Category: Live Review

  • Live Review: 3AM & The Dead-End Alley Band, Zwolle

    Live Review: 3AM & The Dead-End Alley Band, Zwolle

    Every now and again, a band comes along that compels you to move heaven and earth to see them play live – 3AM are one such band. “3AM it’s the solo project of Chino Burga (La IrA de Dios, La Garua, Necromongo, Los Entierros, Black Saqras, Espira) based on riffs, loops and a lot of…

  • Live Review: Fuzz Club Festival – Day 2

    Live Review: Fuzz Club Festival – Day 2

    Day 1 of Fuzz Club Festival had set the bar impossibly high. There had been 6 outstanding performances on Friday, the promise of 8 more on Saturday was a dizzying prospect. The dizziness is quickly reigned in, with the inevitable news that Wall Of Death, understandably, would no longer be joining us. The sickening reality…

  • Live Review: Fuzz Club Festival – Day 1

    Live Review: Fuzz Club Festival – Day 1

    By my reckoning, this is something like my 23rd post in connection with Fuzz Club Records. For those of you familiar with this blog, this will come as no surprise. To those fledgling acolytes, I would urge you to seek out that which will make you whole again – just as Fuzz Club did for…

  • Live Review: Acid Mother Temple + Wizards Of Firetop Mountain – Voodoo, Belfast

    Live Review: Acid Mother Temple + Wizards Of Firetop Mountain – Voodoo, Belfast

    I am oft heard decrying the dearth of bands making the pilgrimage across the Irish Sea, well last night was one of those rare exceptions to the rule. To some extent this perceived lack, manifests in a pessimistic malaise – avoiding the certitude of knowing who’s not coming, overshadowing those who are. An eleventh hour…

  • Live Review: Reverence Festival, Valada Portugal 2015 – Day 3

    Live Review: Reverence Festival, Valada Portugal 2015 – Day 3

    “Sunrise Session Featuring 10000 Russos / Mugstar 04:40 – 06:00”! “Sunrise Session Featuring 10000 Russos / Mugstar 04:40 – 06:00”!! “Sunrise Session Featuring 10000 Russos / Mugstar 04:40 – 06:00”!!! If I had been inexorably drawn to Reverence Valada for any one thing – it was the, “Sunrise Session Featuring 10000 Russos / Mugstar 04:40 – 06:00”. There…

  • Live Review: Reverence Festival, Valada Portugal 2015 – Day 2

    Live Review: Reverence Festival, Valada Portugal 2015 – Day 2

    “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble”… As one of apparently only 7% of the UK population with veins anointed with O Rh-ve, midges and mosquitos tend to regard this blood with envious eyes – singled out like caviar or Dom Pérignon, from the dull palatable herd. Whether or not Sarah’s Green…

  • Live Review: Reverence Festival, Valada Portugal 2015 – Day 1

    Live Review: Reverence Festival, Valada Portugal 2015 – Day 1

    Reverence, (noun), a feeling or attitude of profound respect, usually reserved for the sacred or divine; devoted veneration… so says the Collins English Dictionary – if ever an event lived up to it’s billing, this is it. Last year, by the time the inaugural Reverence Valada was announced, I had already committed my meagre gig-chest to…

  • Live Review: Eindhoven Psych Lab – Day 2

    Live Review: Eindhoven Psych Lab – Day 2

    Day 2, (see Day 1 here), of Eindhoven Psych Lab commenced with a leisurely breakfast, fit for a king, courtesy of the Hampshire Hotel – Crown Eindhoven. Offered as part of a combined early booking event ticket, it epitomises the organisers’ flawless attention to detail. This is the second year I have had the pleasure…

  • Live Review: Eindhoven Psych Lab – Day 1

    Live Review: Eindhoven Psych Lab – Day 1

    “psyche/ˈsʌɪki/via Latin from Greek psukhē ‘breath, life, soul”… As the fundamental factors for any psychedelic experience are defined by set, setting and dosage – the anticipation enveloping this sophomore, 2015mg Effenaar event, was tangibly palpable. “The nature of the experience depends almost entirely on set and setting. Set denotes the preparation of the individual, including his personality…

  • Live Review: Distorted Perspectives Festival, Letterkenny, 30/04 – 03/05, 2015

    Live Review: Distorted Perspectives Festival, Letterkenny, 30/04 – 03/05, 2015

    Distorted Perspectives is a “Celebration of Modern Experimental and Psych Music + Art + Film”. This weekend was the second incarnation of the festival held within the Regional Cultural Centre, “Letterkenny’s impressive new arts building, placing Donegal in an international context rather than on the periphery”. If idealism can be defined as “an approach to philosophy that…