Category : News

Arcade Fire Set For Belsonic June 2017

The new look Belsonic has announced another big name for this summer’s festival with Arcade Fire set to play Belfast’s Ormeau Park on Thursday 13th June 2017. The show will be the Montreal group’s first ever show in Northern Ireland. The band…

February 13, 2017

Chordblossom Kickstart 2017 Cover Photo

Chordblossom Presents Kickstart 2017

We are pleased to announce that our highly anticipated competition for local bands and musicians across Northern Ireland is returning for 2017. As usual, we will be offering the eventual winner of the competition, the opportunity to “kickstart” their year…

February 6, 2017

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A Musical Celebration Of Stevie Martin

In memory of Derry musician Stevie Martin, the Nerve Centre will be hosting a musical celebration in his honour. On Saturday 4th March 2017, a host of this country’s finest musicians will take to the stage to celebrate his life and also…

February 5, 2017

AVA Festival

AVA Festival Makes Welcome Return For 2017

After another successful year AVA Festival returns to the confines of T13 Belfast for its first full weekend outing. Set to take place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June 2017, this will be its most ambitious undertaking yet. For…

February 5, 2017

Sunflowerfest 2017

Applications Open For Artists To Play Sunflowerfest 2017

It wouldn’t be festival season in Northern Ireland without the Hillsborough based, Sunflowerfest. Set across three days it usually merges a wealth of Irish talent with some bigger name acts from across the sea for a brilliant family friendly event….

February 5, 2017

Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week 2017 kicks off

Independent Venue Week is back for 2017 this week. The 7 day celebration is staged across more than 120 independent venues throughout the UK. It has seen a strong set of shows taking place in Northern Ireland in the last…

January 24, 2017

Drake Music Project

‘Big Ears’ & ‘Performance Without Barriers’

Pioneering projects are ongoing helping young people with disabilities to make music with the Drake Music Project. With over two and a half decades of experience in Northern Ireland helping young people with limited gestural ability, Drake Music Project have…

January 12, 2017

Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of the Bands

Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of The Bands

The Pavilion Bar in Belfast are once again hosting a competition for bands and musicians to win big. Titled the ‘Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of The Bands‘, the grand prize is a whopping £1,000 in cash which would go a long…

January 2, 2017

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Northern Irish Musicians Invade the Lyric

Collaborations between organisations and individuals can often produce fantastic results, just take Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s album, Sea Legs if you need an example. The Lyric Theatre are pleased to announce that three local musicians will be involved in…

December 14, 2016

Out to Lunch Festival returns for January 2017

One of the first Northern Irish festivals of the calendar year Out to Lunch returns again from 6 – 29th January with a packed programme of music, comedy and more. Returning for its twelfth year, there looks to be plenty on…

December 6, 2016

3 Bands In 3 Years

3 Bands In 3 Years Funding Announced

Help Musicians UK recently launched a branch in Northern Ireland and they will be offering musicians from the province a range of funding opportunities. The first of these is 3:3 – 3 Bands in 3 Years which will support emerging…

November 29, 2016

Mojo Fury Moira Calling

Moira Calling Offer Early Bird Special For 2017

After a very successful debut event, the organisers of Moira Calling are pleased to confirm that it will return in 2017. They aren’t quite ready to start unveiling any of the line-up yet however, you should keep Saturday 9th September…

November 21, 2016

Trucker Diablo

Trucker Diablo Launch 2nd Pledge Campaign

Lurgan loudness merchants, Trucker Diablo, threatened to go away a couple of years ago and then, whaddya know, came back swinging with their strongest album to date – ‘Rise Above The Noise’ – thanks, in financial terms anyway, to the…

November 20, 2016

Fireland Release ‘Fireland III – Believe Or Die’

  On 18 November 2016, Northern Irish heavy metal band Fireland will release their brand new full-length studio album, entitled Fireland III – Believe Or Die This new album marks a sea change in the band’s history, with the sound…

November 20, 2016

Ciaran Lavery wins NI Music Prize 2016

Friday night saw the 2016 edition of the NI Music Prize take place in Belfast’s Mandela Hall. From a shortlist of twelve albums from the very best in Northern Irish music, there was to be only one winner. Following in…

November 14, 2016