Category : Live Reviews

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

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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