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Bird & Bramble: Early Doors…

While scrolling through the never-ending negativity that is Facebook in 2017, I fell upon a post (see full post here) written by local DJ JORDAN in relation to The Menagerie in Belfast. The post was a call for people to…

December 17, 2017

Who We Are: Girls Rock School NI 2017

Words by Shannon Delores O’Neill Established in March 2016, Girls Rock School Northern Ireland was the very first collective of its kind in the whole of Ireland, north and south. Since then, there is now a Girls Rock! Dublin; with…

December 6, 2017

Influences Mixtape: The Tragedy of Dr. Hannigan

The musical love child of two fine Northern Irish musicians, The Tragedy of Dr. Hannigan introduced themselves with a bang and a wallop earlier this year before dropping a debut album ‘Fawkes Ache’ in October and by all accounts, a ripping…

November 23, 2017

Preview: Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017

There is no shortage of great music being released by musicians and bands from across Northern Ireland and that is evident in the list of shortlisted albums for the Northern Ireland Music Prize. Amongst the twelve albums shortlisted there’s well…

November 8, 2017

Influences Mixtape: MMODE

While brother and sister pairing Lucy and Thomas Gaffney are no strangers to the music world, their latest musical adventure MMODE has only been around for the blink of an eye. Launching themselves with first single ‘Waiting in the Desert’, the…

October 26, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Reevah

Hailing from Derry, Reevah may have only released a small handful of tracks to the world in the past year, but what she has released in that time has been of the highest quality. The chilled atmosphere of first single ‘Daydreamer’ was…

September 26, 2017

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Bird & Bramble: When You’ve Made It

It’s a funny thing making it. The destination in your mind, the seal of approval, it’s so vague. I mean how do you know when you’ve ‘made it’? Does someone tell you? Is there a party and the cake reads…

September 19, 2017

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Studio Diary: Sonja Sleator At Millbank Studios

Ahead of the release of her second EP, Sonja Sleator discusses the challenges of achieving a full band recording as a solo artist. The hope was that working with Michael Mormecha in Millbank Studios would bring out the best in…

September 12, 2017

The Crawling Metal Days 2017 On Stage

Tour Diary: The Crawling – Metal Days

THE INVITATION The Crawling have been fortunate enough to play some very cool festivals over the last few years, and 2017 has added Metal Days to our CV. Special thanks to Simon Hall from Bloodstock, as he selected us following…

August 13, 2017

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Influences & Inspirations: Aislinn Logan

Northern Irish raised, London based Aislinn Logan has impressed in her short career to date. Logan’s knock out vocals are often paired with acoustic guitars and electronic elements such as on latest release ‘So Loud / Dance With Demons’. We asked the…

August 9, 2017

Rews - Glastonbury 2017 - Photo by Mick Rees

Tour Diary: Rews – Glastonbury 2017

So for the second year in a row, we found out we were fortunate enough to be playing Glastonbury! Last year was our debut on the Glastonbury scene, with three gigs in some of the smaller venues over three days…

August 6, 2017

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Bird & Bramble: Grab it…it’s yours

It’s about 5 years ago this month that I first had my face near a microphone. Five years… In one way it feels like only yesterday that I sat with my no-name, no-brand guitar and wobbly lip and sang three…

July 30, 2017

Susie Blue Glastonbury

Tour Diary: Susie Blue – Glastonbury

So to start with, WE PLAYED FRICKING GLASTONBURY!! I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, after around a year as a band we’ve played most musicians dream gig. It was a complete honour to play the Bread and Roses…

July 23, 2017

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Tour Diary: Silences – Glastonbury

Silences have long been tipped as one of the next big bands to come from Northern Ireland. Their penchant for releasing exquisite and engaging new music is undiminished and it was no surprise that they managed to secure themselves several…

July 3, 2017

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Bird & Bramble: The Kids Are Alright

You may know Amy Joyce and Stefanie Campbell as the minds between local gig promoters 3for3, but the pair have much more lofty ambitions. The 3for3 gigs will continue but the formation of Bird & Bramble is a statement of…

June 28, 2017