The brightest and best of the Northern Ireland music scene will be put in the NI Connections spotlight over the course of the next month.
Each week we will be previewing the 12 acts shortlisted for the prestigious Northern Ireland Music Prize.
Over 70 judges were asked to vote for their favourite local album in the past 12 months. Another round of voting will take place before the awards night on 11 November in the iconic Mandela Hall.
Arborist – Home Burial
Arborist debut album Home Burial has been lauded by some of the music industry’s biggest publications. MOJO music magazine gave the album 4/5 stars describing it as ‘a staggering debut of depth and substance‘. UNCUT magazine described the album as ‘a deliciously self–assured collection‘ and scored it 8/10. Led by singer–song writer Mark McCambridge the style could best be described as slow, smooth, melancholic Americana.
Check out their upcoming gigs.
The Devine Comedy – Foreverland
Foreverland is the 12th album from Neil Hannon’s band Devine Comedy. Standout songs on the album include Catherine The Great (a song about Catherine, his wife) and ‘How can you leave me on my own’ which has been getting some serious airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music lately. Lots to like about this album. Well played Neil Hannon.
They’re touring UK & Ireland at the minute. Gig list here.
Invaderband – Invaderband
Post–punk garage rock band spawned in Derry, led by Mancunian singer, guitarist and song–writer, Adam Leonard who describes the self–titled debut album as covering a number of issues, including: ‘The invasion of Iraq, ectoplasm, alien attack and Alan Rickman.’ Well there you go!
Catch a gig.
Oh Yeah Legend Award
Rock royalty, Vivian Campbell is the 2017 recipient of the Oh Yeah Legend award and will perform on the night with one of his current bands, Last In Line.
Campbell has written, performed and toured with some of rock’s biggest names including Thin Lizzy, DIO, Whitesnake, Riverdogs and Lou Gramm (ex–foreigner). This year the Belfast guitarist celebrates 25 years with Def Leppard.
We’ll be previewing three shortlisted acts every week in the lead up to the NI Music Prize which takes place on the 11 November at Mandela Hall in Belfast. Tickets here.