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Ben Magee

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

Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Adam Grant & Matt Helders – 11th December 2018

Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Adam Grant & Matt Helders Tuesday 11th December 2018 – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Left a bit. Now right. Right, right, right, right rightrightrightrigTOO MUCH. Right. Back to the start, alright, gods sake, ease it in now….

December 14, 2018

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John Andrews & Don Maple – 7th December 2018

John Andrews with support from Don Maple Friday 7th December 2018 – The Barge, Belfast You would think that on this fateful night, your intrepid reviewer would be making his way to the SSE arena for Gary Lightbody and Co….

December 12, 2018

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Gifted: Owen Lamont, Glass Wings, Rory Nellis, Sonja Sleator – 6th December 2018

Owen Lamont, Glass Wings, Rory Nellis & Sonja Sleator Thursday 6th December 2018 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast Some venues you associate with a feeling or a sensation. The buzz of overhead lights. The roar of the crowd. For The Empire,…

December 9, 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews & Joel Harkin – 2nd December 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews with support from Joel Harkin Sunday 2nd December 2018 – The Black Box The wet slap of DMs on cobbled streets. The flat stench of stale cigarettes and beer foam as you approach the door. The venue…

December 6, 2018

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Jealous Of The Birds Secret Gig – 29th November 2018

Jealous of the Birds, Mosmo Strange Thursday 29th November 2018 – Zool Records, Belfast “I am… lost.” Co-founder of Zool Records Nolan Donnelly stalks the floor of his office. Hopefully, he finds himself at some point, as there’s a show…

December 3, 2018

Modern Rome & Buí – 10th November 2018

Modern Rome, Buí Saturday 10th November 2018 – Sunflower Bar, Belfast My brow furrows as I do a third and final scan of the landscape in front of me. Long black levers, each connected to the gossamer glow of their…

November 28, 2018

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Glass Wings – Everything and Nothing

Glass Wings, other than being one of the least useful inventions of all time, is the moniker for Belfast based musician Stephen Jones. Performing in his current state since 2016, Jones’ debut album Everything And Nothing is a positive first…

November 26, 2018

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VerseChorusVerse – Outro

VerseChorusVerse (VCV), either the most basic wikihow recipe ever or the musical persona of one Tony Wright. A musician by trade and a veteran of the scene, having toured extensively when younger and being a founding member of collective And…

November 19, 2018

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Stream: Blue Whale – Shortbread Fingers

Music collective Blue Whale has gained quite a name for themselves on the local and national scene. The experimental five-piece from Belfast is known for pushing the boundaries with their music, bringing questions such as “what is a song?” and…

November 5, 2018

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Stream: Hiva Ova – Souvenir

Musical three piece Hiva Ova’s latest release is a continuation of their trend in producing crisp, curious tracks. Known for their diverse sound, a delicious mixture of electronic and funk music with ghostly vocals, Souvenir is one of their best…

October 28, 2018

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Red House – Red House EP

Self-proclaimed “sharp four-piece unit” Red House release their debut EP, a three-track rock and roller that ticks all the boxes for any indie rock hopefuls. A strong guitar pedigree takes centre stage throughout, complemented by fierce vocals and lyrics brimming…

October 22, 2018

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Interview: Jonny McKee – Shizznigh

Shizznigh Promotions, one of the most prolific companies of its type in the country, is celebrating its 8th birthday this month with a gig, showcasing some of the best bands on the scene. Shizznigh has been responsible for over 600…

October 22, 2018

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Zeal – Queen Of The Rodeo EP

Zeal (fervour for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavour; enthusiastic diligence; ardour. – dictionary.com) is the pet project of one Patrick J Hodgen. Under this moniker, Hodgen’s has birthed a sound that dips its toes in country,…

October 17, 2018

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Watch: Glass Wings – Believe

Glass Wings is the moniker of Belfast based musician Stephen Jones, one of the rising faces in the city’s music scene. His latest single ‘Believe’ released ahead of his upcoming album launch, is now available on Spotify, to which this…

October 16, 2018

The Fugues – 11th October 2018

The Fugues Thursday 11th October 2018 – Voodoo, Belfast I’d just reached the halfway mark through Fountain Street when I began to hear them. Faint reverberations coming from an upstairs window, distant echoes of what can only be a soundcheck….

October 14, 2018