Archives for July 2012

The Making Of... RunawayGo

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ATL | 17:19 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2012


On this week's radio show we featured both Forfey and Tanglewood, festivals taking place in Enniskillen and Newry this weekend. So who better to chat to than the only band playing both. Here's Chris Jackson to give us a guided tour of the good ship RunawayGo....


The first record I bought was REM's 'Automatic For The People'. There was a copy in my house for about a year that belonged to my uncle and I listened to it constantly when I was about 14. Eventually, he took it back so I saved up and bought it for myself. It's an amazing record and I still keep going back to it.

More recently - I just bought the latest Gaslight Anthem album, 'Handwritten'. I've only had it for a few days but it's great!

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That New Band Smell: Psychojet

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ATL | 14:16 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Hallo, good sir! Brian Coney here, stuck in the 1800s, having the craic. So, Glasgowbury has come and gone for another year and, as expected, with the dust (hangovers) having finally settled, the general consensus is that it was another stellar year at the annual Draperstown music festival on the hill. Alas, we don’t live in the past here at That New Band Smell – far from it, in fact! This week I take you on a brief journey, north and south, to shed light on some of our country’s best new emerging talent.


Mindburner – Say Something

Mindburner is the moniker of proficient Belfast electronic musician, Alan Watkins. Bearing the indelible influence of the likes of Kraftwerk and - mostly notably - Gary Numan, his music betrays what he calls his "keen interest in music that shows intelligence". If you like the cunningly retro, synth-heavy voyages of the aforementioned, you will love the music of this criminally clandestine solo musician.

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NI Olympic Soundtrackers Speak to ATL

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ATL | 14:04 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club and Belfast producer David Holmes have both spoken to Across the Line about their involvement with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday night.

Alex, who sang the lead on a specially composed song 'Caliban's Dream' explained to ATL presenter Rigsy on this week's show how he was obliged to keep his role a secret until the very last minute.  "Kev and Sam (from Two Door Cinema Club) knew from the beginning but no one else, none of my family none of my friends. I had to sign a load of contracts a load of papers saying I wasn’t gonna say anything."

Alex also explained how he dealt with singing to a TV audience of over one billion people. "It didn’t feel real - it was hard to kind of process. I didn’t get nervous at all before I went on because the whole thing just felt so surreal" the singer explained.

"Friday night was actually the fourth time I’d seen the ceremony because I’d been around the stadium all week doing rehearsals and stuff. That definitely made me feel more comfortable".

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Gig of the Week: Yes Cadets

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ATL | 12:32 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Yes Cadets photo by Carrie Davenport


While ATL thoroughly recommends getting ones hands (and ones wellies) dirty with a visit to either Tanglewood or Forfey this weekend, our GOTW is something for those who like their music indoors. Yes Cadets have been on our radar for quite a while, offering something a little different and getting us all very excited with a string of subtly epic indie-pop releases...all while waiting in the wings. Their time seems to be coming, with a deal signed, a tour booked and an official release on the way. But why read my words when you can read those of vocalist Alan Haslam, who's kindly volunteered to make something of an official invite....

'It's a single launch show for 'Le Mans', which is being released by Berlin-based label Humming Records. You can download the track for free at

It's the first track from a brand new EP, to be released in September, and our only NI show ahead of a full European tour in Oct/Nov/Dec. Doors are at 19.30, and to say thanks for coming you'll get a little pressie at the door if you get down early enough!'



Yes Cadets play The Menagerie, Belfast this Thursday. They also play Whelans, Dublin on Wednesday.

Cedric Has a Label

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ATL | 15:11 UK time, Monday, 30 July 2012



Dungannon singer songwriter Cedric Has a Name has been signed to Irish-Canadian indie label Matchless Minds.

The imprint, based in Ottowa, Dublin and now Belfast has previously released music from Irish acts Master and Dog, The Man Whom and VerseChorusVerse.

Cedric Has a Name is the brainchild of Chris Steenson. You can check out his last EP here.


Adebisi Shank, Toby Kaar - Bunatee, Belfast.

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ATL | 13:56 UK time, Monday, 30 July 2012


Adebisi Shank, Toby Kaar
Bunatee Bar, Belfast
Thursday July 26th

Given that tonight's gig in the Bunatee Bar is first and foremost an opportunity for Dublin rockers Adebisi Shank to test out new material as part of their "New Tunez" tour, it would be natural to assume that they might be a tad rusty on the live circuit these days - particularly as their most recent round of serious touring came towards the end of last year. This crowd aren't buying into that notion for a second though, as a quick look around the Bunatee reveals a loyal fan base that are expecting to be entertained. And entertained they are, first of all by Cork native Toby Kaar. Setting up behind a laptop and a few samplers, the audience might be expecting a relatively tame head-bobbing DJ set- but what makes Kaar's performance stand out tonight is that it's just that - a performance.

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The Bonnevilles Return

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ATL | 16:46 UK time, Friday, 27 July 2012



NI blues-tinged rockers The Bonnevilles will play a show in Derry on September 1st as well as a headline gig the same night in the Menagerie Bar, Belfast.

The Lurgan two-piece have been recording the follow up to their debut LP 'Good Suits and Fightin' Boots' and will be supported on the night in Belfast by The Hard Chargers plus more to be confirmed.

The Derry show will be part of a Smalltown America 'all-dayer' in the Craft Village in the city, as part of the Culture Tech festival. The STA showcase will be second of two taking place over that weekend with other acts including Furlo and Rainy Boy Sleep.

The Bonnevilles new album is entitled 'Folk Art and the Death of Electric Jesus' and will be available in the Autumn. They will also play Sunflowerfest in Hillsborough on August 18th.

You can watch The Bonnevilles perform live in session for Across the Line last year here.

The Making of...Ed Zealous

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ATL | 12:05 UK time, Friday, 27 July 2012


If you've listened to Across the Line at all in the last few years, there's a fair chance you've heard a track by Belfast's Ed Zealous. Well, their time has finally arrived with the eventual release of a debut album later this year. First taster 'Diamonds for Eyes' (check it out via their bandcamp) is a belter - it bodes well! Here's Pete from the band to talk us through the making of....Ed Zealous!


The first record I bought was ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’ by.... MC Hammer. But the last record I bought was the ‘Drive’ Soundtrack - great movie, & one of the best soundtracks of recent times in my opinion!

The one gig that made me want to be in a band was The Roots at Glastonbury - they opened their set with a drum solo by ?uestlove! The whole group were outstanding live performers & I think I was lucky to catch them at their pinnacle when Leonard "Hub" Hubbard played bass & Rahzel was still beatboxing for them.

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Triggerman Sepultura Support

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ATL | 13:01 UK time, Thursday, 26 July 2012


L'Derry noise merchants Triggerman have been confirmed as support for Brazilian noise legends Sepultura in the Limelight next month.

The four piece, who were one of many standout performances from last weekend's Glasgowbury festival, have been chosen by the metal stalwarts for the gig on August 12th.

The NI rockers released their new album 'Hail to the River Gods' in June. You can download a free track here. You can listen again to ATL's feature on the band on this week's show on the BBC iPlayer until next Monday.

The band play the Cellar Bar in Draperstown this weekend (28th), Stendhal Festival in Limavady on August 18th and the Playhouse Theatre, Portrush on August 31st.

VerseChorusVerse Covers Album

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ATL | 12:21 UK time, Thursday, 26 July 2012


VerseChorusVerse aka Tony Wright has released a project of cover versions of his favourite songs in aid of charity.

The singer songwriter, and former ASIWYFA and Pepperbook member has created the six song mini-album in order to raise funds for research into cancer and mental health.

The songs include reversions of two Northern Irish acts, Stiff Little Fingers and the Undertones as well as Nirvana and Fugazi.

Duke Takes Over the Mac

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ATL | 10:30 UK time, Thursday, 26 July 2012

Duke Special


Duke Special has curated a series of events fort he newly opened MAC theatre in the Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.

The Belfast performer has hand-picked music, comedy and cultural happenings all under the title of 'In the court of.. Duke Special' and will run from September 4th until 9th. Acts confirmed include The Futureheads, Cathy Davey, The Blockheads and an evening of wine tasting.

The shows will culminate in a gig from Duke Special '...and Friends' on September 9th.

The 'In the Court of...' series will now run as a yearly concern with other luminaries from music and the arts programming their own personal wishlist of concerts and events.

Duke Special's new album 'Oh Pioneer' was released in June. He plays Belsonic, at Custom House Square, Belfast on August 16th alongside Emeli Sande and Foy Vance with a show the evening before in the Cellar Bar, Draperstown.

Gig of the Week: General Fiasco Double Headliner

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ATL | 14:21 UK time, Tuesday, 24 July 2012

General Fiasco are our gig(s) of the week - they've both an all ages and over 18s show this weekend. Having almost ran out of great things to say about the band given the awesome-ness of their second album, Rigsy thought it a good idea to have the lads to do his work for him! So here's Leaky and Owen's video invite with all the support info...

Apologies for the appalling camerwork. Rigsy did it ;)


Snow Patrol Star Game of Thrones Debut

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ATL | 11:14 UK time, Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody has revealed that he will have a minor role in the upcoming series of the HBO hit television show Game of Thrones.

The fantasty drama series, based on the books by George R R Martin has been filmed largely in Northern Ireland.

The Bangor singer posted a photo of himself online last night dressed in full costume, saying "So I did my scene this morning for Game Of Thrones, I looked like this. Can't say much - just it's no pivotal role. Fun".

ATL sincerely hopes that Dr. Lightbody is House Stark.

Support Duke Special at CultureTECH!

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ATL | 20:44 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2012

Duke Special


Derry's CultureTECH Festival have revealed that one up-and-coming act will have a chance to support Duke Special at his recently-announced free gig.

In partnership with Breaking Tunes, one or more acts will support Duke Special at his outdoor show on September 1st. At least three more acts will be invited to play a showcase as part of the festival, with CultureTECH covering travel and accomodation costs.

Festival organiser, Mark Nagurski, explained: “Since we announced the Duke Special gig we have been inundated with bands from across Ireland keen to get on the bill. One of the reasons we're organising the festival in the first place is to showcase great talent so we'd love to give a young band or act a chance to support such a successful Northern Irish artist."

To apply, bands who are registered with Breaking Tunes can apply directly. Those that aren't registered can sign-up for free at Closing date for entries is August 6th.

CultureTECH takes place August 29th to September 1st. For more information, visit

And So I Watch You From Afar return to Belfast!

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ATL | 20:41 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2012

And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar are heading back to Belfast this November to perform two shows on the same day.

The band will play both a 14+ show and an 18+ show in Mandela Hall on Friday 30th November. Special guests for both shows are yet to be announced.

ATL is hearing rumours of new material already being recorded with a release in the pipeline. The band's label Richter Collective announced at the start of the summer that they were calling time on the imprint, leaving the band currently without a home.


Glasgowbury 2012 - The Day that was In It.

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ATL | 20:37 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2012

It's just gone five and Kowalski may be winning this festival. Old songs and new are decorated with bubbly synths and a healthy gathering are lapping it up. Three minutes of 'Get Back' encapsulate what we love about our annual trip to Eagle's Rock - fun, engaging, unique. Subtly brilliant. Glasgowbury!

They've been brave. The site is fairly different. For a start, the second 'G Sessions' stage is back under cover - an impressive circus tent. The main stage has moved a little, with the 'Spurs of Rock' and 'Eagle's Rock' bolting us in. A new stage, 'The Generator' lives above a cocktail bar and there's more for families, a food village in the middle, increased dance music and comedy and a proper coup in the form of our legendary headliners. More on that later.

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Ed Zealous 'Diamonds For Eyes' Gets Remixed

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ATL | 13:15 UK time, Friday, 20 July 2012


The Captains Club aka Paddy Baird of Kowalski drumming fame has released his remix of Ed Zealous's latest single 'Diamonds For Eyes'. Check it out via the soundcloud player below and click here to download a copy for free


If you haven't heard the original single you can also pick up a free copy over at Ed Zealous's Bandcamp page

New Two Door Cinema Club Single 'Sleep Alone' Free Download for 24 Hours

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ATL | 15:14 UK time, Thursday, 19 July 2012


Two Door Cinema Club


Two Door Cinema Club will be debuted their brand new single 'Sleep Alone' tonight on BBC Radio 1 last night. You can then pick up a free download of the single for the next few hours over at their website

The Bangor / Donaghadee trio will release 'Sleep Alone' digitally on July 21st and as a 7'' single on September 3rd alongside thier new album 'Beacon', the follow up to their 2010 debut 'Tourist History'. The band headline a night of the Belsonic festival series on August 23rd at Custom House Square, Belfast.

Rufus Wainwright for Belfast

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ATL | 11:22 UK time, Thursday, 19 July 2012

Rufus Wainwright has announced he will perform a Belfast show with his band at Ulster Hall on 14th November.

The NI date comes in support of Rufus Wainwright's seventh album, ‘Out of the Game’, which was released in April this year.

The album was recorded in New York with Mark Ronson and features several guests, including Wilco's Nels Cline and Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Making Of... Stillpoint

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


Time for another 'The Making Of' as we find out what makes our favourite bands tick. Ahead of his band's new EP coming out next month, it's over to Dave from kings of the hefty riff - Stillpoint!


The first record I bought, or remember buying, was Chef from South Park - 'Chocolate Salty Balls'. I'm not really sure what that says about me, but there you go!

The last record I bought was Easy Meat by LaFaro - we caught them in Edinburgh while we were on tour. I'd never actually seen them before and they blew my mind. Bit late off the mark with that one...

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Gig of the Week: Glasgowbury

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ATL | 16:25 UK time, Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Glasgowbury 2012 poster


Given it's our biggest day out of the year and something we've been looking forward to since, well since last summer..... it's very hard to see past Glasgowbury for this week's GOTW. So we didn't!

This Saturday then, it's back up the mountain for a day in the company of a few thousand like minded souls and the most varied and curious collection of bands Glasgowbury has had on offer in it's twelve year history.

But who to speak to? Well, we put out a facebook message to a random selection of bands and comedians on the bill asking 'in a sentence, why are you looking forward to Saturday?' Here's what they said:

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That New Band Smell: Murdock

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ATL | 16:20 UK time, Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Carrie Davenport returns to treat our ears to some of the best in metal, thrash and hardcore currently avalible for your listening pleasure.


Dead label

Hailing from Kildare dead label are a three piece who have achieved a great deal in very little time playing! Signed to rising records last year their debut album sense of slaughter was released this February and they supported machine head in belfast at the end of may so definitely one to keep an eye (or ear) on.

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BATS - Auntie Annie's, Belfast

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ATL | 16:15 UK time, Wednesday, 18 July 2012


BATS, The Rupture Dogs
Auntie Annies, Belfast
Saturday July 12th

Since the release of their album ‘Red in Tooth & Claw’ back in August 2009 BATS have been tirelessly promoting their frantic mix of science inspired progressive hardcore post punk to anyone willing to listen. Tonight sees Bats delivering the varying and energetic sound of their back catalogue as well as treating us to a preview of some of their new material from forthcoming album The Sleep of Reason due for release in September.

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Gary Lightbody announces US tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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ATL | 16:29 UK time, Monday, 16 July 2012

Snow Patrol


Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has just announced the news of a joint US headline tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds via his twitter.

The October / November tour also features support from Jake Bugg with full details avalible soon over at Snow Patrol's offical website


'Good Vibrations' scheduled for Irish & UK release

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ATL | 14:03 UK time, Friday, 13 July 2012



'Good Vibrations', the story of Belfast's punk Godfather Terri Hooley opening a record shop during the Troubles in the 1970's, is set to be released in Irish and UK cinemas towards the end of the year.


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The Making Of... Seven Summits

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ATL | 14:19 UK time, Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Seven Summits album launch


This week we go under the bonnet of Seven Summits, ahead of the release of their new single 'The Worrier' and second album 'Fossils'. Responsible for 'Burning Heart', one of the finest, dreamiest and down-right lovable tracks ATL has played in recent times, this is a band on the verge of getting everything they deserve. Over to frontman Rory Nellis to find out what makes him (and his band) tick!


The first record I bought was The Muppet Show album. 'Halfway Down the Stairs' was and always will be a great tune. The last one was 'Love At The Bottom Of The Sea' by The Magnetic Fields. Love their work!

As for the people who inspired me to make music in the first place - it has to be The Beatles.


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That New Band Smell: Distracter

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ATL | 13:39 UK time, Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Distracter promo shot


Good day to you, keen explorers of sound. It's Phily Taggart here, armed with a bodacious bunch of bands for your consideration this week. Ok, so enough with the pleasantries, we all know what we have to do, get down and intimate with the green horns. Welcome to 'That New Band Smell'.


Conor Brown - On Thin Ice
Having been classically trained and a penchant for Swedish electro pop, the question is, how are you going to not listen to 18 year old songwriter Conor Brown?

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Mmoths to support At The Drive-In in London

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ATL | 11:11 UK time, Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Mmoths has been announced as support for At The Drive-In 's London show at O2 Academy Brixton.

The ambient electronic project (AKA Kildare's Jack Colleran) will play with the reformed post-hardcore band on August 28th. The show is the band's only UK date aside from the Reading & Leeds Festival the previous weekend, August 24th - 26th.

Gig of the Week: Link Fest

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ATL | 15:42 UK time, Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Link Festival poster


Difficult one this, trying to put across the sheer volume of gigs taking place across Derry/Londonderry this weekend without breaking the internet. Link Fest, in its first year, takes over pretty much every venue of note in the entire city for three days and nights. In a nutshell - this festival is your average ATL playlist come to life.

Forcing Kevin from Link Fest to be concise, he said this:

'We are only small but have some of the best talent about and to have a chance to hear all these bands over one weekend is unbelievable. Live music rocks and can't be beaten for a night out!'

All we can do is recommend the festival's Facebook page where, if you click on photos, you'll get the full list of bands and venues. As for standouts? Little Bear, Our Krypton Son, The Jepettos, Making Monsters, Best Boy Grip, I mean, we could go on...


Link Fest takes place Friday 13th July to Sunday 15th July across various Derry venues. Watch the video for Best Boy Grip's 'Melancholy' below:

Van Morrison, Ladysmith Black Mambazo for Belfast Festival

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ATL | 14:16 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2012


Van Morrison


Van Morrison, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Buena Vista Social Club are among acts to play this year's Belfast Festival.

Van Morrison will play two shows as part of the festival: 'An Evening With Van Morrison' on October 20th and an intimate 'Supper Club' on November 2nd. Both shows take place at the Europa Hotel. 

Van is expected to preview tracks from his new album ‘Born to Sing: No Plan B’.

Grammy-award winning South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, currently performing as part of Paul Simon's Graceland tour, play Waterfront Hall, Belfast on October 21st.

Buena Vista Social Club are also set to perform at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on October 30th.

The Belfast Festival at Queens celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Full line-up details can be found at

Richard Hawley Irish Shows

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ATL | 13:23 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2012

Richard Hawley


Richard Hawley will play Belfast's Mandela Hall on Sunday 2nd December. He will peform the night before at the Nerve Centre in Derry, and on December 3rd in Vicar Street in Dublin.

The date comes as part of UK tour in support of his current album 'Standing at the Sky’s Edge', released back in May of this year.

The Sheffield based singer was formerly a member of the band the Longpigs and famously had a spell in fellow steeltown chart-toppers Pulp.

Hawley has also collaborated with Shirley Bassie, Elbow and Arctic Monkeys.

Richard is performing a set at the Electric Picnic this summer in Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Japanese Popstars, Duke Special for CultureTECH

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ATL | 12:48 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2012


The Japanese Popstars and Duke Special will play as part of Derry's CultureTECH festival in August.

The Japstars will play on Friday August 31st, supported by Paul Woolford, Psycatron, Screendeath, Fractious and John Craig.

Duke Special will play a free public gig in Guildhall Square on Saturday 1st September.  Other free live music events are planned throughout the festival.

The CultureTECH festival is being billed as a four-day celebration of digital technology, media and music.  Visit the official website here.


Gifted Live with The Answer - Empire, Belfast

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ATL | 12:34 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2012



The Gifted Live concept has blossomed over the past few months, playing host to several fairly high profile acts for the enjoyment of both the masses assembled in the Empire Music Hall and those watching online. This instalment was no exception.

David Kitt may be more familiar with the upper reaches of a bill, but his opening performance ensured the night started off on the right foot. ‘Step Outside in the Morning Light' (even 12 years on) retains its youthful naiveté, Kitt plugging away on a battered Fender Jaguar and creating an intimate ambience within minutes. Closer ‘You Know What I Want to Know’ drags a little but on the whole it's a solid performance.

Spare a thought for Cosmo Jarvis. It's hard enough to make a first impression but to only have time for two songs makes the job a hell of a lot harder, and there's just not enough time to differentiate from the hordes of other musicians doing exactly the same thing.

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The Stone Roses, The Wailers - Phoenix Park, Dublin

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ATL | 14:12 UK time, Friday, 6 July 2012

Stone Roses at Phoenix Park, Dublin


The Stone Roses
Phoenix Park, Dublin
Thursday July 5th, 2012

After 16 long years in the making, one of the most unforeseeable and widely sought musical reunions is firmly underway.

Breaking all records to become the fastest-selling concerts in UK history, Madchester pioneers The Stone Roses are together at last to offer a long-awaited dose of nostalgia to their elated legions of fans. Now, a mere four days after their rapturous three-date homecoming stint at Manchester’s Heaton Park, the thirteenth date of the band’s headline-stealing reunion tour comes to Phoenix Park, Dublin.

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Gig of the Week: The Volume Control Summer Festival

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ATL | 14:06 UK time, Friday, 6 July 2012

Volume Control summer festival


No apologies for further bigging up the guys at Volume Control with our GOTW - once again they're pushing the boat out for people of all ages. This time it's a full day of live music and workshops over two stages at The Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast.

Callum from Volume Control can tell us more:

"This gig is going to be incredible for the all ages crowd. With a music industry advice session, a songwriting workshop with Cashier No.9's Stu Magowan, a drum workshop with Lafaro's Alan Lynn, jammin' sessions with our house band, as well as two stages with eleven of Northern Ireland's most exciting upcoming bands, it's surely one of the most exciting prospects this year for both new bands and under-age gig goers."

What a wonderfully promising, albeit quite long sentence that was.

On the bill - one Bridie Monds-Watson aka SOAK.

With a unique, minimal sound, Bridie is one of the most captivating singers in the country. Not bad, given she's only 16.

'I was born in Belfast so it's nice to get down and play, plus the Oh Yeah Centre is really damn cool, in the nice way. Not that they have bad radiators! PREPARE TO BE SOAKED! P.S - Belfast people are 'da bomb' and have the best accents ever, ''lets go over thar….''

Young people of Belfast - in the past there was nothing like this. Now there is. Lap it up!


The Volume Control Summer Festival takes place this Friday (July 6th) at The Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast. It features More Than Conquerors, Soak, The Emerald Armada and others performing over two stages and runs from 3pm-10pm.

Stillpoint EP launch

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ATL | 11:03 UK time, Friday, 6 July 2012


Stillpoint will launch their new EP, 'Some Lessons' at Voodoo, Belfast on Thursday the 2nd of August.

The Belfast based band recorded the tracks down in Westland Studios, Dublin and raised funds for mastering and duplication via fans online.

Window Seats, Deadlights and Droids will all support at the launch.

Lafaro and FWW added to EP Oxjam Tent

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ATL | 10:11 UK time, Thursday, 5 July 2012

Lafaro Logo


Lafaro  and Fighting With Wire have been added to the Oxjam tent at Electric Picnic 2012.

Both bands complete the Sunday the 2nd of September line-up, which was recently-announced is curated by Pure Savage.

As part of a three day ‘Oxjam Gigwam’ organised by Oxfam, the Friday and Saturday will be curated by Dublin's King Kong Club and Rubysessions who have yet to unveil their line-ups.

Comply or Die & Mudbitch team up!

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ATL | 09:54 UK time, Thursday, 5 July 2012



Belfast based post hardcore band Comply or Die and Tyrones Mudbitch have teamed up for a short Irish tour this August.

Mudbitch released their second EP, Ready, Aim, Fire in April, while Comply or Die's second album Depths came out last September.

In addition to the August tour dates, Comply or Die will play The Thomas House first birthday in Dublin on the July 27th.

Tour Dates:
August 9th -  Fibber Magee’s, Dublin
August 10th - Fred Zeppelins, Cork
August 11th - The Blind Pig, Limerick

Kerbdog to Play 'On the Turn' In Full

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ATL | 18:23 UK time, Wednesday, 4 July 2012



Irish rock legends Kerbdog will play their 'On The Turn' LP in full at a concert in Dublin this Christmas.

The show will take place on December 8th in the Acadamy venue. The Kilkenny band, fronted by Cormac Battle were active in the early to late 1990's and released several well-received singles and albums on the Mercury label.

After they split in 1998, Battle went on to form Wilt and then became a specialist music broadcaster at RTE's 2FM.

The band will also play dates in Cork and Castlebar this Autumn.

Jogging join Out On A Limb Records

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ATL | 13:55 UK time, Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Jogging have announced that they have joined Limerick-based Out On A Limb Records. This follows the recent news that former label Richter Collective is set to close.

The band release their second album 'Take Courage' on LP and download on August 24th. The album was recorded in June 2012 with U.S. producer (and ex-These Arms Are Snakes member) Chris Common, who has previously worked with Minus The Bear, Pelican and Mastodon.

'Take Courage' is officially launched on Saturday August 25th in Whelans, Dublin with support from Elk and Guilty Optics. The launch will be followed by dates around Ireland in September.

The band's debut album 'Minutes' can be streamed here.

The Making Of....The Answer

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ATL | 12:02 UK time, Wednesday, 4 July 2012


For this week's 'The Making Of…' we chat to long-haired legend Cormac Neeson, singer with Co. Down rock behemoths The Answer. Check out the band's new single 'Rise', released this week, for a little orchestral goodness.

The Answer play a special show at The Empire tomorrow night (Thursday).


The first record I bought was “Slippery When Wet” by Bon Jovi. You may laugh, but the riff that opens this album planted some distinctly rock'n'roll seeds that have held me in good stead to this day!

The last record I bought was “Only Revolutions” by Biffy Clyro. I’m ashamed to say I only got round to picking it up recently but what an album! From the opening tune “The Captain” onwards - you just know these boys mean business and I totally get why they're so massive these days. They deserve it.


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That New Band Smell: The Institute*

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ATL | 11:55 UK time, Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Howdy, Brian Coney here (stuck in some strange dimension where people greet each other with “Howdy”). Let it be known: at That New Band Smell we are all about diversity and mixing things – i.e. genres – up. Indeed, while the idea of following up the most twee of indie-pop with the downright blackest of Scandinavian metal seems perfectly natural on this segment, this week I’ve chosen three up-and-coming bands that are different yet totally accessible in equal measure.


Lost Avenue – ‘Ethanol’
Much in the vein of another young local band I featured on That New Band Smell recently, The Late Two’s, Derry-based three-piece Lost Avenue play a distinctly rollicking brand of no-frills punk/garage rock. Listing amongst their influences the likes of Libertines, Babyshambles and Blur, the band will come good on the promise they currently show if they can take the unbridled energy contained on ‘Ethanol’ whilst simultaneously aiming to develop a part of their own sound that makes them stand out.

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Glasgowbury Stage Times!

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ATL | 16:57 UK time, Monday, 2 July 2012

Glasgowbury 2012 poster


Glasgowbury announced their stage times for this years festival via the latest issue of Hotpress. The Sperrin Mountain music festival returns on Saturday the 21st of July with legendary NI rockers Therapy? headlining the main stage.

The only stage left to be announced is the 'Generator Stage' which will focus on new electronic artists.

11.00 - 12.00        Therapy?
9.30 - 10.30          The Japanese Popstars
8.10 - 8.50             Fighting With Wire
7.05 - 7.40             Axis Of
6.05 - 6.35             Pocket Billiards
5.15 - 5.45             Silhouette
4.25 - 4.55             Katie & The Carnival
3.35 - 4.05             Intermission
2.45 - 3.15             Master & Dog
1.55 - 2.25             Mojo Gogo
1.05 - 1.35             Pretty Child Backfire
12.15 - 12.45        Tied To Machines

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The Answer release Rise EP!

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ATL | 14:55 UK time, Monday, 2 July 2012

The Anwer EP cover


The Answer release their new EP, 'Rise' today on their own label, The Answer Productions (TAP).

The digital EP features the title track from the band’s 2006 debut album ‘Rise’ which had been unreleased until now. .

The Answer will play a one off performance of their 2006 debut album Rise at Gifted Live at The Empire, Belfast this Thursday.

Last year that band released their third album Revival on Spinefarm Records.

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