Über Rock’s Gigs Of The Year

Written by DJ Monk
Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:10

Throughout the course of a year, our crack team of ninja photographers and reviewers attend literally hundreds of shows, from the massive arena tours that deign parts of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll with their fleeting appearances to the unsigned bands knocking their proverbial balls in down our local pubs week in, week out.


Attending so many shows highlights the immense amount of incredible rock ‘n’ roll talent there is in this here Überverse, and gigs have to be truly special to stick in the memory banks of our highly talented and discerning team.  But, we set them the challenge and here you have the results, in the form of our Über crüe’s choice of the best performances (we’ve included individual sets at festivals) they have caught over the past 12 months:


Allan Maxwell


Slimboy (supporting Mest) – Glasgow, Broadcast

Black Stone Cherry – Glasgow, SECC

Hollywood Undead – Glasgow, O2 Academy

Bury Tomorrow – Glasgow, The Garage

Roger Waters – Glasgow, SSE Hydro

Bleed From Within– Glasgow, Drygate

The Wildhearts – Glasgow, O2 Academy

AntiFlag/Cancer Bats – Glasgow, The Garage

Less Than Jake/Reel Big Fish – Glasgow, O2 Academy

Bleed From Within – Glasgow, St Lukes

All Time Low – Glasgow, SECC

30 Seconds To Mars – Glasgow, SSE Hydro

The Ataris – Glasgow, Broadcast

While She Sleeps – Glasgow, O2 ABC

Frank Turner – Glasgow, The Old Fruitmarket

36 Crazyfists – Glasgow, Cathouse

Biffy Clyro – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

The Wildhearts – Glasgow, SWG3

Arch Enemy – Glasgow, O2 ABC

Bowling For Soup – Glasgow, O2 Academy


David O’Neill


Shinedown – Download

Greta Van Fleet – Download

Black Stone Cherry – Download

Thunder – Download

Nothing More – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena

Hand Of Dimes – Caerphilly Castle

Massive Wagons – Steelhouse Festival

The Bad Flowers – Pontypridd, Muni

Stone Broken – Steelhouse Festival

Von Hertzen Brothers – Download

Cats In Space – Caerphilly Castle

The Cadillac Three – Download

Hollowstar – Pontypridd, Muni

Mason Hill – Pontypridd, Muni

Theia – Crumlin, Patriots


DJ Astrocreep


King Tuff – Manchester, Night People

Ugly Kid Joe – Manchester, Academy 2

Heathen Crusade Tour – Islington, Assembly Hall

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical – London, Dominion Theatre

Atomic Bitchwax – Camden, Our Black Heart

Amplifier – Sheffield, Academy 2

((OHHMS)) – Birmingham, The Asylum 2

Mongol Horde – Manchester, Academy 2

Hot Snakes – Manchester, Gorilla

Evil Scarecrow – Manchester, Club Academy

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Manchester, Gullivers

Professor and the Madmen – London, 100 Club

Sons of Apollo – Manchester, Academy 2

Thee Oh Sees – London, 02 Forum

Vodun – Manchester, Rebellion

Evil Hoof Punk All-Dayer – Manchester, Gullivers

Peter Murphy – Manchester, O2 Ritz

Mudhoney – Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

Skindred – Manchester, Academy

The Melvins – Manchester, Academy 2


DJ Monk


High On Fire/Enslaved – Belfast, Limelight 2

Wonk Unit – Belfast, Voodoo

Anvil – Belfast, Limelight 2


Eclipse – HRH AOR

The Bar Stool Preachers – Belfast, The Marcus Ward

The Last Great Dreamers – HRH Sleaze

Sari Schorr – HRH Blues

Monster Magnet – Belfast, Limelight 1

Sons Of Apollo – Belfast, Limelight 1

Tremonti – Belfast, Limelight 1

Europe – Belfast, Ulster Hall

Corrosion Of Conformity – Belfast, Limelight 1

Darkest Era/Celtachor – Belfast, Limelight 2

White Widdow – Rockingham

Find Me – Rockingham

The Alarm – Belfast, Limelight 2

Omnium Gatherum – Belfast, Limelight 2

The Wildhearts – Steelhouse Festival

Chelsea Wolfe (supporting Ministry) – Belfast, Limelight 1


Jim Rowland


Rose Tattoo – Islington, Academy

Giuda – London, The Lexington

Punky Meadows & Frank Dimino Of Angel – Camden, Underworld

MC50/Michael Monroe – Shepherds Bush, Empire

Boomtown Rats – Great British Alternative Music Festival

Roger Hodgson – Stone Free Festival

The Selecter – Camden, Dr Marten’s Boot Room

Scorpions – Stone Free Festival

The Rezillos – Great British Alternative Music Festival

Steve Hackett – London, Palladium

Killing Joke – London, Roundhouse

Brant Bjork – Islington, The Garage

The Dickies – Camden, Underworld

Rolling Stones – London Stadium

The Skids – Shepherds Bush, Empire

Hollywood Vampires /The Darkness/The Damned – London, Wembley Arena

Subhumans – London, 100 Club

Fu Manchu – Islington Academy

The Damned – Kentish Town, The Forum

Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – Stone Free Festival


Jonni Davidson


1. Myles Kennedy – Belfast, Limelight 1

2. Parkway Drive – Download

3. Frank Turner – Belfast, Limelight 1

4. Tremonti – Belfast, Limelight 1

5. The Menzingers – Belfast, Limelight 1

6. Rise Against – Download

7. Okilly Dokilly – Belfast, Empire Music Hall

8. Parkway Drive – Download

9. Bad Religion – Download

10. Iron Maiden/Killswitch Engage – Belfast, SSE Arena


Rich Hobson


Trivium/Code Orange/Power Trip/Venom Prison – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Nine Inch Nails – London, Royal Albert Hall

Turnstile/Big Cheese/Wiccan Phase – Birmingham, The Mill

Slayer/Lamb of God/Anthrax – Birmingham, Arena

Smashing Pumpkins/Myrkur – Wembley, SSE Arena

Ghost – London, Royal Albert Hall

A Perfect Circle/Talos – Manchester, Apollo

The Bronx – Download

Sepultura – Hammerfest

Jamie Lenman/Loa Loa/Gender Roles – Birmingham, The Institute

Marmozets/Black Peaks – Coventry, The Kasbah

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Download Paris

IDLES – Handmade Festival

Zeal and Ardor/Blanket – Birmingham, The Institute

While She Sleeps/Counterfeit/Blood Youth – Birmingham, The Institute

God Damn/You Dirty Blue/Ghosts of Dead Airplanes – Birmingham, The Flapper

Iron Maiden/Killswitch Engage – Birmingham, NEC

Coheed and Cambria/Chon – Birmingham, O2 Academy

Skindred/CKY/Danko Jones – The Institute, Birmingham

Andrew WK/Yonaka – The Institute, Birmingham



The Dark Queen


Sons Of Apollo – Belfast, Limelight 1

Dan Reed Network – Steelhouse Festival

Tremonti – Belfast, Limelight 1

The Dead Daisies – Manchester, Academy 2

Black Star Riders – Steelhouse Festival

Myles Kennedy – Belfast, Limelight 1

Creye – Rockingham

The Pat McManus Band – HRH Blues

Skid Row – Belfast, Limelight 1

Midnite City – HRH Sleaze

Conjuring Fate – Belfast, Limelight 2

Cursed Sun – Belfast, Limelight 2

Eric Martin – Belfast, Empire Music Hall

Marco Mendoza – Belfast, Voodoo

Warwick-Johnson – Belfast, Limelight 1

Europe – Belfast, Ulster Hall

Allison McGrath (supporting Danny Bryant) – Belfast, Empire Music Hall

The Crawling – Belfast, Empire Music Hall

Massive – Rockingham

Warrant – Rockingham


So, there you have it. Our team’s choice of their favourite gigs to have been staged over the past 12 months. As mentioned above, our reviewers attend hundreds of gigs each and every year, so deciding which were the best is obviously a very difficult task. Which means congratulations to the acts that delivered performances that have stuck in our collective memories.


Check back tomorrow, when our team deliver their verdicts on their favourite albums of 2018…