Belfast Music - September 2015
There’s something for everyone with our guide to Belfast’s best gigs happening throughout September 2015
View a selection of musical performances happening in Belfast throughout September, with a packed line-up of exciting gigs.
Beat Root - September 3 - 5 at the Crescent Arts Centre
Moving On Music presents three days of alternative roots and folk music featuring performances from Furrow Collective (Emily Portman, Alasdair Roberts, Lucy Farrell, and Rachel Newton), Filastine & Nova; delivering the grittiest transnational bass music around with their live A/V show, Belfast's own Robyn G Shiels, and Newcastle’s skewed troubadour, Richard Dawson ('English folk equivalent of Captain Beefheart’s deconstruction of the blues' - The Guardian). Book tickets.
Florence + the Machine — September 9, SSE Arena Belfast
How Big How Blue How Beautiful, Florence’s third critically acclaimed album was released this week to top the UK album chart, selling more than the rest of the top 5 combined, topping the charts in 24 other countries and are currently on course to have their first Number One album in the USA.
Now Florence + the Machine announce their return to the stage with their first full UK tour since March 2012. September will see them embark on a 12 strong string of dates which will take them across the country, culminating with 4 nights at London’s Alexandra Palace. The tour will follow a big festival season for Florence + the Machine who are set to play big slots at Glastonbury, Splendour In The Grass, Electric Picnic amongst others.
Tickets are available from the Ticketmaster website.
Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas and Malojian — September 11, The Empire Belfast
Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas are a Derry based Folk Rock Country Pop Punk Blues Band. Described as being ‘Like the Saw Doctors jamming with The Undertones at a Street Party held by Squeeze’, the band have released three albums and are set to perform in a superlative double bill alongside the Fantastic Malojian.
Armed only with his father’s battered acoustic guitar and a collection of Neil Young LPs, Stevie Scullion began writing songs in his early teens. Struggling to overcome a fear of singing in front of other people, he spent the next few years making lo-fi home recordings on a 4-track tape machine, before eventually finding his voice with acclaimed indie-folk act Cat Malojian.
The band released two EPs and two albums worth of Stevie’s songs and were invited by Gary Lightbody to support Snow Patrol at Ward Park, Bangor, in June 2010, a performance that saw them play to 46,000 people – the largest ever music audience in Northern Ireland. However, in June 2011, midway through the recording of their third album, Cat Malojian split.
Wasting no time, Stevie embarked on a solo career under the simpler moniker Malojian and soon released his debut solo album, The Deer’s Cry. The album gained widespread critical acclaim, culminating in a prestigious session for BBC Radio 2 legend Whispering Bob Harris.
Tickets are available to buy via The Belfast Empire website.
Art Garfunkel — September 14, Waterfront Hall Belfast
Art Garfunkel brings his two-man show (with guitarist Tab Laven) to the Waterfront. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters - Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C. Jobim – and parts of his new book.
Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 original solo albums.
Tickets are on sale now, available from the Waterfront Hall website.
Mirador: Young Aviators, Gascan Ruckus and Gone All Year — September 19, The Bar With No Name Belfast
It’s a homecoming party for Glasgow based Young Aviators as they play The Bar With No Name on Saturday, 19th September. Following on from their sparky debut album ‘Self Help’ the band have expanded to a four-piece and already have new material ready and waiting to be unleashed. The Warrenpoint natives will return to NI for their first Belfast headline show this year and will be joined by Armagh party-punk quartet Gascan Ruckus, fresh faced Belfast crew Gone All Year + the ever mysterious Mirador DJs.
Tickets are available from the Mirador website.
Girl Band, Paddy Hannah and Blue Whale — September 25, QUBSU Belfast
The last couple of years have been very good to Dublin's Girl Band. From the release of the utterly bombastic Lawman at the very start of last year to signing to Rough Trade, extensively touring the States and Europe and releasing the critically-acclaimed The Early Years back in April, the band's psychotic, frenetic noise-rock has seen them gain an ever-attentive fanbase in Ireland and far beyond, confirming their reputation as quite possibly Ireland's best export since My Bloody Valentine and easily the country's very best live band right now.
Supported by Dublin's Paddy Hanna and Belfast experimental quartet Blue Whale, the fast-rising, Dara Kiely-fronted quartet will once again bring their incomparably claustrophobic and forward-thinking craft to Belfast's Bar Sub.
Tickets are priced at £7 and are available on the door.
Bullet For My Valentine — September 28, Ulster Hall Belfast
Bullet For My Valentine have announced that they will be headlining a UK tour later this summer including a date in The Ulster Hall on September 28th. The band recently wrapped up recording their impending fifth studio album, which is due out later this year.
The Welsh metal-core band Bullet For My Valentine has spent most of the past two years taking over the world with massive U.K., European, U.S. and worldwide tours, sharing the stage with Guns N Roses, Metallica and Iron Maiden, playing the Main Stage at just about every rock festival on the planet, and seeing their 2006 debut album The Poison — an album London's daily The Sun called 'One of the finest debut albums in rock history' — sell more than one-million copies worldwide.
Tickets are available from the Ticketmaster website.