Bloodstock 2015 @ Catton Hall, Derbyshire

By |August 9th, 2015|0 Comments

If I thought my arrangements for last year’s visit to this, the peak of independent UK metal festivals, were a bit last minute and random, I upped my game in the chaos stakes this year. From not going at all, to having my other clashing commitments taken off my hands, to considering a day ticket on the Saturday, to running some stuck friends down on the Thursday and being gutted to come back from the gathering atmosphere of excited anticipation, to hearing on Friday that there were nefarious ways and means to get me in, to getting a bit carried away with solidarity drinking at home on the Friday meaning I was late to set off first thing the Saturday, to… Bloodstock.

Hammerfest IV, Prestatyn (MWJ’s weekend)

By |March 17th, 2012|0 Comments

(review n pix by mwj)

After being borne from the deaf from born from death on the Thursday I set sail for the Thor’s Day and the annual free ticket frenzy that is Hammerfest. This years event has a Viking theme, subtitled “Hammer of Thor” (Thor, IV, see what they did there?) so what better preparations than a couple of bottles of Skullsplitter ale and a donation/booking to the RNLI for when I predicted floating of the coast of Valhalla/Rhyl in the early hours in a flaming dinghy.

Hammerfest – Pontins, Prestatyn (Duncan’s Friday)

By |March 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Words: Duncan Black / Pictures: Dan Alexander

Archive Gig – Damnation Festival @ University, Leeds

By |November 6th, 2010|0 Comments


Who are these madmen that say the festival season ends with the summer? Having been to three in the last month there’s obviously no better way of staving of the onset of winter chill than getting crushed in a pit in some sweaty venue, though maybe best to leave camping out of the equation.