival Hall, London

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Feeder, Brixton Academy, London

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ronald was meant to join for this but decided he wouldn’t make it so instead Kristina joined. We didn’t bother with either of the support acts as I wanted to watch the late LFC match.

First stop was the merch stand to get myself a couple of Feeder enamel mugs!. Then it was to head in and find a decent spot, this is where the night changed… It seemed like I had cocked up big time and somehow purchased circle tickets instead of stall tickets. this is the first time I’ve ever done this! I ended up high on the balcony so I could stand for the whole gig. The sound up there wasn’t great, kind of muted, at first it kind of bothered me, but because I know the bands entire back catalogue it didn’t affect me as much as someone who may not know them as well as I do.

Overall this wasn’t the best performance I’ve seen by Feeder, most likely because of the location where we were on the balcony and also the sound, which was a shame as this was probably the longest set I’ve seen them play.

A, Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush, London

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Once again I’m only here for A! Once again they fucking rocked! Bring on a real tour.

Didn’t see any of Hell Is For Heroes set, bailed for a quick get away.

A, Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush, London

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Technically this was a Hell Is For Heroes gig, but I was only here for A!

Vex Red were decent enough, far better than a lot of the support bands I’ve seen of late.

A were fucking ace! Loved it!

Only stayed for 3 or 4 Hell Is For Heroes songs and left. Wasn’t really into it.

Arch Enemy, Koko, Camden, London

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Alien Ant Farm, Kentish Town Forum, London

Wednesday, February 7, 2018