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Ben Magee

Live Editor. I enjoy writing. Mostly because I like working hard and not getting paid for it.

A Night With Stephen McCorry – January 6th 2019

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

January 15, 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

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Alpha Twin – Cloud Mountain

Belfast rocker trio Alpha Twin return with their second EP, Cloud Mountain, an apt name given the colossal new heights aimed for on this three track release. Replacing their blistering pace with a toothsome groove and heavy funk, Cloud Mountain…

December 20, 2018

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SONI Big Xmas Bash – Saint Sapphire, MOSA, The Fake Flirtations & Modern Rome

Saint Sapphire, MOSA, The Fake Flirtations & Modern Rome The Empire Music Hall Thursday 13th December 2018 Step. Music is getting louder. Step. A bald head, glimmering in the moonlight, nods me in. Step. “What’s the name sorry?” Step. The…

December 19, 2018

Wynona Bleach EP launch – 12th December 2018

Wynona Bleach (EP launch) with Hand Models & Joel Harkin Wednesday 11th December 2018 – Duke Of York, Belfast The Duke Of York, one of Belfast’s most prolific venues. Situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, it has seen…

December 16, 2018

Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Adam Grant & Matt Helders – 11th December 2018

Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Adam Grant & Matt Helders Tuesday 11th December 2018 – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Left a bit. Now right. Right, right, right, right rightrightrightrigTOO MUCH. Right. Back to the start, alright, gods sake, ease it in now….

December 14, 2018

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John Andrews & Don Maple – 7th December 2018

John Andrews with support from Don Maple Friday 7th December 2018 – The Barge, Belfast You would think that on this fateful night, your intrepid reviewer would be making his way to the SSE arena for Gary Lightbody and Co….

December 12, 2018

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Gifted: Owen Lamont, Glass Wings, Rory Nellis, Sonja Sleator – 6th December 2018

Owen Lamont, Glass Wings, Rory Nellis & Sonja Sleator Thursday 6th December 2018 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast Some venues you associate with a feeling or a sensation. The buzz of overhead lights. The roar of the crowd. For The Empire,…

December 9, 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews & Joel Harkin – 2nd December 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews with support from Joel Harkin Sunday 2nd December 2018 – The Black Box The wet slap of DMs on cobbled streets. The flat stench of stale cigarettes and beer foam as you approach the door. The venue…

December 6, 2018

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Jealous Of The Birds Secret Gig – 29th November 2018

Jealous of the Birds, Mosmo Strange Thursday 29th November 2018 – Zool Records, Belfast “I am… lost.” Co-founder of Zool Records Nolan Donnelly stalks the floor of his office. Hopefully, he finds himself at some point, as there’s a show…

December 3, 2018

Modern Rome & Buí – 10th November 2018

Modern Rome, Buí Saturday 10th November 2018 – Sunflower Bar, Belfast My brow furrows as I do a third and final scan of the landscape in front of me. Long black levers, each connected to the gossamer glow of their…

November 28, 2018

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Glass Wings – Everything and Nothing

Glass Wings, other than being one of the least useful inventions of all time, is the moniker for Belfast based musician Stephen Jones. Performing in his current state since 2016, Jones’ debut album Everything And Nothing is a positive first…

November 26, 2018

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VerseChorusVerse – Outro

VerseChorusVerse (VCV), either the most basic wikihow recipe ever or the musical persona of one Tony Wright. A musician by trade and a veteran of the scene, having toured extensively when younger and being a founding member of collective And…

November 19, 2018

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Stream: Blue Whale – Shortbread Fingers

Music collective Blue Whale has gained quite a name for themselves on the local and national scene. The experimental five-piece from Belfast is known for pushing the boundaries with their music, bringing questions such as “what is a song?” and…

November 5, 2018