• In Photos: Forbidden Fruit Festival 2022

    Forbidden Fruit Festival 2022 took place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin over the bank holiday weekend featuring live performances from Lorde, Biig Piig, For Those I Love, Kojaque, Gemma Dunleavy, Pip Millet, Saoirse, Tom Misch, Shiiv, Efé, New Dad and more. Photos by Leah Carroll and Kate Lawlor. SATURDAY – Photos by Leah Carroll SUNDAY – Photos by Kate Lawlor

  • 2021 Choice Music Prize Shortlist Revealed

    The shortlist for the 2021 RTÉ Choice Music Prize Album of the Year has been announced. Presented in association with IMRO and IRMA, the shortlist is yet another strong genre-spanning affair, featuring the likes of Bicep, For Those I Love, Kojaque, Villagers and Elaine Mai. Check out the full shortlist below. Bicep – Isles (Ninja Tune) Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill – In the Game (Rosaleen Records / Rosa Productions) For Those I Love – For Those I Love (September Recordings) Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet (New Friends Music) HousePlants – Dry Goods (Bone China Records) Kojaque – Town’s…

  • Lorde, Bicep & More Set For Forbidden Fruit 2022

    Lorde and Bicep are among the acts set to play next year’s Forbidden Fruit festival. Taking place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin across the Bank Holiday weekend of June 4 & 5 2022, the festival’s return after three years will also feature sets by the likes of Hot Chip, Floating Points, The Avalanches, Princess Nokia, Kojaque, Gemma Dunleavy and more. Many more acts are to be announced. Check out the full first announcement below. Weekend tickets for Forbidden Fruit 2022 start from €129.50 and go on sale on Thursday, December 2 at 8AM.

  • Sound of Belfast 2021 Programme Launched

    The programme for this year’s Sound of Belfast has been announced. Returning both live and online for 14 days across 4-18th November, this year’s outing will see 50 events take over 11 venues across the city. Organised by the Oh Yeah Music Centre as a means to turn up the spotlight on the city’s world-class talent, highlights from this year’s programme include Bicep at the Telegraph Building, new night No Photos featuring Marion Hawkes and more, Kneecap, Bangers N’ Mashups live with Mob Wife, F.R.U.I.T.Y., Sasha Samara and more. Go here to check out the full programme and to buy…

  • Best Album & Single Shortlists for NI Music Prize Revealed

    The Best Album and Best Single shortlists for this year’s Northern Ireland Music Prize have been revealed. Supported by PPL, the Best Album shortlist includes the likes of This Ship Argo’s Always The Bees: Never The Honey, Fir Wave by Hannah Peel (pictured), Arvo Party’s Inheritiance, Isles by Bicep and Into The Depths of Hell by Joshua Burnside. See the full list below. Andrew McGibbon – Northern Gothic Arvo Party – Inheritance Bicep – Isles CATALAN! – Veritas Dani Larkin – Notes for a Maiden Warrior Hannah Peel – Fir Wave Jealous of the Birds – Peninsula Joshua Burnside –…

  • Bicep – Isles

    To create a dance record during a pandemic must be a particularly daunting task. What’s the point of club music when there’s nowhere to dance? Nonetheless, Belfast-bred, London-based duo Bicep rose to take on this arduous task. The duo’s 2017 self-titled debut was lauded upon its release for its sleek, contemporary take on classic UK dance sounds. 2-step, garage and house music were all present, led by the euphoric ‘Glue’, itself now a go-to soundtrack for car advertisements and social media influencer story posts alike. Isles was pre-empted by the duo as a “home listening” version of what was really…

  • Electric Picnic 2020 Line-Up Revealed

    The line-up for this year’s Electric Picnic has been announced. Coming amidst news of various cancellations regarding the global onset of coronavirus, organisers of the annual festival at Stradbally Estate in Co. Laois have have revealed that the Chemical Brothers, Run The Jewels (pictured) and Bicep are among the acts joining already-announced headliners Rage Against the Machine across 4-6th September. With more to be announced, Irish acts including Rejjie Snow, Just Mustard, Saint Sister and Aoife Nessa Francis will also make an appearance. Check out the current full line-up below. This year’s festival is already sold out.

  • BICEP Announce Belfast and Dublin Dates

    As part of a string of EU and UK dates, London-based Belfast electronic duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson aka BICEP will make appearances in Belfast and Dublin in November. As well as stopping out Belfast’s The Telegraph Building alongside Voiski (Live), Hammer and Schmutz on Saturday, November 3, the pair will play their biggest Dublin show to date at the Olympia on Friday, November 2. Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday at 10am, priced at £27.50 and €31.40 respectively.

  • AVA Festival Preview: Bicep

    All this week, we’re going to be previewing some must-see acts at this year’s AVA Festival. Set to return to Belfast across Friday 1 – Saturday 2 June, the island’s finest electronic showcase will feature Bicep, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, KiNK, Floorplan, Denis Sulta and many, many more at the S13 Warehouse. We have a big giveaway for this year’s festival. To be in with the chance of winning two AVA weekend passes, two AVA T-shirts and, to sweeten the deal, four drink tokens, simply Like our Facebook page here and send us a link to your favourite Bicep track to info@thethinair.net ___ Rarely do DJ sets fall under “must-see” territory at festivals such as AVA. There are,…