LIVE EVIL 2016/DESERTFEST 2017 THE DOME, TUFFNELL PARK, LONDON; ELECTRIC BALLROOM, CAMDEN, LONDON
Late 2016/early 2017 saw a couple of trips up to the smoke to play at heavy-stoner-doom-psych-rock-fests LIVE EVIL and DESERTFEST, the latter being just one of the myriad DESERTFEST shows that run throughout Europe.
With bands such as "PENTAGRAM", "ANTICHRIST", "DEMON" and "DESTROYER 66" at Live Evil and "TURBONEGRO", "BLACK SPIDERS" and "JOHN GARCIA BAND" at Desertfest, you might wonder if we might wonder if we wouldn't be left feeling a little like fish out of water - and slightly aged ones at that! Well, not a bit of it. We were welcomed warmly by staff and audience alike, and both sets turned out to be blasts as we heavy-stoner-doom-psych-rocked our way through a set of material written before most of the attendees were born!
But boy did it rock! The sound was enormous, the light-shows awesome, the experience giddying, but we were inspired into sweat-drenched overdrive. And gotta love those psych-rock-metal-jitter fans, come from all over Europe to get their fix of real live music. There wasn't a trace of condescension or incomprehension and they gave back every bit as much as we were giving, raising the roof at the end of the set. Great talking to everyone afterwards too - so good to see so much enthusiasm for live music.
Yup, foks, rock lives on . . .