Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Drake is bringing his tour to Ireland

Following his phenomenally successful US ‘Summer Sixteen’ tour, Grammy-Award winning and platinum-selling recording artist Drake this week announced that his ‘The Boy Meets World Tour’ will visit Dublin next year.

Drake commands massive influence in the hip-hop and contemporary music space as he continues to create and dominate on a world-wide scale.

He has recently become the first artist to break one billion streams on Apple Music with his latest album ‘Views,’ as well as his continued dominance in the single charts. There was sure to be another rush for tickets when they went on sale on Friday.

Feeling nostalgic

TWENTY years ago this month a soundtrack was released that was so good that music and film fans (or maybe just me) still regularly give it a play.

‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Music from the Motion Picture’ was, for me, a great snapshot of where alternative music was at in 1996, away from the likes of Gina G, the break-up of Take That and a massive injection of ‘Girl Power’.

Featuring a mix of indie, early 90’s rave and soul/choir samples the soundtrack definitely served as an extra character in the movie, a leading role if you will.
Bros announce 2017 reunion


I’M not sure by who exactly, but the ‘Bros’ boys getting back together has reportedly been described as “the biggest reunion in pop” I know I’m confused too.

Last week, Matt and Luke Goss announced they will be reforming a full 28 years since they last played together. Best known for their hit When Will I Be Famous?, Bros last performed together in 1989 before their split in 1992. Is there a market place for Bros at the minute or am I completely missing something?

Fleetwood ‘Back’

FLEETWOOD Mac hope to finish new album before the end of the year. Christine McVie has revealed that the band’s half-finished album may be completed by Christmas. The band haven’t released an album since 2003.


PHIL Taggart is an Omagh born presenter on National BBC Radio 1. Phil launched his new show this week on Radio 1, ‘The Specialist Chart’ which airs every Monday between 9 – 10pm. This show features the most exciting new tracks being played by Radio 1’s team of specialist DJs.

Phil’s work with music started from an early age, he was part of a band from the age of 14 and began writing for music magazine Alternative Ulster at the age of 17. Whilst studying at the University of Ulster, he won the BBC/Skillset Young Broadcaster of the Year award for a documentary he made on ‘Women’s Representation in the Music Press’.

Phil started at BBC Radio Ulster Across and progressed to presenting The Across the Line program in 2010. In November 2012, Phil was offered the presenters position on BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland.

He joined BBC Radio 1 at the start of 2013 as one half of the 10pm – Midnight specialist music show, co-hosting with Alice Levine and then in 2014 was given his own show on Thursday nights at 9pm.

Phil also runs a club night in East London called Slacker which began in 2015. Acts to have played Slacker: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Blossoms, Slaves The Japanese House, Isaac Gracie, Pretty Vicious, Swim Deep and many more. Slacker also had a residency with Ibiza Rocks last summer.

Phil is also very active in the record industry and has a record label ‘Hometown Records’ which he co-owns.

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