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Stormzone – Lucifer’s Factory

I’m into sport and it may have become a cliché, but it does not make it any less true, that momentum plays a big part in deciding winners and losers in sport, especially team sports. A run of confidence-inducing results…

May 20, 2018

Strength N.I.A – 28th April 2018

Strength N.I.A, Locky & John Saturday 28th April 2018 – Nerve Centre, Derry Saturday night’s show in the Nerve Centre took place in the venue’s bigger room, with only about three or four tables set out and the rest an…

May 2, 2018

Brand New Friend Album Launch – 28th April 2018

Brand New Friend Seatbelts for Aeroplanes album launch with support from Hunkpapa & Hot Cops Saturday 28th April 2018 – Black Box, Belfast It’s often a long road for local bands on their way to a first album. For Brand New…

May 1, 2018

Darren Doherty & The Heathen Choir

Darren Doherty & The Heathen Choir – 4th April 2018

Darren Doherty & The Heathen Choir with support from D-Day and Blackbird & Crow Wednesday 4th April 2018 – Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey Paying my first visit to Ballybofey’s Balor Theatre for their (increasingly popular) monthly The Ghostlight Sessions (this…

April 10, 2018

Hunkpapa – 15th March 2018

Hunkpapa with support from Benjamin Smyth Thursday 15th March 2018 – Limelight 2, Belfast Armagh four-piece Hunkpapa have earned themselves an increasingly popular reputation in a short space of time. Establishing themselves over the past year, they’re headlining and selling…

March 19, 2018

Susie Blue album launch – 17th February 2018

Susie Blue album launch with support from Foreign Owl & Molly Sterling Saturday 17th February 2018 – Sandinos, Derry The launch of Susie Blue’s new album was something that kept people talking, a good two weeks prior to the event….

February 22, 2018

Ulaid & Duke Special – 9th February 2018

Ulaid & Duke Special Friday 9th February 2018 – The Duncairn, Belfast ‘Duncairn Gardens, on the Antrim Road, I hope I return here soon’ sings Duke Special, eyes closed, dreads swinging over half of his face. Completely improvised, his voice…

February 18, 2018

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Matthew McDaid – Off The Beaten Track

Matthew McDaid is quickly building a name for himself. Originally from Belfast, McDaid now bases himself in Barcelona. Returning to the music scene with his first album ‘Off the Beaten Track’, he has shown that he is definitely one to…

February 12, 2018

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Buí – Eugene

Earnest, scuzzy low-fi interspersed with spacious acoustic ballads, tied together by broad Belfast vocals. All this and more is to be found on Eugene, the debut album from singer-songwriter Josh Healy’s latest project, Buí. Healey is joined by close friends…

January 30, 2018

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Orlaith & Mollie – Chains

Frequently found busking around Belfast covering everyone from Abba to Zeppelin, Orlaith & Mollie are ready to move on to the next stage in their young careers. The duo have released their own radio-friendly, original material in their debut EP, Chains….

January 16, 2018

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No Great Loss – Eternal Sleep

Across the emerald isle, hardcore has undergone a renaissance. Local scenes from north and south of the border have become amass with a vibrant array of acts pumping out killer riffs and relentless basslines in abundance. Indeed, one such band…

December 5, 2017

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Drakonis – The Great Miasma

The dictionary definition of miasma (‘an oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere which surrounds or emanates from something’) is also a pretty decent description of death/black/extreme metal; fittingly, Lisburn-based extreme metallers Drakonis have included it in the title of their upcoming release,…

December 1, 2017

Rosborough – 18th November 2017

Rosborough with support from Rebecca Mulhern Saturday 18th November 2017 – Nerve Centre, Derry Rosborough’s gig was a sold-out success in the Nerve Centre. With a debut album coming out in 2018, the Derry songwriter performed in the cosiness of…

November 22, 2017

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Les Pantalons – Anybody Dancing?

Anybody Dancing? The new EP by Belfast-based band, Les Pantalons epitomizes punk fusion with bits of alt rock, punk, and a spontaneous combustion of discordant poetry. ‘Somebody New’ best elucidates characteristic vocals bending and contorting around sharp-edged guitar riffs. Think…

November 19, 2017

Stendhal Sessions – 2nd November 2017

Stendhal Sessions: Silences, No Oil Paintings & Rosborough Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine On Thursday 2nd November at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine, Stendhal Festival brought together three local acts together all bringing different yet energetic sounds….

November 6, 2017