The third time was the charm for Danish metal band Volbeat, when they arrived in Belfast on Thursday night (19th May 2022) for the start of their European tour. Playing to a sold out crowd at the city’s celebrated Ulster Hall, the Danes - “and one New Yorker!” - blasted through their set with a renewed sense of vigour.
Whitesnake kicked off their 2022 trek at the 3Arena in Dublin on Tuesday night (10th May), with a hits-packed set that left the crowd in rapture from the off. Billed as their ‘Farewell Tour’, the hard rock heroes were ably backed by Foreigner and Europe, for a night bursting with classic rock staples.
Missed out on tickets for Electric Picnic 2022? Fear not, as signing up for the National Dairy Council Tour De Picnic 2022 17km run or 80km cycle is your final chance to nab a golden ticket to the sold out festival. Funds raised by will go towards three worthy charities this year; LauraLynn Children’s Hospice, Ronald McDonald House and ISPCC Childline.
Almost five years after their last triumphant visit to London, Helloween returned to Brixton Academy on Wednesday night (4th May 2022) for a masterclass in metal. Headed by front men Andi Deris and Michael Kiske, the seven-strong Pumpkins Reunited took the capital by storm, ably abetted by Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall.
Grammy award winners Dream Theater arrived in Belfast on Wednesday Night (20th April 2022) for their first ever gig in the city, and their first show on the island of Ireland in twenty years. The neo progressive icons were in town at the SSE Arena to kick off the European leg of their tour in support of 2021 release ‘A View from the Top of the World’.
Indie superstars James, led by renowned showman Tim Booth, have joined the line up for 2022's Black Deer Festival. The latest additions also include Grammy-nominated Nashville star Cam, Americana poster boy Hiss Golden Messenger and folk-pop favourites Darlingside, who will join Van Morrison, Wilco, The Waterboys, Jake Bugg, Imelda May, Drive-By Truckers and Foy Vance at the event which takes place from 17th -19th June at Eridge Park, Kent.
Six strong genre blending collective Bare Jams are taking their heady brew of reggae, dub, soul, pop and ska across the UK for some Spring tour dates. Kicking off in Brixton on 14th April 2022, the run takes in seven stops across the UK.
Recent Grammy Award winners Dream Theater are due in Belfast next week, for their first ever Northern Ireland date. The show, taking place on Wednesday 20th April 2022 at the SSE Arena forms part of a wider UK tour that also takes in dates in Newcastle, and London.
Download Festival has today announced major site improvement plans for 2022, including unparalleled accessibility improvements and sustainability initiatives. Making its highly anticipated return with its first full-capacity festival in three years, Download 2022 is the big reunion of the UK rock community and will take place on 10th – 12th June at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Satriani has praised Deep Purple for hiring fill-in guitarist Simon McBride to step in for Steve Morse, calling the Irish player’s recruitment “a great call” by the band. Satriani made his comments while speaking to eonmusic about new album ‘The Elephants of Mars’, which is due for release on 8th April 2022.