2018 IN PICTURES – MAY

May 2018 began for me by chasing Street Art, getting photos of Murals at Bankmore Square and Bank Square.

That was then followed by a trip to The Odyssey to see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The following weekend, I headed to Manchester to see United take on Watford, as well as getting some Street Art photos, both in the City Centre (mostly, Northern Quarter) and then Pomona Wharf.

On the Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of the month, I headed to Titanic Slipways for BBC’s Biggest Weekend where I saw Manic Street Preachers, Beck, Ash and Franz Ferdinand.

The end of the month was dominated by Street Art, going to check out Street Art on Bruce Street, and attending Wardrobe Jam.

Bankmore Square Street Art

Bankmore Square Street Art Photo Album

Bank Square Street Art

Bank Square Street Art Photo Album

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at The Odyssey

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at The Odyssey

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art

Salford Quays Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Watford

Manchester United v Watford Photo Album

Manic Street Preachers live at Titanic Slipways

Manic Street Preachers live at Titanic Slipways Photo Album

Beck live at Titanic Slipways

Beck live at Titanic Slipways Photo Album

Ash live at Titanic Slipways

Ash live at Titanic Slipways Photo Album

Franz Ferdinand live at Titanic Slipways

Franz Ferdinand live at Titanic Slipways Photo Album

Bruce Street Art

Bruce Street Art Photo Album

Wardrobe Jam

Wardrobe Jam Photo Album

BECK – LIVE AT TITANIC SLIPWAYS (BIGGEST WEEKEND 25.5.2018)

Beck Hansen, no relation to Alan Hansen but he does look like David Jensen, rolled in to Belfast last Friday to perform at Biggest Weekend.

I was primarily there on Friday to see Manic Street Preachers, but it would have been rude not to hang around for Beck.

I am partial to a bit of Beck, loving tunes such as Loser, Where It’s At, Devil’s Haircut, Sexx Laws and Blue Moon.

I wouldn’t be a die hard devotee, but if i’m listening to the radio and the Presenter says “and now, something new from Beck” i’m not going to change the channel because I know there’s a high chance it will be decent.

By the time he took the stage, the weather had improved, and had reverted back to the sunshine that was there earlier in the day.

Walking onto stage, he jumped straight into Devil’s Haircut, with it’s distinct guitar riff, before performing new favourite Up All Night.

He was giving off a funky Prince vibe throughout, even going so far as to do a solo acoustic cover of Raspberry Beret by Prince.

That wasn’t the only cover of the night, there were brief snippets of Good Times, Alternative Ulster, Good Times, Cars and Once In A Lifetime as he individually introduced each member of his band during Where It’s At.

Music fans in Dublin have received a bonus of this event in Dublin, with some acts sneaking in a Dublin concert around this Belfast date.

Beck was one of those, doing a Dublin concert two days before this, while The Breeders were able to slot in a previously postponed Dublin date around this.

If his Dublin concert was anything like this, it would have been a treat. Belfast certainly got a treat.

Photo Album

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.2.2018

1. Kylie Minogue – Dancing
2. Ash – Buzzkill
3. Desperate Journalist – It Gets Better
4. Shed Seven – The Heroes
5. Cast – Flying

Didn’t get tickets for U2 last week, so going to try again this morning. Wish me luck.

Forgot to mention, Madness are playing Galway International Arts Festival. Always been looking for an excuse to visit Galway.

Some new additions to the Biggest Weekend line-up this week. Going to try and get tickets for both days.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS PERFORMING AT BIGGEST WEEKEND BELFAST

1. The Breeders – Cannonball
2. Beck – Blue Moon
3. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
4. Ash – Oh Yeah
5. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To?

Next Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, so if you’re feeling all loved up, here’s a chart for you.

FIVE SONGS WITH LOVE IN THE TITLE

1. Bananarama – Love In The First Degree
2. Erasure – I Love To Hate You
3. Oasis – She Is Love
4. The Feeling – Love It When You Call
5. Lulu – Love Loves to Love

THE SOUND OF 2017 : 51-75

51. Rag n Bone Man – Skin
52. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
53. Simon Le Bon – Let’s Dance
54. The Kooks – Be Who You Are
55. The Chainsmokers – Young
56. The XX – On Hold
57. Beck – Up All Night
58. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Be Careful What You Wish For
59. Pvris – What’s Wrong
60. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
61. Calvin Harris – Feels
62. Niall Horan – Slow Hand
63. Rick Astley ft Foo Fighters – Never Gonna Give You Up
64. Shed Seven – Don’t Get Me Wrong
65. Depeche Mode – Heroes
66. Ryan Adams – Streets Of Philidelphia
67. The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
68. James – Sit Down (Game Of Thrones 2017 version)
69. Coldplay – Something Just Like This
70. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Man Who Built The Moon
71. Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over
72. Muse – Dig Down
73. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – Here I Go Again
74. Ringo Starr – Give More Love
75. Rory Lavelle – When The Crazies Come Out

THE SOUND OF 2015 : 26-50

26. Ryan Adams – Style
27. James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love
28. James – To My Surprise
29. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
30. Duran Duran – Pressure Off
31. Beck – Dreams
32. Stereophonics – I Wanna Get Lost With .you
33. Hot Chip – Dancing In The Dark
34. FFS – Police Encounters
35. David Bowie – Valentine’s Day
36. Eagles Of Death Metal – Save A Prayer
37. Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)
38. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows
39. Selena Gomez – Same Old Love
40. X-Ambassadors – Renegades
41. Foxes – Bodytalk
42. FFS – Johnny Delusonal
43. The View – Under The Rug
44. James Morrison – Demons
45. CeeLo – Music To My Soul
46. Blur – Ong Ong
47. Giorgio Moroder ft Britney Spears – Tom’s Diner
48. Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
49. Shura – Indecision
50. Triona – Shining Light

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.6.2015

1. Beck – Dreams
2. Oh Wonder – Livewire
3. Of Monsters And Men – Empire
4. Duran Duran – Pressure Off
5. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

This week, it was announced that New Order will be releasing new material and touring later this year. I used to think that the day would never come (Sorry!)

Hopefully, there’ll be a Belfast gig, and it won’t be like their Titanic Slipways one in 2012 that got cancelled joining Razorlight in Moira in 2011 as great Northern Ireland cancelled gigs.

Anyway, here’s a New Order Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY NEW ORDER

1. True Faith
2. Blue Monday
3. Temptation
4. Regret
5. Crystal

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 12.6.2015

1. FFS – Piss Off
2. The Strypes – Get Into It
3. Natalie Prass – Bird Of Prey
4. FFS – Call Girl
5. The Fratellis – Me And The Devil

This week has seen the opening of Live At The Marquee, a month long festival of music and comedy, set in a marquee in Cork.

Every year I keep telling myself i’m going to go, and then I end up not going. If the Noel Gallagher gig was on a weekend instead of a Tuesday, i’d be there. I haven’t got as much Annual Leave to use as i’d like.

Maybe next year will be the year, as I do want to visit Cork again, having not been since 1999.

If you are lucky enough to be heading over, here’s a chart for you based on the acts performing

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS PERFORMING AT LIVE AT THE MARQUEE

1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – AKA …… What A Life
2. The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
3. Beck – Blue Moon
4. The Vamps ft Demi Lovato – Somebody To You
5. Billy Idol – Hot In The City

THE SOUND OF 2014 : 1-25

So, here it is, the 25 best songs of 2014. Drumroll please …………… and the winner is …….. Oh just read the next sentence and don’t be so lazy.

1. Jamie T – Zombie
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment
3. Charli XCX – Boom Clap
4. Wonder Villains – Marshall
5. Gabrielle Aplin – That’s All
6. Hozier – Take Me To Church
7. Courteeners – Next Time You Call
8. Prides – Messiah
9. Royal Blood – Figure It Out
10. Sheppard – Say Geronimo
11. Vance Joy – Riptide
12. Beck – Blue Moon
13. Lea Michele – Cannonball
14. Millers Daughter – Head Over Heels
15. McBusted – Air Guitar
16. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
17. Jimi Goodwin – Oh! Whiskey
18. Sia – You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
19. St Vincent – Digital Witness
20. Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul
21. Royal Blood – Little Monster
22. George Ezra – Budapest
23. The Vamps ft Demi Lovato – Somebody To You
24. Grouplove – Ways To Go
25. Rae Morris – Closer

So, congratulations to Jamie T. If you’re reading this Jamie, there’s no prize, just smug self satisfaction, which money can’t buy.

If, for some reason, you haven’t heard the winning song, here you go.

Here’s to more great music in 2015.

The Sound Of 2013

The Sound Of 2012

The Sound Of 2011

The Sound Of 2010

The Sound Of 2009

The Sound Of 2008

The Sound Of 2007

The Sound Of 2006

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 25.7.2014

1. The Courteeners – How Good It Was
2. Wild Beasts – Mecca
3. Jake Bugg – Messed Up Kids
4. George Ezra – Budapest
5. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars

This week, saw the 45th anniversary of the Moon Landing/Faked Moon Landing, depending on what you believe. So, in honour of this, let’s have a Moon themed chart for you. Ironically, there’s no Keith Moon.

Before you ask, no, I wasn’t one of those people who posted a video of a song about Andy Kauffman when Neil Armstrong died.

FIVE SONGS WITH ‘MOON’ IN THE TITLE

1. The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
2. Savage Garden – To The Moon And Back
3. Beck – Blue Moon
4. REM – Man On The Moon
5. The Police – Walking On The Moon