Archives for August 2012

Neil Hannon joins The Court of Duke Special!

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ATL | 13:38 UK time, Thursday, 30 August 2012


Duke Special


Neil Hannon has joined the line-up for next week's 'In the Court of Duke Special'.

The Divine Comedy singer will join an array of guests, including Duke Special himself, for Cathy Davey's performance on Wednesday. The week-long series of events at Belfast's The MAC is curated by Duke Special AKA Peter Wilson, and runs from from September 4th to September 9th.

The closing night performance from Duke Special and Friends has now sold out. For more details on the line-up, click here.

The Making of...Duke Special

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ATL | 13:08 UK time, Thursday, 30 August 2012

Duke Special


Despite his reluctance to stick to one thing and a general creative itch, Duke Special remains one of the most trusted performers in the country. Which is why he's been let loose to programme The Mac, a brand new arts venue in Belfast.

'In the Court of...Duke Special' will run from Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th September and features the likes of The Futureheads, Cathy Davey and The Blockheads as well as The Duke himself.

To celebrate such an exciting venture, it feels like a good time to find out what has made Duke Special the man he is....


The first record I bought It was UB40 ‘Signing Off’, from their debut album, which is really really good.

The last record I bought was Burning Codes 'Rivers of Hope' which I bought last night. I was trying to learn some songs from it for the week at the MAC I’m curating so I guess it was partly for research and partly for sheer enjoyment.

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That New Band Smell - Amy Rose

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ATL | 14:40 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Amy Rose


*Tip of the hat* Phil(y) Taggart here, welcome to That New Band Smell. A stinking, pungent pile of blossoming cherub faced musical treats taking their first little baby steps onto the Across The Line playlist. Here are our three picks for this week.


Major Grave - Phoenix 
Major Grave is a Dublin producer who paints the nastiest rhythms over the filthiest of Grime instrumentals. For a full scope of what he, and the 'Standard Crew' are up to, check out their blog. -

Nelson Reis - Talk About 
House music from Cookstown via Portugal (naturally). He's been DJ'n since 2006 and producing from 2008. He's shared the stages with ATL Dance's (RIP) Paul Hamill (RIP to ATL Dance not Paul Hamill, he is still very much alive… we hope) and has uploaded a varying showcase of what he is about on his web page. It's very much crescendo and early hours club music.

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Rams Pocket Radio September tour!

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ATL | 12:39 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Rams' Pocket Radio have announced details of a September tour.

The 12-date UK and Ireland tour begins in Portrush on September 14th, taking in London, Belfast and Dublin, before finishing in Derry on 29th September. The full dates are as follows:

14th - Playhouse Portrush
18th - The Enterprise, Camden, London
19th - The Enterprise, Camden, London
20th - Limelight, Belfast
21st - The Duke , Warrenpoint
22nd - Cellar Bar, Draperstown
23rd - Goat's Toe, Bangor
25th - Cyprus Avenue, Cork
26th - Roisin Dubh, Galway
27th - Forum Lounge, Waterford
28th - Academy 2, Dublin
29th - An Culturelann, Derry

Foy Vance releases 'Melrose' EP

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ATL | 12:21 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012



Foy Vance has released new EP 'Melrose'.

The 5-track EP was produced by David Holmes and features music used in Terry George's recent Oscar-winning short film 'The Shore'. The EP is available for digital download and on limited edition 10" vinyl through Foy Vance's official website.

Foy Vance plays BBC's Proms In The Park in Belfast on Saturday 8th September.

New Pat Dam Smyth single & video!

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ATL | 11:12 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Pat Dam Smyth will release a new single in October.

'Friends' will be released on October 29th through Monumental Music Group, and is taken from the album 'The Great Divide' which was released in January last year on Public Sector Records.

To accompany the release, 'Friends' has a brand new video directed by Darren Lee who's previous works include videos for Rams Pocket Radio, Aaron Shanely, Dead til Friday,  Mojo Fury, Microlip, Silhouette, LostAlone, Levity Breaks and more.
Visit for more info.

Electric Picnic 2012 Timetable!

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ATL | 10:11 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Electric Picnic


Electric Picnic have released the timetable for the main stages at this weekends festival in County Laois.

Beginning on Friday with the likes of Sigur Ros, The XX, Grizzly Bear, Metronomy and many more, the festival also see's a large number of Irish and Northern Irish acts added to the bill this year. Wonder Villians will open the Electric Arena on Friday, and the likes of Bats, David Kitt, Villagers, A Plastic Rose, Enemies and many, many more will play over the three day event.

You can download the festival timetable (PDF) or visit for more information.

Gig of the Week: Japanese Popstars

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ATL | 16:57 UK time, Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Is our gig of the week the mighty Japanese Popstars (and guests) at The Nerve Centre? Or is it the entire Culturetech festival taking place across Derry city this week? One of life's great mysteries, for sure!

Here's Gary Curran, one half of electro duo The Japanese Popstars to talk about both his band's gig and the festival:

'The Culture Tech Festival is something that we have been looking forward to playing for a while and it'll be great to return to our old haunt The Nerve Centre. The line up for the event looks fantastic and as always myself and Gareth will be up for checking out the local emerging talent - PsycatronFractious, Steve Mc Cready, Caolin Harkin & Screendeath.... and not to forget the legend that is Paul Woolford - he of course is not local but I think he shares the same humour so thats good enough!

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Gig Round-Up: Frank Turner, Lucy Rose, Vanity...

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ATL | 10:41 UK time, Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Frank turner


Frank Turner returns to Belfast with a solo show at the Limelight on the 8th of December. Tickets go on sale this Friday the 31st of August. Support has yet to be announced. He'll also be stopping by Cork, Galway and Dublin on the tour. For more details visit

The Open House Festival organisers are bringing Lucy Rose back to Belfast on Saturday the 3rd of November, and this time it's to Aunt Annies on the Dublin Road. The twenty-three year old is nearing the release of her debut album, ‘Like I Used To’ which is out on 24th September.

New gig promoters 'Vanity' are hosting their first night called 'Genre Live' at Auntie Annies in Belfast next month. The Rupture Dogs, Deerstalker and Droids will all play on Wednesday the 19th September.

Listen to Two Door Cinema Club's Beacon Now!

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ATL | 15:18 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012


Two Door Cinema Club Beacon cover


Fresh from last night's Belsonic headlining set, Two Door Cinema Club have made their new album available for streaming.

Beacon, the band's second album, was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jacknife Lee. Ahead of its official release on September 3rd, the full album can now be streamed from the official Two Door Cinema Club website and Soundcloud.

The band recently announced a UK and Ireland tour for early 2013.

And So I Watch You From Afar to Reschedule Autumn Tour

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ATL | 13:44 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012


And So I Watch You From Afar have just announced via their facebook page that they are postponing their autumn tour. You can read the message from the band below:

'Hi all, Its with a heavy heart that due to a band member having to undergo a medical procedure in late September now, we are postponing our upcoming autumn tour til the new year. We are deeply sorry to have to do this but it's a must and its better in the long run. Please dont worry as all is well and we're all ok. We'll keep you all updated about the re-scheduled shows. All tickets purchased will be valid for the these dates. Once again, thanks for all your continued support and we'll see you down the front. Lots of love, ASIWYFA'

The band were due to play two shows at the Mandela Hall on November 30th but as yet no details of rescheduling have been announced.

Belsonic 2012 - Two Door Cinema Club

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ATL | 13:31 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012


Two Door Cinema Club, Noah And The Whale, Oberhofer, The Cast Of Cheers.
Custom House Square, Belfast
Thursday 24th August 2012

After Tom Jones (the novelty) and David Guetta (the instant sellout), this is the Belsonic that intrigues the most. As Alex Trimble happily points out, this is the third time Two Door Cinema Club have appeared at Belsonic - in 2009 they opened for Dizzee Rascal before a confused appearance the following year sandwiched between Major Lazer and Soulwax. For a band that have brought us so much joy, neither were particularly memorable.

Since that 2010 appearance, they’ve toured the world and sold a million copies of their debut album, playing Belfast just once along the way. Tonight has been a long time coming.

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Hilden Music Festival kicks of tonight!

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ATL | 12:20 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012

Hilden festival


The annual Hilden Beer & Music Festival begins tonight at 6pm until Sunday night at the Hildren brewery, Lisburn.

Over twenty acts will be performing over the weekend including Runaway Go, Pat Dam Smyth, Sons of Caliber, Malojian, Best Boy Grip, Rams Pocket Radio, The 1930s, Ciaran Laverty and many more.

For more information check out  the festival flyer or visit the Hilden Festival homepage

Therapy? to headline next GiftedLive!

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ATL | 11:14 UK time, Friday, 24 August 2012



Therapy? have been confirmed as the headliners for the next GiftedLive gig at the Empire Music Hall, Belfast.

Fighting With Wire, The Original Rudeboys, Silhouette, Jason Clarke and Robert Vincent will all join the Larne rockers on Thursday the 4th of October, while Mojo Fury and Adela & the Meanits will provide pre-recorded performances to be displayed in the venue and streamed online between live performances.

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Two Door Cinema Club UK tour and Dublin for early 2013!

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ATL | 13:04 UK time, Thursday, 23 August 2012

Two Door Cinema Club Beacon cover


Two Door Cinema Club have announced a headline gig at the O2, Dublin and a UK tour for early 2013.

The January/February dates are as follows:

January 19th - The O2, Dublin

January 24th - Newcastle Academy
January 25th - Manchester Apollo
January 28th - Southampton Guildhall
January 29th - Nottingham Rock City
January 31st - Cardiff University
February 2nd - Birmingham Academy
February 4th - Aberdeen Music Hall
February 5th - Glasgow Barrowlands
February 7th - Leeds Academy
February 8th - London Brixton Academy

The tour follows tonight's Belsonic headline appearance and a Euopean tour this October and November with Kowalski, The Cast of Cheers and alt-J. New album Beacon is released on September 3rd.

Tennents Vital Day 2

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ATL | 11:26 UK time, Thursday, 23 August 2012

Vital poster


Tennents Vital Day 2
Stone Roses, Florence & the Machine, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Maverick Sabre, Gerard I2
Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast
Wednesday 22nd August 2012

It was always a tough sell. Foo Fighters are the quintessential festival band, well trained and reliable, an absolute banker. Stone Roses - well, we all know that Ian Brown misses more notes than he hits, we're told they don't get on behind the scenes and we know they haven't released a record in almost twenty years. But Vital are up for the cup, determined to make the most of it. The babysitters are booked after all.

It started with Strabane man, Gerard i2 with his blend of  hip hop and electro breakdowns. He gives it his all, clearly enjoying every second, and although today sees a slower rush from the crowd he steadily gets people on board. Complemented by his drummer, array of samples and in your face backing tracks, Gerrard's fierce and passionate vocals shine through at all the right moments.

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Tennents Vital Day 1

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ATL | 14:33 UK time, Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Vital poster


Tennents Vital Day 1
Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, The Cribs, The Minutes, Trucker Diablo
Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast
Tuesday 21st August 2012

Breathe a sigh of relief as you enter the site for the reborn Vital Festival. The premonitions of a grim, industrial wasteland are well wide of the mark. Mountains! Trees!

Minor traffic gripes aside (nothing compared to most Irish outdoor music events) it’s a great setting for day one of the biggest rock offering in the north this summer. Previous incarnations of Vital have illicited much head scratching over the occasionally confused line-ups, smacking of a ‘who’s-available-right-now?’ approach to booking but this is a serious, solid bill, all geared towards Dave Grohl’s travelling mega-circus.

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Full CultureTech programme!

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ATL | 13:26 UK time, Wednesday, 22 August 2012

CultureTech Poster


As previously reported, CultureTech festival is a four-day celebration of digital technology, media and music in Derry from the 29th of August until the 1st of September. Among the musical highlights are The Japanese Popstars, Duke Special, Arkeye performing the soundtrack of Drive and the Small Town America All-Dayer which will feature the likes of Little Bear, Conor Mason, Gascan Ruckus, General fiasco, Before Machines and many more.

There will also be music industry talks including Una Johnson (SXSW), Javier Lopex (MIDEM) and workshops on how to create a cheap music video, music sync sessions and electronic music production masterclasses.

Download the full programme or visit

Strait Laces announce split

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ATL | 11:55 UK time, Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Strait Laces have announced they are to split up after almost five years together.

The three-piece formed in the north coast back in 2008 and released their self-titled debut album last October. 

In a statement on their facebook page, the band said, "So we are splitting up... It's been an awesome 4.5 years and Thank You to everyone who has listened, watched, cared, gave us a floor to sleep on etc. A big Thanks to Jen and Jonny! Keep 21st of September free to watch the "riffs hit the fan" for our last show ever! "

Details of the bands will final gig on 21st September have yet to be confimed.

Gig of the Week: Tied To Machines

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ATL | 11:21 UK time, Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Tied to Machines Poster


So Vital hosts two of the biggest gigs of the summer while Belsonic has one of our favourite bands in the universe headlining on Thursday night. So what do we pick as our gig of the week? Tied to Machine's EP launch at Auntie Annies, of course!

The Banbridge four piece have come up with a sextet (that's six, right?) of noisy belters - 'Wookie' and 'Balotelli' getting a little ATL airplay in recent weeks. Beats 'n' rhymes loon BeeMickSee, the pleasantly nasty Event Horses and newbies 24 Broken Amps will make for a splendid evening altogether. But it's over to Tied to Machines for a more concise summary of what's in store:

'Riffs galore, Dublin grunge, North Coast mentalness and the future Lord Mayor of Belfast BeeMickSee...'

Short and sweet!


Tied to Machines and guests play Auntie Annies, Belfast this Saturday night.

VerseChorusVerse and more for charity gig

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ATL | 12:48 UK time, Tuesday, 21 August 2012


VerseChorusVerse has announced details of a speical charity gig in Belfast in September.

VeresChoruseVerse (AKA former And So I Watch You From Afar guitarist Tony Wright) will play Auntie Annies on Wednesday September 5th. He will joined by several members of A Plastic Rose, Katie & the Carnival, More Than Conquerors and Pretty Child Backfire for the gig, which is in aid of mental health and cancer charities.

The gig follows recent release Six Songs, a punk covers album benefitting the same charities.


Kowalski for The Cast of Cheers Irish tour!

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ATL | 11:13 UK time, Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Kowalski have been announced as support for The Cast of Cheers' upcoming Irish tour.

The Bangor four-piece join Dublin's The Cast of Cheers, who are touring their second album, Family, released in July. The two bands wind their way through Ireland in September. Those important dates for your diary:

Wednesday, Sep 19th: Whelan's, DUBLIN
Thursday, Sep 20th: Roisin Dubh, GALWAY
Friday, Sep 21st: Dolan’s, LIMERICK
Saturday, Sep 22nd: The Forum, WATERFORD
Sunday, Sep 23rd: The Pavilion, CORK
Monday, Sep 24th: The Limelight, BELFAST

Both Kowalski and The Cast of Cheers will also support on selected dates of Two Door Cinema Club's jaunt across Europe in October and November. Those dates can be found here.

That New Band Smell - Kicks Blue

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ATL | 10:46 UK time, Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Kicks Blue cover


Salutations, well-informed individual: Brian Coney here. As I suspect you might already know, the weekend just past played host to two of the finest, most intimate festivals Northern Ireland has to offer: Stendhal and the ever enthralling Sunflowerfest. So, with an eye and two ears towards homegrown showcases and others like them next year, below are my pick of three upcoming Irish acts that deserve your unwavering attention in the meantime. Dig it.

24 Broken Amps - Sore Throat
Having been rigorously touring right across the country for a while now, it would be a bit of an understatement to say Dublin grunge-punk trio 24 Broken Amps don't beat around the proverbial bush. Fronted by the victoriously vitriolic Billy Benner, the band’s raucous stripped-back onslaughts channel the likes of In Utero-era Nirvana, The Bronx and Nine Black Alps to forge a hugely energetic brand of no-frills, pretention-smashing punk rock. See ‘Sore Throat’ for confirmation.

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Belsonic 2012 - Emeli Sandé

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ATL | 10:36 UK time, Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Emeli Sandé, Foy Vance, Duke Special
Custom House Square, Belfast
Thurs 16th August 2012

August in Belfast has various traditions. One of the more modern ones is Belsonic, and unfortunately one of the older ones is rain, which is pretty much ever present this evening. It starts during opener Duke Special and continues in varying degrees of heaviness throughout the rest of the night.

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Belsonic 2012 - Madness

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ATL | 14:08 UK time, Monday, 20 August 2012


Madness Belsonic 2012 poster


It could have, should have been better for The Wonder Villains. In a strange way they're a great fit for this - a fun pop band eager to please, keen to contribute to a fine evening's entertainment. But they're on a little early (possibly because of their Sunflower Fest appearance later in the evening?) and make do with a mere handful of punters. A handful that lap it all up, of course. Every moment has its own charm - those old favourites and a couple of new tracks so instant they're strangely familiar. Eimear Coyle doesn't need a crowd - every show is drenched with the same levels of infectious enthusiasm. No show is ever a chore.

Neville Staples is a comparatively gentle warm up, The Specials singer returning to an event his band headlined last year, this time to walk us through a predictable yet completely apt selection of his reggae and ska influences. That said, we're hungry for interaction, the human touch. We need told what to do...


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Japandroids - Mandela Hall, Belfast

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ATL | 13:52 UK time, Monday, 20 August 2012


Mandela Hall, Belfast
Friday, 17th August, 2012

It’s hard to believe but only three years ago, Canadian duo Brian King and David Prowse aka Japandroids were a band on the verge of disappearing without coming to the (hip) world’s attention. With their would-be swansong debut Post-Nothing seeing them clasped from the jaws of anonymity, their new album, Celebration Rock, is nothing short of a breathless fulfilment of the two-piece’s restless, feel-good garage rock abandon. That said - having toured extensively in its wake - whether or not Japandroids’ otherwise euphoric approach translates in the sizable surroundings of Belfast’s Mandela Hall is another story altogether.

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Kasper Rosa, Eatenbybears for Culture Night 2012!

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ATL | 14:08 UK time, Friday, 17 August 2012


Culture Night 2012


Belfast's Culture Night 2012 have revealed the first details of their music line-up.

As part of this year's festival, The Black Box in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter will play host to Kasper Rosa, Eatenbybears and Parachutes Over Paris.

Culture Night 2012 have yet to reveal their full programme, but plan to have over 200 cultural events take place in Belfast on Friday September 21st. For more details on what's in store, visit the Facebook page here.

Gig of The Week - Sunflowerfest 2012

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ATL | 16:14 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2012

This week’s Gig of the Week is a huge gig, in fact it’s a bajillion gigs all crammed under the one banner, that of Sunflower Fest 2012. Taking place in the resplendently eccentric grounds of Tubby's Farm outside of Lisburn over three days, the festival has been on an impressive upward trajectory in recent years culminating in this, their most ambitious offering yet. Headliners include the likes of Duke Special, Scroobius Pip, Dreadzone and Republic of Loose as well as a burgeoning glutton of festival friendly local produce.

We caught up with both the Wonder Villains and Pocket Billiards to get their shizzle on the fizzle...

Wonder Villains: "We've never been to Sunflowerfest before but we heard lots about it last year so we're looking forward to going. Can't wait to see Duke Special! We love him and haven't seen him play in ages. And Pocket Billiards, they always bring the party! Yeo!"

Chris Savage, front man with Pocket Billiards: "Can't wait. It's a growing festival, getting bigger and better year on year and last year was pretty nuts, so hoping the atmosphere will be just as good this time around! Looking forward to catching Jape, Scroobius Pip and Dreadzone, plus there's lots of great local talent playing too."

Sunflowerfest takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Tubbys Farm just outside of Lisburn.

Tied To Machines Release New EP 'Carla'

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ATL | 12:25 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2012

Tied To Machines have released their new EP 'Carla' which you can listen to via the player below! The Banbridge / Belfast four piece who recorded 'Carla' at Start Together Studios with the help of Oppenhimer's Rocky O'Reilly have also announced EP launch shows, one at Ma Kellys in Ballycastle on August 18th and one at Auntie Annies on the 25th. 

Belsonic 2012 - Skrillex

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


Skrillex - Belsonic 2012


One word: relentless. From gates opening, Dillon Francis is bringing the noise before Kill the Noise...well, kills it. This is not a day for messing about - these guys don't do peaks and troughs - it's pretty much peaks and peaks from the outset. It's all building to an almighty racket, courtesy of a movement's conductor, the long haired king of dubstep.

If you can call it dubstep, of course. More realistically, what Skrillex (and everyone on this evening's bill for that matter) does is take the loudest, most dramatic and ludicrously bassy elements of every genre of electronic music and...well, it sounds like it's all being played at once. What you get is a neon mess of growls and FX, broken up by mere moments of reggae and dub, brief gasps of air before you're dragged back in. And it's brilliant.

Take Knife Party. Two guys from Pendulum, by their own admission doing 'exactly what they want'. You can tell - each song gets about 90 seconds before colliding with the next. To be fair, they have a remarkably impressive back catalogue for having existed barely a year - the warped reggae of 'Bonfire', the frazzled modem that is 'Internet Friends', their remix of Swedish House Mafia's 'Save the World' (and 'Antidote', their collaboration with same) all get a quick blast. Then there's growling monster 'Centipede' and the slightly intimidating 'Sleaze'. All at least hinted at, if barely played, punctuated by the encouragement of Dundrum MC (and we're not making that up) Gareth McGrillen - as if we needed it.

But they're here for Skrillex, of course. Several thousand of them - a mixture of the very young, the old enough to know better, some punk kids, rave monkeys and the curious. And how could you not be curious? A local hack has just described Skrillex as 'this generation's Nirvana'. It's not a ridiculous statement, either. Forgetting about the music for a bit (as quite a few floating voters are happy to do), this is quite the show. He's inside an actual spaceship, for a start. Conducting flame throwers, smoke canons, two cinema screens and a seemingly random array of lights. When it starts to rain, it's suggested Skrillex is responsible, syncing the weather with his music. Nothing would surprise us.

As for the music - well, we're running out of adjectives at this point. A countdown, 'Right In' and 'Ruffneck' set the tone nicely, with the likes of 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites' and 'My Name is Skrillex' illustrating quite well how most of this guys music starts off nice before turning rather nasty. He'll rework Flux Pavillion, Avicii and Nero along the way, throwing in the occasional greeting and only once putting a foot wrong - his VJ's decision to incorporate a tricolour into those visuals was a little naïve.

Still though, what a night. Colourful, random, distressing and insane all at once. Belsonic - out of the blocks like Usain Bolt.


Photo by Carrie Davenport 

Big Acts Brought to Small Pubs For This Years Arthur's Day

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ATL | 11:28 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2012


This year's Arthurs Day on September 27th will see a host of big names brought to small pubs throughout Northern Ireland. Music fans are being given the chance to vote up until September 16th to bring their faviourte arists to their local pub to play a free gig.

Acts already announced to be part of the celebrations include the likes of Example, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Mika, Professor Green, Fatboy Slim, Texas and Amy Macdonald with more to follow in the coming weeks. 

Hard Working Class Heroes 2012 Line-up!

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ATL | 11:04 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2012


Hard Working Class Heroes 2012


The line-up for Dublin's Hard Working Class Heroes festival has been announced.

The annual showcase, now in its 10th year, will see several venues across Dublin play host to over 80 acts this October. Amongst those playing are Eatenbybears, More Than Conquerors and The Alice Kona Band.

Hard Working Class Heroes takes place Thursday 4th October to Saturday 6th October. For full details, visit the official website

Ciaran Lavery Announces Scottish Shows

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ATL | 16:43 UK time, Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Ciaran Lavery has announced a string of Scottish tour dates with fellow songsmith Stevie Scullion AKA Malojian. The pair will be playing 7 shows over 5 days between the 21st and 25th of August including 3 as part of the Edinburugh Fringe Festival.

Ciaran released two EP's at the end of 2011, 'To the Maker Of Things' and 'You Will Be A Stranger Now' and has just recorded his first full length LP with no release date yet set.

Finalists From Tennents UnTapped to Play Acoustic Gig at Vital Festival

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ATL | 14:19 UK time, Tuesday, 14 August 2012


A new stage featuring the finalists from the Tennents UnTapped competition has just been announced at this years Tennents Vital. The Tennent's Bar stage will host a series of intimate and acoustic gigs from a total of eleven acts over the two days of the festival.

You can catch the likes of The Jepettos, Havana House Party, Pretty Child Backfire, Mojo Gogo, A Northern Light and Master and Dog on Tuesday 21st August and FutureScope, Rachel Austin, Two Glass Eyes, Peter McVeigh and Best Boy Grip on Wednesday 22nd.

Tennents Vital is taking place this year at Boucher Road playing fields and is being headlined by Foo Fighters and The Stone Roses

Axis Of - Voodoo, Belfast

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ATL | 16:28 UK time, Monday, 13 August 2012


Axis Of, Hornets, BeeMickSee
Voodoo, Belfast
Saturday 11th August 2012

It’s the last night of the Olympics (at least in the stadium), and we’re being forced to confront the prospect of real life again. But there’s still one final lap to go, and BeeMickSee is in the athletic mood, roaming about the venue, getting into the faces of his audience. He and his fellow MC certainly put the effort in, with co-ordinated dance routines and perpetual motion from both as they interact with the crowd, at one point calling for (and getting) a human pyramid formed. Lyrically, rabble-rousing forms a large part of BeeMickSee’s repertoire, with local references, slang and phrases dotted throughout. I’m still not sure about those sunglasses indoors at night, though.


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Labrinth to play Limelight in October

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ATL | 17:03 UK time, Friday, 10 August 2012


English Rapper / Producer  Labrinth will be bringing his unique ability to predict earthquakes to the The Limelight for a headline gig on October 29th.

The gig features as part of a previously annouced 8 date UK tour  throughout October with Belfast now being the final date. His debut album 'Electronic Earth' was released back in April and featured colaborations with the likes of Tinie Tempah and Emelie Sandé. 


Electric Picnic day breakdowns!

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ATL | 12:25 UK time, Friday, 10 August 2012


Electric Picnic


Electric Picnic have announced the day breakdowns for this year's festival.

The festival takes place at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois, Friday 31st August - Sunday September 2nd.

Sigur Rós headline Friday, The Cure top the bill on Saturday with  The Killers bring the festival to a close on the Sunday night.

Start planning your route through the festival and spot any potential clashes by viewing the full details on

Simian Mobile Disco to Play First Ever Northern Ireland Show

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ATL | 14:14 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Simian Mobile Disco have announced that their first ever live show in Northern Ireland will take place on the 9th of November at The Limelight.

The duo consisting of producers James Ford and Jas Shaw formely of the band Simian have been creating music together under the SMD mantle since 2005 and released their 3rd LP 'Unpatterns' back in May of this year. 

Support acts for the night are as yet unconfirmed.



Volume Control Returns

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ATL | 11:19 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Volume Control have announced another upcoming all ages gig featuring the likes of Pretty Child Backfire, Hologram and Lost Avenue.

The gig will take place at the Oh Yeah Centre on September 1st following last month's Volume Control Summer Festival. 

Volume Control are a voluntary group of young people who promote 'all ages' gigs on a monthly basis.

In the past VC have promoted live concerts with the likes of Ash, Mojo Fury, More Than Conquerors and the Wonder Villains.



Morning Claws Last Show

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ATL | 10:01 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012



Morning Claws will play their last ever show this weekend at Auntie Annies in Belfast.

Songwriter and frontman Paul McIver announced that last week's Forfey festival appearance and this show will spell the end for the band whose well-received singles include 'Slack Magic' and 'Fight for Your Friends'. Speaking to ATL, McIver revealed he will relocate to London and continue to make music in a more electronica-tinged vein.

The Belfast-based five piece will be supported at the gig on Saturday night by Third Man Theme


Gig of the Week: Kowalski

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ATL | 14:11 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012



Always nice to get out of Belfast for our gig of the week - especially to a venue with such an awesome name. This Friday at The Goat's Toe, Bangor sees a homecoming for Kowalski, who'll play alongside one of the most talked about singer-songwriters of the moment - Gareth Dunlop and the ever reliable Colly Strings. Triple trouble!


Here's Paddy (dreamboat, pictured) from Kowalski with your formal invite....

'We are really excited to be playing in our home town again, it's been over 2 years since the last one (Cafe Ceol). We think the Goat's Toe is a great venue for it! Delighted to have Colly Strings and Gareth Dunlop to support, CTRL DJ's will provide us with some banging party tunes to close the night, can't wait!!'



The ATL GOTW then - Kowalski, Colly Stings and Gareth Dunlop - The Goat's Toe, Bangor, this Friday!

KOWALSKI: GET BACK (MUSIC VIDEO) from babysweet on Vimeo.

The Making of...Axis Of

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ATL | 11:38 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012



While we continue to wait not-at-all patiently for the debut album from the North West's own princes of punk rock, Axis Of, here's Niall to give us a little guided tour of his band's main influences!


The first and last records I bought were David Bowie - 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' and 'Failed States' by Propagandhi.

When Niall and I saw Converge together in Italy, we were already in a band. But to us it was the most significant live show we'd ever seen. It made us view our band in a different way.

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Gig in the Garden, Belfast

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ATL | 10:54 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Gig in the Garden POster


Gig in the Garden
4th August 2012
Minnowburn, Shaws Bridge


Given the weather recently, the National Trust’s Gig in the Garden must be thanking their lucky stars, as it happened to fall on one of the few gorgeous days we have had this summer. Quite rightly pitched as a ‘unique location’, the Rose Garden in Minnowburn is situated high amongst the tree tops on a hill, offering absolutely breathtaking views of Belfast. The ‘mini-festival’ was complete with local food and drink, surreal sculptures (by local chainsaw artist Ivan McNally), music and activities for kids. Not having any kids myself, I tend to shy away from ‘family friendly’ events- simply because it can often mean ‘families only’. This was not the case here- the kids doing crafts and playing on hula hoops (and trying on Katie and the Carnival’s unicorn head) only added to the already chilled summer atmosphere. 

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That New Band Smell - Milestones

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ATL | 21:47 UK time, Monday, 6 August 2012



It's that noisy time of the week again where they let this crazed red-head loose on the airwaves to bring you some delectably decibel-filled tunes and this week we have a great mix of stoner rock, something a bit light and fluffy and some suitably angry hardcore to the balance the scales. All in all a glorious assault on your aural cavities!



Astralnaut : Back To The Bog

Formed from the ashes of Oceanfall, Third Harvest and Stoned Messiah, Astralnaut are no strangers to gigging and have united in a bond or bluesy stoned rock. They say that their inspirations are the finer things in life - rocking tunes, whiskey and beer. The debut Ep Back To The Bog was released recently and will appeal to fans of the likes of local doom laden legends Slomatics

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Tanglewood Festival 2012

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ATL | 17:00 UK time, Monday, 6 August 2012


It may only be in the second year of its lifespan but Tanglewood Festival seems to have filled a much needed gap in the Co. Down live music market. With a decent line-up of well gigged acts from around the country and a merciful sun god allowing the day not to be a washout things look set to go according to plan.

After a slightly ropey start with some car park confusion and a few bands carrying equipment across soggy fields the grounds of Narrow Water Castle slowly fill up at the now larger field site. The ambitious 3000 capacity field provides ample room for festival goers to frolic around and experience a host of live music, drama, comedy and even the odd bit of burlesque cabaret if that’s what floats your boat. With so much on offer it’s a shame then the vast majority of people don’t seize the opportunity to make a day of it, instead flocking in around 6 or 7pm missing some great acts and leaving the site with a fairly sparse audience for the first few hours

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The 5th Foyle Folk Festival

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ATL | 15:48 UK time, Monday, 6 August 2012

Foyle Folk Festival


The Foyle Folk Festival returns to Derry/Londonderry this September for it's 5th year with Andy Irvine headlining the event. The festival takes place at the Cafe Soul Courtyard off Shipquay Place on Saturday, September 15th.

Also confirmed for the event are Cashier No. 9 (acoustic), Farriers, Robyn G Shiels, Our Krypton Son, The Ard Ri Band, Paddy Nash And The Happy Enchiladas, Junior Johnson, Little Hooks, The Murder Balladeers, Roy Arbuckle And Friends, Declan McLaughlin, Ronan Kearney, Teknopeasant, Ivana McKinnon, Tillie And Henderson and Conor McAteer.

A Plastic Rose debut album details

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ATL | 14:56 UK time, Monday, 6 August 2012


A Plastic Rose

A Plastic Rose have announced details of their debut album..

'Camera.Shutter.Life' will be released on October 22nd through Di Di Mau/Third Bar. The 11-track album will include recent singles 'Build From The Ground Up’ and ‘Boy Racer’.

The band will soon embark on a UK & Ireland tour to promote the album, with details still to be confirmed. You can hear a track off the album on Across the Line this week.

Stream Seven Summits LP

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ATL | 11:00 UK time, Friday, 3 August 2012


Seven Summits are streaming their brand new album on their Soundcloud page in advance of it being available to purchase on August 24th.

The indie-rockers will be the ATL 'house band' on Monday night, playing three songs live and chatting about their second full album.

The band will then launch the 'Fossils' album with a gig in the Limelight on August 9th then in the Workman's Club, Dublin on August 15th both alongside Master and Dog. They will also play Sunflowerfest on August 19th at Tubby's Farm, Hillsborough. 

A single 'The Worrier' is currently available.

Check out the stream of 'Fossils' via the player below!




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Keane Announce UK & Ireland Tour

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ATL | 10:58 UK time, Friday, 3 August 2012


Keane have announced a 9 date UK and Ireland tour throughout November and December. The Sussex band released their 4th album 'Strangeland' earlier this year and will be playing both the Dublin Olympia Theatre on November 21st and the Belfast Waterfront Auditorium on the 22nd

Chic - Mandela Hall, Belfast

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ATL | 12:56 UK time, Thursday, 2 August 2012


Chic feat. Nile Rodgers
Mandela Hall, Belfast
Wednesday August 1st




Expectation was sky high, irritatingly so. Whether you've waited thirty odd years since Nile Rodgers started releasing music with his partner Bernard Edwards under the name 'Chic' or three years after seeing (or hearing about) a legendary, break through Electirc Picnic performance, the general consensus was: tonight shall be the gig of the year. Decade, even. And too much excitement is a bad thing, of course. That feeling of anti-climax - it's can be a real killer.

Yet here we are, losing our minds on a Wednesday night, creating the type of appreciative din you hear at a mere handful of shows every lifetime. It's astonishing, really - every song is glorious, every solo a treat, every single second unmissable. That opening trio, for a start - 'Everybody Dance', 'Dance Dance Dance' and 'I Want Your Love'. Barely fifteen minutes into the set, it's already incredible. Nile Rodgers reminds us Chic are not a cover band - these tracks he helped create, performing on the originals, writing those wonderful hooks. And so follows 'I'm Coming Out' and 'Upside Down'. This isn't a greatest hits of Chic, it's a greatest hits of….music.

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Space Dimension Controller to Play Newly Announced Electric Picnic Stage

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ATL | 17:48 UK time, Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Space Dimension Controller is set to play alongside a host of other acts at this year's Electric Picnic on a newly announced outdoor electornic stage. 

The line up in full looks a little something like this: Francois K; Todd Terje; Prins Thomas; The 2 Bears; Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area); Optimo; Crazy P (Dj); The Revenge; Space Dimension Controller; A-Skillz; Stevie G; The Drifter; Big Dish Go; Tu-Ki; Steve Manning; Mother and John Mahon.

FWW Support Coheed and Cambria

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ATL | 13:25 UK time, Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Fighting With Wire will be taking to the European road once again, after being chosen to support Coheed and Cambria on their forthcoming tour.

The Derry three piece will play most of the US prog-rockers European tour, with their second album due sometime before the end of the year on their new label Xtra Mile Recordings. Their new single 'Waiting on a Way To Believe' was released on July 9th.

The full list of dates is as follows:

31/10/12 Hamburg - Grunspan
03/11/12 Utrecht - Tivoli
04/11/12 Brussels - VK Club
06/11/12 Paris - La Fleche D'Or
08/11/12 London - Koko
09/11/12 Glasgow - ABC
11/11/12 Birmingham - Academy
12/11/12 Manchester - Ritz Ballroom

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