Gig Review: MassMatiks, Youth Killed It & How’s Harry

MassMatiks and Youth Killed It are two of the most exciting bands around, with their own versions of spoken word / rap meets rock. The duo teamed up to put on a great show in London on Friday night, with able support from How’s Harry at a sold-out Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. The evening was…

Gig Review: Chapter and Verse, wars & Guillotine at Birthdays

Deep in the heart of hipster East London, three of the most exciting new up-and-coming British bands put on a show to get the locals’ funky beards and purple trousers in a twist at Birthdays in Dalston last night. As an East London (non-hipster) resident myself, I was delighted to take the short walk to…

Gig Review: AT THE SUN, Anonymous & THEIA at The Black Heart

Last night we headed up to The Black Heart in Camden for a feast of riff-tastic rock’n’roll to see our former New Band of the Week AT THE SUN support east Midlands trio THEIA alongside Anonymous. First up was London quintet AT THE SUN, who got the evening off to a positive opening with a…

Gig Review: 2000 Trees Festival – Saturday

After a stonking day of seeing awesome bands on Friday of 2000 Trees Festival that included many, many hours of alcohol consumption, it’s safe to say Saturday got off to a slow start. But the next 15 hours or so made the hangover seem a very distant memory with probably the best day of music…

Gig Review: 2000 Trees Festival – Friday

I’d heard good things before heading to my first 2000 Trees Festival last weekend with ‘chilled,’ ‘a really cool vibe’ and ‘a great lineup’ among the superlatives that had been mentioned, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Due to work commitments I was only able to head down to the three-day festival for the start of…

Gig Review: wars, Acres, Create To Inspire & He Is Legend at Boston Music Room

Last night (Friday) we witnessed one of the best, most energetic nights of metal you’re likely to see in London, including three fantastic up-and-coming British metal bands. We headed down to Boston Music Room, in Tufnell Park, to check out Rugby rockers wars opening up for south coast five-piece Acres, Essex’s Create To Inspire and the…

Gig Review: Esprit d’Air, Lightscape, Bexatron & These Thousand Hills

We were treated to great performances from four bands across the wide spectrum of rock and metal as Esprit d’Air and Lightscape were joined by Bexatron and the impressively heavy These Thousand Hills at the O2 Academy 2 in Islington on Friday night. First up was Sussex six-piece These Thousand Hills, who challenged the dimensions of…

Gig Review: Eva Plays Dead, Sumo Cyco and Devilskin at Camden Underworld

On a day that will be remembered in history for all the wrong reasons, three female-fronted rock bands from across the globe gave Londoners an evening to remember for all the right reasons. Last night England’s Eva Plays Dead, Canadian rockers Sumo Cyco and the fiendish New Zealand band Devilskin put on a special display…

Gig Review: LoveLess, Kidbrother, Chapter & Verse and Empire

We were treated to an absolute feast of up-and-coming rock last night as LoveLess, Kidbrother, Chapter and Verse and Empire put on a show to remember at 229 The Venue, in London, last night. At risk of sounding like my mother, the one main thing I’m taking away from last night’s gig is “loud.” Writing…