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Neil Hannon on bringing The Divine Comedy back to Belfast

David Roy
GIVEN that The Divine Comedy's biggest hit is their jaunty ode to coach travel, National Express, it seems entirely appropriate that bandleader Neil Hannon should now be in contention to become the official 'face' of an actual piece of public transport.

Noisy Madrid trio The Parrots prepare to party in Belfast

David Roy
SPANISH garage rockers The Parrots play Belfast next week, which will be music to the ears to anyone who has been enjoying the tuneful yet pleasingly scuzzy surf and psychedelia-tinged sound of the Madrid trio's debut album Los Ninos Sin Miedos ('the fearless kids') on the Heavenly label.

Emily Barker on Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn and Ursula Le Guin

1. When did you think about music as a career and what were your first steps into it? I started singing publicly when I was a teenager, but I didn’t really consider it as a career option until I was in my mid-20s, having dropped out of university with a determination to give music a proper go.

Now on sale: Queen + Adam Lambert Irish dates

David Roy
Queen + Adam Lambert, Saturday November 25, 3Arena Dublin / Sunday November 26, SSE Arena, Belfast QUEEN have announced two concerts in Ireland as part of their winter tour for 2017.

Gig of the week: Therapy? at The Empire, Belfast

David Roy
Therapy?, Wednesday April 26, The Empire, Belfast SEMINAL Co Antrim alt-rockers Therapy? will be playing their first ever Irish all-acoustic shows next week in Dublin, Belfast, Dundalk, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

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