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Aaron Cunningham

Deputy editor. A latecomer to Northern Irish music, I've been making up for it for most of my twenties.

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Premiere: Alumna – Peach

Rock quartet Alumna may be new but they’ve been growing in confidence since their inception, born from that growing incubator of talent Girls Rock School NI, last spring. After a number of live dates, the band headed into Start Together…

April 8, 2020

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Premiere: Bairie – Not Love

Smooth songwriter Bairie hails from Derry, and is one of the city’s under the radar talents, deserving of a bigger audience. With only a handful of single releases in the past couple of years, a new one has landed at…

April 3, 2020

Arvo Party

Influences Mixtape: Arvo Party

Producer, electronic composer and remix extraordinaire, Arvo Party has made his name through engaging instrumentals, remixes and collaborations. Following on from the eponymous debut and the briefly named II, he released the beautiful titled Love Above All earlier in March…

March 29, 2020

Help Musicians launch Coronavirus Financial Hardship fund

This week Help Musicians announced details of an incredible £5 million fund for musicians going through financial hardship due to the Coronavirus. The effect of the virus and the restrictions on everyday life has had a staggering effect on the…

March 28, 2020

New Pagans – Tour Diary

In early March, a time before the current lockdown, one of New Pagans headed out on their first UK tour. Taking in dates from Glasgow to London, the band brought their darkened alt rock to new crowds as they released debut…

March 27, 2020

And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar announce huge mental health awareness show

Today North Coast heavyweights And So I Watch You From Afar announced a massive show to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in aid of three charities. Taking place on Saturday 28th March, the OK? festival sees the band spearhead a…

March 2, 2020

Output Belfast – 13th February 2020

A bustling, fruitful year on in NI music since last year’s Output guaranteed that this year’s would be unmissable. Though much of it, sadly, is to be missed. With twelve venues, forty-eight bands, and one evening, such is the nature…

February 16, 2020

Hand Models – 7th February 2020

Having not made the short trip to the Ormeau Road’s Pavilion in what feels like an age, a new beginning at the venue seemed as good a time as any for a return. Founded by our very own Addison Paterson…

February 9, 2020

Watch: Kilgour – My Parents Car

Marking a new decade with new music sounds like a good idea to us. Back on 1st January Kilgour did just that with a debut single ‘My Parents Car‘. Kilgour is the new musical venture of Northern Irishman Fionn Crossan, with previous…

January 20, 2020

Premiere: May Rosa – Before I Knew (Summer)

London-based songstress May Rosa has been making after-hours retro pop since 2017. The latest in her line of releases is out tomorrow, but we’re here to bring you a first listen. This is ‘Before I Knew (Summer)‘. Like those tracks before it, May…

January 20, 2020

Quiet Arch founder Lyndon Stephens has passed away

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Quiet Arch founder Lyndon Stephens yesterday morning. Lyndon was a giant of music in Belfast and beyond, with a legacy that stretched far beyond the recent years of Quiet Arch….

January 11, 2020

Northern Irish Albums of the Year 2019

Another year and another bounty of incredible albums. This was the year of widely anticipated debut albums, a momentous collaboration and a few familiar faces; albums with catchy hooks, others experimented, some self reflected and others looked to bigger concepts….

January 9, 2020

NImusicSongsoftheYear2019

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2019: 25 – 1

With the passing of another year, the two major events of Spotify Wrapped and Christmas both fading in memory, it’s time for another end of year list and a look back at the best music 2019 had to offer us….

January 8, 2020

NImusicSongsoftheYear2019

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2019: 50 – 26

With the passing of another year, the two major events of Spotify Wrapped and Christmas both fading in memory, it’s time for another end of year list and a look back at the best music 2019 had to offer us….

January 6, 2020

Careerist – Weird Hill

Careerist have taken their time to get here. Despite earning a reputation as one of the most exciting talents in Belfast under the Hot Cops moniker, they took some away. After the best part of a year, they returned and…

December 19, 2019