Category : Live Reviews

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

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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

Doolittle Revisited – 17th January 2019

Doolittle RevisitedThursday 17th January 2019 – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast Returning to the Oh Yeah Centre in 2019 is the Revisited Series, with the New Year edition focusing on the iconic Pixies album Doolittle – just four months before its 30th release anniversary. Doolittle challenged the standard of…

January 23, 2019

Andy Irvine – 17th January 2019

Any IrvineThursday 17th January 2019 – Black Box, Belfast I must confess that I am new to Irish Folk music, in that this was my first ever gig witnessing trad music first hand.  Before Andy Irvine took to the stage, there was the obligatory purchasing of drinks,…

January 20, 2019

A Night With Stephen McCorry – January 6th 2019

A Night With Stephen McCorry – Sunday 6th January 2019 Stephen McCorry, Arsenic & Lace, John Andrews Voodoo The local music enthusiasts in Voodoo kick off 2019 in the proper fashion, with an evening dedicated to some of the best…

January 15, 2019

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Belfest Christmas Special – December 19th 2018

  Belfest Christmas Special – December 19th 2018 Sugarwolf, Zool Hive & Don Maple The Speakeasy “It tastes different.” “What, what do you mean, how can it taste different?” “Literally just taste it, it’s different.” … “Lad it’s literally the…

December 28, 2018

Quiet Arch

Quiet Arch Fourth Birthday Party – 21st December 2018

Joshua Burnside, Ryan Vail w/ Arco Quartet, Malojian, Beauty Sleep & Stephen James Smith Friday 21st December 2018 – Elmwood Hall, Belfast There’s an oxymoronic symmetry to celebrating a birth as the year draws to a close. But then, Belfast…

December 27, 2018

Ash – 20th December 2018

Ash & Brand New Friend Friday 20th December 2018 – Limelight 1, Belfast After a year of touring their latest album Islands, Downpatrick three-piece Ash return home to a packed-out Limelight to play their last show of 2018 for friends,…

December 23, 2018