x-ray x-ray In 1988 tucked away at the start of the Strand Beach in Portstewart the Strand Hotel stood proudly as one of the North West's most popular Discotechs. Dj's at the time were Frankie McLaughlin and Happy Harry and before them Cagney and Sir Brian Moore, (who later became the Head Honcho @ Traks in Portrush The dominant music style at the time was a mixture of 80's pop, rock and party tunes but things had started to change with the arrival of the acid house scene and tunes played by Happy Harry at the end of the night were starting to filter through.. The music was more hypnotic and fresh, a sound that was taking its place in the top 40 alongside rock and pop, a few Artists in particular stick out in my mind The Beatmasters / Bomb the Bass S-Express.The breakthrough was the single Rok Da House by The Beatmasters featuring The
Cookie Crew. Initially reaching #78 when first released in July 1987 the single was re-released in January 1988 and reached #5 in the UK singles chart in February 1988 and is acknowledged as not only one of the earliest British house tunes (recorded 1986) but also as the first record to merge hip-hop and house into a style known as hip house. Rhythm King didn't have too long for its first UK Singles Chart #1. S-Express was the brainchild of London DJ Mark Moore who in collaboration with producer Pascal Gabriel (also in Bomb the Bass) put together the single Theme from S'Express, it was records like Theme from S'Express that really caught my ear like Timerider Cocoon & Jean Michel Jarre had done in previous years. I'm not saying that The Strand was by any means an Northern Irish Shoom but it was good to be about to see the music change from 80's disco to a more club like underground sound.
The Derry-Londonderry bid to be named UK City of Culture 2013 is sounding even sweeter with the news that Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has voiced her support for her home town’s campaign. “I am absolutely delighted to be associated with my home town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2013 as it is richly deserved. Derry is a city where culture and the arts are an integral part of the fabric of the community. It is not something you attend or an event that you witness and then leave. It is something that is part of your everyday life,” said Nadine. Involved in cultural activity in the city from an early age, Nadine’s up-bringing means she has a clear insight into Derry’s cultural heritage.“When I was young my mammy took me to Fheis Doire Colmcille where I did verse speaking, and in the process learnt some beautiful writings and poetry. I sang in the Fheis and also learnt some of the wonderful and evocative songs and lyrics that have come from this city and Ireland as a whole. “My daddy took me to watch him rehearse in plays and eventually to take part where I learnt not only stage craft, but also about the many world renowned playwrights who originated in Ireland and indeed in Derry. Brian Friel and Seamus Heaney spring to mind. Later, when I took part in pantomimes and stage musicals I learned a greater appreciation for all the amazing song-writers and musicians who have come from our city,” she said.
Nadine has experienced phenomenal success with Girls Aloud, achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK Top-10 singles including four number ones and four number twos, and also 15 top five singles. But despite all the hit singles and sell out tours Nadine still retains a strong sense of appreciation of her home town’s qualities as a font of cultural excellence.“My home town taught me that culture and the arts, music, pantomime, theatre, dance, they are not just something to see or a place to go, they are part of who we are. I have travelled all over the world, and I may be a bit biased but, my town, Derry, deserves this honour more than anywhere I have ever been,” she said. Derry -Londonderry is one of four cities shortlisted in the race to become the UK’s City of Culture in 2013, along with Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield. Since it was shortlisted in February 2010, support for the campaign has been rapidly building momentum, with thousands of people backing it on Facebook. The city’s crusade has also received support from the United States, with the US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, backing Derry-Londonderry's bid. The city submitted its final bid at the end of May 2010, and the winner of UK City of Culture 2013 will be announced in the summer. It’s an important opportunity for the city, to share the diversity of the area, and its extraordinary past and exciting future, with the rest of the world. Register online at www.cityofculture2013.com and get involved.
Our round-up of the places to be seen over the next 7 days
Celtronic Celtronic 2010: Tenth Anniversary Edition
Wednesday June 23rd - Sunday June 27th 10 yrs since the first Celtronic & electronic music continues to innovate & excite. This years lineup is a combination of favourite acts from previous years, & several acts making their Derry debut whom we consider to be the best in the world in their respective genre's. Add to this, the best Irish DJ's & live acts and you have 5 days & nights of quite simply the best electronic music the world has to offer. Whether it's house, techno, electronica, dubstep, disco, electro or drum & bass that get's you dancing, Celtronic 2010 has it all.
Team fresh Single launch With support from Pocket Billiards and RSAG
The Stiff Kitten, Belfast Friday 25th June 2010 doors 8pm adm: ÂŁ5
Despite the valiant if somewhat anal attempt of the 'Belfast Ripper' , to try and sabotage their marketing efforts The 'brewed in Portrush' team are now firmly making their mark in Belfast with their own concoction of lethal lyrics and hair-trigger rhythms that are creating an atmosphere akin to that of the early 'prodigy and rage against the machineâ€? gigs. Raw, passionate and just a little bit on the angry side combining local slang with heartfelt poems true warriors. Tickets available from, Ticketmaster Outlets
Our round-up of the places to be seen this weekend
The Barn Reunion The Art College Belfast Saturday, 26 June 2010 at 20:30 Tickets £10 or Door £12
Remember all those nights queuing up in the car park? butterfly's in your stomach? saving your money all week?? just waiting to get into the place we all loved.. K£LLY5.. well for ONE NIGHT ONLY you can get that feeling back.. Join us in a night of nostalgia and lost weekend memories with Resident Djs...CHRIS HURLEY ,BINMAN , SCI , GARETH aka
COMPUTER, BIG K, X-RAY FULL LIGHT AND 20K SOUND SYSTEM IN ATTENDANCE, DRINKS PROMOS ON THE NIGHT THIS IS GOING TO BE A NIGHT OF COMPLETE MAYHEM , YOU CANNOT MISS THIS !!!
Malfunktion Atlantic Bar + Lounge
Sat 26th june doors 9pm entry £5 MalFunktion are a 6 piece live funk band from Belfast. from the band .."a freestyle improvisation over funk/soul grooves ala bootsy collins, james brown, sly stone, herbie handcock, the meters, curtis mayfield, bill withers amongst others.. can stray into king tubby style dubs and feli kuti type afrobeat if the mood dictates.." MalFunktion play the 3rd in a series of end of the month big band showcases with support from the the usual Antidote crew on sound and visuals.
Doghouse Suckerfish Bar & Club @ Portrush Playhouse Friday 25th june doors 8pm entry £10
Take a step back in time & one step beyond and delve into a musical world where Two Tone was king, boys were nutty and the girls equally so. Ska was the soundtrack to many a misspent youth & once again it’s time to dust off those baggy trousers & clean up that dirty shirt as Doghouse invite you to join them in a celebration of one of the most exciting times in pop culture. Offering up a big juicy bone of a show featuring a mouth watering selection of the finest hits from legendary bands such as The Specials, Bad Manners, The Beat and who could forget the national treasure that is Madness. To add even more high energy nostalgia to proceedings, the band also like to throw in a little bit of classic punk & reggae, but with a twist, just to keep everybody on their toes! After the Band 'Djs Needle Knievel & Plan B' will take to the Decks to Keep you Skanking till 1am.
DAY ONE: Wednesday June 23rd @ Sandinos, Water St Andrew Weatherall (Rotters Golf Club) David Holmes Phil Kieran (Live) Doors: 9pm - late Adm: £7 b4 10.00pm Tickets available at Sandino's and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/83209 DAY TWO: Thursday June 24th @ Sandinos Bar, Water St BBC Radio Foyle's Electric Mainline gets right to the heart of this year's Celtronic festival with a live outside broadcast from Sandinos Bar. Hosted by Stephen McCauley, the show will feature live performances from local artists. Doors: 6pm - 9pm Adm: Free @ Masons, Magazine St Scuba (Hotflush Recordings - Berghain - Berlin) Boxcutter (Kinnego Flux - Planet Mu - Live) Darren Allen (Micro Error) Doors: 9pm - late Adm: £6/7 Advance tickets available online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/83210 DAY THREE: Friday June 25th @ Sandino's, Water St Gerard C Jonny Boy (Global Virus) Isodisco Bee Doors: 6pm - 9pm Adm: Free @ The Nerve Centre, Magazine St ***BROADCAST LIVE ON BBC RADIO ULSTER*** Joris Voorn (Green / Rejected - Holland) Psycatron (Planet E) Radioactive Man (Control Tower Records - DJ Set) Dave Duffy & James Crossan (Zutekh) Caolan Harkin (Kabuki) Kev Gallagher Gav Doherty & Ciaran Murray (Distinctive) Doors: 9pm - late Adm: £10/12 Advance tickets available at The Nerve Centre Box Office and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/83206
DAY FOUR: Saturday June 26th @ Sandinos Bar, Water St Ricky Graham (Live) Rainy Boy Sleep (Live) Declan McLaughlin (Live) Vincent O'Callaghan 2pm - 6pm Adm: Free @ Masons, Magazine St Movida Corona DJ Competition The Crimson Underground (Live) Slaughterbrains (Live) Coldstonegroove (Live) Hago (Global Virus) Kevin McCool Bernard Cooley Nite Muziek featuring Boykott, Prime and Deggy Long 2pm - 7pm Adm: Free @ St Columbs Hall, Orchard Set Donnacha Costello (Poker Flat - Minimise - Live) Space Dimension Controller (R&S Records - Live) Deep Fried Funk DJs Saalim (2020 Vision - BoredAudio) Doors: 9.30pm - late Adm: £8 / £10 Advance tickets available at Masons Bar and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/83211 DAY FIVE: Sunday June 27th @ St Columbs Hall, Orchard St Jon Hopkins (Domino Records - Live) Ryan Vail (Live) Arkeye (Live) Stephen McCauley (Electric Mainline) 6pm - 9.30pm Adm: £8 (includes half price admission to closing party at Sandinos) Advance tickets available at Masons Bar and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/83208 @ Sandino's, Water St The Closing Party with Tom Middleton (4 Hour A/V Set) Jean Luc (La Musique) Doors: 9pm - late Adm: £8 b4 10pm Tickets availabe at Sandinos and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/83207 Visuals at all events provided by F12 AN ACCESS ALL EVENTS TICKET COSTS: £30. TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE NERVE CENTRE BOX OFFICE AND ONLINE AT WWW.WEGOTTICKETS.COM
from Cycle Geek to Cycle Chic
Cycle Chic in association with BikeDock Belles Thursday 24th 6pm - 8pm Taps 2, Cotton Court Street, Waring Street, Belfast Cycle Chic is a FREE event and will kick off at 6pm next Thursday 24th June @ Taps 2 (opposite the Merchant). Cycle Chic is funded by Travelwise NI, NICI and CTC and BikeDock.
Why do girls in the UK stop cycling? When in cycling-friendly countries the bicycle is a central part of life for most young women. We all enjoyed cycling as kids but as we grow older bikes become less cool more of a child's toy. Maybe its because in the UK we associate cycling with lycraclad racers or adrenaline junkies on mountain bikes and BMX stunt bikes. Hardly the most fashionable look for the ever-more image conscious young females in the UK. However in other European countries where cycling is more predominant women have discovered that you can maintain your stylish fashionista persona whilst riding a classic or dutch style bike. With this in mind Bike Dock Belles bring you Belfast's first ever Cycle Chic event which will transform you from Cycle Geek to Cycle Chic and ensure you look suitably stylish and exotic on 2 wheels this summer. Cycle Chic will bring you a catwalk on wheels along with highlights from hit cycle documentary Beauty and the Bike. Part of Bike Fortnight, our Cycle Chic Fashion Show proves you don't need to forfeit fashion over function when you swap four wheels for two. Belfast's hottest new Hair and Beauty salon Bellaire will provide this seasons looks on the catwalk while leading cycle retailer Bike Dock will bring the hottest cycle chic gear to the show. Ethical boutique Spiral Threads, Bean Boutique, Belfast Rain and the Rusty Zip will also showcase it's own unique cycle chic looks.