Monty Python: still relevant, influential and, yes, funny

Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Colm Laverty

I write in reference to an article published yesterday on the Belfast Telegraph’s online Opinion section, by editor Mike Gilson. Today’s topic was that of Monty Python Live (Mostly), the group’s first major reunion since 1983’s Meaning Of …... Read More



No Good Trying: A Syd Barrett Playlist

Published on July 7th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

“I wasn’t always this introverted. I think young people should have a lot of fun. But I never seem to have any.” So said Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett in an interview with Rolling Stone in 1971. Three …... Read More



Electric Picnic 2014: Must-See Acts

Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Niamh Hegarty

Electric Picnic is possibly one of the most eclectic festivals in the country. Each year the line up strives to provide something for every palate. In the picturesque surroundings of Stradbally, Co. Laois it began as …... Read More



Classic Album: The Divine Comedy – Promenade

Published on June 25th, 2014 | by John Higgins

I’m none too smart, a sumo-intellectual at best, but people often assume I am clever because of my large forehead, glasses and the fact that I talk far too much. My learning is skin-deep and a …... Read More


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Preview: Pick ‘n’ Mix Theatre Festival

Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Eve Rosato

Pick ‘n’ Mix. The phrase typically brings to mind the stale, sugary, empty promise of overpriced cinema confectionery. The Pick ‘n’ Mix Theatre Festival on the other hand promises to deliver something altogether more nourishing. Now …... Read More



Classic Album: Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Will Murphy

From the moment you press play, you know that you’re in for something special. Those drums, militaristic and intensely precise, ushers you into this false sense of rigidity and form. Then that bass comes in with …... Read More



Fruit Tree: A Nick Drake Playlist

Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

“Fame is but a fruit tree, so very unsound. It can never flourish, ’till its stock is in the ground. So men of fame, can never find a way, ‘Till time has flown, far from their …... Read More



Festival Mixtape: Body & Soul 2014

Published on June 13th, 2014 | by Brian Coney

Boasting one of the strongest festival line-ups this summer, Body and Soul returns to the labyrinthine and picturesque Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from June 20-22. Closely connected to the tradition of the Summer Solstice –  a thousand …... Read More



A Tribute to John Mills (Panda Kopanda)

Published on June 12th, 2014 | by David Agnew

On Friday, May 30 I received a phonecall to tell me that, after suffering with leukaemia since the turn of the year, my closest friend was now considered beyond medical help and would be dead within …... Read More

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