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Hawkwind @ Albert Hall, Manchester

By |November 15th, 2019|0 Comments


There’s not many bands that have been going longer than me!  Earlier in the summer I celebrated Black Sabbath’s 50th at the heart warming Home of Metal exhibition in Brum, hot on their heels, well… maybe at the top speed of a mobility scooter Hawkwind are having their 50th anniversary via a tour culminating at the Albert Hall in London.  Johnny come lately Mark only first saw them 10 years ago but have enjoyed all their incarnations and tangential exploration sets I’ve caught since so thought this would be a celebration not to miss.

Imperial Triumphant, Bast, Abduction, Fatalist @ Albert’s, Nottingham

By |November 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Despite running on fumes from the weekend, I was determined to have one more expedition to extend the entertainment, plus to test my faith in my new dodgy car with a cross-country trek.  Had missed the headliners earlier this year at Roadburn when they were the last band of the whole event, and we couldn’t get into church venue they were playing so had a listen outside for a bit and then retired replete.   They were raved about though, and it had been a while since I’d seen the awesome Bast, and even been to Nottingham, so foot to the floor we headed east.

Kalpa, Mavro Gala, Fatalist @ Fuel Café, Manchester

By |November 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

I was already hungover in Manchester after a Saturday trip to FCUM and firm but fair refusal to gain entry to some Northern Quarter Establishments.  Gave up trying to solve the mystery of where all the whiskey went and tried to restore the cultural balance visiting some art galleries.  And more pubs.  By mid-afternoon I was suffering badly but what better way to clear the head than Greeks bearing the gift of hardcore. 

More Noise For Life Festival, @ Podbor, Czechia

By |August 24th, 2019|0 Comments

So, three times before the dawn (of autumn) I won’t deny Czechia.  The last of my trilogy of trips to my second home is the smallest of the bunch but maybe the best for it.  We had come over to play this DIY punk and hardcore festival with Emissaries of Syn and Spam Javelin two years back, had a marvellous time, and I thought it would be a treat to go back as a punter and support our friend Peta’s event.

Brutal Assault 24 Festival, @ Josefov Fortress, Jaromer, Czechia

By |August 10th, 2019|0 Comments

See, 24 years ago even I was (relatively) young.  But in the last ten years of frenzied festival going  this monster on the far horizon, the biggest in Central Europe, has been clashing with Bloodstock weekend, or has featured bands on the Euro circuit which I would catch elsewhere, or I’ve needed weeks to recover from Obscene Extreme…. Enough with the excuses!  Another phenomenal line-up for the eclectic heavy tastes that it always seems to have, a gathered group of fellow adventurers and we’re in for the second of my Czech trips of the summer.