No football, but there was still plenty of stuff to do in June.

The first weekend saw me head to The Limelight for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. If the names sound familiar, that’s because they were the vocal duo in The Beautiful South from 1994 onwards.

I never saw The Beautiful South during their lifespan, so it was good to see this gig.

Two weeks later, was a gig with a difference – it was on a roof. I went to see Wonder Villains launch their album on the roof of the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast.

The following Saturday, I was out in Belfast City Centre, getting some Street Art shots, the highlight of which was some Sunflowers opposite The Sunflower Bar.

Later that day, was a HMV instore gig by Runaway Go, at a new dedicated performance area.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Live At The Limelight

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Live At The Limelight Photo Album

Wonder Villains Live At The Oh Yeah Centre

Wonder Villains Live At The Oh Yeah Centre Photo Album

Sunflowers and Stripes

Runaway Go Live At The Loft

Runaway Go Live At The Loft Photo Album


The summer months usually throw up outdoor concerts in unusual locations, and today was no different, as Wonder Villains launched their debut album Rocky with an afternoon concert on the roof of the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast.

If you’ve never heard of them, your missing out. Their philosophy is simple – they do fun pop music that you can dance to.

You probably have already heard them without knowing. Their song TV was re-recorded for a Belfast tourism advert for the Belfast Festival, while Zola is recognisable as the theme tune to Monumental.

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I have featured their songs regularly on The Friday Five.

The gig was their album played from start to finish in full, and in order. Thankfully, the weather stayed dry. The sun even shone during some of the gig. This is a band that sounds good no matter what the weather.

Photo Album


February was a month of travelling, and thankfully, the pictures reflect that.

At the start of the month, I headed to Barcelona for a quick break, and absolutely loved it.

It’s a fantastic city worth visiting, with some fantastic Street Art and sights which is a dream for amateur photography.

Managed to get a ticket for the match at the Nou Camp against Atletico Madrid, where despite being in the second tier of the stand, I managed to get some fantastic shots of a fantastic stadium.

Almost as soon as I got home from Barcelona, I was Dublin bound to see Northern Ireland take on Scotland, in the newly built Aviva Stadium which is kind for amateur photography, even though some of the seats have shocking views.

Later in the month, I managed to see Imelda May perform at the Oh Yeah Centre for a TV show, where I managed to get into a good position for shots.



Barcelona Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Scotland

Northern Ireland v Scotland Photo Album

Linfield v Dunmurry Rec

Imelda May

Imelda May Photo Album

Glenavon v Linfield


Welcome to the first in a 12 part (unsurprisingly) series between now and December 22nd, looking back at some of my favourite photos i’ve taken throughout 2011.

A new year, and a new experience for me, as I visited Solitude for the first time, to see Linfield take on Cliftonville on the 22nd.

As per the arrangements, we were dropped off outside the stadium and picked up straight away, so I never really got a chance to experience walking up to the ground and taking it in, like most other grounds.

That said, the away end is a nice wee stand, though not kind for amateur photography.

That said, I did manage to improvise and get some nice shots, nicely assisted by the fog that day.

The following week, I went to a CD launch at the Oh Yeah Centre for a charity album by Duke Special, where he covers the songs of Ruby Murray, where I managed to get some nice shots.

It wasn’t the most active or productive of months, but there will be more and better photos from the rest of the year.

Beer Barons

Cliftonville v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

Duke Special

Duke Special Photo Album


Was at the Oh Yeah Centre on Wednesday night for a TV recording for a show called “Sounds Of The Cities“, currently being broadcast on Channel 4, presented by Matthew Horne.

The one that was recorded in Belfast is scheduled to be broadcast late on Wednesday 2nd March.

The only artist I saw was Imelda May. She was excellent. Before this show, i’d only known one song by her, ‘Mayhem

I seriously can’t suggest her enough.

Recording was delayed by two hours due to technical issues, which plagued the recording of May’s performance (Not her problems though, she was excellent)

Having come straight from work, I was absolutely shattered and just headed home, but I was thankful i’d went.

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Was at the Oh Yeah Centre tonight for the launch of a new charity EP by Duke Special, of covers of songs by Belfast born singer Ruby Murray.

Duke Special had become interested in Ruby Murray when filming a documentary on her for RTE, and recorded this EP to raise money for Depaul Ireland.

Ruby Murray was a major star in the 1950s, who died in 1996 aged only 61. She is commemorated in her home city with a blue plaque outside the Ulster Hall and a mosaic mural in her home neighbourhood of Donegall Road.

Duke Special only played five songs, interlinking it with clips from the documentary he recorded but it was an enjoyable evening with Duke on form.

Working on this concept, he will be performing this album in Dublin next Wednesday with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

The album can be found on Depaul’s website, and is well worth a purchase, as it is an enjoyable listen.

Photo Album