News From The North 103

12 06 2012

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

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Words: Edwin McFee

Over the last few months music lovers in the north have been treated to a veritable treasure trove of ear-gasm inducing line-up announcements from various festivals dotted all around the six counties. With Pigstock, Stendhal and more really stepping up and putting together some great bills, many people were left wondering what the grand-daddy of them all that is Glasgowbury would had in store this year. Well, ponder no more loyal readers, as Paddy Glasgow and his team have proved once again that they’ve got more surprises up their sleeve than Paul Daniels and this year’s bash is looking like it’ll be the best yet.

Taking place in Eagle’s Rock, Co. Derry on July 21, the headliners will be none other than NI national treasures Therapy? and this writer couldn’t be happier to see one of the north’s most iconic and important bands close proceedings in style. Also on the bill are the Japanese Popstars, LaFaro, Our Krypton Son, the Wonder Villains, Farriers and a veritable shed-load more and you can view the up to date line-up on glasgowbury.com. Tickets for the festival are on sale now via www.hmvtickets.com and are priced at £40 for the Bear Grylls types among you who want to camp and £30 for general admission.

Speaking of Farriers, the well thought of alt country/Americana/roots/Irish trad types are currently gearing up to release their debut album ‘Years Ago In Our Backyard’ on May 27. Elephant minded readers will remember we told you that the band opted to fund the record by offering bespoke packages such as signed albums and one-off performances etc to their fans in return for their moolah (as part of the Pledge scheme) and the tactic paid off in spades as they raised £4445 in total. Featuring ten tracks of sweet and tender tune-age, Farriers officially launch the opus with a gig in the Black Box, Belfast on May 27 with special guests, Gareth Dunlop and Three Blind Wolves. For more information visit farriers.bandcamp.com.

Finally this issue, the always incendiary Bee Mick See is releasing his debut album ‘Tales Of Self Preservation Gone Wrong’ on May 25 and if you’re a fan of super-charged, punk infused hip hop then you should check it out. The rapper launches the album in the Hudson, Belfast on May 25 and gig attendees will receive a code to download the record for free so make sure you head down. The video for his beyond awesome new single ‘Punk Hoplican Dissidents’ can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=6x_MDt2QFy4.

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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.

News

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 facebook.com/linkfest.

 

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 pocketbilliards.bandcamp.com and it sounds awesome, so check it out.