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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

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Introducing: #88 – Foldinglights

Name: Foldinglights Hometown: Newtownabbey Genre: Folk ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name I have a strange mind and it is a pretty odd name so apologies if this still doesn’t make sense. Growing up…

June 29, 2017

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Bird & Bramble: The Kids Are Alright

You may know Amy Joyce and Stefanie Campbell as the minds between local gig promoters 3for3, but the pair have much more lofty ambitions. The 3for3 gigs will continue but the formation of Bird & Bramble is a statement of…

June 28, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Brand New Friend

Hailing from the North Coast, high-flyers Brand New Friend are having quite the time of it. Just last month the band were on stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull. The four piece have had accelerated success, with the…

June 14, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Lauren Bird

Hailing from the musical hotbed of Strabane, Lauren Bird recently celebrated the release of her debut album, ‘The Inbetween’. No stranger to us at Chordblossom, the songwriter who won our Kickstart competition in 2015, impressing us with her personal, heartfelt songs. ‘The Inbetween’…

May 30, 2017

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Introducing: #87 – Lucy Bell

Name: Lucy Bell Hometown: Downpatrick Genre: Alternative Pop ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name It’s quite simple – it’s my name! For a while I changed it to ‘Lucy Valentine’, it’s a family name…

May 26, 2017

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Introducing: #86 – SX-70

Name: SX-70 Formed: October 2015 Hometown: Belfast Genre: Indie Rock Line-up: Ethan Tohill – Vocals, guitar, synths | Saul Devlin – Guitar, backing vocals | Matty Robb – Bass | Matthew Donaghy – Drums, percussion ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶…

May 11, 2017

Singles Club – April 2017

Spring is here – it must be, the Glenshane Pass is almost passable. In a few days I will be even older than I am now, and I feel sure that one of these days Rob (CB head honcho) will…

May 3, 2017

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Introducing: #85 – Spot The Fool

Name: Spot The Fool Formed: 2016 Hometown: Belfast Genre: Alt Rock Line-up: Jacob McCullough – Drums | Jamie Sloan-Patterson – bass | Jordan Geddis – guitar ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name Our name evolved…

April 20, 2017

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Influences & Inspirations: Empty Lungs

Northern Ireland’s music scene contains plenty of short lived bands and projects, falling at the wayside due to personal circumstances, rocky relationships and far too often the difficulty of breaking through. Active since 2011, Belfast trio Empty Lungs are one of…

April 13, 2017

Interview: Rebekah Fitch – Personal Songwriting

Over the past year Durham based musician Rebekah Fitch has released a string of singles of varying styles but seeped in pop melodies. With the songwriter gearing up to launch her latest release, ‘Another Show’ this week, we thought it was high-time we got…

April 5, 2017

Sunflowerfest announces 2017 line-up

Hillsborough’s Sunflowerfest music festival returns once again this summer, adopting a ‘Parallel Universe’ theme. The festival has grown in stature from its site at Tubby’s Farm and has once again packed its line-up with acts from these shores and beyond….

March 30, 2017

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Introducing: #84 – BDBR

Name: BDBR Hometown: West Belfast Genre: Blue Wave Line-up: Ryan Mills ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your name Everyone hides behind something, right? ▶ When did you start playing music and how would you describe your sound?…

March 23, 2017

Singles Club – February 2017

February may be the shortest month but my column inches remain the same and, if anything, I have as much cracking content to fit in as ever. I guess the issues to note this month are:- 1. How high the…

March 2, 2017

Influences & Inspirations: Owen Denvir

It is becoming increasingly harder to avoid Owen Denvir these days. On the back of his inventive cover videos, he has received plenty of coverage from the likes of ITV, the Belfast Telegraph plus a TV appearance on Ireland’s Six…

February 8, 2017