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  1. Exclusive Arts Show Session Videos

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 16:58

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    Tony Wright Wide BBC NI’s Art Show invited a number of acts to perform exclusive live sessions including the likes of Joshua Burnside, The Wood Burning Savages, VerseChorusVerse and many more.

    You can now watch the videos on the Art Show’s webpage.

    The next episode is on BBC Two tonight at 10pm, featuring the Art of the Troubles exhibition at the Ulster Museum, political cartoonist Ian Knox and photographer Bobbie Hanvey. Plus, a look back at Alan Clarke and Danny Boyle's seminal Troubles era drama Elephant.

    The monthly show runs until June and then returns for it’s next series in September.

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  2. Oh Yeah Relaunches Mentoring Programme

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 15:27

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    Scratch My Progress The Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast are recruiting new acts for this year’s ‘Scratch My Progress’ development programme.

    Four acts will be mentored and helped with all aspects of the music industry; business, marketing, media training, performance, writing and much more. The acts will meet with music industry professionals, including lawyers and accountants, vocal coaches, PR experts and more over the year.

    At the end of the programme, each act will write and record a track professionally for a showcase EP and organise a showcase event.

    This is the third year of the scheme which has helped artists such as Katharine Philippa, Go Wolf, Hannah McPhillimy, 20 Second Century and many more.

    The scheme is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the PRS for Music Foundation and Invest Northern Ireland.

    For more information visit ohyeahbelfast.com


  3. New Record Label Launches with More Than Conquerors Gig

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 16:07

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    Old Fang More Than Conquerors are to play the launch night of Old Fang, a new 'boutique creative brand and label with music at its heart'. 
    Old Fang aims to release records, host events, write about music and manage bands among other ventures. 

    The launch event takes place in The Menagerie, Belfast on Thursday 15th May, before More Than Conquerors head out on tour again in support of their 'Everything I've Learnt' album. 

  4. New Tunes Disco: Rigsy & Chris Jones - April 2014

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 15:22

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    This week it's music journalist Chris Jones who joins Rigsy to discuss a bunch of brand new releases. Not always in agreement, the pair debate it out...


    Nyt Bloomer – Old Toys
    Rigsy: “It’s a very wonky start to tonights exchange”
    Chris: “Guy called Conor McNamee from Buncrana… this is the title track of the ‘Old Toys Beat Tape’.

    Jon Dots – Wandering
    Rigsy – “Just a wee belter”
    Chris – “Its got a lot of charm…its really kind of infectious”

    Don’t Shoot - Wonder Kid
    Rigsy: “Influcense that range from the Killers to Frightened Rabbit which makes...

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  5. The Making of Abandcalledboy

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 12:27

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    Making of abandcalledboy

    Ryan & Adam from abandcalledboy called into ATL HQ to talk about 'The Making Of...' their self-titled E.P

  6. Free Dance and Electronic Industry Panel

    Monday 14 April 2014, 18:21

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    Fabric Generator NI are hosting a specialist panel with established figures in the UK dance and electronic music industry next Wednesday the 23rd of April. The event is free and will take place in the Stiff Kitten, Belfast.

    Anybody wanted to attend should register their interest on the Generator NI website.



    Adam Carter – Exclusive Promo is a UK based specialist Digital Tastemaker Promo company. 

    Rob Booth – A & R for Fabric/Houndstooth label

    Charles Fitzgerald - Head of Mobile for the [PIAS] Entertainment Group working with artists such as Tiesto & Dizzee Rascal. 

    Jules Parker – Polaroid...

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  7. Review: The Bedroom at The Menagerie, Belfast

    Friday 11 April 2014, 18:13

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    The Bedroom The Bedroom
    The Menagerie
    Thursday 10th April

    Tonight Across The Line finds itself in what must be one of Belfast's most wonderfully avant-garde night spots, The Menagerie. Bathed in the glow of minimalist candles and a projection show of art house style short film features, the stage was set for London based-Galway native Olan Stephens, also known as 'The Bedroom'. With a unique setting and an intriguing line-up at hand, it certainly promised to be a memorable night.

    Setting the tone for the evening was the versatile Michael Speers. His alternative soundscapes lingered and swooned, a series...

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  8. Record Store Day in Northern Ireland

    Thursday 10 April 2014, 15:51

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    Record Store Day A number of NI record shops are taking part in the annual Record Store Day on Saturday the 19th of April. 

    For full details visit recordstoreday.co.uk.


    Armagh Music - 7 Dobbin Street, Armagh

    Cool Discs - Foyle Street, Derry~Londonderry
    • In-Store Performances from 2pm: Paul Tully, Conor McAteer, Teknopeasant, Declan McLaughlin, Ego the Jackal
    • Cool Disc Presents: The Bonnevilles, The Wood Burnings Savages, Little Hooks, Ego The Jackal & more
      The Guildhall, Derry~Londonderry (Doors 8pm)

    Head Records - Castlecourt, Belfast

    • Chris Caul (Dusty Fingers), Gary Hall & Dave Neely (Funky Disposition), Keith...

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  9. Additions for Body & Soul

    Thursday 10 April 2014, 13:30

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    Body & Soul The Body & Soul festival returns for its fifth year to Ballinlough Castle, Co. Meath from 20th - 22nd of June.

    New acts added to the bill today include:
    Gary Numan, Of Montreal, The Field, Paddy Keenan (Bothy Band) & Steve Cooney, Ballet School, Slow Magic

    These acts will join previously announced acts including Caribou, Goldfrapp, John Grant, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Buraka Som Sistema, Nick Waterhouse, East India Youth, Young Wonder, Jessy Lanza and King Kong Company.

    Visit bodyandsoul.ie for full details.

  10. Little Bear change name to PØRTS

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 14:24

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    Ports Melodic alt rockers Little Bear have changed their name to PØRTS.

    The Derry~Londonderry natives announced the change earlier today stating:

    "Due to reasons beyond our control, we have had to opt for a name change. Although it’s a big change we’re excited about the new name."

    The band will releae their next single 'Ancient Wave' under the new moniker 'PØRTS' on Friday 26th April 2014.

    They have also stated that they have, "lots of new music coming soon" on their new PØRTS facebook.


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