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Steelhouse Festival

Sunday 26th July 2015.

This five piece band from London formed in 2013, The Wild lies have been described as hard rock fused by intricate grinding riffage colliding with stadium rock chorus melodies. Unfortunately Wild Lies was unable to make the festival as their van broke down, but you did not hear me complaining as this then meant SKAM had a longer set.

SKAM are a three piece band from Leicester formed five years ago. With a hard, heavy rock sound SKAM describe themselves as “British hard rock for a new generation”. SKAM have supported many bands including The Answer, The Union and Bonafide plus headlined their own shows and festivals. I first fell in love with SKAM when they played Steelhouse two years ago, and have yet to be disappointed as they give it their all every time.

Opening a very very wet and muddy Sunday, SKAM played their title track from their current album “Peacemaker”, a good heavy song to get you warmed up. Continuing with their next single and slowing it down a little “The Wire” and treating us to a new song from their next album out next year “Between The Eyes”.


As they had a little more time than planned we had the good old AC/DC favourite “Whole Lotta Rosie” and my favourite “Going Away” written by bassist Matthew Gilmore”. Finishing with “No Lies” and a big thank you to the crowd for making it up the mountain in the pouring rain to see them, especially those stood up front and even the cowards in the beer tent!

No Hot Ashes first formed in the 80’s and recorded their debut album in 1988 but due to circumstances beyond their control the album never actually got released and by the late 1990’s it was obvious the band had called it a day.

No Hot Ashes

Reforming in September 2013, playing a tribute gig for the Rosetta Bar, they carried on playing and since the beginning of 2014 have supported Aerosmith, Foreigner, FM and UFO. Playing Hard Rock Hell AOR, Donnington, Download and London Calling.

Showing off their harmonies with “Boulders” and the ironically “Summer Rain”, No Hot Ashes did not let the weather ruin their 80’s fuelled rock performance.

Colour Of Noise are a five piece classic rock band from Brighton. They describe themselves as “We are steeped in the tradition of the late 60’s British blues boom and early 70’s stadium rock”.

Colour Of Noise

Warming the crowd up with hard rock and playing tracks from their debut album available on pledge music including “Head On”, the Colour Of Noise were not fazed by the ongoing rain.

FM was formed in 1984 in London. The band was originally composed of Merv Goldsworthy, Pete Jupp, Steve Overland, Chris Overland and Philip Manchester. Current band members are Merv Goldsworthy, Pete Jupp, Steve Overland, Jem Davis, Jim Kirkpatrick. At Nottingham’s Rock City on 27 October 2007, FM played together again in public for the first time in twelve years. The reaction the band received to this one-off appearance led to the swift decision to make the reunion permanent.

Unfortunately the constant rain got the better of me and I retreated back to the car to warm up and dry off and so did not get a chance to see FM perform.

Dorothee Pesch, known as Doro, is a German hard rock singer-songwriter, formerly front-woman of the heavy metal band Warlock.


Doro gave it all she got on a very wet stage, coming out on the runway punching the air and getting very close to the crowd, she certainly felt very at home belting out hits “Burning Witches”, “Raise Your Fist” and a big crowd pleaser “All We Are”.

Tyketto are a hard rock band based out of New York City. The group were put together in 1987 by Danny Vaughn, Brooke St. James, Jimi Kennedy, and Michael Clayton. The band split in 1996, reforming in 2004. 2007 saw them release their “Last Sunset – Farewell 2007 but yet reformed again in 2008 but Brooke St James was not able to join them. Current members now are Danny Vaughn, Michael Clayton Arbeeny, Ged Rylands, Chris Green and Chris Childs

Tyketto are a band I had heard of but never really listened to. I had so many people tell me I had to see these live as they are awesome, they were not wrong! Playing many of their hits over the last 25 years including “Burning Down Inside”, “Lay Your Body Down” and slowing it down with “Forever Young” and “Standing Alone”.


As the rain carries on pouring Danny Vaughn announces to the Steelhouse crowd that they are “the toughest mother fucking rock and roll audience I have ever seen”and continuing with “Dig in Deep” ironically about a mountain. As the rain started to ease off they dedicated a song to the legendary Dee Snider “Sound Off”.

The great thing about a festival is you always come back with at least one band you didn’t really know and really enjoyed, Tyketto was this year’s band for me. Absolutely awesome!!

Daniel “Dee” Snider is an American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Snider is most famous for his role as the frontman of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. “To Hell and Back” represents the first truly new, original musical offering since the 90’s. He has starred in many reality tv shows, a frequent host on MTV Networks and has his own radio show “House of Hair” and he recently had the starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages.

Dee Snider

As the rain started to come down heavy again, I had to abandon Dee Snider, I saw him play AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, Twisted Sisters “I’m Not Going To Take It” and his new single “To Hell and Back”. I was disappointed to leave Dee Snider, the first few songs I heard you knew he was going to put on an incredible show but the rain was coming down fast and hard and the winds had got up. My lovely warm and dry hotel room was calling me!

I had an incredible weekend of rock and roll, the best bands for me was Massive Wagons, Trucker Diablo and SKAM. Although it was Tyketto that stole the show. As one of the countries smallest festival record numbers of 8000 at this year’s festival show that it’s getting bigger each year with the first year only having a few hundred, even the weather doesn’t stop us rockers! Early bird tickets are on sale for next year’s festival already, if you haven’t been before I certainly recommend it. Hope to see you up the mountain in 2016!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Steelhouse Festival

Pre-Festival Party Friday 24th July 2015.

Steelhouse Festival is situated on a mountain, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. The stage and festival arena has a breath-taking view of the Welsh valleys and countryside. The festival is in its 5th year, growing more popular every year with previous bands like The Quireboys, TigerTailz, Feeder, The Answer, Saxon, The Temperance Movement, Blackstar Riders and Europe to name just a few. This year’s line-up including headliners UFO, Y&T, Dee Snider and Tyketto is proving to be the event of the summer.

This year they had a pre-festival party on Friday night which was open to all weekend ticket holders. Lawless and Buffalo Summer were sure to get you in the party mood. They also had Fuel Rock Club joining them with their DJ’s in the beer tent each night after the festival performances.

The Stoke-on-Trent quartet Lawless, started by thanking the small crowd for making it up the mountain in the pouring rain and kicked off the pre-festival party. For those that don’t know Lawless they are an old school 80’s influenced rock with a full on metal attitude with influences from Y&T, Saxon and Scorpions.

Howie G - Lawless

Even with a small and very wet crowd they certainly gave it their all, getting the crowd warmed up with songs from their first album “Rock Savage” including “Metal Time” and “Black Widow Ladies”. Moving into the second album playing the title track “Rise”, you certainly forgot you were in the middle of a bogged field in the pouring rain.

Paul Hume - Lawless

Unfortunately the weather got the better of them, cutting power during the middle of “SOS”. After a brief conversation with the audience and trying to keep us entertained they got the power back and finished with tracks from their current single “Seven Year Itch” and “Pretender”.

Finishing off the pre-festival party, Buffalo Summer! They played Steelhouse festival last year and obviously made an impression to be back.

Darren King - Buffalo Summer

From South Wales they haven’t had to travel too far to give us a night to remember with a modern sound with twists of southern and blues rock n roll. Songs from their self-titled album “Buffalo Summer” including “Down To The River”, “A Horse Called Freedom” and slowing it down slightly with “Ain’t No Other” had everyone rocking.

Jonny Williams - Buffalo Summer

The local boys Jonny, Andrew, Gareth and Darren certainly felt at home rocking the mountain and even treated us to some new material (you will not be disappointed!).

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Steelhouse Festival

Saturday 25th July 2015.

With a change in weather we had Florence Black kicking things off in the glorious sunshine. The young 3 piece teen rock band from down the road in Merthyr Tydfil started Saturday with some hard rock including “Zulu” and their new single “Grove Street”.

The five piece hard rock band Massive Wagons, from Lancashire up next and these I was looking forward to! They started with a heavy, foot thumbing, head banging “Rising Tides” that certainly grabbed your attention. They continued by playing their current single “Dirty Little Secrets” and crowd favourites “Fight the System” and “Red Dress”. Giving us a sample of what’s to come on their new album they played “Welcome to the World”, “Ratio” and “Jodie” and I am certainly eager to get my hands on this!

Baz Mills - Massive Wagons

Speaking with Barry the lead singer after the performance he was very impressed with the runway on stage, making the most of it and coming into the crowd. They certainly enjoyed themselves and by the reaction and participation from the crowd they did to. If you ever get a chance to see them, please do as they do an awesome live performance!

They’re back after playing at Steelhouse in 2012, playing some good British blues-rock Henry’s Funeral Shoe had a tough act to follow. The duo was formed by two brothers, Aled and Brennig Clifford, in 2008 from South Wales. They have been fortunate to share the stage with Feeder, Status Quo, Kiss and Lynyrd Skynyrd at various festivals over the last few years. Starting their set with “The Rebel” and treating us to a song they were banned from singing when on tour with Kiss “Morphine”.

The band Trucker Diablo from Northern Ireland were formed in 2008 and quickly gained a name for themselves in 2011, playing Download Festival supporting Black Stone Cherry on the sold out Irish leg of their UK tour. They then went on supporting Foo Fighters, Terrorvision and on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell festival and supporting their heroes “Thin Lizzy” in Belfast in 2012. After a brief break-up the band got back together with a new album released early 2015, Glenn Harrison unfortunately did not re-join the band but new addition bassist Jim McGurk certainly looked like he was enjoying himself.

Trucker Diablo

Trucker have that classic hard rock sound with a southern-rock influence, playing a few old favourites including “Drink Beer Destroy” and “Juggernaut” and then the recent album with “Party Like They Started The End Of The World” and “We Stand Strong”, they most definitely enjoyed being back on stage and doing what they do best and the crowd was not disappointed!


The Treatment are an English hard rock 5 piece band, which formed in Cambridge in 2008. Playing high energy rock with influences by AC/DC, Sex Pistols, Aerosmith and The Cult. There was plenty there that had come especially to see The Treatment and were not let down, singing “The Doctor” and the appropriate “Shake the Mountain” which everyone did!

The Treatment

Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band, founded in 1968, that had several hits in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. They gained an international audience in 1975. Inspiration comes from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Nazareth took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of the band’s classic song “The Weight”. Current members Pete Agnew, Jimmy Murrison, Lee Agnew and Carl Sentance. Past members over the years include Dan McCafferty, Darrell Sweet, Manny Charlton, Zal Cleminson, Billy Rankin, John Locke, Ronnie Leahy and Linton Osborne.


Playing a lot of their classic songs the crowd loved having Nazareth back on stage. Favourites like “Razamanaz” and “Love Hurts” had the crowd singing and dancing for a whole 70 minute set.

Y&T were established in 1974, originally named as Yesterday and Tomorrow with Dave Meniketti, Phil Kennemore, Leonard Haze, and Joey Alves. In the early days they set the standard for hard rock bands that followed, being the influence of many bands today. The 80’s marked an era of change with Jimmy DeGrasso on drums and Stef Burns on guitar. With Kennemore’s untimely passing from lung cancer, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T with Dave Meniketti, John Nymann, Brad Lang, and Mike Vanderhule, playing songs that span the band’s five-decade career.


Y&T stormed the stage beginning with “Hurricane”. There was a lot that had come especially to see Y&T and they did not appear disappointed, playing many from the album “Black Tiger” including “Forever” and “Open Fire”. I myself had not seen these on stage before and felt they lacked interaction with the audience, just playing as many as they could get into their 75 minute set.

UFO are an English heavy metal and hard rock band that was formed in 1969. Current members Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker, Vinnie Moore and Rob De Luca and past members far too long to list.


Finishing the line-up for Saturday, UFO played crowd favourites “Shoot Shoot”, “Doctor Doctor” and “Rock Bottom” and also treated us to some from their new album, “Conspiracy Of Stars”. Everyone left the field that night on a high, UFO had certainly left us feeling content, some good British rock and roll had been heard!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.