Category: Gig Reviews

The Ocean – Phanezoroic I/Phanozeric II – 26 November 2021 (live streams)

Anyone who’s spent any reasonable amount of time in Jase W’s general vicinity will know that he is a huge fan of The Ocean, a truly interesting band hailing from Berlin, Germany, known for their extended length songs across several albums, each with their own narrative. So, imagine his surprise when he got an email dropped into his inbox asking if he wanted to review their ‘Phanerozoic’ live stream; there was not a chance in hell he’d pass up the chance to sit and listen to The Ocean for nearly two hours and gush about it…

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Marillion – London, Hammersmith Apollo – 27 November 2021

As gigs and concerts get back to some kind of normality, the title of this tour from prog legends Marillion – ‘The Light at the End of The Tunnel’ tour – seems strikingly appropriate. A valid domestic covid passport, or proof of a negative test is still required for entry tonight, but that seems to be ‘normality’ now anyway, at least for the time being. Tonight’s show is the last of the ten dates of the UK leg of the tour, the second of two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo, and one that is being live streamed via the band’s website.

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Punk Rock Factory – Glasgow, The Cathouse – 27 November 2021

Jonny B distinctly remembers one of his friends coming up to him at Bloodstock absolutely buzzing with excitement to tell our man that he’d just seen a band cover the ‘Fun House’ theme tune. Shortly afterwards, JB started to see more and more people raving about this last-minute addition to the Bloodstock line-up and he suddenly regretted not crawling out of his van in time to check them out. It’s okay though, because he managed to convince the boss, in a rare moment of weakness, to put him down to go see Punk Rock Factory in Glasgow, even though they are “only” a cover band…

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Millie Manders & The Shutup/Jøra The Fortuneteller/Everyone Lies – Southampton, The Joiners – 21 November 2021

The Joiners. One of the legendary grass roots music venues on the south coast. It’s played host to a huge array of artists that have gone onto great things as well as those that want to capture the raw intimacy of a small, close-up crowd. Tonight, it’s the turn of Millie Manders & The Shutup, ably supported by Brighton-based Jøra The Fortuneteller and local four-piece, Everyone Lies.

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The Dead Daisies/The Quireboys/Grand Slam – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – 10 November 2021

Finally able to tour this year’s ‘Holy Ground’ album, the Dead Daisies, now fronted by the legendary Glenn Hughes, hit London as part of a ÜK tour featuring special guests the Quireboys and for the London date only, Grand Slam. Perhaps ticket sales had initially been a big sluggish, but a last-minute HRH offer of tickets for a fiver ensured the house was packed for this quality triple bill.

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