Category: Gig Reviews

Jizzy Pearl + Stevie R Pearce/Philip McCarroll – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 6 April 2019

The last night of the sometime Love/Hate frontman’s annual jaunt around the highways and back alleys of Europe, this was also the third in a triumvirate of very special “stripped back” shows which saw Jizzy take things down to the bare bones, accompanied by just a guitar and that of his erstwhile sidekick Stevie Pearce as he interweaved acoustic renditions of some of his best known songs with a carefully harvested collection of suitably debauched stories from the early days of his career… Yep, it promised to be one of those special “fuck you if you weren’t there to hear it for yourself” nights…

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Anaal Nathrakh/Akercocke/khost – Birmingham, The Asylum – 5 April 2019

Stalwarts of the extreme metal spectrum, both Anaal Nathrakh and Akercocke boast over two decades’ experience at the forefront of the most punishing music on the planet, their careers standing testament to the power of constant reinvention and development as they push their respective genre into bold new territories. To see the pair on a headline run then, provides an opportunity to engage with two of extreme metal’s most luminary names, recognising the incredible contributions that both have had to heavy music, and in Anaal Nathrakh’s case as a hometown show no less.

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IDLES/Crows – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 1 April 2019

To say that the first ever visit to this particular corner of the Überverse by one of the definite stars of the British punk ‘n’ roll firmament was eagerly anticipated would be somewhat of an understatement. This debut Belfast show sold out in less than a minute, with the following evening’s return gig down the motorway in Dublin not taking much longer,  making it one of THE “must-see” shows of the year.

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Maverick Festival 2019 Press Launch – London, Gibson Guitar Showrooms – 27 March 2019

One of the more interesting boutique festivals on the summer circuit is the Maverick Festival, dedicated to all things Americana, and set amongst the restored Victorian barns and out-buildings of Easton Farm Park in the Suffolk countryside. Established in 2008, the Maverick Festival is low the leading Americana event in the UK and has become a beacon for roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, whether it be country, bluegrass, Cajun and beyond.

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The Electric Boys/Stormzone – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 23 March 2019

Literally the day after ÜR bosses Monk and DQ booked a holiday in Spain, it was announced that one of their favourite bands would be playing their first ever show on the island of Ireland. And, not only was it in one of their favourite venues, but it was on the very night they returned home… but it takes more than some unfortunate timings to keep the website that excites from bringing you the best live action, and so we recruited a special guest correspondent to record, in both words and pictures, the evening’s shenanigans on our behalf:

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Stiff Little Fingers/Eddie & the Hot Rods – Kentish Town, O2 Forum – 24 March 2019

March seems to be the month of choice for an SLF tour, and The Forum seems to be the London venue of choice too, and here we are once again, on the last night of the ‘Ignition’ tour with what promises to be a great combination as they team up with Eddie & the Hot Rods. Click the lonk to find out why our very own JR agrees with the ‘Best Live Band’ acccolade they subsequently picked up at the Vive Le Rock Awards a few nights later…

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