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Blackstone Cherry Live Belfast Telegraph Building 7th June 2018

Belfast found itself in the grip of a Southern Invasion on Wednesday night, in the form of Kentucky, USA rockers Black Stone Cherry; even their support act were from the south - of Ireland, that is. The rather gorgeously balmy evening saw thousands of fans choose to spend a few hours in the dark confines of the Telegraph building to catch their heroes put on a proper rock and roll show.

Avenged Sevenfold Live SSE Arena Belfast 6th June 2018

In the world of rock and metal, there are two types of shows. The first are the ones where a bunch of dudes slouch onstage, play their tunes, maybe chat to the audience briefly then leave. The second though: ah, the second type of show is where there are lights, lasers, ever-changing backdrops.

Buckcherry Live Limelight 2 Belfast 12th June 2018

On a chilled out but wonderfully warm Tuesday night in Belfast, rockers and rollers from all over gathered for one hell of a show in the Limelight. You know its going to be good when The Distortion Project run by the legendary James Loveday (Thanks for the coffee, by the way!) organises a gig. And once more this gig organiser excelled in pulling in a superb lineup for rock fans from 18 years and up.

Stone Free Festival London 16th June 2018 Day 1

Stone Free festival serve up a meaty metal smorgasbord with their Saturday three course headline menu

The Orange Amps stage and the Indigo at the O2 had exhausted their last servings for the Saturday festivities. Many metallers had gotten a great taste for new and upcoming bands form a very full menu of musical hors-d'oeuvre. But now came the three course main evening menu with Buckcherry, Megadeth and Scorpions.

Stone Free Festival London 17th June 2018 Day 2

This was my first time at Stone Free Festival and for those who have not been it is a well thought out 2 day festival. Day 2 was billed as Prog and Blues but there was enough variety to keep everyone entertained. The whole of the 02 venue is used, from the Orange Amp stage which is outside but undercover, near the entrance to Indigo at the 02, a smaller venue inside but with a great stage plus plenty of room to move around. The main arena is also used later in the day.

Stonewire Live Stone Free Festival London 17th June 2018

Stonewire roll out the hard rock blues with a passion filled southern swagger

Any festival is a great place to start discovering new music, meeting new friends and generally relaxing and enjoying yourself.

This is especially so when you go to some of the smaller stages. And that is where you can really find yourself standing with your mouth open at the amount of talent out there.

When you find a band you weren’t looking for, then you know there is something very special about them. Just so with Vambo when they appeared on the Orange Amp Stage at the Stone Free Festival in the O2 Arena in London.

When you see Vambo on stage for the very first time you will be immediately struck by both sight and sound. They visually look like a younger Jonny Depp has gone back in time picked up most of a younger version of Aerosmith and Deep Purple and formed their own band. And their sound!?! It sounds exactly how they look

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