Review – Amplified Festival 2017: 21st – 23rd July 2017 (Part 6)

This is the final part of my review series of the brilliant Amplified Festival.

This time last week I was at the festival. It was a great weekend and one of the best line-ups I’ve seen at a festival in recent times. The great news is it will be back next year, so keep an eye out for news about that!

If you missed the earlier reviews in this series catch up at the links below:

Part 1 (Anti-Clone, Massive Wagons):

Part 2: (One Machine, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons)

Part 3: (Crooked Little Sons, Fragile Things, Panic Switch)

Part 4: (Courtesans, Bad Touch)

Part 5: (Massive, Divine Chaos, Unzucht)

Hands Off Gretel

I first saw Hands Off Gretel at the Camden Rocks Festival this year and loved their performance, so I was really looking forward to seeing them again at Amplified.

At Camden Rocks they’d played to a packed house at The Underworld, where there was hardly room to move. The Amplified gig was slightly different as it was in the tent and the stage was very small. However, the performance was just as fabulous.

Lauren Tate (vocals/guitar) is very charismatic and is complemented well by Sean McAvinue (Guitar) and Sam Hobbins (Drums), who both bring passionate and eclectic energy to the performances.

This is a band to watch as they have a certain charm that sets them apart from other contemporary grunge bands.

They have a few gigs lined up, so try to catch them live if you can:

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One of the highlights of the whole festival, for me, was seeing Reef.

They are one of those iconic bands from the ’90s that have so many great songs. Every song comes with a memory attached.

I was torn between watching Reef and watching Diamond Head. The festival had planned for Diamond Head’s set to finish before Reef’s so that everyone could watch both bands but due to one of the stages being closed there was an inevitable clash. Initially, I’d decided to start watching Reef and then maybe go over to watch some of Diamond Head halfway through. However, I knew that once I started watching Reef I wouldn’t want to leave…

It turned out well in the end because I ended up watching the whole of Reef’s set and then saw that Diamond Head were still playing. I caught the last 40 minutes of their show, which was awesome. More about that later.

Reef played for about an hour and a half. Their set included, “Higher Vibration”, “Stone For Your Love”, “Place Your Hands”, “Just Feel Love”, “Naked”, “I Would Have Left You”, “Yer Old”, “Revelation”, “Consideration”, “Don’t You Like It?”, as well as a new song, “Ball and Chain”.

It was an awesome show. Quite a crowd had gathered and they were all singing and dancing along. They were a perfect headline band for the festival.

Reef’s music has stood the test of time and the newer songs they played sounded great. This is a must-see live band. Their funky brand of rock music has a wonderful feel-good vibe.

Keep up with Reef’s news:





Diamond Head

I had wanted to catch Diamond Head because I love their song “Am I Evil”, which I first head when it was covered by Metallica. I’d also listened to some of their other music online, so knew that I would like the show. I was heading over to the tent to meet up with my cousin after the Reef show as she’d chosen to see Diamond Head instead of Reef, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the band were still playing. In fact, they played for another 40 minutes or so, and not only did I manage to watch them play “Am I Evil”, but also their song “Diamond Head”, which was excellent. Every track they played was amazing.

This is a talented band with a powerful classic metal sound. The Diamond Head gig brought the festival to a close in the most delightful way. This is another must-see band that you should try to catch live.

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To conclude, I’d say that Amplified Festival proved to be an amazing festival, featuring some of the best new bands and more established bands from the rock and heavy metal world. I’m looking forward to seeing what the line-up will be for next year. If you like rock and metal you should save a place in your diary for this festival next year as it could well end up being one of the most popular.

There were a few teething problems, to be expected as it was only the first year of the festival. Despite the terrible weather, I think the organisers did everything they could to make the weekend enjoyable for everyone. I was impressed by the facilities. Clean toilets with toilet roll being a major plus point!

They also catered for all types of diets too. There was a vegan/gluten free catering van – The Vegan Pyramid ( Here’s a snap of Courtesans with the stall owners.

There was also a van that made awesome doughnuts. 🙂

I’d highly recommend this festival for great music and atmosphere in beautiful surroundings.

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  1. I didn’t realise Reef were still releasing new music to be honest. I’ll check it out. Their first album back in the 90’s was a favourite, quite psychedelic I thought. And ‘Come Back Brighter’ I really liked from the second album. How did you find the camping Maria?

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    • I didn’t know they were releasing new stuff either, until I saw them at the festival 🙂 The camping wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be but next time I’ll take a mat or inflatable mattress because I only had a sleeping bag and the ground was quite cold and hard!! 🙂

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  2. […] Hands Off Gretel – I’ve seen this band a couple of times this year, first at Camden Rocks Festival and then I made sure I also saw them at Amplified Festival because I really enjoyed their Camden show. If you get a chance, you should try to catch them live. They remind me of bands like Nirvana and Hole. See my review here:… […]


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