Corbin – Mourn

September 6th, 2017 by

Mourn is an apt title for the debut Corbin album. The artist, formerly known as Spooky Black, is a master of emotion. Early tracks such as ‘Without U’ and ‘Worn’ carry a heavy load. On the latter we hear a tormented soul explode in rage while on ‘Without U’ we hear an almost sympathetic tone, […]

Jayda G – Inside Moves, Belfast

September 5th, 2017 by

Y’know what’s weird? People criticising a DJ for dancing behind the decks. I just don’t understand it. Have we become so dismally depressed as a society that we actually feel we have the right to criticise someone for having fun? I see comments flag up all the time criticising Nina Kraviz’s moves, and as Vancouver-bred […]

Bicep – Bicep

September 1st, 2017 by

“Bicep, unreleased.” Those two words have been popping up quite a lot in the infamous Identification of Music Group of late. Few can boast the level of consistency that Andy Ferguson’s and Matt McBriars’ work maintains. The anticipation for Bicep’s debut eponymous album is rife. It’s a purposeful and artistically arranged body of work. Ninja Tune’s […]

SunflowerFest 2017

July 26th, 2017 by

One of Ireland’s finest local arts and music festivals returns to the enchanting, rural surroundings of Tubby’s Farm this weekend in the form of SunflowerFest 2017. There are few concepts in Ireland that can match the Sunflower gang for diversity. The blend of comedy, music, art, poetry and all round family fun results in a strange […]

The Pursuit of Experimentation – Disco é Cultura

May 4th, 2017 by

“Vinyl is Culture” Mick Donohoe, Jeremy Murphy and Marina Alves reside over a concept that’s a little different from your standard club night. Disco é Cultura was originally a small label found on Latin American records during the 60s and 70s, and translates to the above quote.  “The Rock’n Roll scene was growing around the world […]

AVA Castle Party – Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint

April 18th, 2017 by

The hills that surround the Clanrye River are still. A magnificent building, built in 1212, stands tall, its empty corridors soaked in silence. The low grumble of basslines and the chatter of an ecstatic crowd grow ever louder. As we drive up the winding lane that leads to Narrow Water Castle, a wave of excitement […]

The Mythical Good Friday Afternoon Pint

April 13th, 2017 by

There’s something just so appealing about an afternoon pint on Good Friday. Unfortunately for us, in the North and South of Ireland, the concept of this is about as realistic as an atheist’s view towards the very reason the day is remembered. Easter is a weird time of the year for the Irish. We’re granted […]

Yousef..”Everything still has the heartbeat of house”

April 11th, 2017 by

Few have had an impact on modern dance culture as much as Liverpool’s Yousef. Now, entering its fifteenth year, Circus is well and truly established as one of the UK’s prime party events. The key to any successful brand is its openness to adaptation, and Yousef’s Circus has gone above and beyond, evolving into a global […]

Dialogue 1st Birthday – White’s Tavern, Belfast

March 29th, 2017 by

There’s underground, and then there’s Dialogue. While most events throughout major cities boast a wide and diverse range of underground talent, there are few that go to the lengths and depths that Belfast’s Dialogue do. Each member of the party throwing crew maintains a unique gift, never quite satisfied with the abundance of euphoric noise […]

The Pursuit of Experimentation – RESIST, Belfast

March 22nd, 2017 by

“People often criticise electronic music as being soulless or not having emotion, but my experience of it has been totally different. I have left gigs feeling awe inspired to just to get into the studio and create.” Watch a Koichi Samuels live set and you are truly witnessing an artist at work. In his time […]

Sarah McBriar..”My vision was to create a world-class festival for Belfast”

March 6th, 2017 by

Sarah McBriar is quite the inspiration. Quitting your monthly salary to pursue a non-financially rewarding dream is an anxiety riddled journey, but one that Sarah has passionately battled through. Now in its third year, Belfast’s AVA Festival continues to illustrate the vast amount of local talent that Ireland has to offer, booking diverse and talented […]