THE FRIDAY FIVE – 21.4.2017

1. Paramore – Hard Times
2. Kasabian – Bless This Acid House
3. Prince – Deliverance
4. Camens – Boys Will Stray
5. Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Today is Robert Smiths’s birthday, and it’s his favourite day of the week. It’s the first time it’s fallen on a Friday since 2006, and won’t happen again until 2023, so he had better enjoy it.

To celebrate, here’s a The Cure Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY THE CURE

1. Friday I’m In Love
2. Lullaby
3. Hot Hot Hot
4. Close To Me
5. In Between Days

This Sunday, is St George’s Day, so time to lie back and think of England with some themed playlists for you

FIVE SONGS BY SINGERS CALLED GEORGE OR BANDS WITH SOMEONE CALLED GEORGE

1. Wham! – Freedom
2. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
3. George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
4. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
5. The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM ENGLAND

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
3. Cast – Finetime
4. The Beautiful South – Ole Red Eyes Is Back
5. Duran Duran – Ordinary World

Gig news, Paramore are coming to Belfast. The downside is, i’m already going to see The 1975 that night. If their marketing team had any brains, they could get them to do a gig at the bar of a South Belfast hotel and call it “PARAMORE AT THE PARADOR”

No doubt you all saw May’s big announcement on Tuesday morning. Brian that is, not Theresa. “Queen” are coming to The Odyssey in November. I’m not a big fan of him as a solo artist (apart from What Do You Want From Me?) but Adam Lambert is a capable vocalist and Queen + Adam Lambert looked decent at their BBC New Year’s Eve concert in 2014/2015. However, £74? For £74, i’m expecting Freddie Mercury and John Deacon on stage, and David Bowie to make a guest appearance on Under Pressure.

Ever since BBC Four had a night of programming dedicated to Depeche Mode, i’m been rediscovering how brilliant they are. There’ll be a Belfast gig this year, date to be announced, so I might pop along to see them.

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for his Ulster Hall gig.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 7.4.2017

1. The Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
2. Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
3. James – Sit Down (Game Of Thrones 2017 version)
4. Shed Zeppelin – Good Times, Bad Times, Disco Down
5. The Sundowners – Great Beauty

So, concert news this week. Kasabian, supported by Blossoms playing CHSQ in August. Yes please!!!! Already happy with Kasabian, but Blossoms as support is the icing on the cake. I predicted that Blossoms would be coming back for a festival appearance this summer when I reviewed their recent Limelight gig. I wonder will Orla who got dumped be there. It was a you had to be there moment.

Also, George Ezra will playing The Limelight at the end of next month, previewing songs from his second album. Hopefully, as good as his last Belfast gig. Already got my ticket in the presale. You can read about his last visit here.

Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have announced a second Dublin gig in September due to demand. How about a Belfast gig due to demand? I bet they do one on the night Northern Ireland play Czech Republic so I can’t go. What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?

Meanwhile, Bangor Court House might be turned into a concert venue. Interesting, very interesting.

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for Ulster Hall in September. Standing, Face Value. Ta very much.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.4.2016

1. Blossoms – Getaway
2. Aurora – Conquerer
3. The Lumineers – Ophelia
4. Tegan and Sara – U-Turn
5. Space – Avenging Angels

As I type (Thursday night), news has just emerged that Prince has died. It doesn’t feel real.

I remember being in London in February 2014 when he was announcing random gigs at small venues, and hoping that he would announce one the weekend I was there and that I would get a ticket. It was not to be.

Soon after, he announced a series of UK gigs. I kept hoping he would announce a Belfast one. It was not to be.

Here’s fove Prince songs for you

FIVE SONGS BY PRINCE

1. Gold
2. Cream
3. Batdance
4. Raspberry Beret
5. Kiss

Tomorrow, is St George’s Day, so here’s a couple of charts for our English readers

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM ENGLAND

1. Then Jerico – Big Area
2. Lightning Seeds – All I Want
3. Charli XCX – Boom Clap
4. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
5. Stephanie Kirkham – Inappropriate

FIVE SONGS BY MUSICIANS CALLED GEORGE

1. Wham – Freedom
2. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
3. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
4. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
5. George Ezra – Budapest

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 24.4.2015

1. Natalie Imbruglia – Instant Crush
2. FFS – Johnny Delusonal
3. Grant Nicholas – Everyday Society
4. The Charlatans – Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
5. Slaves – Cheer Up London

Yesterday, was St George’s Day. So, in honour of it, here’s a chart of songs by English acts. Sadly, there won’t be a chart of songs with cities in the title, because there aren’t many of them, unless they’re London, or boroughs in London. Well, apart from Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, obviously.

FIVE SONGS BY ENGLISH ACTS

1. James – She’s A Star
2. Lightning Seeds – Pure
3. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
4. The Beautiful South – Old Red Eyes Is Back
5. Roxy Music – More Than This

And finally, a chart featuring singers called George, or bands with someone called George in it.

FIVE SONGS BY SINGERS CALLED GEORGE

1. Wham – Freedom
2. One Night Only – Say You Don’t Want It
3. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
4. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
5. George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.4.2015

1. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
2. Blur – Lonesome Street
3. George Ezra – Did You Hear The Rain?
4. Saint Raymond – Come Back To You
5. Black Rivers – Age Of Innocence

So, this week, Paul Weller announced a concert at Waterfront Hall in November. I’ve never seen him play live, and i’m desperate to see this.

Was tempted to see him at Kilmainham last year, but it was a midweek gig and wanted to save my Annual Leave.

The lack of a Belfast gig was tempting me to head to Manchester in November, assuming United were at home that weekend.

But, he’s coming to Belfast. Now, all I need to do, is make sure I get a ticket.

In the meantime, here’s a Paul Weller solo Top Five for you

FIVE SONGS BY PAUL WELLER

1. The Changingman
2. Sunflower
3. Mermaids
4. Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea
5. He’s The Keeper

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

2014 IN PICTURES – OCTOBER

October was mostly spent at Windsor Park, with four Linfield matches and a Northern Ireland match. There was other stuff too.

The first Saturday of the month saw me see Linfield take on Ballymena United at Windsor Park. As the month wore on, the frequent visits to Windsor Park allowed me the chance to document the ongoing redevelopment, from the still unfamiliar surroundings of the North Stand.

The following Saturday, it was Windsor Park again, but for an international between Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands. Unlike club games, I was in The Kop. This view allowed me to get some final photos of the South Stand at Windsor Park, as it entered it’s final days before complete demolition.

Two days after Northern Ireland’s win, I was back at Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Institute, which kicked-off late due to a power failure at the ground.

The next day, I went to see George Ezra in concert, at Winds ….. I jest, The Limelight.

Back to Windsor Park on the final two Saurdays of the month, to see Linfield take on Crusaders and Cliftonville, with some Street Art on North Street (missed out from Culture Night, the previous month) and Duke Of York

Linfield v Ballymena United

Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands

Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands Photo Album

Linfield v Institute

George Ezra Live At The Limelight

George Ezra Live At The Limelight Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

North Street Art Extra/Duke Of York

North Street Art Extra/Duke Of York Photo Album

Linfield v Crusaders

THE SOUND OF 2014 : 26-50

26. Lorde – Team
27. Chvrches – Recover
28. Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes
29. Ella Henderson – Ghost
30. Manic Street Preachers ft Nina Hoss – Europa Geht Durch Mich
31. Sia – Chandelier
32. Black Keys – Fever
33. Johnny Marr – Easy Money
34. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – True Faith
35. Wonder Villains – Golden Five
36. U2 – Invisible
37. Chvrches – Dead Air
38. U2 – The Miracle Of Joey Ramone
39. Jake Bugg – Messed Up Kids
40. Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
41. Ting Tings – Wrong Club
42. The Pierces – Kings
43. The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
44. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
45. Pollaponk – No Prejudice
46. Alexi Lalas – Rio
47. George Ezra – Cassy O
48. Take That – These Days
49. Cher Lloyd – Sirens
50. Labrinth – Let It Be

THE SOUND OF 2014 : 51-75

51. Thiago Thome – Aquarela do Brasil
52. Marina and the Diamonds – Froot
53. Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You
54. One Republic – Love Runs Out
55. George Ezra – Listen To The Man
56. Lykke Li – Never Gonna Love Again
57. Alicia Keys ft Kendrick Lamar – It’s On Again
58. James – Moving On
59. Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
60. David Guetta ft Sam Martin – Dangerous
61. Embrace – Follow You Home
62. Ellie Goulding – Goodness Gracious
63. Ella Henderson – Glow
64. Fiona O’Kane – I Can’t Help Myself
65. Courteeners – How Good It Was
66. James – Frozen Britain
67. Royal Blood – Come On Over
68. Simple Minds – Honest Town
69. Nina Nesbitt – Peroxide
70. Florrie – Seashells
71. Merrymouth – I Am The Resurrection
72. Black Rivers – The Ship
73. Foxes – Let Go For Tonight
74. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
75. Tove Lo – Habits