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  • AVA FESTIVAL - DAY SPLITS ANNOUNCED!

    Gemma Bradley

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    Ravers get ready! AVA has just announced their day split and it looks SO good!

    The countdown to AVA is on with just under 5 weeks to go before the festival calls the Titanic Slipways home once again. This iconic festival makes way for some of the ever-emerging homegrown talent in the electronic world, holding panels and stellar performances. This year will see acts like BICEP, Mura Masa, Jon Hopkins, Biig Piig, Sally C, Kessler and more take to the stage.

    The festival kicks off in style on Thursday the 2nd of June with an opening party at Banana Block in Portview trade centre. This starter session features talks from RA Exchange Live and PRS for musicians followed by an instore from Sound Advice - one of Belfast’s newest record stores. The perfect warm up for a BIG AVA weekend.

    FRIYAY
    Friday starts your weekend with a bang with a mix of DJ and live performances throughout the day and into the night. BICEP return for their largest ever homecoming performance to date. Not only do they have a BRIT award nomination under their belt but a chart-topping album too! Other exciting sets on Friday come via Ross From Friends, PROSPA and 999999999, bringing their impressive skills, blend of…

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  • BEST SONG IN THE WORLD - CAOLAN IRVINE 'WISHING OU' (BoGriLZ Remix)

    Gemma Bradley

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    This week Caolan Irvine and BoGriLZ made us want more with ‘Missing You’. It’s full of hooks, and an infectious bassline we can’t stop dancing to!

    Electronic Dj and producer Caolan Irvine returns with a brand new single, ‘Missing You’. It’s the perfect dance floor moment! The track itself builds throughout with prominent keys, soaring vocals and intricate hooks. We love how BoGriLZ has put a different spin on the track through the remix, adding a lil extra flavour. ‘Missing You’ is the title track to Caolan’s brand new EP ‘Missing You’ - definitely worth a listen!

    Irvine has previously blessed our ears with tracks like ‘I’m Fine’ and ‘Deeper’ and continues to do so with ‘Missing You’. He’s just the gift that keeps on giving! So if you’re needing a house banger to bring you to the dance floor, then this is for you. Caolan Irvine ‘Missing You’ (BoGriLZ Remix), is our Best Song in the World.

  • Everything You Need To Know Ahead of Record Store Day in NI this weekend

    Gemma Bradley

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    Hey, music heads! In case you didn’t know this year’s record store day is taking place this Saturday the 23rd of April. Record Store day happens once a year. Where over 260 independent record shops across the UK join forces and celebrate (in style) their unique and exciting culture. Special releases are made exclusively for the big celebrations and some shops even host special performances from your favourite artists and events to mark the day. And on top of that, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon, as over 1000’s record stores across the world pitch in and celebrate this wonderful event! It’s definitely one for the calendar.

    If you’re thinking “this is for me”, then make sure to get involved and celebrate with your local record store! We’ve even made a list of local stores that you can visit today, to make it super simple.

    Visit Your Local Record Store:
    • Starr Records - 22 Berry st, Belfast
    • Could Discs Music - 6 Lesley House, Foyle Street, Derry, BT48 6AL
    • Sound Advice - Banana…

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  • BEST SONG IN THE WORLD - USNA 'THROW UP'

    Gemma Bradley

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    This week USNA made us ‘sick’ with the new single ‘Throw Up’. It’s playful, exciting and has a chorus you can’t stop singing along to. We LOVE it!

    Fresh from a London headline show USNA returns with a brand new single, ‘Throw Up’. It’s the perfect summer bop and we’re only in April! Straight away it emanates the influence of Dominic Fike and Brockhampton, making it sound effortlessly cool. But what’s really impressive is USNA’s talent for making his sound authentic, exciting, and real. About the track USNA said “‘Throw Up’ is about a breakup with a summer fling where they act like nothing…

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  • Roe returns with new single ‘I Dare You’

    Aine Cronin-McCartney

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    Existential Indie artist Roe returns with her blistering new single 'I Dare You'.

    Released via the Music Federation, the track was inspired by Roe’s own experiences of an overwhelming touring schedule and late-night traveling. With a knack for succinct and observational lyricism, Roe can be heard embracing the emotional relief that song-writing can bring.

    Expressing her thoughts on the track Roe…

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  • BEST SONG IN THE WORLD - Fya Fox 'Hit Me Where It Hurts'

    Gemma Bradley

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    This week Fya Fox turns up the heat with brand new single ‘Hit Me Where it Hurts’. It’s dark, indulgent and has a chorus you can’t ignore. Complete pop perfection!

    The track itself begins with atmospheric soundscapes, paired with Fya’s delicate vocal. The instrumentation gradually rises, building tension which releases in the chorus with a fantastic pulsating drum and bass section, making it our…

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  • Output Belfast is back!

    Gemma Bradley

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    OUTPUT BELFAST IS BACK!

    This year, April 21st, sees the return of the Output Belfast showcase and conference in REAL LIFE. I know, we can’t wait either! This year’s conference will see top names from the global music industry taking to the stage to speak and offer advice across panel talks throughout the day. There will be workshops, music sessions, panels, advice sessions, networking events and keynote speeches from some big names across the industry. So, if you’re a musician, making music or someone who wants to get into the industry, this is a great event to head to and check out.
    The…

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  • BEST SONG IN THE WORLD - Axis Of - Blackcomber

    Gemma Bradley

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    BEST SONG IN THE WORLD - Axis Of - Blackcomber

    Axis Of - ‘Blackcomber’

    Axis Of offer a snapshot of what’s to come with ‘Blackcomber’ this week’s Best Song in the World.

    The track itself begins with a crispy guitar hook acting as a driving force, which is married to the iconic rhythmic section. This, paired with drop sections and lush layered electric guitars create that indie stomp that we love to hear. This track is just one of many off their new album ‘Bella Pacifica’ which is due for release on the 22nd of April. Niall from the band said the album itself, “ has sad songs...but it is…

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  • BEST SONG IN THE WORLD - KYNSY 'NEW YEAR'

    Gemma Bradley

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    Kynsy drops new single ‘New Year

    Kynsy stopped us in our tracks with this week’s Best Song in the World, ‘New Year’. It’s dark, exciting and a new direction for Kynsy.

    The track itself sees Kynsy in a new light, with bouncy synth lines and prominent guitar hooks. This, paired with Kynsy’s distinctive vocal style makes for an exciting track. Kynsy said the track itself is, “set at a New Year's Eve party populated with boorish characters” and follows on from her last release ‘Mr. Nice Guy’. Kynsy has set the bar high again with this new single, sounding stronger and better than ever. She’s…

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  • Celebrating 10 years of Chordblossom

    Gemma Bradley

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    Over the years Belfast music blog and website Chordblossom have been a HUGE supporter of local artists from across Northern Ireland and Ireland. They’ve provided a platform for new and emerging artists and you can always catch them at gigs and events reviewing EP’s, albums and of course shouting about our special homegrown talent. As it happens Chordblossom are approaching their 10th birthday. 10…

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