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Festival Reviews

Looking for a recap on your favourite music festivals this year, then check out our variety of reviews from festivals all over the world.  Our team of journalists and photographers bring to life memorable moments from the likes of Bestival, Isle of Wight, Creamfields to Glastonbury, Wireless and more!

You can also check out our full range of photo albums from festivals in our flickr account here

August 2018

Highfield 2018 – Full Review!

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Highfield festival takes place yearly by the Strömthaler Lake near Leipzig, in East Germany. It’s small (35,000 guests) with two stages (Green and Blue). Most notably, Highfield has a beach that is open to guests throughout the day. There’s a DJ stage on the beach along with drinks stands, so the festival vibe is guaranteed

BOA 2018 – NIGHTWISH: Reviewed!

By | August 20th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The final night of Bloodstock 2018 is here, and there’s a distinct chill in the air, closing the main stage are symphonic metal heavyweights – Nightwish. From the moment they were announced last year, Nightwish have been a controversial pick for fans on the forums and social media, a band known as much for their ongoing drama as for their music. Indeed tonight’s showing will be the third lead vocalist BOA has seen with the band (Tarja Turunen; 2003, Anette Olzon; 2008) as Floor Jansen takes to t

BOA 2018 – GOJIRA: Reviewed!

By | August 16th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

Gojira have been long awaited as a headliner here at BOA, and it seems as though the entire population of the festival – some 18 thousand metalheads, have turned out for them tonight. The band waste no time in racing right into the heavy stuff with ‘Only Pain’ and ‘The Heaviest Matter of the Universe’ against a brooding mountain range backdrop, as giant plumes of smoke are blasted out from the front of the stage.

BOA 2018 – Judas Priest: Reviewed!

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s Friday night at Bloodstock and we’re gearing up for the mighty Judas Priest, the stage is set with giant ‘Devils tuning fork’ backdrops and standing props and smoke is billowing in from the sides. Entering to Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ and a barrage of stage lights, Rob Halford is still rocking the signature fringed leather and sunglasses look, despite the now dark skies. Kicking off with brand spanking new track ‘Firepower’ – a polished but ultimately traditional Priest sound, it’s clear we’re i

Roll up! Roll up! It’s the GIANT BESTIVAL REVIEW – 2018!

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Roll up, roll up! It’s the most colourful show on earth! We’re back at Lulworth Castle for Bestival’s second year in it’s new location and it’s 15th Anniversary year, the UK is hotter than Mordor right now and we’ve packed enough glitter to ice an entire season of Drag Race.

Bestival 2018: M.I.A. – Reviewed!

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , |

It’s day three of Bestival, we’re all sunburnt, knackered and happy – but we’re back in the Castle Field eagerly awaiting London bad-gal rapper, artist, political activist and all round boss babe – M.I.A. The main stage is set with billowing yellow drapes reminiscent of a Disney princess dress and a neon archway which looks like you could descend to Moria through it. If you know, you know. The arena is packed out and everyone is looking forward to one last night of debauchery before having to he

Bestival 2018: LONDON GRAMMAR – Reviewed!

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , |

After a stonking warm up of the always incredible (and insane) Grace Jones, and the most spectacular 15th Anniversary fireworks and AV show on Lulworth Castle, we’ve been expecting big things from London Grammar tonight. The sky is cloudless and cool, a welcome relief from the scorching days and the stage is set, well… incredibly minimally.

Bestival 2018: SILK CITY – Reviewed!

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonight, for a marvelous treat – Bestival are giving us the second ever live show of the brand spanking new Diplo and Mark Ronson collab; Silk City. As the castle field fills up and an NYC back-alley set design is rolled onto the stage, the sunburnt masses are gearing up for a night of big beats and laser filled dreams.

July 2018

Deichbrand Festival 2018 – Full Review!

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Full review of the 2018 Deichbrand Festival - With headliners that include Capser, The Killers and Die Toten Hosen this festival promised the exhibit the best of German, British and American Music.

June 2018

DOWNLOAD 2018: The Big Review!

By | June 16th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Would it even be a Download weekend if there wasn’t at least the threat of rain? It’s grey but holding off as we head into the arena for a day of pure rock and metal shenanigans. The first notable difference is the somewhat extreme, and numerous bag checks. We’d been warned via the site and social media that only A4 sized backpacks and smaller would be allowed into the arena, but didn’t realise that there would also be multiple check-points between the car-park and actually getting in to see the

Ozzy Osbourne at DOWNLOAD 2018: Reviewed!

By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s possibly the sunniest day of Download’s entire history and we’re collectively scorched after spending our Sunday rocking out to a wealth of amazing bands and artists. The swirling masse of black clothing is now contrasted by a beautiful tinge of red sunburn and vampiric-sorts are cowering under their parasols awaiting The Prince of Darkness himself… Ozzy Osbourne.

Guns’N’Roses at DOWNLOAD 2018: Reviewed!

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Day two of Download and arguably the most anticipated revival in rock history topping the bill tonight. Yes yes, we’ve all seen some other iteration of Guns’N’Roses… the one where Axl turned up an hour late, got bottled and slipped over… the one where everyone hated Chinese Democracy… the one where Slash just came and did his own thing and everyone completely loved it and uh, Velvet Revolver. But this is it. As close as we’re ever gonna get to a feud-less, most-members, sort-of-real G’n’f’n’R. F

Avenged Sevenfold at DOWNLOAD 2018: Reviewed!

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

The rain has held off all day, we’ve weedled our way into the middle of the black sea of metal-tees - beer in hand, and it’s time for the first headliner of Download Festival 2018 – Avenged Sevenfold. Heading out onto the Donington stage for the first time in 2006, A7X have been firm favourites at the festival, returning in 2011 and then 2014 to headline, but this is something else entirely.

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