• “We Are…” by Diarmuid Kennedy

    Whether you’ve encountered him or not – and chances are many of you have – self-professed “unprofessional photographer” Diarmuid Kennedy has been a veritable fly-on-the-wall of Belfast music over the last couple of years. A masterfully discreet operator, he is often one of a small handful at people to brave line-ups of all-but anonymous debutantes and furtive young musicians; his photography – just like his work capturing bigger, more established local bills – providing a priceless insight into an ever-evolving, somewhat maligned but, for the most part, consistently impressive music scene. Sitting outside the Pavilion Bar on Ormeau Road – a venue in which the photographer has shot innumerable up-and-coming bands…

  • “We Are…” by Diarmuid Kennedy

    One of the leading lights in Irish freelance photography, Belfast-based photographer Diarmuid Kennedy will host “We Are…”, an exhibition featuring a selection of his superb black-and-white local gig photography at Belfast’s Linen Mill Library from Monday, August 4 to Thursday, August 28. Having snapped countless bands and artists in numerous venues across the last couple of years, Kennedy has captured some extraordinary and unforgettable performances. The exhibition – part of the Local Art by Local Artists exhibitions featuring Northern Irish artists – is sure to be a wonderful testatment to Kennedy’s skill and passion for capturing up-and-coming musicians in the live…

  • PigsAsPeople, El Ten Eleven, Droids @ Radar

    Gentleman, scholar and masterful photographer Diarmuid Kennedy was there to capture Belfast-based three-piece PigsAsPeople launch their Idles & Us EP at Belfast’s Radar on Thursday, October 26. Rather inexplicable support came from U.S. post rock duo El Ten Eleven (bassist/guitarist Kristian Dunn, above) and Derry riffmasters Droids. Check out Diarmuid’s photos below!

  • Twenty Months, Twelve Photos, One Glass Eye

    If you’re a regular gig-goer in Belfast, chances are you will at least know amateur music photographer Diarmuid Kennedy to see. Having worked tirelessly on his own initiative to capture  pretty much every single local gig worth going to over the last twenty months, he has very kindly selected a dozen of his favourite distinctive black-and-white photographs during this period, offering a snapshot of a small but thriving scene and the thoughts of a true champion of homegrown live music. Take it away, Diarmuid. “It is very flattering to be asked to select my favourite photographs for Thin Air.  I am a complete amateur…

  • A Fight You Can’t Win, Dutch Schultz, Bellos @ Voodoo, Belfast

    The massively talented Diarmuid Kennedy captured Edinburgh alt-rock quartet A Fight You Can’t Win stop off at Belfast’s Voodoo Bar recently in what turned out to be an unforgettable show (particularly for an otherwise unremarkable Sunday night). With the Matthew Bakewell-fronted foursome delivering a storming – highly entertaining – set, the equally riff-fuelled wrath of Bellos and Dutch Schultz proved themselves to be perfect support at either end of the travelling band’s raucous set. Check out Diarmuid’s photos below!

  • The Thin Air Launch Party

    Belfast-based photographer Diarmuid Kennedy was there to capture our launch party at Belfast’s Voodoo on Saturday, May 18th, where Mojo Fury performed their debut album Visiting Hours of A Travelling Circus to a packed room of hardcore fans. The band were supported by PigsAsPeople, Vanilla Gloom and Blue Whale. Thanks to everyone who made it down on the night!