Last week the impending madness that was our Kickstart competition got the better of me and meant our gig guide took a week off. But we’re back for what is an unbelievably busy week for live gigs with the start of Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival amongst a host of one off events. The fact that three of my picks come from Thursday night has meant that I’ve upped the anty and highlighted five shows worth your attention.
Hidden Machine: Master & Dog – Voodoo, Belfast – Thursday 27th February 2014
The first attempt from new promoters Hidden Machine (James Magill & Nikki MacRae) is headlined by the alt rock goodness of Master and Dog. They’ll be testing out new material from their forthcoming EP as well as playing classics from their two albums. Support comes from the equally enthralling Jepettos and Patrick Gardiner.
Entry is £5.00 on the door
Broken Melody Records: #002 Compilation Launch – McHughs, Belfast – Thursday 27th February 2014
Broken Melody Records are an interesting new label attempting to get local music on the map. Their second release has a folky, chilled out vibe that will perfectly suit that intimate surroundings of McHughs. On the night Ana Gog, Hillspeak, Ciaran Lavery & Hannah McPhillimy will be showcasing their material.
Admission is £5.00 on the door
Stop, Collaborate & Listen – Menagerie, Belfast – Thursday 27th February 2014
Katie Richardson, Shauna Tohill, Travis Gilbert, Richard Hill, Thomas Camblin and Grace Loughrey are all hitting the road and travelling to the US of A to take part in the massively influential SxSW event in Texas. To raise some funds and celebrate their trip, the collective will join together to play versions of each others songs.
Admission is £5 on the door
The Couth – Stiff Kitten, Belfast – Friday 28th February 2014
It wouldn’t be a week of gigs without something for the rock and indie fans in NI, and as usual up step Shizznigh Promotions for this big one. A nice line-up here with plenty of young, hungry bands vying for your attention including The Couth, The Late Twos, The Echo Raptors, Goodbye Nola and In An Instant.
Admission is £6 on the door
Amanda St John – Harp Bar, Belfast – Sunday 2nd March 2014
The soulful Amanda St John will be launching her latest single ‘Big Strong Man’ with a free gig in the Harp Bar, just off the Cathedral Quarter. A full band performance with a supporting cast of Stef Campbell and Paula McAllister should prove to be the perfect end to your week.
Admission is FREE
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