THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.3.2017

1. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
2. Blondie – Long Time
3. The Music Gang – How Can I Compete?
4. Chuck Berry- Johnny B Goode
5. Saint Etienne – Heather

So, some gig news. Got myself a ticket to see Amy MacDonald at Custom House Square in August. Her last Belfast gig was so long ago (feel free to correct me if i’m wrong) that it was in Auntie Annie’s. She’s actually supporting Foy Vance. I’m not that fussed on Foy Vance, so i’ll be going to see her instead.

It won’t be the first time i’ve went to a concert just for the support band, having seen The Charlatans at Falls Park in 2013 while not being fussed about Happy Mondays. Also, in 2011, I left an outdoor Laura Marling concert early because it was a monsoon. I had a free ticket so it was no loss to me. Worst thing was, the next evening was beautiful sunshine.

That concert seems to be part of a series of concerts known as CHSQ, which as any abbreviations expert will tell you stands for Switzerland Squared.

I hope Switzerland Squared becomes my favourite music festival in Belfast.

Talking of festivals in Belfast, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is due to publish it’s programme soon. I had a dream Birdy was doing a concert there. I don’t think that has any merit or value, but I just thought i’d share it.

Shed Seven (with support from Cast) announced some extra tour dates. No Belfast date. Fuck sake.

Martin Garrix announced as the last Belsonic headline. At least they had the decency to tease that it would be an EDM (that’s Electronic Dance Music for all you old farts out there) “superstar” on social media, so I knew it was going to be shite.

Kasabian announced some gigs for (relatively) smaller venues in April. They did the same in 2014, so hopes up for an Odyseey gig later in the year.

Anyone fancy taking me to Electric Picnic to see Duran Duran and Madness?

Would love to see Duran Duran. The closest i’ve got was John Taylor doing a Q and A with fans at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013.

Also, i’m still looking for a Ryan Adams ticket for September.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : AU – FEBRUARY 2007

A trip to the recent past this week to February 2007, a month when Bloc Party appeared on the cover of AU, formerly known as Alternative Ulster.

On the AU stereo this month was songs by CSS, Stylofone, Idlewild, Future Of The Left, Shiny Toy Guns and cover artist Bloc Party.

The Goodies and Baddies list makes for interesting reading, with Sylvester Stallone being listed a Goodie due to the new Rocky movie not being awful. I’m guessing the magazine went to print before Stallone appeared on the pitch at Goodison Park waving an Everton scarf in January 2007.

Also on the Goodies List was Victoria Beckham (for stopping David becoming a Scientologist), Ronnie O’Sullivan and Noel Edmonds.

On the Baddies List was a Goodie, well, Jade Goody, for a variety of reasons.

Preston was also on the list. The singer from The Ordinary Boys, rather than the town, as was Ian McCullough and the band James.

“What’s On Your Ipod?” is a feature stopping people in the street and asking what’s on their Ipod. Simple enough. Among those stopped was Joe Lindsay, he of Getaways fame. His three songs are Big Julie by Jarvis Cocker, DJ’s Got A Gun by Robots In Disguise and Yesterday’s Folks by US69.

An amazing fact about him (according to the feature) is that he can do a “passable” impression of Christopher Walken.

Patrick Wolf is interviewed about his music collection. His first record bought was Saturday Night by Whigfield.

Having just released their debut album, Kieran Webster from The View is interviewed about his favourite things. His favourite TV show is Shameless (Gerard Kearns, AKA Ian Gallagher would appear in the video for The Don later in the year) and his favourite live band was Primal Scream.

In news, The Stooges were set to release a new album, their first in 33 years, while In Case Of Fire were in the studio working on a new album.

Side projects get looked at in a feature looking at the good, the bad and the weird.

Elliott Smith, who died in 2003, gets a double page spread, with a guide for those looking to purchase from his back catalogue.

David Bowie also got a double page feature, with AU doing an A to Z guide to his career.

Hotly tipped new band The Klaxons get a three page feature as they prepare to release their debut album, which is followed by six pages of cover stars Bloc Party.

In live reviews, there is a review of Chuck Berry’s recent gig at Waterfront Hall.

Upcoming gigs include Nerina Pallot at Spring and Airbreak, Badly Drawn Boy at Mandela Hall, Razorlight doing two nights at Waterfront Hall and Amy Winehouse at Ulster Hall.