Local Acts of 2009

 

The ATL Northern Irish Acts Of The Year 2010!!

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ATL | 22:07 UK time, Monday, 27 December 2010

Here we are then, a list of twenty incredible bands marking what's been a wonderful year for music in Northern Ireland.

This year 14 people voted - everyone at ATL, the most 'gig active' of our review team and some friends from BBC Radio Ulster - Joe Lindsay, Stu Bailie, Rory Mc Connell, Steven Rainey and Stephen McCauley. Everyone could pick up to twenty bands in order with their number one act getting twenty points, their number two getting nineteen points and so on.

We should of course point out that this list is in no way definitive and, like all charts of this nature, is more than a little bit flawed. It doesn't represent the average ATL playlist and needless to say, members of our team are miffed certain bands aren't higher. It won't satisfy everyone

- it just is what it is - an excuse to celebrate a great year and make for two hours of quality music on the radio! In short - don't take it too seriously!

Best of all though, an incredible forty nine acts were voted for with a load of amazing acts NOT making the top twenty - such is the quality of the bands about at the moment!

Enough faffing then, here's the list.....

 Brackets indicate 2009, 2008 and 2007 placings. N means 'new' and N.A. means band were not included in previous years' votes.

 

1. (3, 17, 10) TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

2. (1, 1, 5) AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR

3. (4, 3, 1) LAFARO

4. (N) RAMS POCKET RADIO

5. (10, 12, N) NOT SQUARES

6. (2, 2, N) CASHIER #9

7. (N) SILHOUETTE

8. (8, 20, N) A PLASTIC ROSE

9. (N) SEVEN SUMMITS

10. (N) MORE THAN CONQUERORS

11. (13) SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER

12. (11, N) MOJO FURY

13. (N) AXIS OF

14. (5, 5, 6) GENERAL FIASCO

15. (N) WONDER VILLIANS

16. (N) CONTINUOUS BATTLE OF ORDER

17. (N) CLOWN PARLOUR

18. (N) MASTER AND DOG

19. (N) JAPSTARS

20. (N) KEY OF ATLAS

An incredible twelve new entries this year, many of them young acts we'd not even heard of this time last year. Two Door Cinema Club romp home after an astonishing 2010 playing massive shows around the world, knocking ASIWYFA to second place. Strong showings for Cashier #9 and Lafaro once again while the mighty Rams Pocket Radio are our highest new entry!

What a list, what a year and what a pleasure it is to be playing these bands on the radio. Here's to each and every one of them....

 

The ATL Northern Irish Acts Of The Year!!

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ATL | 15:48 UK time, Monday, 28 December 2009

So here we are then - the top twenty Northern Irish bands of the year, as voted for by the ATL team.

From our ridiculous Ulster Hall show in March, to The Answer, General Fiasco and ASIWYFA all headlining the same venue in the last few weeks, via the biggest Glasgowbury ever and the Nordie takeover at Oxegen, the past twelve months have been an absolute gift for everyone at ATL. There's been so much to enthuse about we've struggled to fit everything we love into a mere two hour radio show every week.

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ATL's local acts of the year... feeling lucky?

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Rigsy | 16:17 UK time, Monday, 23 November 2009

So it's here - that time of year when we put together a few lists. I've just completed my top twenty Irish albums of the year for AU Magazine's poll (still time to vote yourself - email a list to chris@iheartau.com before 5pm today - Monday) and will now consider the albums stuck in my car stereo or the singles I've had soundtrack dinner making in the kitchen (no idea why I always round up my favourite new songs any time I make a feed, but there you go) during the past twelve months.

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