• SOAK w/ Sea Legs & Jessica Doherty @ Playhouse, Derry

    Small in physical stature but massive in national and international impact, Bridie Monds-Watson, the artist otherwise known as SOAK, has established herself as a confident and chameleonic performer – casually costumed yet commanding, modestly mannered yet musically masterful. These are not words one uses lightly, but they are well earned in the Derry chanteuse’s case; her meteoric rise and the reception of debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream are testament to this. And she expectedly, deservedly returns to loud applause at a packed out homecoming gig in Derry’s Playhouse Theatre, accompanied by a worthy pair of support acts…

  • CultureTECH 2015 Programme Launched

    Taking place across September 12-20 in Derry, CultureTECH 2015 for a “week-long festival of tech, media, music and games for the whole family”. Having established itself a world-class digital institution over the last few years, the programme for this year’s festival includes Maker City (a 2-day celebration of innovation and having fun with technology), City Arcade (featuring three days of Minecraft tournaments, costumes, YouTubers and video games fun) and a Street Party on September 18, featuring Booka Brass Band, Loris and Jessica Doherty. Elsewhere, there’ll be several other events, ranging from the curiously-titled Invasion Derry, Appetite for Design and our personal…

  • Gig of the week: Champion Sound Showcase

    Our gig of the week this week is set to be an outright highlight of this year’s CultureTECH in Derry/Londonderry: a showcase by Belfast-based label Champion Sound at the most excellent Sandinos on Friday September 13 featuring performances two of the label’s most exciting names. Fast-rising Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail (above) and decidedly anonymous producer Unknown lead the way on the night. Visuals coming courtesy of award-winning Belfast collective DSNT, the labels bosses of both Planet Mu (Tom Quaye) and Champion Sound (Lyndon Stephens) will also perform DJ sets on the night Tickets are five pound at the door. Check out ‘Fade’ by Ryan Vail below.

  • CultureTECH: Champion Sound Showcase @ Sandinos

    One of the more enticing prospects of this year’s CultureTECH in Derry, Belfast-based label Champion Sound will hold a showcase at the wonderfully inimitable Sandinos on Friday September 13. The line-up is comprised of two of the label’s most exciting names: fast-rising Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail and decidedly anonymous producer Unknown (above – sort of). With visuals coming courtesy of award-winning Belfast collective DSNT, the labels bosses of both Planet Mu (Tom Quaye) and Champion Sound (Lyndon Stephens) will also perform DJ sets. Tickets are five pound at the door.

  • CultureTECH

    A so-called ‘epic’ festival of digital technology, media and music featuring over 150 events, 100+ speakers and over 100+ acts, CultureTECH festival is very much ahead of the game in terms of its sheer forward-thinking, diversified vision. Taking place in Derry-Londonderry from September 9-15, the seven-day celebration of all things digital will combine everything from live music and gaming to industry workshops, digital art installations and film screenings. With the City of Culture platform there, ready to be taken advantage of insofar as exposure and all else is concerned, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the best to…