Category Archive: Live

Malojian live at The Strand

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Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Thursday 19th October 2017 Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home. Weird, like one big happy mushroom trip. Here is how it ran. The venue is great, the Strand Arts Centre has reimagined itself from independent cinema to an art house with both movies and a variety of music and performances. Nice […]

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Ryan Adams live in Belfast

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Ulster Hall, Belfast 8th September 2017 One never really knows what you’ll get at a Ryan Adams gig. The man is considered a little bit too rock ‘n’ roll to be country and a little too alt-country to be rock ‘n’ roll. Perhaps that’s part of the appeal to his legion of fans but tonight […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews in Bangor

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Open House Festival Space Theatre, Bangor 30th August 2017 Twelve months ago, few outside the United States would have heard of Courtney Marie Andrews. Now, on the back of a beautiful new album, ‘Honest Life’, and a scintillating turn on ‘Later with Jools Holland’, she is the hottest ticket at this year’s Open House Festival. […]

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Ocean Colour Scene live in Belfast

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Custom House Square, Belfast 25th August 2017 The mid-90s were a vital yet polarising time in the British music industry. The dance scene was huge and so too was the swathe of guitar bands coming through under the Britpop banner. I would go on to discover many of these bands and indulge in their music […]

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Hilden Beer and Music Festival

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Sunday is family day at the Hilden Beer & Music Festival. It’s a Bank Holiday eve and there are fine vibes about this beautiful place. On the edge of Lisburn, tucked away like a secret treasure trove, is Ireland’s oldest independent brewery. There are tours and tastings all year round, but since 1984 the family-owned […]

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Foy Vance live in Belfast

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It is customary at the end of a large open air gig for the audience to break into rapturous applause and cheers, for the artist to come back on stage to soak up the adulation. But what happened at Custom House Square at the end of the night was on another level. It has become […]

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Altan live in Belfast

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30th Anniversary Celebration at Féile an Phobail, Clonard Monastery 1st August 2017 You get around reviewing Altan gigs. Two years ago I saw the band in the Stormont Hotel as part of the Eastside Arts Festival. A very different setting this time, the beautifully refurbished Clonard Monastery. A lovely venue and a big turnout for […]

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Sunflowerfest 2017 in Review

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The final weekend of July 2017 was the weekend everything got wet underfoot and went awry. Andres Gutierrez had a slip in the shower and canceled his fight against Belfast’s Carl Frampton. Heavy rain across the UK led to the calling off of a few festivals. There were no such problems over at Sunflowerfest’s “Parallel […]

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Chuck Prophet live in Belfast

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The Real Music Club at The Errigle Inn, Belfast 26th July 2017 You know what you are going to get at a chuck Prophet gig; a no nonsense, good time, vaudeville rock show. Tonight, the Californian and his band, The Mission Express are on top form. Chuck Prophet has asked the ever-helpful Real Music Club […]

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Little Steven live in Dublin

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Vicar Street, Dublin Thursday 22nd June 2017 Surprisingly, the Vicar Street venue was still selling tickets at the door as Dublin welcomed the return of Little Steven. It was his first show in the city as a solo artist for over 25 years. And what a return! Backed by a group of no less than […]

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