Gig Review: Download Festival Pilot 2021

All eyes were on Donington Park for the launch of Download Pilot - an experimental 10,000 capacity festival as part of the second phase of the Government’s Event Research Programme. No social distancing, no masks - and no limits on moshing. What makes the smaller pilot structurally unique from its former editions is intimacy. Gone … Continue reading Gig Review: Download Festival Pilot 2021

Festival Review: Wacken XXX Day 4

All good things must come to an end and as we hit the final day of Wacken XXX, Mark and I decided to go for broke and hit a few more bands than we'd managed so far. We finally had the lay of the land, and there was a lot to pick from. Having said … Continue reading Festival Review: Wacken XXX Day 4

Festival Review: Slam Dunk Leeds 2019

I've lived in Yorkshire for the past seven years on and off but unfortunately have never been able to attend Slam Dunk Festival as it coincides with the local festival Bands on The Square in Barnoldswick that I am normally part of the photography team for. My first trip to the festival was when the … Continue reading Festival Review: Slam Dunk Leeds 2019

Festival Review: Hellfest 2018 (22 – 24 June)

France’s soirée of festival season is Hellfest, based in the sleepy town of Clisson, which lies half an hour from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region of the country, and this year is it’s 13th incarnation In the beginning, starting off more on the heavy side, it’s grown into one of the most … Continue reading Festival Review: Hellfest 2018 (22 – 24 June)

Album Review: Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity

Due to some technical difficulties (email related), we didn't get this album until just before release, which is a crying shame as I'd liked to have had you salivating for it before it came out! I'll settle for whetting your appetite for the next time you can get to a streaming site or whatever to listen … Continue reading Album Review: Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity

Festival Review: Nova Rock 2018 Day 3

Arriving at Nova Rock on day 3 we found the place had a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, people sitting around and generally moving at a slower pace compared to the last couple of days. A lot of the bands that were performing were new to me until later on in the day, so it was … Continue reading Festival Review: Nova Rock 2018 Day 3