Archives for December 2011

Merry Xmas from Across The Line

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ATL | 14:45 UK time, Thursday, 22 December 2011


We here at Across The Line would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the bands, punters, listeners and web surfers for a fantastic 2011.

Remember to tune into a very special Across The Line show on boxing day. We will air Elbows set from this years Belsonic festival and Two Door Cinema Clubs gigantic homecoming performance at T-Vital. Across The Line Dance will be bringing yultide beats on Friday 30th of January.

We are taking our Xmas break for the next week and will be back very soon, so until then, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 

Bell X1 / Jape at Mandela Hall, Belfast

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ATL | 21:50 UK time, Wednesday, 21 December 2011



Bell X1 and Jape at Mandela Hall, Belfast Friday, December 16th 2011. It didn’t kick start straight away. While Jape’s opener “One of Those Days that Just Feels so Long” caught our attention, it took a little while for us to totally hand ourselves over to Jape’s curious rhythms and synthetic beats.

In the end, we’re grateful for a lively, enthusiastic set. 80’s synth and poppy guitar encouraged freaky dancing throughout the Mandela while that heavy reverb had the heart clapping along.

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Oxegen Takes a Year Break

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ATL | 15:27 UK time, Wednesday, 21 December 2011



MCD have announced that the annual Oxegen festival will take a break in 2012 returning in 2013. A statement issued on the Oxegen website explains, ‘"Oxegen, like Glastonbury, is taking a year off in 2012 and will be back July 2013."


Rumours have been rife over the last few weeks with several indications alluding to the absence of the festival in 2012. The early bird tickets for 2012, usually released at this time of year, did not go on sale. Also, the announcement of The Stone Roses as headliners at Oxegen’s ‘sister’ festival T in the Park but not the Punchestown festival was a massive hint that it may not take place in 2012.


To find out more on what’s happening visit the Oxegen website.



Smalltown America Dublin Showcase

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ATL | 19:31 UK time, Tuesday, 20 December 2011



Smalltown America have announced they will curate a label showcase gig at the Crawdaddy in Dublin on January 13th as part of the Independence Month Series. The event will see Smalltown artists such as LaFaro, Fighting With Wire, More Than Conquerors, Former Monarchs, Our Krypton Son and Wiltz take to the stage to showcase the Northern Irish labels wares.


The Independence Month Series will take place at the Crawdaddy throughout January. These shows have been put together by several Irish labels to celebrate the vibrant independent music scene that our country currently finds itself in, with each label getting the opportunity to share the creative fruits of their artists.




Belfast Nashville Festival News

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ATL | 13:13 UK time, Tuesday, 20 December 2011


Details have been released today regarding the 8th annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Competition. The BelNash festival will host over one hundred acts across thrity five venues throughout Belfast from February 22nd - 26th.

Some of the acts playing include: Nanci Griffith, Silhouette, John Oates, Iain Archer, Nick Lowe and many more. A full list of the artists playing can be found at the Belfast Nashville website.

Gig Announcements

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ATL | 12:47 UK time, Tuesday, 20 December 2011



Several gigs have recently been announced to add to the already plump festive gig glut. Irish singer songwriter Mick Flannery will play the Black Box on February 22nd.

Korn have announced they will play the Mandela Hall on March 31st with a gig the next night in the Olympia in Dublin. They tour in support of their experimental electro meets metal new album 'The Path of Totality'.

Rigsy's 12 Gigs of Christmas

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ATL | 02:25 UK time, Monday, 19 December 2011


We here at Across The Line are more than just a little excited about Christmas. The presents, the movies and the food are the easy bit, but trying to figure out what shows to go to is proving to be a little more difficult. Let Rigsy help you out with a handy guide of just some standout shows happening this Xmas. Remember to check out our gig guide for loads of other choice gigs!

1 - Tuesday 20 December  
Silhouette, Pretty Child Backfire & Jamie Neish - Voodoo, Belfast.
were in fantastic form Friday past, opening yet another memorable Animal Disco at Auntie Annies. Every time we see them in fact, they're just that little bit better.

Festive rating - 4 stars: For some reason, Silhouette's music soundtracks Christmas cheer rather well. In our head, anyway.

2 - Wednesday 21 December
LaFaro, Axis Of, Team Fresh, Gascan Ruckus & Empty Lungs - Speakeasy, Belfast.
The aptly named Belfast Brawl sees five of the most brutal, riff-tastic bands chug it out. No one expects to make it out in one piece.

FR - 1 star: A 'brawl' - that's not very festive, is it?!

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The Darkness / Million Dollar Reload at The Ulster Hall

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ATL | 16:48 UK time, Friday, 16 December 2011



Experiencing something of a rebirth five years after frontman Justin Hawkins jumped ship for some much-needed rehabilitation, The Darkness return to Belfast tonight a band riding the wave of new-found success and a more laudable reputation than ever before. Sure, they’ve encountered their fair share of derision and mockery in their time, but there’s a vague sense that, this time, they mean business. However, the question remains: is there any truth to this and – more importantly - is it finally time to cut them a bit of slack?


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Cashier Tour + Noel Gallagher Support

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ATL | 13:29 UK time, Friday, 16 December 2011


Carryduff's Cashier No.9 have announced details of their latest Irish tour today which includes two dates supporting Noel Gallagher and three dates in Belfast. They will play the following dates:

Dublin: The Button Factory - 14th January
Belfast: The Odyssey - Supporting Noel Gallagher - 16th February
Dublin: The Odyssey - 17th February
Galway: Roisin Dubh - 23rd February
Dublin: Academy - 24th February
Cork: Cypress Avenue - 25th February
Belfast: Empire Music Hall - 1st March
Belfast: An Culturlann - 2nd March



Foy Vance News

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ATL | 12:25 UK time, Friday, 16 December 2011



Life is busy in the world of Foy Vance. 'The Shore', a film Vance and David Holmes created the film score for has been shortlisted for an Oscar in the 'Best Short' category.

Foy's show at the Playhouse House in Portrush has just sold out, but fear not. If you want your yultide fill of Mr Vance then you will be delighted to hear he recently recorded a live session in London for the people at Day Trotter. His session sits on the main homepage orbited by the likes of Frank Turner, Wilco and The Antlers.

Gigs Galore - More Irish shows!

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ATL | 15:06 UK time, Thursday, 15 December 2011


More gig news!

A whole bunch of great shows have been announced for the south - hip hop superstar Drake will play the O2 (Dublin) on March 24 while Magnetic Fields will play The Olympia (Dublin) and The Opera House (Cork) on April 28 and 29.

Legendary singer-songwriter Tom Petty will play two shows in Ireland next year - The O2 (Dublin) and The Marquee (Cork) on June 7 and 8. Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will support The Red Hot Chilli Peppers for their Croke Park show next June.

The Stone Roses have announced that they will play a one off show in Phoenix Park, Dublin as part of their reformation tour on July 5th 2012.

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Wild Beasts at The Stiff Kitten, Belfast

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ATL | 14:47 UK time, Thursday, 15 December 2011


Wild Beasts Stiff Kitten, December 2nd, 2011

It’s mid-December and the end of year "best of" lists are coming in thick and fast. Surely enough, as was only to be expected ever since it was let loose in May, Cumbrian indie-rockers Wild Beasts’ fourth album Smother features right up there on the most prestigious and beyond. Without question then, 2011 has seen the band arrive in ways they have threatened for years now, and tonight’s packed house is both a reflection of this and proof that this has turned out to be one the most anticipated gigs of the year.

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GOTW: Mojo Fury / FWW / runawayGO / Jonny Black at Spring and Airbrake

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ATL | 20:22 UK time, Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Quite a few shows of note coming up ('tis the season after all) but one stands out this weekend as a triple bill not to be missed. Saturday night see's Mojo Fury, Fighting with Wire and RunawayGo play The Spring and Airbreak. RunawayGo were our GOTW last monday  and played a blinder  'nuf said. Fighting with Wire are a reliable treat - more now than ever given they're on the verge of releasing a long awaited second album and a mammoth tour across Europe with post-hardcore legends Helmet.


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Bombay Bicycle Club / Lucy Rose at The Mandela Hall

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ATL | 14:14 UK time, Tuesday, 13 December 2011



Lucy Rose cuts a small figure on the Mandela stage, but she brings a big presence, delivering a set of folky tunes in a delicate voice. She gets people on board early, with a big cheer from the half-full hall at the end of the opening song. Lucy tells us that she normally plays with a full band, but tonight it’s just her and a cellist delivering an acoustic stripped-down version of the songs. It works well, the dreamy poise of the songs coming over clearly, and the combination of guitar and cello makes for an effective sound. Winning the crowd over, she gets a raucous cheer at the end, especially from the big noisy blokes in the now nearly full crowd.

Bombay Bicycle Club hit the stage to a roar; everyone seems up for this. Anticipating an evening of rosy, melodic music to send us home with a Christmassy glow, we get much more than that - from the outset, Bombay are here to rock. Opener ‘Shuffle’ gets a good response, and when ‘Dust on the Ground’ comes soon after, we are already getting a sing-a-long.


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Gig Announcements for Belfast

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ATL | 12:28 UK time, Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Internet sensation Tyler Ward will play The Speakeasy in Belfast on February the 26th. The Limelight will host The Subways on April 27th and Sound of 2012 nominees Dry the River on the 23rd of April while English indie gents The Maccabee's will play next door in the Spring and Airbrake on March 4th 2012.

The Horrors for Belfast

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ATL | 17:10 UK time, Monday, 12 December 2011



Southend on Sea goth rockers The Horrors have announced they will return to Belfast to play The Mandela Hall on Sunday May 13th. This leg of the tour see's the band wrap up a lengthy trot on the road promoting most recent, critically acclaimed, album 'Skying'.

Word online has it they will be treating fans to some brand new tunes too!

runawayGO and Before Machines at The Stiff Kitten

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ATL | 16:38 UK time, Monday, 12 December 2011


It’s clear that cold noses, icy streets and the probability of bruised bums weren’t going to stop anyone from missing what was the ATL ‘Gig of the Week’, with an impressive showing early doors at The Stiff Kitten.

Fresh off their tour of Ireland, Runaway GO bring it home for the release of their second single ‘Delicate Man.’ The indie rock 5 piece are becoming renowned for their high powered performances, so Friday night was held in high expectations.


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ATL Xmas Carol Tonight

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ATL | 16:23 UK time, Monday, 12 December 2011


Tonight's ATL, we're delighted to say, will be our annual carol service. Now in it's ninth year, the carol service is one of our favourite show's to put together. While we've been lucky enough to have a bunch of our favourite bands record Christmas songs just for us over the years, tonight's show is looking up to be the best of the lot.

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A Plastic Rose Call for Extras

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ATL | 16:24 UK time, Thursday, 8 December 2011

A Plastic Rose


A Plastic Rose have issued a call out for extras to get involved in the promo video for the first single from their debut album 'Build From the Ground Up'.

The video will be shot on Sunday 11th of December in Glenariff Forest from 10am till 3pm. For more information on how to take click here.

Steering Fail / Comply or Die / Sinner Fails / BEW

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ATL | 13:18 UK time, Thursday, 8 December 2011


Kicking things off in decidedly unconventional fashion, BEW (Barry’s Electric Workshop) AKA Barry Cullen, is a forward-thinking noisenik whose shifting walls of analogue noise border on sought-after attacks. On a one-man experimental crusade via an array of homemade pedals, his partiality to droning waves and caustic racket, though no means mind-expandingly innovative in scope or vision, reveals a commendable and brazen take on improvisational live sound. We were promised noise and, for all intents and purposes, we’ve readily received it from the fore.

Hats donned, self-professed alt-rock three-piece Sinner Falls take things intro more structured territory with their impassioned and alchemical force. With frontman Lorcan Falls’ ad hoc soliloquies and wah-wah infested guitar solos, it’s a raging set marked by the likes of ‘Silence’ (a track melding ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Orion’), “a song about our horrible future”, ‘Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy’, and the frantic riffdom of ‘Kill Me First’, a highlight that sees drummer David Donnelly’s drive come to the fore. A rare triad of talent and decency, Sinner Falls keep growing in leaps and bounds.

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That New Band Smell: The Jepettos

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ATL | 12:43 UK time, Thursday, 8 December 2011


Following on from Rigsy’s praise of ‘That New Band Smell’ in The Big List and on our Across the Line blog I felt under big pressure to bring the goods to this weeks new band update. I’m pretty sure we are on to a winner with these three treats.


Making Monsters – Build a Bridge
Maiden City Metal from former members of No Mean City and Hybris

Go Wolf – All Good Things
Hook laden indie from the mystery shrouded three piece. Who are they? What do they look like? What next?


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Rigsy's Two for the Top

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ATL | 14:43 UK time, Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Some of you may have noticed our monthly column in The Big List fo which Rigsy tends to bang on about - well, whatever's on his mind or floating the collective ATL boat.

Here's this month's effort, with the relevant links and directions if anyone fancies a little further listening....

That new band sweet!

Every week on Across the Line, we have a feature called 'That New Band Smell', hosted by floppy haired social butterfly Philly Taggart. While I like having Philly about the office because he's the only man on the planet capable of making yours truly look butch and macho, he's really here because of his remarkable knack for digging out gems and reserving us the best seat on future bandwagons. 

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Strait Laces Short Film Online

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ATL | 14:04 UK time, Tuesday, 6 December 2011


North coast three piece Strait Laces premiered their short film 'Kids Like John Need a Hero / The Glorious Dead' last week at Katy Daly's and now have made the film available online. The video can be viewed by following this link. There are a few blue words in the video, so beware of the swear!

The short film is themed around two tracks from the debut album from Strait Laces which is available from their bandcamp.


GOTW: runawayGO / Before Machines @ The Stiff Kitten - Belfast

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ATL | 13:10 UK time, Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Obvious choice this, given they won us over for life during a recent session. RunawayGo are the most welcoming collection of people we've met in quite a while - both on and offstage! Hugely engaging duets from David and Fiona, big hooks, proper singalongs....they're just one of the most reliable bands we have. Especially given they'll be all nice and warmed up for us having just completed a full Irish tour.

'We're super excited about Friday night's show in the Stiff Kitten' explains bassist Chris Jackson.

'It's great to be back home after a long tour & we're looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd. If you're up for dancing, singing & general mayhem, this is the gig for you!'



Runaway Go and Before Machines play The Stiff Kitten, Belfast on Friday night.

Morning Claws / Land Lovers / F***ing Road Trip at The Menagerie

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ATL | 15:20 UK time, Monday, 5 December 2011


Tonight’s gig features a pleasing return for (ahem), Flipping Road Trip. The last time we saw this little lot they were melting our faces off on the floor of the Bunatee, and we were mightily impressed. Tonight is a little more restrained, as it’s 10 o’clock on a school-night and they’re up on a stage this time, but it’s still a fearsome performance.

“We’re just some aul fellas playing music we couldn’t play in the 90’s,” quips Ricki O’Rawe. This may be true, but they carry it off with a style and aplomb that many so-called ‘buzz’ bands would sell their drummer for. This is American style art-rock by the people who grew up with it, people with nothing to prove and who are willing to have fun with it. And that’s what counts.

Following that we have Dublin’s Land Lovers with their pleasant indie-pop stylings. Coming across like the mid-point between Pavement and C86, their music meanders between saccharine sweet love songs, to off the wall psychedelic musings. In many ways their music is suggestive of the Coral’s lysergic sea shanties, possessing that very special brand of looseness that can only come about after endless hours in the rehearsal studios.


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Glasgowbury Submissions Now Open

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ATL | 13:21 UK time, Friday, 2 December 2011


Northern Irish festival Glasgowbury has announced that the submission period for the 2012 festival is now open.

To submit for Glasgowbury 2012, all you have to do is email with a link to your website, social networking site, third party site with a link to your music etc - wherever your music and a bit of information about you/your act is included. When emailing it is advised that you use 'Glasgowbury 2012' as the title of your submission.

For more information visit the Glasgowbury website.

Deadmau5 + Out to Lunch Festival Announced

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ATL | 11:44 UK time, Friday, 2 December 2011




Details of the 7th Out to Lunch Festival has been announced. The festival that encompasses comedy, music and talks will take place between 4th and 29th if January in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast. For full details on events check out the Out to Lunch website.

Canadian DJ Deadmau5 returns to Belfast on June 7th 2012 to play the Kings Hall. He returns just over a year since his last visit to Northern Ireland after a sold out UK tour and will have in tow his ever imaginative stage show.




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