Live Gallery From Stonedeaf 2109, Newark Show Ground, Coddington
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Newark Show Ground hosted the second annual Stonedeaf festival. Featuring another cracking line up.
The showground opened at 10:30 and already folk were starting to gather. With Stonedeaf being a new festival, it’s still gathering momentum, approximately 3000 music fans will enjoy a day to be remembered. The weather gods have chosen to smile again this year as, already, you could hear the grass starting to shrivel under the immense heat and its only 10 am. Blue skies and a slight wind a recipe for some cracking suntans.
So first up we have Samarkind, the battle of the band’s winners who get the honour of opening this year’s proceedings. This Irish Blues Rock Band gave a great opening set that the assembled fans seemed to enjoy.
Up next we have an Aussie favourite, Massive. At last a band from Australia that doesn’t sound like AC/DC and is better for it. Oh and then they played AC/DC’s ‘If You Want Blood ( you got it ) a great choice if you’re gonna cover AC/DC in my book.
Next up we have the Amorettes. Having undergone a bit of a lineup change it was great to see this new band in action, Now featuring Jacinta Jaye and Josie O’Toole from Tequila Mockingbyrd and Laurie Buchanan from Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics, they join Gil Montgomery to give the new line up some added thump and vigor. They sound great as a four-piece.
Brian Tatler’s Diamond Head came on next. Having just seen this epic band play a knockout set at the recent Rock and Blues Custom Show It was always going to be a favourite. The band never disappointed the crowd, horns flying and Brian smiling almost throughout, it was a hot set and the sun shone!
Geoff Tate now had a chance to play Queensrÿche’s 1988 album, Operation : Mindcrime to the now swollen and hot crowd. I have mixed feelings about this guy due to being a fan of Queensrÿche back in the day, but as they say time is a big healer, love him or not he absolutely smashed his set. He’s still got a voice to be reckoned with!
Toby Jepson’s Wayward Sons were up next, I have to admit to these being a personal favourite. Having seen Toby front Little Angels and more recently Fastway, theirs no denying this powerhouse of a frontman, so powerful that they broke the PA! The new album due out soon sounds like it’s going to take the band to the next level.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons are up next. This Legend of a guitarist, sporting a jaunting cap saunters unassumingly onto the stage returning the rapturous applause as he does so. A fan at the front of the crowd, eager with excitement shook his mate and screamed in his face, ‘he played with f**king LEMMY’ and so he did, playing Hawkwind’s Silver Machine and a tribute to all those who have played in Motorhead and have since passed, they played a spine chilling version of ‘The Ace Of Spades’
Nathan James has had a bit of a rough ride of late. With a new line up save for Phil Beaver on drums, Inglorious is indeed glorious again. The new band have put a big smile back on Nathan’s face. With previous band politics behind him, he seems to have survived the transition and the band are now sounding better than ever.
Headliner Glenn Hughes was sadly 35 minutes late hitting the stage due to technical issues. When he did we were treated to some gold old classic rock. His voice is still awesome as he screams his way through the set. always smiling and telling the crowd how he loves them and England is his home, he finished the day in what was a fantastic 1 stage 1 day Festival
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