Here’s a reprint of last fortnight’s NI music news column that’s been running in Hot Press for the last 3 and a half years. Will try and post more of these up on a regular basis..
Words: Edwin McFee
Fresh from playing a suitably super sweaty homecoming gig in the cosy confines of Quinn’s in Newcastle on June 30, Glagowbury (and Knebworth) bound long-haired retro rockers the Answer have just announced a string of dates for the rest of Ireland this autumn. Taking in the length and breadth of the island, Cormac and Co.’s latest jaunt sees them go back to their roots somewhat as they continue their preparations for their up-coming third album Revival and the seven date trek will be a treat for anyone who’s always wanted to see the boys in a more intimate setting. Kicking off at Dolan’s, Limerick on Sep 30, the four-piece then move on to Whelan’s, Dublin on Oct 1, Roisin Dubh, Galway on Oct 2, Cyprus Avenue, Cork on Oct 3, the Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill, the Nerve Centre, Derry on Oct 7 and they finish off the tour in style at the Hideout in Warrenpoint on Oct 8. At the time of going to press, the Answer’s hugely anticipated third album hasn’t got a release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted on their movements over the months ahead.
Next up, promising alt/punk trio Event Horses have had to reschedule the night of their launch gig for their new ep ‘Dance With The Devil.’ Initially planned for June 24, the hard hitting band from Ballycastle have now confirmed that August 9 is the new date for your diary and their venue of choice is the Carrick A Rede bar in Ballintoy, so make sure you check them out if you’re in the area. Event Horses seem to have made all the right tongues wag of late and your humble correspondent is planning on keeping an eye on them as the weeks progress, but in the meantime you can check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/eventhorses.
Finally this fortnight, we thought we’d give you an update on the Sunflowerfest which takes place on Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough from August 19-21. This year’s line-up has expanded since we featured it last and the likes of Trucker Diablo, the Bonnevilles, Silhouette, Roysta, Pay*ola, Kasper Rosa and more have been now added to the bill, making it one of the strongest around. A festival of “love, positivity, tolerance and smiles” the organisers are donating £1 from every ticket sold to the people of Haiti and a further £1 from every weekend ticket to Bernardo’s (NI) which can only be a good thing, really. Yoga, meditation, aroma therapy and workshops are also planned for the event and all the latest ticket details are up on their site (sunflowerfest.co.uk) now.