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Dan Brown

Writing in Belfast as an English student and genre-magpie. Album and live reviewer inspired by our storytelling tradition and eager to meet creativity everywhere, connect with me on Twitter and we’ll talk music, gardening and bespoke caffeine dependency.


Interview: Kippysmuse

After a tumultuous period both physically and mentally Kris Marsden aka Kippysmuse decamped to Millbank Studios to record his debut album, My #9. The release was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and is conceptually is based around the cat’s…

July 6, 2017

old fang

Old Fang Birthday Bash – 8th June 2017

Old Fang Birthday Bash – Travis is a Tourist & Callum Stewart Thursday 8th June 2017 – Black Box, Belfast Live music is undeniably one of the most unique, spiritually rewarding human experiences. Almost universally enjoyed, bringing individuals together across…

June 11, 2017

Chris Rooney

Premiere: Chris Rooney – Gentle Thunder

The debut release of Gentle Thunder. This is the kind of sound that incubates in rehearsals and sound-checks for years. Steadily building until it becomes sentient, buys its own guitar and starts a solo tour Europe, or: it produces a…

April 27, 2017

Sunflowerfest 2017

Sunflowerfest nominated for Tourism NI Awards

As a regular name in families’ summer diaries and a staple part of the artist festival-circuit, Hillsborough’s own Sunflowerfest has been nominated for Tourism NI’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2017 – with the 2016 festival being nominated in the Best…

April 24, 2017

Russian Circles – 23rd March 2017

Russian Circles with support from Cloakroom Thursday 23rd March 2017 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast Cloakroom on-stage: it’d be easy to get confused as to whether this is a gig or a controlled demolition of the Belfast Empire. “Thus is…

March 27, 2017


Introducing: #84 – BDBR

Name: BDBR Hometown: West Belfast Genre: Blue Wave Line-up: Ryan Mills ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your name Everyone hides behind something, right? ▶ When did you start playing music and how would you describe your sound?…

March 23, 2017

Premiere: Ghost Office – Least Resistance

Ghost Office teased releases throughout 2016, delivering a few visceral live shows along the way – including but not limited to, yes, a Haunted House Party. Now, on the back of some studio-level production and a new line-up, Richard Bailie,…

February 2, 2017

Independent Venue Week

Independent Week Special – 28th January 2017

Arborist, Franklyn, Our Krypton Son & Joel Harkin Saturday 28th January 2017 – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast A simple idea, the ambitiously collaborative Independent Venue Week is a week-long celebration of grassroots music venues. Showcases nationwide let us appreciate our…

January 31, 2017

Jackknifed Juggernaut

Interview: Jackknifed Juggernaut

“When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau “Itch, twitch and eat the rich.” – ‘Beehive’, Jackknifed Juggernaut We’re sitting in the living room of a student house. Wrapped up in…

January 27, 2017

Drake Music Project

‘Big Ears’ & ‘Performance Without Barriers’

Pioneering projects are ongoing helping young people with disabilities to make music with the Drake Music Project. With over two and a half decades of experience in Northern Ireland helping young people with limited gestural ability, Drake Music Project have…

January 12, 2017

Saint Sister - Photo by Aodhagán O'Flaherty

Watch: Saint Sister – Tin Man

A must-watch, must-listen from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty, our own Saint Sister. ‘Tin Man’, released through Communion Singles Club, is deeply captivating, very appropriately coined ‘atmosfolk’ by Nialler9. Saint Sister break from the traditionally earthy trappings of the genre…

January 9, 2017


Malojian – This Is Nowhere

2016 was a year marked by loss. Internationally, we lost some of our biggest heroes: David Bowie, Prince and Motorhead’s Lemmy. And at home, we lost some of our own local heroes – the legendary Bap Kennedy, and the tragically…

January 3, 2017

Ciaran Lavery – 19th December 2016

Ciaran Lavery, with support from Joelle Taylor Monday 19th December 2016 – The MAC, Belfast It’s been a busy year for Ciaran Lavery. Between performances at Great Escape, Latitude, even a break from the summer festival circuit to play a…

December 24, 2016

Remains Of Youth

Remains Of Youth – There Is Hope Without Progress

The band left us in 2007. Now, almost a decade later, Remains of Youth have made their return with ‘There Is Hope Without Progress’, a release clearly grounded in experience, development and creative passion. The band’s return to the arena…

December 12, 2016

Death Grips – 12th October 2016

Death Grips Wednesday 12th October 2016 – Limelight, Belfast Ominous, a creeping Shepard tone plays as a large, eager crowd stares at the equipment on-stage in Limelight. The crowd’s waiting for Death Grips, visibly, and audibly, excited– as well as…

October 17, 2016