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To begin the run in to this year’s already amazing looking festival, the good people of Supersonic have brought back two great bands from last year to kick things off with a bang!

Grandbrothers – Village Underground, London

Grandbrother’s set made for a perfect demonstration of live performance used to transcend music into a full-on experience.

Black Label Society • Monolord – Royal Albert Hall, London

Watching Wylde play a guitar solo is like watching a starving person eat a steak or a perennially under-sexed person achieve orgasm . . . He doesn’t so much play the guitar as do guitar to you.

Anna von Hausswolff • Jo Quail – The Dome, London

If you asked me what was going through my head whilst watching Anna von Hausswolff I could honestly tell you very little – I doubt there was a single person in this sold-out show who was not utterly transfixed from start to finish.

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.

Mortiis: Special ‘Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør’ Show – The Dome, London

. . .Sometimes you need to get lost in the glorious anachronism and introspection of dungeon synth. So, to all those underground keyboard composers: venture forth from the catacombs and onto the stage. Or go see Mortiis and catch the master at work.

Here Lies Man – The MOTH Club, London

I enjoyed watching Here Lies Man and discovering more of their dynamic but it essentially felt like listening to a slightly altered take on the record. . . With time, I’m sure they’ll be an excellent live band.

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.

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – The Globe, Cardiff

Dragged from the depths of Jack the Ripper’s nightmares, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing came to tear Cardiff up in proper steampunk style.

Once & Future Band – The Barrel House, Totnes

The neo-psychedelic pop act Once and Future Band end their UK tour in Totnes.

Echoes in Wonderland: Rocket Recordings 20th Anniversary

We knew this weekend was going to be fucking ridiculous but, seriously, it was absolutely fucking unreal. Each band was bringing their best and defying expectation. Each new signee delivered emphatically and the old favourites upon whom the label was b …

Yndi Halda • Staghorn • Year of Glad – La Vitrola, Montreal

Mark Martins got up, close and personal with Yndi Halda at Montreal’s intimate La Vitrola.

Feeder, “The Best Of Tour” – Brixton Academy

. . .while it would be expected that at a concert for a band that have been writing and performing for 21 years the audience would be warmed to them automatically, Nicholas really did have the crowd with him, clapping, waving and singing along at his request.

Litovsk • Krondstadt • Deadlines – Undertone, Cardiff

French punks and a drunk, old Welsh man clashed at one of the most surprising gigs Cardiff will see this year.

Paul Draper – Electric, London

Paul Draper’s Attack Of The Grey Lantern tour wasn’t without controversy, but ended with a storming gig at Brixton Electric.

Alestorm • Rumahoy • The Dread Crew Of Oddwood – O2 Ritz, Manchester

I think everyone knows what they’re going to get from an Alestorm show by now; they’re the music equivalent of a B-movie that everyone loves. . .



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