And So I Watch You From Afar - Belfast’s own four piece juggernaut - bring local music back to the Ulster Hall when they headline an all-star, all-local bill on Friday 18 December.

ASIWYFA will be joined at Belfast’s most prestigious rock ‘n’ roll venue by
LaFaro, Cashier No9 and Adebisi Shank.

ASIWYFA’s Ulster Hall gig marks the revival of the annual local music Christmas show as spearheaded in the 1970s by the godfather of the Belfast music scene, Terry Hooley and his independent label, Good Vibrations.

Terry told Pied Piper:

“It’s great to see such an exciting and fresh local act headlining the Ulster Hall at Christmas alongside superb supporting acts, LaFaro, Cashier No9 and Adebisi Shank. Local heroes like the Undertones and Rudi used to fill the Ulster Hall and with such a dedicated following, I have no doubt these bands will uphold this tradition!”

Adam Turkington, from the Ulster Hall - which is promoting the show alongside Derry-based record label Smalltown America - added:

“The reopening of the Ulster Hall earlier this year with the ‘Do You Remember the First Time’ gig and ‘Fringe’ programme made us reflect on how important this venue is for Northern Irish music. The local music scene is more exciting than it has been for years and we want to harness the iconic power of this building to showcase the fantastic talent we now have to offer.”

“Each of the bands on this bill demand to be heard on the big stage, just like Rudi and The Moondogs did in the 70s.”

This Ulster Hall Christmas show with a difference marks ASIWYFA’s Belfast return from an extensive UK and Ireland tour. Simultaneously dreamy, hypnotic and apocalyptic, each of their songs is an instrumental masterpiece.

Renowned for their incendiary live performances, ASIWYFA have also been enjoying rave reviews for their eponymous début album, which has been Huw Stephen’s ‘Album of the Week’ on Radio 1, awarded four Ks in Kerrang!, 10 out of 10 from Radio One and was listed in Rock Sound’s Top 50 Albums of 2008.

All this on top of being named ‘Band Of The Year’ by Radio Ulster’s Across The Line, earning a place in Alternative Ulster’s ‘Top Ten Northern Irish Songs of our Lifetime,’ being listed in Rock Sound’s ‘Ones to Watch 2009’ and enjoying glowing reviews from the NME.

Tickets (just £8 when pre-booked) are available from the Ulster Hall and Waterfront Box Offices, by calling 028 9033 4455 and online at www.ulsterhall.co.uk

There is a Credit/Debit card handling charge of £1.00 per ticket for bookings made by telephone. Online bookings attract a charge of just £1.50 per transaction. A fee of 50p per booking is payable for tickets forwarded by post.

Tickets for all events at the Ulster Hall and Belfast Waterfront are now also available from selected Xtra-vision stores across Northern Ireland. Full details are available from box office on 028 9033 4455 or online at www.waterfront.co.uk

Authors: Monk

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