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Magnum - HRH PROG VI - Pwlhelli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

Magnum – tour starts this week

Melodic pomp rockers Magnum release their 20th studio album in January followed by a UK tour in February/March.

More information and tour dates
Album review

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On Sunday 4 March in the first hour of his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall chats to FM’s Steve Overland and plays tracks from ‘Atomic Generation’.  In this exclusive edit, Steve chats about career highlights since the 1970s with Wildlife and FM in 2018 (6:32)

FM - Giants of Rock 2018

FM: new album and May tour

Melodic rockers FM will release their eleventh studio album – ‘Atomic Generation’ – in March via Frontiers Records.

The album release will be followed by the band’s first-ever USA appearance in May headlining MelodicRock Fest 5 in Chicago, IL. FM will also headline at the sister festival MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia in June and have been confirmed for Frontiers Rock Festival in April.

UK dates with Dare and Toby Jepson in May will be followed by a further UK tour later this year.

18 May London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
19 May Norwich Waterfront
25 May Glasgow Garage
26 May Newcastle O2 Academy
9 June Manchester O2 Ritz

Shortly before the UK tour in March 2017, David Randall chatted to Justin Furstenfeld for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. In the first hour of his weekly show, David plays tracks from the current and recent albums whilst asking Justin about the band’s background and success in the USA. (First broadcast 26 February 2017).

Blue October play more UK dates in March

Blue October, the platinum-selling Texas-based band, have announced a UK tour in March 2018.  The band will perform eight shows across the country and a single – ‘I Hope You’re Happy’  – will be released on 2 February 2018, just ahead of the tour.

Frontman Justin Furstenfeld said, “I’m honestly more excited than ever to return to England.  Everyone who knows me knows I grew up living and breathing bands from the UK like The Cure, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Cocteau Twins, Stone Roses, and the list goes on and on.  These artists taught me how to write and feel through music.  I’m in love with the U.K. now and forever.”

Blue October has charted ten singles over eight albums with songs like ‘Into The Ocean’, ‘Hate Me’, ‘Home’, ‘Calling You’, ‘Dirt Room’, ‘Say It’, ‘The Chills’, ‘Bleed Out’, ‘Fear’ and ‘I Want It’ from albums such as 2009′s Billboard Top 200 #13 debut ‘Approaching Normal’, 2011′s Billboard #8 debut ‘Any Man In America’, the Platinum-selling ‘Foiled’ and Billboard’s #13 debut ‘Sway.

The bands last album ‘Home” released in 2016 hit #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart.  #1 on the Independent Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Chart.

Friday 16 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 17 – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Sunday 18 – Leeds, Church
Tuesday 20 – Brighton, Concorde
Wednesday 21 – Norwich, Waterfront
Thursday 22 – Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 23 – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 24 – Birmingham, O2 Institute

Saxon - HARD ROCK HELL IX - Hafan Y Mor, Pwlhelli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Saxon: more dates announced

Heavy metal legends Saxon release their latest studio album – ‘Thunderbolt’ – on 2 February via the Militia Guard label followed by UK tour dates as part of a European Tour.

Saxon will be joined by Diamond Head and Rock Goddess on the scheduled UK dates, with special guests Magnum on the Hull date only.

The band have announced Part 2 of the Thunderbolt Tour when will be joined by special guests the legendary American rockers Y&T and Wayward Sons.

The album is available in several formats: CD (Digipack), 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold Sleeve, Special Edition Boxset, Tape Cassette and Digital Download.

Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 1

Fri February 23 – UK, Cardiff University SOLD OUT
Sat February 24 – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
Sun February 25 – UK, Hull City Hall SOLD OUT
Tue February 27 – Holland, Tilburg 013
Wed February 28 – Germany, Saarbruecken Garage
Thu March 1 – Germany, Hannover Capitol
Fri March 2 – Germany, Frankfurt Batschkapp
Sat March 3 – Germany, Dresden Schlachthof

Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour – Part 2

Thur 18th October – Glasgow Barrowlands
Fri 19th October – London Roundhouse
Sat 20th October – Portsmouth Guildhall
Sun 21st October – Manchester Academy

(European dates tba)

Album review

Photo: Simon Dunkerley

Steve Hackett plus orchestra in October 2018

Progmeister Steve Hackett takes a 41-piece orchestra on the road in the UK this October, playing Genesis and solo material.

More information

Photo: Steve Goudie

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THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL, Skegness, Lincs 19-22 January
Featuring Roger Chapman/Family, Lucky Petersen, Nazareth and more.  >> Review
GIANTS OF ROCK, Minehead, Somerset 26-29 January
Featuring HAWKWIND, URIAH HEEP, MAGNUM and more. >> Review
BEARDED THEORY, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 24-27 May
Featuring Robert Plant, Jimmy Cliff, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more.
STONE FREE, O2 Arena, London 16-17 June
Featuring Scorpions, Yes (Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman), Megadeth and more.
RAMBLIN MAN FAIR, Maidstone, Kent 30 June-1 July

Featuring Halestorm, Sons Of Apollo, Blackberry Smoke, Fish, Mostly Autumn, Von Hertzen Brothers and more to be announced.
CORNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL, Oxfordshire 13-15 July
Alanis Morissette, Amy Macdonald, Pixie Lott and more
STEELHOUSE, Ebbw Vale, South Wales 27 -29 July
Featuring Black Star Riders, Stone Broken, King King, Dan Reed Network, Glenn Hughes and more to be announced.
>> News item (Glenn Hughes)
Featuring King King, Laurence Jones, Simon McBride, Connie Lush, My Baby, Kyla Brox and more to be announced.

Gigs to go to


CURVED AIR 26 January-4 March
MAGNUM 20 February-12 March
20 February-31 March
STONE BROKEN/Jared James Nichols/The Bad Flowers, 22 Feb – 7 March
SAXON 23-25 February
SKID ROW/Toseland/Bad Touch, 2-22 March
YES 13-25 March
DAN PATLANSKY/Mollie Marriott, 15-21 March
BLUE OCTOBER 16-24 March
MARTIN TURNER (pictured), 16 March-21 April

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Sweden’s Thundermother release their third album on 23 February via Despotz Records.

The past  year has seen major line-up changes but also significant gigging at festivals like Wacken and on tour with Michael Monroe and W.A.S.P.

ALL THAT REMAINS The Thunder Rolls

The band have made Garth Brooks’ Americana hit single their own.  The band have had five Top 5 albums in the Billboard hard rock album chart.  Released 23 March via Eleven Seven Music.

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