Archives for January 2012

Local EP Release Round-Up

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ATL | 13:24 UK time, Tuesday, 31 January 2012


This week details have emerged of the several exciting EP releases from acts familiar to the ATL playlist. Decomposing in Paris, a former feature band in our That New Band Smell Feature, will release their trip-hop influenced debut EP 'Personal Ad' on the 29th of March with a launch in The Menagerie in Belfast.

Belfast troubadour Chris Cambpell, also featured in That New Band Smell in 2011, arrives at the beginning of 2012 armed with his fully fledged inaugural EP release, 'Paper Boats'. This EP will be launched on the 6th of March with a gig in McHughs in Belfast.

Limavady four piece Exit Pursued By Bear yesterday released their EP 'Forget Saving Earth (The World is Ours)' yesterday and is available from the bands bandcamp. Portadown born, Liverpool based hip hop producer SertOne also recently released his tribute EP to the late J Dilla, Quesadilla's last week.

Larne five piece We Collide released their self titled debut EP on the 24th of January. You can check out the four tracks on

Gig of the Week: Amidships

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ATL | 12:04 UK time, Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Our special broadcast this week meant no gig guide or GOTW, but why should the blog miss out? Our recommended gig has connections to Monday's programme, however.

Remember Red Sirus? We played their awesome track 'Upside' last night just like we played it all those times back in the day. We also mentioned how Red Sirus singer and social butterfly JP Mc Corley had a new band on the go called Amidships.

Well, the good news for those of you who enjoyed hearing 'Upside' is that Amidships have a headline show at The Empire, Belfast on Thursday night, complimenting a bill that will also feature Acoustic Dan and The Lambing Season.

Says JP:

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A Charmed Life

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ATL | 11:33 UK time, Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Donna Legge and Rigsy


A Charmed Life

That particular track by my beloved Divine Comedy - that had to be in there.

Presenting for the first time a show I grew up besotted with, listening every night, practically stalking Mike Edgar...yes, Monday 28 January 2002 was quite a big day. Donna Legge and Paul McClean were, a mere few weeks previous, people I bothered at gigs and club nights. I'd bend their ear about their show and my own take on local music. Hopefully just about staying on the right side of irritation.

Now we were a team.

Ten years later (five since she moved to her new slot) myself and Donna co-presented Across The Line again, enjoying a mere drop of the good stuff this island has given ATL playlists in the last decade. While the music was all Irish, we couldn't resist chatting about daft adventures with Noel Gallagher and the Foo Fighters. About the time I made Tim Burgess from The Charlatans cry and how Donna accidentally flirted with the same man. I cringed as I remembered the moment the world stopped just as my face made contact with Connor from The Thrills' groin, as Interpol and The Polyphonic Spree looked on.

We presented three series of ATL TV together, hosted all sorts of gigs, made good friends and occasional foes along the way. The three of us (including long suffering producer Paul McClean) fought like….family. We almost sickened ourselves of music festivals and were responsible for some fantastic, ambitious outside broadcasts.

We often got it wrong, misguided zeal getting in the way of ….common sense. But it was always fun and, for myself personally, I still get the same ridiculous buzz presenting this show now as I did back then, even if I do (and always will) miss sharing enthusiasm, laughs, tears and high fives with my wonderful co-presenter.

It's been emotional!


Listen to the show now!

Tracklisting and further listening below.

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Lafaro, Podracer

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ATL | 17:50 UK time, Monday, 30 January 2012


Lafaro, Podracer
Auntie Annies
Thursday 26th January



Having barely been off the road since the release of ‘Easy Meat’ in October, Belfast noise-punk eejits LaFaro have underwent a few notable changes: the band's second album has received practically unanimous praise from press and fans alike, long-time friend of the band Oisin O'Doherty has replaced his brother, stand-in bassist Cahir O'Doherty, and frontman Jonny Black has been rendered temporarily immobile having broke his leg just last week. With all that firmly in mind, there's a definite sense that tonight is set to be something special.

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Gig Round-Up: Girls Names, Tribes, Happy Mondays

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ATL | 16:20 UK time, Monday, 30 January 2012








Belfast doom pop three piece Girls Names have been announced to play the 2012 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. They join the bill with the likes of The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Bjork and Richard Hawley among many others.

London four piece Tribes have revealed they will take on the Stiff Kitten with a gig in Belfast on May 5th, while Manchesters baggy, bad boys The Happy Mondays, who have recently reformed, will play The Olympia, Dublin on May 15th.

Pigstock 2012 Dates Announced

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ATL | 15:58 UK time, Monday, 30 January 2012


The Pigstock Festival have announced that this years festival will take place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of June just outside Killinchy Co. Down. Festival organiser Jonny Tate has revealed that the lineup and full details of this years festival will be announced at the end of February/start of March exclaiming that there is 'Big excitement at Pigstock HQ about the 2012 festival.'

Last year's Pigstock lineup included Lafaro, Mojo Fury, Adebsi Shank and many more.

Thee Higher Beings, Deerstalker, Mudblind

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ATL | 16:10 UK time, Friday, 27 January 2012


Thee Higher Beings, Deerstalker, Mudblind
Auntie Annie’s
Wednesday, 25th January, 2012


With their lead guitarist soon bound for down under, desert rock four-piece Thee Higher Beings have decided to call it a day on the current form of the band. It's no doubt a pity, but with their almost celebratory hard-hitting sound - not to mention support tonight from two up-and-coming, significantly younger bands - this is all about looking forward, not back.

With their drummer currently out of the country, Belfast blues-rockers Mudblind go unplugged this evening in what proves to a revelatory start to the night. Whilst the laidback dynamic of 'Blues Island Train' reveals the intricacies and sheer tightness of their sound, frontman Rab Kane's commanding vocals come to the fore on new song, 'Working Man's Blues', and the swampy groove of set closer/highlight 'Magic Roundabout'. Unplugged or otherwise, Mudblind have few rivals in this country with their approach. 


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NEWS: GNR Return

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ATL | 12:21 UK time, Friday, 27 January 2012



One of the all time legendary acts in rock music, Guns N Roses, have announced that they will return to the O2 Arena, Dublin on May 17th.

The LA band had something of a fractious concert at the same venue in 2010 when singer Axl Rose walked off after some members of the audience threw items on stage. At the present time there is no NI date to announce. The band played the Odyssey, Belfast on their previous visit.

Guns 'n' Roses have been touring since the mid 1980's but Axl Rose is the last remaining member of the original line up.



That New Band Smell - City of Stars

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ATL | 15:53 UK time, Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Hey you, yea you! Come here till i tell you a secret. I've been hunting down the freshest, tastiest prime cuts of Northern Irish talent all week and I have found three delictable delights that i am only willing to share with you, the internet. Welcome to 'That New Band Smell':


Screenreader - HCI
Gargantuan heavy with a crystal vocal, think Placebo and you're on the right path. The guys drop their debut album on January 30th.

Soak - Trains
Ridiculously talented young troubadour from the North West. This prodigous songsmith is going to be interesting to follow in the coming years.

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More Than Conquerors support General Fiasco on tour!

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ATL | 14:56 UK time, Wednesday, 25 January 2012

More Than Conquerors


More Than Conquerors have announced a string of UK dates including supporting General Fiasco on five dates next month.

Tour Dates: 
Feb 15th - Bar Bloc, Glasgow
Feb 17th - Dexters, Dundee
Feb 18th - Inverness
Feb 20th - Arches, Glasgow (with General Fiasco)
Feb 21st - Academy 2, Newcastle (with General Fiasco)
Feb 22nd - Academy 3, Manchester (with General Fiasco)
Feb 23rd - Underworld, London (with General Fiasco)
Feb 25th - The Haunt, Brighton (with General Fiasco)
Feb 27th - Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham (with General Fiasco)
Feb 28th - The vines, Derby (with Alright the Captain)
Mar 6th - Buffalo Bar, London
Mar 8th - Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton
Mar 9th - Zanzibar, Liverpool

Gig Round-Up: Rams, Fixers, Factory Floor, The Damned

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ATL | 11:49 UK time, Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Rams Pocket Radio will be joined by Best Boy Grip and Katharine Philippa for a Red Bull Bedroom Jam show at Radar in the Speakeasy, Belfast next Thursday the 2nd of February.

Oxford five piece Fixers will play Aunt Annies, Belfast on Friday the 25th of May. The band  are set to release their new single 'Iron Deer Dream' on February 27th before focussing on their debut album.

Goth-punks The Damned will play a special anniversay show at the Mandela Hall, Belfast on Saturday the 26th of May.  The gig will mark 35 years since the release of their debut album Damned, Damned, Damned.

Cashier No.9 and Kowalski have been confirmed for the G Sessions at the Cellar bar, Draperstown on Saturday the 3rd of March.

Meanwhile in Dublin, post industiral synth trio Factory Floor have announced they will play their debut Irish show on Saturday the 4th of February at the Tripod.


For full listings visit the ATL Gig Guide

Gig of the Week - SONI Showcase

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ATL | 09:56 UK time, Wednesday, 25 January 2012


As you can imagine, it's always nice to recommend a show outside of Belfast. This week it's a mere jaunt up the M1 to Lisburn, specifically Hague's Bar for the SO:NI 4th birthday bash.

Aptly enough it's a quadruple bill, with prog-rock 4 piece Like Statues and the equally epic, female fronted In Elegance joining Rupture Dogs and RunawayGO.

RunawayGO we're kind of sick harking on about, with various members of team ATL constantly raving about recent shows they've had in Belfast. We did decide to track the guys down however, but only to have them explain just why the evening's headliners Rupture Dogs are a wee bit unmissable.

Chris from RunawayGO explained:

'We can't wait to play with them on Thursday, we havent seen them since Animal Disco at Auntie Annies. We love (lead singer) Allen's voice, its huuuge! This is our first gig this year and hopefully the start of a very exciting 12 month's so it's nice to kick it off with a bang, especially with the Dogs headlining!'


Rupture Dogs, RunawayGO, Like Statues and In Elegance play Hague's Bar,

Lisburn, this Thursday (26 January)

Delicate Man - radio edit by runaway GO

EatenByBears and Alarmist Tour!

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ATL | 10:56 UK time, Tuesday, 24 January 2012


EatenByBears have teamed up with label mates Alarmist for a seven date tour north and south of the border. Recently signed to Dublin label Eleven Eleven, the Belfast troupe released their debut EP/album 'Teeth' in October. Dublin four piece Alarmist also released their debut self titled EP last August.

The tour will also feature visual artists Slipdraft and Le Tissier.

Tour Dates:


8th Feb - Baker Place, Limerick
9th Feb - Speakeasy, Belfast
10th Feb - the Stables, Mullingar
11th Feb - The Factory, Galway
16th Feb - Masons, Derry
17th Feb - Crane Lane, Cork
18th Feb - Twisted Pepper, Dublin

Rainy Boy Sleep, Best Boy Grip, Morgan MacIntyre

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ATL | 18:07 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012

Rainy Boy Sleep


Rainy Boy Sleep, Best Boy Grip, Morgan MacIntyre
Black Box, Belfast
22nd of January 2012

When Leonard Cohen sings about heartbreak, a million bruised hearts all over the world weep bitter tears with him. But when Billy Ray Cyrus shares the pain of his ‘Achy Breaky Heart’, we laugh at his mullet til the tears run down our cheeks. The reason is one of that old musical chestnut ‘authenticity’, and this showcase gig in the Black Box as part of the Out to Lunch festival gives us a veritable journey through the various aspects of this prickly issue.

Morgan MacIntyre has an undeniably powerful voice, capable of scaling mountains, or exploring the depths of the ocean. There is nothing ‘kooky’ or ‘quirky’ about MacIntyre, and her directness of performance seems almost unusual in this day and age. Instead, accompanied by piano and guitar, her set would be more suited to a late night in Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, or a cocktail lounge in the 1970s. It might not be particularly cool, but her own material is strong, and it is very easy to imagine her doing a set of torch songs in a competent and entertaining style. In a sense, it matters not what she says, but the way she says it is most enjoyable.

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Lanterns On The Lake, Robyn G Shiels - Black Box

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ATL | 17:15 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012


Lanterns On The Lake, Robyn G Shiels
The Black Box, Belfast
21st January 2012

So it’s ATL at LOTL part of the OTL from CQAF. OMG etc, etc, etc.

But first it’s RGS, aka Robyn G Shiels. Robyn’s music is not noted for its cheerfulness, and so the sight of him performing under a disco ball is one of the more incongruous of recent times. He doesn’t let that distract him though, producing some mournful melancholia. New song ‘A Man To Your Wife’ is sparse and stretched, the bleakness added to by the lack of music.

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Snow Patrol hoping for Ward Park return!

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ATL | 14:24 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012


Snow Patrol's Nathan Connolly has expressed his hopes for another Ward Park gig after the success of the band's Bangor homecoming show in 2010.

According to the Belfast Telegraph the Snow Patrol guitarist said, "maybe there'll be another Ward Park, we are talking about it...But it won't be this year."

Last year Vital Festival, which was originally held in Botanic Park in Belfast, relocated to the Ward Park site with Enimen and The Script headlining the two day event last August. 

Snow Patrol begin a three night run in the Odyssey, Belfast tonight.

Glasgowbury submission deadline approaches...

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ATL | 13:03 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012


Anybody wishing to play this year's Glasgowbury Festival up the Sperrin Mountains will need to apply to play before Tuesday the 31st at midnight. The "Small But Massive" festival began in 2000 and the likes of Ash, Duke Special, And So I Watch You From Afar, Cashier no. 9 and Fighting With Wire have all headlined the event.

This year the festival organisers are seeking submissions electronically by emailing them links to your music (your website, social networking site, third party site) and a bit of information about you/your act.

Those who wish to apply should use 'Glasgowbury 2012' as the email subject and send to

Gig Round-Up: Elton John, Lostprophets, F.O.G.

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ATL | 12:55 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012

Legendary singer Sir Elton John has announced a show at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. The English pianist and singer will perform on June 7th.

His music career has spanned five decades and seen over a 250 million record sales with hits including 'Crocodile Rock', 'Candle in the Wind' and 'Tiny Dancer'.

As yet no Dublin dates have been announced.


Welsh rockers Lostprophets will play the Ulster Hall on April the 16th. Their fifth studio album 'Weapons' will be released on the 2nd of April 2012.


F.O.G., Voodoo Dogg, Mister Underground, Sinner Falls at Ma's Rock Bar, Belfast on the 31st of March

Joshua Burnside, Echo Raptors, Cass Cassidy, Tribe, Pete McAuley, Benny Fyfe at Love and Death, Belfast on Monday the 13th February.

The Dead Presidents, Levity Breaks, Watch Me Explode at Cloisters, Ballynahinch on Friday the 3rd of February.

The Holy ghost Explosion, Making Monsters, Conor Hughes at INF, Warrenpoint on Saturday the 11th of February.

Until This Day, City of Stars, Sorcha and Hannah, Aunt Annies, Belfast on Tuesday the 7th of February.

Lightbox: Irish Electronic Acts join forces!

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ATL | 15:18 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

Six of the top electronic producers from the island have grouped together for a special tour. SertOne, Bantum, Monto, Reid, Simon Bird and Tenaka have joined forces under the name 'Lightbox' for gigs in 6 cities inculding Belfast.

The tour will also feature technical workshops explaining how they create and perform their music.

Gig Round-Up: Bob Log III, Darkest Era, Gareth Dunlop

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ATL | 11:48 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012

Bog log III in studio


Open House have announced that Bob Long III will play the Empire, Belfast on Saturday the 19th of May. The eccentric one man blues band is well known for dressing in a cannonball suit and a helmet wired to a telephone reciever during performances. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile the Distortion Project host Darkest Era and Mael Mordha at the Limelight, Belfast on Saturday the 28th of April.

Gareth Dunlop, Matt McGinn will join residents bands Lee Rogers, The Tim Cobain Band, Pete Wallace at Voodoo, belfast on Wednesday the 15th February.

Chutney presents: 33 1/2 featuring Barrys Elecric Workshop (BEW), Martin Byrne (Song A Week For A Year), Rudimentary Records, Mark Manley and T-Polar at the Menagerie, Belfast on Friday the 10th of February.

The Listening Post presents Hunnysuckle and The Murder Balladeers at Coleraine University on Friday the 27th of January.

And lastly, Simian Mobile Disco [DJ Set] and Bicep will appear at the Stuff Kitten, Belfast on Saturday the 11th of February.


NEWS: Pigstock 2012 Open for Submissions

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ATL | 10:41 UK time, Friday, 20 January 2012




Calling all bands! The now annual Killinchy-based rock festival Pigstock is now accepting submissions for bands who wish to play this summer's event.

Organisers say they wish to hear brief updates on how acts have been developing over the course of the year. Lafaro and ASIWYFA headlined the 2011 event, over three stages and two days. Other acts included Axis of (pictured), Mental Deficiency, Adebishi Shank and The Bonnevilles. You can catch ATL's review and pics coverage of last year's Pigstock festival right here.

News: New NI Band Vids Online

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ATL | 17:37 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012


There has been something of a glut of great videos by NI directors and bands of late. The Answer have released their new promo for 'Nowhere Freeway' this week and legendary noise heavyweights Therapy? have unleashed a video to push their new track 'Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing'. Redcap films have also completed a video for abandcalledboy and their new single 'Take it in Parts' hot on the heels of their shorts for Trucker Diablo and Gacy's Threads. General Fiasco are also currently getting music video channel airplay with 'Dont You Ever'.

Chocolate Love Factory EP and Tour!

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ATL | 17:13 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Chocolate love Factory


Chocolate Love Factory have announced their up coming  EP called 'Octavia' will be released on the 16th of February.

The three piece rock troupe have announced a host of dates in support of the release.

  • 3rd February Arthur's Bar, Keady
  • 4th February Fibber Magee's, Dublin
  • 17th February Jaggers Common Room, Dungannon
  • 18th February The Cellar Bar, Draperstown
  • Wonder Villains to launch single at Radar!

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    ATL | 13:32 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012


    Derry popsters the Wonder Villains will launch their latest single, 'Ferrari' with a gig at Radar in the Speakeasy, Belfast on Thursday the 23rd of February.  Support has yet to be announced and admission is free.

    The troupe have been gaining plenty of plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music over the last few weeks and are also featured as part of Steve Lamcq's 'Rebel Playlist' this week.

    Check out BBC.CO.UK/MUSIC for more videos and interviews from the Wonder Villains.

    That New Band Smell - Until This Day

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    ATL | 18:43 UK time, Tuesday, 17 January 2012


    Welcome to this weeks That New Band Smell, our weekly roundup of three of the freshest, most exciting bands to peep their head over the musical horizon of the Northern Irish music scene. For your consideration:



    Edwyn Butler – Woods

    'Woods' is a genre weaving delicacy that is down beat, experimental glitchy electronica with pop hooks and a beautifully unique vocal.

    One Shot the King – Break
    A blockbuster chorus, a guitar riff that scales every fret (perhaps more) of the guitar and richter scale registering drums beats. What more do you want in a rock band?



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    NEWS - A Plastic Rose, RAM's Support Snow Patrol

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    ATL | 17:57 UK time, Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    A Plastic Rose have been named as support for Snow Patrol's forthcoming show at London's O2 Arena.


    RAM's Pocket Radio had already been announced on the bill for the Dublin show and one of the Belfast Odyssey concerts, alongside Everything Everything. In a recent interview for Q Magazine, singer Gary Lightbody paid tribute to A Plastic Rose and has blogged about RAM's Pocket Radio also. Both band's featured on a Vital Festival second stage curated by Gary over the summer.

    Gig of the Week: Trucker Diablo

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    ATL | 13:15 UK time, Tuesday, 17 January 2012


    Once again, our GOTW goes right up to 11. A noisy bill of St. Hellfire, Novice, Audio Illusion and Forth Exit is enough to dispose of the January blues with an injection of solid riffola, and that's before you get to headliners Trucker Diablo.

    Just like The Answer (who are big fans, by the way), TD have made early inroads to conquering the states, their album having been picked up and released by Californian based label Ripple. Also like the Answer, they have some pretty hefty names amongst their fan base - Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy) and Dee Snider (Twister Sister), for a start. Fancy joining those names? If so, Saturday night's show at Ma Nelson's is the place to be!

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    Gig Round-Up: Lamb of God, Russian Circles and more

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    ATL | 12:52 UK time, Tuesday, 17 January 2012

    Lamb Of god promo photo


    American metalers Lamb of God return to the Mandela Hall, Belfast on Tuesday the 12th of June. The band last played the venue in 2009 to a sold out crowd. they are set to release their seventh album, entitled "Resolution", on January 24th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am.

    Meanwhile Chicago three piece, Russian Circles, will play the Speakeasy, Belfast on Thursday 26th of April. The gig is part of a U.K.  tour in support of their fourth album Empros which was released in October of last year. Support as yet to be announced. Tickets go on sale friday.

    Other recent gig announced include: 

  • We Collide, All The Kings Ashes, One To Many, Dan Cambells, Larne on Friday 20th January
  • Bruce Joseph and Band, Crissy McCullagh at Aunt Annies, Belfast on Friday the 27th of January
  • Scratch My Demo with Katie and the Carnival at Oh Yeah, Belfast on tuesday the 31st of January
  • Ilenkus, Fragments and Hornets at Aunt Annies,  Belfast on the 24th of February
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Limelight, Belfast on Sunday the 26th of February
  • Exhumed at Voodoo, Belfast on Tuesday the 20th of March
  • Vain at the Spring & Airbrake, Belfast on Wednesday the 21st March
  • For Ruin, Betreaus and Spires at The Limelight, Belfast on the 24th of March

    We Are Burkes Lounge, Dirty Kansas, Kami Kids - Belfast

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    ATL | 16:11 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

    We Are Burkes Lounge gig poster


    We Are Burkes Lounge, Dirty Kansas, Kami Kids
    Auntie Annies, Belfast
    Thursday 12th January

    Kicking of the night’s proceedings are 4-piece Kami Kids, whose luscious boy/girl harmonies and glacial synths make for a perfect match on this chilly January night. From the opening arpeggiated opening chords of ‘Candide’, through to the charming ‘North Star’, there is a great warmth that surrounds their performance. 

    However, it is on the final two tracks that the band truly shines. Being performed live for the first time, ‘Alchemy’ and ‘Lessons’ feature a cavalcade of synths and soaring guitar lines, coupled with uplifting harmonies from the band’s co-lead vocalists. Kami Kids are a band to be treasured, and after a solid performance this evening, ATL is sure that it’s not the only person who feels that way.

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    Polar Beyond, The Fourth Exit, Evening Veil, Due South

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    ATL | 15:44 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

    Polar Beyond gig poster


    Polar Beyonds, The Fourth Exit, Evening Veils, Due South
    The Pavilion, Belfast
    Friday 13th January 2012


    Tonight at the Pavilion we have a mixture of bands that are extremely wet behind the ears ( Evening Vales, Due South), and the slightly more established headliners (The Fourth Exit, Polar Beyond). The Boutique upstairs in the Pavilion is sadly quiet and ATL get the feeling that it is the only person who is not remotely affiliated to any of the acts playing tonight.

    First up are Evening Veil, a three piece who play with bundles of enthusiasm, reminiscent of Hadouken, and with a frontman who wouldn’t seem out of place in the Dropkick Murphys. This is a group who are very much in their infancy, and it shows with the performance. They have a long way to go, but practice does make perfect after all.

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    GUEST BLOG - At the Drive-In play Belfast by Cahir FWW

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    ATL | 15:03 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

    So it was announced last week that At the Drive-In are to reform and play selected shows this year. Across the Line were big fans of the band and actually recorded their Belfast show back in 2000. On the night, a young Derry band were chosen to support at the gig, and Cahir O'Doherty the bands singer, and now frontman with long-standing ATL  faves Fighting With Wire gives us the view from backstage.

    At The Drive-in. Belfast Empire. 9/11/00

    It was November 2000. I remember getting a phone call from our manager telling me that our band (Clearshot) got the support slot for the At The Drive-In Irish shows, we couldn’t believe it. At the time the band were just breaking, one arm scissor was all over MTV and radio, they were in every music publication, their 3rd album relationship of command was creeping its way into everyone’s CD player and they had just ripped the roof off the Jools Holland show putting on one of the most energetic punk rock performances I’ve ever seen on TV! It was so exciting, there hadn’t been a buzz in rock music like this since Nirvana 10years earlier, but it wasn’t until they broke up shortly after the Irish dates, that they cemented their place as one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years.



    The show was in Belfast Empire music hall 9th December 2000. When we arrived at the venue to sound check everyone was really nice and made us feel welcome. The Murder City Devils were the main support, they were a kick ass garage punk band from Seattle, they were funny guys and liked to party.

    The guys from ATDI were really nice too, a couple of them watched our sound check and invited us into their dressing room, they seemed tired, I could tell they had been touring forever. At this point the different factions within the band had already manifested and were sticking together - Jim, Tony and Paul who later formed Sparta and Omar and Cedric who formed The Mars Volta.

    The gig was sold out, the Empire was packed and there was an air of anticipation. We didn’t know what to expect playing in front of so many people as we took to the stage, but the audience were totally up for it, it was a great show. I don’t think we knew at that point that how influential this show would be for us as a band, we thought we knew what we were doing we were about to get taught a lesson.

    We got our gear off the stage super quick and headed into the crowd with a few beers to watch these American bands tear Belfast a new one. Murder City Devils hit the stage, they were full of energy and honesty and blasted the crowd hard, it was guitar attack, full on punk rock. Lethal!

    At this point you could cut the tension with a knife. I remember hearing this weird electronic intro music really low and then ATDI literally exploded on to the stage. I was blown away, totally immersed in their show. I had never seen anything like it, Cedric bounced all over the stage pulling weird shapes yelping and firing the mic into the air occasionally strangling himself with the cord and screaming Beware! Beware! Omar beating his guitar, throwing it wrestling it, making it sound like an explosion! I’d never heard a guitar sound like that before. They were losing their minds while the rest of the band thrashed it out so hard, like their lives depended on it. I was mesmerized, as was everyone in the room, it felt like we were getting to see something very special and we all knew it. Their songs and their passion for what they were doing filled the room and influenced me for one completely. I knew I had to rethink everything at that point and it felt great. The only thing that got tiresome was their constant battle with the audience slam dancing or moshing though, It was truly one of the best shows I have ever seen. By the time the band finished everyone in that room had that look on their face; the open mouth, the look of disbelief, what the **** just happened? There was a buzz about it for ages and it wasn’t the tinnitus we all had from the crushing guitars, it was the fact we had something to get excited about again, rock music had become so dull, so predicable and here were these guys doing what they always believed in, it was inspiring.



    A month or so later the band went on indefinite hiatus, to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But looking back there was nothing else they could do. Exhaustion had taken its toll and so the flood gates opened. So many bands crawled out of the underground and into the mainstream, rock was alive and kicking once again.

    I saw Nirvana 10 years before in the kings hall and I had the same feeling leaving that show, a feeling of hope and excitement for the future. Here was a band that got it so right and worked so hard only to burn out before they reached their full potential. They set the bar so high for themselves and for every band that followed. For me ATDI were the last band to breath life back into rock and roll. I’m excited that they have reformed at a time when we’ve never needed them more. 

    Cahir O'Doherty is now lead singer and guitarist with Fighting With Wire.

    Freebies! Windings and Lantern For A Gale

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    ATL | 14:51 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012


    Limerick  five piece Windings are offering their second album, 'It's Never Night' as a free download for today only (Monday 16th Jan). To download a copy of the album, which was released on Out on a Limb Recordings last April, visit

    Meanwhile northcoast noise mongers Lantern For A Gale have announced today that their debut EP is now a free download on their bandcamp page. The EP was originally released in January last year.

    Feet for Wings are currently working on their second EP and in the interim, have left their whole back catelog for free download on their bandcamp.

    Ryan Adams Belfast/Dublin Dates

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    ATL | 14:43 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

    Ryan Adams has announced a gig in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on April 20th.



    The American singer will also play a Dublin date the previous evening in the Olympia Theatre. Adams, who released his 'Ashes and Fire' album late last year will perform these shows fully acoustically. 

    Out To Lunch Festival: Ghostpoet

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    ATL | 16:48 UK time, Friday, 13 January 2012


    The Black Box, Belfast
    12th January 2012


    The hype of the awards and the critics has done its job as the much acclaimed Ghostpoet has sold out in advance, and it’s a bunged Black Box that waits for the evening’s sole performer. Although he’s not alone, instead accompanied by a drummer, guitarist/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist and, of course, the now ubiquitous box of tricks and technical gadgetry that accompanys every musician these day.

    Before the gig actually starts the trio have a little sport like team huddle, as though gearing themselves up for the big match. Its not a common sight at gigs – usually such things take place backstage – but perhaps they need a bit of reassurance for (as we’re reminded a few times) this is their first gig of the year.

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    BBC Introducing Masterclass

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    ATL | 12:26 UK time, Friday, 13 January 2012


    The BBC Introducing Masterclass returns next week with workshops aiming to give unsigned acts across the UK access to, and insights from high profile musicians and industry professionals.

    The event take's place at Abbey Road Studios and Maida Vale Studios in London but you can watch the event live on Thursday the 19th of January by visting

    The sessions will be hosted by BBC DJ's and this years special guests include Trent Reznor, Frank Turner, Jamie Cullum, Maverick Sabre, Friendly Fires, Wretch32, Magentic Man, Newton Faulkner, Marcus Bonfanti, Young Guns, Bernard Butler and many many more.

    If you miss it on the day, you can view highlights on RED BUTTON from Sunday 29th January.

    Head Store to close tomorrow

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    ATL | 18:02 UK time, Thursday, 12 January 2012


    HEAD music and film shop in Victoria Square, Belfast is set to close tomorrow afternoon.

    The store opened in October 2010 and stocked a variety of local and unsigned bands on it's selves. The store also regularly hosted in-store gigs with local and international bands.

    In a statement store owner Les Whitfield commented that, "the store traded very well over Christmas", but that the "lease came to an end" and another business "came in with a better offer than ourselves". He also stated that he would be "looking and will continue to look" for an alternative premise.

    As it stands the store will close tomorrow afternoon.

    Twin Atlantic return to Belfast!

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    ATL | 12:16 UK time, Thursday, 12 January 2012


    Scottish alt rockers Twin Atlantic return to Belfast on Thursday the 12th of April at the Speakeasy in Queens Students Union. The band last played the same venue in April last year after the release of their sophomore album called 'Free'.

    Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 13th at 12pm. Support has yet to be announced.

    That New Band Smell: We Are Burkes Lounge

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    ATL | 18:32 UK time, Wednesday, 11 January 2012


    Happy New Year (Probably a bit late for that by now) and welcome to the weekly update of our ripe roster of the freshest, brand new acts lighting up our playlist. For your consideration, the first three New Band Smell candidates of 2012.


    Droids – Astromech and Protocol

    Yet another example of the North West resurgence. Droids hammer out riffs like they owe them money. Their track ‘Astromech and Protocol’ has got us all at ATL a little hot under the collar.

    Bee Mick See – I’m Not Like You
    Electro punk rap that draws us across the (metaphorical) tracks to the wrong side of town. You remember that boy our mothers warned us about? That’s Bee Mick See!  


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    Choice Music Prize Nomination!

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    ATL | 14:07 UK time, Wednesday, 11 January 2012

    Cashier No. 9 album cover


    The annual Choice Music Prize returns with it's award for the 'Best Irish Album' of 2011. Two Door Cinema Club won last year's prize, with the likes of Adrian Crowley, Super Extra Bonus Party, Jape, The Divine Comedy, Julie Feeny all winning it in previous years.

    The event will take place on Thursday March 8th at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.



    And So I Watch You From Afar - Gangs (Richter Collective)
    Bell X1 - Bloodless Coup (Belly Up Records)
    Cashier No9 - To the Death of Fun (Bella Union)
    Lisa Hannigan - Passenger (Hoop Records)
    The Japanese Popstars - Controlling Your Allegiance (EMI)
    Jape - Ocean of Frequency (Music is for Losers)
    Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands - Golden Syrup (Osaka Records)
    Pugwash - The Olympic Sounds (EMI/1969 Records)
    Tieranniesaur - Tieranniesaur (Popical Island)
    We Cut Corners - Today I Realised I Could go Home Backwards (Delphi)

    Amateur Historians, Joshua Burnside, My Sunday Hat, Like a Ninja - Auntie Annies, Belfast

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    ATL | 17:45 UK time, Tuesday, 10 January 2012


    Not many bands play their second ever gig headlining a four-act bill at such a reputable venue as Auntie Annie’s. Like it or not, it normally takes a few months of endless haggling, unspeakable support slots, and a fair bit of backslapping to arrive at such a position. Luckily for them, though, Belfast indie-pop three-piece Amateur Historians have somehow sidetracked such protocol by heading a ridiculously diverse line-up at their sophomore show tonight.

    A Strabane-based four-piece playing scuzzy, slightly confused hardcore, Like A Ninja are the first of tonight’s completely opposing acts. While their youthful enthusiasm is entertaining - contagious even - you can’t help but get the impression you’re at the wrong gig. That said, despite nods to the likes of InMe and being in possession a bassist who thinks it wise to play with his teeth (actually), it would be stupid to completely write off so early in their career, even if there’s more chance of Gary Glitter receiving a knighthood than them making an impact in 2012.

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    Gig of the Week: The Rupture Dogs

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    ATL | 16:48 UK time, Tuesday, 10 January 2012






    This time around, our GOTW offers a little volume. Headliners for the evening are ska-punk four piece Mike Got Spiked. In recent years MGS have played several hundred (seriously) shows in America alone, so expect them to be TIGHT. Former Monarchs are also up, travelling from Cork City while two of the most reliable rock acts from the North - The Rupture Dogs and Dutch Shultz complete the bill ...almost!

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    Gig Round-Up: Peter Hook, Architects, SO:NI, Ones to Watch

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    ATL | 16:16 UK time, Tuesday, 10 January 2012


    Peter Hook and the Light will play the Spring and Airbrake on Saturday the 9th of June. The show will be their debut Northern Irish appearance and they will perform Joy Divisions debut album,"Unknown Pleasures" in it's entirety. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am.

    Brighton based Metalcore rockers Architects have announced a 14+ show at the Mandela Hall, Belfast on Saturday 7th April.  Special guests on the night will be Sheffield's Rolo Tomassi. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am.

    SO:NI have announced the line up for their first show of 2012. The Delfinos, Echo Raptors, Until This Day and Ruhk will play the Kings Head, Belfast on Thursday the 12th of January.

    Down in Dublin, Whelan's Ones To Watch Festival will have a host of new hopefuls for 2012 from the island. The event will take place in Whelan's and The Village in Dublin from tomorrow to Saturday and will include VerseChorusVerse, Hello Moon, Crayonsmith, Last Days of 1984, Alarmist and many more.

    NI acts head to Eurosonic Showcase

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    ATL | 15:53 UK time, Monday, 9 January 2012



    Now in its 26th year, the Eurosonic Noorderslag has become one of Europe’s largest showcase festivals and will include 260 up-and-coming acts alongside a conference with 100 panels, keynote speakers, interviews and meetings. This year Ireland is the focus nation, with 21 acts from north and south of the boarder. 

    The like's of Ram's Pocket Radio, Cashier No. 9, Mojo Fury, Lafaro and Foy Vance will join southern acts including We Cut Corners, Fionn Regan, Lisa Hannigan, Hello Moon,Toby Kaar and many more at the. The four day showcase this Wednesday.

    Past acts that took part in the showcase festival include And So I Watch You From Afar, Cathy Davy, Fight Liek Apes, Imelda May, Delorentos, the Answer, The Coronas, Villagers, Republic of Loose and many more.

    Black Box secures funding...

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    ATL | 11:59 UK time, Friday, 6 January 2012


    The Black Box venue in the Cathedral Quarters in Belfast has secured funding from Belfast City Council. 

    Opened in 2006, the venue initially opened to fill a "temporary gap in arts provisions" and was due to close this April. 

    Venue organisers are also hoping other previous funders will also renew their grants to keep the venue open.

    For more information on the story visit BBC News NI.

    Not Squares at Auntie Annies, Belfast

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    ATL | 11:44 UK time, Thursday, 5 January 2012

    Not Squares




    Wow, so this is it... the last Animal Disco ever. The band who played Auntie Annie's this time last year are bringing the “Tropical, Indie, Electro Dance Party” to a close with none other than Two Door Cinema Club spinning the decks. Surely a night to remember?


    It's set to be a fantastic night, however no New Years Eve is complete without the obligatory countdown to Auld Lang Syne and whilst everyone sings and embraces their fellow man, Not Squares quietly creep on stage and begin 2012 with a bang courtesy of 'Can Opener'. The band build up the crowd using the song as if it's a warm up; it's a bit slower than what they would usually produce, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in it's gravitas. With every beat of the drum grabbing your attention, Not Squares have heralded their arrival in most epic fashion.


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    Parachutes Over Paris debut EP and tour!

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    ATL | 11:20 UK time, Thursday, 5 January 2012


    Belfast based six piece, Parachutes Over Paris, have announced they will release their debut EP, 'The Guiltiness of Youth' next month. To mark their first official release the band will do a short  tour at the start of February.

    Tour Dates:
    Thursday 2nd Feb - Spirit Store, Dundalk - support TBC
    Friday 3rd Feb - *secret show* Belfast - support from the Red Velvetines & Sleep Thieves
    Saturday 4th Feb - Ma Kellys, Ballymoney - support from the Red Velvetines & tbc
    Sunday 5th Feb - the Mercantile, Dublin - support TBC

    The Belfast date on the 3rd of February is a secret show and has a max capacity of 100 people. If you would like to know more about the event, please visit Parachutes Over Paris on facebook for more details.

    Trucker Diablo's State Side Debut!

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    ATL | 15:37 UK time, Tuesday, 3 January 2012


    Trucker Diablo's debut album "The Devil Rhythm" has been officially released in the US through Ripple Records today.

    The U.S. version of the album features an unreleased track and two live tracks recorded at Download Festival last year. The album also features a guest appearance from Thin Lizzy's current frontman, Ricky Warwick.

    Closer to home, Trucker Diablo will launch their album on Saturday the 21st of January at Ma's Rock & Sports Bar, Lisburn Road, Belfast. Support on the night will come from St Hellfire, Novice, Audio Illusion and The Fourth Exit.

    Out to Lunch begins tomorrow!

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    ATL | 14:02 UK time, Tuesday, 3 January 2012



    The annual Out to Lunch festival kicks off tomorrow with a range of music, comedy, performances and talks throughout January.

    The like's of Ghostpoet (sold out), Pete Molinari, Lanterns on the Lake, Best Boy Grip, Rainy Boy Sleep, John McGurgan, Malojian, CW Stoneking and many more will perform as part of the music line up.

    Events take place during the day and in the evening, so go to to find out more about the shows and their details.

    Welcome to 2012!

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    ATL | 22:01 UK time, Monday, 2 January 2012



    It seemed like the easy option - easing our way into 2012 with what's known as a 'disc show' - two hours without features or profiles or anything that takes a little planning. As it turned out, it's been one of the trickiest shows we've done in a while. Such is the quantity of decent bands and artistes in this country, narrowing them down to a mere two hour playlist proved a bit of a nightmare.

    So what went out is hardly definitive or conclusive - it's just a mere pick and mix of new Northern Irish music and bands we reckon we'll be playing loads on the show this year. Some are reasonably established, some we hadn't even heard of a few days ago. I've said it before and I'll say it again - Northern Irish music - both quality and quantity. 2012 is going to be pretty hectic...


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    Captain Cameron's free EP and name change!

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    ATL | 16:47 UK time, Monday, 2 January 2012


    Captain Cameron has announced he will lose his pseudonym and instead revert to his own name, David C. Clements.

    Previously the lead singer with SixStarHotel, Clements has just released a free two track EP called 'The Longest Day in History' on his

    Welcome to 2012!

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    ATL | 16:22 UK time, Monday, 2 January 2012


    Across The Line will kick off the new year with a look at some of the most promising new acts from Northern Ireland on tonight's show. While it's impossible to be have a definitive list of bands to look forward to, we have compiled a show full of completely box fresh bands to acts who will finally make their debut album/EP releases in 2012.

    Listen in from 8pm online or on 92-95 FM.

    Happy New Year!

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