Category Gigs

LIFE at The Shed, 15th June 2018

with Earls and Vulgarians

Tonight’s show was organised by Juicebox Live and The Shed.

Reviewed by Keith Jobey

There’s an old punk ethic that has been around since punk started which is ‘if you want something doing, do it yourself’. Forty plus years on its as relevant today as it ever was, and LIFE are a band that are a shining example of how to go about being a DIY band. Tonight saw them play Leicester for the fourth time, the last time being at Handmade Festival in 2017, Juicebox Live bringing them to The Shed for a well attended show.

Local punks Earls are a very fitting selection as first support. A band with attitude and tunes, inspired by Slaves and big fans of the headline act, whom they watched support Slaves at the Academy...

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Ill at The Soundhouse, 31st May 2018

with Knice and Longtooth and Wasterman

Tonight’s show was organised by Magic Teapot and The Other Window (The Non Alliance Pact).

Reviewed by Keith Jobey

When you see a gig promoted by the The Non Alliance Pact, a loose collection of music promoters including the Other Window, Magic Teapot and Locust Promotions, you know it’s going to have alternative leanings, perhaps even subversive ones. Which is exactly what made this a must go to event. That and the fact that ILL were headlining.

The evening got off to a belting start with Knice, a local hardcore band. Like a speedball of energy covered in hair, this band were relentless. I normally wouldn’t go for this style of music but I found myself being totally entertained by it in the end. Such expression and energy can’t be contained.

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Metal to the Masses, quarter final 3

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The Rogue Network at Pi Bar, 21st April, 2018

with Scarlet Suns and The Flying Kangaroo Alliance

Tonight’s show was organised by Dreaming in Colour Productions.

Reviewed by Keith Jobey

It’s a warm Saturday evening and Dreaming In Colour productions have a stellar line-up of bands at Pi Bar and as is the norm here, it’s free entry. But will the thunder clouds that are brewing outside be matched by an electric storm inside?

Scarlet Suns are up first, a ‘Uni’ band who have brought a decent crowd. Opening with ‘Tick Tick Boom’ by The Hives they immediately impress, they have a good sound and the dynamics are right. Admitting that they have none of their own material to play, they continue with a set of covers. It’s only their second gig so hopefully we’ll soon see them producing original songs and taking the next steps as a band...

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Metal to the Masses quarter final 2

15th April 2018

at Firebug

with Diceratops, Smack Jack & The Many Grams, Septolith, Hundred Year Old Man and Ba’al

Tonight’s show was organised by Resin Events and Metal 2 the Masses Leicester.

Reviewed by Martin Baker

Here comes the next round of Metal to the Masses hitting us with the first quarter final showdown. Unfortunately after one band dropping out there were only 3 bands playing plus 2 guest bands on after.

First up were Diceratops who immediately kicked things off with a punch, giving us a mixed style of classic metal and heavier influences which were both impressive and great to listen to.

Each member of the band brought a great quality to their music and there was a great range of melodies which was performed professionally, but I was left thinking that if these guys sorted th...

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