Bloodstock 2015 @ Catton Hall, Derbyshire

By |August 9th, 2015|0 Comments

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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 VII @ Haven, Pwllheli

By |March 14th, 2015|0 Comments

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Hammerfest is like the fuckbuddy of festivals.
There are far more attractive festivals out there, that deliver awesome levels of satisfaction, but they are exotic and far away, harsher on the pocket with their seductive ways, require you to get in uncomfortable positions, and leave you feeling thoroughly drained after days of abuse.

FOAD Festival, Manchester, 1-2/3/14

By |March 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

FOAD Festival

Sound Control, Manchester

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We usually come out of winter hibernation for the silly season of self-abuse that is the festivals when Hammerfest tempts us in mid-March. This year there was a new kid on the city block in the form of FOAD (make up your own acronym interpretation) to put a spring in our step now spring is kind of here.   Set up by a few of the promoters who deal with the more extreme musical end of things in the city, and homed in the decent and underused Sound Control venue, there is an excellent line up of the cream of the underground acts plus some special treats from abroad that demands attendance, especially with it relative proximity.