Category : Features

Stendhal Festival 2019

Aaron CunninghamArriving on Friday to the sounds of Son of the Hound wafting over the campsite, I’m in time to witness Joel Harkin‘s first set of the weekend on Quiet Arch’s Air Stage. As always the juxtaposition of cheery banter with sad,…

August 22, 2019

Stendhal 2019

Preview: Stendhal 2019

Is your weekend ahead looking a bit bare? You’d be hardpressed to find a better use of your time in Northern Ireland this weekend than Stendhal Festival. The festival returns to Limavady once again, with a three day schedule. With…

August 11, 2019

Influences Mixtape: Amerik

The solo electronic producer has seen a rise to prominence in Northern Ireland of late. Ryan Vail has been celebrated on the back of a few stellar albums, while Arvo Party is making a name for himself. Both have received…

August 1, 2019

Half Bap Recording Studios - Photography by Ciara McMullan

Interview: Half Bap Studios

Behind every great track and band, there are the unsung heroes. The producers. The studio engineers. The mixers. The men and women who make it their mission to make every track that comes their way the best it can possibly be. The North has never been shy of talented individuals who…

July 31, 2019

Influences Mixtape: Valium

Belfast based guitar bands appear to be two-a-penny but few sound like four-piece Valium. The band take just as much influence the world of funk as they do from rock. The scope of their debut EP, released back in March,…

June 25, 2019

Vault Fringe Festival – 1st June 2019

Belfast has no shortage of collectives these days. From the underground DIYness of ZOOL Records, to the forward thinking boundary pushing of Creating A Space, it seems as if there is an appetite for creation in nearly every sector of…

June 6, 2019

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Ward Park 2019 Artist Preview

Ahead of Snow Patrol’s third Ward Park extravaganza, we thought we would give you a run down of the other musicians making up the bill. Kitt Philippa There aren’t many that can convey beauty and grace is music so effortlessly…

May 24, 2019

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Interview: Phil Taggart

From initially playing bass in Colenso Parade to his current occupation as Radio One’s new music expert, label owner and gig promoter, there can be few better placed to offer up advice to budding musicians than Phil Taggart. Thankfully the…

May 5, 2019

Molto Vivo: Berlin Diary

Playing their first show outside of Ireland a few weeks ago, Molto Vivo headed off from Belfast to Berlin to play the city’s Bang On Fest. Needless to say, they were a bit excited for it. Our own Nance Hall went along…

April 23, 2019

Sonja Sleator

Interview: Sonja Sleator

This Saturday Sonja Sleator launches her latest EP, Violent Strawberry with a show in the Pavilion. Ahead of the show Benjamin Magee sat down with her to discuss her new release and the journey up to its release. How did you…

April 18, 2019

Analogue Favourites Part 2 – Record Store Day 2019

To celebrate Record Store Day this year we thought we’d celebrate all things analogue by combining the joy of vinyl with a love of analogue photography amongst our team. We reached out to a number of artists to discuss their…

April 13, 2019

Analogue Favourites Part 1 – Record Store Day 2019

To celebrate Record Store Day this year we thought we’d celebrate all things analogue by combining the joy of vinyl with a love of analogue photography amongst our team. We reached out to a number of artists to discuss their…

April 10, 2019

leo miyagee

Interview: Leo Miyagee

The name Leo Miyagee wasn’t familiar to me a few months earlier, which is strange since ever since I’ve heard the name so many other things started falling into place. That being a collection of Northern Irish rap artists such…

April 10, 2019

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Introducing: #100 – Many a Son

Name: Many a Son Formed: Summer 2017 Hometown: Castlerock Genre: Alt-Folk Line-Up: Ross Johnston (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) & Jordan Orr (Lead guitar, backing vocals) ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name We wanted a…

March 28, 2019

Influences Mixtape: Mob Wife

Fronted by Belfast’s Chris Leckey, Mob Wife formed last year, completed by fellow alternative stalwarts Mark McDaid and Carl Small. Their collective experience in Northern Ireland’s music scene has given their heavy hitting rhythms and cutting lyrics plenty of thrust and…

March 18, 2019