DAVID ROY

DAVID ROY

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This 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 BSocSci in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.

His interests include crime fiction, classic cars, loud rock music and the (mis)fortunes of Aston Villa Football Club.

A lifelong dog-lover, David has recently had his head turned by his one-eyed rescue cat, Lola.


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Noise Annoys: The Wedding Present's David Gedge on Irish tour and George Best LP documentary

Noise Annoys: The Wedding Present's David Gedge on Irish tour and George Best LP documentary

Arts
THIS is a bumper weekend for Irish devotees of indie rock legends The Wedding Present: not only are David Gedge and co back in Ireland for a series of concerts celebrating 30 years of their classic LP Bizarro in Limerick (Dolan's, tonight), Dublin (The Academy, tomorrow) and Belfast (The Empire, Sunday), the Dublin and Belfast shows will be preceded by special afternoon screenings of Something Left Behind, Andrew Jezard's acclaimed documentary about the making, impact and lasting legacy of the band's seminal 1987 debut George Best, at IFI and QFT respectively.
Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

Arts
Today Cormac Neeson, Reevah, Clanmil Choir – The Black Box, Belfast Daithi – The Duke of York, Belfast Donal Scullion Band – Abbey Road 50th, The MAC, Belfast A Different Thread, Sonja Sleator – The Sunflower, Belfast Lonesome George – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast In Their Thousands, Acrasia – The Menagerie, Belfast Anthony Toner – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen Gareth Dunlop Band, Ryan McMullan, David C Clements – Ward Park Free, The Goat's Toe, Bangor Hunkpapa, Cherym, Blue Americans – Ward Park Free, Donegan's, Bangor Nathan O’Regan Band – Ward Park Free, Jamaica Inn, Bangor New Pagans, Gender Chores, Aeons – Ward Park Free, Wolsey's, Bangor Tour Alaska, Reevah – Ward Park Free, Fealty's, Bangor Ken Haddock, Dolbro Dan – Ward Park Free, Jenny Watts, Bangor Wilfie – Ward Park Free, Rabbit Rooms, Bangor Saturday May 25 Westlife – SSE Arena, Belfast Beauty Sleep – The MAC, Belfast Jack Savoretti, Lissie – The Limelight, Belfast Anna Mieke, Amy May Ellis – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Beauty Sleep, Arvo Party – The MAC, Belfast 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Abbey Road – The MAC, Belfast Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, Ash etc – Ward Park 3, Ward Park, Bangor Sunday May 26 Westlife – SSE Arena, Belfast The Wedding Present, Stefan Murphy – The Empire, Belfast Fairport Convention – The Lyric, Belfast Blue Americans, Tommy Jag – Voodoo, Belfast Monday May 27 Westlife – SSE Arena, Belfast The Bonnevilles, The Dreads, Zang – The Limelight 2, Belfast Tuesday May 28 The Vamps, New Hope Club, Hrvy – SSE Arena, Belfast Wednesday May 29 Chinese Newspaper, Surf Green, Alpha Twin – McHugh's, Belfast Matthew & The Atlas – Voodoo, Belfast Buí, Shrug Life, Larry – Oh Yeah, Belfast Thursday May 30 No Great Loss, Congenital Abnormalities, Order Sixty Six etc – The Menagerie, Belfast Stefan Murphy & The Athletes Of Soul, The Rackets – Voodoo, Belfast Health – The Black Box, Belfast Friday May 31 Anne-Marie – The Waterfront, Belfast The Unthanks – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Lisa O'Neill, John Francis – Bennigans, Derry Soak – The Glassworks, Derry Aslan, The Adventures, The 4 of Us – Holywood Rugby Club, Holywood .
Irish fight flick Float Like a Butterfly struggles to soar

Irish fight flick Float Like a Butterfly struggles to soar

Arts
FLOAT Like A Butterfly's period-set mix of heartwrenching family drama, road-movie adventure, coming-of-age melodrama and fight flick pugilistics might favour sentimentality over subtlety while being overly seasoned with cliches and heavy-handed scoring, yet writer/director Carmel Winters's film manages to punch above its weight thanks to an affecting performance from lead actor Hazel Doupe.

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