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Tonefest Dorset: Festival photographs

If you were at Tonefest this weekend you may have spotted me lugging my cameras around.  The chances are I may have caught you on film (well digital) when you didn’t expect it.

Please have a browse, if you spot yourself and want a copy of the photograph just drop me a line through the contact button above.  you are welcome to a free high resolution copy.

Something Else Somewhere Else – Photographs Saturday

Hi folks, I hope you are all having a great day.  I thought I would share a few of my photographs from Saturday at last weekends Something Else Somewhere Else festival.

I hope you enjoy them.

Something Else Somewhere Else – Friday Photo’s

The past weekend saw me head off to Duns Tew in Oxfordshire for my third festival of the season.  As you are probably aware I love grass roots festivals and the Something Else Festivals are top of my list.  I simply love them, it is like a gathering of family in a field whilst surrounded by great music and fuelled by beer and cider.

These photo’s are all from Friday and you just have to check out Gaz Brookfield’s new biggest fan.  Look out for some more photographs and a full review in the next day or two.


Crossfaith And The One Hundred – live review

Japanese metal monsters Crossfaith are back in the UK with support from one of the UK’s best young bands The One Hundred, its a winning combination.

You can read my review of the gig on Louder that War.  Some of my photographs are below.

Source: Crossfaith: Portsmouth – live review – Louder Than War

ASKING ALEXANDRIA Announce Two Intimate Warm-Up Shows prior To Reading Festival

British Metalcore sensations ASKING ALEXANDRIA have announced two intimate shows ahead of their scheduled appearances at READING & LEEDSfestivals this summer. The band will give die hard fans the chance to see them up close and personal at two shows in Southampton and London on 15th and 16th August. Guitarist BEN BRUCE states:

“ENGLAND! We are coming HOME! We cannot wait! We are playing two intimate shows for you guys as the first UK shows following the release of our new album The Black and we couldn’t be more excited. These will be the only two shows we play in the UK this summer outside of Reading and Leeds which means a much longer set, more fun and more booze!!! See you guys soon.”

The band’s latest single, ‘The Black’, was last week added to the BBC Radio One INMWT playlist. Check out the video – which has racked up a staggering 7 MILLION views already – here:

The band also released a video for a new song, ‘Let It Sleep’

ASKING ALEXANDRIA’s fourth studio album, ‘The Black’, is released March 25th via SUMERIAN records. Pre-orders are available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01ART7UNI and


15th August         Southampton      Engine Rooms
16th August         London               Koko
26th August         Reading Festival Reading
27th August         Leeds Festival     Leeds

Tickets available at www.livenation.co.uk www.ticketmaster.co.uk


Bowling for Soup – O2 Bournemouth 12 Feb 2016

Friday night saw me head off to Bournemouth O2 Academy for an evenings entertainment that I confidently predict will not be bettered this year.  Bowling For Soup,  The Dolly Rots, Lacey and MC Lars put on a very special evening of pop-punk entertainment.  Here are a handful of my photographs from the evening.  I will be putting a full review on louder Than War later today.  Be sure to check it out.

Greenleaf – Brixton O2 Academy

Greenleaf is a Swedish band created, as a sideproject, in late 1999/early 2000 by Tommi Holappa (Dozer), Daniel Lidén (Demon Cleaner) and Bengt Bäcke (record producer/studio engineer, Dozer, Demon Cleaner, Lowrider). In 2003 Daniel joined Dozer, making 3 of the 4 Dozers members also members of Greenleaf.  

I caught their short set on Saturday evening where they were supporting Clutch and Bombus at Brixton academy.  Whilst they only had a 30-minute set I was more than impressed by what I saw.

Sadly the lighting at the Academy  was pretty dire for both support bands so i apologise for the quality of my photos.  Greenleaf are very much a band in the finest tradition of Scandanavian rock bands.  They are well worth checking out should you get the opportunity.

Check out the video to get a flavour of what you are missing.

Fall Out Boy - Bournemouth

Fall Out Boy: Bournemouth – live review

Fall Out Boy

Bournemouth International Centre

10 October 2015

What do you get when you mix a long established pop punk band with a UK hip-hop artist and a couple of alt-dance acts?  Alan Ewart went along to the Bournemouth International Centre to find out and discovered a damn fine evenings entertainment.

Back in February this year my son asked me to buy tickets for Fall Out Boy’s gig in Bournemouth for him and his mates.  Being an obedient parent I complied and last night saw me packing my camera and heading off to bournemouth’s international centre with four 17-year-olds.  I have to confess I was a little bemused when I looked up the acts that were supporting Fall Out Boy.  UK hip-hop star Professor Green was obviously already familiar to me but both Matt & Kim and Charley Marley were new to me.  It is hard to categorise the later two acts but I guess you would plump for Alternative Dance  if you were pushed.

Professor Green

Professor Green

My interest was piqued when Fall Out Boy’s UK PR company dropped me a note advising me not to miss Matt & Kim as they are great to photograph.  As a result we were at the venue nice an early to catch all four bands.

I guess it is a sure sign that you are getting older when your kids are amongst the oldest at a gig.  I may be an old fart but, as i keep telling my son, at least I’m not a boring old fart.   The vast majority of the crowd were under 21 and female which I guess goes with the territory when it comes to “pop-punk” music these days.  I was a little surprised that most of the audience seemed to know all the words to Charley Marley’s songs, especially given that I had never heard of him before.  His dance groove was not my bag but he went down really well with the audience who were bouncing and singing along to his four or five song set.  To his credit he was very entertaining and very energetic.

Matt & Kim also fell into that sort of dance groove but in a different way.  They were a massively entertaining duo with Matt playing the Mac Book Pro and Kim playing drums and thrilling the crowd with her antics.  Kim was on top of the drums, leaping around the platform and even went onto the hands of the crowd to shake her booty during one of their songs.  Whilst this is certainly not my kind of music you can’t help but be entertained by Matt and Kim.

Matt & Kim

Matt And Kim

I have seen Professor Green a couple of times over the course of this summer and again he is entertaining and one of the best around at what he does.  His backing singer was excellent and his set was packed full of crowd pleasing sing-alongs.

The main event was of course Fall Out Boy.  The Chicago based pop-punk heroes have been around since 2001 and have an extensive back catalogue to draw on.  I must confess that their most recent album American Beauty/American Psycho left me a little cold as it is most definitely more pop than punk.  That said I try not to write something off until I hear it live and to be fair the seven songs from American Beauty did come over better live than on disc.

The show opened with a video screen that spread the width of the stage as a Cathe style news reel played.  The crowd went totally nuts as the screen was raised to reveal the band.  Front man Patrick Stump and Bass man Pete Wentz were straight into their stride as the bounded around the stage leaping onto little platforms and waving their guitars around.  Starting out with sing-along favourites like Sugar We’re Going Down and The Phoenix got the crowd onside quickly and the concert seemed to be really into it’s stride when the video screens came down and the band disappeared.

I must confess I was confused.  From my position at the side of the stage I could see that roadies were running around resetting aspects of the stage and then we were treated to something I have never seen before.  A separate small stage had been set up at the back of the vast room and Stump, Went and Joe Trohman popped up to play a couple of acoustic numbers.  This was the sort of creativity that was evident throughout a show that was full of surprises and entertaining from first note to last.  We even had on stage fireworks complete with explosions that almost gave me a heart attack.

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy

The video screens at the rear of the stage and above the stage ensured that everyone had a great view of on-stage proceedings and I must say the camera work and light show were the best that I have seen in a very long time.  After no fewer than 20 songs Fall Out Boy left the stage after nothing more than a mumbled “thanks” from stump.  They returned about a minute later to play a two song encore with “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” and “Saturday.”

With a total of four acts in evidence, a set of just over 90 minutes from the headliners, a superb set list, a ton of energy and the best light show I have seen in a very long time this was an incredibly good evenings entertainment.  I would rate the evening a solid 9/10.  It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a Saturday evening.

Incidentally all of the kids agreed that it was one of the best shows they had ever seen.

Manic Street preachers

MANIC STREET PREACHERS ‘Everything Must Go’ Anniversary Tour

Manic Street Preachers  have announced details of more dates celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their fourth album ‘Everything Must Go’.   The band had already revealed details of a very special show at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium and these May 2016 dates will follow the same format with the group playing two sets on the night, the album in full followed by rarities and curios, greatest hits and a few brand new songs.  Editors will join the band as special guests for the tour, excluding Swansea where Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting will support.

After the incredible response to their twelfth studio album ‘Futurology’ in 2014, which came less than a year after the previous album ‘Rewind The Film, the band completed an outstandingly creative period with dates playing their third album ‘The Holy Bible’ for its 20th Anniversary.  The success and outstanding critical and public acclaim for the gigs prompted the band to go out again with ‘Everything Must Go’

Originally released in spring 1996, ‘Everything Must Go’ was the band’s first massive commercial success. The record was certified triple platinum in the UK and went on to sell over a million copies and bag multiple Brit awards. It features four top ten singles (‘A Design for Life’, ‘Everything Must Go’, ‘Kevin Carter’ and ‘Australia’). Touring the record, the band played an early show in the tiny basement bar of the Haçienda to headlining to 20,000 people at Manchester’s Nynex Arena in less than twelve months.  Although some songs from ‘Everything Must Go’ are still cornerstones of Manic Street Preachers gigs, several of the album tracks haven’t been played live since ’96.


Tour Dates 2016:

13 May                  LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena

14 May                   BIRMINGHAM, Genting Arena

16/17 May             LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

20 May                   LEEDS, First Direct Arena

21 May                   GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro

(all with Editors)

28 May                   SWANSEA, Liberty Stadium

(with Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting)

Tickets go on sale from 9.30am on Friday 11th December priced £35 + £47.50 except London where they are £35, £45, £55 + £65.

Swansea tickets on sale now priced £39.50 and £55.00





Bring Me The Horizon - Alexandra Palace

Bring Me The Horizon – Alexandra Palace

Bring Me The Horizon have just concluded their most memorable tour to date. The release of their new album “That’s The Spirit” completely morphed the five-piece bands sound, straying from their roots of metal-core to a less agressive style that fulfils frontman Oli Sykes’ wish to be able “to sing it through the rooftops”. Despite the drastic change in genre, the bands loyal fans persevered and evidently loved the album as much as it’s incredible predeccesor “Sempiternal” and quickly became their most successful album in history.

On the 28th November 2015 the Sheffield hardcore gods graced Ally Pally with two other recent breakthrough bands PVRIS and Neck Deep. The masses gathered outside the venue hours before the doors were opened despite the horrific rain and wind (Quite suiting to the album cover). As the floodgates opened, 10,000 youngsters painted in merchandise darted into the magical venue, anticipation was rising as PVRIS were greeted by a roar of appreciation, the American rock band have proved themselves time and time again amongst the current powerhouses of the scene and tonight was no different. The arena was absolutely rocking, literally, the amount of people singer Lynn Gunn got jumping was overwhelming for the best of us. It may have been as a result of nerves or exhaustion but I couldn’t help but notice a slight lack of passion from the band, don’t get me wrong, they put on a pretty good show but I do not believe that they embraced the magnitude of an event like this, you’re playing Alexandra Palace with Bring Me The Horizon! Show some enthusiasm!

Bring Me The Horizon - Alexandra Palace

British pop-punk front-runners Neck Deep were next on the bill, in just one year the boys from Wrexham have gone from quiet Blink-182 fan-boys to superstars with the pop-punk scene in the palm of their hands. Just over a year ago I saw them in the smallest stage at Reading 2014 and tonight, they bring their fiery sound to the packed out Ally Pally. Neck Deep immediately leave their mark on the masses with the explosively performed first song off their new album, “Life’s Not Out To Get You”, “Citizens of Earth”. Sam Carter, from hardcore elites Architects made a surprise appearance and certainly added a punch to the set. As always, Neck Deep played a energy-filled fantastic set with fan favourites such as “A part of me” and “Can’t kick up the roots” that warmed the crowd up for what had the makings of a memorable night.

Bring Me The Horizon - Alexandra Palace

After an eager wait, Bring Me The Horizon finally took their places on the stage and were greeted by a sea of 10’000 adrenaline filled fans ready to tear the roof off the building. The first song of their set was suitably the first song on “That’s the spirit”, Doomed. Honestly, Oli didn’t even have to sing, every member of that crowd seemed to know every single lyric. This was especially shown as Happy Song begun with the new albums signature slogan “S-P-I-R-I-T, Spirit, lets hear it!”, it was echoed around the room as Oli did what he does best, open up the biggest mosh-pits possible, the crowd lost their minds as the breakdowns of Happy Song and Go to Hell, for Heaven’s sake unleashed the intense spectacle that is always a Bring Me The Horizon show.

Oli expertly works the crowd as the familiar sounds of House of Wolves and the old rarity that is Chelsea Smile echoes throughout, every single track takes the arena by storm, the floor is bouncing and the crowd is certainly not for the faint hearted. Throne and Shadow Moses unifies the whole room in a stunning display of community. The band is determined to give every person in the crowd the night of their lives, old hardcore fans will be satisfied with the additions to the setlist of Chelsea Smile and Blessed with a Curse whilst new fans will enjoy the new album dominating the setlist, with songs from Sempiternal too.

Bring Me The Horizon - Alexandra Palace

Oli describes the show as “The best night of our fucking lives” and i’m sure many of the 10’000 sweat-soaked observers would agree. Bring Me The Horizon close the show with my personal favourite, Drown, an emotional and passionate song that makes you want to scream it from the damn rooftops. It was incredible, it perfectly summed up the show, from the mesmerising visuals, to the flawless showmanship and musical prowess Bring Me The Horizon once again did not fail to put on a hell of a show. For those few hours every person in that room was isolated from the world and knew the unity that the music brings them, that’s what music is all about.

All Words By Ryan Ewart.