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THUNDER - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, 14 March 2015

Thunder and Vintage Trouble top the reviewers’ favourites

In our end of year ‘Best of 2015′, Thunder have topped the albums list with ‘Wonder Days’.  Best Live Act is Vintage Trouble who recently played a series of dates in the UK.

Thunder will be on tour in the UK next February and ‘Wonder Days’ was described by Live Editor Dave Wilson “… yet another highly polished collection of blues laden rock songs which will have the Thunder faithful smiling from ear to ear…this is Thunder back at their rocking best.”

Also in the Top 5 selection, Blackberry Smoke, King King and FM.

Features Editor Pete Feenstra described Vintage Trouble: “…a balance between spectacle, intensity, deep soul, R&B and good old fashioned rock and roll.”  Also rated amongst the best live acts are old stagers The Tubes and Renaissance.

From 7 December, readers and listeners can vote for their own favourites and also win a selection of 2015 albums.  The popular vote will be published 21 December.

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The Best Of 2015

Winter Rocks Returns with The Temperance Movement, Fozzy and many others on 5 December

The Temperance Movement

After the huge success of Winter Rocks Festival 2014, the rock all day event returns on Saturday 5 December with an even bigger line up of international and rising artists.

Keeping to its Sheffield roots, the event will take place at The Corporation: an award winning music nightclub that has been established for over 20 years in the heart of the city.

Headlining the main stage will be British rock & blues band THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT.  The band release their new album ‘White Bear’ in January 2016.

American hard rockers FOZZY (featuring WWE’s wrestling superstar Chirs Jericho on vocals) will be main support and they will be bringing US metal heavyweights NONPOINT with them to play the event.

Buffalo Summer - Live Rooms, Chester, 11 November 2015

Amongst the other bands appearing at this all-day event U.S. rockers CROBOT and SCORPION CHILD and, from the UK, highly-rated TAX THE HEAT and upcoming bands THE DIRTY YOUTH, SKARLETT RIOT, BAD TOUCH and FALLING RED.

On the second stage there is a mix of rising stars and Sheffield talent with headliners Welsh rockers BUFFALO SUMMER (pictured) and the main support LIBERTY LIES.

Promoter Stuart Turner is delighted with the level of bands that have been attracted to Winter Rocks: “I always wanted to do an all day event where I could give rising Sheffield bands the chance to play with exciting touring artists. “

Winter Rocks Festival 2015 takes place at Corporation, Sheffield on Saturday 5th December. Doors at 12pm and tickets are priced £25 available from www.corporation.org.uk

Photos by Simon Dunkerley
Winter Rocks 2014 (review)
Gig review (Crobot, Scorpion Child, Buffalo Summer, 11 November 2015)

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Prog-pop rockers Stackridge continue their farewell tour in November.

The band have decided to “call it a day” after many successful years of touring and recording. They say: “It just seems like the right time to do this while we are performing at our peak with the best live line up we have ever had”.  The last gig of the Final Bow Tour will be at The Fiddlers , Bristol on Saturday 19 December 2015.

December 11 (Friday)
Farncombe Music Club, St.Johns Church, St.Johns Street, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EH
Tickets: www.julianlewrymusic.com Ticket hotline: 01483 421520
December 19 (Saturday)
The Fiddlers, Willway Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4BG
THE FINAL GIG ! There will be an aftershow party until 2.00am !
Tickets From : www.wegottickets.com and bristolticketshop.co.uk Tickets: www.fiddlers.co.uk Ticket hotline: 0117 987 3403

For further info: www.stackridge.net

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Saturday December 12 Ripley, Town Hall
Sunday December 13 Newcastle, The Cluny
Monday December 14 Morecambe, The Platform
Tuesday December 15 Leeds, The Brudenell
Wednesday December 16 Bristol, The Tunnels
Thursday December 17 Derby, The Flowerpot

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