Archives for March 2012

AU Mag Winds Up - Statement

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ATL | 16:55 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2012


AU Mag is set to wind up after losing their main source of funding. The Arts Council of NI have decided not to continue providing money to the magazine after several years. The online version of the magazine is set to continue, however.

A statement from the publishers of AU Mag reads as follows.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Alternative Ulster was unsuccessful in securing Arts Council funding for 2012/2013. As a result, AU Magazine is being put on hiatus. The website will continue to be run on a voluntary basis, and AU will continue to promote the best of Northern Irish and Irish music, culture and lifestyle in every way it possibly can.

The number of people who made AU Magazine the shining beacon of quality that it was over the almost nine years in which it was published are far too numerous to mention in this statement, as it’s a list that runs long. To each and every writer, designer, photographer, illustrator, intern, assistant, advertiser and individual who worked on or touched AU in any way, we are more grateful than words can express. We are incredibly proud of each one of the 81 issues that we produced, and that this is a testament to the talent, energy and time of each and every person who made it what it was. We literally cannot thank everyone enough. 

We’d also like to give praise to every one of the bands, artists and cultural ventures that we featured over the years. Covering such an immensely vibrant and burgeoning scene has been an absolute privilege and pleasure.

Finally, an enormous thank you to the readers of AU, as without their passion and enthusiasm we simply wouldn’t have existed at all."

Gifted Live: runaway GO - Empire, Belfast - 29th March

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ATL | 14:04 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2012

runaway GO at Gifted Live by Dave Burns


Gifted Live: runaway GO, PrettyChildBackfire, Ursula Burns, Acoustic Dan
Empire, Belfast
29th March 2012

The famous Empire Music Hall in Belfast has never looked more glamorous as it prepares to launch Gifted Live worldwide through the use of some high-tech equipment and a fair sprinkle of internet magic. Unique unplugged performances by Duke Special, The Answer, VerseChorusVerse, and Katie and the Carnival show off the crème-de-la-crème of the local scene for all the world to see. However the real treat is yet to come for those who’ve made it down especially for the launch of RunawayGo’s brand new EP, with support from Pretty Child Backfire.

A short and sweet collection of songs by harpist Ursula Burns demonstrates that not all classical musicians take themselves too seriously. Combining tongue-in-cheek humour with a very eloquent take on Queen’s We Will Rock You, the quirky harpist’s mini set receives both the laughter and applause it deserves, and certainly leaving this audience intrigued enough to want more.

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Sea Sessions 2012 Line-up

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ATL | 13:54 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2012

Sea Sessions


Sea Sessions, the annual surfing and music festival have announced this summer's line up. The three day event will host a mixture of international and home grown talent such as Jape, Toby Kaar, Ham Sandwich, We Cut Corners and many more. The festival takes place in bundoran, Co. Donegal from the 29th of June to the 1st of July.  

Confirmed line-up so far (more acts to be confirmed):


Weather Underground: 24 Hour Recording People!

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ATL | 11:28 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2012

Our Krypton Son and Sullivan & Gold (featuring ex-The Good Fight members Adam Montgomery and Ben Robinson) have announced they will perform, record, and release a brand new record in 24 hours, and it will all be broadcast live online! The project takes place at the Smalltown America Recording studio tomorrow on the 31st March from 12pm.

Our Krypton Son

The project entitled ''Weather Underground' will see the bands recieve remixes from Figure Of 8 and Dollface and simultaneously, you will also be able to watch the record sleeve taking shape online with the help of More Than Conquerors' Kris Platt on illustration and Tim Farrell on design duties. The release will be available straight after the session ends. 

The Small Town America label boss Andrew Ferris stated, "This is technically the most ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted and is the result of about a year’s worth of planning. Everyone behind the scenes at the label office has been working their socks off this last week - pulling the final touches together. We are super excited.”

Check out at 10am on Saturday for a running order of the day and you can get involved with the collaboration via tweet or instagram [#STAsessions].

Funding Cuts Hit AU Mag and Northern Visions

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ATL | 16:41 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012



The continued tightening of funds from the Arts Council NI could spell difficulties for both Northern Visions and AU Mag. Both parties have been told that they will no longer receive funding from the body, which administers funds from government to cultural organisations.

Earlier this year funding was also reduced and in some cases withdrawn from projects who previously drew monies from Laganside Corporation grants, which could affect ventures such as the Black Box and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

A statement about the future of AU Mag from publishers is expected tomorrow.

AU Mag has been in publication for almost ten years, covering both international and homegrown music as well as staging events including the recent NIMAs. Northern Visions has provided training and resources for grassroots media since 1986.


Gascan Ruckus - Auntie Annies, Belfast - March 29th

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ATL | 16:41 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012

Gascan Ruckus Gig Poster


Gascan Ruckus, Strait Laces, Jamie Neish
Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
29th March 2012

Look outside — chances are the length and the breadth of the country is still experiencing something of an early summer heatwave. As they would say back home, the craic’s ninety and, so far as today is concerned, there’s seems to be no better way to rejoice and act the collective eejit than at Gascan Ruckus’s first headline slot in Belfast since the release of their Vitamins EP in October last year. Exciting times, no doubt, but with material both old and absolutely brand spanking new at their disposal, will there be any visible musical progression for the Armagh four-piece?

Continuing to carve out subtle acoustic tales all on his lonesome, the choice of More Than Conquerors’ drummer Jamie Neish as an opener tonight may initially seem a little misjudged. But while his placid approach is ultimately the antithesis of what’s yet to come, the keen response from tonight’s crowd reveals the dazzling efforts of a truly versatile songwriter. Somewhere between the heartfelt jauntiness of ‘Belly of the Beast’, the Nashville twang of the aptly-titled ‘Sickness In The Sunshine’ and set closer ‘My Lungs Don’t Breathe’, Neish proves that, although there are quite a few solo musicians in this country going for the “fragile but positively determined” angle, he manages to command a brand of subtle storytelling faring as charming as his offhand banter throughout.


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Additions for the Great Northern Songbook!

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ATL | 15:24 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012



As reported previously, the BBC is organising a special concert called 'The Great Northern Songbook'  as part of the Ulster Hall's 150th anniversary celebrations. The public have been asked to vote for their favourite Northern Irish song from the last 150 years and the top ten will be performed by the Ulster Orchestra and ten NI acts on the 22nd of May at the venue.

Ciaran Gribbin, And So I Watch You From Afar, RAMS’ Pocket Radio and Barry Lynn (Boxcutter) have now been added to the existing line-up of Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy, The Answer, General Fiasco and Katharine Philippa.

You can choose your favourite track from a 32 song shortlist and voting closes tomorrow (30th March) at 5pm. Tickets for this concert are available from midday tomorrow and you can enter the random draw at

Ma Nelson's Rock Bar closes

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ATL | 14:33 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012

Ma's Rock bar


Ma Nelson's Rock & Sports Bar on the Lisburn Road, Belfast looks set to close.

In a statement through their Facebook, the proprietor Tina Calder said, "It is with regret that tonight I have to announce that Ma's Rock Bar will close it's doors from 10.30pm...Unfortunately, through a series of events that were way beyond my control we have been forced into this decision".

Over the last 18 months, the venue has hosted many local bands and it's closure will force the cancellation of many gigs planned for the coming months, including the Alive and Loud festival.

Last year the Limelight entertainment complex, also in Belfast, was placed under administration and later sold to Shine productions and MCD but continues operating an alternative music policy.

At the moment it remains unclear whether the Ma Nelson's venue will continue as a going concern in terms of live music.

Deadman's Ghost Album Details

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ATL | 13:47 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012


Belfast producer and multi-instumentalist Jason Mills, working under the name Deadman's Ghost, has released his debut album 'The Broken Zoetrope' on Umor Rex Records.

Working alongside local sound engineer David Baxter (aka Kab Driver) it features four remixes by Northern Irish electronic artistes - Defcon, BEW, T-Polar and The Crimson Underground.

A limited edition transparent vinyl will be available at Dragon Records in Belfast while a digital version is downloadable from all the usual online outlets.  

Sunflowerfest 2012 Line Up!

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ATL | 13:15 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012

Duke Special


Now in it's third year, Sunflowerfest returns to Tubby's Farm outside Hillsborough village on Friday the 17th to Sunday the 19th of August. The boutique festival will have four stages of live music with family areas, a craft village, silent disco, cinema tent and much more. Visit for more information.


Line Up Announced:

Scroobius Pip
Republic of Loose
Duke Special
Lanterns on the Lake
Wonder Villians
A Plastic Rose
Fighting With Wire
Lost Brothers
Ben Glover

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Menagerie to Host Live Indie/Electronica Bash

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ATL | 10:30 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012




ClefStatic Electrofest 2012 - a celebration of indie/electronica will take place at the Menagerie venue in Belfast on Thursday May 10th.

The aim of the night is to highlight a nascent scene of like-minded bands fusing live music and electronica in NI.

The line up includes many breaking Northern Irish electro live acts including ATL faves such as Futurescope, Parachutes Over Paris, City of Stars, Go Wolf and Casion.

DJ Ryan Dornan is also on the bill.


Guetta Line Up for Dublin

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ATL | 09:47 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012


David Guetta


French house DJ and production superstar David Guetta will play Marlay Park in Dublin on August 24th with a stellar line up.

Guetta, whose hits include 'When Love Takes Over'  with Kelly Rowland and 'I Gotta Feeling' with Black Eyed Peas, will headline the event supported by Example and Benny Benassi.

Also on the bill for the Marlay Park are Rizzle Kicks, Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash.

Other acts appearing at Marlay Park in Dublin this summer include Van Morrison, Bobby Womack and Tom Jones.

David Guetta is also scheduled to play an open air date in Belfast as part of the Belsonic line up for summer 2012.

In the past acts including Daft Punk, MUSE,  R.E.M. and The Chemical Brothers have all played the Marlay Park site.

Spiritualized, Mandela Hall

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ATL | 10:13 UK time, Wednesday, 28 March 2012


Mandela Hall, Belfast
23 March 2012



Weird one, this. Postponed shows and delayed release dates mean Spiritualized are performing an album none of us have heard. Furthermore, they're one of those bands who haven't really added to their (faithful) fan base in years - the majority of punters at the Mandela Hall tonight will have seen this band before, possibly many times, possibly at the height of their fame at the turn of the century.

Will we have the patience to take all this new stuff on or end up pining for familiarity? We find out pretty early as the band, refusing to ease us in gently, open with ten minute long new single 'Hey Jane'. It's a microcosm of the gig as singer Jason Pierce, shaded, stage right and avoiding eye contact as always bleeds through relentless strobe lights, building drone and layered riffola to his hearts content. Crucially, the track doesn't drag.

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GOTW - More Than Conquerors, Dutch Schultz, Droids in Masons

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ATL | 09:55 UK time, Wednesday, 28 March 2012



Another week, another great gig of the, um.... week. This time it's off to the maiden city for a triple whoppa' of meaty riffage. Hold the fries! Whatever that means.

The good thing about this bill is that you've the ever reliable Dutch Schultz, a ballsy rock act so consistently great you could set your watch to them. This is complimented beautifully by boxfresh newbies Droids who ATL is already in a bit of a lather about despite only having played the one song 'Astromech & Protocol'. But oh my, what a song!

And then, your headliners for the evening - the not completely established yet not that new either More Than Conquerors. Jamie MTC had this to say: 
'We haven't played Derry in quite a while and its been very nice to us in the past so we're really excited to bring our new stuff there and see what they think. It'll be good to see Dutch Schultz play and we haven't seen Droids before so all in all, we're in for a treat.'


If the headliners reckon THEY are in for a treat, who can put into works the treats awaiting you, the potential punter? SOLD!


More than Conquerors, Dutch Schultz and Droids play Masons, Derry this Friday night.



That New Band Smell - Crow Black Chicken

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ATL | 22:15 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012



The sun is out and that means it's the perfect time for some chilled out rock to pass those sunny days. Carrie Davenport brings you a mix of three bands new to ATL to check out featuring a perfect mix of instrumental doom, stoner rock and bluesy tunes so there's something in there for everyone!



Wizards of Firetop Mountain

As their online biography claims "With floods of fire raging from the rocky peaks, five wizards descended their sanctuary arriving many centuries later at the Foothills of the ancient Gaelic stronghold Dubh Linn to unleash a furious wrath of wizardry and riffs upon the scorched sunken soil." That pretty much says everything it needs to bar the fact once they descended from the mountains they made some really great tunes. They released their debut demos last summer and are definitely worth a listen if you enjoy the sounds of Valient Thorr or Cathedral then you'll love these guys!


Black Dunes

The north coast is well renowned for producing high quality riffage heavier than the Giant's Causeway itself and Black Dunes are no exception to this rule. Very new to the scene their sludgy instrumental doom laden tunes, reminiscent of local favourites Slomatics, are a slice of absolutely perfect stoner rock


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Dirty Stevie, Niyah Sky, The Big Grizzly, Lost Diegos at Auntie Annies

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ATL | 18:07 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012


Dirty Stevie, Niyah Sky, The Big Grizzly, Lost Diegos

Auntie Annie's, Saturday

It's a typical saturday night in Belfast and Auntie Annie's is host to four unique bands at tonight's 'Static', covering everything from pop punk to good old rock and roll. First up are Lost Diegos, seemingly new on the scene they hail from Crumlin and give us some indie-pop rock in the form of 'Lost in Translation', evoking the style of bands like Blink 182 and Simple Plan. It's their first gig at Auntie Annie's and they perform remarkably well, keeping us adequately entertained for their short four song set.

“Now for something completely different” announces lead singer Bill Wood of The Big Grizzly, a statement that is completely, one hundred percent, true. Geared out in a wooly panda bear hat with a nose chain attached to it and big white sunglasses that could pass as safety goggles, Wood hammers away at his keyboard like a man possessed. They're not long together but they know what they're doing, it's loud, it's hard, it's heavy and oddly addictive. At one point they inexplicably don rubber gloves and throw complimentary pairs out to the audience, but that didn't go down as well as the free lollipops on the door. The song 'Behind Closed Doors' is a brilliant example of their specialised craft, that showcases some quiet reflective periods coupled with more intimidating, brutal noise.



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Franz Ferdinand Irish Comeback

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ATL | 15:08 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012

Franz Ferdinand will return to Ireland for their first live shows in several years.

The Scottish art-rockers will play three shows this Spring around the south but at present no northern dates are confirmed.

Fri 18th May – Roisin Dubh, Galway 

Sat 19th May – Dolans, Limerick

Sun 20th May -  Pavilion, Cork  

Leonard Cohen Returns

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ATL | 14:19 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012



Singer and poet Leonard Cohen is returning to Ireland for two shows this Autumn.


The legendary Canadian songwriter will play the solo shows at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham IMMA on September 11th and 12th.

Cohen, who wrote the original version of the often covered hit Hallelujah toured Ireland previously in 2009.

He has enjoyed a career that has now spanned six decades, beginning as a folk artist in Canada and the US.

Belsonic date for Noel G

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ATL | 13:33 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012



Noel Gallagher will bring his High Flying Birds to Belsonic this summer. The open air city centre festival is now fielding nine separate headline acts this August.

Former Oasis songwriter Gallagher will be supported by The Enemy at Custom House Square on August 20th, with more acts to be announced. 

Already confirmed for the series of gigs are Tom Jones, David Guetta, James Morrison, Emeli Sande, Skrillex, Two Door Cinema Club, Thin Lizzy and Madness.

The now annual festival is about to enter its fifth year with previous headline acts also including Flaming Lips, 2ManyDJs, Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal.

ATL Dance's First Live Session Tonight

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ATL | 15:24 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2012


Ahead of the release of his brand new EP 'Colours' this Monday, up and coming Derry producer Ryan Vail drops in for an exclusive live session recorded at ATL HQ, our first session in the 12 years of existance. Elsewhere on the show expect new music from Lone, Dublin's Deadbots, Boxcutter's new alias The Host and much more.

Ryan Sheridan for The Limelight

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ATL | 12:30 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2012


Monaghan singer songwriter Ryan Sheridan has announced a show in The Limelight, Belfast on Wednesday 18th of April. He returns to the North after selling out his last gig at McHughs basement in 2011, as well as his performance at last years T-Vital Festival in Bangor.  

Pigstock Announces Additions

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ATL | 11:23 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2012

Pigstock have announced further additions to this years lineup. The Killinchy festival, taking place between the 1st and 3rd of June have added In Case of Fire, Eatenbybears and Jamie Neish to its roster of acts. They join the likes of Fighting With Wire, Mojo Fury, Not Squares and More Than Conquerors at this years festival. For more details visit the Pigstock website.

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New Order, Anna Calvi for Titanic Lockdown

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ATL | 20:23 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012



New Order have been confirmed for the Titanic Lockdown festival this June 1-2nd. The legendary Mancunian band will headline alongside previously announced acts such as Happy Mondays. Also announced last night were Anna Calvi.

Other acts so far confirmed include Roots Manuva, Ghostpoet and Gilles Peterson. Other Titanic Lockdown events including workshops and live shows featuring local bands have also been announced recently.

The events will all take place close to the iconic Harland and Wolff shipbuilding cranes.

T Vital - The Minutes, Rod y Gab added

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ATL | 15:57 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012


The Minutes and Rodrigo Y Gabriela have been added to the Tennent's Vital festival for this summer.

Dublin rockers the Minutes will back the Foo Fighters and the Black Keys on August 21st at the Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast.

Mexican guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, who spent much of their early career in Dublin, will play on August 22nd alongside the Stone Roses and Florence and the Machine.

Paul Simon Brings Graceland to Dublin

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ATL | 15:28 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012


Paul Simon will perform his Graceland album in full at a concert in Dublin's O2 arena on Thursday July 12th and now an additional date on Friday the 13th of July.


The legendary singer and songwriter will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed LP by performing the album and a range of his considerable back catalogue.

GUEST BLOG - The True Vaults recording in LA

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ATL | 12:22 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012


Across the Line has been playing music written and performed by Tanya Mellotte (originally from Scotland since her time with Belfast Peel faves Tunic and more recently Skibunny. Recently Tanya packed her belongings in a little knotted hankie on a stick and jetted off to Los Angeles. Within weeks she was Djing and plotting a new record and ATL has been playing the fruits of her labour on the show. We're a curious bunch though and demanded more info....




I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long to get around to making my first solo record. Maybe I just wasn’t ready until now, maybe I was just having too much fun making records with other people, but finally it felt like it was time and so I found myself in the City of Angels in the far more pleasant climes of California.

Los Angeles is a great place for a musician, you are surrounded by amazing, hard-working, creative people and most of them are getting by just fine. 


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Gifted Club Night to Broadcast Online

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ATL | 11:42 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012




The Gifted club night at The Empire Music Hall in Belfast will re-launch on Thursday 29th of May as Gifted Live. The refreshed event will now stream all live events online at the brand new Gifted Live website, starting with next Thursday's show which will feature Pretty Child Backfire, runawayGO and Duke Special.

The launch night will be treated as a live broadcast with various video inserts happening on the night, including pre-recorded sessions from The Answer and Verse Chorus Verse.

To view the stream visit the Gifted Live website and tune in from 9pm on Thursday 29th of March.

runawayGO will also be launching their brand new single 'Electric' on Thursday. Check out the promo video, released today.

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ATL | 11:31 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012



Fair bit of competition for the coveted ATL GOTW this week, so super extra bonus points to Go Wolf for standing out from the pack. We're just that smitten, having fallen for and already over-played the current single 'Voices', a quirky little slab of electro-pop goodness. Also, they're very new. And new is fun, new is novel.

Here's what they've said as way of invitation:

'People can expect a party atmosphere with plenty of drinks, dancing and love.

Bandwidth will be there to film on the evening with cameras floating around heads to film the audio visual experience. come down and have some fun. GW x'

Just realized something - such an exciting prospect we didn't even need to say the gig is on a boat....


GO WOLF play The Barge (beside the Waterfront Hall) this Friday night.



North Coast Compilation CD & Launch Gig

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ATL | 10:45 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012


The North Coast Music Collective are set to release a compilation CD of some of Northern Ireland's freshest new acts. The '1000 Bricks' compilation will be curated by Axis Of, with a special two day event at The Playhouse in Portrush to launch the record.

On Friday 13th April Axis Of, Pocket Billiards, Black Dunes and The Space Muffinz will play an over 18 show at The Portrush Playhouse while on the Saturday, a matinee all ages gig, will also take place in The Playhouse with Town Cried Wolf, Casper's Friend and Little Big Box.

Ewan, co-frontman from Axis Of had this to say on the event.

"This compilation and launch weekend aims to showcase how vital and alive the scene on the North Coast is right now. There are new bands, new labels, new DJs, promotors and venues. Its a good opportunity to cement the North Coast as a relevant part of the Irish scene. We want to share it with everyone!"

For more information on the release, the event and transport to the event check out the North Coast Music Collective website.


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ATL | 18:59 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012


The Foo Fighters and the Stone Roses are the two headline acts confirmed for Vital 2012. The event will take place this summer at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast on Tuesday, August 21st and Wednesday, 22nd.

US rockers Foo Fighters will play the opening day (August 21) with the Black Keys in support and more acts to be announced including local competition winners.

The following day (August 22) will see the reformed Mancunian indie legends play Belfast for the second time ever, along with Florence and the Machine.

Tickets are available from Wednesday March 28th.

That New Band Smell - Robots Can't Dance

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ATL | 15:38 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Robots Can't Dance


Good day to you, keen explorers of new music. It's Phily Taggart back on That New Band Smell armed with a trailer of tubular fledgling acts for your consideration. Right then, enough of my gum flapping, let's do what we do best and get all up in these new acts grill, information-wise because knowledge is power.



Adultrock feat. Jen Connell - Poplife 
Adultrock is the side project of We Are Losers singer and axe man Gavin Elsted. It's a dreamy, ethereal electronic affair, with elements of chill wave in certain songs and a nod to LCD Soundsystem and The Naked and Famous in this featured track Poplife. Get this track into your life, its available for free download, so no excuses.

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Body & Soul line up announced!

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ATL | 13:24 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Body & Soul, 2012


The Body & Soul Festival returns this year from the 22nd to the 24th of June at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath. The boutique festival has announced the first batch of acts including M83, Villagers, St. Vincent, Gold Panda, John Talabot, Tieranniesaur and many more to be announced.


Acts so far:

St. Vincent
Little Dragon
The Herbaliser
Gold Panda
Shangaan Electro
John Talabot
Kormacs Big Band
I Draw Slow


St Patricks Day Massacre - Limelight, Belfast

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ATL | 14:37 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2012



St Patricks Day Massacre with Warcrux, 7 Days Dead, Rebels by Nature, By Any Means, Black Sheriff and Sinocence
Limelight Belfast,
17th March 2012

Sunshine and the "black stuff" weren’t the only things flowing this St Patricks Day as the Distortion Project upped the ante on it’s weekly showcase of local rock talent with the St Patrick’s Day Massacre in Belfast’s Limelight.

Warcrux are the opening act this afternoon. As a few punters make their way to the front, and the guitars get warmed up, the vibrations send shivers up our spine. Warcrux provide enough to get the crowd interested with a sound reminiscent of eighties-era Metallica and they set the pace for the rest of the day, with their song 'Ties That Bind' being the highlight of the set. Raising a glass to St Patrick, the audience respond in kind and give well-earned applause for what was a very tight set.

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Back to Belfast for Tennents Vital 2012

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ATL | 12:36 UK time, Friday, 16 March 2012





It has been confirmed that Tennent's Vital 2012 will take place at Boucher Playing fields in Belfast on  on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd August 2012.

Last year's festival pulled in over 60,000 fans to Ward park, Bangor to see headliners Eminem and The Script, but this year sees the festival moved back to it's previous home Belfast .

The line-up for this years event will be revealed at 8pm on Tuesday 20th March on the Vital Facebook page.

Great Northern Songbook list in Full..

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ATL | 17:42 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012



As reported on ATL earlier, the BBC is asking YOU to help choose the soundtrack to the Great Northern Songbook concert on May 22nd as part of the Ulster Hall's 150th anniversary celebrations.


Here is the complete list that will hosted on the BBC Radio Ulster homepage from noon on March 16th for your vote. The top ten will be performed by the Ulster Orchestra and ten acts from NI including General Fiasco, The Answer, Brian Kennedy, Cara Dillon and Katharine Philippa. The remaining acts will be revealed next week and then the FREE tickets will be available through the BBC ticket unit. Choose wisely!

Rudi - ‘Big Time’/ The Undertones - ‘Teenage Kicks’/ Ash - ‘Shining Light’/ Brian Kennedy - ‘Captured’/ Stiff Little Fingers - ‘Alternative Ulster’/ Them - ‘Gloria’/ The Undertones - ‘My Perfect Cousin’/ Van Morrison - ‘Madame George’/ Two Door Cinema Club - ‘Something Good Can Work’/ Snow Patrol - ‘Run’/ Divine Comedy - ‘Tonight We Fly’/ Paul Brady - ‘The Island’/ Phil Coulter - ‘The Town I Loved So Well’/ Duke Special - ‘Freewheel’/ The Divine Comedy - ‘Songs Of Love’/ The Four Of Us - ‘Mary’/ The McPeakes - ‘Will You Go Lassie Go’/ David McWilliams – ‘Days Of Pearly Spencer’/ Bap Kennedy – ‘Moonlight Kiss’/ Jimmy Kennedy - ‘South of the Border’/ Van Morrison – ‘Moondance’/ Van Morrison – ‘Brown Eyed Girl’/ Henry McCullough – ‘Belfast to Boston’/ Clannad – ‘Theme from Harry’s Game’/ Jimmy Kennedy – ‘Red Sails In The Sunset’/ Snow Patrol – ‘Chasing Cars’/ Cara Dillon – ‘Hill of Thieves’/ Tommy Sands – ‘The County Down’/ Kieran Goss – ‘Brand New Star’/ Phil Coulter – ‘Scorn Not His Simplicity’/ Phil Coulter – ‘Congratulations’/ Jimmy Kennedy - ‘Harbor Lights’.


The Great Northern Songbook will be live on BBC Radio Ulster on May 22nd from 8pm hosted by Lynette Fay and Ralph McLean. You can apply for tickets from the BBC ticket unit once voting finishes.

TNBS: Boy Lights Fire

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ATL | 17:07 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012


Its that time of the week when we unleash one of our hounds of musical love to bring you the finest hatchlings in Irish rock, pop and Electro-Polka. This time around, our new human-mobile 4G hotspot aka Brian Coney (stand beside him at a gig and get free wi-fi....*) counts down three of the best.

*more lies



Having downgraded from a three-piece to a two-piece in recent days, Versives are an electronic rock band hailing from Cork. With their warm, perfectly Autumnal electronic approach, their 2011 EP, Two Enemies– released on Leeds-based indie label TAKEA!MFIRE - brilliantly encapsulates this outfit’s uncanny knack from beautiful melody and bobbing synth-led soundscapes.  Apparently, never off the road for touring, you could a whole lot worse than checking them out at a venue near you.


We’ve all been guilty of taking our music a little too seriously. I, for one, am no exception. Alas, there comes a point in one’s life when all you want to do is get horribly drunk and listen to straight up, no-frills rock n’ roll.- and , truly, what better soundtrack to such a simple calling than Belfast-based rock n’ rollers, ‘Tric? Led by guitar/vocalist Dale Hunter – a dead ringer for Bon Scott-era AC/DC – this three-piece combine punchy, three-chord blues-rock with scintillating solos and arse-shakingly upfront abandon. God help you if you think their sound is original but, equally, what’s your excuse if this doesn’t make you want to wear leather, swig bourbon and dance until you fall over?

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Fiasco, The Answer with Orchestra Gig

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ATL | 13:00 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012



BBC Radio Ulster today announced a concert in the Ulster Hall, Belfast celebrating 150 years of the venue. The concert, entitled 'The Great Northern Songbook' will take place on May 22nd and will feature diverse acts such as General Fiasco, The Answer, Cara Dillon, Brian Kennedy and newcomer Katharine Philippa.


The acts will perform a track of their own with the Ulster Orchestra then a further song chosen by a vote which is set to run on the BBC Radio Ulster homepage from noon tomorrow (March 16th). The initial shortlist of songs, all written by people from the north of Ireland, was drawn up by BBC RU Presenters including ATL's Rigsy.

The concert, hosted by Ralph McLean and Lynette Fay will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster.

Snow Patrol Bushmills Date

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ATL | 11:19 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012



Snow Patrol have announced an intimate show in the Bushmills whiskey distillery this summer.


The band will play as part of a series of live concertsin the 400 year old warehouse taking place between June 21-22nd.

Tickets are available through a free draw.

Iain Archer, who co-wrote the band's hit single 'Run' and Foy Vance will also appear at the Bushmills Live event.

Foy has also been announced as the support act for Belsonic festival show with Emeli Sande on August 16th.

Rizzle Kicks for Ulster hall

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ATL | 15:39 UK time, Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Rizzle Kicks are set to headline at the Ulster Hall. The hip-hop outfit, who are playing alongside Olly Murs at upcoming MTV open air concert 'Titanic Sounds' , will play the the Ulster Hall on Monday 5th.


The venue was announced off the back of the success of ticket sales for Titanic Sounds, which sold out in a matter of minutes.

Tickets go onsale Friday March 16th from Ulster Hall Box Office, Outlets and the Stiff Kitten.





Machine Head for Ulster Hall

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ATL | 11:54 UK time, Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Thrash metal stalwarts Machine Head are set to bring some noise to the Ulster Hall this Spring.

The Californian four-piece will play the venue on May 28th in support of their seventh album 'Unto the Locust'.

The band have played Northern Ireland several times in the past including a show in 2010 in the Ulster Hall.

No support bands have been announced at this time.

Fighting With Wire To Release New Album For Free on May 21st

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ATL | 16:56 UK time, Tuesday, 13 March 2012




Four years after the release of their 'Man Vs Monster', the 'Fighting with Wire' guys have  announced that they will release their much anticipated album for free on May 21st.


Currently touring with Helmet on their European tour, Frontman Cahir O' Doherty revealed to AU magazine that the album would be available for a free download on May 21st,  with their latest single-Colonel Blood- also on free download from April 2nd.

We exclusively played the guy's latest single on last night's show and confirmed that the band would be the Friday night headliners for the Pigstock festival in June.


Kasper Rosa, Verse Chorus Verse @ The Stiff kitten, 9th March

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ATL | 13:15 UK time, Tuesday, 13 March 2012



After spending a few months by himself, Tony Wright, a.k.a. Verse Chorus Verse has decided that the stage is a lonely place and gathered a few likeminded souls to accompany him.  

Joining him after opener ‘When The Rain Stops Falling’, an uptempo number in the style of Rodriguez, this former quiet man with a tenderly strong voice demonstrates how the previously bare material being rounded out by the supporting cast.  ‘One Fine Day’ now has the solid rhythm of a march, and ‘The Accused’ stabs and jars, and our front-man, perhaps sensing strength in numbers, now has the confidence to deal with well-meaning hecklers.  ‘You Can’t Win Back Your Freedom If You’ve Never Been Free At All’ is a rollicking protest song, but closing number ‘Big Red Van’ is the show-stealer.  

It’s stripped down American rock, spat out and beat out with an aggression that shows that, although he may have ditched the electric for acoustic, Tony still likes a bit of head-banging.  It’ll be entertaining to watch how he reconciles the two ends of the spectrum.


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GOTW - Window Seats @ Radar, QUBSU

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ATL | 11:00 UK time, Tuesday, 13 March 2012



That band Window Seats are great, aren't they? Yes we love their tunes (was nice to play a wee blast of 'Rat' again last night) and yes, that video for 'Local Superhero' was better than the entire Lord of the Rings saga put together (seriously). 

But today I think they're great because they've basically written this blog for me, bigging up both themselves and the other two acts playing our GOTW this Thursday at QUBSU.

So, while I relax and get a brew on, it's over to Window Seats frontman Jude Mc Caffrey to do all the work....

'What people can expect from our set? The sound of three guys blasting out heavy alternative riffs, screaming and shouting with the odd delicate turn. Recently we've been stuck to computers working on new recordings, videos and doing loads of interviews here and there so we can't wait to rip out some music. Radar is a always a great show with a nice big stage so we'll be running around at any opportunity!

'As for The Bonnevilles - can't wait as it's been ages since we've seen them and they're the perfect band to chill out and energetically get into all at the same time. Really gritty bluesy straight ahead songs that you can have a pint to!


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Pigstock 2012 Line-up Revealed on ATL

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ATL | 22:26 UK time, Monday, 12 March 2012




Pigstock, traditionally the first Northern Irish festival of the summer, has this evening revealed to ATL it's line up for 2012. The three stage, two day event takes place in Killinchy, Co Down at the start of June.

On Friday June 1st, Derry three piece Fighting with Wire will headline the main stage, performing after Colly Strings and More the Conquerors, amongst others. Saturday June 2nd sees Mojo Fury, Lafaro and Not Squares headline with Runaway GO, The Rupture Dogs, Kowalski, Silhouette and Farriers amongst some of the highlights from during the day.

The full bill and ticket details can be seen here.

You can also view Across the Line's comprehensive reviews here and have a look at our picture gallery here.



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ATL | 16:37 UK time, Monday, 12 March 2012



You Me At Six have been forced to postpone their Irish shows due to an illness within the band. According to the band's official website, singer Josh has developed acute tonsilitis.

The band have already rescheduled the dates and they will now play the Ulster Hall on April 8th with a show in the Olympia, Dublin the day before.

LIttle Doses, Unquiet Nights, Documenta Drone Pop @ Auntie Annies

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ATL | 13:56 UK time, Monday, 12 March 2012



Little Doses, Unquiet Nights, Documenta Drone Pop
Auntie Annies Belfast
Sunday 11th March 2012

It’s a rather busy sunday evening in Auntie Annies this evening and as much as we’d like to believe there weren’t too many hangovers in Belfast, the allure of seeing ex-Snow Patrol man Mark McClelland’s new musical venture Little Doses is probably what has everyone out on a school night. 

Documenta Drone Pop ease us into the night with some shoegazing alternative rock that suits the lazy sunday evening perfectly. It’s difficult to make out the vocals amidst the wall of sound and despite having six members on stage at one time, the band are rather static but what they lack in stage presence however, they make up for in song writing with a talent for crafting atmospheric indie distortion that is comparable to the likes of My Bloody Valentine or The Jesus and Mary Chain. 

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VerseChorusVerse Signs

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ATL | 16:18 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012



VerseChorusVerse, the new project from singer songwriter Tony Wright, has signed to a Canadian label.


The former ASIWYFA guitarist will release music with Matchless Minds. The label is also home to Wexford artist The Man Whom. According to Tony, he will be travelling over to Canada shortly to play some live shows as well as releasing an album around May 2012.

Tony was also formerly a member of Zombie Safari Park and Pepperbook.

The Jane Bradfords, Third Man Theme, Verse Chorus Verse @ Bunatee

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ATL | 14:54 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012


jane Bradfords poster


The Jane Bradfords/Third Man Theme/VerseChorusVerse 
The Bunatee, QUBSU
Fri March 2nd, 2012

Tonight in the cozy setting of Bunatee, Tony Wright, formerly of ASIWYFA fame, takes to the stage in the form of VerseChorusVerse with a bit of added support behind him. VerseChorusVerse fits in perfectly to the twinkly, candlelit venue. Providing flawless, acoustic based numbers that make you tap along one minute, warm your soul the next and sometimes both at the same time. The surprise backing of double-bass and harp really filled out the sound and gave it that little something more. Great opener for the night.

Next up, Third Man Theme, a three-piece made up of two thirds Scotsman and a Northern Irish girl. These guys completely shock the place up. The energetic trio gave us a set full of New Wave - guitar bashing, lashings of synth and a solid foundation of rhythm. Stand out performance.

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Allie Bradley Sets Off

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ATL | 11:18 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012



NI singer songwriter Allie Bradley is set to go on the road with an Irish tour. The dates coincide with the release of her EP 'Flashbacks and Reruns'.


Allie is also known for her collaborations with Aaron Shanley.

The dates are as follows:


19th - The Spirit Store, Dundalk

20th - Doyle's Pub, Dublin

21st - Bruxelle's, Dublin

22nd - Limerick, venue TBC

23rd - Galway, venue TBC

25th - The Grand Social, Dublin

27th - Clonakilty, Cork

28th - Mr. Bradley's, Cork

29th - Boyle's, Slane



Belsonic Announce Sande

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ATL | 09:48 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012



Scottish pop rocket Emeli Sande has been added to the Belsonic 2012 line up for this summer in Belfast city centre. The concert will take place on Thursday, August 16th.

The annual Custom House Square run of gigs is now in its fourth year and has hosted acts such as Flaming Lips, Kasabian and Sizzee Rascal.

This year's announcements also include Two Door Cinema Club, Skrillex, Madness,  Thin Lizzy with The Darkness, David Guetta, James Morrison and Tom Jones.

No support slots for the concert have yet been announced, but promoters have showcased several local unsigned acts in previous years.

Dublin fans can catch Sande on August 15th in the Olympia Theatre.

Choice Chooses Jape

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ATL | 09:40 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012




Indie-electronica producer and singer Jape has scooped the Meteor Choice Music Prize for 2011 for his album 'Ocean of Frequency'. At a live concert and ceremony last night in Dublin, a panel of judges deliberated over a list of ten albums including northern nominees Cashier no 9, ASIWYFA and the Japanese Popstars.

The Dublin based artist, real name Richie Egan, previously won the award for his 2008 album 'Ritual' and receives a cheque for ten thousand euros as part of the award.

'Ocean of Frequency' is Jape's fourth studio album. The band will play Whelan's on March 16th. New single 'Scorpio' is available now.

Twitch/Extended Play Bank Holiday Special

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ATL | 16:49 UK time, Wednesday, 7 March 2012



Two of Belfast's leading electronic crews have teamed up for a Bank Holiday Sunday shindig on May 6th.

Spread over two room at the Mynt complex, Twitch and Extended Play welcome the return of Joy Orbison to Belfast alongside Detroit's Stacey Pullen in room 2.



GOTW: Gascan Ruckus @ The INF, Warrenpoint

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ATL | 16:25 UK time, Wednesday, 7 March 2012


Bonus points if it's outside Belfast, that's our policy when it comes to gigs. Apart from the fact road trips are FUN, we generally find that shows in smaller towns mean hungrier, more enthusiastic crowds. So here's to our GOTW, which this week takes place in sunny seaside town Warrenpoint, with noisy upstarts Gascan Ruckus headlining the INF on Friday night.

'We're going to be playing loads of new songs at these shows. We've spent some time writing and in the studio so this will be a good chance to hear some fresh material from us' explains Michael from GR.

'Also, a big reason we're playing these shows is because our buddies 'Kill Goliath' are over from London for a wee while. They're great guys and a great band so it would be great if you could give them a mention.'

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Paul Shevlin Wins Next Brit Thing

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ATL | 14:10 UK time, Wednesday, 7 March 2012




Local songwriter Paul Shevlin triumphed at the 'Next Brit Thing Awards' at Indigo 2 in London yesterday, winning the opportunity to record at the world famous Abbey Road studios. 'The Next Brit Thing Award' is a national music competition for 11 - 19 year olds backed by the UK music industry, The Brit Awards and the Government.

The competition, in it's inaugural year, was reduced to thirteen contestants from thousands of entries from throughout the UK and was judged, on the night, by the four members of McFly as well as Laura Wright, Noah Stewart and Mike Smith. 'The Next Brit Thing' organisers said on their website.

'Belfast's Paul Shevlin wowed the crowd with his effortless piano skills and instantly catchy melodies. Paul will now get to record at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and as he's a big Beatles fan he's pretty chuffed with this!'

NI Bands for Portuguese Festival

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ATL | 12:15 UK time, Wednesday, 7 March 2012


Two Northern Irish bands have been included in the lineup for the Portugese festival Somfest. Both A Plastic Rose and Eatenbybears will play the festival taking place in Praia Do Molho Leste in Peniche over the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of July.

The festival also has links with Northern Ireland with promoter Aaron Cleary helping run the event. For more details visit the Somfest website.

Therapy? Reschedule Irish Dates

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ATL | 16:16 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012



Larne three piece Therapy? have rescheduled their Dublin and Cork shows this weekend due to an injury in the band. Drummer Neil Cooper has broken a finger and therefore is unable to play at this weekend's show. Neil says:

'So sorry everyone. I'm absolutely gutted about causing the Cork and Dublin shows to be re-arranged. We've been unbelievably excited about playing the first 'A Brief Crack Of Light' shows and to have something like this happen now is a complete nightmare. I promise I'll be on the mend and we'll make the re-arranged dates in May extra special.'

The Dublin show will now take place on May 10th with the Cork gig on May 11th.

Gig Round-up

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ATL | 15:46 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012


London quintet The Horrors have announced they will add a date to their UK and Ireland tour taking in a show at Belfast's Mandela Hall on May 13th. They play the Academy in Dublin the previous night, May 12th.

Live at Phoenix Park have released information on thier Summer event. The festival which takes place on the 7th of July will host Swedish House Mafia, Tinnie Tempah, Snoop Dogg and Calvin Harris.

The Maccabees, We Cut Corners

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ATL | 13:51 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012


The Maccabees, We Cut Corners
Spring & Airbrake
Belfast 4th March

On a mild night that almost signals the beginnings of Spring, we are treated to a night of excellent indie-rock in the appropriately named Spring & Airbrake. The Maccabees are currently touring on the back of their critically acclaimed third album Given to the Wild and given tonight’s performance, it’s no surprise to see how far this group’s star has risen.

Before The Maccabees take center stage, We Cut Corners provide the support for tonight’s main event. This two piece from Dublin, who provide a big sound with just a set of drums and a guitar, play a short set that sets up the evening nicely. Songs like ‘Dumb Blonde’ ‘Toll Free’ and ‘A Pirate’s Life’ tell lovely bittersweet stories, filled with wit.

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That New Band Smell - Xerosun

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ATL | 12:39 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012



The TNBS merry-go-round is making us so dizzy we may have to get off and have a wee boke soon, but not before we get Carrie Davenport's take on three essential tracks, with added heaviousity*.



*made up word.


Liz is Evil

Formed in 2008 and playing crazed frenetic punk in the style of the Cramps or New York Dolls, their debut LP "Failed Philosophy" was released in late 2010. The video for "Anno Domino" is a bizarre trip into the world of Liz is evils dark but highly entertaining psyche and definitely worth a watch


Hailing from the darkest depths of Lisburn and Carnmoney,  They have been making loud angry music together since 2010. When zombified aren't crafting pure death metal slabs of noise they are gearing up to play numerous festivals this summer! 

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Josh T Pearson for The Empire

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ATL | 12:03 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012




Former member of American cult band Lift to Experience, Josh T Pearson has announced he will return for to Northern Ireland for a gig this summer. Pearson will play The Empire Music Hall, 16th August in Belfast in support of his latest album 'Last of the Country Gentlemen'.

For further details on Open House conerts visit the Open House website.

Cashier no 9, Kowalski

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ATL | 17:57 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012


Cashier No. 9


Cashier No.9, Kowalski
The Empire, Belfast
Thursday 1st Match 2012


Taking to the stage, Kowalski seem to be rather enamoured with their surroundings at The Empire. “We feel like we should be reciting Shakespeare”, they inform us. Thankfully, the group resist the temptation to break into a soliloquy, but instead treat the audience to a roaring set of indie-rock treats. It takes only two songs to induce madcap dancing in the audience, with 'Phil Kansas' going down extremely well with an overenthusiastic group of devotees. The lads keep the energy high throughout the set, with new songs like 'Remedies' sounding just a fresh as their better known songs like 'Outdoors'. It’s a rather enjoyable performance from one of Belfast’s great treasures.

Even though they last played Belfast merely three weeks ago supporting Noel Gallagher, there is a real homecoming atmosphere to Cashier No.9’s gig this evening, with the venue packed out to capacity by the time the sextet take to the stage. It takes only a few songs for the band to blow the roof off the venue with their highly textured wall-of-sound rock, with tracks like 'Lost at Sea' and 'Oh Pity' getting the crowd going in the early half of the set.


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NEWS: Fujiya and Miyagi for Black Box

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ATL | 16:26 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012


The now annual Donegal surfing and music festival, Sea Sessions, will host a gig in Belfast's Black Box on April 21st. Brighton electronica outfit Fujiya and Miyagi will headline the northern leg of a four date tour which will also take in Galway, Kinsale and Lahinch.

Other acts confirmed for the mini-tour are Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) and Crazy P. Tickets are available by registering on the Sea Sessions wesbite.

The festival itself takes place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal between June 29th and July 1st.

The Answer, The Union, Skam

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ATL | 15:29 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012



The Answer, The Union, Skam
Mandela Hall, Belfast
Sat. 3rd March 2012


It’s pure uncut rock and roll in Belfast’s Mandela Hall tonight as Leicester’s hard rock three piece Skam open tonight’s show. Clearly having played venues of all shapes and sizes, bassist Matt Gilmore steals the performance as he adopts the mannerisms of his rock heroes, strutting across the stage like AC/DC’s Angus Young and wagging his tongue like Kiss’ Gene Simmons. As they bring their set to a close with ‘Massacre’, Skam may not have got the mosh pit they deserved, but with a few punters banging their heads and throwing up the horns, it’s clear that the crowd have had their eardrums warmed up plenty, in order to make way for the first of tonight’s headline acts.

The Union are the first headline act of the evening with their brand of grungy blues-rock.

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Field Music, Death In Vegas and more added to CQAF!

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ATL | 14:50 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012

Cathedral Quarters Arts Festival have announced more acts for this year's festival between the 3rd and 13th of May including Field Music, Death in Vegas, My Darling Clementine, Malian singer songwriter Fatoumata Diawara and comedian Alexei Sayle. 

For more information visit

Acts and events announced so far:

Death in Vegas
Field Music
Alexai Sayle
Fatoumata Diawara
My Darling Clementine
At Large: Dave Allen - A Journey Through Life
CQAF in association with Strange Victory presents John Cale
John Peel's Shed
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
Mark Thomas – Extreme Rambling (Book reading)
Martin Carthy,
Richard Buckner
Willy Vlautin & Dan Eccles (Richmond Fontaine)
Robin Ince - Happiness Through Science
The Monochrome Set with St. Vitus Dance and Patric Baird (DJ)

Not Squares Return!

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ATL | 14:34 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012

Not Squares


Not Squares have just announced a number of dates and a new single is also on it's way. It all kicks of on Thursday the 12th of April when they play Radar at the Speakeasy, Belfast.

BELFAST - Radar QUB Thursday 12 April
DUBLIN - The Button Factory Friday 13 April
GALWAY - Roisin Dubh Saturday 14 April
LONDON - The Nest Friday 20 April w/ Birthday Sex
BRUSSELS - Mr Wong Saturday 21 April w/ Rory Phillips + JonJo Fury 

Electric Picnic Line Up!

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ATL | 10:50 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012

Electric Picnic


Electric Picnic have announced further details for this year's festival. The Killers, Bat for Lashes and Tindersticks have all been added to the bill that was announced yesterday that included the Cure, Sigur Rós, Elbow, The Roots and loads more.

The festival returns Stradbally, Co. Laois from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September.

Details so far:
Alabama Shakes; Azealia Banks; Bat for Lashes; Baxter Dury; Bell X1; Christy Moore; Cranes; Ed Sheeran; Elbow; Fatoumata Diawara; Glen Hansard; Grizzly Bear; Hot Chip; Jonathan Wilson; Land Lovers; Lanterns On The Lake; Little Roy; Metronomy; Milagres; Orbital; Roots Manuva; Sigur Rós; Solar Bears; Staff Benda Bilili; The Cure; The Horrors; The Killers; The Roots; The xx; Tindersticks; Willis Earl Beal

Runaway GO and Polar Beyond debut EPs!

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ATL | 10:13 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012


runaway GO have announced the details for their debut EP which is due to be released on the 6th of April in the Republic of Ireland and the 8th of April in the UK.

The lead single from the EP, 'Electric' will be the bands third official single since their name change last year.

The EP launch will take place at The Empire,  Belfast on Thursday the 29th of March with support from Raglans (Dublin) and PrettyChildBackfire.

Belfast based band Polar Beyond will launch their debut EP "Echoes Through Silence" in Whites Tavern, Belfast on Thursday 26th April. Support on the night will come from Distracter and Blue Whale.

Superstar Lineup for Phoenix Park

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ATL | 12:57 UK time, Thursday, 1 March 2012


Details have been announced today of a stellar lineup for Dublin's Phoenix Park. The beats heavy bill will host the Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, Tinnie Tempah and Snoop Dogg on July 7th.

Roots Manuva to play 2012 Titanic Festival

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ATL | 11:16 UK time, Thursday, 1 March 2012


The 'Titanic Belfast Festival 2012' will launch on March 31st with a special gig in the T13 complex in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. The event called Titanic Lockdown will host the likes of Roots Manuva, DJ Gilles Peterson & MC Earl Zinger.

Earlier in the day, T13 has a focus on local acts with Pocket BilliardsThe BonnevillesKatie & The Carnival, VerseChorusVerse and Hydroponic DJs. The early show is free and takes place from 12pn to 6:30pm.

For further information on the Titanic Festival 2012 check out the website.

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