News From The North Week 53

1 05 2010

Here’s the NI news from last fortnight’s Hot Press


Words: Edwin McFee

Rising agit-punks Axis Of celebrate the release of their ace new single ‘Port Na Spaniagh’ on May 5 by playing a gig at the Limelight in Belfast on the same night. The north coast three-piece have been laying waste to venues all across the UK recently, so expect the show to be a thoroughly sweat drenched, fist in the air triumphant affair. Support on the night comes from Robyn G. Shiels, Visceral Attack and the unstoppable Pocket Billiards and admission is £5. Don’t worry if you can’t make this show though, as the trio have lined up dates at Pigstock in Killinchy on May 29, Ma Kelly’s in Ballymoney on June 25, the Lower Deck, Dublin on June 26 and Aras Na Gael in Galway on June 27 as well.

Fans of brain fryingly intricate finger-tapping and jazzcore drum fills will be pleased to learn that instrumental duo the Continuous Battle of Order are unveiling their debut record Pttrn Skyrs this fortnight (clearly vowels are for wimps). The slab of wax features eight tracks and fans of We Are Knives (their previous incarnation) will lap it up. The pair are planning to play a gig to celebrate the album’s release and appear at the Black Box in Belfast on May 13.

NVTV, the Belfast-based community channel, have made a documentary about the much missed venue/youth centre Giros and have put it up on You Tube for you to watch. For those who didn’t grow up in the city during the 80s and 90s and perhaps have never heard the name before, Giros was a much needed home away from home for hundreds of punks and alternative kids and provided a space for gigs and spoken word performances and also featured a vegetarian/vegan café. While the building closed in 2004, its spirit still lives on in some of the original volunteers and the documentary features some great interviews from the old guard and it’s well worth a watch. Check it out here

Finally, word reaches us that the brand spanking new Banbridge festival Take It To The Bridge are looking for staff to work at their merchandise stall. The bash, which takes place on July 3 and features the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar and A Plastic Rose on the bill, are offering free entry, free transport and free food in return for your time, so if you like the sound of that email and tell him Hot Press sent you.

the Big Gig

24 04 2009

There’s a gig tonight in Belfast that you all need to be at. Poster below. Check it, and then of course wreck it.