It has been a tough balancing act over the past few months in terms of maintaining enthusiasm for the record after such a long time of having it ready to go and trying to keep your powder dry/contain your excitement and not let people hear it too early. It has been like a spectre hanging around.
Today Hands Off Gretel – Voodoo, Belfast The Bonny Men – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Saturday February 15 Arborist – Strange Victory Records, Belfast, 4pm Black Midi, Ill Japonia – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast The Hu – The Limelight 1, Belfast Steel Panther, Wayward Sons – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Shanti Celeste, Peach, Call Super – The Palm House, Belfast Úna Monaghan – The Black Box, Belfast Sunday February 16 New Rules – Oh Yeah, Belfast Monday February 17 Supergrass, Hunkpapa – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Palaye Royale – Oh Yeah, Belfast Tuesday February 18 Buck & Evans – Voodoo, Belfast Thursday February 20 Richard Dawson – The Empire, Belfast The Bell Diver Spiders, The Fake Flirtations, Eva – Voodoo, Belfast Friday February 21 Reverend & The Makers – The Limelight 2, Belfast Wild Heat, Safire, Steven McKnight etc – The Pavilion, Belfast Maya Patterson, Sad Tomorrow, Recovery etc – Atlantic Bar, Portrush Saturday February 22 The Gold Tips – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast The Long Tall Texans – The Empire, Belfast Eddi Reader – Market Place Theatre, Armagh Dea Matrona – The Anchor, Newcastle Scribe – The Atlantic, Portrush The Gold Tips – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Monday February 24 The Strokes – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Wednesday February 26 Happy Out, Ghost Office, Gender Chores – The American, Belfast Thursday February 27 Junk Drawer, Problem Patterns, Chris Ryan (Robocobra Quartet) – Strange Victory Records Damien Jurado – The Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Daddy Long Legs – The Black Box, Belfast Example – The Limelight 1, Belfast Francesco Turrisi – Sonic Lab, SARC, Belfast Aftertheflood, Vale Band, Susi Pagel etc – Voodoo, Belfast Enola Gay, Baroda, Cu Culann etc – The Art Department, Belfast Friday February 28 Arborist, Buí, Aaron Shanley – The Menagerie, Belfast Dinosaur (not Jr) – The Black Box, Belfast Peter Mulvey – The American Bar, Belfast Daddy Long Legs – Sandinos, Derry Saturday February 29 Clannad – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Wood River – The Black Box, Belfast Holly Lester – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast Dana Masters – Ranfurly House, Dungannon Electric Vultures etc – Cream of the Crop, The Atlantic, Portrush .
"KEANE Mulready-Woods could have been one of the kids in Bleak Alley," says best-selling author Shane Dunphy about the teenage victim of Ireland's most recent headline-grabbingly horrific tale of gang-related murder.
Today Hand Models, Cloakroom Q, Niall McDowell – The Pavilion, Belfast Alfi, Joel Harkin – The Sunflower, Belfast Smiley & The Underclass, The Skallions, Lonesome George – Voodoo, Belfast Vale, Inflight, Bear Skin etc – The Empire, Belfast The Local Honeys, Rioghnach Connolly – Culturlann, Derry Recovery, Sad Tomorrow, Gashands etc – The Atlantic, Portrush Saturday February 8 The Night Guild – Devil, Repent!, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast American Guinea Pig – The Sunflower, Belfast Hundredth, Mob Wife, Harley & The Wolf etc – The Palm House, Belfast Smiley And The Underclass, The Skallions, Black ABBA – Sandinos, Derry Buffalo Bay, Valium, Aeons – The Atlantic, Portrush Sunday February 9 Polyphia – The Empire, Belfast Monday February 10 The Game – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Wednesday February 12 Bombay Bicycle Club – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Thursday February 13 Problem Patterns, Cloakroom Q, Reevah etc – Output, The National, Belfast Sister Ghost, The Florentinas, Sasha Samara etc – Output, Oh Yeah, Belfast Strange New Places, Wynona Bleach, Gender Chores etc – Output, The Black Box, Belfast Cherym, Alice La, Lavengro etc – Output, The Dirty Onion, Belfast No Oil Paintings, Shane Joyce, Arvo Party etc – Output, The Duke of York (downstairs), Belfast Sundown, Somebody’s Child, Kehli etc – Output, The Duke of York (upstairs), Belfast Scimitar, Sugarwolf, God Alone etc – Output, Voodoo, Belfast Fears, Junk Drawer, The Bonk etc – Output, Bullitt, Belfast Ferals, Koyoto Love Hotel, Dani etc – Output, Babel, Belfast Outsider YP, Tebi Rex , Dark Tropics etc – Output, Ulster Sports Club (downstairs), Belfast Careerist, Silverbacks, April etc – Output, Ulster Sports Club (upstairs), Belfast Rory Nellis (10.