• Pound Music Club

    Pound Music Club

    The spirit of the Belfast institution lives on in the lungs of Kenny McDowell, whose voice still enraptures a faithful following after 50 years

  • Foy Vance Wild Swan Main

    The Wild Swan

    Recorded in Nashville and rich in variety, the third album from Foy Vance isn't just his finest yet, it bears all the markings of a contemporary classic

  • Neil Young and Promise of the Real

    Neil Young

    He's taken half a century to get here, but backed by Promise of the Real the Canadian is still the hurricane force of old, and shows no signs of quitting

  • PORTS Main

    The Devil is a Songbird

    Ports' long-awaited debut album is one to fall into and appreciate in full, placing them amongst the modern masters of sophisticated and heart-breaking alt rock

  • The Zombies CQAF

    The Zombies

    It's the time of the season as the sixties pop survivors kick off the summer festival calendar under the twinkling lights at CQAF

  • Two Door Main

    Two Door Cinema Club

    There's no sign of new songs, but under the tongue-in-cheek guise of a tribute act the Bangor boys make a long-awaited reconnection with their roots

  • The Sessions Main

    The Sessions

    Beatlemania returns to Belfast as the Fab Four's kaleidoscopic catalogue comes to life in a joyous re-staging of their Abbey Road exploits

  • Transatlantic Sessions 1

    Transatlantic Sessions

    The revolving folk ensemble leave little to be desired in a showcase proving them to be the crown jewel of the first Derry International Irish Music Festival

  • Food Folksong 2

    Food and Folksong

    Award-winning chef Emmett McCourt brings out the forward-thinking flavours of Derry's new music festival in a night where the menu matches the performances

  • Mydidae 6

    Mydidae

    Martin Byrne's instrumental score for the harrowing Prime Cut theatre production stands strong even when removed from its dramatic visual context

  • Ben McAteer

    Winner of NI Opera's Festival of Voice competition tackles the classics at Queen's

  • Radar

    Queen's University Students' Union welcomes Arborist, Alana Henderson and Sons of Caliber, writes Chris Jones

  • Cut the Transmission

    Fighting With Wire go out with a bang at The Venue in Derry~Londonderry

  • Everything I've Learnt

    More Than Conquerors' debut album reflects their Christian faith but lacks some much-needed punch, writes Chris Jones

  • David Lyttle Trio

    The acclaimed jazz drummer kicks off a 15-date Irish tour in Belfast's Leaf & Berry café

  • Sam Baker

    Still physically affected by a terrorist attack in Peru, the American songwriter nevertheless infuses his songs with humour

  • Other People Wrote These

    Ciaran Lavery gives us exclusive access to his latest release featuring covers of Talking Heads and more

  • Klang!

    Stuart Bailie takes a trip to Coney Island Sound's world, where Ewan Gordon indulges his inner Eno

  • Harvest

    Gareth Dunlop and others support Villagers against the picturesque backdrop of Greyabbey House

  • Steve Vai

    The virtuoso guitarist brings his extravagant show to Mandela Hall

  • Joy of Nothing

    Maureen Coleman reviews Foy Vance's 'gorgeous' second album featuring Ed Sheeran

  • Testing Times

    The latest ironic offering from Belfast band War Hole is a thing 'of rare and affecting beauty'

  • Nine Inch Nails

    And So I Watch You From Afar and Little Matador provide support for Trent Reznor and friends at Custom House Square

  • Stendhal

    This 'charming melting pot of a festival' in Limavady welcomes emerging artists and established acts like Duke Special

  • Fleadh Cheoil NaÉireann

    Derry~Londonderry's Guildhall hosts two concerts showcasing the best in traditional Irish, Scottish and American music

  • Folk on a Boat

    Rachel Coulter and Stephen Macartney of Farriers serenade a boat-load of gig goers for Open House Bangor

  • Six String Love Stories

    Pete Gardiner revels in wordplay, imagery and catchy hooks on his impressive debut album

  • The Priests

    The Ulster Orchestra provide the music for a series of mainly religious compositions at Clonard Monastery

  • Happy Mondays

    Shaun Ryder and co rock Falls Park, with support from The Charlatans, at Féile an Phobail

  • Chris Woods

    The guitar maestro gives a finger-picking masterclass at the Black Box

  • For the Love of Letting Go

    Kowalski step out of Two Door Cinema Club's shadow with an effervescent debut album

  • JAZZnBELFAST

    The Dana Masters Sextet combine their virtuosic talents on their 'sublime, exquisite' debut album

  • The Olllam

    Virtuoso piper/whistler John McSherry gets his groove on at The MAC with his latest collaborative project

  • The River Still Sings

    Despite the best efforts of the Fidelio Trio, this multi-media City of Culture production fails to inspire

  • Bruce Springsteen

    The Boss arrives in Belfast, the E Street Band in tow, to deliver a hit-heavy set that was well worth the wait

  • Glasgowbury

    The music festival at Eagle's Rock says goodbye after two days of sunshine, setbacks and years of youthful promise

  • David Rees-Williams Jazz Trio

    The pianist manages a successful fusion of jazz and classical at Portaferry Presbyterian Church

  • Where Is The Man

    Amanda St John makes a strong first impression with her debut EP, produced by Gareth Dunlop

  • Songs of Iron

    Trucker Diablo's second album is an intoxicating cocktail of rock hooks and stadium-sized choruses

  • Celtic Fusion

    Frankie Gavin and the New De Dannan headline the traditional music festival in Castlewellan

  • Rod Stewart

    The veteran singer dusts off the cobwebs with a hit-heavy set at the Oydssey Arena in Belfast

  • Big Belfast Choir

    Musical director Aoife Cormacain gets the best of her newly formed ensemble at the Grand Opera House

  • Music City

    Terry Blain wanders around Derry~Londonderry as acts from around the world unite in song for City of Culture

  • The Who

    Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey perform their classic album, Quadrophenia, in its entirety at the Odyssey Arena

  • Enturbulation = No Challenge

    Desert Hearts remain charmingly unfamiliar with the zeitgeist as they release their 'beguiling' third album

  • Desert Hearts

    The Belfast four-piece launch their third album in Voodoo, Belfast with a blistering set of the old and the new

  • David Quigley

    Piano Classics

    David Quigley's debut recording as a solo artist is a vivid advertisement of how winningly he is playing at present

  • Underneath the Night of Stars

    Robyn G Shiels ventures into the blue with five new tales of loss and regret

  • Portaferry Proms

    Portaferry Presbyterian Church resonates to the elegant sounds of the Endellion String Quartet

  • Linen Hall Library 225

    New Neil Martin composition is the highlight of this anniversary concert at the Ulster Hall

  • Lucinda Williams

    Belfast's Real Music Club celebrates 15 years of roots music with performances from Malojian and Austin's finest

  • Frank Turner

    Limelight 1 resembles an aerobics class as Frank Turner, the man with the plan, gets the Belfast crowd bouncing

  • Love & Other Nonsense

    The National Chamber Choir of Ireland show their chops at St Thomas's Parish Church

  • The Fall

    There are no histrionics this time around, as Mark E Smith arrives promptly to tear up the Custom House Marquee

  • Thee Oh Sees

    If they once sounded anything like Neil Young, Fionola Meredith finds it hard to tell – she's too busy dancing

  • John Grant

    Malojian provides the sunshine, John Grant the expletives, as CQAF celebrates the songwriter

  • Dexys

    Kevin Rowland and co play through their latest album in full at Custom House Square Marquee

  • Neil Cowley Trio

    The UK City of Culture musician-in-residence brings his own brand of exhilarating jazz fusion to the Black Box

  • Nikolai Demidenko

    Philip Hammond admires the Russian pianist's individual take on works by Chopin and Rakhmaninov at the Ulster Hall

  • Can't Keep Up

    Shauna Tohill uses the Silhouette moniker to pursue her own musical path – this four-track collection was worth the wait

  • Sing Under the Bridges

    Anthony Toner crafts another fine collection of literate songs that tell of love, life and loss

  • Tales of the Working Class

    They provided the soundtrack to the Backin' Belfast campaign, now indie act Pretty Cartel are going it alone

  • Brahms

    Pianist Barry Douglas unleashes his talents on the German composer's formidable back catalogue

  • Welcome to Mikrosector-50

    Belfast's Space Dimension Controller is 'light-years ahead of his contemporaries'

  • New Releases

    The Wood Burning Savages, Vanilla Gloom and Elspeth bare their souls. Steven Rainey passes judgement

  • Passio

    National Chamber Choir of Ireland perform Arvo Pärt's musical retelling of St John's Passion narrative

  • Arthur Kell Quartet

    The acclaimed jazz group wrap up the Brilliant Corners Festival on the Belfast Barge

  • The Bear

    NI Opera adapt William Walton's saucy one-act story under the baton of Nicholas Chambers

  • Girls Aloud

    Detractors be damned, this talent show quintet have much to celebrate after ten years at the top

  • All Hail Bright Futures

    A new line-up and a 'blissed out, expansive' sound bode well for instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar

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