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Live: MINISTRY @ Shepherds Bush Empire by John…

London, 6th July 2019

Having hinted that Ministry would be coming to an end in recent years, it was a surprise to see the band not only put out a new record, but also embark on a full European Tour. Tonight, that tour pulled into London for a show at the Shepherds Bush Empire; quite an intimate set up for a band who many fans regard as the true anti-hero originators of Industrial Rock.

The venue is nice and full and, with the famous Ministry video-screen  Back Drop in place, the crowd awaits to see the bands latest incantation. Led as always by Uncle Al Jourgensen the band begin a set that basically consisted of 2 parts. 

The first was dominated (unsurprisingly) by the band’s latest studio album Amerikkkant, which is received very well. Ministry sound great and it’s really nice to see Al looking well and enjoying his interactions with the crowd.

The second part of the set however, is what most die-hard fans came to see or, as Al said, “Time for the Doggy Treats”. Here we got many examples of why this band had and continue to have such an impact on fans and fellow musicians alike. “N.W.O”, “Just One Fix”, "Thieves” and “Stigmata” are all shredded to perfection. It was also great to hear “Jesus built my Hotrod”, a song i have not heard the band play live in years. 

All in all, a great night of nostalgia mixed with a comforting feeling that a band you love can still deliver. Even after all these years.

Community Festival 2019 at Finsbury Park this …

After two hugely successful years, Community Festival returns to Finsbury Park on 30th June 2019 with The Kooks, Blossoms, The Amazons, Kate Nash, Gerry Cinnamon, Don Broco, Sea Girls, The Hunna and more heading to the defining summer celebration of guitar music.

Tickets for the one-day music festival Community are priced at £40 (booking fees apply) and on sale now:
www.Communityfestival.london@CommunityLDN

Due to overwhelming demand, and to accommodate…

Due to overwhelming demand, and to accommodate as many registered Verified Fan code holders as possible, Live Nation has confirmed an additional 3 MADONNA MADAME X concerts 12, 13 & 15 February at the London Palladium.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale Wednesday, 29-May at 9am giving confirmed Verified Fans (including Citi Card holders and Icon Legacy members) a further chance to access tickets to these rare and intimate shows.  Any Verified Fan who was unable to purchase tickets throughout the weekend, may use the Ticketmaster code provided to access tickets to the 3 new dates just announced. There is a ticket limit of 4tickets per person.

Madonna performances in London are now confirmed as 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 11 February, with added shows on 12, 13 & 15 February 2020.

Following last week’s heralded announcement…

Following last week’s heralded announcement that Madonna will perform a series of rare and intimate performances exclusively in theatres, Madonna, Live Nation and Maverick today unveiled the dates for her appearances at the iconic London Palladium giving fans the opportunity to see her like never before with shows confirmed on 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1 and 2 February 2020.

To ensure fans have the best access, Verified Fan is in effect for Madonna’s Madame X tickets at the London Palladium. Fans may unlock ticket access by registering today through Thursday, 16 May (4pm BST) at ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna.  With Verified Fan, a simple registration is all it takes to get verified for the opportunity to access tickets when they become available to Verified Fans on Friday, 24-May at 9am BST. Verified Fan does not guarantee a ticket but does enable all fans an equal chance to access on a first come, first-served basis. Tickets will be limited to 4 tickets per person.

ICON is Madonna’s official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of ICON may register from Monday, 13 May (6AM BST) through Thursday, 16 May (4PM BST) to become a Verified Fan and receive first access to tickets when they become available to Verified ICON members on Monday, 20 May at 9AM BST. Icon presale runs through Tuesday, 21 May (4PM BST). Complete details at: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Madonna.

Community Festival – Finsbury Park June 30th 2…

After two hugely successful years, Community Festival returns to Finsbury Park on 30th June 2019 with The Kooks, Blossoms, The Amazons, Kate Nash, Gerry Cinnamon, Don Broco, Sea Girls, The Hunna and more heading to the defining summer celebration of guitar music.

Tickets for the one-day music festival Community are priced at £40 (booking fees apply) and on sale now
www.Communityfestival.london
@CommunityLDN

[Photo credit: Al Overdrive]

[Photo credit: Al Overdrive]

The burning question on everybody’s lips is just who the hell are Glitter Machine? So why not do yourselves a favour and give them a listen. The band release a single – Black Bird on 12th April and their first Live show will be at The Lexington in London on Saturday 18th May.

Jawbreaker, the seminal American punk rock ban…

Jawbreaker, the seminal American punk rock band, have announced details of their first UK show in 25 years, taking place at O2 Academy Brixton, London on Saturday 27th April 2019.

Tickets go on sale Friday November 30th at 10:00am

Acclaimed DJ Black Coffee has announced a head…

Acclaimed DJ Black Coffee has announced a headline show for Feb 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets go on sale on 23rd November at 10am.

Live review: ASH  – Kentish Town Forum, London…

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Ash were back to play Kentish Town Forum, supported by Norwegian garage rock act Death by Unga Bunga to open for them, two decades after their first appearance on the same London’s venue prestigious stage.  This twentieth anniversary, a reason itself to sense this night as an eventful one from start, for the many in the audience that have followed the three piece Northern Irish band since they emerged in the nineties alternative rock scene, and even more so, for the ones that attended that very show back in 1998. 

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Opening with True Story,  also the first track of their seventh new studio album, Islands, released May 2018,  and following with an alternation of songs from their vast repertory and  recent material from the new album,  they reconfirmed to hold, as if there was any need for that, a powerful and  electrifying  stage presence dominated by a sound that feels way more extended, complex  and loud than one that can possibly be created and delivered  by three instruments.  High energy levels untouched by time and a contagious enjoyment of their own performance, seem to prove effortless and be qualities that come naturally to them, while the tension held never falls, lowers or fades.  

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From Cocoon to Annabel, Oh Yeah to Confessions In The Pool, A life less Ordinary, a perfect blend of new and favourites enthusiastically received by a crowd of younger and middle aged fans, showing the same display of energy by jumping and dancing all the way through the entire set, as if flashbacks of 1998 and the present 2018  were blending too, and time travel made very possible by the music played  in the room.   There’s more in store when Tim Wheeler calls on stage The Undertones’ Damien O’Neill to join in for a memorable Buzzkill and Teenage Kicks.  

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The momentum is kept by the immediate start of Girl From Mars,  Wheeler red probe light painted for a moment,  his figure armed with guitar striking his own iconic pose, and for that split second it is Live On Mars London Astoria 1997 again.  There is no time, if time makes any sense in this instance,  to realise this is coming to an end with the start of Burn Baby Burn,  as for the encore  Death by Unga Bunga are called on stage again, for a grand finale where both bands join forces for a cover of  ABBA’s  Does Your Mother Know.  An unruly party unfolds with musicians on and off stage, diving and surfing the room on top of and within the crowd, that want to lift them triumphantly and to touch and engulf them.

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 Ash are leaving with the promise to be back soon, so that everyone present can be content to have been part of an extraordinary night and to aim for more on next occasion, because over decades they never disappoint but live above expectations, so can be trusted to keep their promise.  The tour resumes in November with dates in Australia, Asia, then back to Europe to come home and end in Belfast December 20th. 

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review and images by Julia Savi

CAVE IN and OLD MAN GLOOM announce London co-h…

Cave In and Old Man Gloom will perform at the Electric Ballroom in London on Friday, April 12th as a co-headline show. Support comes from Bossk. The show is a celebration of the Life and Art of Caleb Scofield who sadly passed away earlier this year.  A portion of the proceeds are to be donated to the Scofield family.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 26th at 10:00 am BST priced £22.50 and are available here.