NOT many Irish acts have enjoyed the success and staying power of Hothouse Flowers – the irrepressible rock group combine traditional Irish music with influences from soul, gospel and rock, and have been selling out shows and wowing audiences around the world in a career that has spanned four decades.
Today Freedom 35s – The Menagerie, Belfast Skinny Lister, The Wood Burning Savages – The Limelight 2, Belfast Peace Evan, Delusional Silence, G-wash etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Lemoncello, Ríoghnach Connolly, Stuart McCallum etc – Other Voices: Fifty, Duncairn Arts Cenre, Belfast Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoe Conway and John McIntyre – Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church, Belfast Silent Running – Voodoo, Belfast Chance McCoy – American Bar, Belfast Saturday June 15 Snow Patrol, Joshua Burnside, Roe etc – Other Voices, Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast David C Clements, Rebekah Fitch, Hot Cops etc – Other Voices, Bullitt, Belfast Marion Hawkes, Arvo Party, Venus Dupree etc – Other Voices, Babel, Belfast Hiva Oa, Son Zept – The Menagerie, Belfast Taking Back Sunday – The Limelight, Belfast Rosco’s Riot, Cross Eyed Mary, Cavehill – The Limelight 2, Belfast, 5.
IN THE lyrics to Will Smith's Grammy Award-winning song Men In Black, which played over the end credits to Barry Sonnenfeld's 1997 sci-fi caper, the Fresh Prince raps, "We're your first, last and only line of defence against the worst scum of the universe.
CONFESSION time. When I used to have a cross-trainer in the garage at home, the sounds of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Britney Spears would blast from the garage as this writer tried to get into shape and fighting fit, like an extra on Baywatch.
"IF YOU'RE going to build a time machine, why not do it with some style?" This was Back To The Future boffin Doc Brown's rationale for converting John Z DeLorean's Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed stainless steel DMC-12 roadster into a nuclear-powered fourth dimension-smashing scientific marvel.