Are you looking forward returning to Ireland and kicking off your UK and Irish tour in Belfast? Yes of course, it is always a pleasure to return to these lovely countries; the atmosphere during the weeks before Christmas is nowhere better than in Ireland.
HI J, how is the current European tour going? Pretty well. It's always a bit of a struggle for us over here because we don't get a great deal of radio play across the continent, especially in places like France.
Today Cast, Hello Casanova – The Limelight, Belfast David C Clements – CS Lewis Square, Belfast Pain, Madhouse – The Empire, Belfast Malojian – Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick Tony Wright – Chapter & Verse (Chorus Verse), Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Eilidh Patterson, Ruth Trimble – Portico, Portaferry Saturday November 24 Horslips, The Teraways, The Poxmen – The Black Box, Belfast Divides Unfold, Sit Tight, Valium etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Matt McGinn Band, Zahria – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Lore – Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady Blackwater Conspiracy – The Atlantic, Portrush Malojian – Ranfurly House, Dungannon Hermitage Green – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Sunday November 25 Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – The Black Box, Belfast Brian Houston & The Rollin' Rhythm Revue – CS Lewis Square, Belfast Monday November 26 Nothing But Thieves – The Limelight, Belfast Soak, Kitt Philippa – Oh Yeah, Belfast Alpha Twin, Willoware Jackson, Don Maple – McHugh's, Belfast Tuesday November 27 Bugzy Malone – The Limelight, Belfast Wednesday November 28 Blossoms, Touts – The Limelight, Belfast Thursday November 29 (Hed)PE – The Limelight 2, Belfast Robyn G Shiels, Oisin O'Scolai & The Virginia Slims – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Morgan James – The Empire, Belfast Vistas – Voodoo, Belfast Saarloos – McHugh's, Belfast Rebekah Fitch, Gemma Bradley – American Madness, Belfast Sneakbo – Oh Yeah, Belfast Friday November 30 The Skids, Big Country – The Limelight, Belfast CKY, Black Chapels, Mosmo Strange – The Limelight 2, Belfast The Restarts, Wardomized – Voodoo, Belfast Will Varley – Foundry, Belfast Chewing on Tinfoil, Fox Colony, Mob Wife – The Speakeasy, Belfast Joshua Burnside, Once There Was A King – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Ryan O'Shaughnessy – Alley Arts Centre, Strabane Cara Dillon – Millennium Forum, Derry Saturday December 1 Malojian, Nathan O'Regan – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Wheatus – The Empire, Belfast Adam Grant & The Open Doors, Surf Green – The Atlantic, Portrush The Bonnevilles, Waldorf & Cannon – Bogan's, Omagh The Defects, XSLF – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Sunday December 2 Def Leppard, Cheap Trick – SSE Arena, Belfast Cara Dillon – The Ulster Hall, Belfast .
AS MENTIONED in a previous exciting instalment of Noise Annoys, Kilrea-reared troubadour Robyn G Shiels has a new EP out now and an extravagant full-band backed launch gig planned to celebrate the fact.
THIS year's X Factor may have the youthfulness of Walsh Tomlinson, the glamour of Ayda Field and the unpredictability of Robbie Williams, but there a little something lacking – most noticeably the familiar banter between Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell.
In August of this year, I spoke to one of Ireland’s greatest musicians, the incomparable Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin about what was then his upcoming concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street as part of Féile an Droichead.
"I'LL HAVE to pick a few Northern Ireland-specific people to thank who have probably made more of an outstanding contribution to music than I have," explains Gary Lightbody of his plans for 'saying a few words' when he receives an award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music tonight.
Today Above & Beyond – Telegraph Building, Belfast Ian Prowse, Nasher Nash – The American Bar, Belfast Blue Whale, Girl, Steve Davis etc – The Menagerie, Belfast Aaron Shanley, Edelle McMahon – Stranded, Strand Arts Centre, Belfast The Fake Flirtations, Alder, Paul and The Meanie etc – Volume Control, Oh Yeah, Belfast The Chris Slade Timeline – The Limelight 2, Belfast Mugged By A Ghost, Rachel Rane, Afterlight etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Tony Wright – Chapter and Verse (ChorusVerse), Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick Christy Dignam & Joe Jewell – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen Saturday November 10 Declan O’Rourke – The MAC, Belfast Roe, The Wood Burning Savages, Son of the Hound etc – Native Music Mart, 12pm to 5pm Amidships, Jealous of The Birds, Brash Isaac etc – The Midnight Organ Fight Revisited, Oh Yeah, Belfast Modern Rome, Bui – The Sunflower, Belfast Scream Blue Murmur, One Night in Babylon – Accidental Theatre, Belfast Tony Wright – Chapter and Verse (Chorus Verse), Riverside Theatre, Coleraine Sunday November 11 Catalan, Hot Cops, Hiva Oa etc – Rude Health, The Limelight 2, Belfast Threatin, Iceage, Braid – The Empire, Belfast Obie Trice, Swifty McVay – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Monday November 12 Slaves, The Murder Capital, Lady Bird – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday November 13 Deacon Blue – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Billy Harrison – Irish Linen, Oh Yeah, Belfast Deadmau5 – Telegraph Building, Belfast Moscow Death Brigade, Towers – Voodoo, Belfast Wednesday November 14 David McCann, Ethan Hanna, Sister Ghost (solo) – Accidental Theatre, Belfast Ferals, Dena Anuksa, Alice LA etc – Oh Yeah, Belfast Thursday November 15 Kurt Vile & The Violators, Meg Baird, Mary Lattimore – The Limelight, Belfast Brand New Friend, Ciaran Lavery, Hannah Peel etc – NI Music Prize, The Ulster Hall, Belfast The Crawling, Conjuring Fate, Disconnect etc – The Empire, Belfast Vokxen, Reevah, Ingloom etc – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Paddy Nash, Paul Casey – Portrush Yacht Club, 8pm Eamon McNamee – The Deerstalker, Portrush, 8pm Bowana – The Quay's, Portrush, 10pm The Grooverobbers – Portstewart Arms, 10pm Michael Cunningham – Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush, 10pm Errol Walsh – The Anchor, Portstewart, 10:30pm .