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  CAMDEN ROCKS
Saturday 31st May 2014


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Camden Rocks is undisputedly and officially A Great Day Out.

On an ordinary day Camden is a thriving, buzzing place, and this buzz was dialled up to near maximum as the Festival hit town.

The premise is beautifully simple - 200 bands, 20 venues, 12 hours, one entry wristband. That's 200 bands. In one day. It's pointless trying to do the actual maths to work out how many acts it is realistic to see, as whatever the number the answer will mean "a very small amount". Instead, you just relax into the great atmosphere, see what you can and revel in being completely spoilt for choice.

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There is every type of guitar-based band represented – all genres of Metal, plus rock, punk, blues, doom, you name it, it was there.

Having said that, although the programme had a schedule that was brilliantly laid out and easy to read, what it didn't tell you anywhere was anything about the type of band, so if you weren't aware of the act in advance, you just had to take a punt on what you were going to get.

That is not always a bad thing as it's good to open up to surprises, but there is always that nagging feeling of having missed out on something that you would have wanted to make a real effort to catch.

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First task of the day when landing on the gloriously sunny NW1 was to get some vitamins imbibed as an insurance policy in case things all went terribly wrong later. One trip to Inspiral for a raw vegan smoothie and bag of kale chips later, it was down to The Electric Ballroom for The Peckham Cowboys.

Although this was a very early slot, the band were giving it their all – looked great, sounded great, an immense burst of energy and charisma. The five piece and their incredibly cool hats ran through their brand of exuberant, choppy, dirty blues rock showcasing their second album '10 Tales From The Gin Palace'. A real treat to watch.

The clutch of venues near to Camden Town tube station were starting to fill up, and the queue for wristband exchange for the sold-out event was still in full force – this festival was still gathering steam.

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After a lightning quick look at Shattered Skies, Protafield and Stereo Juggernaut, Guildford's Sons Of Icarus blasted on to the stage of The Black Heart with an explosive set that thrilled the capacity crowd.

A stroll up Chalk Farm Road towards The Barfly was rewarded not only with a solid set from Toseland, but with a run-in with a Kraken. Thankfully not the actual sea monster, but free samples of Perfect Storm – spiced rum with ginger beer and lime. These were dispensed from the air tank of a diver wearing a full vintage suit - surreal and delicious.

With full-on chill-out mode attained, the schedule was starting to look increasingly daunting – what the bloody hell to choose next?

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The Howling

As already mentioned, there are 200 bands to choose from – just look at the full line-up below and ask yourself how you would pick. A reminder to keep relaxed about the whole thing.

The highlight of the day for me was undoubtedly the double whammy going on the Jazz Café from 7.00pm until 9.00pm. First up was Ginger Wildheart. He always puts on a great show and tonight he played acoustic guitar, backed by a full band and just went with the flow and engaged the crowd completely.

It felt like the setlist was made up on the spot, and the capacity crowd were in amazing voice as the anthems rang out. Ginger's voice was in great shape and the connection with the band was a joy.

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Just when I still basking in the glow from Ginger's set, The Graveltones took the stage. This duo put on an almighty show – who needs a bass player and the rest when these two people on the stage generated a massive sound and other-worldly grooves, something that absolutely must be experienced.

Guitarist Jimmy O and drummer Mikey Sorbello unleashed raw, powerful, passionate, thunderous tracks. We all know of other heavy blues duos but these guys have their own identity and produced a show that was so much bigger than the sum of their parts.

OK, so Mikey was at times drumming with two sets of sticks, and Jimmy had at least twelve pedals on his board, but still, this was utter genius at work.

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The Graveltones

There was then a choice of The Subways, Orange Goblin, Reverend & The Makers, Johnny Borell and many more. After a quick look in at The Subways who were enthralling The Electric Ballroom it was time to make the agonising decision to bail out at that point, as the trains home had all gone to fuck due to engineering works so there was a real risk of not getting home.

As I went off to do battle with the marauding hordes pouring out of Wembley Stadium after the Froch v Groves fight, nothing could diminish the fantastically happy mood from A Great Day Out.

I was very grateful for the bands that I was able to see, and have to accept that the others will have to wait for another time. Some things are just not meant to be – after all, The Virgin Marys played three sets in total and between us we missed them all...

Roll on 2015 – definitely the rock'n'roll street party of the year.

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FULL LINE-UP

Electric Ballroom 21:15 The Subways
Electric Ballroom 20:00 Dinosaur Pile up
Electric Ballroom 18:45 Turbowolf
Electric Ballroom 17:30 Sonic Boom Six
Electric Ballroom 16:30 Blitz Kids
Electric Ballroom 15:30 Eureka Machines
Electric Ballroom 14:30 Protafield
Electric Ballroom 13:30 The Peckham Cowboys
Electric Ballroom 12:30 New Device

Underworld 21:30 Hacktivist
Underworld 20:30 Fearless Vampire Killers
Underworld 19:00 The Blackout
Underworld 18:00 The Howling
Underworld 17:00 Devil Sold His Soul
Underworld 16:00 Hounds
Underworld 15:00 Boy Jumps Ship
Underworld 14:00 Verses
Underworld 13:00 Sondura

Underworld 00:30 -03:00 Afterparty + The Virginmarys

Proud 21:15 Reverend and the Makers
Proud 20:15 Petebox
Proud 19:00 Exit Calm
Proud 18:00 Trampolene
Proud 17:00 The Struts
Proud 16:00 Goldray
Proud 15:00 Panic the Vulture
Proud 14:00 Tankus the Henge
Proud 13:00 Shiva and the Hazzards
Proud 12:00 Duchess

Jazz Café 21:30 Johnny Borrell and Zazou
Jazz Café 20:30 The Graveltones
Jazz Café 19:00 Ginger Wildheart
Jazz Café 18:00 The Xcerts
Jazz Café 17:00 Paul Hegley Band
Jazz Café 16:00 The Petals
Jazz Café 15:00 Strangefruit
Jazz Café 14:00 4th Street Traffic
Jazz Café 13:00 Saint Agnes
Jazz Café 12:00 The RPM's

Barfly 21:30 Orange Goblin
Barfly 20:30 Hang The Bastard
Barfly 19:15 Bad For Lazarus
Barfly 18:15 Max Raptor
Barfly 17:00 Gnarwolves
Barfly 16:00 Toseland
Barfly 15:00 Straight Lines
Barfly 14:00 The Ratells
Barfly 13:00 Dead Harts
Barfly 12:00 Ugly Love

Dingwalls main 22:15 The Virginmarys
Dingwalls main 21:00 Nine Black Alps
Dingwalls main 20:00 Acoustic TV (Terrorvision)
Dingwalls main 19:00 Whales in Cubicles
Dingwalls main 18:00 Sons and Lovers
Dingwalls main 17:00 Longy
Dingwalls main 16:00 Bleech
Dingwalls main 15:00 Knights
Dingwalls main 14:00 Hero Fisher
Dingwalls main 13:00 Tax the Heat
Dingwalls main 12:00 Walk The Night

Purple Turtle 22:00 Messanger
Purple Turtle 21:00 Deadly Circus Fire
Purple Turtle 20:00 Generation Graveyard
Purple Turtle 19:00 Palm Reader
Purple Turtle 18:00 to the bones
Purple Turtle 17:00 Empire
Purple Turtle 16:00 Exit International
Purple Turtle 15:00 Flood Of Red
Purple Turtle 14:00 The Wild Lies
Purple Turtle 13:00 Romance
Purple Turtle 12:00 Eat The Evidence

Black Heart 22:00 God Damn
Black Heart 21:00 The Hell
Black Heart 20:00 LTNT
Black Heart 19:00 The Dogbones
Black Heart 18:00 Apologies, I Have None
Black Heart 17:00 Crazy Arm
Black Heart 16:00 Crystal Seagulls
Black Heart 15:00 Sons of Icarus
Black Heart 14:00 Shattered Skies
Black Heart 13:00 Menshevik
Black Heart 12:00 Death Koolaid

Hawley Arms 22:00 Slaves
Hawley Arms 21:00 Burning Beaches
Hawley Arms 20:00 Storms
Hawley Arms 19:00 Turbogeist
Hawley Arms 18:00 Deadcuts
Hawley Arms 17:00 Dirty Harrys
Hawley Arms 16:00 Silver Arm
Hawley Arms 15:00 Young Aviators
Hawley Arms 14:00 Arms
Hawley Arms 13:00 Dead Eye Mariners
Hawley Arms 12:00 Weatherbird

Monarch 22:00 Baby Godzilla
Monarch 21:00 Beasts
Monarch 20:00 Plastic Baricades
Monarch 19:00 Bleach Blood
Monarch 18:00 Black Dogs
Monarch 17:00 The Hype Theory
Monarch 16:00 Cytota
Monarch 15:00 Dolomite Minor
Monarch 14:00 Damn Dice
Monarch 13:00 The Broken Chords
Monarch 12:00 Charlie and the Band of Demons

Good Mixer 22:00 The Vex
Good Mixer 21:00 Under The Influence
Good Mixer 20:00 Raglans
Good Mixer 19:00 The Talks
Good Mixer 18:00 The One Hundred
Good Mixer 17:00 My Little Empire
Good Mixer 16:00 The St Pierre Snake Invasion
Good Mixer 15:00 Riskee And The Ridicule
Good Mixer 14:00 The Derellas
Good Mixer 13:00 The Cramatics
Good Mixer 12:00 Fur Cough

Enterprise 23:00 Electric River
Enterprise 22:00 Colt 45
Enterprise 21:00 Calling All Cars
Enterprise 20:00 Dead
Enterprise 19:00 Kenelis
Enterprise 18:00 New Desert blues
Enterprise 17:00 West of the Sun
Enterprise 16:00 LIFE
Enterprise 15:00 Blast Until Moscow
Enterprise 14:00 Avosetta
Enterprise 13:00 Mia Klose
Enterprise 12:00 Attention Thieves

The Cuban 22:00 Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
The Cuban 21:00 Cypher 16
The Cuban 20:00 The Carnabys
The Cuban 19:00 AudioWhores
The Cuban 18:00 Richa
The Cuban 17:00 Aerial Light
The Cuban 16:00 Shoulders of Giants
The Cuban 15:00 Shooting Suns
The Cuban 14:00 Gang of Gypsies
The Cuban 13:00 Remote View
The Cuban 12:00 David Pear

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Beatrice 03:00 Mixhell
Beatrice 02:00 Little Barrie
Beatrice 01:00 Money For Rope
Beatrice 00:00 Rubylux
Beatrice 23:00 Flagship
Beatrice 22:00 Dead Sea Skulls
Beatrice 21:00 A Plastic Rose
Beatrice 20:00 Broken Hands
Beatrice 19:00 I Am In Love
Beatrice 18:00 IC1'S
Beatrice 17:00 The Din
Beatrice 16:00 Love Zombies
Beatrice 15:00 Dumbjaw
Beatrice 14:00 Voodoo Vegas
Beatrice 13:00 Chasing Cadence
Beatrice 12:00 Get Inuit

The Forge 16:30 The Virginmarys
The Forge 15:30 Fearless Vampire Killers
The Forge 14:30 Blitz Kids
The Forge 13:30 Longy
The Forge 12:30 Sean Grant & The Wolfgang

The Black Cap 22:00 Wounds
The Black Cap 21:00 Zoax
The Black Cap 20:00 The Mercy House
The Black Cap 19:00 Drones
The Black Cap 18:00 Mitsubishis
The Black Cap 17:00 Legend In Japan
The Black Cap 16:00 Nevermind
The Black Cap 15:00 Tropical Contact
The Black Cap 14:00 Stereo Juggernaught
The Black Cap 13:00 Mr Shiraz
The Black Cap 12:00 Gem Stone & The Mil Men

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Dingwalls Canal side 22:00 Mavis
Dingwalls Canal side 21:00 Vuvuvultures
Dingwalls Canal side 20:00 The Dash
Dingwalls Canal side 19:00 Paris Pickpockets
Dingwalls Canal side 18:00 The Dirty Truth
Dingwalls Canal side 17:00 The Parade
Dingwalls Canal side 16:00 The Front
Dingwalls Canal side 15:00 Kerri Watt
Dingwalls Canal side 14:00 ITAMAR
Dingwalls Canal side 13:00 Los Pepes
Dingwalls Canal side 12:00 Healthy Junkies

Camden Head 22:30 Verse Chorus Verse Camden Head 21:30 Rob Jones (Missing Andy)
Camden Head 20:30 Oxygen Thief
Camden Head 19:30 The Show
Camden Head 18:30 Jonny Walker
Camden Head 17:30 Star Scream
Camden Head 16:30 Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps)
Camden Head 15:30 Joe Fox
Camden Head 14:30 Sample Answer
Camden Head 13:30 Riskee & The Ridicule

Brewdog 23:30 Crazy Arm
Brewdog 22:30 The Honey Ants
Brewdog 21:30 Adam French
Brewdog 20:30 The Undivided
Brewdog 19:30 Colt 45
Brewdog 18:30 Sam Duckworth (Get cape. Wear cape. Fly)
Brewdog 17:30 Matty James
Brewdog 16:30 Shea
Brewdog 15:30 Jamie Kimmett
Brewdog 14:30 Chris Catalyst (Eureka Machines)
Brewdog 13:30 Milk n Kinski


We would like to thank all the folk at the Record Club for service beyond the call of duty and to say we thought that the bartender makes a wicked Old Fashion!


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grand magus GRAND MAGUS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'FORGED IN IRON - CROWNED IN STEEL'
"Metalheads! Grand Magus are back. We are proud to unleash this iron-clad anthem, we give you... VARANGIAN!"

tyler bryant TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN SPECIAL UK HEADLINE WARM-UP DATE FOR AC/DC EUROPEAN TOUR CONFIRMED
Unleashing their high-proof blend of melody, muscle and psychedelic mystique to well in excess of 600,000 riff-hungry fans across 12 different countries...

klogr MUSE, TOOL, STONE SOUR, RUSH PRODUCER FOR KLOGR'S NEXT ALBUM PLUS NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
Italian progressive metal band unveil the final music video from 'Make Your Stand'...

rage RAGE REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'SPIRITS OF THE NIGHT' PLUS NEW ALBUM TRAILERS
Iconic German metal trio Rage are set to release their new studio album 'The Devil Strikes Again' on June 10th...

bon scott LIFE-SIZED STATUE OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT UNVEILED IN KIRRIEMUIR
The bronze statue is the result of a two-year crowdfunding campaign which was supported by AC/DC and the band's former bass player Mark Evans officially unveiled it...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT GOLDEN GODS, HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Ticket price is a very reasonable £6.66 with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: MOTÖRHEAD'S MIKKEY DEE ANNOUNCED AS SCORPIONS DRUMMER
"We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority..."

alex dickson gun BREAKING NEWS: ALEX DICKSON REJOINS GUN
As exclusively predicted by MetalTalk last week, guitarist Alex Dickson has re-joined Scottish rockers Gun...

cockney rejects WEST HAM UNITED TRIBUTE 'GOODBYE UPTON PARK' TO BE RELEASED BY COCKNEY REJECTS
"We were all born within a mile or so from the hallowed Boleyn ground and have all stood on the terraces through snow, rain and sunshine from a very early age."

ac/dc AC/DC RELEASE TICKET REFUND DETAILS FOR MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
If you don't want a refund, then we'll see you at The Olympic Stadium in London as we think we're about to witness a major piece of rock history...

deep purple IAN PAICE AND DON AIREY SCHEDULE SOLO EUROPEAN DATES AS 2016 DEEP PURPLE TOUR APPROACHES
Deep Purple are kicking off their 2016 tour next month in Japan, before heading to Israel, Russia and Europe in June and July.

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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