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FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirms plans to proceed

Bloodstock organizers have confirmed that, at this time, they are still planning to proceed with this year’s 20th anniversary festival, which is due to take place over the first weekend in August.

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Psychostick – Virtual Gig – 20 March 2020

We seem to have got ourselves caught in a little bit of a jam here. Gigs have been cancelled across the board, and now even the pubs are being closed! Yet our crack team of resident gig-goers still need to be kept entertained before they go stir-crazy. Fortunately, as always, bands are being particularly inventive at finding ways to still perform to their fans. And you know how the old saying goes… If a band plays and a journal isn't there to review it, did the band play at all? Okay, you got us, we just made that up. But that doesn't change the situation, which found Jonny B sat in his own lounge with a beer in hand eagerly awaiting an evening of silliness with the fantastic Psychostick!

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Ascend The Hollow – ‘Echoes Of Existence’ (Dr Music Records)

Back at the turn of this current decade, ÜR boss Monk came across a groove metal outfit from south of the border, down Dublin way by the name of Xerosun, when they released a hugely impressive debut album, ‘Absence Of Light’. To say they made an immediate impression would be something of an understatement. Unfortunately, they failed to make a similar impression on their fist live appearance north of said border, playing to just three people (including yours truly, of course). All that changed a couple of years later when, with a re-invigorated line-up and much heavier sound, they returned to play a handful of packed out shows over the course of late Spring/summer of 2015. Another couple of years passed and a EP, ‘This Dark Rage’, emerged – and then silence… Well, now that has broken, as the Irish/Polish crüe have re-emerged into the light, in the guise of Ascend The Hollow, with an almost totally new line-up, another change in musical direction and this new opus.

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