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Supersonic Festival @ Birmingham, 19-21/7/19

By |July 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Supersonic Festival 2019 @ Various venues, Birmingham

I have had some amazing times at Supersonic previously, but my three prior visits were limited to single days as opposed to the weekend.  I also hadn’t been since 2012 as for me it had drifted to the lighter/weirder end of the experimental spectrum from the previous mix of the celebration of noise that had appealed to me.  However this year they dropped a bomb of a line-up for their 15th anniversary, and with friends from UK and Europe also descending I was signed up for the full experience early doors, before it eventually sold out

Pumpkin Levy Weekender, @ The Klondyke Club, Manchester

By |July 14th, 2019|0 Comments


Too early for Halloween you say? This is nothing to do with autumnal veg but a determined effort by the squash based Manchseter punk record label to re-establish at least a flavour of the Dirty Weekend/Common Ground festivals they were involved in and that have sadly run out of available destinations in recent times. So while there’s no camping involved the excellent community club in Levenshulme does at least have some outside green space to rig up a marquee to complement the indoor stage. Invite a similar range of alternative styles of band to what was mixed up on those previous festival fields and the ingredients are looking good for a feast. Oh don’t forget to add Buckfast as a condiment.

Obscene Extreme Festival @ Battlefield, Trutnov, Czechia

By |July 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Obscene Extreme Festival 2019


To think, for a bit, I considered not going.  With other festivals to check out and compare and contrast, and after the major milestone/mess of its 20th anniversary party last year, maybe this could take a break.  But then they announce the line-up including a top selection of American hardcore that you don’t get to see a lot and what do you know, all arrangements are made a we’re rushing back to the heart of the chaos.

GIG REVIEW – 0161 – The Twistettes, Killdren, Bratakus, Werecats, Drunken Butterfly @ The Eagle, Salford

By |May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Unable to do the whole festival weekend of this great annual celebration of all things anti-fascist I nipped up the M56 to check out this warm up show featuring a couple of bands I’d been wanting to see for a while, plus some more new ones to check out. 

Roadburn Festival 2019 @ Tilburg, Holland

By |April 14th, 2019|1 Comment


So I had an urge, an urge to splurge on dirge.  2016 was the last time I was at Roadburn and I was missing it, so the itch in my ear had to be scratched.  There were some cool line-up announcements but past experience showed it was one of the best places for discovering new stuff from the eclectic mix of dark and heavy vibes they celebrate.