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Ben Magee

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

Mob Wife, A Bad Cavalier + Hand Models – 20th February 2019

For the second time this week, I find myself descending into the pits of McHughs bar. I wonder for a moment if the staff recognise me, only to find the same bartender from the previous night standing sentry at his…

March 1, 2019

Output Belfast 2019

Time will do as time does, it will pass. Output Belfast concludes for another year. The biggest music, art and technology conference in the north was another roaring success, but the real party took place once the sun began to…

February 26, 2019

Dead Horse Jive

Dead Horse Jive, Ferals + Gnarkats – 16th February 2019

“Lad no joke, we were actually just talking about you.” This is how I am greeted by Sam Foote of Ferals on the top floor of McHugh’s bar. As I begin to answer, a call emerges from Tartarus. Soundcheck is…

February 21, 2019

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Baroda – Walk On Water

    EP’s can come at you from different places. Maybe one gets slipped to you across a sodden bar table. Maybe you get sent one in the post. I became first aware of this particular tape by local four-piece…

February 14, 2019

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Rosborough – Paper Boats

Derry singer Rosborough has been no stranger to success. From his first release, which was lauded by critics, to his recent activities touring with DMA’s, the multi-instrumentalist has been on an absolute tear as of late. Now with the release…

February 12, 2019

Watch: Sister Ghost – Backwards

The return of post-punk rocker Sister Ghost proves to be just as fierce as her previous releases, except now with there is a sharper, tighter sound that only emphasises her larger than life spirit. A demanding track that you can’t…

February 7, 2019

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

Jealous of the Birds

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

Brand New Friend - Ben Magee

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