Category : Live Reviews

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

Spring Mixer – 15th March 2019

The sheer ambition of the night deserves a moment of note in itself. Eight acts. One stage. Four hours. Few beer. I’ve certainly had less intriguing invitations in my time. I made my way to The Pavilion amidst a smog…

March 19, 2019

Music Skills NI

Music Skills NI – 1st March 2019

If you ever wanted your finger on the pulse of where the current Northern Ireland music scene is headed, look no further than the annual Music Skills NI competition.  For the uninitiated, Music Skills is an annual competition in which…

March 11, 2019

Sister Ghost - Photography by Riot Van International Women's Day 2019

Volume Control x International​​ Women’s Day – 8th March 2019

Walking through Belfast to reach the Oh Yeah Centre, the city was bursting with celebration, pride and diversity. The 8th of March celebrates International Women’s Day, and Volume Control and Young at Art celebrated the astounding talent of local women…

March 10, 2019

The Fugues - Voodoo, Belfast

The Fugues – 27th February 2019

In music, a fugue(pronounced fewg) is a contrapuntal compositional technique in two or more voices, built on a subject (musical theme) that is introduced at the beginning in imitation (repetition at different pitches) and which recurs frequently in the course…

March 10, 2019

Rebekah Fitch MAC-13 - Photo by Conor Kerr Photography

Rebekah Fitch – live at The MAC – 5th March 2019

There are few local artists brave enough to book a 350 capacity venue for a headline show but then Rebekah Fitch hasn’t gotten to where she is now by playing it safe. Over the last few years, the songwriter has…

March 7, 2019

Kneecap, JYellowL + Dirty Faces - The Empire, February 28th 2019

Kneecap, JYellowL + Dirty Faces – 28th February 2019

GAA tops and polo shirts. Lynx Africa and Ted Baker. Double Vodkas and Guinness. Eighteen-year-old students and middle-aged couples. The meetings of minds tonight would warrant an episode of Blue Planet. The curious collection of punters tonight are united by…

March 5, 2019

Borders: Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra – 23rd February 2019

I’ve never cycled over the Peace Bridge as fast as I did on Saturday, February 25. I was working until 10 pm with the annoying, tenacious knowledge that, just a few yards away from me, the gig of a lifetime…

March 3, 2019

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

Vanilla Days Charity Shop Vinyl - Photography by Nance Hall

Charity Shop Vinyl, Zaebuis, Dreamreading + Vanilla Days – February 2nd 2019

I‘ve come to find in recent months, that if you’re not at least an hour early to the shows you see, you’re not doing it right. This was my first time in the Nerve Centre.  I entered the building through…

February 23, 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

Lost Avenue Young Blood Future Sounds Music Festival

Young Blood Future Sounds Music Festival – February 15th 2019

I arrived a little early in an attempt to act like a professional for the Young Blood Future Sounds music festival. At seven o’clock, half an hour before the doors were set to open, I found myself eating council pizza…

February 19, 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

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