Andrew O’Neill – Occult Comedian: A History of Heavy Metal

For people who don’t necessarily like heavy metal

…but if you do, you’ll really like it, we promise.

A hilariously kick-arse tour through heavy metal by the UK’s foremost metalhead stand-up comedian.

Want to learn how to headbang?

Always wondered what happens in a mosh pit?

Keen to learn the difference between blackened thrash and grindcore?

Did you know?

• Any Old Iron by Harry Champion was the first heavy metal record.

• When Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (writer of the songs Hell Bent for Leather, Ram It Down, Delivering the Goods and Breaking the Law) came out as gay in the mid-90s, the metal community was shocked. They later expressed surprise at the defecatory habits of woodland bears and the religious inclination of the Pope.

• It takes the average metalhead ten minutes longer to get ready due to their all-black wardrobe.

• The New Zealand All-Blacks are a rugby team and have nothing to do with heavy metal.

• Satan has all the best tunes… though their second album is patchy.

WARNING: This show will contain references to the musical genre known as ‘heavy metal’, not a loosely scientific defined subset of elements that exhibit metallic properties.

Recommended for ages 16+

“Comedic brilliance.”

“Absolutely hilarious.”

“Andrew O’Neill is like comedy ball-lightning. Fast, electrifying and even funnier than the misfortunes of others.”

Currently on tour see links below to check for dates in a town near you!


About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!