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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.

Watch: Owen Lamont – Just Smile

Belfast songwriter Owen Lamont has been having a pretty good 2018. Back in March, he headed to Nashville with Panarts, spent last weekend at Ballina for Other Voices and has been working on a first album. To keep the good…

September 30, 2018

Culture Night Belfast 2018: Music Guide

Culture Night Belfast is celebrating its tenth birthday on Friday 21st September with what is likely to be another great night in the city’s cultural calendar. Over its lifetime, Culture Night has turned into Belfast’s biggest event, catering to crowds…

September 17, 2018

Watch: VerseChorusVerse – Chord (Gunn Laws)

Music scene stalwart, art scene mover and shaker Tony Wright surprised us all by dropping his latest album out of the blue back in June. A diverse collection of tracks under his VerseChorusVerse moniker, the album scored some impressive reviews. The latest single…

September 17, 2018

NI Music Prize 2018

Northern Ireland Music Prize 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for 2018’s Northern Ireland Music Prize has just been announced. The expanded awards now include Best Single, Best Live Act and Oh Yeah Contender award for best newcomer on top of the traditional Album of the Year. With…

September 11, 2018

Influences Mixtape: Runabay

Hailing from the Glens of Antrim, Runabay seem to have folk music running through their veins. Over the past four years the band have developed a a quiet confidence that has seen them release a string of strongly melodic singles. Their…

September 5, 2018

Hand Models

Watch: Hand Models – Banana

Hand Models, Belfast’s premium providers of catchy indie pop bangers have treated us to a handful of said tracks over the past year or so. The latest single ‘Banana’ comes complete with a ridiculously good video shot on the streets…

August 30, 2018

Get ready for Moira Calling 2018

Moira Calling festival returns for a third year on 7th-8th September, bringing another strong line-up of artists to Moira Demesne. Once again a host of local acts are supplemented by English indie pop band Marsicans. A short train ride from Belfast,…

August 27, 2018

Focal Festival 2018

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