8 04 2013

This morning I woke up to the exceedingly ace news that Black Sabbath are playing at the Odyssey, Belfast on December 12 so it’s only right to resurrect this video.

News From The North Week 111 (Hot Press)

22 10 2012

Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs every fortnight in Hot Press. Yes, there’s a back-log of these.Sozzles!


Words: Edwin McFee

By the time you get your grubby little hands on this latest issue, NI’s favourite sons Therapy? will have just finished unleashing their very own day of rockening at the Tall Ships in Dublin. Now, if you read that last sentence and are currently lamenting your decision not to visit Ireland’s capital to see the trio unleash hell itself in the form of barbed riffs and songs about James Joyce doing dirty things with Andy Cairns’ sister, then fret no more faithful readers, as it has literally just been announced at the time of writing that the boys will be playing a headline show in Belfast at the Empire Music Hall on October 4.


Topping the bill at the always ace Gifted Live extravaganzas, the gig will be the first time Therapy? have played in the venue since their near mythic date in 2000 and this full-on set should see airings of some of their new material from current LP A Brief Crack Of Light,so it’s shaping up to be a bit special. Also on the bill are Fighting With Wire, the Original Rudeboys, Silhouette, Jason Clarke and Robert Vincent and there will be special recorded appearances from Mojo Fury and more. Admission is a mere £10 and for more info check out See you down the front.


Next up, well thought of Bangor indie types Kowalski have bagged themselves the support slot on the Cast of Cheers’ upcoming Irish tour. Kicking off in Whelan’s, Dublin on Sep 19, the rest of the dates include Roisin Dubh, Galway (Sep 20) Dolan’s, Limerick (Sep 21), the Forum, Waterford (Sep 22), the Pavilion, Cork (Sep 23) and the Limelight, Belfast (Sep 24). The band will also be joining Two Door Cinema Club for seven dates on their European tour this November and for a full run down check out


The organisers behind the immense Belfast Culture Night have revealed some details on this year’s shin-dig (which takes place on Sep 21). The mighty Kasper Rosa, Eatenbybears and Parachutes Over Paris all play a sure to incendiary show at the Black Box in the city and to keep updated on the event visit


Finally this fortnight, news has just broken that the Answer have inked a deal with Napalm Records. Yes folks, the legendary home of all things loud and lairy now have Cormac and the boys in their stable and in a group statement they said:


“We’re very excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to get started. 2013 belongs to THE ANSWER…you heard it here first!”

Pure Love Added To Belsonic

11 07 2012

Yes readers,the mighty Pure Love (AKA ex Gallows warbler Frank Carter’s new band) have been added to the Paramore day at Belsonic in Belfast (Aug 19).

I genuinely think their set could be the show of the summer.If you don’t believe me, take a listen to this.It’s the single of the year so far.


News From The North 102

31 05 2012

Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs in Hot Press every fortnight.


Words: Edwin McFee

A few months ago, you may recall we informed you about a new initiative called Untapped that was master-minded by the head honchos behind the upcoming Tennent’s Vital festival which aimed to promote the local music scene by offering four lucky acts the chance to open the main stage at this year’s shin-dig in Belfast. Well, this fortnight, the organisers have revealed the names of the final 16 turns who will be fighting it out for a much coveted slot alongside the likes of the Stone Roses, the Foo Fighters and more on August 21-22 and they’ve also confirmed that they will perform at four showcase gigs in both NI’s capital and Derry in May.


Kicking off in the Limelight, Belfast on May 16, Master and Dog, Gerard i2, Havana House Party and Jepettos all duke it out for a spot on the bill, then the following night in the same venue Trucker Diablo, City of Stars, Peter McVeigh and Futurescope all lay the (sonic) smack down. After that, the Tennent’s Untapped competition takes itself off to the Bound for Boston in Derry on May 23 and features Best Boy Grip, A Northern Light, Rachel Austin and Mojo Gogo battling it out, while the next night features Droids, Morning Claws, Pretty Child Backfire and Two Glass Eyes. I think you’ll all agree that the final 16 are a pleasingly diverse mix of acts from different genres and sub cultures and I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck.


Next up, keeping proceedings on a festival tip, the brand spanking new Link Fest in Derry have just revealed details of their line-up and the bill is as solid as the Incredible Hulk’s armchair if we do say so ourselves. Taking place on July 13-14 and at multiple venues (which include Mason’s, the Playhouse, the Castle, Bound for Boston and Gweedor) some of the acts include Our Krypton Son, By Any Means, Furlo, Wyldling, Triggerman and Making Monsters and for more details check out


Finally this fortnight, I’ve just enough room to remind you all about ska punk deities Pocket Billiards tenth anniversary gig at the Mandela Hall, Belfast on May 12. Doubling as a release party for their second album Last Chance To Dance the show is set to be a doozy (yes, doozy) and Axis Of, Bomb City 7 and Chewing on Tinfoil are the support acts. The band have also uploaded new track ‘So Many People, So Little Time’ onto and it sounds awesome, so check it out.

Amon Amarth Live Review (Metal Hammer)

17 05 2012

Here’s a reprint of my review of the Amon Amarth gig that ran in Metal Hammer a month or two ago.Pic is by the sultan of snapping/king of cameras that is Ramsey Cardy (



Hell-bent on helping the assembled crowd celebrate St. Patrick’s Day slightly earlier than usual by aiming to shove as much metal up Belfast’s collective asses as humanly possible,

Swedish marauders Amon Amarth are wasting little time delivering the goods tonight. Opening with an unbeatable combination of War Of The Gods and Live Without Regrets from their eighth album Surtur Rising, the dueling guitars and bellowing vocals threaten to break the venue in half at one point as the throng of punters throw beer around, bang their heads and generally re-enact a scene from the banquet halls of Valhalla. At the heart of the action, as always, is frontman Johan Hegg and his performance is absolutely heroic. Whether he’s cupping his hand behind his ear to gain applause like a (much) hairier Hulk Hogan or orchestrating a mass singalong for The Pursuit Of Vikings (“If anyone here doesn’t know the lyrics, don’t worry it’s death metal. No-one understands them anyway,” he quips) he’s both the consummate performer and the best mate you’ve never had. Only Under The Northern Star gives us some relative respite from the Ragnor-“rock,” and it’s an epic number that showcases a more stately edge to their sound, while the blood-thirsty encore of Twilight Of The Thunder God and Guardians Of Asgaard delivers a send-off that’s as strong as Mjolnir itself. 8


Tennent’s Vital Back In Belfast

16 03 2012

Yep, as much fun as Bangor was last year, this announcement will probably make things a lot easier this summer.

The launch night in this Tuesday.I’ve a feeling I know at least part of the line-up, but I’ll keep it to myself for the time being (*insert evil laugh here*).

Here’s more info on this year’s bash-










Tennent’s Lager and promoter MCD are pleased to confirm that Tennent’s Vital 2012 will take place at Boucher Playing Fields in Belfast on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd August 2012.


Northern Ireland’s most loved music festival returned in spectacular fashion in August 2011 to Ward Park in Bangor with headliners Eminem and The Script drawing crowds of over 60,000 across two days.  After a fantastic event in Bangor in 2011, this year will see the event move back to its home in Belfast.


The hotly anticipated line-up for Tennent’s Vital 2012 will be revealed on at 8pm on Tuesday 20th March.   Tennent’s Vital’s facebookfans can also apply to win tickets to the launch party now.


An exclusive facebook ticket pre-sale begins immediately after the announcement on the 20th, giving fans a chance to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public on 28th March.


Aisling Duffy, Marketing Manager for Tennent’s Lager NI, comments:


“Tennent’s Lager is delighted to announce the return of Tennent’s Vital on the 21st and 22nd August.  Last year’s festival was such a huge success but we’re confident that, working in partnership with MCD, we can surpass even those high standards in 2012. 


We think this year’s line-up not only lives up to the festival’s incredible heritage but will also genuinely amaze and excite our passionate fans.  This, coupled with our fantastic new venue in Boucher Playing Fields, means that Tennent’s Vital 2012 is set to be Northern Ireland’s best ever festival experience.”


Tennent’s Vital is renowned for bringing the biggest stars in the world to Northern Ireland’s passionate music fans.  Over the years, fans have been treated to performances from Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol, White Stripes, Scissor Sisters and Franz Ferdinand.  The festival was last held in Belfast in 2007, when a combined audience of over 45,000 across two days saw The Killers, Kasabian, Razorlight and Manic Street Preachers rock Ormeau Park in Belfast.

Limited Amount of Tickets For Iron Maiden’s Belfast Show Now Released.

27 07 2011

Yes folks, as the headline states, this morning MCD have released the last (and VERY limited) amount of tickets for the Maiden gig at the Odyssey, Belfast on August 3, so if you’ve left it to the last minute to get your hands on some, you better be quick…or be dead!

Iron Maiden plays the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Wednesday August 3. Tickets for the show range from £41.50-£46.50 and are available from Ticketmaster. Support comes from Dragonforce and doors open at 6.30pm.