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Ben Magee

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

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

junk drawer photo by colm laverty

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

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

Sugarwolf - Photography by riotvan photography

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