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.
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 www.creativebelfast.info
Venue / time
Black Box Café
Slow Place Like Home
Electric Mainline / Smalltown America Music
The Thin Air / Nialler 9
White Male Actors
Further Education Colleges / Broken Melody Records
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.
Creative Belfast presents Output is made possible by Belfast City Council, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Invest NI music industry development programme Generator NI, with conference programming also supported by Honeycomb-Creative Works.
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.
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.
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. 8:30pm
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.
Last Thursday night at Belfast Music Week the band (Scott Jamison, Chris Sloan and Stephen Hackworth) were the most impressive fresh prospect from 11 Northern Irish bands playing in The Limelight on the night. Songs like ‘Talk to You’ mix ’80s pop melodies with indie band synth pop and ‘Even God’ has the sweet chops and a bassline that still keeps the dancefloor to hand. There’s not that many bands these days who can do the indie disco thing – that is make songs that appeal to headphones / live settings who you can also play in an indie club but Go Wolf have certainly latched on to bigger possibilities. Look out for a single release soon.