Our fortnightly gig guide picks out a handful of must see gigs taking place across Northern Ireland.
As Sound of Belfast 2023 comes to an undesirable close, it gives us one final kick with an array of unmissable gigs.
Brand New Friend – Kellys, Portrush – 17th November 2023
Kicking off Atlantic sessions, North coast prodigies Brand new friend are set for an electric show, just weeks after their tour around the UK and Ireland, for indie-rock sophomore album Grandstand. One thing Brand new friend never misses is a crowd of dancing and gleaming smiles, this isn’t one to miss. Alongside, fellow North coast shoegazey alt-rockers Wohn support, The Atlantic attitude lives on.
Hard to Explain / Foreign Wolf – Queens Student Union, Belfast – 17th November 2023
Two of Northern Irelands heaviest alt-rock acts band together for a co-headline you couldn’t forget. Both bands holding a nostalgic 2000s sound reminiscent of the likes of Deftones, heaving rock is making a thrashing comeback in the music scene.
No Oil Paintings – Limelight, Belfast – 17th November 2023
Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, NI music scene staples No oil paintings play a exclusive show in Limelight, a commendation of their decade of high energy live performances. Headliners of the likes of Sunflower festival and Stendhal, their blend of soothing harmonies and folk instrumentation is truly timeless.
Sarah McCreedy – Fealtys, Bangor – 18th November 2023
County Down based singer-songwriter Sarah Mccreedy wraps up the indie-folk ‘sad girl autumn’ energy perfectly with her warm yet lyrically complex Phoebe Bridgers-esque charm. Her tranquil tunes are ones that I believe would excel live, especially in such a picturesque venue.
The Continentals – Union Bar – 24th November 2023
A classic indie rock gig, with some fresh faces. The continentals have made a name in the scene for the past couple of years, supporting familiar names Wohn and Andrew Cushin, and now are set for a headline. Supporting, Clash of the new breeds finalists Paranoid and rock newcomers Dirt cheap take the stage.
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