Gathered in the hallowed hall of the Voodoo in Belfast's Fountain Street the long hairs, the scruffs and the associated masses reached into pockets, wallets handbags to pay in, buy ballots and...beer plus other assorted beverages.
|Roaring out the Bad Boat rhythms|
Oars dug into the metallic oceans, each in a groove that rolled with the waves as towering Tom directed proceedings. With songs from the forthcoming 'Drown The Phoenix' as well as some old favourites Bad Boat proved that they are still a massive force to be reckoned with.
|Hey Satan - Bring it on!|
What sets Andy and his manic crew of crazy worshipers at the altar of metal set themselves apart from others by, not only being blindingly proficient, but having a sense of humour.
Yes, a sense of humour. Despite the elegant perfection of what they undertake Zlatanera have a poise and their gigging has produced a sleek and shiny performance that would have the dark lord himself nodding in appreciation.
|Focussing on the rock|
Fresh from pillaging the west of Ireland in the Siege of Limerick RBOTN stormed on stage with their usual swagger (and a new visual). Joe, Gerry and Chris have evolved from 'just another band on the scene' to a real force, capturing the energy that was around the NWOBHM with a fresh edge.
'Defending Two Castles', '...1999' all sounded epic, and the brute defiance of 'Us Against Them' is still the perfect antidote to the pop culture plaguing today's world.
But Darrenfest was more than just another gig in the Big Smoke. It was about raising money for a good cause. There were a raft of raffle prizes that punters willingly threw their pounds towards, less concerned with the prizes than contributing.
And, should you have been one of the unfortunates that missed Darrenfest you can still contribute via this link.
Review by Jonny
Photos by Carolyn McGimpsey
Many thanks to Carolyn from Planet Mosh for the pix
|On the Bad Boat|
|Happy with all the Satans|