Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Moira is Calling

Belfast band Plerasure Beach are among the performers at the Moira Calling festival.

Belfast band Pleasure Beach are among the performers at the Moira Calling festival.

Local festival goers are in for a treat this September as Brown Lemonade NI prepare to launch their first ever ‘Moira Calling’ music, food and drink festival.

The festival is being held on Saturday, September 10 at The Demesne, Moira. It is hoped audiences will travel from all across the North and beyond to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample a superb range of independent music, food and drink.

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Fourteen of the best singer-songwriters and bands have been hand-picked to perform on the day across two stages in the gorgeous picturesque setting of Moira under a canopy of stretch tents and festoon lighting, reflecting the ethos of the festival organisers.

The company was established in 2015 with a principle of promoting ‘all that is good in the Northern Ireland music scene’, whilst embracing great music from further afield.

Included on the line-up is Dublin duo – Hudson Taylor who will headline the Main Stage at the festival. Other performers will include David C Clements, Exmagician, Ports, New Portals and more recently announced, Belfast band Pleasure Beach, fresh from supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Belsonic.

• Tickets and further information available now from www.moiracalling.com/

Kings of Leon album update
I know there’s a lot of KOL fans out there so thought I’d share an update on forthcoming album ‘Walls’.

They have officially confirmed the new album is to be released on October 14.

The follow-up to 2013’s ‘Mechanical Bull’, the band’s seventh studio album was recorded in Los Angeles with Coldplay and Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs. ‘WALLS’ is said to be short for ‘We Are Like Love Songs’.

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And here’s one for Oasis and Beady Eye fans
LIAM Gallagher will have a solo record to look forward to.

The Former Oasis frontman has signed to Warner Bros Records with a solo album apparently due in 2017 which may have Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid among the songwriting credits.

Gallagher has reportedly been collaborating with McDaid who’s written in the past for Ed Sheeran, Kodaline, Rudimental, Birdy and Biffy Clyro.

Irish group Hudson Taylor.

Irish group Hudson Taylor.

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WITH the debut of local festival ‘Moira Calling’ fast approaching I thought I would feature headline Irish group Hudson Taylor.

The duo consists of brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor, who grew up in Dublin, where their father was a musician and their mother was a dancer. They have come a long way from their time busking on the streets of Dublin. The band has previously supported the Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park and is in demand at the big pop, folk and rock festivals at home and abroad.

Prior to being signed they released their debut EP, ‘Battles,’ in August 2012, which peaked at #1 on the Irish iTunes and #14 on UK iTunes in November 2012, the band quickly followed with a second EP in November 2012, and a third in October 2013.

Full-length debut album, ‘Singing for Strangers’ was released in January 2015 and peaked at number three in Ireland and number 24 in Britain.

Hudson Taylor can count the likes of Madonna, Eminem, Eric Clapton and Lady Gaga as stablemates when they signed to the prestigious Polydor label.

Go check them out on popular streaming sites or catch them and other local acts at Moira Calling, September 10.

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