News From The North Week 48

2 03 2010

Want some NI band news? You got it punker.


Words: Edwin McFee

We’d like to kick this fortnight’s news column off with a huge metaphorical pat on the back to Aaron (Black Bear Saloon) Abernethy, Anto (Tin Pot Operation) O’Kane and John (Bruised Fruit) Lawson for their massively successful Belfast 4 Haiti events, which saw NI’s music scene invoke the spirit of their inner Bob Geldof and raise a lot of money for charity. So far the group have made (at the time of going to press) £21500 from the 50 band mega-gig, £9500 from the dance event in the Stiff Kitten and £7500 from a fun run (if anyone can tell this writer what exactly is fun about running then send your answers in c/o Hot Press) and there’s more to come in. Filmmaker Sean Duncan (AKA Redcap Productions) has also made an ace short video of the gig in the Limelight/Spring and Airbrake/Katy Daly’s and it can be viewed by clicking on the link and should help all those who were slightly sozzled to retrace their steps…

The Belfast 4 Haiti train doesn’t just stop there though and as well as plenty of other splinter events in the works, some photographers have clubbed together to exhibit/flog their wares online for charity. Featuring an extensive selection of shots taken at the 50band gig, you can view them here and buy prints to hang on your wall/cave with all proceeds going to the relief effort. I think we’re all agreed that everyone involved in the Belfast 4 Haiti project deserves at least ten fist bumps each for their efforts, so well done.

 In a few weeks time (March 4 to be precise) John Shelly and the Creatures unveil their debut album Dinosaur to the world and play a gig in Auntie Annie’s in Belfast to celebrate. Fresh from bothering Coronation Street viewers’ ear-holes with their ace single ‘Long May You Reign’( by way of the Discover Northern Ireland advert) the band have been making all the right moves at the moment and even tread those hallowed boards of the Late Late Show recently (you can watch their performance via the RTE Player if you missed it) so expect more news from the band over the issues to come.

 Finally congrats to the Vals, who have bagged the support slot for Ocean Colour Scene’s gig in the Mandela Hall, Belfast on March 7. They also play a European club tour in April-taking in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and it will be in support of their new single ‘Things Will Always Be The Same.’ Stay tuned for more Vals news as we get it.