Music Scene

Louise McQuade

The best of what’s coming up

The Stones Roses will be playing  the SSE Arena in Belfast next year.     Photo: Northfoto/

The Stones Roses will be playing the SSE Arena in Belfast next year.
Photo: Northfoto/

There have been a host of new gig announcements recently, here’s my picks of what’s coming up:

• The Stone Roses will play at the SSE Arena, Belfast on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Tickets go on sale this Friday (September 30) priced from £49-£70 at 9.30am.


• UK indie pop band Blossoms has announced a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 1 on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Tickets on sale this Friday (September 30) at 9am priced £16.

• Rock legends IRON MAIDEN continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017 with a series of European arena shows including their first visit here in seven years, for a date at the 3Arena, Dublin, on May 6, 2017. Tickets go on sale priced from €73.50 this Friday (September 30).

• Following the release of his long awaited, critically acclaimed second album After The Rain, Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced a headline show at The Limelight 2, Belfast on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Tickets currently on sale.

• A few weeks ago I encouraged you to check out Saint Sister and now following their outstanding performance at Electric Picnic Saint Sister have announced a unique headline show on the November 7 at The Empire Music Hall, Belfast. Tickets available now.

• Frightened Rabbit have announced a Belfast headline show at The Limelight 1 on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Tickets are priced at £24.50 and are currently available.

• US rock giants Jimmy Eat World are pleased to announce a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Tuesday, November 8. Tickets currently on sale.

• One of music’s true legends Sir Van Morrison returns to the Belfast Waterfront on Sunday, December 18 for one night only. This gig looks to have sold out, however there may be a further release closer to the time so keep checking.


PORTS, formerly named Little Bear, are a Northern Irish four piece who formally got going under their new name in 2013 and managed to have a pretty phenomenal year.

After the release of their first demo ‘I’d Let You Win’ the band received a flood of fantastic reviews including; ‘Flavour of the Month’ and ‘Ones to Watch’ from BBC Introducing which resulted in extensive airplay from BBC Radio 1 and RTE.

They further rose to prominence when they stepped in to take a key slot at the Other Voices concerts in Derry after Two Door Cinema Club pulled out and played a couple of gigs with a young singer called Hozier as their support act.

This year the band were busy performing a host of headline gigs across the province and featured on the line up at the  Stendhal Festival and Moira Calling.

They have also been nominated for the Northern Ireland Music Prize which will be concluded in November.

The Northern Ireland Music Prize was won last year by SOAK and celebrates the best of local music. 

The debut album is available since May and available to buy or stream and I recommend giving it a listen.

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