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The Belfast duo New Portals, appeared on my radar, as Northern Irish bands often do, through BBC NI’s Across The Line‘s New Tune Disco, which I contribute to about once a month (this week’s New Tune Disco is here). New Portals are a new project from  Michael and Ruth Aicken who make folk/pop music as… Read more »

Posted on July 30th, 2015

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Aiken have booked Beach House to play two shows later this year once their new album, their fifth which was just announced as Depression Cherry comes out on August 28th. The band will play: Mandela Hall, Belfast Oct 24th Vicar Street, Dublin Oct 25th Tickets priced €28 for Dublin & £20.50 for Belfast (incl booking… Read more »

Posted on May 26th, 2015

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Pleasure Beach are a new band from Belfast, who formed in a Belfast coffee shop in January (speaking of Belfast coffee shops – I recommend Established – where I’d bet these guys and gals formed). Their members’ names are Lisa, Rachel, Kat, Alan and Richard and their debut single has some pop swing to it…. Read more »

Posted on May 6th, 2015

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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… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2014

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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,… Read more »

Posted on September 30th, 2014

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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… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2014

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RBMA WEEKENDER BELFAST

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Posted on March 6th, 2014

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