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Hils Ovation

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 21st November 2015.

Tonight’s line up at the O2 Academy3, see’s Guts For Glory, Fires That Divide, Pelugion, Free Sun Rising and Southfall, all set to bring some pretty impressive rock to Birmingham and I was anticipating that there would be quite a few people there to see and hear it!

Our first band of the evening were Southfall and one of the many things I really enjoy about Hils Ovations gigs, is that it gives me (and many others), the chance to see up and coming bands that I may not have seen before – and Southfall are one of three bands tonight, that fit into that very same remit. Their set tonight was a mix of covers and also their own original material, with Matt Clewley on vocals making for quite a charismatic front man, who quickly made that connection with the audience. I could quite easily see Southfall growing from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing what the rest of this year and 2016, brings along for this band.

Matt Clewley - Southfall

Free Sun Rising were new band number two for me tonight, and I have to say I really enjoyed their set aswell. This band certainly do rock and with a deep fundamental groove running through their songs, they definitely played a few toe tappers tonight. Cory Mangan on drums stole their set for me tonight as even though he was invisible up on stage for most of the time, courtesy of one over active smoke machine, I could undoubtedly feel the power of his drumming. Check out Free Sun Rising’s Facebook page and take a listen to ’Light Of Day’ to catch a great example of this for yourself.

Gavin Leach - Free Sun Rising

The third new band of the evening for me were Pelugion, who hail from the Coventry area and three was most definitely a magic number here as from what I saw and heard tonight, Brandon Balou, Andy Sweeney and John Pittaway delivered nothing short of 110% up there on the stage! Pelugion’s set this evening brought with it an intensely hard punch of rock and adrenaline, which spiraled out across the o2 Academy3’s audience and I’m sure that they will have picked up a fair few new fans as a result of it. Keep your eye’s peeled for any Pelugion gigs that are happening near you cause believe me, you really do need to see these guys live!

Andy Sweeney - Pelugion

Our penultimate band for this evening were Fires That Divide and on the many occasions that I’ve seen this band live, they always deliver one very proficient set and tonight they gave us all exactly that same experience again. It was also great to hear some new material from the band in their set and I can’t wait to hear the new single that they are currently working on. Kirk and the band are presently filling up their diary with dates for the new year but you can catch them before then on December 18th at Katie Fitzgerald’s, so people of Stourbridge and fans of Fires That Divide, give yourself a great Christmas present and get this date in your diary now!

Kirk Shuttleworth - Fires That Divide

Our headliners of the night, Guts For Glory are another band who I’ve also had the great pleasure of seeing several times already this year , but tonight, the band totally took their set to a new level.

With James Gould recovering from an injury to his wrist, he could justifiably have taken a more laid back approach with his guitar playing tonight – but this is James Gould we are talking about here and when Guts For Glory take to the stage, I really don’t think anything apart from a straight jacket and chains would hold him back. And even though the dense smoke on stage took him out of sight on several occasions, you only had to listen to him play to know that nothing at all was being held back.

James Gould - Guts For Glory

Lead singer Rich Austin, also gave another great performance on stage tonight, with his brutal vocals being most ably endorsed by his change in appearance.

Rich Austin - Guts For Glory (2)

With the release of a new album standing firmly on the bands imminent horizon, tonight was a great opportunity to see Guts For Glory live and to get a taste of what is about to be released and if tonight’s performance was anything to go by, then the new album is going to be a must have purchase for sure!

Finally, and to all those people I saw earlier that evening, queuing to get into the other rooms at the O2 Academy , I have to say – you missed out on one hell of a great gig tonight, as hall 3 was definitely the place to be!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

S.O.T.S – Part 1

The Haygate Wellington 11th July 2015.

Today’s All Dayer at The Haygate in Wellington, comes courtesy of Andy Boden and Twisted Ninja Management and is held in full support of the notable cause that is fought daily, by the charity Soldiers Off The Street (S.O.T.S).

Compere for the day was Garry Foster, Radio Presenter from 101.8 WCR FM and 1pm saw Garry take to the stage to introduce F1-11, who had been tasked with getting today’s event underway. A heart felt dose of good ‘ole rock ‘n’ roll was the order of their set and I gotta hand it to these guys for clearly being 100% supportive of today’s cause.


Our second band in today’s line up were WERM and time for the music to start and metal up!

Next up and ready to prowl were the Telford metallers, Wolff and for those that missed their set today, fear not as the band have a new EP ‘Lycanthropic Tendencies’ out – so do check it out cause it’s a good ‘un!


Torous are one band that I will never tire of seeing and today’s set from them was yet again, a total smash!


With 4pm approaching, Guts For Glory had a fair sized audience to entertain and entertain The Haygate they did indeed.

Guts For Glory

Our penultimate band for this afternoons session were the West Midlands/ Shropshire based band Our World Below? and a great chance to see them before their UK tour kicks in this August, so do check out their Facebook page for more dates and details about that.

Our World Below

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Paraletica and I consider myself to have been pretty privileged to catch these guys live today as this set marked the last performance of the band ever, so good luck to the guys with all ventures new.


And here endeth the first part of my day with a wealth of great music still yet to come!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.