No top 5 #gigs for me this year but instead looking back at the nine gigs I attended this year following Covid.
30 Years of Ash Back in August, I wrote about the many times that Ash has graced the Ulster Hall with their presence. Since summer I have been so looking forward to the 30th-anniversary show because the Ulster Hall has many precious memories for me seeing bands play there and importantly for Ash, it was … Continue reading Ash Live at Ulster Hall 16/12/22
So Much For The 30 Year Plan, Limelight, Belfast 07/10/22 Finally, Therapy? make their return to Belfast following the two-year on-off rescheduling due to the COVID pandemic playing at a sold-out Limelight. My original ticket said 26 September 2020. It is going to be worth the wait! Originally meant to celebrate Therapy?’s 30 year anniversary … Continue reading Therapy? review
Part 3 Catatonia Venue: Olympia, Dublin 03/05/98 Catatonia went from indie-also rans to chart-topping band with the release of their X Files-inspired song, Mulder, and Scully. Being a big fan of the show, I naturally bought into the cult pop reference and it’s a great song too. The band had just released International Velvet to … Continue reading Do You Remember The First Time?
Looking back at some classic shows from the band's history Following the success of their 30th-anniversary show at Downpatrick Arts Centre last Sunday, Ash announced their first headline show at the Ulster Hall since their two-nightstand in 2001 during the Free All Angels tour. Formed in 1992, Tim Wheeler (guitars), Rick McMurray (drums) and Mark … Continue reading Ash at the Ulster Hall
Part 2 Beastie Boys Venue: Castlegar Sports Ground, Galway 11/07/98 I was never a big fan of Beastie Boys as I steered clear of rap and wasn’t interested in it. But that was me being a music snob as something changed along the way and it was more of the cross-over appeal between rock and … Continue reading Do You Remember The First Time?
"Do you remember the first time? I can't remember a worse time But you know that we've changed so much since then Oh yeah, We've grown" sang Jarvis Cocker on Pulp's hit single Do You Remember The First Time. This time the blog shifts its focus to all the bands I have seen, the first … Continue reading Do You Remember The First Time?
The cancelled gigs of 2020 feel like it really is in the past as Iron Maiden finally made their Belsonic debut two years after it was originally scheduled. This was the band's fifth visit to Belfast overall and the first time that they had played an open-air festival here. Support came from American bands Tempt … Continue reading Review – Iron Maiden, Ormeau Park, Belfast Belsonic Festival 13/06/22
How the Covid Pandemic affected my outlook on music Today is the start of Mental Health Week and it is quite appropriate that onSaturday night I attended my first concert in two years. Prior to the pandemic, 2020 was to be an exciting year for music with loadsof gigs booked throughout the year. January 2020 started … Continue reading Gig Anxiety
Next Saturday, 23 April sees the return of the annual cash cow that is Record Store Day at your local record store or online if you don’t want the hassle of queues but will pay beyond the price of it. My last blog was on the subject two years ago. You can read the previous … Continue reading Record Store Day 2022