The Edinburgh born, Belfast bred journalist was educated from primary to post-graduate diploma level via Dundela Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, Methodist College Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

He passed several exams along the way and now holds a 2:1 degree in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.

His interests include (but are not limited to) crime fiction, classic cars and loud rock music.

He is a supporter of Aston Villa Football Club. He likes cats, but prefers dogs

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Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

Today Subhumans, Takers & Users, Belwood etc – Voodoo, Belfast An Orchestral Interpretation of Dr Dre’s 2001 – The Limelight, Belfast Emily Barker, Lukas Drinkwater – The Sunflower, Belfast Glass Wings, Molly Sterling, Owen Lamont – The Black Box, Belfast Anthony Toner – American Bar, Belfast Connla – Old Courthouse, Antrim Saturday October 20 Saint Sister, Tandem Felix – The Black Box, Belfast Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Emily Barker, Rory Nellis – Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady Connla – Alley Theatre, Strabane Eilidh Patterson – Ranfurly House, Dungannon Ports, Gerry Norman – Harbour Bar, Ballycastle, 1pm Sunday October 21 Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Marc Almond – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Woes, Hello Casanova, Sleeping Outside – Voodoo, Belfast Saint Sister – The Glassworks, Derry Monday October 22 First Aid Kit, The Staves – Telegraph Building, Belfast Mutual Benefit – The Empire, Belfast Wednesday October 24 Corrosion of Conformity – The Limelight, Belfast Sea Girls, Strange New Places – The Limelight 2, Belfast Thursday October 25 Stick In The Wheel – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Nerina Pallot – Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast Friday October 26 Jeff Lynne's ELO, Billy Lockett – SSE Arena, Belfast The Dreads – The Menagerie, Belfast Eric Martin – The Empire, Belfast Electric Octopus, Anto & The Echoes, Willoware Jackson etc – The Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast Saint Sapphire, Don Maple, Lonely Astronauts etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Unbelievable Lake, The Barbiturates (acoustic) – Bennigans, Derry Sheerbuzz, Charity Shop Vinyl, Happy Out etc – The Nerve Centre, Derry The Bonnevilles – The Atlantic, Portrush Saturday October 27 U2 – SSE Arena, Belfast Hannah Peel – God's Waiting Room, Dockers Club, Belfast Kris Drever – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Harlem Gospel Choir – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Sunday October 28 U2 – SSE Arena, Belfast The Slackers, The Skallions – The Empire, Belfast Tom Grennan – The Limelight 2, Belfast Lisa Hannigan, Kitt Philippa – Guildhall, Derry Kris Drever, John Blek – Portico of Ards, Portaferry Monday October 29 Mac DeMarco, Jackie Cohen – The Limelight, Belfast Joan Armatrading – The Ulster Hall, Belfast .

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