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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.

RockWich – Part 2

Lostock Sports & Social Club 30th August 2015.

And today’s event continues with Defy All Reason who are four rockers from Wales with a unique hard heavy rock and southern style sound. Their debut album “Every Second Counts” is out now and if the new single “Bad Blood” is anything to go by, then the album will be awesome.

After speaking with some of the bands, Falling Red was the band they were looking forward to seeing and with the crowd numbers increasing, they were one of the favourites of the day. Founded in 2007, Falling Red are a four piece rock/metal band from Newcastle, Carlisle and Edinburgh. Playing endless gigs, the bands hard work has paid off with ever increasing numbers and venue sizes every night, with everyone wanting to see the most talked about British band in years. With tour supports including Sebastian Bach and also Steel Panther, who also soon became fans and were watching nightly from the side of the stage.

Falling Red

They did not disappoint with an amazing energy on stage and looking like they were having just as much fun as the crowd. “No Sanctuary” from their new album being a big crowd pleaser with lots of audience participation – thirty minutes just wasn’t enough, with the crowd and the band obviously wanting more.

Bigfoot are a five piece hard rock band from Wigan. Formed in 2014 they are a relatively new band on the scene but with the energy and confidence on stage you would never have known. They have been busy in that short space of time, playing festivals such as Breakout and SOS and gigging heavily in the UK. Bigfoot take their influences from different genres from The Eagles to Pantera. December 2014 they released their debut EP.

Big Foot

After playing “Come Down Our Way” from the debut EP, a request came in and not wanting to disappoint their audience, they carried on with “Blame It On The Dog”. Finishing their set with “The Otherside of Paradise”, they made a fantastic impression and as one of the favourites to win this year’s Highway To Hell, I think we will be seeing a lot more of these guys over the next year.

Bluesy Rockers, Bad Touch formed in 2009 as five young lads in school or college in Norwich, playing the local pubs with rock covers and throwing a few of their own into the set, With influences from SKIN, AC/DC, Guns’N’Roses, Little Angels and Led Zepplin. Starting to get noticed by their own material and now having a fan base, they released their debut EP. 2012 saw them invited to play Hard Rock Hell and 2013 touring with the Quireboys and winning the Marshall Ultimate Band contest which secured them a spot at Download 2014. 2014 then saw them touring with Bonafide, Electric Boys and Tyketto. Debut album “Half Way Home” released April 2015.

Bad Touch

Starting their set with the bluesy, energetic and can’t help but get you dancing track “Bring It On Back” the crowd didn’t need any warming up, dancing and clapping from the second they came on stage. Bad Touch slowed it down with “Halfway Home” and jeered it back up again with “Wise Water” and the crowd favourite “Good On Me”. The boys have a great stage presence and interacted with the crowd all the way through their set. Unfortunately again I felt as if the crowd was disappointed with just thirty minutes, and I most certainly would have loved to have seen them play for a little bit longer.

The Texas Flood are a three piece rock band from Wales. With their own vintage sound and style, they have a reputation as one of the most hard working rock bands on the scene. Tom, Ben and Tom have recently won the Highway to Hell 5 National award in Glasgow and have signed a two album deal with Off Yer Rocka Recordings worldwide. Their debut album “Young Dogs, Old Tricks” is out now.

Texas Flood

Texas Flood had the crowd up from the minute they got on stage, I got the impression a lot had been waiting to see these guys and I understand why! After starting with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen” they had a little difficulty with breaking the drum kit but that was quickly resolved and they carried on with a new album track “Shoot Me Down” and their upcoming single “Let The Wind Blow”. With being almost an hour behind schedule at this point Texas Flood did have to cut their set a little short which was very disappointing, as myself and the crowd was very much enjoying it.

New Device are a five piece hard rock band from South East England. Daniel Leigh, Roz Ison, Matt Mallery, Nick Jones and Nick Hughes describe themselves as authentic, solid, blues based hard rock and take their influences from rock giants such as Aerosmith, Guns’N’Roses and Metallica and newer rock such as Alterbridge and Stone Sour.

New Device

New Device have played many UK festivals including to be the first to open the first High Voltage Festival and toured with the likes of Bullet For My Valentine, GUN, Heavens Basement and the Treatment. They were also handpicked by Richie Sambora to support Bon Jovi at the O2 on their last tour.

Unfortunately due to the venue running out of food, I missed some of New Device’s set whilst we ordered from the local takeaway. What I did get chance to hear impressed me – amazing guitar riffs and good hard rock! I managed to listen to their three songs from their latest EP “Takin Over, Here We Stand and In The Fading Light” and certainly recommend you grab a listen.

Avenger are a five piece heavy/thrash/classic metal band from Newcastle. Having released two albums in the 1980’s before splitting up and reunited in 2005. Current members since 2007 are Gary Young, Liam Thompson, Sean Jeffries, Ian Swift and Ian Fulton have toured with and played alongside Twisted Sister, Saxon, Rage, Candlemass, UFO, Raven, Sinner, Grim Reaper, Cradle of Filth, Skyclad and Diamond Head. The new album “The Slaughter Never Stops” was released in December 2014.

Unfortunately lead singer Ian had problems with his microphone from the very beginning but he did not let this put him off and carried on regardless whilst the sound guys tried to rectify the problem. Ian even went out into the crowd that were sitting at the top of the room to entice them down onto the floor. He did manage to sing “Fate” from their new album and “Deathrays 2000” from their first album back in the 80’s and finishing with “Enforcer”.

Our headliners of the day were Salem, a five piece hard/heavy rock band from Hull. Formed by Paul Tognola, Paul Conyers, Adrian Jenkinson and Paul Macnamara in 1979 after the split of Ethel the Frog and New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Soon Tognola left and was replaced with Simon Saxby and Mark Allison. 1982 saw Conyers replaced with Paul Mendham and on 31 May 1983 Salem played their final gig. 2010 saw the return of Salem with A double album compilation of the band’s 1980s recordings, entitled “In The Beginning…”, and a new album “Forgotten Dreams” in 2013. In July 2015, a new re-mastered version of the “In The Beginning …” album was released by High Roller Records and the songs have been re-arranged into the original chronological order.

Salem

Unfortunately as the running times were now over an hour late, I was not able to stay for the full set from Salem which I was gutted about. Not coming on until after midnight, the crowds had started to dwindle and I did feel sorry for the guys, after speaking with Paul earlier on I was looking forward to seeing how Salem had transformed from the 80’s songs to the new recent material but a long two hour drive home awaited me.

They did not let the disappearing crowds stop them giving it their all and I did manage to see them perform “When Love’s in Your Heart”, “High Stakes” and “Ask The Lonely” and all had a very old school classic hard rock sound. I hope I get a chance to see them again and see them at their full potential as I thoroughly enjoyed the few songs I did manage to catch.

In all I had a great time at RockWich which was a very jam-packed day of good rock and metal. I have to say Bad Touch, Texas Flood and Falling Red were my favourites and from the reactions of the crowd I think they would agree but you can’t go wrong at £10 for fifteen bands. I’m already looking forward to next year but I think I will take advantage of the free campsite next time so I don’t miss out on any of the bands or have to drive home in the early hours of the morning.

Review by Toni Reed and Photography By Neil Reed.

RockWich – Part 1

Lostock Sports & Social Club 30th August 2015.

Taking over a social club in Northwich, RockWich is claiming to be the greatest one day live Rock event in the North West and with fifteen bands, this is an almighty twelve hour rock extravaganza. Trade stalls, food and drink and for those travelling, there is a free campsite so it was a day not to be missed. Jam-packed with bands, the only downside was the running times and with only thirty minutes for each band, it didn’t take long for the running times to get behind. A few technical difficulties throughout the day didn’t help either so I personally would have preferred a few less bands giving their sets a little longer. The top three bands did however have 45 minutes, which I found better as you had time to get into the bands set and enjoy it.

HYBRID.9 – Opening up RockWich, this four piece band are from South Cheshire and take their influences from Stone Sour, Muse and Queens of the Stone Age. James, Kyle, Keith and James say fans can expect Hybrid.9 to deliver hard-edged original material and the sounds of everyone’s favourite songs, interpreted into a new and original sound.

Hybrid 9

Playing “The Devils Son” from their first EP, Hybrid.9 got the small crowd foot tapping and head thumping early on in the day and by the time they finished their set with “Walking After You” from their new EP “Hidden Inside”, the crowd were fuelled up and ready for a day of rock.

12 Gauge are a four piece band from the North-West, formed in 2012 who play heavy melodic rock. J Michael Ward, Lew Hornby, Andrew Waite and Graham Bennett take their influences from both new and old bands, with a sound that is a mix of modern and classic rock.

The band were a real crowd pleaser, playing heavy, aggressive and thumping metal with songs “Touch Me”, “Take Me Back” and “Hell to the Morning” taken from their debut album “All In”. They had the growing crowd on their feet, clapping their hands and singing along. A bass casualty stopped play but Gemma from LYXX stepped up and let Andy borrow hers for the rest of the set.

LYXX where the crowned winners of the Manchester Hard Rock Rising competition in 2012 and are a four piece hard rock all girl band from the North East. Steph, Gemma, Emma and Izzy had an amazing energy on stage with the crowd and themselves loved every minute of it whilst belting out “You’re Boyfriends A Bit Of A Dick” and a great cover of “Twisted Sister’s, We’re Not Going To Take It”. Unfortunately this was their last gig, as the girls have decided to call it a day as a four piece.

Lyxx

See my interview with the girls to find out what’s next for them.

SPIRAL DIVE were next and by now the party was well and truly rocking. They formed in 2000 and have since played 1000’s of gigs with their own unique sound of old school metal. Playing only original material that is written and recorded by themselves, they kept the party rocking with crowd pleasing metal songs “Voodoo”, “Keep Me Numb” and “Traitors Gates”.

Spiral Dive

ORANGEFALL are a five piece melodic hard rock band are from South Wales. The band have been playing locally for around fourteen years with a mix of original songs and classic covers. Jason who is also a member of “Rage of Angels” has performed alongside Europe, The Answer and Primal Fear and Matt has also toured with “The Circus of Horrors” throughout the UK and also with Dr & The Medics.

Orangefall

Playing hard, heavy rock songs including “Brand New Morning” and “Social Vampire”, ORANGEFALL kept the crowd rocking and wanting more.

CHASING DRAGONS are a female fronted hard rock band from Leeds. Formed in 2011 Tank, Kate, Murf and Mitch take their influences from Halestorm, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Jack Off Jill, Tenacious D, Bullet For My Valentine and Reckless Love, to name just a few.

Chasing Dragons

Unfortunately, Chasing Dragons had a few technical difficulties to begin with but Tank did not let that ruin their set. Belting out “Throw Down Your King” and the crowd did as they were told and banged their heads. Tank had an amazing energy, coming out onto the floor to dance, sing and engage with the crowd. Slowing things down with “The Last Defence”, Tank took to a stool in the middle of the crowd and finishing with “Broken Jaws” they finished loud and heavy!

THEIA founded in 2012, a hard rock three piece band from Burton Upon Trent. With their current line up being a feature since 2014, THEIA have gone from strength to strength with their debut album “Take the Pill” available for pre-order now.

Theia

Despite it being the guys third gig this weekend, they bought their ‘A’ game with their new single “Ride On” from their debut album going down very well with the crowd. Kyle has such an amazing stage presence, talking and joking with the crowd and you can tell he is thoroughly enjoying himself. Finishing with the crowds favourite sing along “Whoop Dee Fucking Doo”, Kyle came out off stage to mingle with the crowd.

See my interview with THEIA to see what’s next for the lads.

Having seen seven bands so far and with still more to come, please make sure you check out Part two of my review aswell.

Review by Toni Reed and Photography By Neil Reed.