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Congratulations to former Big Gig alumni No Mean City who are celebrating the news that they have reached the finals of the Red Bell Bedroom Jam Sessions. Thanks to a tireless internet campaign which involved the Derry four-piece guilt tripping their online mates into voting for them (hey, it worked didn’t it?) they’ve made it into the final 16 and compete for a chance to play at Download, T in the Park and more this summer. However, just because they made the top 16 doesn’t mean you can’t vote again, so check out www.redbullbedroomjam.com to do your bit.
It’s time for good news/bad news for anyone thinking about going to the Pigstock festival in Killinchy. While original headliners LaFaro have sadly had to pull out due to touring commitments, A Plastic Rose have stepped in to close proceedings. Taking place on May 29, the bash also features the likes of Swanee River, Pocket Billiards, Mojo Fury, the Lowly Knights, Gentry Morris and more on the bill and it looks like it should be a great day out. Tickets cost £25 (which includes camping) and are available from the official website www.pigstockfestival.co.uk. As if that wasn’t enough, organisers have assembled a free (yes, that’s free cheap skates) warm up gig at the very fine Daft Eddy’s bar and grill on Sketrick Island, Killinchy on May 8 too. The line-up features Black Mambas, Shades of Jonah and the Glory Holes (do us a favour, NEVER google “the Glory Holes”) and Pigstock head honco’s are selling camping tickets at the knock-down price of £20 for one night only.
Speaking of LaFaro, remember how last month I was giving off because I hadn’t heard their new record yet? Well, while this month I’m still sans their self-titled slab of wax sadly, I can tell you that they’ve announced a third date to their residency in the Menagerie in Belfast. Costing a mere fiver, the gig takes place on April 28 and tickets are available from www.wegottickets.com so if you were dilly dallying on getting one for the April 26 and 27 shows that sold out, you’d have to be a real numpty to miss out on this one too. Now, where’s this bloody album then?
See y’all next month folks. Up the Irons.