WE take a look this week at the new trends, releases and news coming out of the creative community in Ireland. We have well and truly recovered from the NI Music Prize, but as the sore heads have subsided, business as usual has resumed for our releasing and performing creatives – if by business we mean transforming a fishing village into a mini-Glastonbury.
WE welcome you back to this week's Northern Winds column, where we trudge on with heavy heads following the celebration of the North's music scene.
WE'RE back for a special edition of this week's Northern Winds. Indeed, this is our own version of "Christmas comes early" that happens every year. We are of course referring to our own version of the Mercurys/Grammys – the fabled NI Music Prize, which returns this week!
THIS week we look at the most important show of the year, live news and some brilliant new music from our independents.
WELCOME to this week's Northern Winds, your home for the most essential music news coming from Belfast and wider Ireland. This week, we look at a long-awaited and essential debut album from one of our strongest native acts, further negative news from the live sector amidst the cost of living crisis and our recommendations for additions to your autumn listening.
WITH the final vestiges of festival season, many of our artists are going full album-and-tour mode, with announcements left, right and centre and plenty of opportunities for you to settle in with some of the best culture the country has to offer.
IN this week's column, a number of notable Irish acts get called up for one of the largest festivals in the world, the NI Music Prize inches closer with even more announcements and we look at some of the best independent releases.
NORTHERN Winds this week reports to you from Dublin City, where we have been documenting the iconic Ireland Music Week Festival alongside international delegates from four continents who have descended on the city to check out the best music and artists that we have to offer this year.
PREPARE for a remarkable musical odyssey. The atmosphere is electrified with anticipation as the music industry heralds an impending award show extravaganza, the inauguration of a state-of-the-art venue, and the highly awaited resurgence of a revered music producer. Read further into this week's Northern Winds for further information.
THE music scene in Belfast is humming with electricity and energy this Autumn, with a full programme of events announced for this November's Sound of Belfast festival.
WELCOME to this week's Northern Winds column, where we are looking at some of the freshest music news out of the country.
IN this week’s edition of Northern Winds, we look at plenty of the album announcements coming out of our creative community this week, and the ensuring live news that comes with them. But before that, we have further updates from the showcase festival, Ireland Music Week.
IN this week's column, we get some long-awaited answers from the Translink Summer Sessions, we look at the news developing around Dublin’s creative spaces and we shine a light on some of the best music released his week by our independent artists. Frequent readers will remember the team-up between Translink and the Oh Yeah Music Centre announced earlier this year. A callout was made for young local talent in a search for brilliant new music. Each applicant was required to submit an original track based on the theme of ‘connections’, and then six finalists were then chosen who went on to take the stage at Belfast music hub, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, to perform to a crowd of fans and panel of judges. Competition was fierce but ultimately it was Newry-born singer-songwriter Jack Devlin who emerged victorious and was named the Translink Sound Of The Summer act. With a prize package of £1,000, airtime on Q Radio, and industry mentoring and recording studio time at Oh Yeah Music Centre, it's a great kickstart to his next campaign as Devlin looks to make a splash in 2024. Speaking on his win, Devlin stated: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the Translink Sessions competition! I have really enjoyed the whole process and meeting so many fantastic local artists along the way. Thank you to Translink and Oh Yeah Music Centre.
Following yet another week of strong releases, Northern Winds finds itself inundated with fresh records for your ears, new festival announcements to close out the summer and news from a Dublin-based artist collective who are looking to shake things up for artists in the South.
This week, we're looking at one of the busiest release periods of the year as festivals like Electric Picnic release more info on their line-ups.