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Festival Preview: Roadburn 2018

Benjamin Bland and Sander van den Driesche highlight 5 performances each, which we think will be pretty special at this year’s Roadburn Festival.

How To Have The Best Roadburn Possible (In Seven Easy Steps)

Benjamin Bland gives the Roadburn festivalgoer seven tips which hopefully enables you to have the best Roadburn possible.

Desertfest London 2018 – Sunday Preview

If you like stoner and psych and plan on still being alive in May then why the hell wouldn’t you go?

The Best Label in The World: 20 Years of Rocket Recordings

This is the label that brought you Teeth of The Sea, Pigs x7, Hey Colossus, Goat and Gnod. Not to mention Gnoomes and a litany of other great bands. For those who may not know all of these bands, allow me to introduce you to The Best Label in The World: Rocket Recordings via its spectacular roster of insanely brilliant bands.

Desertfest London 2018 – Saturday Preview

There’s much to savour in Desertfest London’s Saturday line-ups. . .

8 Years of Chaos (Chaos Theory All-Dayer) – The Brewhouse, Hackney

8 Years of Chaos. Eight years of Kunal Singhal let loose and running wild over London, putting on bands and taking names. Eight years of what has to be the most RPG music promotion in the world. Eight years of good gigs, good people and good times and eight years of “new music for open minds”.

Desertfest London 2018 – Friday Preview

Friday’s five-venue line-ups should well and truly get the Desertfest party spirit underway.


A suitably epic review of the UK’s biggest residential Prog gathering: Krankschaft, Hawklords and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy are just three of the highlights in a weekend full of musical delights. Dive in…


A reluctant icon returns.

TST All-Dayer: Friends & Favourites – Green Door Store, Brighton

Tatty Seaside Town, AKA Papa C, AKA Colin Wakefield has been at the heart of the Brighton DIY music scene for well over a decade . . . This, his second all-dayer of the year, has been entitled ‘Friends & Favourites’ and it’s easy to see why. Regulars, familiar faces, and leading lights of the British underground are all in attendance.

Damnation Festival 2017 – Leeds

Bruce Cowie does Damnation 2017, watches Big Business do the business, discovers that Myrkur are more like peanut butter than Marmite, and wonders why pasties cost more in the evening. . . Oh, and did he mention Wren?

ArcTanGent Festival 2017

It’s somewhat difficult to sum up three days packed with music, of course, everyone has different highlights and what’s probably more important, new and interesting bands to explore. The only downside being that it is impossible to see everything!


Focus, TFATD, Carl Palmer. . . Here’s our rundown of the bands appearing on the Saturday at HRH Prog VI in Pwllheli.


Here’s a rundown of the array of talent playing HRH Prog VI this Friday: Uriah Heep, The Von Hertzen Brothers, Caravan, Hawklords, Heather Findlay, Edgar Broughton and more!

HRH Prog VI Preview: Introducing The Bands – Thursday

There’s less than a week to go until HRH Prog VI lands in Hafan y Mor, a beautiful yet remote holiday camp in North Wales. Here’s a preview of the bands set to deliver on the opening evening: Mostly Autumn, Krankschaft and IO Earth.

Damnation 2017 – Eyesore and Tone MGMT Stages Preview

In his his inimitable style, Bruce Cowie reckons the best way to see Damnation 2017 is to and fro between the smaller stages (with the odd pasty break) and make sure you see Wren. . .

Damnation 2017 – Terrorizer Stage

In the second of our Damnation 2017 previews, Steve Fallows checks out the Terrorizer Stage, and finds it to be aptly named!

Damnation 2017 – Main Stage Preview

Damnation is a one-day festival that packs a mighty metal punch; and with so much choice, and so many clashes, it may seem challenging to find your way round. In the first of our previews, Steve Fallows demonstrates that if you keep it simple and stay with the main stage, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Green Man Festival 2017

Karthik Murugesan and Michael Nash took to the Brecon Beacons and were literally blown away by Green Man Festival 2017.

Preview: Mammothfest 2017 – Brighton

A big event that is sustaining itself, putting up a stage for lots of jobbing UK bands, and pulling in an honourable selection of big, extreme international players. . . Get Mammothed!

Be Prog! My Friend – 2017

The curation at Be Prog! My Friend is as unique as the setting – in 2015 Be Prog! famously married Meshuggah and Camel. This year, challenging music is placed at the heart of a left-of-centre progressive bill. . .

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