Magnum - Giants Of Rock - 4/5


Coming to the close of a blues-rock and prog-fuelled Saturday at Giants Of Rock Festival 2015, British melodic rockers, Magnum, took to the stage at Reds Bar.

A bit sceptical walking into the stage, as earlier in the Festival, The Quireboys had a lot of sound issues that somewhat spoiled the set, and nobody wanted the same to be repeated.

An unusually late time to be on-stage, and also performing in Reds Bar, it was a little bit of a shock to Magnum regulars. Regardless, Bob Catley and the Magnum boys pulled in the flood of fans and played a refreshing set, combining recent material from 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' and 'On the 13th Day', along with a varied selection of Magnum classics from their lengthy back catalogue.

Time and time again, it stands out to me that Magnum fans seem to mimic the passion that the band themselves have when performing their music, and this time was no different. Both the crowd and band gave one hundred percent.

Like the other acts in the 2015 line-up, they had only one hour to wow the crowd, and it's fair to say they did this without a struggle. The set was kicked-off with some of the newer material. ‘Live Till You Die’ seems to be one of the crowd favourite’s now. The impact of the song seems to capture the fans and get everyone into a powerful sing-along from the get-go. As a younger fan of the band, the newer material sits very well with me, but I can imagine the bulk of newer songs might just be a little too much for long time Magnum followers. 

Recent material out of the way, it was time for the classics. ‘How Far Jerusalem’ and ‘Les Morts Dansant’ were possibly the most crowd pleasing of the lot, and in usual Catley form, the passion in the performance is quite something! This set offered almost everything a dedicated Magnum fan could possibly want, but much to my disappointment, ‘The Spirit’ was not played in this set! Boo! Never mind, I'm sure we'll all catch it again soon …  very soon!

It's important to point out that as well as generating the usual atmosphere, Bob Catley’s vocals were near faultless throughout, and the band were tight, but that’s no real surprise, is it? This is a band that I can watch time and time again. Though the set doesn't often change very much, it still gets continued support from the band’s loyal fanbase.


Photography: Copyright- Simon Dunkerly

Review by: Christiane Robinson