Archives for February 2012

That New Band Smell: Langford Double

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ATL | 18:56 UK time, Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Hello! Phily Taggart back on the blog with my monthly installment of That New Band Smell. The aroma of fresh bands has been overwhelming in my absent weeks, so much so, I had over ten artists shortlisted for this three band feature. No doubt this weeks forgotten dame's will be next weeks Belle's of the ball. Right then, lets get stuck in.


Young Wonder - Tumbling Backwards

Electro pop duo from Cork City. The tastemakers in the South have been frothing at the mouth over these fledgling, future superstars.

White Collar Boy - Capslock (Feat. Gemma Dunlovely)

The second appearance of an Irish electronic duo on this weeks That New Band Smell. Dublin's White Collar Boy have the lofty ambition to sign to the legendary DFA label. We feel this would be a comfortable fit for both parties.

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MTV return for Titanic Belfast Festival

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ATL | 16:18 UK time, Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The first details of the Titanic Belfast Festival have been announced by the city council today.

Many events will take place between March 31st and the 22nd of April, including the return of MTV to Belfast with an open air concert on the Titanic slipways on April 13th. No other details have been revealed just yet for the 'Titanic Sounds' concert, but its just one of the events marking the Titanic's Centenary.

Titanic Banner



There will be more music events during the festival as well as a huge digital projection light show, the unveiling of a Titanic Memorial Garden within the grounds of City Hall, commemorative events and Titanic related exhibitions, artefacts, tours, films, talks and family fun. For more information visit

GOTW: Cashier No. 9 Tour

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ATL | 12:40 UK time, Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cashier No. 9 Poster


Not a single recommendation this week but three in a row from a band making the effort to, you know, see a bit of the country. After a remarkable 2011 which saw shows all over Europe, numerous radio sessions, a headline appearance at Glasgowbury and a Choice Music Prize nomination, Cashier #9 are approaching the end of promotion for their debut album 'To The Death of Fun' and getting ready for chapter 2.

If you're yet to see them perform that little blinder of an album live, you've three very good chances this weekend as Cashier perform in Belfast, Derry and Draperstown.

Speaking specifically about the Belfast show, the band collectively said:

"The Empire show is our first Belfast headline in over a year. We ve been polishing up all the old ballads this week , so bring a lighter and a few tissues. And get down to see the mighty Kowalski who are supporting."

Kowalski eh? What a brucie. They'll play all three shows with The Murder Balladeers completing the bill in Derry and PrettyChildBackfire opening in Draperstown.


Summer festival dates for your calendar!

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ATL | 10:08 UK time, Wednesday, 29 February 2012


The majority of the summer festivals have confirmed their dates as summer approaches.

Line-up announcements have begun for some, and many more to follow but we thought we'd give you a simple summer plan of some of the main festivals to help you plan your live music fuelled calendar. If we've missed any, email



Vantastival takes place at Bellurgan Park, outside Dundalk on the 4th-6th May 2012. The line up includes God Is An Astronaut, Cathy Davey, RSAG, Jinx Lennon and loads more. Check out the full line-up here.

The multicultural and electronic Life Festival
returns on the 25th to 27th of May at Belvedere House,  Park Mullingar Co.Westmeath. The line up has yet to be announced.


Pigstock once again kicks of festival season in Northern Ireland on the 1st and 2nd of June at Killinchy, Do. Down. The line-up has yet to be announced but headliners in the past have been A Plastic Rose, And So I Watch You From Afar and Lafaro.

On the same weekend Forbidden Fruit Festival is back for it's second year on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin from Saturday the 2nd to Monday 4th June 2012. As previously reported, the likes of New Order, Leftfield, Death Cab for Cutie, Field Music, Andrew Bird and The Rapture and many more will play the event.

The boutique Body & Soul Festival returns on the 23rd and 24th of June at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath. No details of the line-up have been released as yet.

Sea Sessions surf & music festival returns for its fifth year to Bundoran, Co. Donegal on the 29th of June to the 1st of July. Again, this years line up has yet to be announced but the likes of Ziggy Marley, BellX1, The Delays, The Go! Team and Grandmaster all played it last year.

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Gig Round-Up: Spector, The Civil Wars, Dirty Stevie

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ATL | 11:40 UK time, Tuesday, 28 February 2012


Spector have announced they will play their debut show in Northern Ireland on May 8th at The Limelight in Belfast. The London quintet were featured on the BBC Sound of 2012 list and are currently on tour with Florence and The Machine.

Nashville's The Civil Wars have revealed they will play Belfast's Mandela Hall on October 28th. The Grammy nominated duo have recieved high profile exposure from both The Jools Holland Show and The David Letterman Show.

The Sham Rocks Festival at The Playhouse in Portrush will take place on the 16th March and will include Dead Till Friday, Making Monsters, Town Cried Wolf and Black Sheriff as well as many more.

In other Portrush Plahouse news, Chocolate Love Factory will headline a show at the North Coast venue on the 9th of March. Support on the night comes from Steering Fail, Stress on the Ruin and Little Big Box.

Dirty Stevie return to the local live circuit with a gig in Auntie Annies on March 24th with support from Die Cherry, Niyah Sky, The Big Grizzly.

Mid Ulster's Pretty Child Backfire will celebrate the launch of their new promo video 'I Wish I Knew You Better' with a gig in Auntie Annies on March 13th. Support on the night comes from Jamie Neish with Robots Can't Dance presiding over the after party.


For full gig listings check out the ATL Gig Guide.


Rigsy's Rumour Mill...

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ATL | 11:37 UK time, Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Festival Logos 2012


With Belsonic announcing their first six headliners last week and the line up for Electric Picnic expected on Thursday, we're starting to consider who may end up soundtracking our summer. While the likes of Pigstock, Sunflower Fest and Glasgowbury are our main focus for the coming months, it's fun to try and predict which big acts will headline the likes of Vital and EP, right?

Hard to beat a little speculation and rumour-mongering, lets face it. As long as you know that's exactly what this is - speculation. Trust us - we know nothing at the moment. Mores the point - if we DID know any of the below to be fact, we wouldn't be publishing it. To get photo passes, permission to record and general access to report back from these events - we have a certain responsibility to keep schtum. But luckily, no one has told us a thing, so we can play the guessing game. Just like everyone else...

As you'll know by now, Vital is definitely coming back. Seems contracts are in place ensuring it'll take place in 2013 as well.

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New Videos: Silhouette, A Plastic Rose, Captain Kennedy, In Elegance

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ATL | 16:03 UK time, Monday, 27 February 2012

Silhouette, A Plastic Rose, In Elegance and Captain Kennedy have all released new promo videos for their respective singles.

Silhouette's latest single 'Can't Keep Up' was released last week and is currently the soundtrack to the Northern Irish Tourists Board's TV Campaign. The video was directed by Darren Lee (Maverick Renegade) and produced by Shelley Blair and Shauna Tohill.

A Plastic Rose have released a video for their latest single, 'Built from the Ground Up' which is from their forth coming album, 'Camera.Shutter.Life' due for release this September. The video was directed by Samuel Steele (Missing Piece) and filmed by Reuben Skinner (Show and Tell).


Captain Kennedy have returned with a darker edge with their latest single 'Paper Cut'. The Single is part of their forthcoming album and the video was shot and directed by Paul McParland.

In Elegance have released a video for their single 'Easier Said than Done' which was taken from In their Debut EP. The video was produced by Sean Duncan of RedCap Productions.

Band of Skulls, Broken Hands

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ATL | 15:00 UK time, Monday, 27 February 2012

Band of Skulls, Broken Hands 
Limelight, Belfast
Sat  25th February 2012

Anybody in the audience could have been forgiven for thinking four lads had wandered in to the Limelight and just happened to find themselves on stage when Broken Hands emerged from among the crowd. Having not previously been aware there was a support band; they were an intriguing prospect, and ultimately a pleasant surprise. Without so much as a ‘hi, we’re the band’ the quartet propelled themselves into a frenzy of rocking guitars and aggressive, catchy vocals. The rawness of the White Stripes and reminiscences of the usual classic rock culprits was combined to devastating effect, with the edge and energy of an exciting new band just waiting to hit the big time. Their onstage modesty could be attributed to the nerves of inexperience, but when they got going each song had the polish of excellently composed rock and roll. Broken Hands will be back, but next time it’ll be them needing a support act!

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich at The Limelight, Belfast

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ATL | 14:30 UK time, Monday, 27 February 2012


Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Rainy Boy Sleep
The Limelight, Belfast
Sunday 26th February 2012

The Limelight is the venue for tonight’s musical offerings. There are a few hundred heads making a dash to the bar and whatever seats are available when tonight’s support ‘Rainy Boy Sleep’ (aka Stevie Martin) hits the stage. Fresh off tour playing support to James Morrison, Stevie confidently launches into his one man show. He uses a loop station to great effect throughout, giving him the option of putting a beat or a few counter melodies behind himself.

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Malojian 'Broken Deer Ep launch'

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ATL | 13:58 UK time, Monday, 27 February 2012

Malojain Poster

Malojian ‘Broken Deer Ep launch’ with Robyn G Shiels, Rae Morris 
Bang, Belfast
25th Feb 2012

In a somewhat unorthodox setting of the upstairs of vintage clothes boutique Bang we are treated to a trio of three singer-songwriters. The room is quite small, with kooky lamps, mismatching furniture and retro posters all adding to the pretence that this is no ordinary gig. The crowd is bustling and chatting amongst themselves as they are wont to do. It could easily be a meeting of friends as much as a launch of a new record.

First up is Rae Morris. Hailing from Blackpool, this eighteen year old with a shy demeanor seems unassuming but when she starts to sing, boy, can she sing! She is nothing short of incredible. Her voice is powerful and commands the room effortlessly. Immediately we see similarities to Regina Spektor and Vanessa Carlton regarding both her voice and her ability on the piano. ‘Walls’ is just one of several gorgeous songs that proves this is no mere pretender. Rae is new to the gigging scene yet she never misses a note, any nerves have no effect and as far as introductions go, you don’t get much better than this. A real talent to look out for.

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Update: Mick Jones brings tour to Belfast!

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ATL | 15:49 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Mick Jones


Mick Jones (The Clash) will play the Academy Dublin on Friday the 30th and the Spring & Airbrake, Belfast on Saturday the 31st of March.

The gigs are part of the 'Hillsborough Justice Campaign' tour which has seen the likes of Paul Simonon, James Dean Bradfield, Richard Hawley, Billy Bragg, Ian Brown and many others join Jones on stage to perform songs by The Clash.

Mick Jones will play with Pete Wylie (The Mighty Wah), The Farm and other special guests on the night.


Wonder Villains Single Launch

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ATL | 13:07 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Wonder Villains poster

Wonder Villains, Pretty Child Backfire, Puerile Honey 
The Speakeasy, Belfast
Thurs 23rd February 2012

Its hard to escape the Wonder Villains at the minute. As they launch their second single ‘Ferrari’ at the Speakeasy in Belfast, every ranking member of the local music scene has made their way here to see the newest members of a forever growing music scene. As the bar steadily fills to the brim, it’s clear that this is one band who have clearly made a name for themselves.

Amidst the mist and red lights from the stage, punters eagerly make their way towards the stage for the first act tonight,  Puerile Honey. Wearing t-shirts sporting such icons as Beavis and Butthead and The Clash, they are reminiscent of an early 90s riot grrrl grunge band. This sound is backed up by songs such as 'Beachy Kean' and 'Sleep', as well as a cover of the Pixies “Monkeys Gone to Heaven” which goes down a treat with the crowd.


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Gig Round-Up: Thin Lizzy, Cursive, The Staves

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ATL | 10:49 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Thin Lizzy


Thin Lizzy and The Darkness have been added to this year's Belsonic with a gig at Custom House Square on Saturday the 18th of August. The gig is in addition to the line up that was announced yesterday evening which included Skrillex, Two Door Cinema Club, Tom Jones, Madness and many more.

Cursive will play the Limelight, Belfast on the 6th of June. Tim Kasher from the band supported Mariachi El Bronx when they played the venue last November.

Mick Jones (The Clash) will play the Spring & Airbrake, Belfast on Saturday the 31st of March and the Academy in Dublin on Friday the 30th of March as part as part of the 'Hillsborough Justice Campaign' tour. Jones will perform with The Farm and Pete Wylie of The Mighty Wah on the night. 

English folk sibling three piece The Staves will play McHughes Basement, Belfast on Monday the 23rd of April.

Christie Moore and Declan Sinnott will play  the Millennium Forum, Derry on Friday the 1st of June. The date is in addition to previously announced dates on the Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of May.

Sandinos in Derry will host Swanee River, Balkan Alien Sound, Our Krypton Son, The Lost and Little Bear on the 1st of March.

Punk legends The Buzzcocks will also play the Academy in Dublin on the 11th of May. 

After a sold out show in the Button Factory the other week, tUnE-YaRdS return to the city on July 15th at Vicar Street. Tickets on sale now.

Rainy Boy Sleep will support Benjamin Francis Leftwich this Sunday at the Limelight, Belfast.

For full listings visit the ATL GIG GUIDE

Skrillex, Two Door and more for Belsonic 2012!

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ATL | 19:05 UK time, Thursday, 23 February 2012

Two Door Cinema Club


Belsonic have announced their six headliners. The popular festival, now in it's fifth year, will once again take place at Custom House Square, Belfast this August.

Dubstep/electro pioneer Skrillex will headline on Wednesday August 15, ska legends Madness on August 17, Thin Lizzy and The Darkness will play on Saturday August 18,  Bangor's Two Door Cinema Club on Thursday August 23, Tom Jones on August 24 and James Morrison on August 25.

Cast of Cheers and Noah & The Whale will support Two Door Cinema Club while Dillon Francis is on the bill alongside Skrillex with other supports and further headliners set to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the events announced this evening go on sale this Monday.

So far announed:
Wed 15th
August  - Skrillex and Dillon Francis
Fri 17th
August - Madness
Sat 18th
August - Thin Lizzy and The Darkness
Thur 2rd
August - Two Door Cinema Club, Cast of Cheers, Noah and the Whale
Fri 24th
August - Tom Jones
Sat 25th
August - James Morrison
Sun 26th
August - David Guetta (Sold out)

IMRO Live Music Venue Awards

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ATL | 11:23 UK time, Thursday, 23 February 2012


IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) will hold its Live Music Venue of the Year Awards on Tuesday 28th February at IMRO HQ at Copyright House in Dublin. The annual awards take place in celebration of live music venues in Ireland, with pubs, hotels, arts centres, theatres and purpose built live venues all qualifying for the gong.

Along with the 'Live Music Venue of the Year Award', the event will include the 'Best Music Festival' category, as well as the Hot Press Readers Award for 'Best Live Music Venue' as voted by their readers.

Live performances on the night will featured Derry based laureate Rainy Boy Sleep, Jape and The Young Folk.


That New Band Smell - Deerstalker

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ATL | 11:49 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Deerstalker promo picture


Aficionado of everything from sludge doom, indie-pop and seventies Aerosmith, local music journo Brian Coney hokes out the best off-the-radar and unsigned Irish music. Nothing is out of bounds but this week sees the best of Dublin twee-pop, West Coast lo-fi fuzz and Belfast-based prog grunge.


Jerome's Law  
Dublin-based indie-pop bands are as common as muck these days but only a handful of them come close to Jerome's Law. With their weaving harmonic twists and brilliantly burrowing choruses, these five musicians’ debut LP,Not Today, is an exemplary snapshot of a band at the full height of their creative powers. Like Bombay Bicycle Club and early Of Montreal? Check it out.

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Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival begins today!

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ATL | 10:10 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012


The 8th Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival begins today with more  than 100 songwriters over 43 gigs in the city.

The event goes on until this Sunday with the likes of Nick Lowe, Nanci Griffith, John Oates, Fionn Regan, Gareth Dunlop, Iain Archer and many more playing over the 5 days.


View the brochure for full details.

Gig Round-Up: The Flaws, Senakah, Droids, Dirty Kansas

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ATL | 14:45 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Monaghan's The Flaws and Limerick's Senakah will play this Thursday the 23rd of February at  Auntie Annies in Belfast. The Flaws have just released their second album ‘Constant Adventure’, while Senakah released their new single 'Human Relations' earlier this month.

Droids, Little Bear and HumanSheild will play the Bound for Boston in Derry this Saturday the 25th of February.

Indigo Fury, Dirty Kansas, Dutch Courage, NapCom at Ma Kellys in Ballymoney on Friday the 16th of March.

Forbidden Fruit Festival returns on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June 2012 with New Order, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco and many more. For the full line so far visit here.

And finally, as reported earlier, Kanye West and Jay Z  will perform at the O2, Dublin on Friday the 8th of March as part of the 'Watch The Throne' tour. 

Draperstown Weekender!

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ATL | 13:56 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012



Friday: Mayhem Funk, The Last Generation, The Dead Presidents, Nic Stringer, The Institute, Allie Bradley, Pocket Billiards
Saturday:Crystal Canyons, Puerile Honey, The Last Generation, The Institute* (Acoustic), Chocolate Love Factory, Ciaran Lavery, Gascan Ruckus, Mental Deficiency, Cedric Has A Name, Junior Johnson, Furlo, Paul Casey, In Case Of Fire

The Cellar Bar, Draperstown - home of the G Sessions - is known for its mighty atmosphere and eclectic line ups, and this weekend looks set to be no different, with Dead Wing promotions are doing their best to maintain this state of affairs with a three day festival in the venue, delivering all manner of musical treats. By the time The Dead Presidents arrive, the whole bar is up on its feet. With their funky sound and captivating front man Matthew Wilson, it is impossible not to dance and have a huge smile on your face, no matter how silly you look in the process.

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Kanye West and Jay Z en route for Dublin show!

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ATL | 12:18 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Jay Z


Kanye West and Jay Z have confirmed the European Leg of their 'Watch The Throne' tour which will stop at the O2 Arena, Dublin on Friday the 8th of June.

The collaborative Platinum selling studio album, 'Watch The Throne'  was released last August and six of the tracks have been released as singles.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.

European Tour Dates

MAY 2012
Sunday 20 O2 Arena London

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GOTW - The Wonder Villains @ Radar, Queens Students Union, Belfast

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ATL | 11:25 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012




We're hardly sticking our necks out this week, I appreciate that. But sometimes you got to play it real safe with a reliable band in a reliable venue. Step forward The Wonder Villains at Radar, Queens. For those of you who haven't been paying attention (and don't think that isn't going on your end of term report, by the way), this lot are one of the finest and definitely the funnest band in Northern Ireland. Two girls, two boys, loads of sass and neon choruses. What's not to like?

"We're regulars at Radar so it's really cool that we get to headline!! It's our first Belfast show this year & our first time having a single launch so we're REALLY EXCITED! Can't waaait!!"

That'll be Eimear Coyle, lead singer.

While hopefully you're sold by this point, it's definitely worth noting that this is a single launch for the track 'Ferrari' and that Pretty Child Backfire, another ATL favourite and brand new all girl rock act Puerile Honey complete a triple bill. Triple SKILL, more like! Eh? EH?!

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Forbidden Fruit 2012 Line Up!

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ATL | 11:20 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Forbidden fruit

Dublin's city festival, Forbidden Fruit, will return for it's second year on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June 2012. The event takes place on the Meadows of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham and early bird tickets go on sale tomorrow morning. Acts announced so far include New Order, Leftfield, Death Cab for Cutie, Field Music, Andrew Bird and The Rapture.
See below for the full list of acts so far.

The event won 'Best New Festival' at the Irish Festival Awards for 2011. Last year acts included Aphex Twin, Battles, The Flaming Lips, Caribou and many more. 

Saturday 2nd
Bloody Beetroots 
DJ Set 
Booka Shade 
The Field
Factory Floor 
Bear In Heaven 
Le Galaxie 
Toby Kaar 

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Gig Round-UP: Temper Trap, Slomatics, Yacht...

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ATL | 14:49 UK time, Monday, 20 February 2012

Aussies Temper Trap will join Snow Patrol and Florence & the Machine on Sunday June 8th at Phoenix Park in Dublin. Tickets for the summer out door gig will go on sale this Friday. Temper Trap recently finished recording their sophomore album which is due out later this year.

Slomatics, Triggerman and Hornets will play the Limelight, Belfast on Saturday the 31st of March.

The Cathedral Quarters Arts festival will bring Kitty, Daisy and Lewis will play the Black Box, Belfast on Friday the 4th of May and Yacht will play the Black Box, Belfast on Saturday the 5th of May.

Tric, St. Hellfire, Stevie K band and Hijacked Empire will play SO:NI Showcase at Hague's Bar, Lisburn on Thursday the 23rd of February.

John Deery and The Heads perform at the Playhouse, Derry on Saturday the 3rd of May.

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Two intimate gigs for Duke Special

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ATL | 13:35 UK time, Monday, 20 February 2012

Duke Special


Duke Special has just finished recorded his new album "Oh Pioneer" and to launch the up coming release, he has announced two intimate shows in April.

The shows will take place on the 23rd of April at the Lexington Arms in London and on the 25th of April at the Workman's Club in Dublin.  Tickets are on sale now.



Closer to home, Duke Special will play a special concert at the Waterfront Hall with the Ulster Orchestra on May 12th.

The Wiyos

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ATL | 13:20 UK time, Thursday, 16 February 2012



The Wiyos

The Black Box. 15/2/2012

The numbers are a bit thin on the ground for this showing in the Black Box. Possibly it’s the mid-week, mid-term excuses but nonetheless, with this 60 strong crowd, the show must go on. We’re here to see ‘The Wiyos’, who tonight, are popping their Belfast cherry.

The New-York 5 piece take to the stage looking like they may actually have hitch-hiked here from 30’s, wearing an array of hats and suits that wouldn’t be out of place in Boardwalk Empire. The attire makes sense when they start, a definite rag-time, tin-pan alley feel from the first couple of numbers. These lads look like the music they play has engulfed even their appearance. Belfast is loving it.

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GIG Round Up: Ministry, Isobel Anderson, Swanee River, more.

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ATL | 10:52 UK time, Thursday, 16 February 2012



OK so a rake of gigs have been announced this week, here is a little taster of some of the bands incoming..

Industrial legends Ministry are headed for the Mandela Hall, Belfast on July 17th as part of their comeback tour.

Violinist Ruby Colley will join Isobel Anderson in No Alibis bookstore, Belfast

Mojo Gogo have announced a tour of Ireland. They play the Bound for Boston on March 10th, full dates here.

The Playhouse, Portrush will host a rake of bands including the Red Velvetines and Dead Til Friday the night before St Patricks (March 16th in case you are calendrically challenged, we made that word up).

Swanee River return for a SO:NI gig with Tric, St Hellfire and Nomads at the Pavilion, Belfast this Saturday (Feb 18th).

Enniskillen's Charlies Bar will host Indigo Fury, AbandcalledBoy and Midnight Transmission on March 2nd.

For a full run down of upcoming shows in NI venues, hit up the ATL gig guide.

It's Gettin Kinda Heavy

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ATL | 09:17 UK time, Thursday, 16 February 2012

Naturally enough, ATL's playlist has been pretty heavy over the years. Representing a country renowned for it's punk and during an era when Therapy? conquered all, we've not shied away from a little volume. In recent times, however, a gentler brand of music has ruled the roost. If it's not the jangly indie of Two Door Cinema Club, it's epic pop from RAM's Pocket Radio or the glorious low key folk of Our Krypton Son.

Yes, the likes of Lafaro and ASIWYFA have encouraged us to crank it up a little, but for many that's not enough. Thankfully, a whole dirty mess of heavier bands are set for a busy 2012 and, as a result, will be happily welcomed to raise the volume of the average ATL playlist.

Lurgan's Trucker Diablo, for a start. Filed alongside The Answer and Swannee River, TD put their own spin on a traditional rock n' roll racket. The title of recent single 'Drink Beer Destroy' does a better job of summing up what this lot do than any tagline I could dream up. It acts as the bands anthem, with a chorus to roar along to, fists in the air. It's been picked up by Kerrang TV and MTV Australia. Rightly so. Needless to say, festival promoters have come looking.......


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GOTW - Dead Wing @ Cellar Bar, Draperstown

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ATL | 11:49 UK time, Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Not so much a gig of the week as an indoor festival…. of the week. For several years The Cellar Bar in Draperstown has been something of a legendary venue, connected as it is to Glasgowbury and a regular haunt for folks who like watching big bands in small venues. If you've never been, Friday and Saturday should offer a great introduction to the type of thing that goes on at The Cellar Bar pretty much all year round.

Dead Wing Promotions (aka Stevie Lennox and Gavin Taylor) have no less than 21 bands playing over the two nights - the likes of In Case of Fire (returning with a  new line up) and Pocket Billiards in the back bar while Paul Casey, Allie Bradley and co keep things a little quieter in the front bar. 

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Pocket Billiards, The UnProtected, BeeMickSee

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ATL | 11:20 UK time, Wednesday, 15 February 2012



Pocket Billiards, The UnProtected, BeeMickSee 


Tuesday 14th Feb 

It’s Valentine’s night down at Voodoo, but if you’ve gone down hoping to get yourself a date for the evening then you’ve probably come to the wrong place. The eclectic mix provided by the Octabomb DJs sets the tone for the evening and if you think you’re down for a quiet drink with your significant other then think again.

BeeMickSee is tonight’s first act as he takes to the stage in his trademark baseball cap and kappa tracksuit top. Immediately grabbing the audience’s attention with his cheeky brand of Norn Iron hip-hop, it doesn’t take long before the tracksuit top is off and BeeMickSee raps face to face with his audience. Forever the showman, BeeMickSee isn’t one to lose control of his audience, at one point asking them to perform an exercise routine that would rival Davina McCall’s workout videos. As the audience star jumps along, the rapper throws himself into the crowd once again and gets up close and personal with many of his fans before finishing with the angsty crowd favourite I’m Not Like You.

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That New Band Smell - Red Enemy

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ATL | 17:36 UK time, Tuesday, 14 February 2012


We've decided to don our studded gauntlets and metal it up a bit on the New Band Smell this week so Carrie Davenport is here bringing you the newest loud angry riff makers to get you moshing along to lyrics your granny wouldn't approve of!



Hailing from Galway these loud angry noise makers have recently signed to the Belfast-based Savour Your Scene record label. Their music is a complex cocktail with tunes which will appeal to fans of everything from Tool to Dillinger Escape Plan and leave everyone bowing in respect to their techinical ability. 

As I Breathe

Mixing metal with occasional flickers of dubstep like the hip young things that they are, far from being gimicky As I Breathe have some great tunes and serious riffs to back them up. Definitely worth a listen.

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Van the Man for Derry

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ATL | 17:24 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012



Van Morrison will play the Milennium Forum in Derry on May 3rd.

The Belfast performer who has penned global hits such as 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 'Moondance' will appear as part of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2012.

According to the venue's website the "set list for the show will feature a selection of his greatest hits and songs that have a particular resonance to his Irish roots".

Morrison played the Odyssey Arena in Belfast earlier this month and is currently on tour around the UK.



GUEST BLOG - The Making of Window Seats 'Local Superhero' and other stories

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ATL | 16:22 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012



ATL gave the very first play of a demo of ‘Local Superhero’ in April 2008. Now almost four years later, it’s just made it onto MTV Rocks, Kerrang TV and BBC Big Screens UK wide. The good folk at ATL asked us to share a bit about making the DIY video and how we got it onto MTV with no label, manager, PR or money!

In the years that followed that first spin of the ‘Local Superhero’ demo, we’ve busied ourselves with various things including getting better at recording and producing videos. Last year we re-worked ‘Local Superhero’, giving it the production it deserves and took on one of the largest projects we’re ever likely to – the video for it!

Home recording has been a great thing for loads of bands and especially for us. Nobody has much money but we decided a long time ago that if we got some essential recording gear together, learned how to track properly with no time restraints, our records could stand up against anyone else’s.

Bands have been taking this approach to recording for a long time, and it seems as if the same thing has happened quite recently in the world of video production. Camera gear is increasingly affordable and computers are now of high enough spec to cope with HD editing. So it’s natural that more bands are jumping head-first into the world of video production.

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Jape, Morning Claws

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ATL | 14:51 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012


Jape, Morning Claws
Auntie Annies, Belfast
Thurs 9th February

Outside Auntie Annie’s the rain’s hammering down, inside however, things are much more optimistic. With synths-a-plenty and a sense of quiet anticipation, the stage is set for local 5 piece Morning Claws to step up and give us their delicate blend of indie/electro goodness.


They are one of the most hyped local outfits at the minute, and rightfully so, with the set running like a well-oiled machine. This is their first gig of 2012, but it doesn’t show, as they quickly slip into the zone, their previous gig experience under various guises shining throughout. 3 full-time synths could potentially be a disaster, but not for the Claws crew, who know that less is more. This subtle approach paired with perfect 3 part vocal harmonies throughout, helps Morning Claws succeed in sucking you into their musical universe. More and more people are creeping into the gig, and halfway through the set, we’re hooked.






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Alarmists, EatenByBears, Parachutes Over Paris

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ATL | 13:44 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012

Alarmists, EatenByBears, Parachutes Over Paris

The Speakeasy, Belfast

Thursday 9th February 2012


After the relative madness of lastweek's Radar gig at The Speakeasy, the audience at this week's gig seems to be a lot more subdued, albeit brimming with just as much enthusiasm for the three bands to come.


The first band to take to the stage is sextet ParachutesOver Paris, fresh from the launch of their E.P "The Guiltiness of Youth." Their spiky indie-rock permeates through songs such as their opener "Bats", a bouncy synth-led track which is currently called "Untitled", and a new track called "Filthy", which is a bass led Franz Ferdinand-esque dance stomper, which has the potential to become a live favourite. Not all their songs have this dance floor charm however. "Break Barriers Down", which the band introduce as "the closest we have to a slow song", sounds far too distractingly indebted to U2 in a live setting. The band manages to regain its energy for "Evolution of the Species." With its Two Door Cinema Club-esque rhythm and incredibly hook laden chorus, the song seems ready made for a live setting. It's just unfortunate that on this occasion, the crowd don't seem to be as enthusiastic. Nonetheless, it's a pretty solid set from the band, who has the potential to be real players on the local scene.

A great flood of people rush towards the front as EatenByBears take to the stage. 


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John Cale to play CQAF

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ATL | 13:00 UK time, Monday, 13 February 2012



Bona fide living legend John Cale is among the acts due to be announced for this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

The Welshman, who was a founding member of the Velvet Underground along with Lou Reed, will play at the festival Marquee at Custom House Square on May 3rd. Cale has been musically active since the late 1950's with a restless career that spans many genres from rock to avant-garde. He has also penned several soundtracks and worked in the field of classical music.

Other acts heading to the 13th year of the bash include Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Yacht and the Monochrome Set. The CQAF is one of several high profile cultural events threatened by recent government cuts to the arts.

Black Keys Unlock Dublin

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ATL | 11:30 UK time, Friday, 10 February 2012



The Black Keys will play a concert in the O2, Dublin this summer. The Detroit rockers hit the O2 Arena on August 22nd. The Ohio band are currently touring with the Arctic Monkeys. There several high profile northern music events which take place around that time, but as yet no Northern Irish date has been revealed. The released their seventh album 'El Camino' late last year.

Grant Cut May Affect Music Events

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ATL | 16:41 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012


The Department for Social Development has decided to stop it's annual Laganside Events Grant from the 31st of March 2012. Over the years the likes of the Open House Festival, CAQF, Festival of Fools, Culture Night and Belfast Pride have all benefited from the grant.

Letters have been received by previous recipients of the funding, alerting them to look for other potential sources of income for their events. Sean Kelly, director of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival believes that the cuts place many cultural. "The funding for CQAF essentially helped pay for the set-up costs of the Marquee in Custom House Square which becomes difficult without this funding (so late in the day.) Essentially we scale back our plans or look at raising ticket costs to cover the shortfall."




Malojian EP launch venue change!

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ATL | 12:46 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012


Malojian, aka Stevie Scullion, will launch his new EP, "The Broken Deer EP" on Public Sector Records on Saturday the 25th of February.

Originally set to take place at No Alibis Bookshop, the launch gig will now take place upstairs at Bang on Anne Street, Belfast that night.

Robyn G Shiels an Rae Morris will support on the night.

The Cast of Cheers support Blood Red Shoes on UK Tour

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ATL | 11:23 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Cast of Cheers will support Blood Red Shoes on their up coming UK tour. The Dublin band's debut single on School Boy Error/Cooperative Music is called  "Family" and will be released on the 20th of February with their sophomore album out later this year.

The band are also about to embark on their debut UK tour with Theme Park later this month. Check below for tour dates.

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GUEST BLOG: Daniel Johnston - Triumph of a Troubled Mind

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ATL | 10:34 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012


In advance of Daniel Johnston's show in the Empire Music Hall, Belfast on April 4th, we wanted to find out just exactly why the singer provokes such reverence amongst music afficianados. Francis Jones tells us why the Texan is an inspiration for many.

Often, when musicians talk about their struggle with adversity they’re simply living up to a cliché. Not so, Daniel Johnston, a musician who’s battled manic depression and schizophrenia all his life. It’s a fight that was unflinchingly detailed in the 2006 documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Now in his early 50s, Johnston began making music whilst still at high-school. By the mid-1980s, his ramshackle recordings – complete with his own distinctive artwork – had gained him a cult following in his hometown of Austin, Texas. In the early days, distribution was as primitive as his home-recording equipment – basically Johnston sold cassettes at shows, or handed them out to strangers. Those lucky enough to have one of his tapes thrust into their hands were struck by the unique rag-bag of influences the music contained - DIY attitude, a love of melody inspired by the Beatles and lyrics that betrayed his obsession with comic books and the Bible.


Over the years, he’s become more open in addressing the subject of his illness directly and, when he does so, it’s with disarming honesty and no little humour. Note the lyrics of 2009 track ‘I Had Lost My Mind’...

"I lost my head for a while, was off my rocker outta line, outta whack.

See I had this tiny crack in my head,

That slowly split open and my brain snoozed out,

Lyin' on the sidewalk and I didn't even know it.

I had lost my mind."

Losing your mind can be something of an impediment to a successful music career. One particularly alarming incident took place in 1990, when Johnston suffered a manic episode whilst aboard a small plane being piloted by his father. Believing he was Casper The Friendly Ghost, Johnston removed the key from the plane’s ignition and threw it out of the window. Thankfully, both he and his father survived the crash-landing unscathed. Nonetheless, the event saw Johnston temporarily committed to a mental hospital.


It was around this time that Kurt Cobain was famously pictured wearing a Daniel Johnston t-shirt with the iconic image of a goggle-eyed frog and the tagline, ‘Hi, How Are You’. The tenuous Nirvana connection had record labels scrambling to secure the signature of this previously unheard of musician. Johnston eventually went with Atlantic Records, having famously snubbed a multi-album deal with Elektra Records because Metallica was on their roster – he was convinced Metallica were possessed by Satan.

Somehow, though, despite his very real problems, he has not only survived, but prospered, gathering himself a devoted fan-base and inspiring a whole generation of musicians with his lo-fi brilliance. Admiring peers including Tom Waits, Beck, TV On The Radio, Eels, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse, Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips – covered his songs for the 2004 compilation, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered.

Over the past three decades he’s put out umpteen of his own albums and collaborated on plenty more. Some have been great, others less so, but, in a way, that’s beside the point. His whole life, all he’s wanted to do is make music and perform. That he continues to do so is victory enough.

Francis Jones



That New Band Smell - Silhouette Summer

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ATL | 15:04 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Good day to you, keen explorers of sound. It's Phily Taggart here, armed with a bodacious bunch of fledgling bands for your consideration this week. Ok, so enough with the formalities, we all know what we have to do, lets jump in both feet first. Welcome to 'That New Band Smell'.


Human Sheild - Turkish Power
More aggressive than a pitbull with an attitude problem. If you like your post-hardcore with whiskey soaked riffs and vitriolic vocals, then what are you waiting for?

In Their Thousands - Tear It All Apart
Sparkly folk pop with harmonies woven tighter than my skinny jeans. The Donegal quartet have four EP's to release throughout 2012, expect them back on our playlist very soon.

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RAM's Land Snow Patrol Euro Dates

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ATL | 14:11 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012


RAM's Pocket Radio have been officially announced as tour support for Snow Patrol's forthcoming European jaunt. Peter McAuley and co. will take in 11 dates. Shauna Tohill, bassist in RAM's and erstwhile lead singer of her own band, Silhouette, has already been joining Snow Patrol on stage to share the vocals on the song 'Set the Fire to the Third Bar'.


RAM's will shortly be also embarking on their own UK tour.

22/02/12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer Salen
23/02/12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Munchen Brewery
25/02/12 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
26/02/12 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
28/02/12 - Frankfurt. Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
29/02/12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto
01/03/12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy
02/03/12 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy
04/03/12 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
05/03/12 - Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle
07/03/12 - Paris, France - Zenith

Want to play vital 2012?

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ATL | 13:31 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tennants Untapped


Tennant's UnTapped is a new initiative to give unsigned bands from Northern Ireland the chance to play at Ulster's biggest festival of the summer in Bangor. 

Sixteen acts will be chosen to play at showcase events this May in Belfast and Derry. Then two of those acts will qualify to play at Vital 2012. 

To enter visit by Friday 9th March. 


  • The act must be unsigned.
  • All musicians must be aged 18 and over.
  • Musicians must reside in Northern Ireland.
  • The songs have to be original.
  • Gig Of The Week: Axis Of, Lantern for a Gale...

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    ATL | 12:31 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012

    Axis of gig poster


    There's always fun to be had in Derry, more than usual tomorrow (Thursday night) at Masons. Axis Of, genuine contenders to be the breakthrough band of the year, play what could well be their last 'intimate' show in that neck of the woods. It's basically a riff-off, with Lantern for a Gale, Steering Fail and Stress on the Ruin completing a pretty impressive four band bill.

    Here's the thoughts of Niall Lawler's, guitarist and vocalist with Axis Of:

    'After an eventful 2011, we're looking forward to getting 2012 underway with this gig. It's great to play our first gig of the year with such a strong support bill. With our album finished and ready to go we're hoping this will be a big year for us and we couldn't think of a better way to kick things off.'

    So he's excited. If you're within a ten mile radius of the maiden city come tomorrow evening, you should be excited to!


    Axis Of, Lantern for a Gale, Steering Fail and Stress on the Ruin play Masons, Derry tomorrow night - Thursday 9 February.


    2ManyDJs return for Paddy's

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    ATL | 12:02 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012



    Shine, Belfast has announced it's plans for St. Patrick's night this year. Belgian house adventurers 2ManyDJs will return to the city after several high profile appearances and live shows.

    The Dawaele brothers will be joined on the night at the Mandela Hall venue by The 2 Bears and interstellar love pioneer Space Dimension Controller.

    The Jane Bradfords Album Launch Details!

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    ATL | 15:17 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    jane Bradfords poster


    The Jane Bradfords will launch their new album, "100 Miles of Broken Pavement" at the Bunatee Bar in Queens Students Union, Belfast on Friday the 2nd of March.

    Support on the night will come from Third Man Theme and VerseChorusVerse.

    The Belfast based band released their debut self titled album back in 2008. Their sophomore album will be released on the 13th of February and is available to stream on the soundcloud page now. 

    Gig Round-Up: Ben Howard, Willy Mason, Kasper Rosa...

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    ATL | 14:17 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    English singer-songwriter Ben Howard will stop by the Mandela Hall, Belfast on Friday the 9th of November as part of his UK and Ireland tour.  Willy Mason will support on the night. Howard will also play the Olympia, Dublin on Wednesday the 7th of October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Watch Howard perform 'Black Flies' in session for Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 below.

    Kasper Rosa will perform at the Oh Yeah's 'Scratch My Demo' on Tuesday the 28th of February.

    The Jane Bradfords will launch their new album, '100 Miles of Broken Pavement' at the Bunatee Bar at Queens Students Union,  Belfast on Friday the 2nd of March. Third Man Theme and VerseChorusVerse will support on the night.

    New Noise presents A Plastic Rose, Dirty Kansas and Best Boy Grip at Masons, Derry on Friday the 24th of Febraury.

    The Rupture Dogs and Kill Goliath will play the INF in Warrenpoint on Friday the 9th of March.

    Sounds of System Breakdown and Morning Claws will play The Listening Post, Coleraine on Friday the 10th of February.

    Check out the ATL GIG GUIDE for full listings.

    Derry's finest set to open Ebrington Square!

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    ATL | 11:35 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

    Ebrington Valentines day poster derry


    The new look Ebrington Square in L'Derry will officially open on Valetines Day next Tuesday. To mark the event there will be performances from Wonder Villains, Future Chaser, Codetta Choir, Bronagh Gallagher and the Inishowen Gospel Choir. As well as the music, there will also be "a light & projection show, artwork, street performers and much more".

    Ebrington Parade Ground is a re-developed site which was formerly a military base. The Parade Ground is now linked to the city side by the Peace Bridge.

    As previously reported, the Ebrington site will also host Massive Attack as part of the Peace One Day concert on the 21st of June.

    Madonna For Aviva

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    ATL | 10:58 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012



    Pop legend Madonna has announced a concert at the Aviva Stadium. The singer, whose career has spanned four decades, will play the venue on July 24th 2012.

    The show forms part of a mammoth global tour taking in twenty six gigs in the United States alone. Madonna played the coveted half-time slot at this year's Superbowl. Her current single, a collaboration with MIA and Nicki Minaj is 'Gimme All Your Luvin' and a brand new album is expected in March.

    The Riot Tapes, Decomposing in Paris and more...

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    ATL | 17:52 UK time, Monday, 6 February 2012

    Riot tapes gig poster


    The Riot Tapes, Decomposing in Paris, City of Stars, Until This Day
    Auntie Annies, Thurs 2nd February

    Auntie Annie’s is unusually empty for a Thursday night, despite the whopping four band line-up promised. The old saying, “The show must go on,” rears its ugly head from the very beginning, and seems to be a recurring motif for the rest of the evening.

    Part one of the evening is a pop-punk emo extravaganza with opening act Until This Day. Influenced by the likes of Paramore, they are loud and angsty, but sadly drown out the vocals of their own lead singer Lisha Fitzpatrick. A few songs in and the band finally find their feet with a few acoustic tracks that let Lisha shine from behind her emo fringe. ‘Autumn’, is far more suited to the venue, and has the audience hanging on every lyric, with one couple in particular deciding to use the song as the soundtrack for a particularly long and drawn out kiss.

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    Go Bang: Sea Pinks

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    ATL | 17:12 UK time, Monday, 6 February 2012

    Go bang Poster


    Go Bang: Sea Pinks
    Pavilion Loft, Belfast

    Tonight marks the end of the Pavilion’s popular Go Bang night, and with it ends some of the most eclectic mixes of disco, post-punk, and funk you are likely to hear in a bar anywhere, let alone Belfast. It is a bittersweet parting, but the loft fills quickly, and we know that the last Go Bang is leaving in style and in great company.

    It is close to eleven when Sea Pinks appear on the small stage and are immediately greeted with gracious applause. Led by Girls Names drummer Neil Brogan, Sea Pinks provide us with the perfect west coast soundtrack to wish this night a fond farewell.

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    Strait Laces, Hornets, Black Dunes in Ballymoney

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    ATL | 16:56 UK time, Monday, 6 February 2012

    Strait Laces Gig poster


    Strait Laces, Hornets, Black Dunes.
    Ma Kelly’s, Ballymoney
    3rd February

    It’s been said before, but there’s some strange kind of alchemy or chemistry or voodoo that goes on up at the North Coast, with the Coleraine-Portrush-Ballymoney area acting as some sort of Bermuda Triangle where good bands appear from, and nights mysteriously disappear in a haze.

    First locals of the night are Black Dunes, purveyors of metallic sludge. Although featuring the odd yelp and yap, it’s practically instrumental as any vocals are lost in the mudslide. It’s not just noise though, rather they seem to circle round a dirty groove before locking onto it and bludgeoning us with many variations of it. It’s abrasive and confrontational, music to fall deep into, and be hypnotised by. Beware, these Dunes contain quicksand.

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    Parachutes Over Paris E.P Launch

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    ATL | 16:33 UK time, Monday, 6 February 2012


    Parachutes Over Paris, The Red Velvetines and Sleep Thieves
    The Barge, Belfast 
    Friday 3rd of February

    The Barge, moored beside the Waterfront Hall on the river Lagan, is sold out and it sure feels like it; we've half an hour to go until the first band comes on and already you can barely move. It's a mixed crowd tonight, family and friends attending in equal measure at this “secret” E.P launch, everyone in great spirits.

    Sleep Thieves from Dublin are the first act of the night, a band that have been making ripples in Ireland, but technical problems during most of their set ruin what could have been a great starter to the night. It would honestly be unfair to review them based on this performance as the sound issues didn't seem to be their fault - we were three songs into their set and the sound team were still playing their mp3 player through the main speakers.

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    The MAC launches event programme!

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    ATL | 14:03 UK time, Friday, 3 February 2012

    The Mac Image


    The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) launched it's programme of events for it's first season and opened it's temporary box office (PopUp MAC) in the city centre this afternoon. Duke Special, Katie and the Carnival, Master and Dog all took part in the launch of the venue.

    The Belfast arts centre will officially open on the 20th of April and will host music, theatre, dance, art and talks across it's facilities which include two theatres, three art galleries, a rehearsal space,  dance studio, workshop rooms and more.

    Duke Special has been asked to curate a special run of events over a week in September. More details to follow.

    Visit for more details.

    Belfast Rock & Metal Festival!

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    ATL | 13:33 UK time, Friday, 3 February 2012

    Live and Loud logo


    A new rock and metal festival will take place on Saturday the 31st and Sunday the 1st of April at the Emerald Roundhouse, Finaghy Road North, Belfast. Alive and Loud will host the likes of Droids, Sinocence, Downcoil, We Collide, The Forth Exit and many more over the two day event.

    Full Line-Up:

    Worldsend / St Hellfire / Sinocence / Putrefy / The Almighty Fallen / Inch High / 7 Days Dead / Acari / All The Kings Ashes / Baleful Creed / Bakken / Before The Giants / Chasing Lennon / Conjuring Fate / Disconnect / Downcoil / Droids / Due South / Eyes See Blind / Fastlife / For Christ Sake / The Fourth Exit / FrostBite / High Output / If All Else Fails / Katabolisis / Kept Under Glass / Kill The Idol / Lesshelp / Libisoswitch / The Lizard Queens / Mourning Of The Heretic / Midnight Transmission / My Rebellion / Nozone / R51 / Random Frequency / Rapunzel / The Red Velvetines / Retired Flag / Rezurrection / Sick With Silence / Sinner Falls / The Sludge / Some Call It Murder / Special Guest / Spiral Force / The Stevie K Band / The Strategy / This Day We Fight / Urban Avenue / Voodoo Dogg / Wanted Alive / Warcrux / We Collide / Whiskey & Lace / Zia Regime

    Irish Festival Awards Winners Announced!

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    ATL | 16:45 UK time, Thursday, 2 February 2012


    The winners of the Irish festival Awards for 2011 have been announced, with And So I Watch You From Afar being awarded best Irish act.

    The Irish Festival Awards were set up in 2007 to "honour the organisers and people behind the scenes that make every Irish Summer such an eclectic celebration of music, art and performance."

    The Winners:

    Best Large Festival: Electric Picnic
    Best Medium Festival: Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival
    Best Small Festival: Body & Soul
    Greenest Festival: Electric Picnic
    Best One Day Festival: Arthur’s Day
    Best New Festival: Forbidden Fruit
    Best Dance Festival: Life
    Best Traditional Festival: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
    Best Value: Arthur’s Day
    Best Street Spirit: Galway Arts Festival
    Best Headline Act: The Chemical Brothers
    Best Rock Act: Muse
    Best Dance Act: Underworld
    Best Alternative Act: Rubber Bandits
    Best Irish Act: And So I Watch You From Afar
    Best Lineup: Electric Picnic
    Family Festival Award: Electric Picnic
    Social Responsibility Award: Electric Picnic
    Best Service: Electric Picnic
    Best Toilets: Electric Picnic

    Gig Round-Up: In Case of Fire, Chocolate Love Factory

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    ATL | 14:56 UK time, Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Chocolate Love Factory


    Chocolate Love Factory will release their new EP 'Octavia' at the Menagerie, Belfast on Tuesday the 21st of February. Steering Fail and Music For Dead Birds will support on the night. There will also be a tour in the run up to the Belfast show.

    In Case of Fire now have a new line up and plan to release new material later this year. They will play Radar in the Speakeasy, Belfast on Thursday the 1st of March with support from before Machines and Liek Statues.


    Voodoo in Belfast will play host to Pocket Billiards, The Unprotected and Bee Mick See on Valentines Night on Tuesday the 14th of February.

    Pop punks Little Sausage Disorder will play Claw Club night at Laverys in Belfast on the 16th of February.

    Slomatics, Triggerman and the Hornets will play the Limelight, Belfast on the 31st of March.

    Sea of Bees, aka Julie Ann Baenziger, has announced a live show at McHughs Basement, Belfast on Friday 13th April.

    Consult the ATL Gig Guide

    Stendhal Festival Returns!

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    ATL | 13:59 UK time, Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Stendhal Festival


    Stendhal Arts and Music Festival will return to Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of August this summer.

    Last year Turin Brakes, Andy Irvine, The Gorgeous Colours, Swanee River, Rainy Boy Sleep, Lantern for A Gale, Intermission, Chase Atlantis and many more played the event. 

    The event also includes art, poetry and comedy on their line up.

    Acts wishing to play the festival should apply by sending their press pack to

    Choice Music Irish Song of the Year

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    ATL | 12:51 UK time, Thursday, 2 February 2012

    Cashier No 9, Goldstar, cover


    As previously reported, the annual Choice Music Prize will be awarded for the 'Best Irish Album' of 2011 at a ceremony on Thursday March 8th at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin. In addition to to the best album award this year,  there will now be the new honor of 'Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2011'. 

    Best Song Nominations:

    Bell X1 - Velcro
    Cashier No 9 - Goldstar
    The Coronas - Addicted to Progress
    Lisa Hannigan - Knots
    The Kanyu Tree - Radio
    Little Green Cars - The John Wayne
    Royseven - We Should be Lovers
    Maverick Sabre - Let Me Go
    Snow Patrol - Called Out In the Dark
    This Club - I Won’t Worry

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    New Northern Irish music site launched!

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    ATL | 14:21 UK time, Wednesday, 1 February 2012


    Chordblossom is new music site dedicated to the Northern Irish Music Scene with plans for reviews, videos, mixtapes, interviews, message forums and more.

    The site was started by L'Derry musician Daveit Ferris last September and has been officially launched today. A number of volunteers are helping to make the site possible and they are also in search of more people to get involved.

    Chordblossom joins the likes of,,,,,, with a dedicated focus on Northern Irish Music.

    Darkest Era Video & UK Tour!

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    ATL | 11:34 UK time, Wednesday, 1 February 2012


    Darkest Era have released the video for their new single 'An Ancient Fire Burns'. The video was produced by a new Belfast based production company called Fastville and directed by Kieran Majury.

    The song is on their debut album 'The Last Caress Of Light', which came out on Metal Blade Records last year.

    As previously reported, the Fermanagh band will play the Limelight, Belfast on the 28th of April as well as a full UK tour with Alestorm and Claim The Throne.

    Watch the Video.

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    Another new EP from David C Clements!

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    ATL | 11:01 UK time, Wednesday, 1 February 2012


    David C. Clements (previously Captain Cameron/Six Star Hotel) has released two new tracks for free download on

    The online EP called 'Flow River, Flow' is the follow up to his last release 'The Longest Day in History' which has been available since January 1st. Clements plans to continue his monthly release habit with a third online EP set for March 1st.


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