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Ben Magee

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

Rosborough – 26th January 2019

RosboroughSaturday 26th January – An Culturlann, Derry My first impression of An Culturlann is how similar the layout is to that of The MAC in Belfast’s own cathedral quarter. All high ceilings, concrete and edges. Must have been a fad to make your…

February 1, 2019

Watch: Jealous Of The Birds – Blue Eyes

If 2018 was anything to go by, then the new year should prove to be one to remember for alt-rock hopefuls Jealous Of The Birds. It’s only fitting then, that they open proceedings with a winner. ‘Blue Eyes’ is their…

January 31, 2019

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Joshua Burnside – Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Going That Way

Belfast’s premier folk artist Joshua Burnside returns with his newest album ‘Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Going That Way.’ Always far from a one trick pony, Burnside’s latest release sees him flex his creative biceps. While the same…

January 29, 2019

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brand new friend – 24th January 2019

My entire body is somehow rigid and shaking at the same time. I can feel goosebumps travelling down my arms. Sweat starts to pool on my back. Fun Fact: The show was about two hours from starting. I was sitting…

January 29, 2019

AVA Festival Lineup Announcement

One of the biggest music events of the year returns in 2019 with a strong a line up as ever. Following the massive success of 2018, the AVA festival looks to continue its run of successful outings with one of…

January 27, 2019

Stream: Don Maple – Magnets

Canadian/Belfastian psychedelic sorcerer Don Maple returns with ‘Magnets’, the most recent in his growing repertoire of charming jams. Opening with an apache gunship inspired drum track, Maple is soon on more familiar ground with a lo-fi, indie acoustic riff. Maple’s…

January 25, 2019

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Watch: Modern Rome – Under Wraps

Belfast alternative four-piece Modern Rome are back at it again with their latest release, proudly sticking to their trademark lighter, refreshing take on the genre. Following their well-received earlier release, Work In Progress, the quartet return with melodically heavy ‘Under…

January 24, 2019

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Stream: SACHA – Deperson

SACHA, the pseudonym and project for producer Adam Sacha Weston, is now the proud owner of one of Belfast’s most addictive singles. Lyrically pleasing, slickly produced and dripping in stoner rock malevolence, Deperson is a triumph for the local musician….

January 23, 2019

Saint Sapphire sign to Sony Music Entertainment

While we are all comfortable in the knowledge that the best music in the world comes from our small corner of the globe, it’s always nice to see it recognised on a global stage. So it was with great excitement…

January 21, 2019

A Night With Stephen McCorry – January 6th 2019

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

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