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Ben Magee

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

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MOMENTUM: David Gilmore – Elixir

Here at Chordblossom, we are committed to covering the latest and best in Northern Irish music. This week, we are dedicating our coverage to the growing grass-roots Hip Hop and Rap movement occurring in NI. From groups such as Mabfield…

October 10, 2019

Banjaxed Records - Photography By Nance Hall

MOMENTUM: Banjaxed Records

Here at Chordblossom, we are committed to covering the latest and best in Northern Irish music. This week, we are dedicating our coverage to the growing grass-roots Hip Hop and Rap movement occurring in NI. From groups such as Mabfield…

October 10, 2019

Dena Anuk$a Dena Anuk$a - Photography by Nance Hall

MOMENTUM: Dena Anuk$a

Here at Chordblossom, we are committed to covering the latest and best in Northern Irish music. This week, we are dedicating our coverage to the growing grass-roots Hip Hop and Rap movement occurring in NI. From groups such as Mabfield…

October 7, 2019

Creating A Space - Photography By Nance Hall

MOMENTUM: Creating A Space

Here at Chordblossom, we are committed to covering the latest and best in Northern Irish music. This week, we are dedicating our coverage to the growing grass-roots Hip Hop and Rap movement occurring in NI. From groups such as Mabfield…

October 6, 2019

Post Punk Podge and The Technohippies - Photography by Ben Magee

Post Punk​ Podge & the Technohippies – 28th September 2019

With the latter half of the decade coming to a close, the solid swing in Irish music towards DIY, both in performance and industry individuals, has become more noticeable than ever. Belfast based promotion company Sizeable Bear have carved out…

September 30, 2019

Sons Of Burlap – 14th September 2019

Cage The Elephant’s ‘Aint No Rest For The Wicked‘ rang through my head as I hurried through the quickly darkening night, my hands noticeably absent of Boojum (who closes an eatery at 8 pm on a Saturday night? Heathens). It…

September 19, 2019

Mosmo Strange – 14th September 2019

The sheer audacity of Belfast’s independent music acts. The conspiracy that unfolded on the night of 14th September in which they demanded we choose. Seemingly every act in the city had a show of some description on – I made…

September 17, 2019

Stream: Aeons – Welcome to the Land

Music, much like the stock market, has cycles. There will be boom periods in which local, independent artists will have a grip on the local hostelries. Personally, I am having a whale of a time carousing in the funk rock…

September 15, 2019

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Stream: Junk Drawer – Ego Death In Akron, Ohio

Following on from the surreal dystopia of their ‘Year Of The Sofa’ music video, which dropped in the first quarter of this year, noise-rockers Junk Drawer look to build a head of steam behind their latest release ‘Ego Death in…

September 8, 2019

Watch: Alana Henderson – Museum

There are few in Ireland who can match the resumé nor the talent of contemporary folk artist Alana Henderson. Cutting her teeth as a cellist for the then rising Hozier, Henderson has developed and established herself as a force in…

September 3, 2019

Sonja Sleator

Watch: Sonja Sleator – Protection

Flush as Belfast is with singer-songwriter types, occasionally comes an artist who manages to raise their head from the maddening crowd. Sonja Sleator, from both sound and work ethic, falls into the latter category. With a sound that borders country,…

August 25, 2019

Stream: Hunkpapa – Cappuccino

For everything said of Belfast quartet Hunkpapa, one thing is clear: there is little, if anything, complicated about them. Their hooks have a devilish addiction to them, their sound is deceptively simplistic, and their indulgent on/offline personas are almost as…

August 14, 2019

Coaster 2 – 27th July 2019

Amidst the buzz of the Stendhal’s and Electric Picnics of the world, one of Ireland’s better loved one day festivals returned for its second iteration. Coaster, a celebration of Northern music and the intrinsic link between the North Coast and…

August 1, 2019

Half Bap Recording Studios - Photography by Ciara McMullan

Interview: Half Bap Studios

Behind every great track and band, there are the unsung heroes. The producers. The studio engineers. The mixers. The men and women who make it their mission to make every track that comes their way the best it can possibly be. The North has never been shy of talented individuals who…

July 31, 2019

COASTER returns for a second year

With festival season in full swing, it is once again time to return to the coast. ‘Coaster’ returns to The Atlantic Bar for a day of local music and festivities. Headlined by alt-rock darlings Jealous Of The Birds, and flanked…

July 21, 2019