Once again, I sold my soul to rock’n’roll…
It was supposed to be a double festival weekend… I was all set to do Wakestock on Friday and Out of The Ashes from Saturday afternoon onwards, but the God of Logistics set me down on the wrong side of the world on Friday afternoon and there was simply no way I was travelling the length of the westbound A55 on a glorious weekend (anyone who’s tried it will know exactly what I mean).
So with Out Of The Ashes Festival in Ellesmere Port already in full swing and being a mere hop, skip and a jump from where I was, it would be rude not to participate.More
GIG REVIEW – Orient Machine, Chemical Town, Inferno, I Fight Lions, Dinosaur Garden @ Rascals, Bangor
I tweeted / instagram’d this pic during the gig with the caption, ‘Iesu Grist! How fucking good are Orient Machine?’
No one answered, and to be fair it wasn’t a question, it’s a statement, in capital letters carved into the side of the Clwydian Range, because Orient Machine are one fuck of a band…More
There were so many bands on this bill that it should’ve been called a mini-festival, and I cast a dubious eye over the start times, changeover times and thought there’s no way this will go to plan!! Initially, and right up to it was obvious Dinosaur Garden were not going to turn up, there were six bands lined up to play. With Dinosaur Garden providing the kit, but nowhere to be seen (no message, no call), a new kit had to be found for the night. Thankfully Inferno had brought their own anyway and were kind enough to share it with all and sundry, because that’s what bands do isn’t it? Help each other out (someone mention that to Dressed Naked‘s drummer next time you see him).
Anyway, one thing was for sure… This was gonna run late…
(review n pix by neil crud)
Like I said about Rob Talbot, the promoter at Preston, the same can be said for James Rozzy in Holyhead. These people are essential to a scene or the scene. Without them there’s no hub. And although sometimes venues are shortlived, people like James will seek out new halls for new civilisations. Bands, punters, venues and scenes come and go, but some promoters live forever, just take a look at Steve Rastin in Rhyl, he’s 97 and still putting on gigs!More