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Benjamin Magee

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

BBC Day Of Music: Across The Line – 28th September 2018

Susie Blue, Wynona BLeach, LARKS Friday 28th September – The Speakeasy, Belfast Queens’ new Speakeasy reeks of having something to prove… which it does. Say what you want about the local scene, but they have a long memory and there…

October 4, 2018

Ethan Hanna – Welcome To The Batlands

Lisburn’s own Ethan Hanna burns onto the scene with his debut album Welcome To The Batlands. Whimsical, mature and full of surprises, Hanna’s first foray into the album landscape is an accomplishment in melody. From the onset, the talent of…

September 30, 2018

dreamreading band

Dreamreading – Calibrate

The term ‘calibration’ conjures thoughts of precision and correction, of straight edges and pristine measurements. Ironic then, that Northern Irish quartet Dreamreading would title their EP as such, given the delicious bumps and variations that make their 16-minute debut so…

September 27, 2018

Culture Night Belfast – 21st September 2018

Auspicious does not do justice. Culture Night in Belfast, one of the biggest nights of the calendar year, completes its first decade. As my head bobs against the window on my train, however, I am drawn to the faces around…

September 25, 2018

Fox Colony EP launch – 11th September 2018

Fox Colony EP launch with support from ROE, Cherym, Sweater Cult Tuesday 11th September 2018 – Voodoo, Belfast “You’re a writer are ya? Tell ya what son.” A rapid succession of finger jabs into his chest, “You should be writin’…

September 13, 2018

Don Maple

Watch: Don Maple – Never Loved You Better

Following the success of his previous release Sweet and Sour, Belfast based troubadour Don Maple rolls out the red carpet for his latest single ‘Never Loved You Better‘, a psychedelic sonnet dedicated to enjoying the simple things when life is…

September 11, 2018

SX-70 100 Suns

Stream: SX-70 – 100 Suns

Belfast Quartet SX-70 pilot a successful re-entry with their third single ‘100 Suns’. Breezy, expansive and spirited, the development in mentality, both in composition and aural quality, is marked when comparing the first two singles to this one. 100 Suns…

September 3, 2018

Hand Models Summer Party – 30th August 2018

Hand Models Summer Party Thursday 30th August 2018 – Limelight 2, Belfast Playing a gig at the Limelight. An experience money can’t buy for a local band. Carrying the same weight amongst Belfastians as The Roxy or The 100 Club…

September 2, 2018

sarah mccreedy

Stream: Sarah McCreedy – Older

Flush as the North is with musical talent, singer/songwriters have long been a staple of the scene and remain one of our biggest cultural exports. Enter Co. Down hopeful Sarah McCreedy, who fits the mould of the modern singer/songwriter by…

August 28, 2018

Lost Avenue Band Photo

Lost Avenue – Fears

It would seem in modern months, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to the punk rock renaissance happening in Derry. It would appear that every other day there is new EP or album coming out of the walled…

July 22, 2018

Watch: ROE – Hey Thomas

ROE, aka Roisin Donald, has once again seen fit to strut her luxurious rhythms and hooks through the airwaves on her newest song ‘Hey Thomas’. Known for her infusion of sweet indie licks, razor glass vernacular and clawing lyrics, ROE…

July 15, 2018

Surf Green – One Hundred Percent

Punk rock three-piece Surf Green released their latest EP 100 Percent and were gracious enough to forward me a copy to tell you, the people, what I think of it. In a sentence: it’s loud, it’s fast and it’s punk….

July 8, 2018

the wood burning savages stability

The Wood Burning Savages – Stability

The Wood Burning Savages‘ debut album ‘Stability’ features boundless energy, modern sophisticated riffage and a bubbling ferocity that has it perfectly fit the mould of the modern era of rock. Produced by local sound engineer Rocky O’Reilly at the Start…

July 2, 2018

Premiere: WASPS – Here Comes Mothra

Ahead of their free gig in Foundry this Saturday, Belfast based two-piece WASPS gave a sneak peek of what to expect with their newest song ‘Here Comes Mothra’, premiering here on Chordblossom. The lead single from their second EP is a…

June 22, 2018

The Bonnevilles – 15th June 2018

The Bonnevilles album launch, with support from Amy Montgomery, Colin Geddis & Conor Keys Friday 15th June 2018 – Mandela Hall, Belfast Mandela Hall. One of the most iconic live venues in Belfast’s storied history. Playing host to The Clash,…

June 17, 2018