Archives for November 2012

Dan Deacon in Belfast

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ATL | 13:13 UK time, Monday, 26 November 2012

Dan Deacon Promo Pic


Dan Deacon will play the Black Box in Belfast on Sunday the 10th of February. Famed for his live shows and audience participation, this is Deacon's first Belfast show since 2007.

The electronic music composer/performer released his new album America on Domino Records in August. Deacon has described the album as representing his conflicted feelings toward the country and world he calls home.


Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Returns

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ATL | 11:13 UK time, Friday, 23 November 2012


The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival will return in 2013 from February 20th - 24th for its 9th year running. As wtih previous years the festival will feature a host of performances from talent spanning both sides of the Atlantic. Confirmed acts so far include:

American artists Brett James, Nanci Griffith, Kristian BushJason Blume, Chris Young and Bob Dipiero.

Northern and Southern based artists such as Brian Kennedy, Gareth Dunlop, Katharine Phillipa, Ursula Burns, Wes GriersonJohn Spillane and Mick Flannery.

UK acts Tom Baxter, Karima Francis, Rae Morris, Rosie Carney, Boo Hewardine, Then Jericho’s Mark Shaw and Henry Priestman

For more information on the festival you can check out their official site here.

Swanee River farewell shows

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ATL | 13:15 UK time, Thursday, 22 November 2012


Derry based rockers, Swanee River announced back in September that they would call it a day. After eight years, three EPs, an album and extensive tours, they will finish up with a home coming gig in Derry next month. They will also play farewell gigs in Ahoghill and Belfast.


Farewell Dates:

8th December, The Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill (Ballymena)
20th December, The Empire Music Hall, Belfast
21st December, Gweedore Bar, Upstairs, (Derry)

The Making Of... Wyldling

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ATL | 10:37 UK time, Thursday, 22 November 2012


Derry band Wyldling


With a new video for their track 'Siren' having just hit the interwebs, we thought it would be perfect timing to catch up with Derry four-piece electro-rock outfit Wylding to discover all kinds of factoids about the band in this week's edition of The Making Of: 

(Glenn Rosborough) The first record i bought was Lenny Kravitz 'Greatest Hits'.

(David Kirby) The last record I bought was 'Epicloud' by the Devin Townsend Project. The guy's a genius!

(Phil Curran) The one gig that made me want to be in a band was Such As in the Nucleus.


(Jilly St John) One musician that inspired me to start performing? Gawd there have been so many over the years, bearing in mind I witnessed the 80's. I love watching live shows in general especially Prince, Queen, Black Sabbath, Nirvana to name a couple, but I have to say I've always been drawn to strong female figures from a young age. Artists like Kate Bush, Patti Smith, Blondie, Madonna, and in my late teens No Doubt, Juliette Lewis. My list is endless. Performance has always just been there since I could walk and string a sentence together. 

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That New Band Smell - Bantum

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ATL | 15:08 UK time, Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Bantum Legion album cover


This week’s That New Band Smell features some ridiculously talented new acts - the kind of bands that make you want to get up off your behind and start a record label just so you can share them with the world. I’m Niamh NewNoise and here are some of songs that’ve been on repeat in my stereo this month, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.


September Girls - Green Eyed 

First up are the September Girls who describe themselves as sounds from a transistor radio abandoned in an old cinema. They’re unique in the fact that they’re an all female band with an awesome drummer on board called Sarah Grimes. Two of the members, Paula and Caoimhe, used to be in the Chalets and then Talulah Does the Hula, so they’ve been making music together for a few years. They recently released 'Green Eyed' (below) on 7” via Soft Power Records who are based in Glasgow and they’ve just joined DIY label Matinee Recordings in the States. Their stuff kind of reminds me of the Breeders and they’re currently working on their debut album and that will be available sometime next year.

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Gig of the Week: Savour Your Scene

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ATL | 10:05 UK time, Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Savour Your Scene Fest


Northern Irish independent metal/hardcore label, Savour Your Scene are having their first ever mini fest this Saturday at the Warzone Collective, Belfast.

Being a one stop shop for "punk & crust fans, hardcore kids, those into their thrash and metal and those simply wanting to indulge in some loud music", it was a simple choice for this week's 'Gig of the Week'.

We spoke to Savour Your Scene founder and Gacy Threads drummer, Stephen Currie about the day festival this Saturday:


"I wanted to not only highlight the talent Belfast currently has, but also bring bands from the south giving them exposure in this growing Belfast scene. We've 7 bands on the bill (4 from the North, 3 from the South)."

"Picking the bill was pretty easy, most of the bands are on the label and we have worked closely to help release their music. Hornets are making an appearance as personally I'm just a straight up huge fan, and Pigs As People I chose as I like to give new bands an opportunity to network and get gig contacts to get them off the ground and outside of their comfort zone. Basically since forming the label I've always wanted to get all the bands on the one bill, sadly By Any Means can't join us for this one... maybe next time!"

"Also Saturday's a celebration! Paul (Lantern for a Gale) is having his stagg at it, so congratulation to him and his lovely wife to be, and it's a leaving party, as Ryan (Gacys Threads) is playing is last show with the band to pursue his personal projects. All in all, it's going to be mental craic!"

Gacy Threads, Ilenkus, Lantern for a Gale, Three Hour Ceasefire, Hornets, Milestones and Pigs As People all play the Savour Your Scene Fest #1 at the Warzone Collective, Belfast this Saturday the 24th of November.

John Corabi - Auntie Annie's, Belfast

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ATL | 15:09 UK time, Tuesday, 20 November 2012

John Corabi (Unplugged)
Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
Saturday, November 17th

Having played with or fronted the likes of Union, The Scream and Motley Crue – the latter on their genuinely impressive 1994 self-titled album – Pennsylvanian fifty-something John Corabi remains one of the most well travelled and well-versed hard rock performers in the business. With a CV with very few comparisons in the genre, tonight he brings his wide-ranging back catalogue and powerful voice to Belfast, stripped back and bare-boned.

Despite expressing disappointment at the poor turn-out at his two previous Irish dates on the current tour, Corabi has drawn a hefty crowd tonight – an eclectic melange of youth and experience; the curious and the heartily inducted. Kicking off with a swift one-two of Union tracks propped up on a stool – including single ‘Love (I Don’t Need It Anymore)’ – he is clearly on fine form; interspersing anecdotes and musings with vigorous yet minimalist renderings of songs faithfully echoed by tonight’s ever-growing audience.

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Belfast show for Ellie Goulding

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ATL | 14:18 UK time, Tuesday, 20 November 2012

ellie goulding


Ellie Goudling will play the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Saturday the 6th of April 2013. As previously announced, Goulding will also play the Olympia, Dublin the following day.

The singer released her sophomore album Halcyon last month and it debuted at number 2 in the UK Album Charts.

Tickets go on sale this Friday.


ASIWYFA headline big benefit show!

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ATL | 20:42 UK time, Monday, 19 November 2012

Benefit Gig POster

And So I Watch You From Afar have announced live on ATL that they have come together with a multitude of bands, promoters and contributors to put on benefit gigs in the city over two days in December.

The event is called 'Benefit' and will feature And So I Watch You From Afar, LaFaro, Axis Of, David C Clements, Eatenbybears, Ed Zealous, Bats, More Than Conquerors, No Spill Blood, Sons of Burlap and The Continuous Battle of Order. More acts are to be confirmed.

The main showcase will take place across the Mandela Hall, Bunatee Bar and Bar Sub at Queens Students Union on the 15th of December.

Other shows are planned to take place on the 14th and 15th of December in aid of MacmIllan Cancer Foundation and NI Bowel Cancer.


Glasgowbury Act Submissions Now Open

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ATL | 15:09 UK time, Monday, 19 November 2012


As previously reported the small but massive Draperstown festival Glasgowbury is retuning for its 13th year, this time expanding to 2 days, one of which will be a Derry showcase tying in with the City of Culture Celebrations.

As with previous years, bands looking to get themselves a slot at the festival have the chance to submit their music for consideration.

If you think your band has what it takes all you need to do is:

• Send an email to using ‘Glasgowbury 2013‘ as the subject title.

• Provide a link to your most recent recorded music. 

• And provide at least one main contact number for the act (two if possible).

Submissions will close in January 2013 with the festival lineup being announced in the months following. 

If you can't wait to don you wellies and get up Eagle's Rock where the annual music festival takes place, why not check out some of ATL's previous video coverage of Glasgowbury to see what to expect for 2013!

Snow Patrol Announce Acoustic Belfast Gig

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ATL | 14:29 UK time, Monday, 19 November 2012


Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly and John McDaid have announced today that they will be playing a special homecoming Christmas acoustic gig in Belfast on December 23rd at the Waterfront Hall. 

Support comes in the form of Derry singer songwriter SOAK who recently popped into ATL to perform some live session tracks

Snow Patrol recently finished their 2012 'Fallen Empires' world tour tying in with the release of their sixth studio album of the same name. 

The Bonnevilles - The Retro, Portrush

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ATL | 13:35 UK time, Monday, 19 November 2012

the Bonnevilles Poster


The Bonnevilles, The Wood Burning Savages, Troublesome Bucks
The Retro, Portrush
Friday 16th November 2012

This evening is the first of a run of album launches for The Bonnevilles. Having just released their second studio album, “Folk Art & The Death of Electric Jesus”, the duo are travelling across the province to introduce new ears to their retro inspired fusion of blues and punk. 

But first, they don’t come more classic rock’n’roll than the Troublesome Bucks. The songs are pretty much standard fare with no frills attached, but this allows the skill of the musicians to stand out. These guys like a good guitar solo and aren’t afraid of a middle eight either. Fans of Rory Gallager won’t be disappointed by their sound, which is clearly influenced by his music. “Midnight Train” is the highlight of a tight set, showcasing a band of accomplished performers.

The Wood Burning Savages open with the dark, slighty eccentric chant of “High Rise” over the thrum of a six string bass. It’s a mixed bag; bright bouncy pop-worthy numbers, such as “Venus”, contrast with almost tribal driven beats. Thankfully the vocals of unlikely frontman Paul Connolly prevent it from getting a bit too bipolar. Don’t be fooled by his slight stature; jittering on his tiptoes, Connolly’s voice commands attention and stands out with an ethereal, quivering quality. There’s a moment when his guitar string breaks and he almost sends his mic stand careening offstage, but he battles on with the same momentum, unphased. “Goose” stands out for its splendid three part harmonies, whilst closing track “Thoughts of You” defines the stomping and impatient theme that runs through most of their music.

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General Fiasco and Wonder Villians gig

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ATL | 13:29 UK time, Friday, 16 November 2012

General Fiasco & special guests the Wonder Villains plus support play at the LimelightNI, Belfast. Friday, December 21st.

General Fiasco return to Belfast this December to play a Christmas headline show at the brand new Limelight 1 venue. The band have had a busy year, with the release of their new LP "Unfaithfully Yours" along with a relentless touring schedule, including two sold out shows in Belfast in July.

General Fiasco play Limelight 1 on Friday December 21st. Support comes from The Wonder Villains & Guests to be announced.

Girl's Names To Play Eurosonic

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ATL | 16:41 UK time, Thursday, 15 November 2012



Belfast band Girl’s Names have just been added to the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, The Netherlands.

The Festival takes place from the 9th January until the 12th January and will feature artists from across Europe. Other local acts joining Girl’s Names are Little Green Cars, Kodaline, Adrian Crowley, Villagers and Mmoths.

Last year Ireland was the 'spotlight country' of the festival and the likes of Cashier no9, Foy Vance, LaFaro, Mojo Fury, Rams' Pocket Radio and many more played the event.

Girl's Name's put out their new single 'The New Life' this week.

So Cow and Squarehead split album

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ATL | 12:26 UK time, Thursday, 15 November 2012


So Cow and Squarehead have released their split album entitled ‘Out Of Season’. The 10 track album is evenly divided between the two acts, So Cow performing the first five tracks, Squarehead the next five. As well as a digital download, a vinyl LP is also available.

It is releashed under US label 'Inflated Records' which also features artists such as Oberhofer, MemoryHouseDucktails, Ava Luna and Bass Drum Of Death.

Both bands will be playing in support of Rural Savage on the 18th February in Galway at the Roisin Dubh.

Acoustic charity event

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ATL | 16:23 UK time, Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Our Krypton Son, Allie Bradley, Kris Platt and Jamie Neish will play at a Live Screenprint Expo on Wednesday 21st. The acts will perform acoustically and create prints at the event in the Black Box, Belfast in aid of an animal charity.

Each act will create their own unique artwork which can be screen printed onto T-Shirts at the end of the night. Those present will also be shown how a print actually gets on a T-Shirt.

The Making Of... Our Krypton Son

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ATL | 10:43 UK time, Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Having signed to the ever-helpful Smalltown America, Our Krypton Son has finally been able to unleash his debut album. We say his, as OKS is essentially a vehicle for Chris McConaghy, former guitarist with Derry garage-pop loons Red Organ Serpent Sound. But far from wasting time licking his wounds after the bands deal with Mercury didn't lead to the type of success that seemed inevitable back in 2004, Chris is making the type of music he loves, on his own terms. Any listeners reap the rewards. But which bands and artistes can claim responsibility for the type of music Chris finds himself making? Lets discuss The Making Of....Our Krypton Son


The first record I ever bought was, embarassingly, 'America's Least Wanted' by Ugly Kid Joe. I bought it on cassette in 'Soundsaround' that used to be in Derry. Nightmare. I was only 12 or so though. 

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Mmoths Announces New EP

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ATL | 10:24 UK time, Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Irish electro musician Jack Colleran aka Mmoths has announced he will be releasing a new EP called 'Diaries' in March next year.

'Diaries' will be the follow up to Mmoths self titled debut EP released back in March.
The tracklisting for 'Diaries' will be as follows:

1. One
2. For Her (feat. Young & Sick)
3. Losing You
4. No One
5. All These Things (feat. Holly Miranda)
6. Too Real

For those who can't wait until february the track 'For Her' is available to listen to over on Mmoths Soundcloud.

Gig Of The Week: Before Machines

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ATL | 13:49 UK time, Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Back to basics with our gig of the week this time around - a great bill-topper, a solid support and all in a reliable venue in the capital city! No messing about.

Andy from headliners Before Machines can sum up just why you want to be at this show better than we ever could, so it's over to him:

"We're building up to the release of our debut album, "Tundra" in the new year and Croupier are one of our favourite bands on the whole island, so we couldn't turn down the opportunity to link up with them again. Their album is outstanding! It's also a great chance to see some high quality newer acts like Novak/Frontier and Patrick Kelly. We're particularly excited about Rachael Boyd, her new video for Back In Your Box is great! We've just released another single, it's called "Trembleur" and it's free on our bandcamp and soundcloud! We can't wait for people to hear it. There will be a few free t-shirts as well..."


BEFORE MACHINES, Croupier, Novak/Frontier, Patrick Kelly and Rachael Boyd play Auntie Annies, Belfast on Friday Night.


New free track from Before Machines!

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ATL | 12:56 UK time, Tuesday, 13 November 2012

There's still no set date for the release of their debut album Tundra, but Before Machines have decided to give away their new track,'Trembleur' for free on in the meantime.

The song was recorded at Graham House Studios by Walter D'Goon and Start Together Studios by Chris McCorry, and then mixed and mastered by Rocky O'Reilly.

Before Machines play Auntie Annies in Belfast this friday with Croupier, Rachael Boyd, Novak/Frontier, and Patrick Kelly.

That New Band Smell: Gem Dos

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ATL | 12:39 UK time, Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Well hello there, Phil Taggart here! God it must be what? A month since the last time we spoke. You're looking great, you working out? Well enough of the small talk, lets get down to the new music. I'm changing the name this week from That New Band Smell to (drum roll please) 'Who Produced That Smell'… aka we have three DJ/Producers for your consideration this evening.


Kyle Marno - I See You Dancing
Spine chilling sedate electro from the 19 year old producer from Belfast. The vocal on this is going to haunt you for days!

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INXS call it a day!

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ATL | 11:54 UK time, Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Ciaran gribbin


INXS have confirmed they are calling it quits after 35 years. Currently fronted by Castledawson's Ciaran Gribbin, the band announced at their concert at Perth Arena on Sunday that they would no longer perform live as a band.

There was some confusion after the concert, and Gribbin posted online that:

"As I write this most of INXS are on a plane flying from Perth to Sydney. Please try and be patient as the Band plan to release a full statement on the subject ASAP."

The band's statement followed the next day which said:

"All things must eventually come to an end. We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it’s time to step away from the touring arena.”

Ciaran Gribbin, previously known as Joe Echo and ex-Leya frontman, joined INXS in September 2011. He replaced J.D Fortune, who parted company with the band after six years.

Villagers - Black Box, Belfast

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ATL | 14:58 UK time, Monday, 12 November 2012


Villagers, SOAK
The Black Box, Belfast
Sunday 11th November 2012

'Your new stuff is amazing' shouts some guy. It's an amusingly polite heckle, yet no one really laughs. They're too busy nodding in enthusiastic agreement, bemused by these adventurous songs. It helps that the sound is immaculate, every little detail shining through. It's pretty much perfect, really.

Earlier though, we had Soak. Armed just with her acoustic guitar and a few rambling tales, she's a great scene setter, utterly captivating, full of intrigue. The curiosity that comes with such a talanted 16 year old soon dispels however - these songs are pretty universal after all, full of wisdom for one so young. 'Sea Creatures' remains the stand out and, given the masses penchant for a stripped down ballad, surely a future hit. Soak tells us there's Radio 1 daytime plays to look forward to this week and everyone cheers, knowing she's really on to something.

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Villagers back in March!

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ATL | 14:39 UK time, Monday, 12 November 2012

Villagers Photo

Photo by Rich Gilligan

Villagers have announced an Irish tour in support of their new album, Awayland, out on January 11th. Fresh from a sold out show at the Black Box last night, the band will return to Belfast on Saturday the 16th March to play the Empire Music Hall. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday.

Tour Dates:

Thurs 14 March – Seapoint, Galway 
Fri 15 March – Dolans, Limerick
Sat 16 March – Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Mon 18 March – Inec Acoustic Club, Killarney
Tues 19 March – The Savoy, Cork
Thurs 21 March – Olympia, Dublin

Belfast Music Week: Robyn G Shiels and more - The Palm House, Belfast

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ATL | 13:14 UK time, Friday, 9 November 2012

Katharine Philippa live at the Palm house. Photo by Carrie Davenport.


Robyn G Shiels, David C Clements, Katharine Philipp, VerseChorusVerse
The Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Wednesday 7th November

For the 50 people fortunate enough to get a ticket, this evening’s showcase in Botanic Garden’s Palm House promises to be the most bespoke gig in Belfast Music Week’s programme. We’re met at the garden gates and ushered along a dark path to the Palm House’s rear entrance. In the main atrium several rows of seats have been set out and a small performance space cleared. Built like a cathedral of intricate glass and metal work, filled with exotic plants and illuminated by Victorian lampposts, it feels more like we’ve have strayed into Narnia than a public park.

Huddled in hats and scarfs the audience do their best to dodge the drops of condensation falling from the ceiling. The lights drop with a jolt and Stuart Bailie introduces us to the ‘maddest venue’ of the week.

First up is Tony Wright’s VerseChorusVerse. “I’ve always wanted to play here in Jurassic Park” he says. Wright plays without amplification, really digging his heels into the acoustic potential of the space. “The rain starts falling” he fittingly sings. His carefully enunciated vocals and considered intensity during ‘Held Myself’ conjure Cat Stevens but the stand out song is bold and bluesy, ‘Big Red Van’ which he dedicates to Portstewart guitarist Henry McCullough. It allows him to let loose and something of his former ASIWYFA persona comes to the surface.

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The Making of... Window Seats

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ATL | 14:43 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2012

Window Seats


We've made a real point of how Northern Irish bands have an impressive work ethic these days - they're willing to tour, produce videos, do press and generally make sure their name and music is out there. Step forward the perfect example - Window Seats. Last night, the kings of the poppy riff played the last date of their Irish tour, about to take hold of England and Scotland, are celebrating another notable release and video for 'Juliette's Letter'. Taking time from a busy schedule then, is one Jude McCaffrey, singer and vocalist. Over to you Jude, explain what makes you lot tick....



The first record I bought was Presidents of the United States' self titled album. It's still lethal! The first single I bought was 'The Bartman' and it hasn't aged so well. The last record I got was Elbow Dead in the Boot.

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Gig Round-Up: Journey, Whitesnake, Stewart and more!

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ATL | 13:27 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2012



Journey and Whitesnake will both play the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on Thursday the16th of May 2012. The date is part of their joint tour next year and tickets go on sale next Wednesday the14th of November.

American country/folk singer John Prine will play the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on the 28th of February 2013. Tickets go on sale next Thursday.

Rod Stewart has confirmed he will play the Odyssey, Belfast on the 26th of June next year as part of his  ‘Live The Life’ tour. Tickets go on sale next Thursday.

Meanwhile, shows have been confirmed for The Local Natives and The Dirty Three in Dublin.

The Dirty Three play the Button Factory, Dublin on Friday the 23rd of November. Support on the night will come from Zun Zun Egui. Tickets on sale now.

Local Natives will play Whelan's, Dublin on February 11th next year in support of their new album, Hummingbird which is out in January. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

New My Bloody Valentine album on the way!

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ATL | 12:30 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2012

My Bloody Valentine Photo


My Bloody Valentine have announced the follow up to 1991's Loveless album. Speaking to the NME, frontman Kevin Shields revealed the album would be released next month, with an additional EP to follow. Shields said, "Some people think it’s stranger than 'Loveless'. I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up". 

They reformed for their first reunion shows back in 2008 and earlier this year, the band released remastered versions of their albums and EPs 1988-1991, alongside a selection of rare and previously unreleased tracks. 

Foy Vance on tour...

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ATL | 11:45 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2012

Foy Vance Tour


The UK and Ireland leg of Foy Vance’s current tour has been rearranged and the new dates have been announced. The delay comes as Foy joins Ed Sheeran on his sold out UK dates this month and a 21 date tour across America in early 2013. 

The rescheduled dates are as follows:
5th March Mandella Hall, Belfast
6th March Portrush Playhouse, Portrush
7th March Sugar Club, Dublin
8th March Cypress Ave, Cork

All previously purchased tickets are still valid

Band Submissions For Glasgowbury Open Soon

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ATL | 16:37 UK time, Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Following the announcement that it will now be extended to 2 days, Glasgowbury will soon be taking aplications for bands looking to get a slot at the festival next year.

From Monday the 19th November bands will be able to submit their music for consideration in the hope of gaining a slot. For more information on how to apply visit

Tickets for the 2012 festival go on sale November 12th.

Gig of the Week: Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast

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ATL | 16:24 UK time, Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Atlantic Sessions promo photo


Well, you'd need to be living under a rock not to know that it's Belfast Music Week at the moment, so we thought we'd go beyond the city lights and see what else is happening.

Head north towards the coast and you'll find four days of music spread across Portstewart, Portrush and Portbaliintrae. Now in it's fifth year, the Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast has grown steadily, bringing talent from around the country up to the pubs of the coast. Running from the 8th-11th November, the festival also has has a free music trail and you can get more details on

Keith Miller from the festival said, "This year is already shaping up to the Sessions biggest year yet, with more acts - including new faces and welcome returnees - and a greater buzz about the the event on the north coast and beyond, than ever before. Highlights include headline gigs by Gemma Hayes (supported by festival favourites, Sons Of Caliber), local legend Anthony Toner, and Bap Kennedy. Returning by popular demand, festival veterans include Derry's own liquour-soaked alt country heroes The Murder Balladeers, the fantastic Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas, Master & Dog, and Malojian. Newcomers, some of whom have already made a mark on the north coast's musical venues, include Rachel Austin, Seven Summits, The Farriers and The Emerald Armada."

Andrew Farmer, frontman for those "festival favourites" Sons of Caliber, said the Atlantic Sessions was his "favourite show of last year" when they played "in an old theatre to a fervent crowd".

Neil from festival newbies Emerald Armada claimed that, "The North Coast lends inspiration for ALOT of our songs, so what better place is there to share great music? Expect a town buzzing with wall to wall live music. My highlight would have to be Silhouette in the Portrush Playhouse Theatre".


The Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast will run between Portstewart, portrush and Portballintrae from the 8th tot he 11th of November. Visit for all the details.

Richter Collective's Farewell Show

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ATL | 16:02 UK time, Monday, 5 November 2012

Richter Collective poster


As previously reportedRicher Collective are to close their doors after four years and twenty seven releases on the label. They cited a mix of money and not wanting to compromise their original goals as an independent label as the reasons for the shutdown.

Now the full details of their final gig have been confirmed. It will take place in Dublin’s Button Factory on Saturday November 24th and feature a number of the label's roster. 

The Redneck Manifesto, Not Squares, BATS, Enemies, Squarehead and The Continuous Battle of Order will all play on the night, with DJ sets from And So I Watch You From Afar, Richter Collective and Thrash Hat.

The last release from the label was BATS album, 'The Sleep of Reason' which came out last month.

Other Voices Lineup Announced

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ATL | 15:55 UK time, Monday, 5 November 2012


As previously reported RTE's eclectic music show 'Other Voices' will return this year and for the first time will be taking up a three day residency at Glassworks in Derry-Londonderry on February 8th, 9th and 10th, tying in with the City of Culture celebrations. 

Acts confirmed to play the Derry section of the tour so far include Marina & The Diamonds, Neil Hannon, Django Django and Jesca Hoop.

The tour will start as usual with performances at St. James’ Church in Dingle, Co. Kerry on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd featuring Villagers, Paul Buchanan, SOAK and The Unthanks. It will then finish in London at The Barbican in April, the lineup for which has yet to be announced. 


Listen to Malojian's debut album!

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ATL | 15:38 UK time, Monday, 5 November 2012

Malojian album cover


Two years since the split of Cat Malojian split, song-writer Stevie Scullion releases his first solo album under the name Malojian, titled ‘The Deer’s Cry’. 

The album is out now online and you can stream it on The physical version won't be out until February 4th next year but you can pre-order it now.

Listen to recenlty recorded live session tracks from Malojian on Across The Line tonight from 8pm on BBC Radio Ulster.

Malojian play the Start Together Studios, Oh Yeah on Thursday, November 8th as part of the Belfast Music Week.


Jack White - O2, Dublin

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ATL | 12:25 UK time, Friday, 2 November 2012

Photo of Jack White in Dublin


Jack White
02, Dublin
31st October 2012

Twenty-four hours on from being awarded the prestigious James Joyce Award from UCD, there are few events more fitting on Halloween night than the decidedly goth-tinged country blues of bona fide music marvel Jack White. With a back catalogue spanning the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather, his recent solo foray and – lest we dare forget – the White Stripes, the Detroit musician, mentor and mogul has the guts of two decades worth of music at hand for first ever Irish solo show.

With tonight’s crowd coming together around 9pm, the 02 stage is thrown into darkness before White’s six-piece backing band – the all-female Peacocks – surface to practically idolatrous applause. Grabbing his electric guitar with self-contained intent, White tears straight into recent single, the feral ‘Sixteen Saltines’. The crowd response, already totally besotted, verges on euphoric when White Stripes’ classic fuzz-rocker ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’ emerges from the former’s outro. Despite only a minority of the crowd having bothered to don attire for the occasion, there’s already a celebratory mood in the air.

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The Making of...The Bonnevilles

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ATL | 11:26 UK time, Friday, 2 November 2012

bonnevilles album launch poster


Another chance for us to go under the bonnet of a local act worth caring about! This time around it's The Bonnevilles, one of the most talked about live acts in the country, a band who make a remarkable racket of gnarly rock n' roll everywhere they go. I say remarkable - there's jut the two of them after all. 

With a new album and a mess of launch gigs to celebrate, here's vocalist Andrew McGibbon Jnr with the lowdown on what make him and his band tick....


The first record I bought was "Kings Of The Wild Frontier" by Adam and the Ants. It was on 7 inch and I played it to death on the family record player, so much so that my Mum couldn't take it anymore and cracked up demanding I played something else. I still love that Garagey tom tom beat thing. A lot of Bonnevilles songs have a similar thing going on!



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ATL and 2FM for Belfast Music Week

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ATL | 15:24 UK time, Thursday, 1 November 2012

BBC ATL Logo and RTE 2FM logo


ATL and RTÉ 2FM have teamed up for Belfast Music Week. 

A two hour special will be simulcast on BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ 2FM on Monday from 8pm.

ATL's Rigsy will co-present with one of RTÉ's new music gurus,  Dan Hegarty to bring the best new music from Northern Ireland to airwaves across the whole island.

If you missed the show why not listen again by following this link!

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