THE FRIDAY FIVE – 3.2.2017

1. Cast – Faith
2. Rose Elinor Dougall – Hell and Back
3. London Grammar – Big Picture
4. Blondie – Fun
5. The 1975 – Chocolate

Been an interesting week for gig announcements. The 1975 will be playing Belsonic. That’ll do nicely. I know they’ll be at the tail end of a tour they’ve been doing for eighteen months, nut it’s a tour that hasn’t taken in Belfast or Northern Ireland so far, so it’ll be great to belatedly have them here.

Simple Minds announced KT Tunstall as support for their Waterfront Hall gig. Not that surprising, she is supporting them in Europe. The down side is that it’ll lessen the chances of KT Tunstall doing her own gig in Belfast this year.

I was planning on going to that but decided I couldn’t be bothered once it turned out to be an all seated gig. Anyway, i’ll be otherwise engaged, as i’m going to see Limmy at Mandela Hall that night.

Rose Elinor Dougall has announced a tour for April but there’s no Belfast gig. Got her album this week but haven’t got round to listening to it in full yet.

If you’re planning on going to Scotland this summer, TRNSMT line-up looks decent, especially the Saturday.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 5.9.2014

1. Jamie T – Zombie
2. Twin Atlantic – Brothers and Sisters
3. Augustines – Weary Eyes
4. The Kooks – Forgive and Forget
5. George Ezra – Blame It On Me

Big gig news!!! Echo and the Bunnymen are coming to Belfast in February, after a five year absence. So, in celebration, here’s a Bunnymen Top Five


1. Nothing Lasts Forever
2. It’s Alright
3. Bring On The Dancing Horses
4. Ticket To Ride
5. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo

Also this week, the line-up for Guinness Amplify was announced, a series of concerts and surprise concerts later this month which is not in any way similar to Arthur’s Day. Not in anyway whatsoever.

If there is a surprise concert in Belfast, i’m hoping it’s either Bastille or Ellie Goulding. Or both, and that I get a ticket. Here’s a Guinness Amplify playlist to get you in the mood.


1. Bastille – Pompeii
2. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
3. Kodaline – High Hopes
4. George Ezra – Budapest
5. London Grammar – Strong

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 28.3.2014

1. London Grammar – Devil Inside
2. Bastille – Pompeii
3. James – Laid
4. The Killers – Shot At The Night
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Modern Way

Well, what a week of concert announcements it has been. Where do you start?

Listened to the Tennent’s Vital announcement on Tuesday night. I was already excited when Bastille were announced, but when it was revealed that they would be supporting The Killers, that was just the topping on the cake.

For the first time in seven years (hopefully, being able to get a ticket permitting) i’ll be at Tennent’s Vital.

Meanwhile, Kaiser Chiefs have announced a gig for August in Falls Park. The date is inconvenient for me as I might not be in Belfast that night. Boo.

And finally, James are supporting Paloma Faith in Bray in July. Very tempting.

And before we go, this time next week, Belsonic’s line-up will be announced. Six days of pondering awaits. I’m hoping for Franz Ferdinand and/or Embrace.

I love this time of year when summer concerts are announced.

THE SOUND OF 2013 : 51-75

51. Aluna George – Attracting Flies
52. Paul McCartney – New
53. Muse – Panic Station
54. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
55. Taylor Swift – 22
56. Hurts – Miracle
57. Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
58. Wonder Villains – Blonde
59. The Lumineers – Hey Ho
60. Passenger – Let Her Go
61. Kodaline – High Hopes
62. London Grammar – Strong
63. Lorde – Royals
64. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – I Love It
65. Haim – Forever
66. Stereophonics – We Share the Same Sun
67. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
68. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
69. The D.O.T – How We All Lie
70. Bastille – Laura Palmer
71. Kings Of Leon – Supersoaker
72. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons
73. Haim – Falling
74. The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane
75. Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.10.2013

1. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
2. London Grammar – Strong
3. Lorde – Royals
4. Aviici – You Make Me
5. Keane – Higher Than The Sun

The X-Factor live shows are back. Yay! As is tradition, I shall do a Top five, where possible, on the previous week’s theme.

I give it about two weeks before they give up and make up the themes as they go along.

Last weekend, was 80s Week, and there was a disappointing lack of songs from 1979 and 1990 performed.


1. Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
2. Starship – We Built This City
3. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
4. Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
5. Reynolds Girls – I’d Rather Jack