• The Flaming Lips and more for Forbidden Fruit

    Oklahoma psych-pop masters The Flamings Lips are amongst several acts announced to play the Saturday of this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival. Taking place at Royal Hospital Kilmainham,  the festival organisers have also revealed that Bell X1, Fuck Buttons, Nils Frahm, The Young Knives, Vann Music and Flying Lotus (3D Show) will also play this year’s two-day event, taking place on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. Priced at €49.50 for one day and €99.50 for the two, early bird tickets for the festival are currently on sale via Ticketmaster. Check out the video for the timeless ‘She Don’t Use…

  • Spectrum Festival 2014 announced

    Featuring an eight-band bill comprised of both fast-rising and established homegrown talent, this year’s Spectrum Festival will take place at Belfast’s Speakeasy on Saturday, June 7. Headlined by Lisburn alt-rock maestros Mojo Fury and England-based quartet A Plastic Rose (above), prog rockers Kasper Rosa, alt-fock duo New Ancestors, five-piece The Late Twos, electronic trio Affleck, and indie pop bands Hurdles and Go Swim will also play the one-day festival, kicking off at 6.30pm. Admission is £12 and it’s £10 for students. Go here for the show’s Facebook event page. Check out the poster for the show below.

  • Belfast Film Festival programme launched

    Featuring a nigh on kaleidoscopic plethora of cinematically-inclined happenings, the programme for this year’s Belfast’s Film Festival has been announced. Traversing categories including Altered States, TV Eye, Shorts and Opening & Closing, A Steve Zissou night, Ray Charles Live 1961, Documenta – The Happening, Here Be Dragons, Busby Furball and The Human Scale are amongst the many eclectic screenings and events taking place from from March 27 to April 5 across Belfast. Go here to check out the full schedule for this year’s festival, now in its fourteenth year. Tickets are available to purchase via here.

  • First acts announced for Body & Soul 2014

    Canadian musician Caribou, American singer-songwriter John Grant and London-based electronic producer Jon Hopkins (pictured) are amongst the first acts announced for this year’s Body & Soul Festival. Taking place at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath during the summer solstice weekend of June 20-22, the first wave of acts to the play the festival also include Goldfrapp, Darkside, Mount Kimbie and Buraka Som Sistema. See below for the current poster for Body & Soul 2014. Varying in price and description, go here to buy tickets for the festival.

  • Several More Acts Confirmed For Longitude 2014

    Now in its second year, several more acts have been announced to be play this year’s Longitude Festival at Dublin’s Marlay Park from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20. Irish acts James Vincent McMorrow (pictured), Hozier and Le Galaxie were confirmed alongside Roosevelt, Bondax, Cyril Hahn, Julio Bashmore, John Talabot, Bonobo, Sam Smith, Chvrches, Haim, Bastille, Haim and Bastille. Several more acts will be announced on Thursday, February 6 ahead of tickets on sale the following day at 9am. See below for the official list of confirmed acts.

  • Glen Hansard announces Autumn tour

    Dublin singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has announced a string of Irish and European dates across the months of October and November. Starting off on October 20 in Sligo, the tour will pass through several European cities before concluding in Dublin’s Vicar Street on November 26. The Frames frontman will stop off at Belfast’s The Mac on October 21. Oct 20: Hawkswell, Sligo Oct 21: MAC Theatre, Belfast Oct 22: Spirit Store, Dundalk Oct 24: DeBarras, Clonakilty Oct 25: Blackbird, Ballycotton Oct 26: Blessings Bar, Cavan Oct 28: Cyprus Avenue, Cork Oct 29 : Town Hall, Galway Nov 07: Moscow Hall, Moscow, Russia Nov 09: Kosmonavt Club, Saint Petersburg, Russian…

  • ASIWYFA, LaFaro and more added to Cut The Transmission bill

    North Coast post-rock quartet And So I Watch You From Afar and Belfast-based riffmasters LaFaro are amongst several new acts added to the already mighty bill for the Fighting With Wire-curated Cut The Transmission festival on Saturday, September 28. Taking place at The Venue in Derry, Droids, The Wood Burning Savages, Little Hooks and Making Monsters also join the line-up, already featuring headliners Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Future Of The Left, Fighting With Wire, More Than Conquerors and Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun. Tickets for the event are priced at £20.00 and are available to buy from The Millenium Forum. Have…

  • Villagers set to headline Harvest festival

    As exclusively revealed on BBC Radio Ulster programme Across The Line, Dublin band Villagers have been announced as headliners of the inaugural Harvest Music Festival in Ards on Saturday, August 31. The festival – taking place at Grey Abbey House – will also feature performances from Hayseed Dixie, Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Farriers and Emerald Armada amongst others. Tickets for the festival’s debut showcase – the centrepiece of the ‘Ards 1613’ festival – are available to purchase here, priced at £20.00 (children under 12 go free).

  • Chic announce Irish dates

    Having wowed at Forbidden Fruit and set for Derry’s Ebrington Square on July 28, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers have announce a string of Irish dates in October. Starting in Belfast’s historic Ulster Hall on Wednesday, October 23 the five-date leg will culminate in a second night in Dublin’s Vicar Street on October 30. View the full dates below. October 23 – Ulster Hall, Belfast October 25 – Milk Market, Limerick October 27 – Radisson Hotel, Galway October 29/30 – Vicar Street, Dublin Tickets for the show go on sale next Friday, July 19. Good times!

  • Glasgowbury festival announces end

    The organisers of arguably Northern Ireland’s finest and most respected homegrown musical festival, Glasgowbury, have announced that this year’s festival – the thirteenth in its history – will be its last. Taking on Friday July 19 and Saturday 20 at Eagle’s Rock Valley, Draperstown, this year’s showcase – headlined by The Japanese Popstars, And So I Watch You From Afar and The Answer – will mark the transitional point where the Glasgowbury team move onto the next stage of its development. According to a press release posted on the official Glasgowbury website: “Progressing to the next stage of its forward-thinking…