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AIRBOURNE Live at the Circus, Helsinki

October 23rd, 2017




19.10 2017


The Australian band Airbourne have gained a steady position among the rock audiences around the world. The band was formed in 2003, and since then they have released four studio albums, including the latest STRAIGHT OUTTA HELL (2016). Airbourne performed Finland in 2009 for the first time, and after that, they’ve been a regular visitor here.  Last summer they performed at Provinssirock, and now they did two club shows, one in Logomo, Turku and another one in Helsinki. Thursday is not the best possible day for rock shows, but the band still managed to attract more than 700 people to The Circus.


By the time Airbourne hit the stage and opened the show with “Ready To Rock,” the crowd was ready for action. Seeing this band working on stage reveals why they’re so popular as they are. Their live shows have always been solid rock  and energetic, and that’s what people want to see. Airbourne keeps things loose enough to be fun, but the band is musically a very well functioning machine. You only have to take a look on vocalist/guitarist Joel O’Keefe, and that’s certainly enough to make you enjoy the band. Joel is a person who looks to be born to be on stage. It’s the fact that he might not be the best vocalist in the world but his stage presence, endless energy and explosive solos throughout the whole set is just convincing. Underneath the frontman, there’s a well-oiled rhythm machine consisting of bass player Justin Street, drummer Ryan O’Keefe and the new rhythm guitarist Harri Harrison who together provided a reliable foundation for the show.

The band has a bunch of great songs. Starting from the rocking opener “Ready to Rock” to final encore “Runnin’ Wild,” most of the songs have great hooks and catchy riffing.  All four Airbourne albums were represented on the set list although it was revolved heavily around the latest release STRAIGHT OUTTA HELL and the debut RUNNIN’ WILD. Both albums were present with five tracks each and there were no fillers in the set. Some people will always say that Airbourne sounds too much AC/DC but the fact is that even they may sound like their role model, they’re still their own animal. Being a rock band without sounding dated or compared to somebody else is almost impossible, and Airbourne has a bag full of great stuff on their own.

The stage setup and the lightning looked great. There weren’t any special gimmicks or effects used during the show. Mostly the guys just held their own plots, banged their heads and did their job. When “Girls in Black” started Joel did his old trick and appeared in the middle of the crowd and broke beer cans using his head. His brother Ryan also stepped once in the limelight and appeared briefly in front of the stage before going back to behind his kit, and the band started the final encore.

Perhaps the highlight of the show came during the encores as Airbourne wrapped up the show with the debut album tracks “Live It Up” and “Runnin’ Wild.” As soon as “Live It Up’s” famous intro line was uttered, the entire club seemed to have their fists in the air, and the atmosphere was tangible. Not so much that people acted like unruly, but there was a kind of positive energy ripped through the air.

Airbourne proved again that they’re one of the best “old-school” rock bands out there. The show was raw, sweaty and high energy performance with no breaks or unnecessary tricks. The band plays very well together and the song material is overall strong. There’s nothing to complain but one thing. The setlist contained only thirteen songs, and it lasted roughly 75 minutes. It was far too little but, other than that, there’s nothing to complain. There aren’t many bands left on this level who still play music like this, but Airbourne carries the flag with the pride. Next year is going the be the bands 15’th Anniversary. Hopefully, we will then receive the next Airbourne studio album and see another tour by the band.





Ready to Rock
I’m Going to Hell for This
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
Down on You
Girls in Black
Bottom of the Well
Breakin’ Outta Hell
Diamond in the Rough
It’s All for Rock ‘n’ Roll
Stand Up for Rock ‘n’ Roll
Live It Up
Runnin’ Wild

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Copenhell Festival 2017 at Refshaleoen Copenhagen, Denmark

September 29th, 2017

Copenhell Festival 2017
Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
22-24/6 – 2017

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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AIRBOURNE Premiere Motörhead Tribute Video

February 28th, 2017

AIRBOURNE have revealed a rip-roaring video for “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll,” the climactic track on their current studio album, Breakin’ Outta Hell – their first for Spinefarm Records.

“It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” was written about Lemmy, a man the band looked up to, befriended and loved, having shared stages with Motörhead on numerous occasions over their decade-plus career, both in Europe and Australia. When they needed someone to drive a large truck (recklessly, of course) in their “Runnin’ Wild” video (2007), Lemmy was the first name on the list, and he duly obliged with a memorable, authority-baitin’ cameo.

Motörhead’s famous “bomber” lighting rig, a noted part of ‘Head history since the late ’70s, was enthusiastically lent to Airbourne by the Motörhead camp, adding real emotional weight to both the “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” clip and the song itself – an anthemic number recorded to honour one of rock’s most revered and influential figures, and also to celebrate the hard rock genre as a whole, the loyalty and the legacy.

“When Motörhead played, Lemmy was there for the fans and the fans were there for him. It didn’t matter what was happening in the world at that point, because Motörhead was onstage; the crew had everything dialled in, and the crowd were there and lovin’ it – all for rock n’ roll,” said Airbourne frontman Joel O’Keeffe. “Whenever we were on tour, we looked forward to seeing the festival posters with the big Motörhead logo on there, and now there’s just a big black hole. ‘We are Motörhead, and we play rock ‘n’ roll,’ we were so used to hearing that, and when it’s not there anymore, it hits you hard. Lemmy meant so much to us, and so much to rock ‘n’ roll itself…”

Airbourne will play at the Download Festival this June, taking to the main stage for the first time.

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Aussie Rockers Airbourne Hit Europe This Summer!

June 30th, 2016

Aussie maniacs Airbourne are hitting Europe this summer prior to the release of their 4th studio Album “Breaking’ Outta Hell” with dates in July and August.
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Hellfest Festival 2015

July 16th, 2015

Hellfest Festival 2015

@ Clisson, France

19th-21st June 2015

Review by Anna Dumpe and Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Gavin Lowery and Ritchie Birnie

Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker.  It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.


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Swedenrock 2015 – Sölvesborg Sweden

July 11th, 2015


Sweden Rock 2015


The Finnish commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The  2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The  weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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Airbourne – Interview with Ryan O’Keeffe (DRUMS)

September 17th, 2014

Airbourne interview with Ryan O’Keeffe (DRUMS)

August 28th, 2014
The Garage, London UK

Interview by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Michelle Murphy

After Australian rockers Airbourne announced their 3-date mini tour in England, UK team had the opportunity to sit down and chat with their drummer Ryan O’Keeffe on the 28th of August just moments before the band hit the stage in London. Read on to find out more about what he had to say about Airbourne’s latest album Black Dog Barking, their touring ventures and plans for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Airbourne @ The Garage, London UK

September 17th, 2014

Airbourne + Skam

The Garage, London UK
August 28, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Michelle Murphy

If there’s a good way to describe Airbourne and what they do in one simple word it’s ROCK’N’FUCKING ROLL. And rock’n’fucking roll genuinely is everything that guys in Airbourne are and what they stand for.

We know Airbourne for their pure and distinctive rock’n’roll sound, explosive and sometimes shocking live performances, as well as raw and endless energy that they manage to maintain throughout constant touring around the world.

Today some of the UK team members are lucky enough to witness Airbourne play a very special show in London on their 3-date-only UK mini tour. After playing multiple festivals and headline shows around Europe, Airbourne decided to return to UK for three unique club performances where fans would have the opportunity to see them play relatively smaller stages than normally and party with the band in a more intimate atmosphere.



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Airbourne with support; The black dog barking tour 2013, Scandinavian leg, Amager Bio Copenhagen,Denmark

November 25th, 2013



The black dog barking tour Scandinavian leg 2013
Black Spiders – special guest
Corroded – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
26/10 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Airbourne with Black Spiders @ Limelight Belfast

October 29th, 2013

 Airbourne with Black Spiders

@ Limelight, Belfast

21st October 2013

Review by Melanie Brehaut

Photography by Paul Verner



If you look in the dictionary under the term ‘rock n roll’ there’s a pretty good chance that there will be a picture of either of tonight’s acts. Sheffield’s Black Spiders and Melbourne, Australia’s Airbourne have both recently released new albums (‘This Savage Land’ from BS in September of this year, while Airbourne revealed ‘Black Dog Barking’ in May), so pairing up to tour again was a bit of a no-brainer, particularly as their previous tour was so successful.

Black Spiders

Black Spiders

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July 17th, 2013

Download Festival 2013

@ Donington Park, UK

June 13th-15th

Review by Anna Dumpe

Download 2013

Download Festival is known as one of the most exciting rock/metal festivals all over the world. It’s usually one of the first events to kick off the festival season and it never disappoints. For eleven years in a row, Download has booked some of the biggest names in rock and metal music scene and 2013 was no different. Three acts to headline the Download weekend of June 13th-15th included Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. However, many other bands appeared on five different stages across the weekend and we were there to catch as many of them as possible. So we offer you to read about our Download 2013 adventures and see what you missed out on, if you weren’t there.


The excitement that kicks in once you arrive to the arena is inconceivable. You see first bands hitting the stage and thousands of heavy metal fans arriving and gathering together. The sun is shining and beer is flowing signalizing the beginning of one of the most exciting weekends of the year.

We’re at Download 2013. This is happening…

Download 2013

Download 2013

The first band we get to catch when arriving to the arena is Asking Alexandria.
While the legendary Uriah Heep are performing on the Second (The Zippo Encore) stage. It’s an easy decision, so we quickly pass the Main stage to kick off our Download 2013 with some good old “Easy Livin’”.

Uriah Heep put on a great show and it’s a pleasure to be watching such a classic band still going strong. They’re still sounding tight and perform some of their greatest tunes they’ve ever written, like “Sunrise,” “Gypsy,” “Look at yourself” and, obviously, “Easy Livin’”.

After a great set by Uriah Heep, we head back to the Main Stage to see Papa Roach.
We wonder if there are still people out there that genuinely love this band, taking that their streak of luck happened quite a while ago. About a minute later our question is answered when we’re nearly swept off our feet by thousands of Papa Roach fans, running head over heels, just to fight their way through the crowd and get to the front of the stage. True story, ladies and gent. It was crazy.

Papa Roach set is everything you’d expect from it. It’s energetic, fun and a bit ridiculous when singer Jacoby Shaddix jumps off the stage to dive in the mud. …but that’s what you do when you’re at Download Festival, right?

Not everyone’s a fan of this band, but trust us on this one. When it comes to hits like “Between Angels and Insects,” “Scars” and “Last Resort,” not a single person in the audience is able to stand still.

After a good shot of energy delivered by Papa Roach, we head over to The Pepsi Max Stage to witness The Sword blast out some epic riffs in the best retro-metal manner. Coming all the way from Austin, Texas to perform material off their new album ‘Apocryphon’ and throw in some good old classics, like “Freya,” The Sword guys prove themselves as a great bunch of professionals that manage to sound live as great as they sound on the record.

Back to the Main Stage and it’s time to see Down.
Phil Anselmo and the boys have chosen to perform a great selection of tunes turning their set into an absolutely ripping performance. Songs like “Witchtripper,” “Lifer,” “Ghosts Along the Mississippi,” “Stone The Crow” and “Bury Me In Smoke” go down exceptionally well.

Best comments in-between songs and the funniest facial expressions delivered by the one and only Mr. Phil Anselmo; there is no stage too big for that man.

Next up on the main stage are Korn with a thrilling and rather challenging set, as they mix all the well-known classics with some fresh material off their latest album The Path Of Totality. Dub step inspired tracks, like “Narcissistic Cannibal” and “Get Up!” go down surprisingly well and the audience seems to be having a blast.

Songs like “Falling Away From Me,” “Coming Undone”, “Did My Time” and “Freak On A Leash” are sounding as powerful as ever and takes us on a sentimental trip back to the 1990’s when nu-metal and dreadlocks ruled the charts and were a part of every teenager’s life.

Next up on the Main Stage are Bullet For My Valentine.
Apologies to all their fans, but no, thank you.

We leave the Main stage to catch the upcoming and in-every-aspect-awesome-and-mind-blowing French trio The Algorithm. They’re on at The Red Bull Studios Stage and deliver a killer of a set. Songs like “Trojans” and “Access Granted” are the right party anthems to officially kick off this Friday night. As amusing it might seem to see hundreds of metal heads bounce around to electronic music mixed with proper metal breakdowns, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see so many people that seek variety in heavy metal genre and are here to support upcoming artists, like The Algorithm.

Just before it’s time to head to the Main stage for tonight’s headliners, we wander off to the Second Stage and catch a bit of Gogol Bordello’s on-stage shenanigans.

Download 2013

Download 2013

Bringing a full band of eight people with him, he puts on a show that’s as entertaining as hectic and chaotic. There’s a mad party happening on-stage and within the audience, as the band performs hits like “Wonderlust King,” “Break The Spell” and “Start Wearing Purple”.

Gogol Bordello is a gypsy punk band you must see if you’re familiar with or a fan of Eastern European and Russian culture, as hearing their music will make you want to down vodka, dance a little stupid and swear in Russian. What a band..!

After a nice day of watching lots of great bands and drinking beer with your mates, it seems that it doesn’t get any better than this, but just because we’re at Download, it does, in fact, get a lot better.

It’s Friday night at Download 2013 and 90’000 people are here in Donington Park to witness Slipknot headline the Main stage for the first time since 2009. The crowd is buzzing with excitement, as we prepare to be blown away by their performance.

Download 2013

Download 2013

Slipknot take the stage with an incredible amount of energy and they manage to own the crowd within seconds.
Opening their set with “Disasterpiece,” Slipknot manage to shake the grounds of Donington like a thunderstorm. Blasting out a hit after hit, they seem to have managed to put together a set list to please any kind of Slipknot fan. Classics like “Wait and Bleed,” “Dead Memories,” “Sulfur,” “Psychosocial” and “Duality”, which is dedicated to Paul Gray, really make the crowd go nuts.

There’s mosh-pits, circle-pits, crowd surfing and random human bodies flying around the place. The performance is stopped twice during songs “Before I Forget” and “Left Behind”, as the safety barrier in front of the stage collapses twice. It’s an absolute madness, but it’s also the best fun we’ve had in a long time.

The band appear to be in a great shape and are sounding superb. Corey Taylor’s vocal parts are sounding immense and Joey Jordison’s drumming is, as always, spectacular and a real entertainment to watch. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan is a great entertainer, as she smacks the hell out of his percussions while spinning up in the air.

After finishing their set with “Spit it Out,” Slipknot return to stage for an encore of “(sic),” “People = Shit” and “Surfacing”.
The band really put their heart and soul into this performance and you would struggle to find a single member of the audience that was left unsatisfied.

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AIRBOURNE Cover Art Revealed

March 14th, 2013


Behold the cover art to Airbourne‘s upcoming third album, Black Dog Barking! The disc will be available everywhere May 21! Produced by award-winning producer Brian Howes, this is the follow-up to 2010’s No Guts. No Glory. The band says, “A lot of thought and effort has gone into this record not only by the band, but by the production crew who worked countless hours, seven days a week, even through Christmas and New Year’s Eve to achieve the best possible performances, backed by real undying tones. Now we’re handing it over to you…so crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”

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AIRBOURNE Release Details For ‘Black Dog Barking’

February 8th, 2013


Australia’s Airbourne will release Black Dog Barking on Roadrunner Records, May 21, 2013.  Produced by award winning producer Brian Howes, this is Airbourne’s third album and the follow up to No Guts. No Glory. which was released in 2010.
Airbourne’s infectious music has been used in more than 20 video games, countless films, trailers, garnered two Top 5 and two Top 10 radio smashes across the Canadian airwaves.  Inspired by the likes of Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Motörhead, Airbourne has been winning fans since 2003 with their high energy, whiplash-inducing, working man’s rock ‘n’ roll.  Airbourne has also racked up numerous accolades and awards including one they took home in 2008 from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. Their first album Runnin’ Wild was named the year’s Best Debut Album. Spin said “Runnin’ Wild, Airbourne’s debut, is a smorgasbord of sledgehammer riffs, crass sex puns, and boozy sing-alongs.”

Hailing from Warrnambool, a small drinking town on the southwestern coast of Victoria, Australia, Airbourne has steadily gained an immense following with their explosive live shows and main stage festival appearances including a headliner spot at Wacken 2011, Rock Am Ring/Park (Germany) and Download (UK).  It’s been a long year and a half for Airbourne since coming off the road mid-2011 to work on Black Dog Barking.  Said the band, “A lot of thought and effort has gone into this record not only by the band, but by the production crew who worked countless hours, seven days a week, even through Christmas and New Year’s Eve to achieve the best possible performances, backed by real undying tones.  Now we’re handing it over to you… so crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”
Airbourne is Joel O’Keeffe (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Ryan O’Keeffe (Drums), David Roads (Guitar), Justin Street (Bass).

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AIRBOURNE – Live at Tampere, FINLAND

December 6th, 2010




October 12’th 2010



Australian rockers Airbourne returned last November to Finland to play two practically sold out shows just less than a year from their last visit here last February. The band is still touring to support their early 2010 release NO GUTS.NO GLORY and it seems that this run will last another year from now on. The future does look good for Airbourne. The band is getting great reviews everywhere and they’re playing bigger venues across the world. In Finland, they last year performed in sold out Club Nosturi for approximately 800 people and band now sold altogether near 3000 tickets in Tampere’s Pakkahuone and Helsinki’s Cable Factory. The band is however still in the early stages of their career, with only two studio albums under their belts, so only time will tell how popular the band will end up to be in their career? 


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Getaway Rockfestival 2010 at Gasklockorna in Gavle, Sweden

October 4th, 2010



Getaway Rockfestival




8-10/7 – 2010


Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall





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