Festival Review: RADAR Festival 2023 – Friday

The third iteration of the UK’s rapidly growing progressive/fusion/tech metal festival took place at the O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Scaling up in venue size from last year’s event down in Guilford, the industrial warehouse setting provided a unique two stage setup, with plenty of spaces for break out areas and other festival activities. Thankfully, … Continue reading Festival Review: RADAR Festival 2023 – Friday

Gig Review: Takedown Festival 2023

With the festival season kicking off earlier than expected this year, Myself and my omnipotent overlord, Shells, embarked upon a full day of metal at Takedown at Portsmouth Guildhall. Takedown has been on an 8 year hiatus, producing their last festival in 2015 where they’ve hosted bands such as Funeral For a Friend, Feed the … Continue reading Gig Review: Takedown Festival 2023

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

Gig Review: Babymetal / Amaranthe / Sleep Token – Brixton Academy, London (2nd July 2019)

On Tuesday night Japanese kawaii metal band Babymetal played their first UK headline show since 2016, at Brixton Academy in London. I saw Babymetal play Download Festival in 2016 but from very far away since it was raining heavily, so I was interested to see them live again in a much nicer and more intimate … Continue reading Gig Review: Babymetal / Amaranthe / Sleep Token – Brixton Academy, London (2nd July 2019)