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Ben Magee

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

Watch: Touts – Asleep

Derry’s rapscallion three-piece Touts continue their tour of rampaging success, both locally and internationally, with the release of their newest single and music video ‘Asleep’. As with their other releases, Touts avoid the trap so many local bands fall into…

May 15, 2018

Watch: Rebekah Fitch – Not Myself

Those familiar with Rebekah Fitch’s work have a rough idea of what to expect from the rising star. A model of consistency and talent, Fitch’s new single ‘Not Myself’ sees her continue her vocal tour de force in staggering fashion…

November 5, 2017

Echo Raptors – Turn Into One

One of my favourite quotes about music comes for legendary producer Dr Dre, who once told a then-aspiring Eminem that, when in the song writing process you must “work hard to get it, and TWICE as hard to maintain it”,…

September 18, 2017

Alpha Twin Band Photo - Ciara McMullan Photography

Alpha Twin – Keeping It Real

Although not far removed from their first EP, what Zeppelin puppers Alpha Twin lack from other bands n experience they more than make up for it their unique firebrand style of music. Going from strength to strength since there self titled debut EP,…

November 23, 2016

Search Party – Art is life

It’s been a long road for Search Party. After forming in 2013, they’ve gone through a sizeable turn around in members, particularly in the bass department, and gigged furiously around the country before finally settling into their now established line up of Sean…

June 27, 2016

Firebobbies – Small Victories

  For a group so remorseless and unmerciful in their pursuit of dastardly rock numbers and bombastic hip shakers, their makeup and modus operandi remains shrouded in mystery. With their EP revealing little outside their love of Lego and their musical roots,…

June 20, 2016

Windfall – Spiral

Progressive rock hopefuls from Belfast, Windfall’s debut EP provides enjoyable riffs and accessible melodies that appeal to a wide audience. Utilising the talents of Nathan Lacey (Vocals, Bass) Gerard Burns (Guitar), Kacper Lewandowski (Guitar) and Niall Quinn (Drums), Windfall begin…

June 8, 2016

Those Lions – 10th May 2016

  Those Lions with support from The Shout and James Downey Tuesday 10th May 2016 – Bar Sub, Belfast Bar sub has not been without it’s iconic shows, hosting a variety of musical acts throughout the years and along with…

May 20, 2016

Michael Mormecha – LoFi Life

LoFi Life is an interesting case when it comes to solo records, as it seems to place multi-instrumentalist Michael Mormecha outside his comfort zone. Contrary to common thought however, Mormecha seems to thrive off being the sole focus of attention…

May 17, 2016

Belsonic line-up announcement

  Belsonic has established itself as one of the biggest live music events in Northern Ireland over the past few months. This year they upped the stakes by moving location from Custom House Square to the Titantic quarter to ensure an…

April 25, 2016

Darren Hill – Hand Of A Wolf

  When you think of an artist’s influences, its unlikely that you envision a man inspired by folk and pop punk. Even less likely is the assumption that it’s actually any good. Ladies and gentlemen, Darren Hill would like a…

March 14, 2016

Rotten Royalty – At The Door

Who could have guessed that sounding like you’re from the late 60’s would become so utterly and necessarily refreshing. I have great admiration for the works of the Alex Turner’s and Miles Kane’s of the world and their insistence on…

March 9, 2016

The Strypes – 29th January 2016

  So The Strypes played The Black Box on Friday there (Friday 29th that is). Who are The Strypes I hear your ask? Let me respond to that query with a question of my own. Where have you been? I…

February 9, 2016

Treehome – Treehome

  Succulent riffs and tap-along melodies are the order of the day following newly released EP of Belfast’s own genre smashing Treehome. They introduce a unique skill set and sound, and by doing so set the bar high for any…

February 4, 2016

Zak Whitefield – To Anywhere

Belfast singer/song writer uses honey smooth vocals that soothe and shout simultaneously to create a “calm before the storm” ambience that woos lovers and listeners alike. Combined with ghostly lyrics and guitar proficiency, EP To Anywhere leave you a crying…

January 12, 2016