Monthly Archives: November 2011


No, not the spectral kind.

Devin Townsend at the Union Chapel last night was simply amazing.

There was no better venue for the performance and, although rather exhausted from the previous three nights (confirmed during ‘Blackberry’), they really made a room already somewhat awe-inspiring so much better.

As one of my favourites, I thought ‘Kawaii’ might bring a tear if not already caused by ‘Feather’, but I could have done with some man-size tissues.

The whole performance was simply amazing and I just wish I could have done it over and over again. I’m not sure that the man himself would, though 😉

Still awe-struck, so I can’t really put into words how good this gig was. If you were there, you’ll know.

Oh, and shout to Mike St Jean for the ‘heart attack’. Even though I knew it was coming, you still got me!

Last Shoot Completed

What a day.

Tonight, a wrap was called on shooting for The Hollow and what a way to end.

I really want to tell you all what an amazing time it has been and more about the shoot, but that would ruin the surprise.

Suffice to say that it was electric thanks to James, Gemma, John Symes, Danny, Hugh, Becki and the wonderful Jessica Messenger.

Editing and finishing is the next stage and all I can say is you’re in for a treat!

A huge thank you to all of the talent displayed throughout the filming and those behind the scenes helping this along.

Ghostly Goings On at The Vic

I’ve heard the stories, seen pictures and even videos like the one below. Nothing prepares someone for a real life experience of a haunting, however.

Those who know me may be aware of my own ‘house guest’, but he seems more Casper than creepy.

Let me start with this video, shot during some background scene filming for The Hollow:

This is after tales of vigils with strange sounds not unlike a grunting, clothing being moved, cold, and a general feeling of spookiness.

Scroll forward to last week, where No Redemption were rehearsing and some friends who were visiting for Hallowe’en were listening. They managed to capture some footage of a boy dancing, possibly the same one as above, and stills of other possible spectres.

So, this evening upped the game. Around 8:40 p.m., the temperature really dropped and the grunt was heard following James Earnshaw around. As well as the general temperature, ‘cold spots’ appeared and even moved with the band.

James had an idea to record the sound, given that the equipment was there. This was a massive success and we located a subsonic noise that had us all baffled as to the cause. Whilst analysing the recordings, we decided to fill the room with the smoke machine and could see disturbances caused that seemed as though an entity of some sort had moved through it. I want to make it clear that there were no natural draughts and the smoke moved as though forced in a particular way.

A general sense of unease remained and I’ve protected my home tonight before writing this.

The Victoria Hotel in Stoke has a history of strange events and this is another one to add to the list. Hoping to do another vigil there for further evidence, but why not pop down yourself and see what you think firsthand?

Quote of the Week

Sadly, nothing has caught my ear this week, so why not send some suggestions this way?

Anything you heard made you laugh? Leave a comment and it shall be included in next week’s poll.

Rather than the anticipated poll, I leave you with this instead:

There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea is asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, somewhere else the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace; we’ve got work to do! (The Doctor’s final words, in “Survival”)


Talent, Talent, Everywhere…

If you’ve ever thought that life would be simpler with one easy to use website with some of the UK’s top talent, then your wish has been granted.

From the musical stylings of No Redemption and Wes Dolan to the acting skills of Melanie Denholme and Rudy Barrow, you’ll find a great wealth of the country’s hottest rising stars at ‘A Great Act‘.

With profiles, pictures, videos and news all in one convenient place, there’s something for everyone.

Oh, and yours truly 😉

All courtesy of award-winning filmmaker Philip Gardiner, who has worked with each and every one of these fine people.

What are you wating for..?

What Would You Ask No Redemption?

This is an opportunity to find out what makes No Redemption tick and your answer could appear on their website.

Simply go to their Facebook page and comment on the status or click this link to get straight to the post.

The best questions will be posted with answers from the band in an FAQ section on the site.

So, thinking caps at the ready and submit your entry…