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  • Work It

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    Joan Jett once said “I don’t give a Damn about my reputation. That’s living in the past, it’s a new generation.” An attitude The Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast shares and with it an announcement of the 4th annual 'Women’s Work' programme, which this year is a celebration of Women in music. Over 4 days in June, events will cover podcasting, Irish Hip Hop, activism and mental health awareness. It will also feature talks and show cases from authors and musicians including Geraldine Quigley, Hannah Peel, Gemma Bradley Wynona Bleach and more.
    Also you should try and catch the Joan Jett story ‘Bad Reputation’, which is well worth trying to see if you haven’t already.
    So here is an opportunity to learn from the past, celebrate the now and move forward while on the shoulders of the woman in music who continue to rock our worlds.


    Women’s Work take’s place in the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast 5 – 9th June.

    Website and details here www.womensworkni.co.uk

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  • Across The Line comes to Derry City

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    We are excited to announce we are coming to the city of Derry for one amazing night.

    For one night only a very special guest will take to the stage to play a mix of well known and brand new, never heard before songs live from the heart of the city of Derry.

    The most exciting part is that YOU could be there! If you're available on Wednesday 24th April and would like to come to this special event then you can register for an extremely limited amount of tickets by emailing atl.secretgig@bbc.co.uk. Once you've registered your interest we will randomly select a short list and contact you to let you know.

    You must be available to attend this event in Derry city centre on evening of 24th April 2019. Unfortunately you MUST be over 18 to attend this event (sorry, absolutely no exceptions). 

    So if you fancy coming along to meet Rigsy and Stuart, and be one of the  very few people witnessing this exclusive performance then email atl.secretgig@bbc.co.uk. 

    Hope to see you there!

  • Out Of Line

    Steven Rainey

    BBC Northern Ireland

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    Neil Hannon has always written pop songs. The problem is that not all of them have been ‘popular’. And with his latest effort, he’s taken his muse into previously uncharted territory, sounding like a Caribbean-influenced collaboration with Vampire Weekend or tUnE-yArDs.

    Over a bouncy xylophone melody, sounding not unlike ‘Close to Me’ by The Cure, Hannon tells us that he’s “Jumped the queue” because he’s “Smarter than you.” He then goes on to do something that sounds suspiciously like his version of freestyling, before the whole thing draws to a close in a blast of colour and sound.

    For long-time fans, it’s likely to be quite a departure, sounding as far from the luscious romance of 1996’s Casanova as it’s possible to get. And while it might seem like an unlikely move, the tune has staying power, burrowing into your ear like a particularly determined creature…a worm, or something.

    Regardless of whether ‘Queuejumper’ leaps to the front of the charts, that’s not really the point, as Hannon’s sounds have always been pop songs, whether they’re popular or not. But this time round, it sounds like he’s prepared to try and go the distance.

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  • First acts announced for Stendhal Festival

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    A bunch of ATL favorites including Ryan Vail, Elma Orkestra, Malojian, ROE, CHERYM, Hunkpapa, Sugarwolf, Amy Montgomery, Son of The Hound, Bouts & Mob Wife are included in the initial line up for Stendhal 2019.

    Topping the bill this year is English electronic duo, Basement Jaxx.

    The ninth year of the Music and Arts Festival takes place 15-17 August at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady.

    It looks…

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  • Dance Like No-One's Watching

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    There it is: That Moment - the moment you realise it’s truly summer. You’re in the middle of a field at the festival you bought tickets for a year ago, and have been looking forward to since. You’ve finally been able to shake the hassles away, and you’re just beginning to enjoy yourself…truly enjoy yourself for the first time in what seems like forever.

    The rhythm of ‘Be There for You’ starts…

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  • New Pagans return with single and video

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    New Pagans have released their 3rd song in as many years. ‘It’s Darker’ was born from an argument at a party that left singer Lyndsey angry, and that anger remains throughout this three and half minute pop-rock song. There’s a lot going on, with rising, falling bass intertwining with the guitar leads, rather than following them. Lyndsey has a wonderful ability to spit angry lyrics while making…

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  • Soak - 'Déjà Vu'

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    As Soak walks around this grim town, with ‘Déjà Vu’ she stumbles into yet another restless quarter, lit with neon and sound tracked by barking dogs, sirens, and disturbed neighbours. The pace throughout is quick, almost indicating Soak’s reluctance to hang around this neck of the woods, and the dreamlike loop of the chorus is catchy and repetitive. While Soak creates another world she’s keen to…

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  • Soulé shifts up a gear with new EP Love Cycle

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    Soulé piqued our interest in August of last year, with the absolute banger ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’. Though not new to the scene, she grabbed our attention as an artist who’s really found their style and voice. Pure electro pop goodness, fresh and super cool.

    With universal appeal and super slick production, her debut EP ‘Love Cycle’ is all that and more. Blissful bass and soulful RnB vocals…

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  • Cherym

    Aine Cronin-McCartney

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    Three-piece punk rock outfit Cherym close what has been a night full of stars, and what a way to finish the festival. Wasting no time, the group get stuck into their set with blistering energy. A force to be reckoned with on the NI scene and it's not hard to see why, with every audience member nodding their heads in approval. ‘Telepathic Kelly’ is full of pop punk goodness with enough hooks and…

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  • Reevah

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    One of the very first performances of this year's Output Festival, Reevah provides the perfect start to the evening. The bohemian vibes of the beautiful Start Together Studios are made for Reevah's ethereal and dreamy sounds. Starting with a brand-new track ‘Older Now’ there has been a definite progression in Reevah’s song-writing capabilities.

    She stands alone, accompanied only by her voice and…

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