Archives for October 2012

Armstrong Learning Music Workshop Open Day

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ATL | 16:05 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2012


On Friday November 9th as part of Belfast Music Week, Armstrong Learning will be holding an open day for potential new students at the MAC in Belfast. 

They will be opening their doors to anyone looking to make a career out of music, be it aspiring musicians, music producers, managers or composers in order to showcase a range of available training opportunities. 

There will be an opportunity to see the fully equipped centre at the MAC, have a go at music production and meet some of Armstrong’s national music industry advisors.

There will also be performances from singer-songwriter and former student Aaron Shanley, winner of 'Young Songwriter Of The Year' at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and 'Best Male' at the Access To Music Awards in Birmingham as well as emerging artist Allie Bradley

Tickets for the open day are on a first come first served basis, anyone interested in applying should contact

Lana Del Rey set for Irish Debut

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ATL | 13:43 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Lana Del Rey has announced that she will play her first ever Irish show next summer.

You'll be able to catch the 'Born To Die' and 'Video Games' singer songwriter as part of her 5 date UK and Ireland tour at Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday the 26th of May.

Her 3rd EP 'Paradise' is due to be released in the UK on November 12th. It follows her sucessful double platinum debut album 'Born to Die' which was released back in January.

Tickets for her Dublin gig go on sale at 10am on Monday 5th November.


Gig of the Week: Window Seats

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ATL | 11:00 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Last night, with so many great Northern Irish bands going out on tour, Rigsy struggled to keep up. He mistakenly claimed LaFaro were hitting the road with Axis Of (both are touring Nov & Dec, but the former are out with Therapy?) and had to say 'hitting the road next month' so many times it started to blend into one word - 'hittinronemon'. Such is the way these days - the bands here are just too good to keep and, luckily for the rest of the UK, they're bold enough to get in a van and spread the good word.

Our gig of the week then, not so much a gig as (you've guessed it) a tour. A band who will do 16 shows in 16 days next month, starting with Radar at Queens on Thursday night. Over to Jude from the reliably riff-tastic Window Seats....

'This Thursday's show at Radar means a lot to us. We're really buzzed about it because it's the first gig on our biggest tour to date, fifteen consecutive dates and our first time crossing the Irish Sea. This is something we've always aimed for as a band and we want to kick it off with a bang."

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Beach House - Mandela Hall, Belfast

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ATL | 16:41 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Beach House Poster


Beach House, Holy Other
Mandela Hall, Belfast
Friday, 26th October 2012

Two years on from playing to a loved-up few on Valentine’s day in the decidedly more intimate Speakeasy upstairs, Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House return to QUBSU tonight one of the most dotingly approved darlings of the indie pop press. With two significantly more “safe” (yet no less intoxicating) albums and an ever-growing wave of aficionados on their side, how convincingly their surreptitious sound translates in the 900-strong capacity Mandela Hall remains to be seen.

With anonymous electronic producer Holy Other having skilfully wielded his dubstep-inflected ambience via a set that’s oddly a little lost on tonight’s audience, Beach House saunter out into darkness and the retro sounds of ‘Crockett’s Theme’ by Jam Hammer tonight to measured applause. Starting straight into recent single ‘Wild’ without introduction, a white light positioned behind frontwoman Victoria Legrande immediately instils a sense of refined enigma; guitarist Alex Scally letting loose before an epileptic-obliterating barrage of lights precedes the seductive, harpsichord-driven ‘Walk In The Park'.

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Dublin to host Everything Everything and Yo La Tengo

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ATL | 16:09 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Everything Everything


Everything Everything and Yo La Tengo have both announced dates for Dublin early next year.

Everything Everything will play Whelans in Dublin on the 18th of February as part of a tour in support of their new album, Arc, which is due out in January. The Manchester band released the album's first single, 'Cough Cough' on the 14th of October.

Yo La Tengo have been announced to play Vicar St, Dublin on March 23rd. The band released an new EP, Stupid Things, in September ahead of a full lenght release due early next year. 

Belfast date for Purity Ring!

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ATL | 12:42 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

purity Ring


Purity Ring will play The Stiff Kitten, Belfast on Friday the 30th of November. The Montreal based duo start their European tour this Thursday in Iceland. They released their debut album, Shrines, during the summer.

Fellow Montrealer, Doldrums will support on the night.

Tickets on sale tomorrow.

Bon Jovi for Slane Castle!

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ATL | 10:50 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Bon Jovi photo by Fin Costello (Redferns)


US rockers Bon Jovi have been announced as the headline act for next year's Slane Castle concert on the 15th of June 2013. The gig will be part of their 'Because We Can' world tour which kicks of in February next year. 

The band will also release their twelfth studio album, What About Now, nest March. Tickets for the concert go on sale next Thursday the 8th of November. Support for the County Meath gig has yet to be announced.

The New Band Smell - Fat Actress

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ATL | 10:08 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Fat Actress


It's time to ramp it up to 11 again on ATL with another nice and noisy new band smell with Carrie Davenport. Seeing as it's nearly halloween, it's the perfect time to don the necro face paint, carve some pumpkins and make it metal!

Stand With Heretics - Guttersnipe
Wearing their love of Pantera proudly on their sleeves, Stand With Heretics will definitely appeal to fans of the greatly missed Dimebag and his cohorts! They're from Downpatrick rock city - well it is home of NI rock legends the Answer so they're clearly putting something in the water to keep the locals brewing up some good old fashioned rock tunes.

Espial - Key of Solomon
With ex-members from Belfast bands These Are The Clouds and Kiriath, these guys fuse a melodic mix of black metal, prog and post rock into epically proportioned tunes. They're heavily instrumental but looking for vocalists to work with in future which could be a great addition to their sound. If you search their name online you'll find a scottish folk band, so to make sure you find the right Espial, go to

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Belfast Festival: Caroline Pugh, Paul Stapleton, Barry Cullen

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ATL | 16:03 UK time, Monday, 29 October 2012


Belfast Festival: Caroline Pugh, Paul Stapleton, Barry Cullen
Black Box
Thursday, 25 October 2012

Every once in a while you happen upon a gig or event that’s so fundamentally unlike anything you’ve experienced before that you can’t help but reconsider your own thoughts on what defines music, performance and entertainment – and the laws we prescribe to them. A decidedly clandestine gem of this year’s Belfast Festival, Belfast-based experimental musician Caroline Pugh invites us to do just that in a show that promises to be as challenging as it is ultimately rewarding.

Walking into the Black Box, several round-tables are laid out with candles burning in the middle of each. A screen to the right of the stage projects a blurred, night vision image of the audience, a clothes-line at the back exhibits pin-hole camera photos of tonight’s audience and Caroline has just begun one of her “structured improvisations”: taking border ballad ‘Lord Randall’, skilfully warping it beyond recognition by way of looping via a tape recorder and deconstructing its form. Her voice is beatific and her approach brilliantly peculiar.

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Listen to the Our Krypton Son debut album and tour info!

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ATL | 15:10 UK time, Friday, 26 October 2012

our Krypton Son Album cover


As previously announced, Our Kyrpton Son (aka Chris McConaghy) will release his self titled debut album via Small Town America records next month. 

You can listen to the full album right now on the labels soundlcoud.

The album will be launched at Sandinos, Derry on the 16th of November with the support of Little Bear, Conor Mason, Amo and Adam Leonard (Solo Set). There will also be a full band tour in support of the release(see below for details).

 Tour Dates:

  • Sun 28th October - Sandino's, Derry w/ Myles Manley
  • Thurs 8th November - Gifted @ The Empire, Belfast
  • Fri 16th November - Album Launch Sandino's, Derry
  • Sat 17th November - Flanagans, Newbridge
  • Sun 18th November - The Mercantile, Dublin
  • Wed 21st November - The Black Box, Belfast
  • Thurs 13th December - Radar @ Queen's SU, Belfast
  • Fri 14th December - The Green Room, Letterkenny
  • Fri 28th December - Bennigan's, Derry

  • The first single called "I'll Never Learn To Say Goodbye" which is out on the 9th November.

    Film Festival hosts Good Vibrations & The Undertones!

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    ATL | 12:15 UK time, Friday, 26 October 2012

    Foyle Film Festival Logo


    The 25th Foyle Film Festival is set to take place from 21st - 25th of November across Derry City.

    On Friday the 23rd of November, the Nerve Centre will host both The Undertones live and screen the 'Good Vibrations' film which is about the bands first label boss Terri Hooley.

    The film tracks the 'Godfather of Ulster Punk' as he begins the Good Vibrations record store and label in Belfast during the Troubles, which went on to help bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.

    Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn the film has been in production since 2011 and was co-produced by Belfast’s Canderblinks Film & Music, London-based Revolution Films and Dublin’s Treasure Entertainment.

    City Of Culture 2013 Programme Launched!

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    ATL | 12:43 UK time, Thursday, 25 October 2012


    Derry~Londonderry will mark 2013 as the first ever UK City of Culture. The programme for the City of Culture was launched earlier at the Guildhall Square.

    You can now download a copy of the programme over at the official City of Culture 2013 site

    Various music events have been announced as part of the celebrations including:

  • Glasgowbury Music Festival expands to two days from Friday 19th to Saturday 20th July, with an all Derry showcase on the Friday.

  • Music City, June 21st, a city wide music festival of various genres featuring a variety of acts both big and small.

  • Celtronic electronic music festival returns from June 26th-30th. 

  • City of Song, a Singer/Songwriter Festival in Autumn across the City will feature singer/songwriters from throughout Ireland, Britain and beyond.

  • Roctober Metal Fest, September 30th – October 5th, will showcase the city’s best rock abnds alongside national and international acts. there will alos be workshops in schools throughout the city as well as showcases in community centres in neighbourhoods.  Full line-up will be announced in June 2013. 

  • Primal Scream & David Holmes will play the Ebrington Arena on March 19th.

  • Radio 1 have also confirmred they will return to broadcast from the city in some capacity.

  • For a full list of all the events visit:

    Glasgowbury grows to two days!

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    ATL | 12:40 UK time, Thursday, 25 October 2012

    Glasgowbury Logo


    As part of the City of Culture announcements today, Glasgowbury Festival have confirmed it will take place over two days this summer on the 19th and 20th of July.

    The 'Smal But Massive' festival will have a Derry only showcase on the Friday, followed by a day of acts from across the country on the Saturday.

    The festival will once again take place in the Sperrin Mountains just outside Draperstown and tickets go on sale next week.

    For bands wishing to play, the submission period will open later this month.

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    The Making of...Mental Deficiency

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    ATL | 10:54 UK time, Thursday, 25 October 2012

    Mental Deficiency


    They play a Hallowe'en special (at Auntie Annies on Wed 31st) but, it you're Mental Deficiency, every day is a bit Hallowe'en. Constantly costumed, always unpredictable and reliably odd, this particular five piece don't need a calendar to tell them it's time to act the maverick. Regardless, the Auntie Annies show (with Roysta, The Unprotected, Filthy Angels and Little Miss Skates also on the bill) should be quite the celebration and gives us a wonderful excuse to find out just what makes this most curious of rock bands tick. Mag/Mus-ician and chief axesman Alex Kazam fills us in....


    The first record I bought was always going to be a tough decision. There I was, a mere 8 years old dandering through Golden Discs trying to find the best way to spend my hard earned pocket money. Back in those days we had to leave our homes and go to a music shop to buy CDs. I had to pick something good as I knew that in years to come I would be asked about this very moment and my purchase would say a lot about my character, artistic credibility and good taste.

    Luckily I stumbled upon an absolute classic with lyrics that bordered on the philosophical. A record that asked fundamental questions about humanity such as, 'Are there any limits?' to which the answer was a resounding 'No!' I walked out of that shop with 2 Unlimited's 'No Limits' album, confident I had made a wise decision.

    Trying to work out the last record I bought was a difficult process because who actually buys anything anymore? I pretty much stream everything these days on Spotify so if I stream a full album does that count? If so it was Redline by Lazerhawk, a modern day electro artist with retro sounds that make me want to dress like Crockett and/or Tubbs. Streaming really is class, not only do I legally stream all my music, TV and films. I also stream my electricity, gas and water too! Once the boffins work out how to stream clothes and food into my house the supermarkets are in trouble.

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    Abandcalledboy announce Irish Tour

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    ATL | 10:52 UK time, Thursday, 25 October 2012


    Banbridge based self proclaimed Hard Fun Power three piece Abandcalledboy have announced a 5 date Irish tour. 

    Known for their energetic live shows you can catch a glimpse of Abandcalledboy at one of the following dates around both the north and the south:

    Radar at the Speakeasy in Belfast, Nov 1st (with Window Seats and Droids)
    Whelans in Dublin, Nov 6th
    O'Connells in Dundalk, Nov 9th
    Sweenys in Dublin, Nov 15th
    The Vault in Cavan, Nov 24th

    More dates are to be announced soon.

    Abandcalledboy are also set to release a new EP 'Dead Academics' in the near future. It will be the band's debut EP following their two previous releases, 'Trigger Happy' back in December 2011 and the double single 'Teenage Parasites' ​/​ 'Take It In Parts' back in June 2011. 

    LaFaro & Axis Of Announce UK Tours

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    ATL | 14:15 UK time, Wednesday, 24 October 2012


    Belfast based riff lovers LaFaro have announced a 15 date UK and Europe tour alongside Irish rockers Therapy? and the Leeds based Hawkeyes.

    The November - December tour will see them playing 2 dates in Holland before playing at a host of different venues across the UK. 

    Although no Irish dates have been announced you can still get your LaFaro fix at The Limelight as part of the Belfast Music Week showcase on November 8th, at O'Connells in Dundalk on the 9th and at Cellar Bar in Draperstown on the 10th.

    Axis Of have also announced they'll be embarking on an 8 day November UK tour supporting Los Angeles hardcore punk outfit The Bronx. The news comes just after the Portstewart based 3 piece returned from a 2 week UK tour and recently signed to Small Town America Records for the release of their upcoming debut album 'Finding St Kilda'. 

    Gig of the Week: Pocket Billiards

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    ATL | 11:59 UK time, Wednesday, 24 October 2012

    Pocket Billiards Poster


    Gig of the week was a no brainer, really. Pocket Billiards, the ultimate party band? On the North Coast, home of the ultimate party? Double awesome! Here's Chuck from the band with your invite...

    "Can't wait to get back up to the North Coast this Friday for some spooky skankin at the Playhouse, hopin' to see some people dressed up for this Halloween special. It's gonna be class!"

    Short and sweet. But then again, it didn't exactly need the hard sell....


    Pocket Billiards play the Portrush Playhouse on Friday Night, October 26. Support comes from Wyldling. 

    Savour Your Scene Festival

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    ATL | 10:58 UK time, Wednesday, 24 October 2012


    Savour Your Scene Records & The Warzone Collective have combined forces to create the first ever Savour Your Scene Festival on Saturday the 24th of November at the Warzone Centre in Belfast.

    The lineup features a variety of bands from both the north and the south including the likes of:

    Gacys Thread 
    Lantern For A Gale
    Three Hour Ceasefire
    Pigs As People

    The Savour Your Scene label was created by Stephen Currie of Gacys Thread in 2011 to showcase the best in Irish Metal and Hardcore.

    They've helped some of the bands playing the event to distribute their music including Gacys Thread 3rd EP 'The Ignorance Of Purity' and Ilenkus latest album 'Rule By Thieves'

    Duke Special Announces Irish Tour

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    ATL | 10:19 UK time, Wednesday, 24 October 2012

    Duke Special


    Duke Special has announced an extensive Irish tour with dates in both the North and South throughout December. You can catch his solo set at one of the following 13 dates:

    Boggers, Ardee (December 1)
    Kenny’s, Lahinch (6);
    Siamsa Tire, Tralee (7);
    An Grianan, Letterkenny (8);
    An Creagan, Armagh (9);
    Pepper Canister Church, Dublin (10);
    The Yard, Wexford (11);
    Glor, Ennis (12);
    Spirit Store, Dundalk (13);
    Atlantic, Portrush (14);
    Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry (15);
    Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick (16)
    Opera House, Cork (17).

    Duke is also 1 week into his 6 week residency at Love & Death Inc in Belfast where you can catch him playing a gig every Tuesday lunchtime at 12:30. 

    Club Trenchfoot: Thread Pulls - Bunatee Bar, Belfast

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    ATL | 12:27 UK time, Tuesday, 23 October 2012

    trenchfoot Poster


    Club Trenchfoot: Thread Pulls and Blue Whale
    Bunatee Bar, Belfast
    20th October 2012.

    Though most Belfast’s gig-goers are currently squeezing into Voodoo for Ed Zealous, here in the Bunatee there’s a more leftfield bill on offer in the guise of local boys Blue Whale and Dublin’s Thread Pulls. It’s a tale of two cities, and true to form it’s the best of times and the worst of times.

    With handsome posters and the gimmick of a £4.99 entry fee, promoter Trenchfoot has put together a decent event so it’s disappointing their efforts are rewarded with a small crowd. Openers Blue Whale hold off in the hope that a few more punters will trickle in but it’s not to be.

    While many of their instrumental contemporaries rely on layers of distortion and delay to build atmosphere, Blue Whale have the confidence to experiment with time signatures and tempo, delivering brash, intricate riffs through clean amps. Their crowd interaction is sharp and perfectly pitched.

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    That New Band Smell - Lar Kaye

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    ATL | 12:27 UK time, Tuesday, 23 October 2012


    A little bit tired of the tunes that have been circling your headphones recently? Fret not; we’ve some fresh sounds for you here on That New Band Smell. I’m Niamh New Noise and I can promise you there’s something in the line-up below for everyone. In fact, even your ma’ might appreciate one of the these brand new gems!


    WIFE - Bodies
    WIFE is the brainchild of James Kelly, the man behind Cork ambient black metal band Altar of Plagues. Anyone who’s a fan of metal at least, might be familiar with Altar of Plagues having recenlty got album of the month in ‘Terrorizer’ magazine, toured with Mayhem and ex Isis front man Aaron Turner known to be a fan. Much like the Altar of Plagues material, WIFE is quite captivating. ‘Bodies’ is taken from the ‘Stoic’ EP and that will be released next month via Left Blank and you can get a sneek preview here

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    Belfast dates for Biffy Clyro, Eric Clapton and Simple Minds!

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    ATL | 12:00 UK time, Tuesday, 23 October 2012

    Biffy Clyro Live


    Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro have confirmed they will play The Odyssey Arena, Belfast on the 29th of March next year as part of a UK & Ireland arena tour. They'll also stop at The O2, Dublin the night before. The band release their new album called Opposites on January 28th 2013.

    Eric Clapton will perform at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on the 10th of May next year. The legendary guitarist will also play the O2 Arena, Dublin on Thursday the 9th of  May 2013 as part of a tour celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician.

    Meanwhile Simple Minds will play the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Thursday the 28th March 2013. The gig is part of a 28 date "Greatest Hits Live" tour to coincide with a release next March.

    Belfast Music Week Launch - Gibson Guitar Rooms, London

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    ATL | 14:24 UK time, Friday, 19 October 2012


    Belfast Music Week Launch,
    Gibson Guitar Rooms, London
    Wednesday October 17th, 2012

    Katharine Philippa


    Tonight, Gibson Guitar Rooms have been transformed into the first Northern Irish embassy. A place where Northern Bank £5 notes are embraced and the word “while” is thrown in with reckless abandon. The launch of Belfast Music Week across the water has drawn a strong crowd - while the event is geared as an advertising opportunity for the festival, there’s a real sense of anticipation for the showcase in store.

    Katharine Philippa only has three songs to make her mark but within a minute the audience are captivated. It’s a much more stripped down performance than her Great Northern Songbook performance but just as intense - her foot stomps during 'Whiter Than I' echo around the room, while dreamy finale 'Home' is supplemented by the sound of crashing waves. 

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    Lizzy Rock Belfast for Last Time

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    ATL | 09:33 UK time, Friday, 19 October 2012


    Thin Lizzy


    Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy will say 'farewell' to touring with an intimate gig in the Limelight, Belfast on December 12th.

    The veteran rock group, whose hits include 'Whiskey in the Jar', 'The Boys Are Back in Town' and Jailbreak' recently headlined Belsonic festrival alongside Downpatrick outfit the Answer.

    The band, now fronted by NI's Ricky Warwick, have toured extensively in the past few years and are about to release fresh new material. The brand new music will however not be released under the Thin LIzzy name, out of respect for original singer and bassist Phil Lynott.

    Thin Lizzy were formed in 1970 by Dubliner Lynott and Belfast guitarist Eric Bell. Gary Moore famously played in the band over the course of several albums before they split in 1984. In the mid-1970's Lizzy were one of the world's most celebrated stadium rock bands.

    "Our plan always was to put out new music to keep the name Thin Lizzy alive and fresh with all the band’s fans – old and new. Nobody respects Phil as much as I do and singing his songs for the past two years has been an incredible honour and something I will never forget" current frontman Ricky Warwick said.

    The Making of...Yes Cadets

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    ATL | 15:28 UK time, Thursday, 18 October 2012

    Alan from yes Cadets live at Vital festival


    For this week's TMO we go under the bonnet of one of the most interesting and progressive indie bands in Belfast. It's kind of hard to sum up the type of music they make - you're best just listening for yourself - starting with new single release 'Seconds in a Minute'. Spangly!

    Over to Alan, vocalist and guitarist.....


    The first record I bought with my own money was Urban Hymns by the Verve. It's still a great record, but to my pre-teen ears it sounded completely outlandish and otherworldly, like nothing I had heard before.

    The most recent record I bought was The Haunted Man by Bat For Lashes. It's like Florence and the Machine for people who like music, not tone-deaf bellowing.


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    Gifted Live expands!

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    ATL | 14:55 UK time, Thursday, 18 October 2012

    Gifted Live


    Gifted Live have announced they will have their first show outside of Belfast next month. The gig night has been running at the Empire Music Hall, Belfast for many years but organisers started streaming the gigs live online last May.

    On November the 22nd the event will take place at Monroe's in Galway with Ryan Sheridan, This Club, Cathy Davey, Roisin O, More Than Conquerors and Shannon & The Shortcuts. There will also be pre-recorded performances by Hermitage Green, Keywest and The Amazing Apples.

    Closer to home, GiftedLive also have events at the Empire, belfast during Belfast Music Week next month. Visit for more information.


    That New Band Smell - Little Rivers

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    ATL | 10:27 UK time, Wednesday, 17 October 2012


    *Air Horn* YO! YO! YO! YO! *Air Horn*. Phil Taggart back hot boxing the ATL blog with an overwhelming stank of new music. It stings the nostrils. As per usual I have three little prodigious cherubs for your consideration. Read. Listen. Enjoy. *Air Horn*


    Haunting drum and bass from Belfast. There’s a nod to to Netsky a wink to High Contrast, eastern tinged melodies and could easily be the theme music to a computer game, bad level from the early 90’s. In Affray’s own words ‘turn up the love’

    Kool Thing – This is the Place 
    Some members from Dublin, some from Sydney. Live in Berlin, play gigs in Ireland? Who cares? Exactly. It’s all about the tunes. These guys have ice cool tunes, the sort that lands a kickflip on their skateboard and doesn’t look for approval. Check out their track ‘This is the Place’ for full confirmation of my spewed out hyperbole.

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    Mojo Fury - The Empire, Belfast

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    ATL | 17:22 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012


    Mojo Fury, Dave McPherson (InMe), Like Statues, Chocolate Love Factory

    The Empire, Belfast
    Thursday 11th October 2012

    With an evening of serene, stripped-back songs ahead of us, it seems altogether apt that the upcoming and established talent on the four-act bill – with a little outside influence thrown in for good measure – takes place at Belfast’s exquisite Empire Music Hall. With its baroque, wonderfully antiquated setting and decidedly intimate feel, the acoustic efforts of tonight’s superlative line-up should manifest themselves in a subtler, more blasé manner than we are familiar.

    Prone to brasher, fuzzier set-ups, Belfast-based three-piece Chocolate Love Factory prop themselves and steadily reveal the subtleties and sheer range of ideas inherent in their music across several songs tonight. With small pockets of melody usually concealed with fuzz and ferocity coming to the fore throughout, superbly honed harmonies on ‘Green’ and new track ‘Burn’ impress. Even better, drummer John Quinn doubles up as pianist/synthist on a few tracks, most notably on an untitled new track that hints ever further at the band’s purposeful progression towards a more refined brand of rock.

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    Third Man Theme, Best Boy Grip, Our Krypton Son - Limelight 2

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    ATL | 16:26 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012



    It’s with increasing perplexity that gig goers approach Thursday nights in Belfast. Spoilt for choice with the burgeoning amount of shows on offer, making your mind up over who to see is no mean feat. If you plumped for Third Man Theme headlining Transmit at the Limelight 2 you won’t have been disappointed – but you could have been in the minority. A thin crowd is in attendance tonight, perhaps stretched a little too far by conflicting shows.

    First on stage are Our Krypton Son, the brain-child of singer and songwriter Chris Mc Conaghy. Backed by a band boasting the finest array of facial hair this side of town, the music is veined with pop and country influences. Chris has cut a well-defined sound, shifting focus throughout every instrument in his songs. Things are shaken up a bit with guitar solos and syncopated beats, but attempts at more epic sounds fall a little flat. This isn’t helped by the fact that the audience is thin on the ground.


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    Belfast Music Week Full Lineup Announced

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    ATL | 14:12 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012

    Belfast Music Week will soon be upon us and the full line-up brochure can now be viewed at your leisure over at the Belfast Music Website.

    There will be a total of over 250 events taking place across 70 venues in the city between November 4-11th.

    Highlights from the week include a free showcase night at the Limelight featuring 12 local acts, the premiere of the Two Door Cinema Club documentary, lunchtime in store gigs at HMV and a headline gig from Orbital 20 years since their last Belfast gig.

    Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah, and Belfast Music Week co-ordinator, speaking at the launch on the roof garden of the Oh Yeah Centre said:

    “Last year there were 170 events over 45 venues in the Belfast Music Week programme and we’re astonished to see how the venues, bands and promoters have pulled together something even more expansive in 2012. Music continues to define us, to lift us and to energise us."

    Gig Round-Up: Toro Y Moi, Pocket Billiards, Clown Parlour and More!

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    ATL | 12:35 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012


    We've got a couple of gigs announcements for you this morning from Halloween specials to Harlem rappers, what more could you ask for?

    Pocket Billiards will be bringing their Ska drenched madness to the Portrush Playhouse Club on Friday 26th October.

    That same night Clown Parlour will be headlining a Halloween special gig featuring support from Streetwise Samba Band,Uncle-SocialDirty Kansas and The Penny Dreadfuls at Auntie Annies. 

    Beans on Toast will play his first headline gig in Belfast, October 28th in McHughs Bar Belfast.

    Immoral Technique's UK tour will reach the Mandela Hall Belfast on November 2nd with support from Swave Sevah, Poison Pen, DJ Static and DJ Snuff.

    Toro Y Moi will play the Button Factory in Dublin on January 20th next year.

    Gig of the Week: Sea Pinks

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    ATL | 11:55 UK time, Tuesday, 16 October 2012


    For our gig of the week, it's props to a band who delivered one of the finest sessions we've broadcast all year. Celebrating their vibey third album 'Freak Waves', Sea Pinks we're in fine form, knocking out a trio of ever-so-slightly warped guitar-pop gems.

    Over to Neil form the band for your official invite, then:

    "We're playing our first show since February at the Pavilion on Friday with a new four piece line up who also double up as a three piece support band, Charles Hurts. We're really looking forward to playing songs from the new album and some golden greats too. Hope to see you there, only 5 noops in, 9pm sharp!"


    Sea Pinks & Charles Hurts play The Pavillion, Belfast on Friday night.

    Listen to Sea Pinks track 'Flase Spring' from their new album Freak Waves via the player below:

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    Killers Shows Announced

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    ATL | 13:11 UK time, Monday, 15 October 2012



    The Killers have announced two Irish dates for early next year.

    The Las Vegas outfit will play the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on February 21st with a show in the O2 Arena, Dublin the following evening.

    The band were one of the headline acts at the Electric Picnic festival this summer, after releasing their fourth studio album 'Battle Born' this year.

    As yet no support acts have been announced for the Irish performances.



    The Making Of....Here Comes The Landed Gentry

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    ATL | 11:34 UK time, Friday, 12 October 2012

    Here COmes the landed Gentry


    It's not been that long since Here Comes the Landed Gentry called it a day in 2010, it just feels like ages cause we've missed them so much.The good news is these whiskey drinkin', good time giving Derry loons are back for a couple of reunion shows and all for a very good cause. They'll play Sandinos, Derry on Thursday Oct 18th with a second, final show at The Cellar Bar, Draperstown on Sat 20th.

    To celebrate, we spoke to key member Phillip 'Wally' Wallace (also known as percussionist in Cashier #9) to find out just what makes this collection of hallions tick....Over to you, Wally....


    My first record?? Hmmm Status Quo, 12 Gold Bars, ye canny beat a bit of "Down Down" deeper and down after a few bass shandies!

    As for last record - Django Django, definitely one of the best this year, caught 'em in the Limelight, they were class, great to see Vinny doing well too!

    I went to a load of concerts when I was a long haired teenager, seen some amazing bands. Pantera (supporting Megadeth) at the Ulster Hall, that's when I knew I wanted to play drums professionally! It was an immense show, so much raw energy, still haven't regained my hearing fully after climbing up the front of house, stage left, never made the stage though. But it was John Bonham inspired me to pick up the sticks, he is the master, the end.

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    Orbital To Play Belfast Music Week!

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    ATL | 10:44 UK time, Friday, 12 October 2012

    Orbital promo pic


    As part of Belfast Music Week Orbital will be headlining an all day event at the Ulster Hall on November 10th called '25: Electronic Music in Belfast'.

    This celebration of the past 25 years of dance music in Belfast will include workshops and interviews during the day and performances in the evening across two rooms from local acts including the likes of Phil Kieran, Space Dimension Controller, Mmoths, Ryan Vail, Kab Driver & Defcon.

    Orbital released their eight studio album 'Wonky' back in April, their first new material in eight years. Tickets go on sale this Monday 15th October at 9am.

    Belfast Music Week Update!

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    ATL | 16:08 UK time, Thursday, 11 October 2012

    Belfast Music Week Logo


    As previously announced, Belfast Music Week will return from the 4th to the 12th of November. A number of events have now been added to the list of events. Visit for full listings.

    Hip Hop Showcase - Love and Death, Belfast
    Sunday 4th November
    Love Music Hate Racism NI present a showcase event featuring: Bee Mick See, Cull, Gerard i2, DJ Koncept, DJ Monphat, Nathan Flutebox Lee and The Clinic.

    In-Spired: Musice, Voices and Choirs - Spires Centre, Belfast
    Tuesday 6th November
    Katie and The Carnival, Farriers, Silhouette, Master and Dog, Sons of Caliber, Rainy Boy Sleep, Gareth Dunlop, Anthony Toner, Laura Lamph (National Chamber Choir of Ireland),  Inishowen Gospel Choir, Open Arts, Voices Together, and Belfast Metropolitan College Choir.

    Robyn G Shiels - The Palm House, Belfast
    Wednesday 7th November


    Belfast Music Week Showcase - The Limelight, Belfast
    Thursday 8th November (Free Addmission)
    David C Clements, LaFaro, Katharine Philippa, Rams Pocket Radio, A Plastic Rose, Wonder Villains, VerseChorusVerse, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail, Runaway GO, Pretty Child Backfire, Tom McShane.

    To gain free tickets you must register via the Limelight or email
    A maximum of 2 tickets per person.

    Gifted Live - The Empire, Belfast
    Thursday 8th November
    Mick Flannery, Heathers, Desert Hearts, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, The Virginmarys, Daithi. Moulettes. Plus special recorded performances by Our Krypton Son, The Mighty Stef, and Empty Lungs. Watch live on the day at

    New Windings album out now!

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    ATL | 15:37 UK time, Thursday, 11 October 2012

    Windgins album cover


    Windings have released their new album I Am Not The Crow a bit early. Due for release on the 12th of October, the Limerick natives made it available digitally on their bandcamp page early where you can also stream the eight tracks for free. 

    The album was recorded between Efrim Menuck in Hotel2Tango, Montreal and Tommy McLaughlin in Attica Audio, Donegal. It's the bands third album and it is released via Out on a Limb Records.


    Our Krypton Son debut out next month!

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    ATL | 10:55 UK time, Thursday, 11 October 2012

    Our Krypton Son, aka Chris McConaghy,  will release his self titled debut album via Small Town America records on the 16th of November. 

    The album will be preceeded by the first single called "I'll Never Learn To Say Goodbye" which is out on the 9th November. Our Krypton Son will play Transmit with Third Man Theme and Best Boy Grip at Limelight 2 in Belfast tonight.

    Axis Of sign to Small Town America

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    ATL | 10:28 UK time, Thursday, 11 October 2012

    Axis Of


    Small Town America have snapped up North Coast noise makers Axis Of for their roster. The Derry City based label is also home to LaFaro, More Than Conquerors, Our Krypton Son and more. 

    Axis Of are due to release their debut album Finding St. Kilda later this year. The band are currently on tour around the UK.

    Gig of The Week: Volume Control with Ed Zealous

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    ATL | 11:40 UK time, Wednesday, 10 October 2012

    Volume Control Gig Poster


    We've a habit of recommending Volume Control shows, for which we make no apology. For years there were (valid) complaints about the lack of a regular all ages showcase in Belfast, which is why these guys are so welcome. Moving temporarily from their home at Oh Yeah, the guys will set up shop at the new MAC venue for a quadruple bill of ATL-friendly goodness on Saturday night.

    Pete, from Ed Zealous has the skinny:

    "This is our first show in Belfast for quite a while, and also our first all ages gig in some time so we're really looking forward to bringing a new set of music to an audience that won't have heard much of it before. The Mac is a really impressive new arts centre and a really important addition to to the city so we're very excited to be performing there for the first time. Also we can't wait to check out A Northern Light & Ryan Vail, and we're big fans of the Japanese Popstars so looking forward to seeing what former member Decky Hedrock has up his sleeve with his new project Sirkus Sirkuz. Should be a great night!"

    Ed Zealous, Ryan Vail, Sirkus Sirkus and A Northern Light play The MAC on Saturday evening. The show runs from 7.30pm-10.30pm. For more information visit the MAC website.

    News Releases: Yes Cadets, Runaway Go and more!

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    ATL | 11:13 UK time, Tuesday, 9 October 2012

    Yes Cadets EP Cover artwork


    This week see's a host of local releases including:

    Yes Cadets released their new EP 'Le Mans' yesterday on Hummingbird Records. The band have also filmed a video for their new single, 'Seconds in a Minute' which was produced and directed by Dan Haslam.

    Last night Runaway Go launched their new single 'Jump Start', alongside a new video from Big Bad Llama and a new website at The single was produced by Jonathan Shakhovskoy who has worked with U2, Amy Winehouse, Sugababes and many more in the past.

    Comply or Die released a double A-side single yesterday. The two tracks, 'Sixes' and 'Three Suns'  were recorded with Frankie McClay at Einstein Studios last month.  

    owensie album cover artwork


    Dublin's Bats have just released their single 'Wolfwrangler' along with a video directed by Stevie Russell. It's the first single from the bands forthcoming album called, The Sleep of Reason which is out on the 20th of October.

    Fellow Dubliner, Owensie will launch his sophomore album Citizens at the Unitarian Church, Dublin on Friday the 26th of October. To give people an idea of what to expect, Owensie put up a track from the album called 'Distance Of Her Love' as a free download last week.

    While More Than Conquerors recenlty gave a sneak peek of their debut album with the track 'When The Well Runs Dry'.

    The Bonnevilles and more - Black Box, Belfast

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    ATL | 10:43 UK time, Tuesday, 9 October 2012

    tHE bONNEVILLES photo


    The Bonnevilles, The Sabrejets, The Sons Of Robert Mitchum, The Penny Dreadfuls
    Black Box, Belfast
    Saturday, 6th October 2012

    With the night before having played host to the likes of St Vitus Dance and Stop Stop Start Again, the second and final night of this year's The Good, The Mad and The Bad mini-festival brings together some of the very best of our country’s rockabilly and blues-rock acts, all in the relatively intimate setting of Belfast’s Black Box. If ever there was a line-up to rip out the Brylcreem and gingham shirts, this is it.

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    That New Band Smell - Harboured

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    ATL | 21:49 UK time, Monday, 8 October 2012


    harboured band logo


    It's time for another That New Band Smell with me, Carrie Davenport - not that I can actually smell anything as I'm loaded with the cold and my nose is so red it would put rudolph's to shame! But fear not a little sniffle will not stop me delving deep into a pile of new bands to find some absolute diamonds for you to enjoy. My nose may not be working and my voice may sound a bit like I sing in a Deicide tribute band, but my ears have not failed you and this week's threesome will have you fighting the urge to dance like a fool! We say give in to that urge and start a mini-mosh at your desk right now!


    Remaining rather elusive online, Lietrim based punk outfit Excuses deliver punchy angry tracks which will appeal to fans of Black Flag and good old fashioned punk rock that makes you want to drink beer and smash things. They'll start their aural assault on the north with a support slot on Oct 13th with local hardcore heavyweights Death Of A Salesman.


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    The Bonnevilles Album Launch!

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    ATL | 16:18 UK time, Friday, 5 October 2012

    Bonnevilles album cover


    The Bonnevilles have confirmed their new album, "Folk Art & The Death Of Electric Jesus" will be officially launched at The Limelight 2 in Belfast on Thursday the 15th of November.

    Support has yet to be confirmed. 

    The twelve track release is the Lurgan duo's sophomore album and will be out on Twenty Stone Blatt Records on November the 5th.

    Acts confirmed for Cork Jazz Fest!

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    ATL | 12:16 UK time, Friday, 5 October 2012

    Cork Jazz Festival Logo


    Now in it's 32nd year, the Cork Jazz Festival returns tot he city from the 26th to 29th of October.

    Acts now confirmed for the weekend include De La Soul, Beach House, Taraf De Haidouks, Cathy Davey, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and many more.

    For the full line up and more information visit


    Girls Names Stream New Single

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    ATL | 16:53 UK time, Wednesday, 3 October 2012


    Girls Names have released a stream of their new single 'The New Life' over on their Tumblr site. The Belfast based 3 piece will be releasing the single as a 12" with a remix by JD Twitch, one half of Glasgow based duo Optimo through Tough Love Records on November 12th. 

    Grils Names are currently working on the follow up to their debut LP 'Dead To Me' released back in April 2011. 

    Listen to the stream of 'The New Life' by clicking here.



    More Announcements For Belfast Music Week

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    ATL | 11:04 UK time, Wednesday, 3 October 2012


    Following last week's story on the first annoucnements for Belfast Music week we've got a host of more dates for you to stick in your diary. The following events have now been confimred:
    November 5, Shizznigh promotions presents:
    FOG, Chocolate Love Factory, Stand With Heretics, Stereo War Favorites, Halfway Down, Bellos The Limelight, 

    November 5, Two Door Cinema Club documentary ‘What We See’ cinema premiere, QFT:
    A film by Babysweet productions, following Two Door Cinema Club across numerous European Festivals in 2012. 
    November 6, In-Spired Voices, Music and Choirs at The Spires Conference Centre:
    Local acts performing unique choral arrangements, co-ordinated by Katie Richardson. Featuring  Katie and The Carnival, Silhouette, Farriers, Gareth Dunlop, Master And Dog, Rainy Boy Sleep, Anthony Toner, Sons of Caliber, Laura Lamph (National Chamber Choir of Ireland), Open Arts Choir. More names TBC.  

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    David C Clements - The Empire, Belfast

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    ATL | 16:09 UK time, Tuesday, 2 October 2012


    David C Clements, Cara Sebastian, Little Bear, Hannah McPhillimy
    The Empire, Belfast 
    Sunday 30th Setpember

    Walking in to The Empire tonight you could hear a pin drop, Hannah McPhillimy has just begun her set and people seem to be enraptured in her performance, you'd think it was the final act of the night. Hannah sets the bar high for the rest of the evening with a 'niche' cover of Al Green's 'Tired Of Being Alone' and bares her soul in her take on the prodigal son parable, 'Homecoming'. With a voice reminiscent of Regina Spektor, she shows, along with her trusty ukelele, that less really is more.

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    The Making Of....The Alice Kona Band

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    ATL | 15:41 UK time, Tuesday, 2 October 2012


    Picking which track we open the show with each Monday is a big deal. It has to be something punchy and instant to reel listeners in, convince floating voters and the initiated that Across the Line is worth sticking with and that Northern Irish music is engaging enough to justify a chunk of their evening. This Monday we opened with The Alice Kona Band. This was an even bigger deal given it was the first time we'd ever played the track. So even though it wasn't established, we deemed it strong enough to act as our mission statement.

    The song is called 'Film'. To celebrate it's general greatness we've asked John (vocals/bass) to volunteer some information about 'The Making Of' his wonderful band....


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    Gig of the Week: Gifted Live

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    ATL | 15:25 UK time, Tuesday, 2 October 2012


    Hard to know where to start with Gifted Live. Is it a gig? Is it a showcase? Is it a slick TV show? It's actually the best bits of all those things - top notch headliners (usually playing a much smaller venue than they're used to), solid support and quirky onscreen inserts to pass the time between the stuff onstage. Overall - a fantastic way to spend your Thursday evening, whether you make it to The Empire or are simply watching the action online.


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    HCTLG reform for two shows!

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    ATL | 10:54 UK time, Tuesday, 2 October 2012

    Here COmes the landed Gentry


    Here Comes The Landed Gentry are to reform later this month for two charity gigs.

    On Thurs the 18th of October, they'll headline a two stage line up at Sandinos, Derry before returning to the G Sessions at The Cellar Bar, Draperstown on Saturday 20th.

    The full line ups at both events have yet to be confirmed.

    Since the demise of Here Come the Landed Gentry, Gavin, Rion and John went on to form The Murder Balladeers while Wally joined Cashier No. 9 and The Ard Ri Band.

    Heathers - McHughs, Belfast

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    ATL | 17:51 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012




    Heathers, Tokyo Empire
    McHughs, Belfast
    Friday 28th September

    Before Ellie and Louise (aka Heathers) take to the stage we have Strabane based outfit Tokyo Empire treating us to a confident and impressive performance. Chris Sharkey has a strong presence and has a vocal quality not dissimilar to Brandon Boyd. We are treated to a few lively and upbeat tracks filled with bouncy melodies throughout. For an up and coming band they have a professional, established feel about them. These boys know their music and on this showing there is some real promise.

    It is no time at all before Heathers take to the stage and they are warmly received by a busy and enthusiastic audience. It is four years since their debut album ‘Here, Not There’ hit shelves and they have just released their sophomore effort ‘Kingdom’, with this evenings set based primarily on the latter.

    We kick off with ‘Circular Road’ and it only takes a few seconds to realise that the time in the studio has been well spent. Whilst they retain the hooky pop from the first album, the new songs have an edgier feel, with leanings towards a new electro sound. ‘Lions, Tigers, Bears’ is the perfect example, a sleek, well polished, song that has pulsating beats working in tandem with a melodious and pacy keyboard. Quite a departure from what we are used to but the applause suggests this is a new direction we can get used to.

    ‘Flight’ continues the theme of versatility this evening with a song as beautiful as it is simple with Ellie and Louise harmonising effortlessly using only a piano to drive the song. Fans of the first album are then treated to ‘Remember When’ and ‘Reading In The Dark’, both a  return to the bittersweet indie with ear-catching hooks and harmony.

    Ellie showcases her velvety tones with a beautiful cover of Lana Del Reys ‘Summertime Sadness’. The complimentary nature of the sisters voices is a real delight with ‘Forget Me Knots’ being a highlight of the night. Ellie purrs along the lower scales whilst Louise reaches the difficult high notes with consummate ease. 

    Set closer ‘Find A Way’ is a mix of the old with the new. We have punchy acoustic guitars that make way for pounding drums and throbbing bass lines. The band goes off to a great applause and this evening has shown that all the hard work in the studio crafting a more rounded sound is well worth the effort. These girls are reaching something near their potential and their star only looks certain to rise even further.

    David Smith


    That New Band Smell: The Runaway Bears

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    ATL | 16:43 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012


    Bonjour! Champignons er … et petit pous? Brian Coney at your local-music-delving service. So… with term-time having well and truly kicked into gear, what could possibly be your excuse to venture out into the night to avail of the frankly mind-blowing range of gigs and concerts happening Belfast and further afield? We are literally spoilt for choice: with Culture Night having come and gone, the return of Radar at QUBSU and Belfast Music Week looming on the horizon, here’s my pick of three acts to keep an eye and two ears out for over the coming months. Et voilà...


    The Last Generation – Frankly

    Having been busy gigging on the local circuit over the last few months, Maghera-based four-piece The Last Generation are arguably one of the most promising young rock ‘n’ roll acts in the country. With their debut EP, Revelation, released only last month, their ripping brand of high-octane, riff-laden, no frills hard rock is an aural antidote to all that is fiddly and factitious in humble art of music making. ‘Frankly’, the second of three tracks from the aforesaid EP, is my pick of the lot.

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    Atlantic Sessions 2012

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    ATL | 15:57 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

    Atlantic Sessions Logo


    Now in its fifth year, The Atlantic Sessions will return between the 8th and 11th of November with live music in various venues throughout Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae, Castlerock and Coleraine.

    Highlights include Gemma Hayes, Sons of Caliber, The Farriers, Katie & the Carnival, The Emerald Armada, Malojian and many more.

    As well as ticketed gigs, there's also a free music trail. For more information on the event visit

    New Wonder Villains video!

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    ATL | 15:09 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

    The Wonder Villains will release their next single 'TV' on October 29th through Third Bar and No Dancing Records. To mark the release the band have put together a promo video which you can watch now.

    Free Ambience Affair album download!

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    ATL | 14:38 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

    Ambience Affair album cover


    The Ambience Affair are giving their album Burials away as a free download for the next week. Originally released back in October last year, you can download the Dublin trios debut to mark the anniversary at

    The Ambience Affair will play Hard Working Class Heroes with We Cut Corners, A Lazurus Soul and Groom at The Button Factory, Dublin this Friday.

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