Category: Gig Reviews

Pulse Of The Maggots Festival (MusiCares Stage) – Friday 13 November

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Knotfest is a touring festival curated, and usually headlined, by Slipknot. Like many music events, the festival has been forced to re-invent itself in this ‘Year Of The Pandemic’, taking the vast majority of its activities online – and to great effect with the majority of what they have been doing being made available to fans free of charge, relying in turn on the charity of those same fans to reciprocate in other ways, by buying merchandise and releases from the myriad of bands to whom they have given an invaluable boost over the eight months to date of the various lockdowns brought about as a result of the global spread of the beer bug…

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Goo Goo Dolls – FanTracks Livestream – 24 October 2020

While he’s taken in quite a few live streams to get his music fix in the last 7.5 months he’s been shielded due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, this is the first DJ Astrocreep has actually reviewed one. Our normally travelling gigaholic caught the Goo Goo Dolls in Manchester not so long ago and was pleasantly surprised both by some of their catalogue he wasn’t otherwise aware of and the sheer uplifting atmosphere within the sweatbox of the Manchester Ritz, meaning the big lad had something tangible to compare the live stream setting to…

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Clutch/Crowbar/Blacktop Mojo/Saul – ‘Live From The Doom Saloon’ – 27 May 2020

It’s time for another lockdown live-stream gig, which Jonny B guesses is almost like the nicorette of the music world. It may go towards quelling the live music cravings but it’s still not quite the same! Nevertheless, here at ÜRHQ we’re continuing to make the best of what we can get, so JB was sent to the comfort of his own lounge to enjoy a gig with two bands he’s pretty familiar with, and another two who are completely new to him. Tonight is the aptly named “Doom Saloon” live event hosted by one of JB’s favourites – Clutch, with support from Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo and Saul, all for the incredibly reasonable price of $9, which is a bit of a steal really!

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Burning Witches – ‘Live Acoustic Jam From The Studio’ – 29 May 2020

As with so many other aspects of everyday life, and so many of the things we take for granted, the final impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns and quarantines on the rock ‘n’ roll industry will not be known for quite some time to come, if ever. Bands have been forced to change, sometimes completely, how they interact with their audiences, with one preferred option being the hosting of online performances – the nature of which often has been dictated by the particular circumstances in which the artists concerned have found themselves, not least in terms of national/regional restrictions on social gatherings, which have affected the ability of bands to rehearse or perform together: the latter is becoming easier as conditions are eased locality by locality, with even whole virtual festivals being able to be held.

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Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum – Online – 10 April 2020

Jonny B was incredibly excited to see that two titans of the melodic death metal genre had joined forces to put on a live streamed gig last Friday night for the reasonable price of something like nine Euros, or about two pints in our book. So, our boy got himself comfortable, cracked open a beer and sat down for an evening of melodic goodness: but, alas, disaster struck. The chosen technical provider for the stream suffered from capacity issues that ultimately resulted in the bands being forced to make the decision to abandon the attempt at a live performance and instead record their sets and release the recordings, for a limited time, to those who had bought tickets. It wasn’t the end of the world though, instead JB settled down for a second time on Monday evening to catch up on what he, and every other fan, had missed out on Friday. 

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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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Crossfire/Ifreann/Sinocence/Acid Age – Belfast, Voodoo – 13 March 2020

Little could anyone involved have realized the importance of the timing of this gig, the second date on the second leg of the ‘Celtic Thrash’ tour featuring Edinburgh shredders Ifreann and their Dublin counterparts Crossfire. OK, it was Friday the 13th – but, then, that’s probably the most appropriate date possible for a metal show. But then the world was thrown into chaos with the coronavirus outbreak, and Irfeann arrived on the island of Ireland on the very day that the government south of the border decreed a ban on gatherings of 100 or more people… somehow, however, the visitors got away with bringing their party to Dublin’s fair city – although the third and final date in Cork ultimately fell victim to the new restrictions.

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Haggard Cat – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 12 March 2020

We have a cardinal rule here at Über Rock… we do not, repeat do NOT, do tribute shows. Never. Ever. Full stop. End of conversation. So, what were your ÜR head honchos doing in a nightclub in the centre of Belfast where the main attraction was some bunch of bozos doing Elvis in the style of Nirvana and Nirvana in the style of Elvis? Well… you know the old saying about when you go to a gig always check out the support band? Well, on this occasion, Monk and DQ were there for the sole purpose of checking out the support band, who were the rising Nottingham alt-rock duo Haggard Cat, playing what can be regarded as a warm-up show for their own forthcoming headline tour in support of new album ‘Common Sense Holiday’…

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Anvil/Ragdoll Sunday/Electus – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 11 March 2020

Some things never change – and thank the gods of rock ‘n’f’n’ roll for that! It had taken almost four decades of begging, cajoling and pleading by their most über of über fans to get the band with the most heavy metal name in heavy metal to make their first visit to this little corner of the Überverse. And, now, here they are again, a little over two years down the line, and it’s almost as if time has stood still in the interim… but, we’ll get to that in a bit…

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OHHMS/Hundred Year Old Man/Agvirre – Manchester, Satan’s Hollow – 7 March 2020

OHHMS have been a band that’s popped up on more gigs in Manchester recently that Jase W can count: they always seem to be playing Rebellion or Satan’s with a myriad of supports. For their latest show at Satan’s they brought with them a favourite of our resident Manc, in the form of drone metal six-piece, Hundred Year Old Man, as well as Agvirre, with local live music expert, John Badger manning drums.

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest – Camden, The Underworld – 7 March 2020

So, it’s back down to the Heavy Psych Sounds Festival again, meaning another round trip to London, despite the ongoing COVID-19 issue. It is the same issue, in fact, that renders two bands unable to play on the day, with Gorilla having an ill member and not risking it being the illness, and Giöbia having been denied access to the UK, despite getting clearance previously from the Italian embassy.

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