Category Archive: Live

Robert Plant live in Belfast

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast 2nd December 2017 It’s been three years since Robert last graced the stage of the Ulster Hall and we were pretty excited about seeing him again and hearing live material from his new record ‘Carry Fire’. Plant, along with The Sensational Space Shifters, took to the stage promptly at 8.45pm and […]

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Paul Brady live at the Ulster Hall

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The Ulster Hall, Belfast Thursday 23rd November 2017 As Bob Dylan once allegedly advised, Paul Brady is one of those artists worth getting out of bed for… Paul Brady and his five-piece band played a ripping show to an almost full Ulster Hall on a cold Belfast November evening. Looking relaxed, confident, and appearing to […]

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Martyn Joseph live in Belfast

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Fitzroy Church, Belfast Thursday 16th November 2017 Martyn has been coming to Belfast for 35 years and this show was his favourite. It’s hard to say what made it so special, but it was special. He’s a seasoned entertainer with a huge back catalogue of sterling material to draw from and an ever-loyal posse of […]

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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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