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Steve Hampson has 56 articles published.

That my first ever gig was The Who at Belle Vue which shows how long I've been going to gigs. However despite always being interested in photography it's only in the last few years I've been fortunate enough to shoot gigs.
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Bullet For My Valentine, Academy, Manchester

Triple Metal Bill wit support from Killswitch Engage & Cane Road Tonight Manchester Academy is hosting three bands all of whom fit in or around the heavy metal, metalcore and nu-metal genre. The popularity of this genre is evident from the fact that all three bands are playing two nights at the venue with both dates being completely sold out. First up are relative newcomers Cane Hill from Louisianna deep in… Keep Reading

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Primal Scream Liverpool Olympia

Formed in 1982 by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie, Primal Scream were originally part of the indie scene but they quickly evolved, taking on board psychedelic and garage rock influences before embracing the flourishing dance scene of the 1990’s. Their classic 1991 album Screamadelica was a massive financial and artistic success and Primal Scream were propelled to the front of the UK music scene and world fame. Screamadelica is still… Keep Reading

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INTERVIEW: Cabbage, Sugarmill, Stoke

Its 8 o’clock on a Saturday night in Stoke and already The Sugarmill is packed, clearly Cabbage’s reputation proceeds them! I’m meeting up with Lee Broadbent and Joe Martin who both front what is the most hotly tipped band of the moment. I meet Joe in the club foyer and ever the host he takes me up to the dressing room to get a beer and grab Lee for a… Keep Reading

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Clint Boon’s Set2Go, Sound Control, Manchester

Manchester’s Sound Control was the setting for an afternoon and evening showcase of eleven local bands over two different stages with a couple of DJ’s thrown in all for the bargain price of £6. Last Sunday saw the first ever outing for Clint Boon’s Set2Go event in association with B33. As is always the case with multiple bands playing sacrifices have to be made so the first band I caught was… Keep Reading

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Cabbage, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Mayhem, madness and magic probably sum up Cabbage’s biggest headline show to date Halfway through a UK tour they returned to Manchester to play a sold out Ruby Lounge. Ticket touts outside the venue are an indication that Cabbage really have arrived. There was a palpable atmosphere of anticipation and excitement once inside as a Cabbage shows are always wonderfully unpredictable. Queen Zee and the Sasstones along with Meat Raffle… Keep Reading

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Farewell To The Tapestry

Not much comes out of Tameside, so in 2010 when The Tapestry finally got their act( and lineup) together there was cause for much rejoicing in the borough. A highly talented four piece who’s highly infectious post punk dance tunes lit up all the Manchester music venues The Tapestry were surely destined for great things. Regular sold out gigs, UK tours, festival appearances and a clutch of singles that begged… Keep Reading

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Dub Pistols & Kioko, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Another triumphant return to Manchester for Dub Pistols You just know a Dub Pistols gig is going to be great as they are probably one of the best live acts around at the moment and Manchester, one of their favourite places to play, is always a special night. Tonight its Manchester’s Ruby Lounge who have the pleasure of hosting the gig and the place is packed with a crowd clearly… Keep Reading

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Boy Interrupted, Memoir of a former Smith by Dale Hibbert

Boy Interrupted, Memoir of a former Smith by Dale Hibbert The history of rock and roll is littered with what if’s and might have been’s, band members who left or got kicked out of bands just before they got that lucky break and the fame and fortune arrived. Pete Best the former Beatles drummer is probably the yardstick by which these things are measured, but Dale Hibbert hardly comes close… Keep Reading

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Alan Merrill and the Arrows, Night and Day, Manchester

Glam Rock star returns to Manchester Wednesday evening saw Night and Day play host to former Glam Rock star Alan Merrill Wednesday evening saw Night and Day play host to former Glam Rock star Alan Merrill a New York musician who many of you will probably have never heard of , but who co-wrote one of the most iconic rock and roll songs of the last 40 years and who’s… Keep Reading

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Neighbourhood Festival 2016, Manchester

A sunny Saturday afternoon saw the start of the first Manchester Neighbourhood Festival when eleven different venues hosted ninety one different acts. Running from mid-day until late in the evening there was a wonderful vibe at all the venues as people criss– crossed the city to the different venues. Whether it was Liam Fray, Blossoms and White Lies or young upcoming bands such as The Blinders and Cabbage that you… Keep Reading

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BILLY BIBBY & THE WRY SMILES (Night And Day Manchester 26th August 2016)

Grabbing the metal: When Billy Bibby suddenly left Catfish and the Bottlemen after 7 years as lead guitarist and co writer, by his own admission he had no idea what he was going to do. After a brief spell as a solo acoustic performer and a debut single “Waitin For You” he grabbed the metal so to speak, recruited a young highly talented group of musicians and hit the road… Keep Reading

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For a good cause – Pete Salisbury’s do-good festival, come by if you can: The past few years has seen a proliferation in UK music festivals but with the choice so great some have struggled to attract the crowds. Some of the more successful festivals have been the smaller, more varied independent ones of which the Rec Rock Festival is one. This not for profit community festival is run by The… Keep Reading

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Morrissey, Manchester Arena

Still a relevant artist – a tour through the icon’s solo career: 20th August 2016: My last encounter with Morrissey ended somewhat abruptly in Warsaw in November 2014 when a remark from the audience caused offence he stormed off stage 25 minutes into the set. Hopefully its unlikely that Morrissey will repeat this in front of what is (despite talk of poor ticket sales) an almost capacity arena. The set… Keep Reading

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Blackthorn Festival 2016

Set on the edge of Etherow Country Park in Compstall close to Stockport and Manchester Blackthorn Music Festival is almost a showcase for young up and coming bands. The relaxed atmosphere in the tranquil surroundings of Whitebottom Farm sees many bands hanging out together and often camping for the whole weekend. With none of the silly food and drink prices seen at the bigger festivals, Blackthorn, at £55 for the… Keep Reading

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The Railway Children, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Formed originally in 1984 in Wigan by Gary Newby, Brian Bateman, Guy Keegan and Stephen Hull, The Railway Children with their dreamy, jangly,melodic indie pop seemed destined for great things. Signed to Factory Records, regulars on the John Peel Show and touring the world supporting REM and The Smiths success seemed assured but despite releasing some great records which topped the indie charts, they failed to achieve mainstream chart hits with only… Keep Reading

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De’Nova, Manchester Academy 3

I’ve seen DE’NOVA three or four times this year and each time has been better than the last, so when  they played Manchester’s Academy 3 on Saturday night I thought I’d catch up with them to see how good they are now. Kevin Daos, Luca Nardella and Sam Hardman have been playing in bands together since they were at high school in Heywood, following the usual route of open mike… Keep Reading

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