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Liam Ó Maonlaí and KT Tunstall head an amazing bill at Soma festival

Robert McMillen
IT’S quite amazing how a small town festival can attract some of the biggest names in music but the Soma festival in Castlewellan is another manifestation of how music festivals have developed over the past decade or longer with a wide range of other activities going on on-site to complement the music.

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Saturday July 13 Arnocorps – Voodoo, Belfast Sunday July 14 Ded Rabbit, Lassyu – Anchor Bar, Newcastle Tuesday July 16 Mono – Voodoo, Belfast Wednesday July 17 Junior Brother, Buí – The Sunflower, Belfast KT Tunstall, Tony McHugh – St Malachy’s Church, Castlewellan Thursday July 18 Black Stone Cherry – The Ulster Hall, Belfast John Andrews Band, Aeons, Cloakroom Q – The Bear and The Doll, Belfast TPM, Waking Android, Steve Loc Ft ODC – Voodoo, Belfast Liam Ó Maonlaí & The Soma House Band – St Malachy’s GAC, Castlewellan Friday July 19 Girlschool – The Limelight 2, Belfast Problem Patterns, Gender Chores, Neptune M – The 343, Belfast Junk Drawer – Sandinos, Derry Honeyfeet, Cormac Neeson – St Malachy’s GAC, Castlewellan Saturday July 20 Pete Doherty – The Limelight, Belfast Mosmo Strange, Alpha Twin, Sugarwolf etc – Speakeasy, Belfast, 5pm Molarbear, So Much For The Sun, Axecatcher – Voodoo, Belfast Gin Palace, Paul & The Meanie, Aeons etc – The Empire, Belfast Queen Bonobo, Velvet Alibi, Comrade Hat etc – Queen Bonobo’s Mid-Summer Party, Bennigans, Derry Wildheat, Red House, JustG etc – Beanstock, The Little Green Allotments, Lisburn Sunday July 21 Podracer, Recovery, Beyond Repair – Bennigans, Derry Wednesday July 24 Saving Grace, The 4 of Us – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Octopoulpe, Gas Hands, Mymanmike, The Scuntz – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday July 25 Junk Drawer, Ghost Office, Special Guest – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Pascalwillnotsurvivethis, Willoware Jackson, Blxxd etc – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Friday July 26 Kerbdog, Duellists –The Limelight 2, Belfast New Valley Wolves, Petty Youth, Delusional Silence, Paper Tigers - The Cow Bay, Belfast Lonely Astronauts, Search Party, Zeroes & Ones – The Pavilion, Belfast Saturday July 27 Rival Sons – The Limelight, Belfast Lúnasa, Ulaid, Ríoghnach Connolly – The Lyric, Belfast Boss Sound Manifesto, Swall Monkey, DBM etc – The Palm House, Belfast Surf Green, Romeo Romeo Indigo, Crisis – The Music Yard, Larne.