Eight new acts have been announced for this year’s BBC Biggest Weekend in Belfast which takes place from May 25th to 26th.

Acts added include:

  • Orbital
  • Young Fathers
  • The Breeders
  • Ash
  • First Aid Kit
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Little Dragon
  • Goldie

They will be joined by Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting.

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.

Tickets for Belfast go on sale on Monday February 12th at 10am and are available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on February 7th, 2018


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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.

All lineups

Swansea, Wales

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran @ Singleton Park ( BBC Radio One)

Coventry, England

Snow Patrol, Billy Ocean, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Nigel Kennedy, The BBC Concert Orchestra @ War Memorial Park (BBC Radio 2/3)

Perth, Scotland

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy Friday 25th May at Scone Palace (BBC Radio 2/3)

Belfast. NI

Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting on Friday 25th May at Titanic Slipways.(BBC Six Music)

Posted on January 30th, 2018


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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


King Krule – The Ooz

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.

Listen on Spotify


Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life

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.

Listen on Spotify.


St Vincent – Masseduction

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.

Listen on Spotify


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

A loose album of jaunty bluesy slacker-rock between two idiosyncratic songwriters from two parts of the globe from Australia and America respectively, who work well as a duality on record.

Listen on Spotify


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.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on October 18th, 2017


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It’s telling that it’s harder to put a cap on a top songs list these days (so much music out there) so I allowed myself an extra 25 songs this year at the half-way point. These are the songs I loved and play the most so far in this year. Plenty more best of playlists in the monthly ones – January\ / February / March / April / May / June. Here are my favourite albums, international and Irish too. Last year’s top 100 songs are here and Spotify and Soundcloud can give you loads more to listen to from me. And of course, I’m on the radio on TXFM every Thursday night.

In two flavours: Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify Player below.

Spotify Apple Music

75 great songs of 2015 so far:

  1. Grimes – ‘Realiti’
  2. Tame Impala – ‘Let it Happen’
  3. Bicep – ‘Just’
  4. Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mø –  ‘Lean On’ feat. Young Thug / Popcaan
  5. Jamie xx – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’
  6. Julio Bashmore – ‘Holding On’
  7. Father John Misty – ‘The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment’
  8. Shamir – ‘Call It Off’
  9. Hot Chip -‘Huarache Lights’
  10. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’
  11. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’
  12. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  13. Haelos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  14. Mark Ronson feat. Kevin Parker – ‘Daffodils’
  15. Kendrick Lamar – ‘These Walls’
  16. Action Bronson feat. Chance The Rapper – ‘Baby Blue’
  17. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – ‘Sunday Candy’
  18. Girl Pool – ‘Chinatown’ (single version)
  19. Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
  20. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  21. Sufjan Stevens – ‘Should Have Known Better’
  22. MuRli – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows)
  23. All Tvvins – ‘Too Young to Live’
  24. Alessia Cara – ‘Here’
  25. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  26. Tobias Jesso Jr – ‘How Could You Babe’
  27. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t keep Checking My Phone’
  28. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  29. Fort Romeau – ‘Not A Word’ feat. New Jackson
  30. Joy Orbison & Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  31. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Very First Breath’ feat. Irfane
  32. Le Galaxie – ‘Put The Chain On’
  33. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  34. Shura – ‘White Light’
  35. Roosevelt – ‘Night Moves’
  36. All We Are – ‘I Wear You’
  37. Wax Stag – ‘Sparkling River’
  38. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  39. Jamie xx – ‘Gosh’
  40. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  41. Cashmere Cat – ‘Adore’ feat. Ariana Grande
  42. Sauce 81 – ‘Natural Thing’
  43. Natalie Prass – ‘Bird Of Prey’
  44. Låpsley – ‘Brownlow’
  45. Young Fathers – ‘Rain Or Shine’
  46. Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood – ‘Gunshowers’
  47. Anna B Savage – ‘I’
  48. Braids – ‘Miniskirt’
  49. Girls Names – Zero Triptych
  50. Little xs for eyes – ‘Logical Love’
  51. Fierce Mild – ‘Small Talk’
  52. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man’
  53. Clarence Clarity – ‘Will To Believe’
  54. Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail as Sea Legs – ‘The Colour Blue’
  55. Shit Robot – ‘Where It’s At’ feat. Reggie Watts
  56. Mac Demarco – ‘Another One’
  57. Nao -‘Inhale / Exhale’
  58. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  59. Tomorrows – ‘Free’
  60. Jessica Pratt – ‘Back Baby’
  61. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’
  62. Roisin Murphy – ‘Exploitation’
  63. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘The River’
  64. Ibeyi – ‘Ghosts’
  65. Tei Shi – ‘Bassically’
  66. Lindstrom and Grace Hall – ‘Home Tonight’
  67. Portico – ‘101’ feat. Joe Newman
  68. Florence + The Machine – ‘What Kind of Man’
  69. The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’
  70. St Vincent – ‘Teenage Talk’
  71. Yumi Zouma – ‘A Song for Zoe & Gwen’
  72. Kelela – ‘A Message’
  73. Joey Bada$$ feat. Kiesza – ‘Teach Me How to Dance’
  74. Kaytranada – ‘Drive Me Crazy’ featuring Vic Mensa
  75. Neon Indian – ‘Annie’

Posted on July 10th, 2015


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment- ‘Sunday Candy’
  2. Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’
  3. Princess – ‘Black Window’
  4. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  5. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  6. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Ryderz’
  7. Young Fathers – ‘Rain Or Shine’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’ feat. Amy Rose
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  10. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  11. Not Squares – ‘Oops Said Hi’
  12. Le Galaxie – ‘Tell me Twice’
  13. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’

Part Two 

  1. JUCE – ‘The Other One’
  2. Chvrches – ‘Dead Air’
  3. Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
  4. Ham Sandwich – ‘Broken (Start Over)’
  5. Calm Candy – ‘Tunnels’
  6. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  7. Flying Lotus – ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’ (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
  8. Outkast – ‘Aquemini’
  9. Roots Manuva – ‘Like A Drum’
  10. Kelela – ‘Guns & Synths’
  11. George FitzGerald –  ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)’ [feat. Lawrence Hart]
  12. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  13. Amber Run – ‘5AM’
  14. Cinema – ‘Horizon’
  15. D’Angelo – ‘Betray My Heart’
  16. Lakker – ‘Oktavist’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Grimes – ‘REALiTi’
  2. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’
  3. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
  4. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Very First Breath’
  5. Girls Names – ‘Zero Triptych’
  6. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  7. Sufjan Stevens – ‘Should Have Known Better’
  8. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
  9. Shamir – Call It Off
  10. The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’
  11. Jamie xx – ‘Gosh’
  12. Hælos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  13. Little xs for eyes -‘Logical Love’
  14. Fight Like Apes – ‘Pretty Keen On Centerfolds’
  15. Sauce 81 – ‘Natural Thing’
  16. Yumi Zouma – ‘A Song For Zoe & Gwen’
  17. Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail -‘ The Colour Blue’
  18. Oh Wonder – ‘Technicolour Beat’
  19. SertOne – ‘Lost and Found’ 
  20. Kelela – ‘A Message’
  21. Florence + The Machine – ‘St Jude’
  22. Young Wonder – ‘Enchanted’
  23. Evvol – ‘Your Love’
  24. Rusangano Family – ‘Wasteman’
  25. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue’
  26. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  27. Teleman – ‘Strange Combinations’
  28. Ghostpoet – ‘X Marks The Spot’
  29. Hystereo – ‘Aquarium’
  30. Spies – ‘Quincy Morris’

Playmoss playlist (Soundcloud + Youtube)



Posted on March 31st, 2015


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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

Part One

  1. Mark Ronson – ‘Daffodils’
  2. Chromatics – ‘I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around’
  3. Twin Shadow – ‘Old Love / New Love’
  4. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
  5. Toro y Moi – ‘Buffalo’
  6. Little Green Cars – ‘The John Wayne’
  7. The Academic – ‘Different’
  8. Hare Squead – ‘Bop With It’
  9. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Sunday Candy’
  10. Discopunks – ‘Tie Me Up’
  11. Tobias Jesso Jr. – ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About You’

Part Two 

  1. And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘Wasps’
  2. Evvol – ‘Your Love’
  3. Young Wonder – ‘Enchanted’
  4. Girlpool – ‘Jane’
  5. David Holmes – ‘My Mate Paul’
  6. Clarence Clarity – ‘Will To Believe’
  7. Speelburg – ‘Kline’
  8. Oh Wonder – ‘Technicolour Beat’
  9. Grimes – ‘REALiTi’
  10. Ryan Vail and Ciaran Lavery – ‘The Colour Blue’
  11. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  12. Sufjan Stevens – ‘Should Have Known Better’
  13. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on March 13th, 2015


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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Soundcloud

The songs

  1. MuRli  – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows)
  2. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  3. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘The Rain’
  5. Jape – ‘Séance Of Light’
  6. Buffalo Woman – ‘U Make Me High’
  7. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  8. Jessica Pratt – ‘Jacquelyn in the Background’
  9. Skelocrats – ‘Lyin’ Eyes’
  10. Bjork – ‘Stonemilker’
  11. Tobias Jesse Jr – ‘Hollywood’
  12. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Teach Me’ feat. Kiesza
  13. Doomtree – ‘Gray Duck’
  14. Kanye West / Paul McCartney – ‘Only One’
  15. Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – ‘Ray Gun’
  16. Aphex Twin – ‘Sams Car’
  17. Fort Romeau – Insides’
  18. Seven Davis Jr. – ‘Wild Hearts’
  19. Shlohmo – ‘Buried’
  20. Future Brown – ‘Room 302’ feat. Tink
  21. How to Dress Well x TALA – ‘The One’ (HTDW version)
  22. Purity Ring – ‘Begin Again’
  23. Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa – ‘Drive Me Crazy’
  24. Marika Hackman – ‘Animal Fear’
  25. No Monster Club – ‘I’ve Retired’
  26. Courtney Barnett -‘Pedestrian At Best’
  27. Come On Live Long – Trough’
  28. Honningbarna – ‘Prinser Av Sarajevo’
  29. The Staves – ‘Steady’
  30. Laura Groves – ‘Dream Story’



Posted on February 2nd, 2015


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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:

Posted on January 30th, 2015