Singles Roundup September 2016

Well now, how did your September go? Was it back to school, or just back to business as usual? As the summer finally died a death and caved into autumn, here are five singles that caught our eye and took our minds off it. Don’t agree? Well, come and give us a better suggestion at!

Dedwardians / Sly Persuaders – Split 7

We’re always pleased to see a bit of action from our favourite glam rockabilly stompers Dedwardians, and this team up with rising pysch-garage stars Sly Persuaders is a great match. Kick Me I’m Down from the Deds packs a bit more punch than recent recordings, and shares an edge of the sinister with the Persuaders’ effortlessly cool Elvis meet Mark E Smith offering on Wild For The Night.

Out now on Roadkill Records on a genuine real split 7” vinyl, although at £8, it is a bit pricey (download options are available).


Voodoo Vegas – Killing Joke

The lead single off a new album due in November, Killing Joke represents to the first new material to be released by the new refreshed Voodoo Vegas lineup. With musicianship honed by a solid few years on the road, this single finds the guys perhaps a little heavier and slower than earlier efforts, but sounding in fine form nonetheless.

Have a listen yourself at their Soundcloud page.


Louise Distras – Aileen

Louise Distras is a name I’ve seen bandied around a bit in the last year, but one that I’ve managed to tantalisingly miss on support slots. Aileen is a life-affirming little pop rock gem of a track, which wastes no time getting your fist in the air for a party, but at the same time is no dumb dance around the handbag anthem, it has its dark side. Think a British Brody Dalle or Joan Jett, with a fine ear for a good upbeat handclap.

Watch now on YouTube.


Datcha Mandala – Anahata

It’s not often something billed as heavy blues takes my fancy, but there’s something about French trio Datcha Mandala. Side A Misery’s piano and orchestral moments are heavily reminiscent of Muscle Museum era Muse, and at a healthy five minute run time Datcha Mandala give this time to build without getting too carried away. Side B Mojoy is a bit more of a traditional swamp blues affair, building the rhythm before taking it heavier.

These guys mainly hang out in Bordeaux, but you can also find them on Facebook


Dallas Frasca – Dirt Buzz EP

Coming out of Melbourne in a cloud of dust and beer cans, Dallas Frasca are mining the same rich vein of blues rock so popular with the likes of Rival Sons, but lead singer Dallas packs a lot more soul. Things often veer more in a Wolfmother kind of direction, but if they were fronted by The Pretty Reckless’s Taylor Momsen, which sounds pretty good to me.

This one isn’t out til November, when you can catch these guys supporting Ugly Kid Joe on a UK tour. Til then, check out Wasting Time, the video single.


WIN!: Two tickets to Nickelback’s Dublin show in October!

Nickelback are returning to Dublin and we have gotten our grubby paws on two tickets for their Dublin show on October 9th at 3Arena.

So you want in, and you’re probably wondering how to enter. It’s real simple, and takes three steps.

– Visit our Facebook page and like it.
– Find the competition post (featuring this image above), and like and share it.
– Kick back and wait and see if you’re the lucky winner!

We’re going to run this competition for two weeks, and the winner will be contacted on Tuesday, September 6th at 12pm.
Please note that this is an 18+ show, so ID may be required upon entry.
Good luck!

You Me At Six announce UK and Ireland tour dates.

It’s been a busy year for the Weybridge rockers, You Me At Six after spending a good chunk of time in Nashville recording Night People, which is scheduled for release in January 2017. After escaping the studio, they will take to the road on a promotional tour of the UK and Ireland. Support on the tour will come from VANT.

4th October 2016: o2 Academy, Bristol, UK
5th October 2016: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkstone, UK
6th October 2016: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, UK
9th October 2016: Limelight 1, Belfast, NI
10th October 2016: The Academy, Dublin, IE
13th October 2016: Rock City, Nottingham, UK
14th October 2016: o2 Academy, Oxford, UK
15th October 2016: Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
17th October 2016: Ironworks, Inverness, UK
18th October 2016: o2 Academy, Leeds, UK
19th October 2016: Guild Of Students, Liverpool, UK
20th October 2016: o2 Academy, Sheffield, UK
21st October 2016: Empire, Middlesborough, UK
23rd October 2016: Guildhall, Southampton, UK
24th October 2016: o2 SBE, London, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit

Bad Company announce ‘Swan Song’ UK/IE Arena tour!

Bad Company are back on the road for their Swan Song arena tour across the UK and Ireland. Featuring original members, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke. The band released their first live album Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 last month. Special guests will feature RSO: Richie Sambora + Orianthi.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

14th October 2016: 3Arena, Dublin, IE
15th October 2016: First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
17th October 2016: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
19th October 2016: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, UK
21st October 2016: Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK
24th October 2016: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
25th October 2016: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
27th October 2016: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
29th October 2016: o2 Arena, London, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit

Status Quo’s Parfitt suffers suspected heart attack

rickparfittIn the early hours of Wednesday 15 June 2016 following the Status Quo gig at Expo2016 in Antalya, Turkey, Rick Parfitt suffered a suspected heart attack.

He is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener.

The band had already agreed to perform at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday 18th June to raise funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.  Rick and the band did not want to cancel this important show, and so it will go ahead with Freddie Edwards, the son of Quo bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards, stepping in for Rick.  It is likely that Freddie will stay with the band to allow them to honour their commitments and not let down the fans up to and including the show on Sunday 3 July at Gröna Lund Tivoli, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Simon Porter, the band’s manager said, “No further comment will be made at this stage until the completion of the next round of tests and assessments to be made over the next few days.  We would ask you to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Black Sabbath announce UK and IE farewell tour dates for 2017

As their appearance at Download in Donington Park closes in, tour dates have been announced for January & February for a farewell tour for Black Sabbath. A handful of UK and Irish dates have been announced, with it culminating where it all began, in Birmingham in February.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

20th January 2016: 3Arena, Dublin, IE
22nd January 2016: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
24th January 2016: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
26th January 2016: First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
29th & 31st January 2016: o2 Arena, London, UK
2nd & 4th February 2016: Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit

Against The Current to tour the UK and Ireland in Sept/Oct

After releasing their new album In Our Bones on May 20th, Against The Current will be touring the UK and Ireland after the summer wraps up and they’ve had some time to recover from roaming the US as part of the VANS Warped tour.

You will be able to catch them at the following dates and venues:

21st September 2016: The Fleece, Bristol, UK
22nd September 2016:
Garage, Glasgow, UK
23rd September 2016:
Riverside, Newcastle, UK
24th September 2016: Stylus, Leeds, UK
26th September 2016:
Mandela Hall, Belfast, NI
27th September 2016:
Academy, Dublin, IE (Tickets on sale today!)
28th September 2016:
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
30th September 2016:
o2 SBE, London, UK
1st October 2016:
The Asylum, Birmingham, UK
2nd October 2016:
Academy 2, Manchester, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit

Catfish and The Bottlemen announce UK and Irish tour dates!

The past 18 months have been a case of the rise and rise of Llandudno natives, Catfish and The Bottlemen. After receiving ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the 2014 BBC Music awards, a slew of festival dates and a successful headline tour last year, they find themselves back on the road again for ‘The Ride Tour’, which returns to our shores in May.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

14th May 2016: Hull Arena, Hull, UK
16th May 2016: Olympia Theatre, Dublin, IE
20th May 2016: Winter Gardens, Margate, UK
21st May 2016: Royal & Derngate, Northampton, UK
23rd & 25th May 2016: Electric Ballroom, London, UK
28th May 2016: Sound City, Liverpool, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit

Hevy Fest have called it a day.

The organisers of Port Lympne festival, Hevy Fest have released a statement on the cancellation of the event, which would have entered it’s seventh year had it gone ahead this year.

“After 6 years of incredible bands, legendary hangs, and a lot of monkeys – we’re sorry to announce that Hevy Fest is pulling the plug.

Despite the best efforts of our dedicated team, the festival has become financially untenable. Many things have contributed: Port Lympne being unable to continue hosting the event, the increasingly difficult task of putting together a line-up with more and more exclusives enforced each year leading to difficulties confirming our final headliner, and the pressure to offer good value with spiralling costs. The odds are stacked against anyone taking on the challenge, and they have proven too great for us to overcome.

There is a great community of Hardcore, Punk and Metal supporters in the UK and we hope that other small festivals will be able to grow into this space, and to deliver the event we aspired to.

Ticket holders will be automatically refunded. All monies will be returned in the next 10 working days (including booking fees and postage).

As a small independent event, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.”

You can this statement confirmed on their official website

The Brian Jonestown Massacre announce UK and IE tour dates.

Last year, the Brian Jonestown Massacre celebrated their 25th anniversary, coinciding with their fourteenth studio release ‘Musique de Film Imaginé’ and have spent a considerable amount of time on the road to support it since. They find themselves back in the UK and Ireland in the summer with a smattering of dates throughout June.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

June 9th 2016: Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
June 10th 2016: Riverside, Newcastle, UK
June 12th 2016: Field Day, London, UK
June 13th 2016: Stylus, Leeds, UK
June 14th 2016: Academy, Liverpool, UK
June 15th 2016: Limelight 2, Belfast,NI
June 16th 2016: Academy, Dublin, IE
June 18th 2016: Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
June 19th 2016: Pavilion, Falmouth, UK
June 20th 2016: Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK
June 21st 2016: Academy 2, Oxford, UK
June 23rd 2016: Concorde 2, Brightton, UK

For more information and tickets, please visit

Airbourne return for a few UK and Ireland dates

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any studio output from Victoria, Australia’s finest rockers, Airbourne. But they are Europe bound for festival season in 2016. They make a few stops in the UK and Ireland.

You can catch them at the following dates and venues:

July 24th 2016: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
July 26th 2016: Liquid Room, Scotland UK
August 23rd 2016: The Academy, Dublin, IE

For more information and tickets, please visit