Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Here’s one for the dance music fans

My music recommendation this week is definitely one for the dance music fans. ‘Bicep’ are an electronic music duo from Belfast, consisting of Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar.

It all began when they started a blog called ‘Feel My Bicep’ in 2008 where their ability to unearth obscure disco gems, electronic and lost club classics won them an audience of 100,000 visitors a

At its peak, they were posting more than 100 tracks per week however, the next logical step was for Bicep to make their own tunes and create a live show.

Following their live debut at Belfast’s Ava Festival in June last year they said “being able to create something new in a moment and then never get it back is quite exciting”.

Check out Bicep’s music on both Spotify and Soundcloud where their debut album is now available.

The duo are currently on tour with dates all over the globe in the next few months including a date this Saturday (September 30) in Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Tickets currently still available from the venue website.

Some exciting gigs announced

THERE have been lots of fab gigs announced over the past week or so with something to suit every music fan. Here’s a run-down of some the artists playing not too far away soon:

• Deacon Blue
Deacon Blue are delighted to announce their 2018 Tour, ‘To Be Here Someday’, a celebration of 30 years of Deacon Blue. They will play at the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Tickets currently on sale.

• Dua Lipa
After spending five weeks at the top of the Irish singles chart, the New Rules singer is set to play in Dublin next April. In recent days Dua Lipa announced she will be returning to Ireland to headline Dublin’s Olympia Theatre for one night only on April 10. Tickets for the show have just went on sale.


• Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher has confirmed the November release of the third High Flying Birds album, Who Built The Moon? Plus dates in the Belfast SSE Arena on May 9 and Dublin 3Arena on May 10. Tickets went on sale on Friday and definitely won’t be hanging around for long.

• Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith also announced she is set to play Belfast and Dublin in 2018. The English singer-songwriter will be playing Belfast’s SSE Arena on Friday, March 23 and Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday, March 24. Paloma also shared the details behind her fourth album ‘The Architect’, which will be released in November. Her first album since 2014’s ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, she has managed to string together a wide variety of collaborators, including Sia, John Legend, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, actor Samuel L Jackson and journalist, Owen Jones. Tickets for her shows are available now.

• Lisa Hannigan
Lisa Hannigan is set to tour Ireland this Autumn including two gigs on the same day in Belfast. ‘At Swim’, Hannigan’s critically acclaimed third album, was released last year repeating the success of her second album Passenger by scoring her second Irish No 1, as well as getting her third Choice Prize-nomination in a row.

Tickets are currently on sale for her shows on November 4 at The Duncairn, Belfast, 3pm and 8pm.

EVERY week I will be suggesting some throwback songs that we may, or may not, have forgotten about. But they are definitely tracks that are worth revisiting.

Check out New Music NI on Facebook where songs will feature throughout the day.  This week I’m throwing back to when Kanye was king!
This week’s tracks are:

• Homecoming.
• All of the Lights ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi.
• Good Life ft T-Pain.
• Ni**as In Paris ft Jay Z.
• Flashing Lights ft Dwele.
• Fade.
• Wolves (Balmain Campaign).

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