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  1. Creative Belfast presents Output Music Conference

    Friday 19 September 2014, 16:08

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    Niall Byrne Output, a one day music conference, will take place in Belfast on Thursday 16th October.

    The event which will be held in the MAC and Oh Yeah Centre, will be attended by artists, businesses and students.

    The Output conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events, as well as speeches from Grammy and Brit award-winning musicians and managers.

    ‘Speakers will include Andrea Madden, music supervisor on Made in Chelsea; Hugh Platt, deputy editor of Thrash Hits magazine; Tom Robinson from BBC 6 Music; artist, performer and motivational speaker Andrew WK; ‘The X Factor’ finalist, Janet Devlin;  BBC Young Folk Musician Of The Year Aidan O’Rourke; composer and cellist Peter Gregson and Niall Byrne of music blog Nialler 9.’ 

    During the evening, several musical showcases will take place across the Cathedral Quarter. Details of artists who will be performing will be announced at the end of September 2014.

    Registration for the conference is required

  2. PLAN B for The Big Music Project

    Friday 19 September 2014, 15:07

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    Plan B The Big Music Project Live is set to take place in Belfast next month.

    The project aims to help young people across the UK find work and training opportunities in the music industry. Plan B – the rapper, singer-songwriter and film director - will be at the event offering 'insider knowledge and advice on building a career in the music industry'. The event, which is open to 14-24 year olds, will take place at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 18 October.

    There will be several events taking place throughout the day, including music sessions and workshops in Music Production, Performance, Event Management, Rigging, Lighting and Set Design.

    The Big Music Project Live is part of a yearlong project across the UK, which also includes; The Big Music Project Competition, a careers initiative “On Track” which offers work placements and internships, and a BRIT School Toolkit for UK Youth Champions. Some of the local partners in the event include Generator NI, Youth Action NI, Oh Yeah Centre, Nerve Centre and Queens University Sonics Arts Institute.

  3. ATL's Track for the Day #18

    Friday 19 September 2014, 11:17

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    Droids #18
    Friday 19th September, 2014
    Droids – Burn Down


    We Say – “It's not been that long since this Derry four-piece were in our lives, but we still missed them and welcomed their noisy return. And 'Burn Down' is everything we loved about them in the first place - nasty riffage with just enough of a pop hook.”

    They Say – ““'Burn Down' was probably the first song we'd written after recording our last EP. I think we were at that 'we've played these songs a million times..' stage, so we were full of excitement at having some new material, and looking to make something quite hook laden while also ensuring it was super heavy."

    Droids will play Atlantic Bar, Portrush on Saturday 1st November and QUBSU, Belfast on Thursday 6th November. 

  4. Foy Vance for Music City Showcase

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 11:47

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    Foy Vance Foy Vance has been announced to play The Glassworks, Derry~Londonderry this Sunday (21st September) for Music City Showcase.

    As part of Music City 2014, this weekend Derry~Londonderry will host three days of international and local talent taking place across the city. The Music City Showcase will round off the weekend of events, with a day of live music on Sunday.

    Alongside Foy Vance, several ATL regular artists are set to play in various venues around the city on Sunday, including White Male Actors, Glenn Rosborough, The Wood Burning Savages, and Wonder Villains.

    The week of events in the...

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  5. ATL's Track for the Day #17

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 10:46

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    Best Boy Grip #17
    Thursday 18th September, 2014
    Best Boy Grip - Sugar


    They Say – “'Sugar' is a collaboration with Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague. We've  been writing an EP together over the last year as a project. The lyrics and sample of Guillem's voice, were taken from an answer phone message he left me when he had inspiration during an Arsenal game he was working at. I loved the crowd noise in the background and knew I had to sample the actual voice (he was giving me pronunciation help). Sugar is a dark track about pushing yourself to the edge. ”

    We Say – “For a while it felt his music would...

    Read more about ATL's Track for the Day #17

  6. The Making of Yes Cadets

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 09:15

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    Yes Cadets Yes Cadets

    Alan from Yes Cadets talks us through the Making of their new EP ‘Go’.

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  7. ATL's Track for the Day #16

    Wednesday 17 September 2014, 11:05

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    The Geneva Experiment #16
    Wednesday 17th September, 2014
    The Geneva Experiment - Drive


    They say – “The track itself was recorded at Start Together studios, in Belfast, it is the second single we have released after our first track 'Collision'. It is influenced between hard-core and alternative, with a small twist of pop rock. The lyrics are based on the hardship each band member have had to struggle through to get where we are now. 'Drive' is basically our story about the struggle and discontent of keeping past bands together, It's also about not letting other people drag you down and stopping you from doing what you love. We used juxtaposition of happy music against lyrics full of rage to express these feelings.”

    We say – “What is it about the north coast? Are kids up there born with guitars in their hands, riffing as they toddle, in bands before primary school? Here's another reliably noisy outfit from that neck of the woods (Coleraine, to be precise) with a growling, monstrosity of a track to blow away the cobwebs.”



    The Geneva Experiment will play the Atlantic lounge, Portrush on 1st November.

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  8. New Tune Disco 15th Sept

    Wednesday 17 September 2014, 10:54

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    Phil and Rigsy

    On this weeks New Tune Disco, Rigsy had Phil Taggart on the line from London to chat about their favourite new tracks.

    SOAK – B a NoBody

    Phil: “She’s just a special talent... people like this and people like her don’t come along very often.”
    Rigsy: “It’s just awesome… She’s huge now and it’s brilliant to see her on a label like Rough Trade who will absolutely do her justice.”

    Hounds of Alaska – Down and out in Belfast and London (Swiss Pirate Remix)

    Rigsy: “It sounds like stripped down EDM meets indie pop… It’s that kind of euphoria, Calvin Harris-esque stuff....

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  9. The Making of Silences

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:40

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    The Making of Silences


    Conchúr and Brendán from Silences called into talk Across the Line through the Making of Silence’s new EP ‘Sister Snow’. 

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  10. ATL’s Track for the Day #15

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 11:31

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    Mutua Trap #15
    Tuesday 16th September, 2014
    Matua Clap – ‘Cleave’

    They say – “Compared to some of our other songs, 'Cleave' seemed to fall together fairly effortlessly. The main riff in 13/8 feels jagged, but bouncy at the same time, to me it almost has a Spanish flamenco feel, but a bit more 'rawk'. For the verse we keep the time signature the same but treat it much differently. It's darker and more atmospheric, with the vocals hugging the bars to give it a plodding, metered feel. The structure is fairly straightforward, but the uplifting chorus and 'dreamier than thou' bridge section makes it a really fun song to play.”

    We say – “Regular listeners to ATL will know we've a penchant for a wonky time signature. And there's few wonkier than 13/8, a rhythm Mutua Clap explore with their first release. A hugely adventurous first track, but not one that surprises, given they feature members of Afflek and Kasper Rosa.”


    Matua Trap will play Voodoo, Belfast tomorrow (17th September) with guests 100 Onces and The Stonemasons.

    Read more about ATL’s Track for the Day #15

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