• Football As Never Before @ The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

    A ninety-minute avant garde documentary about George Best, set to live music and performed in an art deco cinema, might sound like something from the 1970s alternative arts scene, particularly when only one of the footballing superstar’s goals is featured.  But this is Belfast in 2016 and the catalyst for this future-retro Best tribute is Dublin composer/musician Matthew Nolan, who specializes in putting music to silent/avant-garde films. The film in question is “Football Like Never Before”, shot by German film-maker Helmuth Costard in 1970 and released the following year. Eight 16mm cameras tracked Best for the full ninety minutes of…

  • TEMPERED Contemporary Music Weekend

    Hosted by the indomitable, ridiculously informed Moving On Music, TEMPERED is a celebration of homegrown contemporary music talent that will take place in three Belfast venues – Black Box, St. George’s Church and Crescent Arts Centre – from November 5-8. All very reasonably priced shows, The ‘JamJar’ finale, Ian Wilson’s The Last Siren, Ed Bennett’s Decible Ensemble, Crash Ensemble’s Born In the 80s and Chamber Choir Ireland’s Arvo Pärt at 80 make up the weekender’s superb five-show programme. Go here to pre-book tickets now.