Category: Gig Reviews

Antwerp Metal Fest – Fort Merksem – 18 May 2024

After spending the morning dealing with the after effects of the night before – especially a head splitting hangover – our European correspondent found himself marching off to another place in Antwerp for an all day metal fest in a… fort? As he approached he could hear the music blasting as the day began and he got shivers just thinking about what he was getting himself into!

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Landmvrks/The Devil Wears Prada/Like Moths To Flames/Guilt Trip – Antwerp, Kavka Zappa – 17 May 2024

Another weekend on a jaunt off to Antwerp to see a tour our European correspondent genuinely thought he was going to miss but decided to see about traveling to the next country over instead… This show was one that our man in The Netherlands had followed through its trip around the ÜK via friends’ stories  – and NOW it was finally his turn! In tow for this stacked lineup is The Devil Wears Prada, Like Moths To Flame and Guilt Trip, all landing in Kavka Zappa for an evening of raw, angry, mildly poppy metalcore.

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The Cadillac Three/Stephen Wilson Jr/ Willy Cobb – Cardiff, Tramsheds – 16 May 2024

They say the years go faster the older you get, and this could well be true, as it seems like nothing more than a hot minute since I first came across comparative musical pubescents (well, they’re celebrating 13 years together as a band in 2024) The Cadillac Three, and I was delighted to reacquaint myself with these three fine southern chappies as they pulled into Cardiff for the penultimate night of their latest whistlestop of this ‘ere li’l ol’ Uber Kingdom…

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses NI Grand Final – Belfast, Voodoo – 10 May 2024

It could be argued that, despite what had gone down the previous evening in a field just a mile or so south of tonight’s venue, this was the most important gig of the year to date on the Belfast music scene. Yes, “The Boss” may have enjoyed one of his farewell flings just 24 hours previously, but tonight was about six of this city’s finest proponents of the art vying for the honour of, well, playing a field, albeit in the heart of south Derbyshire, as the first contestants to draw blood (sic) in the final rounds of this year’s Metal 2 The Masses took to the stage for a fiercely fought competition in which there could be only one winner but ultimately no losers…

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From The Jam/Skids – Liverpool, Eventim Olympia – 17 May 2024

A long-waited return to a venue he once did some work at was in store for DJ Astrocreep’s first ever time seeing From The Jam. Throw in a 45th anniversary tour for seminal ‘All Mod Cons’ album – and Scottish punk legends Skids – and it made for what would hopefully be an enthralling evening of top-class musicianship and songwriting. The big lad arrived shortly after doors, taking his (sadly these days) much needed seat and settle in for some good old-fashioned fun….

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Cassyette -Amsterdam, Melkweg – 1 May 2024

One thing that’s stood out to Jase W a bit when it comes to gigs over in Netherlands is that it’s not uncommon for shows to have just the headline artist on their own. And today on a sweltering hot start to May, he’s back at Melkweg to catch Cassyette because evidently he’s rejected a chilled warm evening outside in favour of live music: weird that.

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Virgins/Slow Healer/Fulvetta/Gush – Belfast, The Deer’s Head – 27 April 2024

Having spent the previous evening fulfilling the final of his commitments to the annual showcase of somewhat heavier local talent that is the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, it was time for Monk to step outside of his comfort zone and take up a long-standing invitation to experience a totally different aspect of his home city’s musical sound, in the shape of an evening of shoegazing at a venue which has quickly established its reputation as one of the finest and most professionally run in town. “You’ll be bored stupid,” predicted Her Majesty The Dark Queen earlier in the day… well, there was only one way to find out if she would be right, wasn’t there?

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Attic Theory/Bliss/White Lightning/Lucy Ellen/Róisín – Liverpool, Zanzibar Club – 19 April 2024

An evening of local entertainment for not just local people awaits, as Attic Theory finally get around to releasing their new album, ‘What We Fear The Most’. The Scouse groove rockers are formed from several older Liverpool bands, so full of experienced musicians, as well as having their own side project covering Stone Temple Pilots tracks, meaning it should be an absolute treat to hear live. Despite slightly bemoaning the 6.30pm first band, DJ Astrocreep headed down to check out all the acts.

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Grumpy Clown Tenth Anniversary Party – Crumlin, The Patriot – 13 April 2024

With grassroots venues closing at a rate of knots and local promoters pulling out of the local music scene, it makes a great change to find one of each who are bucking the trend and we at Über Rock try to support both of these when we can, all across the Überverse. After all, without these the future of live music is likely to mean just giant heritage bands playing giant stadia and charging highly inflated prices for the pleasure of their presence. Eventually these will stop touring and the underground music scene will be just that. Anyhow, tonight brought together two of the local promotors and venues that David O regularly makes the effort to support…

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Lordi/All For Metal – Amstelveen, P60 – 16 April 2024

There’s nothing like seeing a name like Lordi pop up doing a tour and you decide to stick a few nostalgic videos on YouTube and see “uploaded 17 years ago”to make you feel like you might as well go collect your pension, is there? Yeah, well, anyway Jase W was gonna throw the horns around a bunch this night because the lineup is more metal than your mum’s kettle. Lordi and his gruesome ensemble were tearing up P60 in Amstelveen supported by All For Metal, who our man saw at this same venue last year supporting Wind Rose. So i t promised to be a fun, wacky and above all, metal as fuck and a jolly good time to be had by all…

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