Yesterday saw the forth and final (?) Iron Maiden show for 2017. Besides motorway complications on three of the four drives between Manchester then birmingham, and an absolutely sweltering Barclaycard Arena last night they’ve been a fantastic culmination to eight hours worth of music from my joint favourite band. I’m running out of superlatives of how good Maiden have been over the last fourteen months and six shows in four countries. I’m sorely tempted to look into a London show over the upcoming weekend, but I don’t know if I could deal with the wife’s wrath at such short notice.
This bank holiday weekend already already has a few shows marked in the diary using the imaginary pencil. Dub War play their only UK show of 2017, and only their third in the last two years, in Manchester on Friday. Martyr Defiled play locally on the same evening.
Saturday could be a trip to Liverpool for the second Saturday running for some noisy rumblings and a dose of equine blast core! Or I could head over to the East Midlands to catch, amongst others, Onslaught and Divine Chaos at Uprising 2017 in the legendary De Montfort Hall. I’ve also seen a matinee show in Stoke for Saturday too, so I’ll have to see what fits in with work.
On the alleged day of rest there’s a beat down hardcore doss in Manchester with Sheffield’s Malevolence and Arizona’s No Zodiac on the bill. Sunday also sees Acid Reign closing out the Breaking Bands festival which I’d hoped to have gone to for the day, but it sold out quicker than I expected.
Until earlier today I had nothing expected gig wise until Friday. I toyed with the idea of seeing Regulate and Blind Justice – two stateside hardcore bands – with Mancunian band Guilt Trip. They play Birmingham on Wednesday, but I didn’t fancy another southbound M6 trip on a school night. The Manchester show never seemed to be confirmed for the evening after either.
I was pretty resigned to not attending, until the Manchester show was cancelled and the Bare Necessities promoters have dragged the tour to Stoke at the last minute. For a fiver I can’t refuse.
I just hope it goes better than the previous last minute show relocated to Stoke. New York’s Merauder and touring partners from France, Providence, played the short lived Tech Noir venue to no more than a dozen paying customers. All very embarrassing, but with forty eight hours notice I was still expecting a few more.
End Action is from the Long Island, NY, straight band Regulate and taken from their 2014 release Corrupt / Correct which you can purchase digitally for $5 or stream from their Band Camp page and check out their other stuff while you’re there.