Today Picture This, The Academic, Kara Marni – Botanic Gardens, Belfast American Guinea Pig, Anja Di Roma, Xiola Blue – Volume Control Solstice Slam, Oh Yeah, Belfast And So I Watch You From Afar, Robocobra Quartet, Just Mustard – Voodoo, Belfast Emma Langford, Cúig – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Pat Dam Smyth – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Stormzone, Safire, Like A Hawk, Dead Addiction – The Empire, Belfast Oisín Ó Scolaí & The Virginia Slims, Miss Mary Jane, Baire etc – AbbaZappa Records, Derry, 2pm Shammen Delly, People That Listen To The Sky – Bennigans, Derry,10pm Charity Shop Vinyl, Vanilla Days, Villa in France etc – Nerve Centre, Derry Anthony Toner – Portico, Ards Nasa Assassin – Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Saturday June 22 George Ezra – Belsonic, Ormeau Park, Belfast Picture This – Botanic Gardens, Belfast Jesse Malin – The Limelight 2, Belfast And So I Watch You From Afar – Voodoo, Belfast Ciaran Lavery, Rebekah Fitch – Accidental Theatre, Belfast John Talabot – The Palm House, Belfast Eric Duncan, Hugo Capablanca – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Blackwater Conspiracy – The Atlantic, Portrush Monday June 24 Stereolab – The Empire, Belfast Tuesday June 25 The Killers, Lewis Capaldi – Belsonic, Ormeau Park, Belfast Wednesday June 26 Combichrist – The Palm House, Belfast Inni-K – The Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast Ulster Orchestra & Phil Kieran – Echo Echo Dance, Derry Thursday June 27 Bros – Botanic Gardens, Belfast Hozier, Maggie Roggers, David Keenan – Belsonic, Ormeau Park, Belfast Elder Druid, Towers, Steven Butler – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Friday June 28 Elma Orkestra & Ryan Vail, Rachael Boyd – The MAC, Belfast Rob Strong, Tony Villiers & The Villains – The Black Box, Belfast Ena Fay – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Two Tales of Woe, Bad Boat, Spirit Runner – Voodoo, Belfast Saturday June 29 Beauty Sleep, Arvo Party – The MAC, Belfast Saint Sapphire – Voodoo, Belfast Her Crooked Heart – No Alibis, Belfast The Pat McManus Band, Willie Byrne & Shadow Play, Blackwood – Rory Gallagher Tribute Day, The Black Box, Belfast, 1pm Mirenda Rosenberg, The Lee Hedley Band – The Black Box, Belfast, 8.
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.
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.