Andy Shaw

WRITER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Andy has been going to gigs for more than 40 years and has a passion for rock music, especially of the extreme variety. He has been shooting and reviewing gigs for a while with MetalTalk, mainly around our beautiful Second City. Andy brings the passion and joy live music gives him via his reporting for MetalTalk.


Andy also has a weekly Extreme Metal Radio show across a number of platforms and a podcast, which exclusively features underground bands and brand-new music. He can also be seen by the side of a football pitch, photographing wherever the mighty Birmingham City travel.

CREATURE – Ill Vision – Brookehorse – Hollow Bones unload at The Asylum

A brilliant night at The Asylum with CREATURE, Ill Vision, Brookehorse, and Hollow Bones. Four bands of slightly differing rock genres, but together it worked. Words and Photography: @andy_shaw16 @hollowbonesuk @brookehorsehc @illvision0121 @creaturenoise @theasylumvenue

Joe Bonamassa / The Blues Master Rocks Utilita Arena in Birmingham

Joe Bonamassa's blues mastery at its finest in his UK Arena Tour finale. Witness his slick guitar playing, underrated vocals, and well-oiled band in action. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @joebonamassa @utilitaarenabirmingham

Heriot, Inhuman Nature and Ordeal – Spectacular Extreme Metal at Devil’s Dog

An explosive night of Hardcore Metal at Devil's Dog, Birmingham's newest Extreme Metal venue. Heriot, Inhuman Nature, and Ordeal deliver a spectacular evening's entertainment. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @devilsdog_digbeth @heriotmetal @inhumannature @ordealukhc

Joe Satriani Wows The Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The guitar maestro Joe Satriani was in action at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and he mesmerises his fans with his complete virtuosity on the guitar, backed by his talented band. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @joesatriani #birminghamsymphonyhall

King Herd Delivers a Cracking Performance in Cannock

King Herd - An electrifying quadruple performance at The Station in Cannock. Read our review of their latest show and get ready for their new album release! @kingherdband Photo: @andyshaw16 Words: Sophie James @stationcannock

Wednesday 13 Talks Inspiration, Murderdolls And Why He Always Stayed True

Discover how Wednesday 13 created Horrifier, amidst Covid-19. Interview Part Two reveals the inspiration behind videos, songwriting and impressive history. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @mrmotherfucker13

INTERVIEW – Wednesday 13 – ‘We took off some of the hair spray and put some blood on it’

INTERVIEW - Wednesday 13 - Part One. Discover the story behind Wednesday 13 latest album, Horrifier, and how the band overcame the struggles of Covid-19 to create their best work yet. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @mrmotherfucker13

Unique Legion Tour / Vulvodynia, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Bound in Fear and Bonecarver smash Birmingham

Unique Legion Tour / Vulvodynia, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Bound in Fear and Bonecarver. Another fantastic night of Death Metal / Deathcore at The Asylum. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @vulvodyniaslam @tltsol @boundinfear @bonecarverofficial @theasylumvenue

Massive Wagons and The Virginmarys rock an electric sold-out Birmingham

Experience the electric atmosphere of Massive Wagons and The Virginmarys sold-out show at Academy2 in Birmingham. Read the review and relive the night! Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @massivewagons @thevirginmarys @o2academybham

Imperial Triumphant and Abduction deliver an intense night of music

Imperial Triumphant and Abduction at The Asylum, Birmingham. Witness the immersive performances of two purveyors of music at the very dark end of the spectrum. Words and Photography: @andyshaw16 @imperialtriumphant @abduction616 @theasylumvenue

Andy Shaw

WRITER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Andy has been going to gigs for more than 40 years and has a passion for rock music, especially of the extreme variety. He has been shooting and reviewing gigs for a while with MetalTalk, mainly around our beautiful Second City. Andy brings the passion and joy live music gives him via his reporting for MetalTalk.


Andy also has a weekly Extreme Metal Radio show across a number of platforms and a podcast, which exclusively features underground bands and brand-new music. He can also be seen by the side of a football pitch, photographing wherever the mighty Birmingham City travel.

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