Live Music

Satan – The Homecoming Gig

It’s been 30 years since Satan played in Newcastle and I had to be at this show. Satan are a heavy metal band originating from Newcastle in 1979, known as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement. The band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash/speed metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s.

The show was part of the Brofest weekend, an annual event bringing heavy metal fans from around the world to a three day indoor festival of heavy metal.  I was only there on Saturday and mainly went to see Satan but was thoroughly entertained by the rest of the bands on the day.

Brofest is an event that will hopefully continue for many years to come, watch out for Brofest 2017 and get yourselves along for a very special weekend.


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Photographs from Hessian, High Treason, Cynic, Robespierre, Geddes Axe and Desaster can be found here

Damaged Inc – The Queen Vic

Must be 2 years since I had the pleasure of seeing Damaged Inc perform so was looking forward to a trip to The Queen Vic in South Shields to see them.  Colin Smoult and Glenn Minnikin on sound and lighting duties means a visual and aural experience is guaranteed, and they didn’t disappoint.  The band have a new bass player since last I saw them but he slotted in effortlessly and the band were as tight as ever blasting out track after track with hardly a break between songs. A very good and entertaining evening.


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The Temperance Movement – Newcastle O2

A couple of years back The Temperance Movement were named as headline band at Stormin’ the Castle and having never heard of them I quickly bought their album and instantly fell in love with their music.  Fast forward to the launch of their highly acclaimed 2nd album “White Bear” and a tour bringing a visit to Newcastle.

First I went to HMV in Newcastle where we were treated to a short acoustic set from the band followed by an album signing session. Then I headed to the O2.

First up were support band The Sheepdogs, a Canadian rock and roll band formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2006. The group consists of lead singer and guitarist Ewan Currie, bass guitarist Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett, guitarist Jimmy Bowskill, and Shamus Currie, brother of lead singer Ewan Currie, playing trombone, keyboards, and tambourine. The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 2011 and have since grown to popularity in Canada and the United States.


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Next to hit the stage where The Temperance Movement. Nothing to say really except these guys rocked to a full house of eager TTM fans who lapped up every song. Tracks from both albums were spread across the set and songs old and new went down equally well. A top night of entertainment.


See the rest of The Temperance Movement photographs – HMV Photos here and Newcastle O2 here

Heaven or Hell

My first gig of the New Year and what a gig to blow the cobwebs off.  This band has always been one of my firm favourites on the North East band circuit so playing with a full light show at The Queen Vic in South Shields meant I had to go. Huge crowd all night with many singing along and dancing, a great atmosphere.

Enjoy the photos !


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Van Hailen – Queen Vic

There was quite a build up to the debut Van Hailen gig so we got there early to get a seat to find the place was pretty empty but fear not as by the time the band hit the stage the bar was full and continued to get fuller and fuller as the night went on. This was classic Van Halen at it’s best. I knew only 20% of the tracks as I’ve never been a big VH fan but despite this I enjoyed every minute of this debut gig. I can see the band having a huge following very soon, well done lads.


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Bon Jovi Forever – Morpeth Riverside

It’s not often BJF play north of the Tyne so a show in Morpeth was always going to be a “must go to” gig. With support from Geoff Mull this show was sure to be popular. The Riverside is a new venue for me and from what I can gather fairly new to the music scene, certainly for rock music but fear not the venue and crowd were well prepared for an evening of live music.


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From Order Comes Chaos

A Bubbles Bar favourite and this certainly showed with the amount of fans crammed into Bubbles on Thursday, all there to see the Ashington lads play.  I’ve seen the band before but this WAS the best gig i’ve seen them play, lots of energy and some self penned tracks that would be at home on many a “big band” album. Well done lads.


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Northern Frog Alliance

So i’m packing my case to go on holiday and I get a Facebook notification saying Kev Charlton is playing with the Northern Frog Alliance in a few hours time, despite a hurried suitcase pack I wasn’t going to miss this one.  The Ranch in South Shields was the venue and what a place it is, almost perfect for live music (apart from the lights of course, they are never right !), good beer and a BBQ in the garden. Several hours later we left the venue having been very well entertained, a great start to my holidays 🙂


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To see “We Love Jesus” the video – click here




A great afternoon of live music with all proceeds going towards the building of a rebound therapy center for children with complex needs.


* Groovetrain – see the images here
* The Pistoleros – see the images here
* The Bandits – see the images here
* The King Size Voodoo Traveller – see the images here

£1325 was raised on the day.


AKQ Stottin – Queen Vic

Another fantastic night with AKQ Stottin at the Queen Vic in South Shields.


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