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RockWich

Lostock Sports & Social Club Northwich 26th & 27th August 2017.

All I can say is what an amazing weekend, starting off with a great acoustic show starring Theia, Michael Chimp Procter, Rob Lomax and the BBC acoustic band and Baxter.

Then the main event on Sunday was electric, the crowd were amazing, everyone was friendly and made you feel welcome. It was also a family event with kids and even more incredible, the youngest rocker attending this year was 1 years of age that’s right only one years old!!!

The day kicked off rocking with The Sourheads, who gave a great performance to start us off. Even though it was 12pm the beer was flowing and the head banging commenced as it meant to go on.

The next band to hit the stage were Black Cat Bones who played an awesome set with songs “Better Days” and “Devil You Know” just to name a couple. They also did a song called “Down To The River” where the lead singer played a mean harmonica solo. The band rocked the stage with even their merch seller having a good old mosh.

Next to rock the stage was Ryders Creed (previously known as –  Black Rose Cadillac) who started a great set with the song “Ryder“. They also played “River man“, “Begging For More“, “Rise” and “Devil Road” just to name a few.

We then had The Senton Bombs come up and play a great set, followed by the awesome Baleful Creed who got the crowd up and dancing. Next up we had even more great music from Beckon Lane who had very little time to prepare as they were added to the line up in a week before RockWich, but that did not stop them putting on one amazing show.

It was at this point in the day that everyone gathered up inside to sing for Falling Red’s new music video. The crowd loved being involved in this and everyone sang their hearts out.

Hells Addiction were due to play next but due to travel issues, Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters were next. The Lancashire lady was ready and put on a good performance.

Maybe running a little late but still in good form, we had Hells Addiction. They came on and gave it their all, giving us an epic performance. There were a lot of fans amongst the crowd for Hells Addiction and seemed to love the show they put on.

It was now time for Regulus who really got the crowd going. There showman ship was amazing, getting everyone dancing including Abel Reed the one-year old rocker!! They played an array of songs including “Rock and Roll“, “Bones” and “The Minion“.

Mason Hill now, and they had a lot of diehard fans waiting to rock out. Unfortunately, halfway through the first song “Broken Son“, the mic died but that didn’t stop the lead singer from carrying on and belting out some awesome vocals. As soon as the technical problem was fixed, they carried on rocking the stage with songs “Your Memory“, “Out of Reach” and “Blame“.

Getting closer to the headlining act we had Knock Out Kane with their old school style, they tore the roof off the building!!! They had a laid back style of play with a great set list of songs. The lead singer was a great performer and even got his guitar out to play.

Next to bring us more great music were Screaming Eagles. With their Black Stone Cherry style of music, they gave us a performance of a life time. The singer was down to earth and very entertaining, jumping all around the stage. They kicked off the set with the song “Blood” and followed with more amazing original songs by the band such as “Hungry“, Soul“, “Road House” and “Ready for the Fall“. A great band to get us warmed up for the big one, the headliners!!!!

And ready to finish off such an amazing day in good old rock and roll fashion, were the Lancaster based rockers Massive Wagons. Kicking us off with their charity single “Back to the Stack” then straight into some heavy bass and guitars with “Nails“. These were followed up by two new songs “Under No Illusion” and “Last on the List“. They also gave us a wide range of tracks from all three albums including “Red Dress“, “Look Around“, “Ratio” and “Tokyo” and finished an amazing set that had the crowd rocking from start to end, with an amazing cover of the AC/DC classic “Thunderstruck“.

Overall the day was amazing, from the promoters to the crowd, the bar staff and of course every band who played gave us a show to remember. Even though there was a couple of issues with mics the festival ran on time which is great to say when every band had a different setup. “So I would like to say a big thank you to RockWich and the RockWich family and look forward to seeing you next year”!

Review by Matthew York and Photography by Neil Reed Photography.

Stone Broken

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 12th November 2016.

I think it’s fair to say that this evenings event is going to be quite a special one, as the growing buzz in the music scene around the up and coming band Stone Broken really has given them wings, and boy oh boy, here we have a band who are most definitely set to fly.

Tonight’s line up also includes three other rather excellent bands and getting this evenings event underway were Wicked Stone, who hail from the south east area of Kent. Wicked Stone sit sweetly within the southern style hard rock genre and have a melodic sound akin to that of Black Stone Cherry, which was a perfect match with tonight’s audience. Given that the band only formed last year, their ability and achievements together are impressive and based on their performance tonight, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from them in times yet to come.

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Next up and fresh from their success at Hard Rock Hell, were the Glasgow based band Mason Hill who are definitely another of the up and coming young bands to watch out for. The stand out aspect for me about the bands set tonight was the level of energy that they put into their performance as from my privileged position in the photo pit, the adrenaline which poured off that stage was quite astounding. Mason Hill are a great band to see live and I highly recommend that you do.

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With just one final band set to play before our headliners took to the stage, The Slade Rooms was looking just about full to the rafters so it was amidst some mighty loud cheers and applause, that our penultimate band of the night Trucker Diablo took to the stage.

Trucker Diablo have been rocking the sound waves hard since 2008 and have the kind of history that can’t fail to impress with previous highlights for the band including supports with giants such as Foo Fighters, Terrorvision and Thin Lizzy to name only a few. That being said, these guys are no strangers to outstanding headlining performances in their own right, so seeing them here tonight was a bit of a treat in itself! From the first song to the last, Trucker Diablo and The Slade Rooms rocked and it’s always a pleasure to see a band and audience connect like that, as it’s that kind of atmosphere which captures the spirit of live music and making tonight’s set from the band, something pretty special to witness.

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The past three years have seen Stone Broken’s popularity grow at an incredible rate and the fact that tonight’s audience was over 500 strong in numbers marks that fact well. And even though you could pretty much classify this as a hometown gig for the band, some of The Broken Army fans had travelled quite a distance to be here which gives an impressive indication of the growing interest that Stone Broken are currently generating across the UK.

For me, the magic of Stone Broken comes very much from the band members themselves. During the past three years I have seen Rich, Robyn, Kieron and Chris raise their own bar at every opportunity and never give anything less than 110%. With this firm focus now combined with the management of Peter Keevil, Stone Broken are turning their dreams and aspirations into reality and this undoubtedly is quite awesome to see.

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And tonight, that focus was firmly fixed on making this an occasion to remember, with the bands energy and enthusiasm being completely addictive to watch.

Tonight’s set list saw Stone Broken’s debut album ‘All In Time’ played in it’s glorious entirety, which made for a very happy audience indeed. In addition to that, we were also privy to a sweet little taster of what album number two might sound like, in the form of two new tracks titled ‘Other Side Of Me’ and ‘Just A Memory’.

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Stone Broken really are one of the brightest lights amongst up and coming new music and I really do recommend you go and see them live. The band are set to tour UK and Europe with Glenn Hughes in January/February 2017 so make sure to check their Facebook Page or website for details of where, when and how to get tickets!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.