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Preview: Sunflowerfest 2016

Sunflowerfest 2016 Hillsborough – 5th-7th August 2016 Sunflowerfest is back again this Friday, for another weekend packed full of arts and music and it looks set to be another big year. Northern Ireland’s only three day festival with camping, Sunflowerfest…

August 2, 2016

The Singles Club – July 2016

  Is it only me or has this year just flown by? So fast, in fact, I left out June (don’t ask) – apologies to those I have kept waiting. We’re over halfway through 2016 and so far the year…

August 1, 2016

Staff Picks – Tracks of the year so far 2016

The first half of 2016 has seen a huge number of releases; albums, EPs and of course singles are all well catered for. How do you choose your musical highlight of the year when we’ve had releases from the likes…

July 6, 2016

The Singles Club – May 2016

  Welcome to the latest of this relatively new format of my review of the best of local singles. The hope when reformatting this column was to give exposure to more singles from local artists and perhaps opening a few more…

May 31, 2016

The Singles Club – April 2016

If ever you needed proof of the depth of variety and quality of the Northern Ireland music scene, take a gander at this selection of the submissions sent to me this past month alone. No further spiel required. ►Michael Mormecha…

May 3, 2016

What’s going on with Tennent’s Vital 2016?

Facebook, Twitter and more have been buzzing with news of this year’s Tennent’s Vital headliners. Pages have been set up, photos and posters shared and news organisations including the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish Mirror have been getting in on the…

February 23, 2016

Tour Diary: Foreign Affairs – LA

Our local musicians are travelling further afield to try and attain success. In December pop punk outfit Foreign Affairs jetted off to Los Angeles  for an experience they’re not likely to forget in a hurry. They kept a diary on…

January 3, 2016

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs of 2015

We gave our own thoughts on the top Northern Irish songs to be released in 2015 already but we know that we are not the only ones with an opinion. Naturally we tracked down and hounded a host of contributors…

December 31, 2015

Chordblossom’s Top 25 Northern Irish Songs of 2015

It has been a busy year for the Northern Irish music scene and as usual there have been some truly excellent singles released. It was a tough old slog and there may have been a few arguments amongst the team…

December 26, 2015

Metallic Elements: Defiance In The Strum Of A Guitar

Sitting down to pen this article one has to reflect on events in Paris and the tragic consequences of fundamentalist fanatics. At that time several of us where at Hard Rock Hell, in Wales. That festival opened with two Northern…

December 13, 2015

Metallic Elements: Citadels of Creativity

  Adrift in the deserts of mediocrity, the empty wastelands of indie show gazers and corporate boy bands citadels of metal walls remain impervious to the flickering fads of fashionistas. But these citadels have become increasingly removed from each other:…

November 3, 2015

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Tour Diary: R51 – Reading & Leeds

If you check out Chordblossom on even a semi-frequent basis you will know that we are rather fond of R51. We were absolutely delighted to hear that they had been selected to play the BBC Introducing stages at both Reading…

September 2, 2015

Rob’s Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th June 2015

  The gig guide has been on a bit of a break, possibly due to a lack of gigs, possibly down to laziness on my part. But there is enough going on this week that we need to draw a…

June 22, 2015

Rob’s Gig Guide: 11th – 17th April 2015

  There is nothing more satisfying as a gig promoter when a host of people brave the weather and all the other gigs on the same night to come to yours. That was the very privileged situation we found ourselves…

May 11, 2015

Rob’s Gig Guide: 27th April – 3rd May 2015

  The night life in Belfast only seems to get better and better. This is perhaps emphasised by the sheer number of gigs and events taking place each night of the week. This weekend in particular is either a delight…

April 30, 2015