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Goodbye Mandela @ Mandela Hall, Belfast

Published on July 30th, 2018 | by Stu Fletcher

So, the last gig at Mandella Hall. Probably a pretty great venue when you sit and list off all the great gigs you saw there. But nostalgia is for later. WASPS are a pleasantly rambunctious start …... Read More

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The 8 Best Sets at Townlands Carnival 2018

Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Kelly Doherty

Cork’s Townlands Carnival returned another year filled with the brightest and best in upcoming Irish music, as well as a handful of international names. It’s a formula that works superbly with Townlands, which made for an incredibly …... Read More

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Roger Waters @ 3Arena, Dublin

Published on June 28th, 2018 | by Justin McDaid

A lone figure sits on a sand dune on the domineering backdrop screen, facing the waves as the ambient clamour of seascape sounds permeate the chatter and hum of 3arena; oh so gradually intensifying. “Come ye …... Read More

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The Top 10 Sets at Body & Soul 2018

Published on June 26th, 2018 | by Kelly Doherty

Body & Soul has quickly become one of Ireland’s biggest festivals and this year it’s as popular as ever despite a small downsizing in music acts. 2018 easily established the festival as one of Ireland’s best …... Read More

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The National w/ John Grant @ Energia Park, Dublin

Published on June 19th, 2018 | by Aoife O'Donoghue

The National just can’t seem to stay away from Dublin. Not ten months since their intimate double-bill at Vicar St., they made their return this Friday, nestled away in the leafy Donnybrook suburbs at the Energia/Donnybrook …... Read More

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Primavera Sound 2018

Published on June 15th, 2018 | by Stevie Lennox

Four Tet – Credit: Sergio Albert Disclaimer: The punctuality of this review was brought to you by Vueling Airlines, whose inability to deal with two hours of stormy weather resulted in several hundred failing to make …... Read More

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Giant Sand @ Whelan’s, Dublin

Published on June 13th, 2018 | by Stevie Lennox

No word in the English language sums up Howe Gelb’s ever-mutating life’s work Giant Sand more than idiosyncratic. Threaded through by just one man and his broad-ranging – oft. cowpunk – plays on the idioms of …... Read More

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Metá Metá @ Black Box, Belfast

Published on June 11th, 2018 | by Ian Patterson

Two years have passed since Metá Metá’s memorable gig at the Crescent Arts Centre as part of Moving On Music’s Beat Root festival. The São Paulo band’s incendiary performance that evening was all the more remarkable …... Read More

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Xylouris White @ Black Box, Belfast

Published on June 2nd, 2018 | by Ian Patterson

A lute and drum kit doesn’t sound like a combination that should really work, but in this post-genre age almost anything goes. And, when the musicians in question are veritable virtuosos, as is the case with …... Read More

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