Category : Live Reviews

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

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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

NO COLLUSION - Photography by Shaun Carlin

Róisín’s Battle of the Bands finale – 6th April 2019

Since the 26th of January, the preliminary heats of Róisín’s Battle of the Bands has been taking place, where local talents have been putting on remarkable shows week after week. However, the grand final truly was a treat for all…

April 17, 2019

Hot CopsHis Fathers Voice - Photography by Ben Magee

Hot Cops, Junk Drawer, His Fathers Voice – 4th April 2019

The word ‘dive’ doesn’t seem to do it justice. More ‘secretive’ or ‘where-Micheal-Corleone-would-hide-the-bodies” Tucked away at the bottom of University Avenue, the charm of Menagerie is its secrecy. Know for its support of underground artists, tonight the stage plays home…

April 7, 2019

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