Jessie Ware’s second album Tough Love is out in the world now and as a result, we’ve got some tour dates.

It was announced today that she’ll play The Academy, Dublin on January 21st and Mandela Hall, Belfast the night before on January 20th.

The singer last played The Sugar Club in Dublin in 2012. Tickets are €23.90 for the Academy show from Ticketmaster on sale Friday at 9am.

Hear also: one of her remixes is top of my list for the year so far.

Jessie Ware Tour dates

20/01 Mandela Hall –  Belfast, UK

21/01 Academy –  Dublin, Ireland

23/01 Queens Hall  – Edinburgh, UK

24/01 O2 Academy –  Leeds, UK

25/01 Academy –  Manchester, UK

27/01 Colston Hall –  Bristol, UK

29/01 O2 Academy Brixton –  London, UK

30/01 O2 Academy Brixton –  London, UK

02/02 Ampere –  Munich, Germany

03/02 Mojo – Hamburg, Germany

04/02 Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark

06/02 Astra Kulturhaus –  Berlin, Germany

07/02 Towar –  Warsaw, Poland

09/02 Lucerna – Music Bar Prague Czech Republic

10/02 Gloria – Cologne, Germany

12/02 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium

13/02 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland

14/02 Trianon – Paris, France

16/02 Glav Club – Moscow, Russia

17/02 A2 – St. Petersburg, Russia

Posted on October 14th, 2014




Just last night I  watched Good Vibrations, the film about Terri Hooley, the music-mad maverick bad businessman who opened a record shop during the Troubles in Belfast before going on to champion local punk like The Undertones, The Outcasts and Rudi. Today, Red Bull Music Academy released a short video doc shot during their weekender recently featuring the man himself taking a tour of a much-changed city. Hooley is now 65 and still owns that shop (which has closed and re-opened 11 times now) and it’s still just about open.

Also, check out his RBMA lecture.


Posted on October 14th, 2014




A few weeks ago Generator NI announced Output’s daytime  series of talks with names like Andrew WK and Tom Robinson taking part. Today, they’ve announced the series of free night gigs for which Nialler9 is teaming up with Belfast magazine The Thin Air in the Black Box with Dublin electronic disco tune of the year contenders Ships,  Derry noisy pop man Autumns, Dublin electronic duo Contour, and Cork’s gazey-rock band The Altered Hours. Our amazing poster is by Stephen Maurice Graham.

But that’s not all that’s on, there are also names like Best Boy Grip, Slowplacelikehome, Ryan Vail, Rosie Carney, Team RKT, Silences,  Katharine Philippa and two go bands – Go Swim and Go Wolf among others playing on 10 stages that night. You can register for daytime events at

Night Lineup

Venue / time8pm8.30pm9pm9.30pm10pm10.30pm11pm11.30pmHosts
Black Box CaféSlow Place Like HomeCiaran LaveryRyan VailPortsElectric Mainline / Smalltown America Music
Black BoxAutumnsShipsContourAltered HoursThe Thin Air / Nialler 9
White’s TavernLipstik LizardsWhite Male ActorsTeam RKTFurther Education Colleges / Broken Melody Records
Duke of YorkIn An InstantCallum StewartHurdlesMore Than ConquerorsOld Fang / Sentric
The Harp BarAmanda St JohnBernadette MorrisOwen McGarryTriona CarvilleIMRO / Real Music Club
Oh Yeah CentreGo SwimGoldie FawnTravis is a TouristOh VolcanoFriday Night Mashup / PRS
The SpaniardJessica DohertyBest Boy GripRosie CarneyJanet DevlinNerve Centre / Honeycomb – Creative Works
McHugh’sJess EdlinKatharine PhilippaRobocobraSilencesBig Space Studio / SARC
Aether & EchoViola DustThe ClameensGo WolfDavid C ClementsGenerator NI / Third Bar
VoodooExit Pursued by BearJoshua BurnsideMichael MormechaEmerald ArmadaFourAcre Music / Forfey
The SunflowerFarriersMeb Jon SolRobyn G ShielsArboristFolk and Tumble / Start Together Studios

On Thursday October 16th next month, the inaugural Creative Belfast presents Output one day music conference takes place in Belfast in the MAC and the Oh Yeah Centre.

350 artists, businesses and creative students are expected with the focus on the opportunities and challenges in the music industry today.

The morning and afternoon will feature panel discussions, music sessions, workshop, speed networking events and keynote speeches. Speakers include Andrew WK, Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Andrea Madden (music supervisor on Made in Chelsea), Nialler9 (ahem), Janet Devlin (The X Factor), Aidan O’Rourke (BBC Young Folk Musician Of The Year) Peter Gregson (composer and cellist) while representatives of PRS, Polar Patrol Publishing, Sentric Music, PPL, MCPS, IMRO, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, MCD Promotions, Body and Soul, Norwich Sound and Vision, Go North, SESAC, Raygun, The Thin Air and Wicksteed Works, Independence Festival and Facebook are expected.

In the evening in the Cathedral Quarter, there’ll be some free music showcases put together by Third Bar Artist Development, Friday Night Mash-up, Smalltown America Music, Old Fang, PRS, Broken Melody Records and Sentric. Nialler9 and The Thin Air will host one such gig. More details on that lineup in the coming week or so.

Entry is free to all events but you should register for Output at


Red Bull Music Academy is hosting an RBMA weekender in Belfast from 25th to the 28th of September with four days of gigs, club nights, workshops and more in the Cathedral Quarter.

Nils Frahm, SKREAM, Terri Hooley, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Chez Damier, Special Request, Ryan Vail, Terri Hooley, The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart, Chez Damier, Bicep and Twitch are involved.

A series of free workshops featuring Greg Wilson Noel Watson, Bicep and Terri Hooley are also happening. Details for how to get into those is via

RBMA weekender schedule

Thursday 25 September 2014 // 10pm

The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart and Twitch

The Bunatee, Queen’s University (Student Union)

Tickets priced £6

Friday 26 September 2014 // Time TBC

Workshop featuring BICEP

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed

Friday 26 September 2014 // 9.00pm

SKREAM, Chez Damier (Balance) & Special Request

The Limelight

Tickets priced £6

Saturday 27 September 2014 // 10.00pm

Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Terri Hooley & Noel Watson

Aether & Echo (A&E)

Tickets priced £8

Saturday 27 September 2014 // Time TBC

Lecture featuring Greg Wilson, Noel Watson & Terri Hooley

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed

Sunday 28 September 2014 // 5.00pm

Nils Frahm, Ryan Vail

City Hall

Tickets priced £5

Tickets are  available at and usual outlets nationwide. 

Posted on August 19th, 2014


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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival takes place across Belfast from May 1st to 11th and some of the names lined up include:

De La Soul, Fuck Buttons, Wild Beasts, Shonen Knife, Rubberbandits, The Selecter, Tinariwen, Marc Mulcahy, Jimi Goodwin (Doves), The Third Policeman and the True Detective-theme song artists The Handsome Family.

Those are the early bird shows and there’s more to be announced so keep an eye out.

Posted on March 6th, 2014


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Last week’s album of the week Burn Your Fire For No Witness will surely be among the the best records of 2014 so good news today that Angel Olsen will return to Ireland to play some shows after last year’s quite superb run of shows.

The dates thus far are:

Friday June 6th:
Skinny Wolves presents Angel Olsen @ Whelan’s Dublin.
Tickets: €14

Saturday June 7th:
The G-Man & Triskel present Angel Olsen @ Triskel Christchurch, Cork
Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday: €13 (early bird)/€15

Sunday June 8th:
Angel Olsen @ McHugh’s, Belfast
Tickets TBC.

More tour dates at the Angel Olsen site including a current US tour with Cian Nugent on support.

Posted on February 17th, 2014



Good Year_2013

The New Year’s Eve gig announcements are upon us so if you decided to go out on the night here’s what’s on offer so far. Email [email protected] if you’re got a suitable event around the country to add to this. For non-music events hit up Visit Dublin for a guide.

On December 30th, there’s also special Nialler9-curated event called New Year’s Thieves presented by Happenings.


NYE and the City (FREE)
Hard Working Class Heroes bands play for free in establishments around the city on the afternoon of December 30/31st. Plus some bands play in Dublin Airport. See poster for details:

Dublin NYE countdown concert @ College Green (€22.50)
With Madness, Ryan Sheridan, MKS (formerly known as Sugababes), The Strypes, Seo Linn and special guests.

Nightflight Hootenanny @ The Grand Social, Dublin (€10 early birds /€20)
Live: Lasertom, February & Mars, Adultrock.
DJs: I Am The Cosmos, Sol O’Carroll, Donal Dineen, Handsome Paddy, Louche, Lil Dave, Jon Averill, Stephen Manning, This Greedy Pig,  Downtownsounds with Fanto, Jimmy B and Pablo.
Doors 9PM
Full Poster see above

Hidden Agenda New Year’s Eve Special @ Button Factory, Dublin ( €20 / €15 Early Bird)
Live: White Collar Boy, New Jackson, Lumigraph, Forrests, Clu
DJs: MMOTHS, Hidden Agenda DJs.
Doors 9PM

Young Hearts Run Free and Note Productions presents Good Year! @ Christchurch Cathedral (€40/€45)
Live: Alasdair Roberts, Dónal Lunny, Iarla Ó’Lionáird, ANDERSON, NiamhMcCormackSings,  Moonface/Spencer Krug and some surprise guests.
DJs: Daragh O’Halloran, and Ed Smith

NYE @ The Sugar Club (€15 if purchased direct from All City Records before Dec 13th, €20 after)
Shit Robot, Billy Scurry, Johnny Moy, DJ Scope, Colm K and more over 2 rooms.
Doors 9PM til late

Tengu N.Y.E @ Yamamori Sushi lower Ormond Quay (€5)
Food, cocktails, and DJs: 6th Borough Project, Keep Schtum, Mark E, Kelly Anne Byrne and more.
Doors 9pm

Mother presents Le Galaxie @ Copper Alley (€10)
Doors 11pm

Hunt & Gather, Emergence & Surge @ Twisted Pepper, Dublin (€15/€13)
The Stage: Toby Kaar (Live), TuKi, Bobo Funk , Cillo, Jack & Oli Drakeford plus Acrobats & Hunt & Gather’s Cirque Noir featuring circus performers.
The Basement: : Sunil Sharpe, DeFeKt, Niall Dunne, Donal Mooney & Johnom, Andrew Conway
The Box: Whosehouse / The Cafe : Mondo Bizzaro
& More TBA

Turning Pirate and Aiken Promotions present: New Year’s Eve Mix Tape @ Vicar Street, Dublin (€35)
With Jerry Fish, Lisa Hannigan, Gavin Glass, Wallis Bird, Rhob Cunningham, Booka Brass Band, The Young Folk & more TBA.

Bedlam and Southpaw present Resolution MMXIV @ Undisclosed location (PRICE TBC)
An hour via buses with Axel Boman, Faul, Cassio Kahl, Get Down Edits, Brahm, Bedlam DJs and more.

NYE BYO Warehouse Party @ Undisclosed (€50 up)
Solomun, LRB, Dave Devalera, Aaron Nolan.

Republic of Loose + guests @ Whelan’s (€22.50)

The Hot Sprockets NYE party @ The Workman’s Club (€15)

Crew Year’s Eve @ Thomas House (€10)

Abstract present NYE with Leftfield DJ set and Benoit and Sergio @ The Powerscourt Centre/Pygmalion, South William St (€22.50)


Kormac’s Big Band, Daithí @ Roisin Dubh, Galway (€25/ €20, €15 members)


Mick Flannery @ Cork Opera House (€21-€26)
And So I Watch You From Afar @ Crane Lane (€15)


City Of Culture NYE Celebrations @ Merchant’s Quay (€22/ €17 early bird)
The Strypes, Dolores O’Riordain, Maverick Sabre

Damien Dempsey @ Dolan’s Warehouse (€27.90)


Shine NYE: Simian Mobile Disco DJ set, Fake Blood @ Queens Student Union (£22.50)

Posted on December 23rd, 2013




Having a track featured on a series which in the past has featured the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party, Digitalism, Friendly Fires and Foals, means, a band is probably doing something right. ‘Voices’, a track from Belfast’s Go Wolf was the second track on the recent Kitsuné Maison compilation 15. While that comp’s zeitgeist moment has probably faded, it doesn’t mean the tunes are any lesser on it.

‘Voices’ is a song that’s easy to like, it’s bright and breezy indie pop like Metronomy who have built a large-venue stadium career out of that sound (how’d that happen?). It’s got catchy melodies and supremely effective counterpoint female backing vocals by Hannah McPhillimy. It is, as they say in the “industry”, A GREAT SONG.