• IMG 4877 - Hands off Gretel get SASS - new interview and video Hands off Gretel get SASS – new interview and video

    With only a week to go until the fantastic Hands off Gretel Newcastle show at the Globe, it’s a good time to share some news regarding the band.

    First off – click here – to read an interview they’ve done recently with Devolution Magazine.

    And – see below for another new music video – this time for S.A.S.S.

    Hands off Gretel play the Globe in Newcastle on 26th October 2018 – support from PussyWillowFurryVenus and Fallen Mafia.   Tickets are £7 in advance or £10 on the door.  Tickets available from seetickets.com. read more

  • 35364355 1983391205064441 73581384010039296 o - Fallen Mafia release debut video Fallen Mafia release debut video

    You may be no strangers to local act Fallen Mafia – they’ve been around a little while and have done many great shows with us over the years.

    Well.  They’ve debut album ‘Awaken’ due out.  To celebrate, they’ve released a video clip for ‘Breathe’ which you can see below.

    ‘Breathe’ was filmed at the Stonedeaf festival.  There they shared the stage with bands like Skid Row, Anvil, Wolfbane and The Quireboys.   With literally just 9 bands, it was great to see them represented. read more

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    We’re pleased to announce that joining Lord Of The Lost on their UK Tour – and therefore kicking us off in Newcastle is some old friends of ours, deadfilmstar and some very new friends of ours, Auger

    The show is at The Cluny on November 21st – tickets from www.seetickets.com

    Auger have been making great strides for theirselves in the past year or so, impressing many audiences and receiving amazing reviews and publicity.

    Check out their video for My Guardian below

    deadfilmstar have a lot wider history – they’ve been up here before with shows including Combichrist, Mortiis and Jayce Lewis. read more

  • 36923470 2252509714977070 399497950700503040 n 770x375 - Hands off Gretel - Kiss Me Girl video Hands off Gretel – Kiss Me Girl video

    40006131 2303122846582423 3989331869823926272 n 300x285 - Hands off Gretel - Kiss Me Girl videoYorkshire grunge punk pop 4-piece Hands Off Gretel unveil new storming single ‘Kiss Me Girl’ ahead of a September/October UK headline run, of shows swiftly followed with a support tour with the VirginMarys in November (all dates below). In songwriter and front-woman Lauren Tate, there’s a force of nature driving the band forwards, on and off stage (Lauren also does all the videos, merch and artwork) that won’t stop until Hands Off Gretel hit the top.

    ​Lauren says, ‘We have been off the radar for a few months, but we have a lot of new songs under our belt now and we are just revving the engine ready to go full throttle. Kiss Me Girl is gives you a flavour of what’s to come! You are going to be hearing a lot more from us over the next few months!’ read more

  • M88A9310 - Hands off Gretel - October show Hands off Gretel – October show

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    We are delighted to welcome Hands off Gretel to Newcastle as part of their October tour.

    Fronted by scream-queen Lauren Tate, the South Yorkshire four-piece bring their mix of garage rock, grunge and pop-rock to the Globe on October 26th.

    “Energy, chaos, nihilism and debauchery abound, a trip with Hands Off Gretel will leave you spent. A beautifully polished ballet of chaos, costume and drama presenting lyrics that echoes the angst and vulnerability of growing up in 21st century Britain.” – Northern Exposure

    Joining the band we have two local supports.

    PussyWillowFurryVenus – who bring their interesting alt-rock over from Sunderland.

    Fallen Mafia – hard rock up from Durham.

    Tickets are £7 in advance – or £10 on the door.  You can buy advance tickets from www.seetickets.com


  • final copy - All you need to know about the 2018 M2TM Final All you need to know about the 2018 M2TM Final

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    Hot Sex For Boys

    Everything you need to know about the M2TM Final.

    This Saturday marks 2018 final of the Newcastle M2TM.

    A winning band will gain a slot playing on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock.

    This is the third year we’ve been doing this and so a little reminder of how things work.


    The final takes place this Saturday, June 23rd, at Trillians Rock Bar.


    For the second year running, we’ve been able to keep entry to the final (along with all previous rounds) free of charge.


    Trillians will be open all day and fans can come and go as they please. We expect the first band to take to the stage at 7.15pm.


    In each final to date we’ve determined the running order by drawing lots on the night – we expect to publish a running order around 6.30pm.


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    Each band has 25 minutes.


    There’s 5 bands. They are Hot Sex For Boys, Kilonova, Love The Sinner, Kraken Waker and The Unholy Concoction.


    Sadly they had to withdraw due to personal reasons. We hope to work with them again in the future.


  • M2TM – Heat 3 write up

    Heat 3, already?

    We’re half way through the heats? This is flying over.

    A horribly close evening where every judge carried a different opinion. Chucking in the crowd reactions and applying to the calculations and formula (there is a process to this, honest. It’s probably more straight forward than I make out).

    So, first up we have Creature.
    I’ve a lot of time for Creature, they’re a fun grunge band and very enjoyable. I kinda hate thinking of stuff like this in any way retro. It certainly feels fresh and relevant.
    They were one of my pre-contest tips to do well, especially as they made the play offs last year – but the opening slot in a tough heat works against them a bit.

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    Dead River Kings are a surprise package. They’ve got their blues driven hard rock thing down to a tee. More than a few nods to Black Stone Cherry. There’s a lot of experience and they’re pretty darn tight. The crowd seems to like them too and that just helps them pinch a place in the semis in the end.

    Mechanical were added into the competition following the late withdrawal of Ellen Moss. They’d originally meant to be in Heat 1, but pulled out on health. But, they’re back now and it’s enjoyable minimal rock. George was in solo last year and, similarly, you can kinda watch and know in your heart that tonight they’re not going through, but enjoy them anway.

    Anti-Bastard divide a little opinion, they’re very loud and very punk. They whistle through an 11 song set list without going over the 25 minute set length. That gives you an idea of the type of punk they are, crusty fast… loud… fun. Opinion splitting.
    Well *I* enjoyed them.

    Actually, I do always find it hard to sound sincere but I genuinely enjoy every band.
    Some in different ways to others, mind.
    But, I dunno – it feels like it’s been a while since I enjoyed a band quite like Skyryder.

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    Skyryder for me… they’re overblown fantasy hair metal. You know all those cheese laiden Maiden sound-a-like bands? Yeah. Hellowe’en, Blind Guardian and about a zillion others.
    And some of those bands are good and some are just cheese guff.
    Well, Skyryder intentionally lay on the cheese but they do it in such a way you can appreciate it.
    They don’t take the piss out of the genre, they poke friendly fun at it – and it’s almost impossible not to smile.
    Imagine Steel Panther except (a) good (b) funny.
    So, well, nothing like steel Panther then.

    They do… however… go into a tough Semi…

    Right… does it get any easier on Thursday *checks line up*

    Oh God….

  • jizzy newcastle - Love/Hate ? Jizzy Pearl previews more music ahead of tour Love/Hate ? Jizzy Pearl previews more music ahead of tour

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    With the UK tour due to begin in just a matter of days, Jizzy Pearl has been previewing more material from the forthcoming album ‘All You Need is Soul’.

    Recently, an audio for ‘High for an Eye’ was released – you can hear that here (clicky).

    There was also recently a video for ‘You’re Going to Miss Me When I’m Gone’.  A link to that is at the bottom of this post.

    Fans and critics alike have been very impressed by these tracks.  There’s a very solid traditional vibe about them.  But, let’s be honest – they’re just damn fine tracks!

    As mentioned, the tour is imminently due to kick off.  The local date is at Think Tank on May 3rd.  Support comes from Emperors of the Wasteland and Doomsday Outlaw.

    Tickets are available online from www.seetickets.com 

    It’s always a pleasure to have Jizzy and co up here, always special nights.  Don’t miss out!


  • M2TM Heat 2 Write Up

    M2TM starts with an uncomfortable headache.

    The lads from Nephilim are quite young looking and lack ID.

    The M2TM Newcastle rules state all band members must be 18 at the time of heat and venue rules is 18+ from 7pm.

    So. Snap discretion – stick them on at 6.30pm and if they get through make sure they arrive with ID for the semis.

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    This does disappoint a few who miss them, which is a shame – they’re a young band clearly brought up on Avenged Sevenfold and they’re certainly tight and competent.

    “No Place to Hide” is certainly a tune and a half.

    Although they don’t get through this time, I do look forward to seeing them again in the future and how they progress.

    Yersin opened the first heat last year and totally set the bar with their energetic grindcore enslaught. They were so so unlucky not to go through last time, but this time around they just own the stage (and space in front of the stage… and half the venue) and again set a bar to beat. They get through this time.
    Looking forward to some ‘Burzum and Chill’ in the semis.

    I kinda feel for Leading Zeroes – they’re really bloody good but must feel quite lost sandwiched between grind and donk. They do produce some fairly enjoyable alt rock and seem well received. Speaking to them afterwards they were in a pretty postive attitude despite not going through, which is something I massively appreciate.
    There were a lot of smiles and nods while they were on, so they’ve at least got some new friends.

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    Next up is the band that makes us all question our life choices – the Newcastle Upon Tyne Speed Donk experience.
    They have an extremely strong fanbase and bring all of the songs about Donk. They are the visual and musical equivalent of a guy in a shark onesie dry humping a guy in a dinosaur onesie.
    Certainly memorable.
    “I think we’re going to stop now because we need to set up because a real band is on next”

    So, Armortura have the, ahem, pleasure of following them and closing.
    And, you know what. They do it well. Proper traditional heavy metal which there’s not been enough of in the Newcastle runs – and decent and tight to boot.
    Certainly raising the curtain at the end and I look forward to seeing them in the semis.


    Looking ahead to next week’s line up… holy fuck, that’s gone be hard to call.