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Help Musicians Launch Support Helpline

In 2016 the Music and Depression campaign revealed their recent study showed that people working in the music industry are three times more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health related problems. Music charity Help Musicians are…

December 11, 2017

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Joshua Burnside Wins Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017

The 2017 iteration of the Northern Ireland Music Prize offered up some quality albums and at a ceremony in the Mandela Hall on Saturday night the winner was announced. Walking away with the prize was EPHRATA, the debut album from…

November 12, 2017

Atlantic Sessions hits the North Coast again

Returning for its ninth year, few events in the Northern Irish calendar are as well established as the Atlantic Sessions. The accolades and regular sell outs have ensured prolonged success and it’s no surprise to see another packed schedule again this…

October 29, 2017

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Other Voices Visits Belfast

If you examine the bucket list of many Irish music fans and musicians, you would be sure to find the opportunity to play at Other Voices right near the top. Each December sees the best artists from Ireland along with…

October 20, 2017

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Sound Of Belfast Returns For 4th Outing

The Sound of Belfast festival returns for its fourth year aimed at showcasing the great local talent on offer in Northern Ireland. The programme for 2017 shows that we have an abundance of musical talent on our shores, that deserves…

October 17, 2017

NI Music Prize announces 2017 shortlist

Today the Northern Ireland Music Prize announced the twelve album shortlist for the 2017 award. The winner will be announced at the Mandela Hall on 11th November. More than 70 judges from the music industry and media had a say…

September 14, 2017

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Forestside Announce Young Songwriter Competition

Forestside Shopping Centre have launched a Young Singer Songwriter Competition with a grand prize of £500, a studio recording session and the chance to have your song played on Cool FM. The competition is looking for songwriters who pen, perform…

September 3, 2017

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A Plastic Rose Return To Headline Spectrum

Returning for its fifth year, Spectrum Music Festival have achieved what many thought was unthinkable, tempting A Plastic Rose out of retirement. The four piece alt rock outfit were always a favourite of the live scene in Belfast and it…

August 28, 2017

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R51 Prepare To Rock Russia

In one of the most surprising pieces of news to come out of Northern Ireland this year, R51 have confirmed they will be setting out on a headline tour of Russia. An ambitious move by the alt rockers but one…

July 30, 2017

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Chordblossom Presents: Party Fears

We are travelling into uncharted waters with our latest gig as we welcome Berlin based rockers Party Fears to Belfast as part of their UK and Ireland tour. The front woman and driving force behind them, Maggie Devlin is a…

July 19, 2017

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The Magic Numbers Headline Stendhal

Stendhal were already on their way to a killer line-up when they confirmed that local legends Ash would be headlining the 2017 edition of their festival. The festival have now released details of the second wave of bands on the…

July 2, 2017

Chordblossom Presents: Plague Artists EP Launch

Belfast’s Plague Artists know how to pack a punch with their finely crafted grunge rock winning them both plaudits and fans. Their debut EP, What Floats Like Flies, had some killer tunes, in particular the opening powerhouse of ‘Go’. We…

June 27, 2017

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Atlantic Sessions announce Midsummer Sessions

Based on the North Coast, the Atlantic Sessions have been running for a good number of years now with repeated success. The festival will return again later this year, but before that they have just announced Midsummer Sessions. Midsummer Sessions will…

June 22, 2017

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Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ Gets Second Outing

Those raucous lads from Middletown, Co Armagh put on a feast of live music last summer in the Speakeasy Bar in Belfast. After the success of the first year, it was inevitable that the BBQ would return again. It is…

June 20, 2017

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Old Fang Announce Birthday Bash

Boutique creative brand and label, Old Fang have been working for the last three years to promote a variety of musicians from across Northern Ireland. The organisation has hosted events and released music for the likes of More Than Conquerors, Little…

June 5, 2017