Category : Live Reviews

No Collusion EP Launch – 5th July 2019

In the height of Derry’s Rewire festival, which had the town bustling full of people, music and events on every corner, No Collusion were launching their EP ‘Sticking Sets’ in Bennigans bar. No Collusion are the next big Derry band…

July 18, 2019

Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra – Borders – 28th June 2019

The MAC: Belfast’s premier venue for everything weird, wonderful and left-of-field, from music to theatre and miles further beyond. Enter Ryan Vail and Eoin O’Callaghan aka Elma Orkestra’s turbulent electronic exploration of Irish identity and modern politics ‘Borders’ – the euphoric, reverent live…

July 8, 2019

Sam Wickens - Photography by Nance Hall

Sam Wickens Album Launch – 13 June 2019

The wet smack of my boots against the concrete stained cobbles belies the mood of my evening so far. I make my way inside tonights venue, The Green Room beckoning for my attendance. I accept its rustic invitation, planting myself…

June 18, 2019

Sugarwolf - Photography by riotvan photography

Queen Zee – 9th June 2019

The date is Sunday 9th of June. The year 2019. I am standing before the doors of Limelight 2. And it is PISSING down (of course it is. Limelight seems to exist in a state of perpetual downpour). Nevertheless, the night…

June 15, 2019

Jealous Of The Birds - Photography by Conor Kerr

Women’s Work: Jealous of the Birds – 5th June 2019

As festival season swings around for its annual stop in our collective minds, tonight saw the inaugural performances of one of Belfast’s more beloved gatherings. Women’s Work, which doubles as a celebration of women in arts and music, as well…

June 11, 2019

SOAK & Pillow Queens – May 31st 2019

SOAK and Pillow Queens finish their European tour with a date in the headliner’s hometown. The culmination of the tour in The Glassworks as part of the ‘Grim Town’ release seems fitting. SOAK (Bridie Monds-Watson), a Derry native, last played…

June 9, 2019

Vault Fringe Festival – 1st June 2019

Belfast has no shortage of collectives these days. From the underground DIYness of ZOOL Records, to the forward thinking boundary pushing of Creating A Space, it seems as if there is an appetite for creation in nearly every sector of…

June 6, 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

Jeff Buckley Revisited

Jeff Buckley Revisited​: Grace – 11th May 2019

There are very few albums as unique and special as Jeff Buckley’s Grace.  Since his untimely death in 1997, this body of work has taken on a life of its own and many now recognise it as one of the…

May 21, 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

HAVVK – 2nd May 2019

A Berlin based band with plenty of links to Belfast, HAVVK decided our own Oh Yeah Music Centre would be the perfect way to start their Drawn Together tour around the UK. Rather than simply a promotion tour for their…

May 6, 2019

Kojaque – 1st May 2019

Roughly a year ago in a dusty and peculiar smelling university accommodation, I went to my mate Alex’s room and listened to music. He’d been eager to share a new artist he’d been digging. I soon found myself in a…

May 6, 2019

Photography by Stephen Collins

brand new friend, Little Arcadia, Sleeping Outside, Villa In France – 26th April 2019

Ask anyone living around the North Coast what their first trip to Kellys was like, and you’ll get a list of stories coming back at you about overcrowded uni buses, fake ID’s, fake tan, and other extremely hazy memories of…

April 28, 2019

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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

BarodaDylan McIlwaine - Photography by Ben Magee

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