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Ben Magee

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

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

Stream: Vokxen – Revolution

Single-handedly making the 80’s cool again is no small task, but someone has to do it. Luckily for us, three-piece tour-de-force Voxken have emerged from the synth-drenched shadows to assume the mantle once again. Their latest single, ‘Revolution’, is a…

July 7, 2019

Stream: VerseChorusVerse – Hold On (A Subtle Act of Rebellion)/There Will Come Soft Rains

VerseChorusVerse, aka Tony Wright, is a busy man. Since launching his solo career, he has seen time as the artist-in-residence for The MAC, released another album and a book, and performed in a show centred around the two of them….

July 7, 2019

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Stream: DANI – The Mother Within

With a busy few months behind her, both gig wise and as the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival artist-in-residence, its amazing that DANI has found any time whatsoever to release music of her own. A steadily rising face in the contemporary…

July 7, 2019

Sam Wickens - Photography by Nance Hall

Sam Wickens Album Launch – 13 June 2019

The wet smack of my boots against the concrete stained cobbles belies the mood of my evening so far. I make my way inside tonights venue, The Green Room beckoning for my attendance. I accept its rustic invitation, planting myself…

June 18, 2019

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Queen Zee – 9th June 2019

The date is Sunday 9th of June. The year 2019. I am standing before the doors of Limelight 2. And it is PISSING down (of course it is. Limelight seems to exist in a state of perpetual downpour). Nevertheless, the night…

June 15, 2019

Jealous Of The Birds - Photography by Conor Kerr

Women’s Work: Jealous of the Birds – 5th June 2019

As festival season swings around for its annual stop in our collective minds, tonight saw the inaugural performances of one of Belfast’s more beloved gatherings. Women’s Work, which doubles as a celebration of women in arts and music, as well…

June 11, 2019

Vault Fringe Festival – 1st June 2019

Belfast has no shortage of collectives these days. From the underground DIYness of ZOOL Records, to the forward thinking boundary pushing of Creating A Space, it seems as if there is an appetite for creation in nearly every sector of…

June 6, 2019

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Dandelion Tea – Thank the Rocks for Catching Me

Dandelion Tea return on their newest EP, remaining as elusive as ever. A band known for actively avoiding genre specifications like the plague, their newest releases can go from artsy pop to indie rock to gritty and dark in the…

June 3, 2019

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Ward Park 3 – 25th May 2019

Oddly, I was glad for the rain. ‘Chasing Cars’ wouldn’t have sounded right in the baking sunlight. Ward Park 3, the latest and possibly final instalment of the festival put on by the Bangor boys. And despite being noticeably absent…

May 29, 2019

Pascalwillnotsurvivethis – Lost At Sea

I’ve always naturally drifted towards people with drive. The guys, girls and everything in between who “want it.” Whatever “it” is doesn’t particularly matter, but the “want” is paramount. The people who have a restless drive to get up and…

May 22, 2019

Alice LA - Flowers & Florentines

Watch: Alice La – Flowers & Florentines

An explosion of colour in an underground scene otherwise dominated by indie quartets, the electro-alt soul of Flowers & Florentines is a statement track from Irish singer Alice LA. Having long been one of the scenes better-kept secrets, LA’s latest…

May 17, 2019