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  • Guess who's back...back again!

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    Despite the uncertainty and challenges facing the NI music scene right now, it hasn’t stopped artists from releasing new music, and coming up with creative ways to connect with their fans.

    We’re delighted that the Northern Irish Music Prize is back for 2020, so we can celebrate and acknowledge the incredible talent we have here in Northern Ireland. 

    Understandably, they are still working on how to make the event happen. There’s no exact date, but the NI Music Prize 2020, will take place in November this year. 

    The submission process is open from Friday 3rd July – 30th July.

    Last years winners include, Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail, Sister Ghost and Junk Drawer. 

    For the full list of details and submission process head to https://nimusicprize.com/.

    Get on it!

  • Can't Beat It

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    So we’re all getting the hang of this lock-down craic now and at BBC Radio Ulster, we do try and inject a little bit of joy and happiness into your life every day.

    But sometimes joy isn’t enough. Sometimes, you just need to dance it out in a field or warehouse, let it all go, become one with the music and then wake up the next day, sore all over, ready to get back at it.

    We can’t give you everything but we have tried to recreate this vibe for you, and to be honest, it's pretty awesome. 

    So on the 4th July (this Saturday) we are giving you EIGHT hours of non-stop beats. Stephen McCauley and Holly Lester join forces for Lock-in Beats, to celebrate some of the best Northern Irish dance music.

    Head over to BBC NI Live from 7pm on Saturday, for exclusive new sets from Caoimhe Moreland and Holly Lester, festival coverage and classic performances from the archive like live performances from Lemon Jelly and Radioactive Man; and DJ sets from Dave Clarke and A Love From Outer Space.

    Holly and…

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  • No Borders

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    Collaboration alert! Warriors of the Dystotheque have teamed up with Howie B on ‘No Borders’.

    Warriors of the Dystotheque are made up by Jonny Mac, Sean Graham and brothers Mike and Nick Rufolo. Most artists have had to compromise or change their way of working because of lockdown, but these guys are barely ever in the same country, never mind the same room, so they continue to thrive in isolation. ‘No Borders’ was created in just a matter of days. Not too shabby.

    Collaborating with Scottish DJ & Producer Howie B, they’ve created a jazzy, funky blend of electronic goodness, that’ll chill out even the most uptight music lover.

    Warriors of the Dystotheque and Howie B have released ‘No Borders’ exclusively on Bandcamp for free and will donate 100% of the money made from this track to the UK charity, Black Minds Matter.

    ‘No Borders’ is now available now.

     

  • Stendhal Unlocked

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    We’re all missing the thought of getting sweaty with a bunch of strangers in a field this summer, listening to our favourite band and just generally loving life, despite the unpredictable Northern Irish weather.

    But Stendhal Festival have come to the rescue. It’ll be a more chilled out, socially distant festival to celebrate it’s tenth year, but it sounds awesome, if like us, you’re craving to…

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  • Having A Reevah Good Time

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    Derry based Indie-folk artist Reevah has recruited friends, family, and a host of Northern Ireland's top artists for the 'Lockdown inspired' video of her new single 'You Said, Tell Me'. Kicking off with a retro VHS feel and Reevah’s breathy opening vocals, it plays out like a long-lost video love letter of people singing into hairbrushes, dancing with brooms, and other silliness normally seen on…

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  • The ROE flies

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    ROE is featured in a new documentary ‘Rise Up: a life in words & music’ charting her early struggles from just 16, making the hard decision to drop out of school and enrol in a creating writing/music course, where she met her partner in crime, music producer Liam Craig, to performing in front of 15,000 people in the 02 Arena, London.

    ROE said: “This documentary follows me over some of the biggest…

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  • Call a mate – collaborate!

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    Help Musicians announce new development scheme, Fusion Fund.

    UK charity Help Musicians are offering grants of £2000-5000 for talent to collaborate, across multiple disciplines. Although music focused, you’ll need to collaborate with at least one non music discipline – so that’s storytellers, lighting designers, scientists etc.

    We’ve all gotten pretty good at finding new ways to share our work in…

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  • NI Unplugged

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    During lockdown, it’s ok to feel disconnected from daily life, as we all adjust to our new normal. Whatever that means for you, we’re all trying to manage it in our own way, as best we can.

    There’s amazing stuff happening every day, from livestreams to fundraisers but NI Unplugged has spent the last four weeks, creating a new self titled digital album featuring acoustic tracks from over 50…

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  • Owen Denvir 'Stones' E.P

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    Normally when we get a press release to ATL Introducing Towers, it’s full of the usual info – ‘best release yet’, ‘sure to impress’, ‘comes from the heart’…that kind of thing. Not so for Belfast based singer songwriter Own Denvir. With his new EP ‘Stones’ arriving on the 29th of May, forming the second part of a trilogy which will form the basis of his debut album, Owen has gone a bit more…

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  • Coocoons NI Takeover

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    This Friday Night on the 8th of May, some of our favourite NI musicians take to the stage from home. How exciting?! Hosted on the Cocoon Facebook page, you will be able to see and hear some of your favourite acts; such as JC Stewart, Ryan McMullan, Amy Montgomery, Duke Special, Cormac Neeson and Matt McGinn. This fantastic line-up has been brought together to help raise funds and awareness for…

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