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Festival Mixtape: AVA Festival

Published on April 21st, 2017 | by Brian Coney

Returning to Belfast’s T13 for its third incarnation across June 2-3, AVA is the country’s most exciting annual electronic showcase. Ahead of what’s set to be another stellar two days in the company of the likes of Jeff …... Read More



Record Store Day 2017: Irish Round-Up

Published on April 15th, 2017 | by Brian Coney

Doubled up as its tenth annual outing, Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, Saturday 22. As ever, record stores the length and breadth of the country will be marking the occasion in different ways. Here’s our …... Read More


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Festival Mixtape: Body & Soul 2017

Published on April 11th, 2017 | by Brian Coney

We say it pretty much every year but the line-up for this year’s Body & Soul is a thing of beauty. Returning to Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath across June 23-25, the festival will host everyone from Sleaford Mods, Austra …... Read More



Track Record: Steve Caffrey (Destriers)

Published on April 5th, 2017 | by Brian Coney

Studio Manager of Sound Training Productions & Temple Lane Studios and vocalist/guitarist in Dublin experimental punk band Destriers, Steve Caffrey reveals some of his all-time favourite records, including The Locust, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Minor Threat and At The …... Read More



Track Record: Josh Guyett (Ilenkus)

Published on April 2nd, 2017 | by Brian Coney

Josh Guyett of Galway metal/hardcore band Ilenkus and tireless promoters FEAST Presents reveals and waxes lyrical about some of his all-time favourite records, including Dillinger Escape Plan, Girl Band and giveamanakick. Photos by Sean McCormack Ilenkus …... Read More



Belfast Film Fest Blog: Day 9

Published on April 7th, 2017 | by Conor Smyth

It’s engines go for festival, and we’ll be running daily reactions, reviews and previews of upcoming screenings here on this regular blog. There’s going to be a lot to get through. Send us your film reactions …... Read More


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SXSW 2017 Report

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Brian Coney

Split between fresh-faced and full of expectation to back home and a little jet-lagged, Irish acts Robocobra Quartet, A.S. Fanning, Jealous of the Birds, Ryan Vail, Ciaran Lavery and Birds of Olympus report back from this year’s …... Read More



Playlist: World Poetry Day 2017

Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Brian Coney

To mark this year’s World Poetry Day we’ve compiled thirteen songs from the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Cure, James Blake (above) and Talking Heads directly inspired by poetry. Check out the playlist and accompanying poems/poets below. …... Read More

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