Xmas Rocka Day 1 @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK)

ROCK GODDESS / JESS COXX / BLITZKRIEG / WITCHFYNDE / FIST / PERSIAN RISK / CLOVEN HOOF / BLACK ROSE / MYTHRA / JAGUAR

Date: 02nd December, 2016
Venue: O2 Academy Sheffield
Ticket: £59 Festival ticket - £29 day ticket (€69/34 - $72/35)
Promoter: HRH Festivals


It’s always fun to visit new places and new festivals, so I was truly excited for this trip. When I first saw the flyer for the event, it was hard to believe it was true though, with so many good bands on the same billing. It’s rare for me to wanna see every single band on a festival roster but that was the case. There was a bit of confusion around the times though as it was stated the show was to start at 5pm on Friday but when the schedule was posted, it was clear that it all started at 2pm both days. Flights booked already, so I had to make sure that as little as possible was gonna be missed.

Reading that Jarvis Leatherby was to handle the vocal duties, whose day job is with NIGHT DEMON, I was a bit hesitant that it all would be as good as it was with Jamie Manton, his crazy attitude went so well with the frenzy in JAGUAR’s music. On the other hand, Jarvis felt like a better hit that L-G Persson who was in the line-up for a short while. But as usual, JAGUAR sounded amazing and Jarvis’ voice really fitted the songs perfectly. He’s a fan of the whole NWOBHM era, so of course he would do his very best to deliver a good show - why should I have hesitated he could do it? His stage presence was great, perhaps not as frantic as Jamie’s but it worked and now the energy from the rest of the band came through in a much better way. Fantastic “War Machine” and “Prisoner” went down really well and the crowd in the totally packed out smaller venue was 100% with JAGUAR. “Rawdeal” is one of my personal favorites and I’m surprised time after time how damn good “Master Game” sounds live. The dynamics and intensity are much better live than on record. This was suitable dedicated to all ladies in the house and it actually felt very relevant, even if it was fiction when written, these days when domestic violence is daily featured in the papers it made a lot of sense. Still, this is music and it’s all fun and the place was boiling for “Back Street Woman” and “Axe Crazy” in more than one way, damn it was hot. But feeling the atmosphere soon pushed away the inconvenience caused by the heat. And what a start of a weekend of NWOBHM? The bar was set damn high from the start.

JAGUAR setlist:

01. “Dutch Connection”
02. “Battlecry”
03. “War Machine”
04. “Prisoner”
05. “Ain't No Fantasy”
06. “Rawdeal”
07. “Master Game”
08. “Back Street Woman”
09. “Axe Crazy”
10. “Stormchild”

JAGUAR

Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jaguar @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Seeing MYTHRA at ‘Keep It True’ earlier this year, I really liked what I heard, from a musical as well as from the visual perspective their performance was fantastic. But style-wise it’s a little bit too Bluesy for my taste. But their raw sound was bound to go down well in a place like this smaller Academy O2 venue. I missed that in-your-face intensity the massive stage at Tauberfranken-Halle can’t generate. It took like three bars or so into the first song to realize that this one was going to be different and what I missed at ‘KIT’ - the intimacy of course got immense in the small photo-pit but even after that session, this was fantastic. Even with one guitarist short, Alex Perry was on a temporary sick-leave, MYTHRA delivered a very Heavy and intense set. John Roach’s raw guitar sound worked perfectly well on its own; he too is a fantastic guitarist and handled the lead-duties with grace. And there’s no denying that “New Life” and “Warrior Time” are fantastic songs. Also, “Face In The Mirror” and even more so “Still Burning” stood out as one of my favorites of the set.

Again, the support from the crowd was absolutely fantastic and if someone for a second slowed down, you can bet on it that vocalist Vince High was there to boost the crowd again. I was fascinated how hard he was working at ‘KIT’ to get the crowd going; he didn’t have it as hard here but he worked just as hard which make it all fantastic to see and hear. After this treatment, MYTHRA can be on any stage and I’ll like it; it was this complete run-over I need to get really hooked. The downside was that the main stage started their shows halfway into MYTHRA’s set, so it was hard to leave a show this good that’s for sure.

MYTHRA setlist:

01. “Best Is Yet To Come”
02. “UFO”
03. “New Life”
04. “Warrior Time”
05. “Vicious Bastard”
06. “Face In The Mirror”
07. “Still Burning”
08. “Killer”
09. “England”
10. “Machine”
11. “You”
12. “Call to All”
13. “Overlord”
14. “Death & Destiny”
15. “At Least I Tried”

MYTHRA

Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mythra @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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No rest for the wicked and it was tough to leave the small venue when BLACK ROSE were to begin their set at the big stage. I guess the stress had settled for me by then and I was into the schedule a bit at least. Of course it was good to be able to roam freely in the photo-pit as the one for the second stage was very cramped. But the intensity and intimacy sure was lost on this big stage. I've only seen BLACK ROSE once before, again at the ‘Keep It True’ festival, where they did a very good job. They sounded very good here too but there was no chance they could beat the complete run-over that had been, and was still going on upstairs.

But absolutely, “Loveshock” works very well live; it's a great song and it all sounded great. It is the “Black Rose” I've listened to the most though, so “Stand Your Ground” was the real highlight. I really liked BLACK ROSE's attitude on stage, it felt relaxed and genuine even if there is a true Rock 'n' Roll feeling over it too. Bass-player Kiko Rivers rather Punk-y style worked fine and Kenny Nicholson sure looks cool these days with his almost completely white long hair. And it's clear they are having fun playing together these days too. This is key but again, BLACK ROSE couldn't match the impression the bands on before them had made. Perhaps they should have been on the smaller stage also?

Anyway, it was time to run upstairs halfway through BLACK ROSE's set to catch CLOVEN HOOF.

BLACK ROSE setlist:

01. “Dead And Buried”
02. “Biker”
03. “Loveshock”
04. “Riding Higher”
05. “Never Take Me Alive”
06. “Detonator”
07. “Stand Your Ground”
08. “No Point Running”
09. “Knocked Out”
10. “Nightmare”
11. “Party Animal”
12. “Walk It How You Talk It”
13. “Sucker For Your Love”
14. “Boys Will Be Boys”

BLACK ROSE

Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Rose @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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It didn't take long for me to be convinced that this was perfect match and, taking in consideration this was their first ever show together, it was a complete blow-away. Even if the sound wasn't perfect from the photo-pit, there was no doubt that George would pull this off with grace. Getting out of the photo pit, this was confirmed and what a treat it was to get to hear “Highlander” live. The song is fantastic and this version was fabulous. What struck me more was the energy CLOVEN HOOF had on stage. It had been fantastic for both JAGUAR and MYTHRA but this was up one more level, the force was brutal and damn tight.

Another real favorite was “Golgotha” from “Eye Of The Sun” which perhaps isn't tagged as the classic CLOVEN HOOF but is great still, if you ask me. I was wondering why I had so few pictures of PERSIAN RISK as compared to all other bands, but looking back it’s clear; I made a run for it and missed “Nova Battlestar” to get some photos and then back up again to see the final songs of the set from CLOVEN HOOF. And what a treat it was to get to hear “Laying Down The Law” and “Reach For The Sky”; awesome songs and it all sounded fantastic. CLOVEN HOOF has always been very good the times I've seen them, but this was something beyond all other shows. So now it's just to wait to get to hear how CLOVEN HOOF sounds on record with George and Danny.

CLOVEN HOOF setlist:

01. “Inquisitor”
02. “Cloven Hoof”
03. “Kiss Of Evil”
04. “Highlander”
05. “Crack The Whip”
06. “Golgotha”
07. “Nova Battlestar”
08. “Laying Down The Law”
09. “Reach For The Sky”

CLOVEN HOOF

Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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It was good that this was an indoor gig since last time I was to see PERSIAN RISK, it was kind of washed away by a thunderstorm at the 'Headbangers Open Air' festival. It was funny to see the faces of the guys on stage because they hadn't realize what happened and just saw the majority of the crowd run away in the middle of a song. Nothing like this happened here at least. But again, a little as it was for BLACK ROSE, PERSIAN RISK didn't manage to create the same intensity as the bands on the smaller stage. It shows that Carl Sentance has a lot of stage experience with him now though, from the tours with NAZARETH, so he looked very comfortable on the big stage. He's very charismatic and he catches my interest every time, making it hard to look away.

There's no surprise really that the majority of the songs was from the last two releases; “Once A King” and “Who Am I?”, since Carl sings on. I like those records very much, so I don't mind that the set consists of material from these records, still it's a bit strange that no classics had been dug up for an event like this. Ok, “Rise Up” and the set closer “Women In Rock” are classics so that perhaps did it, with the latter of the two been released with Carl on vocals though.

I can't say anything else about PERSIAN RISK other than they're very professional, it all sounded fantastic. I tried to figure out what members were backing him up though but I failed to do so. No matter what, it sounded very good. It must have been very good as I lost track of time, stayed for the whole PERSIAN RISK set and missed FIST completely.

PERSIAN RISK setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “Don't Look Back”
03. “Dark Tower”
04. “Ridin' High”
05. “Soul Deceiver”
06. “Spirit In My Dreams”
07. “Who Am I?”
08. “Fist Of Fury”
09. “Rise Up”
10. “Calling For You”
11. “Women In Rock”

PERSIAN RISK

Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Persian Risk @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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WITCHFYNDE was one of few bands I've never seen live before, so I was looking forward to doing so. They are rather odd and have some really crazy music on their records. On the other hand, they're not as accessible as the rest of the bands on the bill. And I was a bit surprised by the band’s very colorful outfits as they hit the stage. Not that it matters, but it differed from the rest of the bands; I mean, bass player Pete Surgey had a whole red outfit and guitarist Montalo wore a crazy green shirt - it added to the mystery around them. Also, vocalist Luther Beltz contributed to the whole show, with moves like a high priest but dressed as the devil (oh well, a more traditional Heavy Metal outfit) and it all worked very well.

Especially for the first few songs where they really managed to get that cult feeling, that it was a mass rather than a concert. It wasn't the same intensity moving towards the back though. If this was the band changing or the sound not reaching all the way to the back, I don't know. So, the highlights were definitely “Cloak & Dagger” and “Stagefright” but there's no denying that “Stab In The Back” is a great song too.

So, I'm rather biased when it comes to WITCHFYNDE as when it was good it was fantastic, for other songs it fell kind of flat. I should perhaps have listened more to the records prior to the show also; it was ages ago I bought them and it's not often they come out. Judging by the songs I like, not often enough. And if you're like that, WITCHFYNDE should be the band with most original members performing this night... Or at least one of the bands having the same members the longest. Anyway, “Give 'Em Hell” was very cool too.

WITCHFYNDE setlist:

01. “Leaving Nadir”
02. “Cloak & Dagger”
03. “Stagefright”
04. “Stab In The Back”
05. “Rather Go Wild”
06. “Give 'Em Hell”
07. “Conspiracy”

WITCHFYNDE

Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Witchfynde @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I had no doubt that BLITZKRIEG would deliver! They always do and it's always a great treat to see Brian Ross perform. But what I hate with them is that they always start their set with the fantastic “Armageddon”, a track that goes on repeat every time I take out that album. It's of course awesome to enjoy it from up front but the sound suffered a bit in the photo-pit, especially Brian's vocals were mixed very low and potentially mainly out through the PA speakers, making it unclear where I was stuck.

Well, out in the crowed again, BLITZKRIEG kicked off “V” from their fantastic last studio effort “Back From Hell” before more of the classic songs were played. The band has really come together lately; guitarists Alan Ross and Ken Johnson have become very tight, which should be said with the rest also and they sound fantastic. Out in the crowd there was no complaining on how Brian sounded, he was fantastic as always. “Hell To Pay” went down really well and so did the SATAN song “Pull The Trigger” which BLITZKRIEG also has recorded on their own.

One thing that struck me with the whole event was that everyone was so polite and everything was flowing very smooth all night. The place was packed by now, the whole floor as well as the Royal V.I.P balcony. The beer was flowing but it still was a very warm and friendly atmosphere.

“A Time Of Changes” is another favorite and that too sounded amazing - the powerful live sound do the song good. Another real highlight if you’d ask me was Buried Alive”, also a newer track. It's good to see these songs being received well by the crowd, even if that one couldn't measure up to the response “Blitzkrieg” got.

What set BLITZKRIEG apart from the rest of the bands playing on the main stage was that now the same intensity and punch was there, as for the first bands on the smaller stage. There's no wonder that this happens for the bands higher up on the bill though, or it was me starting to get drunk... It was fun and very good no matter what!

BLITZKRIEG setlist:

01. “Armageddon”
02. “Dark City”
03. “After Dark”
04. “V”
05. “Hell To Pay”
06. “Pull The Trigger” (SATAN cover)
07. “A Time Of Changes”
08. “Call For The Priest”
09. “Nocturnal Vision”
10. “Buried Alive”
11. “Blitzkrieg”

BLITZKRIEG

Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Blitzkrieg @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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There were a few surprises when it came to the running order. That Jess Cox was to play after BLITZKRIEG and that ROCK GODDESS was to headline was a bit of a shocker. But seeing the crowd gearing up for Jess Cox I realized I don't have a clue what's big or not in the UK. And TYGERS OF PAN TANG have been around and done some really good records so perhaps, thinking a little further it was no wonder he played when he did. But as the bands prior to him on the bill didn't use their given time, the schedule was ahead now and Jess with band hit the stage 12 minutes before set time. Aaaarghh! New beer in hand and now I was in a hurry. It perhaps wasn't the smartest idea to down the whole thing as quickly as I could, since things got a little blurry after this one.

But it was a good time seeing Jess Cox. I still think today's TYGERS OF PAN TANG is better than what was delivered this night but it was very much fun to hear these classics with Jess on the microphone. The majority was from the “Wild Cat” album, some single material was also picked up in the set. “Slave To freedom”, “Money” and “Suzie Smiled” are classics, and after that beer, they sure boosted my party mood. The set felt very short though, and it was only a short slot he got Jess. Which added to my confusion regarding the running order. But it worked and it was fun.

JESS COX setlist:

01. “Euthanasia”
02. “Straight As A Die”
03. “Rock'n'roll Man”
04. “Slave To Freedom”
05. “Money”
06. “Fireclown”
07. “Suzie Smiled”

JESS COX

Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Jess Cox @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I would be a liar if I’d said I wasn't tired after a stressful day of travel and a whole bunch of good bands (and a few pints of beer too of course). I was still looking forward to seeing ROCK GODDESS though, since they've impressed me the times I've seen them prior this event. The Turner sisters hold a very high class when it comes to musicianship, which Tracy Lamb does also and above this, they put on a good show. It shows though that they're just a trio as the stage feels rather empty on occasion. Musically, I don't think they need more to get a full sound but from the visual aspect, especially when both Jody and Tracy sing the show kind of dies. But it's very good to see Jody's confidence when playing guitar; she's out on the edge of the stage posing like crazy while the solo gnaws on. Still, compared to BLITZKRIEG and also Jess Cox, the stage felt quite empty.

I've said it before, but I sure hope ROCK GODDESS get their new album out soon since “Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right” sounds fantastic and I wouldn't mind hearing it on record too, even if the live version is phenomenal. The two old ones opening the set went down very well too of course, both the self titled debut and “Hell Hath No Fury” are fantastic records and “Satisfied Then Crucified” and “God Be With You” work perfect live.

I really like ROCK GODDESS' easy going attitude and how everything comes very natural which makes it all feel genuine. And they look good doing it so. “My Angel” sounded great but it was the last couple of songs that went down the best; “Heavy Metal Rock 'N' Roll” is just right for a late night session, easy and fun to sing along to. Also, the encores consisting of “The Love Lingers Still” and “Love Is A Bitch” worked fine and it was good to see that people still had energy to support ROCK GODDESS at this late hour. Ok, the night wasn't finished just because the bands stopped playing, it was announced it should be a NWOBHM disco until the morning hours but that was not for me; the only thing tempting after ROCK GODDESS was the comfy hotel bed. It was a very nice first day and that everything was so well-organized when arriving was a surprise, since it seemed to have been a mess prior to the festival. But apart from a few bands starting early, everything flowed very smooth throughout the day. Even if I really enjoyed all shows, it was the bands playing the small stage that one and sort of counting down from start with JAGUAR, MYTHRA and CLOVEN HOOF as the absolute favorite.

ROCK GODDESS setlist:

01. “Satisfied Then Crucified”
02. “God Be With You”
03. “Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right”
04. “Heartache”
05. “You've Got Fire”
06. “To Be Betrayed”
07. “Back Off”
08. “Take Your Love Away”
09. “Make My Night”
10. “This Time”
11. “My Angel”
12. “Drive Me Away”
13. “Back To You”
14. “Flying To See You”
15. “Bite You To Death”
16. “Heavy Metal Rock 'N' Roll”
17. “The Love Lingers Still”
18. “Love Is A Bitch”

ROCK GODDESS

Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ O2 Academy, Sheffield (UK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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