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Ben Magee

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

dandelion tea

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

Snow Patrol Ward Park 2019

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

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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

james joys

James Joys – A Constellation Of Bargained Parts

There are a couple of words you can’t use to describe yourself for fear of looking like a spanner. ‘Gorgeous’ is the most mainstream one. ‘Leader’ is also probably in the top three along with ‘stylish.’ Luckily for one third…

May 14, 2019

Slacker Guide Book Launch – 7th May 2019

The good people of Ireland were out in force to welcome the return of Omagh native Phil Taggart to Belfast. The former Colenso Parade bassist and long time BBC Radio 1 DJ was in attendance for the launch of his…

May 12, 2019

Watch: Fears – Fabric

Constance Keane, aka Fears, follows up her well received single ‘h_always’ with the dynamic electro-pop tapestry of ‘Fabric.’ An accomplished multi-instrumentalist and producer hailing from Dublin, she has been making waves with her fresh, ethereal approach to vocals and composition,…

May 8, 2019

Jealous of the Birds

Jealous Of The Birds – Wisdom Teeth

When I watch documentaries about a band or read an article about their beginning, I always get a bit jealous. What an experience, to have been around as Blur started their ascent, or to have been in the crowd when…

April 30, 2019

leo miyagee

Leo Miyagee Album Launch – 11th April 2019

Most nights, the old Belfast Met building sits alone and silent. Dominating Tower Street, many of its windows are boarded up, and its gates chained shut. Tonight, however, there is life behind the curtains. Red and blue neon blend into…

April 24, 2019

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Baroda, Dylan McIlwaine & Conor Martin – April 10th 2019

“Are you being serious.” “Mate, I actually swear we’ve no fivers.” Business as usual then for the McHughs basement. A common haunt for my person these days (I’ve seriously considered paying rent), the absences of the five-piece is all that…

April 23, 2019

Sonja Sleator

Interview: Sonja Sleator

This Saturday Sonja Sleator launches her latest EP, Violent Strawberry with a show in the Pavilion. Ahead of the show Benjamin Magee sat down with her to discuss her new release and the journey up to its release. How did you…

April 18, 2019

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Hot Cops, Junk Drawer, His Fathers Voice – 4th April 2019

The word ‘dive’ doesn’t seem to do it justice. More ‘secretive’ or ‘where-Micheal-Corleone-would-hide-the-bodies” Tucked away at the bottom of University Avenue, the charm of Menagerie is its secrecy. Know for its support of underground artists, tonight the stage plays home…

April 7, 2019

Son Of The Hound - Photography by Conor Kerr

Son of The Hound album launch – 3rd April 2019

According to the popular smartphone navigation application ‘Google Maps,’ it takes exactly 11 minutes to make your way from the top of Victoria Square’s dome to the doors of Limelight 2. In further proof that machines are not to be…

April 7, 2019

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Stream: Deerstalker – The Eternal Facade of Complacency

The chief strength of rock bands, since records were established, has always been their inclination towards the unrestrained. High flying guitar antics have long been the strategy of choice. So when hard rock three-piece Deerstalker opted to reign in their…

March 26, 2019

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Patrick Gardiner – Pieces Of Me

Folk music is one of the nations oldest traditions, and the fact that it retains much of its prestige is a testament to the artists who are producing it. The inclination towards DIY has long been a calling card for…

March 25, 2019