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Aaron Cunningham

Chordblossom writer & live reviews editor. History graduate. I love music in its various forms and that's led me here. Enjoying promoting the scene and discovering great new music every day while doing it.

Focal Festival returns this month

Debuted last summer then again in Winter, Focal Festival is returning again this month for another smattering of local music. Based just off Botanic in Belfast’s Crescent Gardens, the line up is the festival’s best so far and as good as any…

August 19, 2018

Brand New Friend Interview 2018

Interview: Brand New Friend

For a lot of bands, the period following a debut album and tour would be one of rest. But for Brand New Friend, things only got busier. The band followed the release of ‘Seatbelts for Aeroplanes’ with a support slot on…

August 2, 2018

Watch: Kitt Philippa – Human

Songwriter Kitt Philippa has captivated audiences in Northern Ireland for years with their expressive, classically driven music. 2013’s ‘Nightingale’ encapsulating that period under the name of Katharine Philippa but failing to fully display the emotional well from which Philippa regularly draws…

July 6, 2018

News: Scratch My Progress 2018 applications deadline approaching

The Oh Yeah Music Centre’s talent development scheme Scratch My Progress has consistently supported bright new talents in Northern Ireland. The programme aims to nurture upcoming bands and artists, providing opportunities, skills and support to help them build their music career. The…

July 4, 2018

Watch: Travis is a Tourist – SOFARSOGOOD

Sporadic releases and a well-travelled lifestyle have at times kept songwriter Travis is a Tourist at arm’s length from the regular Belfast and Northern Ireland music scenes. The man behind the name, Travis Gilbert, has been busy splitting his time between Belfast…

July 2, 2018

Help Musicians NI Transmission Fund deadline this week

Help Musicians have done a lot of great work since expanding into Northern Ireland a couple of years ago. Many of the opportunities available through Help Musicians UK are available through their Northern Ireland branch, including their Transmission Fund for musicians….

June 26, 2018

Last Mandela Hall show announced

Speculation over when the Mandela Hall would finally close its doors has been rife for a while now. With a number of shows in the past few months claiming to be one of the last ever in the legendary venue….

June 21, 2018

Lucy Bell Influences Mixtape

Influences Mixtape: Lucy Bell

Hailing from Downpatrick, Lucy Bell is a young artist with a beautifully delicate voice and a knack for songwriting that has already led her to a busy music career. Playing shows around Northern Ireland, winning awards and songwriting competitions, her music…

June 19, 2018

Women's Work 2018

Women’s Work 2018 kicks off

Now into its third year, Women’s Work festival has become one of the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s flagship events. This year’s festival looks as busy as ever with a varied programme that takes in panels, workshops, film screenings and of course…

June 4, 2018

LARKS

Watch: LARKS – Holiday.

Fiona O’Kane has kept us waiting for the first single from her new pop outfit LARKS. But that’s quite alright, as one listen to that debut single ‘Holiday.’ shows it’s been worth it. Born back in 2016, O’Kane’s LARKS followed the…

May 23, 2018

Influences Mixtape: The Mad Dalton

Around Belfast, Scots-Canadian musician Peter GW Sumadh goes by the name The Mad Dalton. Across a string of releases over the past few years, Sumadh has confidently told tales through classic songwriting often matured in a cask of traditional. He’s now…

May 15, 2018

Premiere: Glass Wings – For A Little While

Limavady/Belfast songwriter Stephen Jones, known in the music world as Glass Wings, has just released the first single from his forthcoming debut album. ‘For A Little While’ sees Glass Wings at the top of his game, with the album hopefully not far…

May 10, 2018

Holywood’s Harmony Live announced with Ryan McMullan live session

The Harmony Live festival is returning for another year, looking to combine big names with local acts in the Co Down town. Previously known as Holywood Harmony, the festival will kick off on Friday 1 June. Taking place across three…

May 7, 2018

Watch: Hit The B Button – Antz With a ‘Z’ Like The Movie

Now with a number of years and a few releases under their belt Belfast based band Hit The B Button returned last week with new EP Let’s Go Somewhere Else. Launched in Belfast’s Pavilion, the first single taken from the release is the…

May 7, 2018

Psychic Eyes

Stream: Psychic Eyes – Electric Rain

Only established in the second half of last year, Psychic Eyes are a bit of an unknown quantity to us. Neither their handful of shows to date nor their woozy and eclectic first single ‘Run and Hide’ appeared on our radar last…

May 2, 2018