With Glastonbury taking a year off this year, the BBC has concocted four weekend shows in four UK and NI cities of Perth (Scotland), Swansea (Wales), Coventry (England) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) from May 25 – 28th this year under The Biggest Weekend.
Different artists will perform in different cities in the same weekend including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Nigel Kennedy among them to represent BBC various radio stations.
Belfast gets the BBC Six Music lineup which will feature Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting on Friday 25th May at Titanic Slipways.
Tickets cost £18 per person (+£4.50 booking fee) for a day ticket to for one event location and Belfast is on sale at 10am on February 12th.
It’s hardly a Glasto replacement is it but it will provide some degree of replacement content for the network.
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran @ Singleton Park ( BBC Radio One)
Snow Patrol, Billy Ocean, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Nigel Kennedy, The BBC Concert Orchestra @ War Memorial Park (BBC Radio 2/3)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy Friday 25th May at Scone Palace (BBC Radio 2/3)
Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting on Friday 25th May at Titanic Slipways.(BBC Six Music)
Archy Marshall’s guttural vowel-swallowing voice has been the biggest draw across nearly all his work a King Krule, Zoo Kid, DJ JD Sports Edgar the Beatmaker or his given name. That work has shown him to be a proficient producer too but The Ooz takes his talent to assured new heights. For his second King Krule album since 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, it’s as if a black and white painting has become shaded with a depth of colour over time. The Ooz is a spacious cinematic piece of work – a late night tale, where danger lurks on every corner and our protaganist drifts in and out of noir landscapes of wasteland motorways, urban decay, broken homes and joyrides.
It’s good to hear a buzzed UK band come out the other side of their debut album with an even better release of scope, sonic ambition and songwriting prowess than before. Visions Of A Life. From the hedonistic roar of ‘Yuk Foo’ to the dreamy anthemic ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ to the delicate ‘After The Zero Hour’ and the expansive closer and title track, this is easily one of 2017’s best guitar/rock albums.
A dense and near schizophrenic album upon first listens, Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced fifth album has a hyper-real pop coat that barely contains searing guitar lines, electronic percussion and high-tempo busy rhythms. The album is at its best when it takes a breath and doesn’t crowd the songs with overactive sonics on songs like ‘Los Ageless’, ‘Happy Birthday, Johnny’ , ‘Pills’, ‘New York’ and “Savior’. Clark plays the Olympia in Dublin on Friday and Saturday.
And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering
The Belfast post-rock instrumentals deliver heft and a return to form on their new fifth album, which can be heard in full two days before release.
Blue Hawaii – Tenderness
You can catch Blue Hawaii in Dublin at the Workman’s Club next month on November 18th and Tenderness is a fine album by Raphaelle Standell (Braids singer) and Alexander Kerby who got their project back together after a four year hiatus in 2016. The album draws on relationships forged through online apps, disco rarities and ’90s dance music.
The Australian Courtney Barnett is known for her whimsical yet realistic humourous indie-rock delivered in her actual Australian accent. She’s a unique artist.
On March 20th, her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit will be released and she’s just been announced to play Whelan’s on Saturday April 4th as part of her tour. Great news. Tickets are €10+ on sale on Thursday Feb 5th @ 9am www.whelanslive.com & www.ticketmaster.ie.
Here are three of her best songs so far, kicking off with ‘Pedestrian At Best’ from the new album: