THE BELFAST SHOW
All the country’s brightest young things will be in attendance at OUTPUT, Belfast’s excellent showcase for up-and-coming artists. By Roisin Dwyer
It’s all happening up north this month. February 16 sees Belfast’s MAC host the OUTPUT 2017 music conference and showcase. During the day attendees can avail of a variety panels and keynotes, while in the evening a series of free showcases will take place in venues across the city.
Bands playing this year include hotly-tipped Derry teenagers Touts, who are about to hit the road supporting Blossoms, Hot Press One To Watch Callum Stewart and SXSW-bound New Portals. Also taking to the stage that night are Ryan Vail, whose debut album was Huw Stephens (Radio 1)’s album of the week;
Kerrang! favourites Making Monsters; and The Voice finalist Leah McFall.
Showcase hosts include Nialler 9, Derry record label Smalltown America, PRS for Music, IMRO, and Northern Irish arts and music publication The
The similarly-titled Up In Thin Air EP from Dublin’s 202s is now available on their
Bandcamp. The nugget is taken from the outfit’s forthcoming second album and also includes a
Jape remix of the title track. The EP follows on from well-received lead single ‘Oh My My’.
The act’s self-titled debut album was released in 2009 to critical acclaim at home and abroad, with Germany’s Musikexpress calling them ‘hymnal Kraut-pop from Dublin’. We’re sure album number two will be worth the wait!…
Given the phenomenal response to her latest track ‘Relent’, we imagine tickets for Ailbhe
Reddy’s Sugar Club show on February 22 are going fast. It has been a busy 12 months for the singer-songwriter, who first came on our radar when a homemade demo of her song ‘Cover Me’ was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Summer 2016 saw her wow crowds at a selection of the country’s finest festivals with tracks from her sensational EP Hollowed Out Sea, and in December she was one of the highlights of Other
Voices. Surely global fame can’t be far away… Meanwhile in the west, Galway’s guitar popsters
Bob Skeleton are about to release their second EP If This Isn’t Love, which follows hot on the heels of debut outing Shade. Both collections were recorded under the watchful eye of Will O’Connor (Grounds For Invasion, Willow Sea). Since hitting the stage for the first time last summer, they have warmed up audiences for
August Wells, The Strypes and Paddy Hanna…
On the subject of second outings, the wonderful Count Vaseline (aka Stefan Murphy) has just unleashed the follow-up to last year’s Yo
No Soy Marinero. Cascade clocks in at a breezy 25 minutes and is jam-packed with psychedelic and punk gems.
And here’s a final word from the Count:
“Each of Cascade’s twenty-five minutes are a nails-on-chalkboard reminder that we are alive. Sometimes we are swimming through rivers of burning shit, but once we hear the music we are alive.”
Amen to that.
The sweetest thing: Aibhe Reddy plays The Sugar Club