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  • Let’s be AVAn’ It

    Taylor Johnson

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    The festival gates haven’t quite opened up for us yet, but AVA Festival are taking after Reading & Leeds Festivals with the announcement that their latest line-up will take to the stage in Belfast on the 24th and 25th of September. The multi-stage festival is a haven for homegrown talent and world renown DJ’s, attracting dance and beat music lovers from across Ireland, the UK and beyond.

    For info on tickets and more, click here. 

  • Review: Lavengro 'Get Out'

    Taylor Johnson

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    Donald Trump. Kanye. Elon Musk. Those four lads from the meme.

    No it’s not the 2024 US Presidential nominees, but just some of the celebrities photoshopped into Derry pop band Lavengro’s clever new music video for their track ‘Get Out’.

    It may well be the funniest Zoom call you’ve had since the ongoing pandemic/apocalypse, as celebrities far and wide come together to belt out every word of Lavengro’s brand new single. Sort of...

    ‘Get Out’ is a sharp, charming pop song, dripping in harmonies and primed for sing along moments. Their infectious, uplifting song writing arrives just in time for much needed spring optimism. No dramatic reinvention by any means, but nor is that the point. The point is to run into your garden, feel the heat on your face and dance in the face of a year long lockdown. Freedom is coming, Lavengro can hear it!

    Keep the sunshine coming boys, and bring Adam Sandler, Britney and the lads along for the ride too.

    Watch the video here. 

     

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  • Live Lounge Introducing

    Taylor Johnson

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    BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge is a rite of passage for any artist rising through the industry ranks. A chance to show the nation a different side of you, with a cover of your choice. From Catfish and the Bottlemen giving their spin on Kanye’s Black Skinhead, to Miley Cyrus smashing Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness, the results are often unforgettable. Now is your chance to add your name to the list of Live Lounge alumni.

    For the first time ever the Live Lounge will be open to the next wave of undiscovered talent, giving you a chance to record a session for daytime Radio 1 with Clara Amfo. The judging panel features a host of talent discovered by BBC Introducing, as well as our very own Gemma Bradley.

    ENTRIES ARE OPEN NOW – You have until Sat 20th March to get your entries in:
    All you need to do is upload one original track to the BBC Music Introducing Uploader (find out how to use the uploader here), and make sure you tag your track 'Live Lounge 2021'. This could be a new track, or an…

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  • It’s not Chile, it’s not chil la la...it’s Denise Chaila.

    Gemma Bradley

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    Stop what you’re doing right now! Limerick’s Denise Chaila has just been named as winner of Irish Album of the Year at the 2021 RTÉ Choice Music Prize for her incredible debut album ‘Go Bravely’.

    The announcement was made by U2’s Adam Clayton live after the judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals and our very own Gemma Bradley, met up over Zoom to battle it out to decide on the winning album.

    This is an incredible achievement for any album let alone a debut! After announcing the release of her new track ‘Water’ with God Knows and Murli; this couldn’t have come at a better…

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  • Review: Aby Coulibaly 'Long Nights'

    Taylor Johnson

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    21 year old singer-songwriter Aby Coulibaly is yet to release a track into a pandemic free world. Her debut single ‘Taurus’ arrived with a flurry of media hype last Summer, providing immediate relief to a nation locked in to their own four walls. It’s a bizarre environment for a burgeoning young artist to launch a career, yet something about Coulibaly’s head bobbing rhythms, conversationalist…

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  • 2020, like you've never heard it before

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    Gigs. Remember them? The Oxford dictionary definition is
    noun
    /ˈkɒnsət/
    a musical performance given in public, typically by several performers or of several compositions.
    "a pop concert".

    It’s been so long you’re going to have to take their word for it. There is hope though…gigs will happen again, and sooner than you think if JyellowL has his way. The Dublin hip hop artist has just announced a…

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  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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    The unce unce energy from derry aka Cherym have just signed to Alcopop! Records. And that’s not all! They’ve announced their new single ‘Kisses On My Cards’ just in time for Valentine’s Day too.

    Commenting on the track, vocalist Hannah Richardson says: “‘Kisses On My Cards’ is an anthem for all hot stubborn gays of the world feeling the emotional pressures of admitting to an attraction without…

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  • New recovery plan for Belfast music scene

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    Sound Diplomacy have announced its work with Belfast City Council to develop a comprehensive Music Strategy and Recovery Plan.

    We all know Belfast is a city with a rich and diverse musical history, and it has recently made a commitment to music, through the designation of the City of Music Steering Group, and a new cultural strategy demonstrating and recognising the value of culture and music to…

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  • New Pagans announce debut album

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    New year, new music! Belfast’s award winning New Pagans have just announced the release of their debut album ‘The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All’ due out on the 19th of March via the label Big Scary Monsters.

    Not only have they announced an album release but to celebrate they’ve just delivered a brand new single ‘Christian Boys’ which is out now! Think fierce rock attitude meets driving…

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  • Sam Wickens - Strange 24.

    Sam’s first release since his acclaimed debut album ‘All I’ve Seen.’ From his previous release, it would have been hard to imagine any improvement, but this new single is next level – in song writing, vocals and production.

    Heavy in meaning and impact, Sam’s deep and soulful range carries the melody and skilfully delivers the emotion and inspiration behind this track. Combined with electronic…

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