Category : Live Reviews

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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

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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

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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

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SONI Big Xmas Bash – Saint Sapphire, MOSA, The Fake Flirtations & Modern Rome

Saint Sapphire, MOSA, The Fake Flirtations & Modern Rome The Empire Music Hall Thursday 13th December 2018 Step. Music is getting louder. Step. A bald head, glimmering in the moonlight, nods me in. Step. “What’s the name sorry?” Step. The…

December 19, 2018

Wynona Bleach EP launch – 12th December 2018

Wynona Bleach (EP launch) with Hand Models & Joel Harkin Wednesday 11th December 2018 – Duke Of York, Belfast The Duke Of York, one of Belfast’s most prolific venues. Situated in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, it has seen…

December 16, 2018

Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Adam Grant & Matt Helders – 11th December 2018

Runabay, Ethan Hanna, Adam Grant & Matt Helders Tuesday 11th December 2018 – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Left a bit. Now right. Right, right, right, right rightrightrightrigTOO MUCH. Right. Back to the start, alright, gods sake, ease it in now….

December 14, 2018

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John Andrews & Don Maple – 7th December 2018

John Andrews with support from Don Maple Friday 7th December 2018 – The Barge, Belfast You would think that on this fateful night, your intrepid reviewer would be making his way to the SSE arena for Gary Lightbody and Co….

December 12, 2018