Monsters Of Rock Cruise X 2020
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Review: Gravity Festival 2019
The Station, Cannock – October 19th 2019
Reviewer / photos: Dan Mann
Last Saturday was the inaugural Gravity Festival, held at the Station, Cannock. Unfortunately due to other commitments I missed the first two bands, so first off the bat for me was the excellent Trident Waters. First chance to see them live and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Next on the line up was False Hearts, a female fronted outfit very much in the Halestorm school of rock. It’s great to see young bands showing their worth, however not my cup of tea personally.
Next up were 4th Labyrinth, something a little different genre wise, offering hints of Uriah Heep, and supplying a thoroughly entertaining set.
It was great to finally get a chance to see Fugitive, a band offering a fine style of NWOBHM inspired rock. A band who deserved a bigger audience in my humble opinion.
Next was my first chance to see a firm favourite of mine, Kent rockers Wicked Stone with their new line up.
Did they deliver? Damn right they did, they delivered in spades, the crowd pressed up to the barrier rocking out to an enthusiastic performance.
Then we were onto another firm favourite of mine, another Kent band who I’ve in fact seen four times this year!
Collateral continue to go from strength to strength and they certainly had plenty of fans in the audience.
This was my first time seeing the Burning Crows, although I’m familiar with their material. Again a band who entertained the crowd with an energetic set.
Next up was Dead Man’s Whiskey, a band who if I’m honest I prefer recorded rather than live and this occasion didn’t do anything to change that view. The crowd seemed to be enjoying them so what do I know?
The headliners Mason Hill were delayed coming onstage which meant that unfortunately I had to miss their set for personal reasons.
I cannot end the review without mentioning the loudest compère and indeed the most enthusiastic in the business, Pete K Mally (He’s also an author you know) for his superb job.
A couple of small grumbles regarding the venue, I think they’ve inherited the floor from the old Marquee as it was somewhat sticky underfoot and the stage lighting wasn’t great from a photographer’s point of view but these are things easily sorted long before Gravity Festival 2020.
I must congratulate Shaun and his team for putting together a thoroughly enjoyable event. Roll on the next one!
Review: Collateral / Piston
Nottingham Rock City B (September 21st 2019)
Review / Photos: Dan Mann
There was a half decent crowd at last night’s Collateral / Piston gig at Rock City B, which isn’t too bad a venue imho. Personal observations of last night’s gig. Piston sounded a lot better than their album, however still not seeing the appeal if I’m honest, to me they came across as a glorified bar band.
Collateral hit the stage with a swagger, their new material sounding great live. After their stint on Jon Bon Jov’s Mediterranean Cruise there’s a noticeable difference, the guys seem more confident, more relaxed in who they are as a band. A shame their album is delayed until next year, they need to get it out while their on this upward trajection.
Great reactions from the crowd to both bands, an entertaining evening for sure.
All photographs copyright Dan Mann / RPR Media UK