Category : Features

Singles Club – August 2016

Not much preamble this month, except to say that this month highlights once again the breadth and depth of talent in Northern Ireland, with a decent spread in the age of the acts as well. It’s as it should be….

September 4, 2016

Bloodstock – the Irish Invasion

Bloodstock 2016 will surely go down in history as ‘the year of the Irish invasion’ with not one, not two, but an astonishing SIX bands from the north and south making the trek over to Derbyshire for the world famous…

September 1, 2016

Interview: The Crawling at Bloodstock

Prior to their darkly sprawling set on the New Blood Stage, we spoke to this year’s NI winners of Metal 2 the Masses about the band’s past, future, and why they were drawn to the music they play. ►Chordblossom: Congratulations…

September 1, 2016

Interview: Rabid Bitch of the North at Bloodstock

On the morning of their performance on the New Blood Stage, we chatted with New Wave of British Heavy Metal-influenced trio Rabid Bitch of the North about nerves, favourite gigs and getting the most out of a trip to Bloodstock….

August 30, 2016

Interview: Zlatanera at Bloodstock

Following their trailblazing set on the Jagermeister Stage, we caught up with groove/stoner rockers Zlatanera to talk about 2016 – their biggest year yet – their new album, and future plans for the band. ►Chordblossom: Congratulations on playing Bloodstock!Is that…

August 30, 2016

Preview : Rockstock

This Sunday sees the return of Rockstock. The annual, one day mini-festival takes place on the shores of Lough Neagh in Moortown, County Tyrone, and has become a real highlight of the Mid Ulster rock scene. This year it’s lineup…

August 27, 2016

Interview: Lauren Bird

Lauren Bird, it’s fair to say, has cemented herself as one of Chordblossom’s favourite talents. Previously more of a hidden gem, the Strabane singer-songwriter came to our attention through last year’s Kickstart competition, winning it outright in the live final….

August 24, 2016

Interview: Psykosis at Bloodstock

Fresh from their gloriously triumphant Thursday night set on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, we got the low down from Dublin thrash metal youngsters Psykosis on what drew them to thrash, where they want to take the band and how much…

August 23, 2016

Sunflowerfest 2016

Tubby’s farm was back in full swing again for this year’s Sunflowerfest, and it didn’t disappoint with exceptional acts, food and fun. We arrived at the campsite as the sun shone above us…until we unwrapped the tents and it bucketed…

August 16, 2016

Preview: Stendhal Festival of Art 2016

Stendhal Festival of Art 12th-13th August 2016 One of our favourite summer festivals returns again this weekend. Located in Limavady, the winner of Ireland’s Best Small Festival for the last three years Stendhal Festival of Art looks set to have another…

August 10, 2016

Preview: Monsters of Rot VI

Monsters of Rot VI is set to crawl ‘out of the bog’ again on Saturday in Letterbreen, Co. Fermanagh. Presented by the Halfway Inn and hosted by Henchman in association with Apex Music Co, Irish Metal Archive and Gigging NI,…

August 10, 2016

Stendhal festival picks: Brand New Friend

Limavady’s Stendhal Festival of Art rolls around for another year this Friday for two days of music, arts and family fun. Every year the festival is packed full of local artists who make up the bulk of the weekend’s entertainment. Our…

August 8, 2016

Introducing: #81 – The Stiff Kick

Name: The Stiff Kick Hometown: Belfast Genre: Alternative Country Blues ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name The Stiff Kick takes its name from a very strong alcoholic cocktail my favourite bar tender was concocting…

August 4, 2016

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