Hard Rock Hell 2021 poster

Hard Rock Hell: The Big Bad Review!

The 14th edition of one of the UK’s premier hard rock festivals went down this last weekend in Great Yarmouth and, luckily, we were there to witness it! 37 bands spread across two stages and three days, it was one hell of a weekend. We didn’t manage to get round all of the bands, unfortunately, but we tried our best. Here is our review!

After a brief opening ceremony of some half naked girls dancing to Rammstein, we get the first band of the weekend, Gypsy Pistoleros! However, we were running late and unfortunately missed both them and the Happy Freuds which sucked because I’m a big fan of both bands! We did, however, make it in for the awesome South of Salem – a band that I had only heard a couple of times in the build-up to this but I have seen the name of everywhere over the last few months, they definitely impressed me! Their unique brand of hard rock was great, and their live show was pretty damn enjoyable. A high energy set from a band who I can see big things from in the future!

Next up were my personal favourite of the festival heading into it, The New Roses. They brought a country rock feel to the show (still weird for a band from Germany) and played a fantastic set of some of their biggest songs, including an awesome extended version of ‘Glory Road’ where the first half was stripped back to just Timmy Rough’s clean guitar and powerful vocals. A stellar set from a band with one of the brightest futures around. My only slight gripe was that the crowd were a little low energy for these guys, but they were clearly saving it all for later…

Next up were another AWESOME band, Black Spiders. Another band that the crowd felt ever so slightly unsure of but one I definitely wasn’t, they owned the stage for a great hour of songs new and old. Coming back after a long hiatus is hard for any band, let alone one of their size, but if their recent self-titled album was any indication before this gig, the band are back to firing on all cylinders and may be on the form of their careers right now. Heck, the fact that they won the crowd over by the end with their newer stuff, not their stuff from back in the day, says it all really. A great continuation of a great day of music!

Unfortunately it was time for the first headliner of the weekend already, but my god did Wildhearts put on one hell of a show to close out the evening. I have to admit, I was a little (more than a little) intoxicated at this point so I cannot remember much about many specific songs in the setlist. However, a good portion of the crowd was a mosh pit throughout the entire set, and I was in there having the time of my life. The Wildhearts are always a fantastic live band but they were on form here, playing one of the best sets I have seen from them and proving that they have very much still got it!