Category : Music Reviews

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Dead Horse Jive, Ferals + Gnarkats – 16th February 2019

“Lad no joke, we were actually just talking about you.” This is how I am greeted by Sam Foote of Ferals on the top floor of McHugh’s bar. As I begin to answer, a call emerges from Tartarus. Soundcheck is…

February 21, 2019

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Young Blood Future Sounds Music Festival – February 15th 2019

I arrived a little early in an attempt to act like a professional for the Young Blood Future Sounds music festival. At seven o’clock, half an hour before the doors were set to open, I found myself eating council pizza…

February 19, 2019

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Baroda – Walk On Water

    EP’s can come at you from different places. Maybe one gets slipped to you across a sodden bar table. Maybe you get sent one in the post. I became first aware of this particular tape by local four-piece…

February 14, 2019

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THVS – Plague Widows

Belfast-based trio THVS make sharp, visceral, aggressive and blood-pumping music that refuses to be pigeonholed and 2018’s Plague Widows proves this. Across its three tracks of sonic assault, THVS throw down a frenzied amalgamation of hardcore and metal styles, ranging…

February 13, 2019

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Rosborough – Paper Boats

Derry singer Rosborough has been no stranger to success. From his first release, which was lauded by critics, to his recent activities touring with DMA’s, the multi-instrumentalist has been on an absolute tear as of late. Now with the release…

February 12, 2019

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Conor Mason – On The Surface

Conor Mason’s On the Surface has been my commuter companion for the past few days, and in a blatant selfish way I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve definitely prolonged this review for just another listen through in my own…

February 10, 2019

Rosborough – 26th January 2019

RosboroughSaturday 26th January – An Culturlann, Derry My first impression of An Culturlann is how similar the layout is to that of The MAC in Belfast’s own cathedral quarter. All high ceilings, concrete and edges. Must have been a fad to make your…

February 1, 2019

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Joshua Burnside – Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Going That Way

Belfast’s premier folk artist Joshua Burnside returns with his newest album ‘Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Going That Way.’ Always far from a one trick pony, Burnside’s latest release sees him flex his creative biceps. While the same…

January 29, 2019

Brand New Friend - Ben Magee

brand new friend – 24th January 2019

My entire body is somehow rigid and shaking at the same time. I can feel goosebumps travelling down my arms. Sweat starts to pool on my back. Fun Fact: The show was about two hours from starting. I was sitting…

January 29, 2019

Doolittle Revisited – 17th January 2019

Doolittle RevisitedThursday 17th January 2019 – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast Returning to the Oh Yeah Centre in 2019 is the Revisited Series, with the New Year edition focusing on the iconic Pixies album Doolittle – just four months before its 30th release anniversary. Doolittle challenged the standard of…

January 23, 2019

Andy Irvine – 17th January 2019

Any IrvineThursday 17th January 2019 – Black Box, Belfast I must confess that I am new to Irish Folk music, in that this was my first ever gig witnessing trad music first hand.  Before Andy Irvine took to the stage, there was the obligatory purchasing of drinks,…

January 20, 2019

A Night With Stephen McCorry – January 6th 2019

A Night With Stephen McCorry – Sunday 6th January 2019 Stephen McCorry, Arsenic & Lace, John Andrews Voodoo The local music enthusiasts in Voodoo kick off 2019 in the proper fashion, with an evening dedicated to some of the best…

January 15, 2019

Wynona Bleach

Wynona Bleach – Sugar

R51 made as big a name for themselves as any around the Belfast music scene over the last few years. The band played incredible live shows where they went with tracks and an EP, Pillow Talk, that had our own…

January 2, 2019

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Belfest Christmas Special – December 19th 2018

  Belfest Christmas Special – December 19th 2018 Sugarwolf, Zool Hive & Don Maple The Speakeasy “It tastes different.” “What, what do you mean, how can it taste different?” “Literally just taste it, it’s different.” … “Lad it’s literally the…

December 28, 2018

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Quiet Arch Fourth Birthday Party – 21st December 2018

Joshua Burnside, Ryan Vail w/ Arco Quartet, Malojian, Beauty Sleep & Stephen James Smith Friday 21st December 2018 – Elmwood Hall, Belfast There’s an oxymoronic symmetry to celebrating a birth as the year draws to a close. But then, Belfast…

December 27, 2018