GIG REVIEW – Dreadfest 2019 @ Temple Of Boom, Leeds

By |March 24th, 2019|0 Comments

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What is there to Dread?  Last year I combined a day in Hammerfest in North Wales with a trip up to a couple of days of this festival of chronic sonic abuse, this year I dived in soft-shoe first for the full weekend in Leeds.  Leaving Hammerfest behind in some Brexit fashion (as now it in turn seems to be leaving North Wales behind next year too), not an isolationist stay at home but embracing connections to elsewhere.  While I have had some classic messy times and been grateful for great bands on our doorstep my refined/corrupted tastes are much more rewarded by all that is to offer over the Pennines.

Woodland Gathering V @ Fellfoot Wood, Newby Bridge, Cumbria

By |July 14th, 2018|0 Comments

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Godflesh. In. A. Shed.  What a giddy sensation of disbelief and anticipation this remarkable prospect held for a fanboy like me.  Have seen one of my favourite bands in sweaty clubs and huge festivals but there was definitely going to be something special about their headlining this weird and wonderful congregation for the senses in the wilds on the edge of Windermere.  I’d only learnt of the event in recent years, and they also host a black metal themed one, and with the urge to encounter the new all the time, me and the missus and assorted other booze headed up after work on the Friday.

Terminal Cheesecake, Blown Out, Cattle @ Star and Garter, Manchester

By |September 8th, 2017|0 Comments

 

The very name conjures the wealth of insanity I kind of recall from the late 80’s/early 90’s and listening to John Peel and where I probably first heard our headliners. I’ve discovered that they took it from a list of imaginary bands from the 60’s so that just adds to the majesty of the multi layered madness. 

Yorkshire Riffer Festival @ Eiger Studios, Leeds

By |April 26th, 2014|3 Comments

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The exponential rise of the UK DIY festival continues at such a pace that we now have quality warm-up all-dayers linked to the already immense main events of the subsequent weekend.  With my own lunatic road tripping plans already sorted that include the Sunday of this years ‘Kin Hell Fest the prospect of this prelude was almost a peaceful party in comparison.  Yet, with realism, a 12 hour drinking session in the face of a trusted selection of prime local and UK underground extremity and a special US import headliner in Eagle Twin was inevitably going to lead to a messy fun time and do the perfect job in reducing/enhancing the stamina for self-destruction in the rest of the summer’s madness.