(Not) The Northern Ireland Music Awards

There is increasing frustration amongst Northern Ireland’s musicians at the announcement of the Northern Ireland Music Awards by AU magazine and Oh Yeah. This act alone was enough to start a war of words on the internet as the Trolls hit sites like Fast Fude and Twitter to complain at the lack of accountability and impartiality of a body and a magazine that are so heavily Government funded. These protesters feel strongly that these two companies do not represent the Northern Irish Music Scene as a whole, but that they exist only to serve themselves. While this is the main bone of contention the musicians also feel that it is not inclusive, as NI produces a wealth of talent across all genres that seem to have been ignored. In other words people want to know what gives AU Magazine and Oh Yeah the right to decide who gets a NORTHERN IRELAND Music Award? Continue reading “(Not) The Northern Ireland Music Awards”

Anon Sony Exec Blows Whistle on Britain’s Got Talent

There have been many accusations thrown at Simon Cowell. From riding Cheryl Cole to being the anti-christ we all usually laugh these off with a wink and a nudge to the legendary music mogul. Even claims of fixing his shows like the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) are usually dismissed as part of the business by anyone who knows the media world. However some new allegations have come to light that blow everyting that has come before out of the water. An anonymous Sony executive has posted an open letter on line describing the length to which Simon, and his company SYCO, will (allegedly) go to wring every last drop of blood from a fresh act.

The act in question is 12 year old Ronan Parke.

http://youtu.be/KzUl2eiKx5E

Here is that letter in full:

“For reasons which will become obvious, I can’t reveal my full identity.  But let me just say that, I am an executive with Sony Music UK with many years experience in music mangement.   My work involves close liasion with Simon Cowell’s SYCO company (specifically SYCO Music and SYCO TV) and, as a result, I have seen what goes on from the inside and this has left  me increasingly uncomfortable about the integrity of Britain’s Got Talent and particularly the workings of SYCO. Continue reading “Anon Sony Exec Blows Whistle on Britain’s Got Talent”

Redcap Productions Presents: Pigstock 2011

Local Film company Redcap Productions specialise in music videos for local bands and have produced this mind blowing video from Pigstock 2011. An awesome compilation of clips from the best in local music, such as ASIWYFA, Mojo Fury, Farriers, The Bonnevilles, Gacy’s Threads, Kasper Rosa and many more rocking the various Pigstock stages set to ‘Easy Meat’ by LaFaro. If you are part of a local band who are looking a music video, these are the guys to call. Contact details below. Continue reading “Redcap Productions Presents: Pigstock 2011”

Lunatics Running The Asylum

On Saturday 28th May 2011 I was at the Pigstock Fest in Killinchy Co. Down.  While checking out the best this festival had to offer I decided to head to the Main Stage to check out The Burnt Reynolds but there was a problem. Everyone seemed to have disappeared. The band put a call out for everyone to move forward. After a few minutes of little to no movement they declared that the song was for the two randomers sitting in the grass.

Where was everyone? After about ten minutes of wondering I came across the Engine Room where a huge crowd had gathered. I was intrigued so I stood and waited with the rest until a band appeared.

Now, before I comment further this is how these boys came out to the gathered fans:

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The Un-‘Sung’ Heroes of Pigstock ’11

Once again Festival season is upon us and the NI circuit is getting better. This weekend it was the turn of Killinchy, Co. Down which was hosting it’s relatively new Pigstock Festival. It is a Festival still in it’s infancy but to attend you would never know. A fantastic line up of the best in local music, Pigstock does a wonderful job giving the chance for unsigned acts to play to the people.

Like the now legendary Glasgowbury Festival, Pigstock is an amazing up and coming festival which is fast becoming a must attend. Headlined this year by ASIWYFA and LaFaro as well as showcasing a wealth of talent by some of the most hardworking and often ignored bands on the scene.

Now anyone interested in reading about Pigstock have no doubt read counless reviews about Mojo Fury, LaFaro and ASIWYFA mainly because all those pretentious Musos generally write about little else. Always looking to review the big names so they can look back from behind the McDonalds counter and think, ‘I wrote about them, once’.

Even BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line, who claim to bring us the ‘best new music from Northern Ireland’ have fallen into a similar trap. In fact the very people who use our money, as licence payers, to review new music on our behalf, and how do they pick which band to review?It seems if you are mates with those who work for ATL then you are guaranteed a review and that’s from their own mouth. Continue reading “The Un-‘Sung’ Heroes of Pigstock ’11”

Mojo Fury Album Launch

Last night local giants Mojo Fury took to the Spring and Airbrake to launch their debut album “Visiting Hours of a Travelling Circus”. The main support act for the evening was Leicester based band Maybeshewill who, in a case of role reversal, took second billing to Mojo Fury who are supporting them on their Irish tour. Continue reading “Mojo Fury Album Launch”