OKAY let's get this straight from the off. We're not Paramore fans and we're unlikely to ever to be converted: there are some boundaries we refuse to cross, and we have crossed many in the past.

However, we must concede it is a bit of coup for Belsonic to secure the emo-popstars with the outrageous Hayley Williams and her fanbase of

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THE first time I came across the fine pipes of Mr Danny Vaughn was when he was lending his talents to the wonderfully shambolic Mr Pete Way's side project Waysted. Waysted were supporting Status Quo at a now closed Belfast Leisure Centre. In front of a packed audience Mr Vaughn won a lot of admirers, not least with performances of Heaven Tonight

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Now,

Putting Davy Warren, Phil Black and Nigel Jackson on the door at a gig is not going to be good for passing trade.

Having me hanging about doing nothing except drink Guinness and scratching my Knackers probably isn't going to improve matters!

However, when you've a line up of bands like we had in the Spring and Airbreak in Belfast a couple of Fridays ago, folks are prepared to avert their vision and hold their breath for a few seconds, and come on in anyway!

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 May 2012 18:43)

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THERE’S a lot of stories about the fighting, fucking, all round bad ass Cú Chulainn in the Ulster Cycle. The Hound of Ulster can rightly be described as one mean so and so of a bezerker…

But like all myths, the story Cú Chuliann was probably just some bloke who enjoyed a pint of ale, partying, and when it came down to it could

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ARE Darkest Era Northern Ireland's answer to Amon Amarth? Now before you raise a steeply arched eyebrow at such a bold claim, hold on to your cup of ale, still that whiskey that was about to caress your lips with its golden bite, and draw closer to where an ancient fire burns...

Amon Amarth draw deepy from the well of ancient

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WHEN the armies of Alexander of Macedon conquered half the known world he kept his general Parmenion's verteran's in reserve to deliver the crushing blow to Persian hordes at the right time.

When Genghis Khan conquered half the known world, sometimes his shock tactics needed the determination of veterans to smash through stubborn ranks

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WITH The Darkness pulling out of their support slot for Thin Lizzy, here's the new confirmed line-up:
  • Thin Lizzy
  • The Answer
  • UFO
  • FM
  • Sweet Savage

That rates a hell yeah from us

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THEY say that prophets are not always listened to in their own land; and it is a land here in Northern Ireland that has been riven with strife for millenia, and a land where the heartbeat of music has never been far from the ears of its inhabitants.

This is a

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SATAN was slinking out of the Louisiana swamps, a half empty bottle of Jack Daniels dangling from his taloned hand, and a throbbing need for real, down and dirty rock 'n' fuckin' roll is tugging at his black heart. He knew there was a reason he chose to leave the sterility of heaven - it was to find a place on this forsaken earth where the

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THE god Bacchus was partying in Ormeau Avenue,  a pint or six were downed before getting his groove on and headbanging like a bastard...

Wizards of Firetop Mountain, By Any Means and Orange Goblin had Bacchus down and dirty,

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MARCO Mendoza, bassist in the current incarnation of Thin Lizzy and formerly a member of, among many others, Blue Murder, Whitesnake and Ted Nugent’s band (oh, and Right Said Fred!) plays his first ever solo tour of the UK this weekend, finishing right here in Belfast, at the Spring and Airbrake on Monday night.


Fellow Belfast

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