By YGTV’s Music Editor
You'd be forgiven for wondering when a decent hard rock/metal band might finally visit Gibraltar (Breed 77 not included) with all the other genres that seem to get their day in our little bastion of newfound festivals and concert fever. Indeed, when we live in a place where people in their 50's will make the AC/DC pilgrimage it does baffle me as to why some of the godfathers of the 70's haven't been brought over but, thanks to the Rock on the Rock Club, all that changes in a few weeks.
2015 is the 10th Anniversary of Gibraltar's premier live venue. Say what you will about the club but it's been, in my opinion, a beacon of light in what I'd describe as a pretty dismal place for live venues. It's the only place with a proper stage and you know when you're playing in front of a packed house it's because the punters have actually paid to see you. That's satisfaction. After a decade of giving possibly every band in Gibraltar and well over a hundred from across the border the chance to perform on their now infamous stage, the club owners Allan and Gina Alman have dipped into their own pockets to celebrate not only the past, but the future as well.
I've known that something 'BIG' was going to happen for a while but when the announcement that SAXON and Skindred were the headliners for the Hard N' Heavy all day concert I was pleasantly surprised! Joined by local bands Come in Leon, Dead City Radio, Soul Within, Angel Wings, Midriff and Spanish favourites Overdry and The Tragic Company, the lineup covers a myriad of genre flavours. I spoke with Allan about the forthcoming concert and he briefly reflected on the past ten years.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Rock on the Rock Club. How does it feel to have been at the helm of the best live music venue in Gibraltar for a decade?
Well I'm not gonna say the 'best', but let others suggest it, that's ok. How does it feel? There have been many ups and downs throughout these ten years, the lowest was the loss of friends and fellow musicians and the highs, seeing young bands develop into seasoned bands in a fraction of the time it used to take. That in itself was well worth the hard work.
You've had many memorable nights at the club, how does it feel to be able to give back and put on the Hard N Heavy concert?
Costly! But well worth every penny even though it hasn't happened yet, and to give the hard bands from here and others a chance to play the big stage, sharing the bill with two massive bands is a great feeling.
You're bringing over Saxon and Skindred from the UK. Why did you go for these bands and how do you think the locals will react when seeing two amazing live bands?
Why? Well Gina had already contacted Skindred some time back but that fell through so when we started getting the festival ready they were already dotted down then going through the booking agent I came across SAXON and they were not available for the 20th of June, the original date, so we changed it to the 27th June. Also it gave the show a bit of a twist because the two bands are quite different but bringing the Hard N' Heavy theme to an explosive meaning.