FIRE up your preferred music playing device and open up your diary: it's time to take a look forward at the next 12 months for music and some of the albums you should definitely add to your new tunes wishlist.
LOOKING for something different to expand your cultural repertoire this year? Look no further than this year's Out to Lunch Festival at Belfast's Cathedral Quarter – and in particular, the sound of The Irish Video Game Orchestra (IVGO).
FOLLOWING his recent run of sold-out dates in the wake of acclaimed debut solo album Spooky Action, former Mansun frontman Paul Draper is hitting the road again in 2018 – including visits to Dublin and Belfast.
ROY Orbison may be long dead, but since when has the entertainment industry ever allowed a trivial matter like expiration to get in the way of a money-making opportunity? The answer, of course, is 'never' – and the latest proof comes in the form of the Roy Orbison In Dreams: Hologram Tour, which will visit Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Friday April 27 and the 3Arena in Dublin on Sunday April 29.
Today Inishowen Gospel Choir, Velvet Alibi, Comrade Hat etc – Echo Echo Studios, Derry Thrillhouse, Unbelievable Lake, Blackguard etc – The Underground, Draperstown Saturday December 23 The Sabrejets, Los Reyes – Time To Be Proud Xmas Party, The Pavilion, Belfast Touts, Mosmo Strange, SLT – Nerve Centre, Derry Wednesday December 27 The Nameless, Bam Bam and The Calling, Fremonte etc – The Gweedore, Derry Thursday December 28 Andy White – The American Bar, Belfast Friday December 29 Ryan Vail, Joshua Burnside – The MAC, Belfast The Emerald Armada, Nathan O'Regan, Orchid Collective etc – The Empire, Belfast Bry – Elmwood Hall, Belfast Cherym, RadioFreePalestine, Gorilla Warfare – The Nerve Centre, Derry Slow Place Like Home, Foreign Owl, Stephen McCauley – Bennigan's, Derry Saturday December 30 The Bonnevilles, The Crossfire Hurricanes, The Groundlings etc – The Speakeasy, QUBSU, Belfast Sunday December 31 NI Soul Troop – The Empire, Belfast Tuesday January 2 Electric Octopus – The Menagerie, Belfast Wednesday January 3 Crywink, Rosseau, Ghost Office etc – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday January 4 Sharon Shannon – Market Place Theatre, Armagh Friday January 5 Robyn G Shiels, Reevah, Joel Harkin etc – The Empire, Belfast Ibibio Sound Machine – The Black Box, Belfast Saturday January 6 The 4 of Us – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm DJ Yoda – Stranger Things Mixtape, The Black Box, Belfast Monday January 8 Unyielding Love, No Great Loss, Nolan – The Menagerie, Belfast Friday January 12 Booka Brass Band – The Black Box, Belfast Ports, Paddy Nash, Paul Casey – Millennium Forum, Derry Saturday January 13 The Irish Video Game Orchestra – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm Wolfgang Flür – The Black Box, Belfast Sunday January 14 Nuala Kennedy – The Black Box, Belfast, 3pm Monday January 15 Motionless In White, Ice Nine Kills – Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday January 17 God Mother, Ilenkus – Voodoo, Belfast Saffyre – The Black Box, 3pm Thursday January 18 Bernadette Morris – Duke of York, Belfast Friday January 19 Steel Panther – The Limelight, Belfast Three Trapped Tigers, Blue Whale, Wasps – The Empire, Belfast Brand New Friend – Duke of York, Belfast .