Category Archive: Concerts

May 04 2016

The Blockheads | The Studio, Hartlepool 30:04:16

It felt strange entering the Studio in Hartlepool having only been there once since i staged both of The Progmeister festival’s there a few years back. It appeared stark and almost youth club like compared to how it used to be. It amazes me that such an important music resource and hub isn’t better looked …

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May 02 2016

Yes | Newcastle City Hall 29:04:16

A cold Friday evening in Newcastle was a good reason to sit inside a warm Newcastle City Hall and watch one of prog’s leading and legendary bands Yes. Like other such bands of their generation they have recently suffered a huge loss in their ground braking bassist Chris Squire. It was humbling therefore to witness …

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Jan 31 2016

Steven Wilson | Newcastle City Hall 30th January 2016

I couldn’t think of a better place to be on a freezing cold January evening than Newcastle City Hall watching an artists who has become a contemporary musical icon. Steven Wilson certainly does fit the bill and the welcome he got from his audience was testament to it. After a period of watching the fascia …

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Sep 20 2015

King Crimson | The Lowry, Salford

I was at both an advantage and disadvantage as i set off for Salford (11th September 2015) to watch Prog legends King Crimson. Firstly i have very limited knowledge and experience of King Crimson, their history or their music. I considered this an advantage because it meant i was experiencing something fairly new to me. …

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Aug 15 2015

Big Big Train | Kings Place 14th August 2015

First of all i have a huge thanks to say to a certain Barbie Draper without whom i would not have been able to attend the Big Big Train gig performed in the delightful surroundings of Kings Place on Friday 14th August 2015. Her misfortune was my gain. Big Big Train tick a lot of …

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Jul 09 2015

Camel | York Barbican 8th July 2015

  Camel returned to the live music seen only a couple of years ago after an absence of what seemed to be a life time. It was a heart warming return and one that so many Camel fans were more than pleased about. the bands 2015 tour sees them playing no less than six UK …

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Oct 29 2014

Steve Hackett | York Barbican October 26th 2014

Having already seen two shows on the Genesis Revisited Juggernaut i hadn’t intended to travel to any of the extended tour gigs. However, my recent disappointment with BBC’s Genesis documentary and blog ramblings there of didn’t go unnoticed by team Hackett so off to York i went to watch the band perform a slightly different …

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Oct 10 2014

Snake Davis Band | Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt

I got a message from Paul Birchall a few days ago to remind me that he would be playing a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt with the Snake Davis band and i simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to see Snake Davis again after the last one i attended in Stokesley a few months ago. …

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