Christmas is over and 2011 is around the corner.  So these 3 bands are gonna trash Ma Nelson’s before the end of 2010.

ST. HELLFIRE & DEVASTE will be performing before the excellent headline act and that is

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DAMN this sobriety! Now that I have been temporarily cured of it I remember that I should have mentioned the following:
Stiff Little Fingers - Ulster Hall March 12th
Warrior Soul - Diamond Rock Club March 29th
Rob Zombie - Ulster Hall June 29th.

2011 - the year when the debit and credit cards get burned badly; beer

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HAD a wee rant back in October about work related stuff on a blog I rarely use, but one or two people (who mustn't have much better to do!) said I should post it here as it mentions Maiden, Sweet Savage, and DC and 'Tallica.

Read it here - if you really have nothing better to do

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WHEN it comes to what we see and what we take as read, then all too often we screw it up. Looking back on December 2010 all we'll remember is the week of snow and frosts. So much airtime was taken up talking about record low temperatures in Ballygobackward that we'll not remember that the last week of the year had temperatures well above the

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Dear blog, my apologies. I've been neglecting you. Distracted by the bright shiny instant world of Twitter and Bakebook I've stayed away from your considerable delights and my immeasurable ability to rant and rave at the slightest provocation.

But my pledge to you is this: whenever I am under the affluence of incohol or just plain bored

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Just thought I would wish you all a very blessed and merry Christmas!!!!
And also a very very very happy new year!

This year has been a blast and I thank the awesome God for all the people I have had the chance to work with and meet, i love you all!

See you all next year my friends! :P

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So here we go, the last gig before Christmas 2010. Ma Nelson’s have rocking the stage 3 totally brilliant rock/metal bands in Belfast.

Up first was SWEET SAVAGE who are known for supporting METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, DEEP PURPLE & THIN LIZZY. Great set from these boys, especially

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Upcoming gigs. Updated 20th October 2017

These are the gigs by local rock bands (and some others organised by local promoters) that I'm aware off. There will be ones I've missed, some that may have been cancelled and others where the line-up may have changed. Feel free to message or comment on




Saturday 21st October

Dan Reed & PHILIP MCCARROLL – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Tuesday 24th October

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Limelight 1, Belfast

Friday 27th October

HOTTER THAN HELL & Gallus Cooper – Limelight 1, Belfast

Saturday 28th October

Orange Goblin & ZLATANERA – Limelight 2, Belfast

Switchfoot & Alvarez Kings – Limelight 1, Belfast

Sunday 29th October

Fozzy & Hardcore Superstar – Limelight 2, Belfast

Tuesday 31st October

The Raven Age – Limelight 2, Belfast

Saturday 4th November


Sunday 5th November

Ricky Warwick / Damon Johnson & PHILIP MCCARROLL – Limelight 2, Belfast

Wednesday 8th November

Y&T & STORMZONE – Limelight 1, Belfast

Saturday 11th November


Friday 17th November

Opeth & Enslaved – Limelight 1, Belfast

Saturday 18th November

MAVERICK & DEAD ADDICTION – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Friday 24th November

Diamond Head & STORMZONE – Voodoo, Belfast

Saturday 25th November


Sunday 26th November

Kobra & The Lotus & Brutai – Voodoo, Belfast

Saturday 2nd December

Robert Plant – Ulster Hall, Belfast

Wednesday 13th December


Saturday 16th December

THE ANSWER – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Friday 22nd December

BLACK KNIGHT – Voodoo, Belfast

Saturday 23rd December

PAT MCMANUS BAND – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Saturday 30th December

AC?DC – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Saturday 13th January 2018

The Quireboys – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Saturday 27th January

TRUCKER DIABLO & ELEVATION FALLS – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Saturday 2nd February

DIAMOND ALL STARS – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

Thursday 1st March

Magnum – Limelight 1, Belfast

Saturday 12th May

Jizzy Pearl – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill





Last Updated (Friday, 20 October 2017 22:23)



So here we go, the last concert before Shanta Claus comes to town, and this show is going to be a belter down in Ma Nelson’s. 

To kick the night off will be the young metal band CONJURING FATE

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Oh the weather outside was freightful…. but the Empire was so delightful…. Something like that lol.

With Stormzone and Swanee River not being able to play, the boys of SO:NI weren’t sure what was gonig to happen, but in the end it ended up being STEVE HORNER (singer of Swanee River) performing an acoustic set to

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SO we now have it confirmed that the BIG FOUR are to play Sonisphere - and yes that capitalisation is well deserved. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth changed the face of metal - and for younger readers who have a pop at the odd member of the BIG FOUR you really have no idea at the impact this group of musicians had on heavier music.<br

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